Mayor Bill de Blasio swears in Queens borough president Melinda Katz.

Queens’ Katz era begins

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 17, 2014 | No Comments

Borough President Melinda Katz was inaugurated during a ceremony last week that repeated the tenets of her campaign: her Queens heritage and capacity to lead the borough through her experience with land use. Katz, a Forest Hills native who has served in the state Assembly and City Council, punched her ticket to Borough Hall last [...]

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Boro leads health law signups

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The newest set of data published by the state Department of Health shows that more than 37 percent of New York residents already enrolled for coverage through the Affordable Care Act live in New York City. Statewide numbers as of Jan. 12 show that 294,595 residents across New York have successfully enrolled since the beginning [...]

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Meng wants holiday for Lunar New Year

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has renewed a call to make Lunar New Year a school holiday. Meng introduced a resolution in Congress last week that would encourage the creation of a school holiday for the Asian-American celebration, which will be marked Jan. 31. The congressional resolution would recommend that local education authorities that serve [...]

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Rockaway ferry expected to win extension: Electeds

Posted by in Uncategorized on January 10, 2014 | No Comments

Mayor Bill de Blasio has three weeks to make good on his commitment to continue the ferry route servicing the Rockaways. Elected officials said they were confident de Blasio’s administration would renew the ferry contract for a few more months before it expires Jan. 31, but they were less sure about whether it would float [...]

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County hopeful on stop-and-frisk reform

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 10, 2014 | No Comments

Leaders in the Queens communities where stop-and-frisk was most heavily used during the 12 years of the Bloomberg administration said they were encouraged by recent statements made by some of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top appointments. Days before de Blasio was sworn in as the city’s 109th mayor, the man who ran on a platform [...]

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Boro Council members back Mark-Viverito as speaker

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 10, 2014 | No Comments

The 14 members of the borough’s City Council delegation fell in line with their colleagues Wednesday to unanimously elect East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) as the body’s speaker, putting an amicable end to the power struggle between Mark-Viverito’s progressive allies and the outerborough political machines that traditionally held sway in the selection. In the [...]