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Raid on MTA funds will hike fares: Study

Posted by Philip Newman in Uncategorized on March 28, 2014 | No Comments

Transit advocates and elected officials have called for the state Legislature to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to divert $40 million designated for the cash-strapped MTA, contending it would otherwise bring more fare hikes and service cuts rather than a new era of transit riders. “Forty million dollars could make a real difference in the [...]

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Avella wants new precinct

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State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) this week applauded the dedication of Borough President Melinda Katz after she named the creation of a new police precinct to cover the northeastern part of the borough as one of her top budget priorities for the 2015 fiscal year. The creation of a 116th Precinct was included in a [...]

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Lancman asks mayor to freeze city water rates

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City councilmen from northeast Queens called on Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to put an end to inflated water rates. “For about 10 years now the city has been ripping off middle-class New Yorkers who pay water rates that are far in excess of what it costs to run our water and sewage system,” [...]

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Peter Vallone joins guv’s team as aide to Correction commish

Posted by in Uncategorized on March 21, 2014 | No Comments

Peter Vallone Jr. has a new job. The former three-term city councilman from Astoria is joining the Cuomo administration as a special assistant to state Correction Commissioner Anthony Annucci next week. “I’m looking forward to bringing my public safety experience to Albany on issues like proper use of solitary confinement and the safe release of [...]

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Wills asks Albany to free up homeless dollars

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on March 21, 2014 | No Comments

A lawmaker from southeast Queens who spent two days on the street last year wants Albany to ease restrictions he says are preventing the city from helping the homeless get back on their feet. City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is the lead sponsor on a non-binding resolution calling on the state Legislature and the governor [...]

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Dream Act dies in Albany

Posted by in Uncategorized on March 21, 2014 | No Comments

Queens’ state senators unanimously voted for the Dream Act Monday, but failed to muster enough votes to overcome opposition by two fellow Democrats and the GOP. After passing the state Assembly 83-47 in late February, legislation authorizing undocumented students who graduate from high schools in New York to apply for college financial aid was sent [...]