Anything goes at Astoria town hall meeting

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For the ninth straight year, the Museum of the Moving Image opened its doors for a town hall meeting last Thursday. The stage in the Sumner Redstone Theater was packed with representatives from more than 30 city agencies as well as political leaders and the commander of the 114th Precinct. State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) [...]


Avella announces transit study

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Lawmakers and civic leaders gathered in Bayside last week to announce a half-million dollar funding allocation in the recently adopted state budget that will allow the MTA to conduct a bus restoration study in northeast Queens. In a study set to take place over the course of a year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will look [...]


Trial of Smith, Halloran scheduled to start in June

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on April 11, 2014 | No Comments

The lawyer for indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) wants to know if prospective jurors may be swayed by the high-profile nature of his client’s federal corruption trial when it kicks off in less than two months now that the presiding judge has refused to throw out the charges. Defense attorney Gerald Shargel submitted a [...]


Asian immigrant wins U-Visa as crime victim

Posted by in Uncategorized on April 4, 2014 | No Comments

Li Ping traveled to Jackson Heights from her home in Flushing to be the face of City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) new campaign to raise awareness about the merits of U-Visas for immigrant victims of violent crime. After the 66-year-old emigre from China was brutally attacked in 1997 and had her throat slashed, she [...]

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Weprin bill asks schools to teach anti-bully class

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City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has introduced new legislation he hopes will tackle an increase in bullying among schoolchildren that he believes has become a dangerous epidemic. Weprin introduced a bill last week calling for all city public schools to institute required anti-bullying education for students as young as the grade school level, with [...]

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Matching funds plans fumble in capital

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Several of Queens’ state legislators lamented that a public campaign finance pilot program approved in the New York state budget was limited to the state comptroller’s race in 2014. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Albany’s legislative leaders heralded the move in a joint memo, noting that the pilot would attempt to test how a system modeled [...]