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Pols pass Queens Library reform

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State lawmakers set political differences aside last week to make sure the state Legislature passed a Queens Library reform bill. Once Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, it will reform the library’s board of trustees, giving the mayor and borough president power to remove board members. The bill was authored by state Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry [...]

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Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa dies

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Politicians across the borough expressed sadness this week following the passing of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, who died Tuesday night after a battle with leukemia, the party said. The 74-year-old accountant, who lived in Whitestone, had headed the Republican party in the borough since 2007, according to party spokesman Robert Hornak. He was re-elected [...]

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Council ups spending in 2015 city budget

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The City Council last week announced an agreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio on an $75 billion budget for the 2015 fiscal year 11 days before the deadline ?that includes several funding increases in areas such as education, the arts and public safety. De Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) reached an agreement June [...]

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Koo asks city to study zoning to halt big houses in district

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City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has requested that the Department of City Planning take a look at overdevelopment in his district. The councilman has asked the agency to conduct a study to determine areas that have “out-of-context” developments and to then make zoning amendments based on the study’s findings. “My constituents deserve the best possible [...]

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GOPers ready for primary

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As congressional candidates Stephen Labate and Grant Lally prepare to face off in a Republican primary next week, each hoping to unseat current U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), the two challengers have each focused their campaigns on similar issues, including the Affordable Care Act, small business and national security. Labate, a South Ozone Park native [...]

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Avella’s water bill passes Senate

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The state Senate passed Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) bill to eliminate minimum water charges Monday. “The state Senate took a vote against an unjust fee which has placed a burden on the most vulnerable residents in the city of New York,” Avella said. “This charge was never intended to serve as a revenue-generating measure that [...]