Mark Weprin

Beware of pay raise: Weprin

Posted by in Uncategorized on June 13, 2014 | No Comments

As the City Council begins to consider a minimum wage increase that would potentially bump hourly pay up to at least $15 an hour citywide, one councilman from eastern Queens has raised concerns about the negative side effects it could have on his district. Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) is hoping to bring attention to [...]

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Queens Library reforms stall after passing State Assembly

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The state Assembly passed a Queens Library reform bill Monday, but it is unlikely to even come up for a vote in the state Senate. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-East Elmhurst) and Borough President Melinda Katz, passed the lower chamber unanimously by a vote of 132-0. The legislation would reform the library’s [...]

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Cable giant helps Woodside group go ditigal

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A nonprofit community group in Woodside is taking a big stride toward bridging the digital divide with the help of a media giant. Woodside on the Move had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for its new high-tech Learning Lab, thanks to a $55,000 grant from Time Warner Cable. “No one in our community should be left [...]

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Build It Back to staff pols’ offices

Posted by in Uncategorized on June 6, 2014 | No Comments

The city will be dispatching Build It Back representatives to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s Howard Beach and state Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder’s Howard Beach and Ozone Park offices every Thursday afternoon beginning June 5. The legislators said case managers from Build It Back, the city’s initiative to help property owners recover from Superstorm Sandy, would [...]

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Pre-K application results ready as city adds 10,000 more seats

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Mayor Bill de Blasio made two trips to Queens in the past week to discuss the next steps in providing pre-kindergarten for tens of thousands of children across the five boroughs. The mayor hosted a roundtable with several pre-K teachers Tuesday afternoon at PS 239, at 17-15 Weirfield St. in Ridgewood, where he announced that [...]

Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry watches the ceremony.

Electeds at odds over reforms at Queens Library

Posted by in Uncategorized on June 6, 2014 | No Comments

With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers have been working to get through an impasse on dueling Queens Library reform bills. Following allegations of fiscal mismanagement at Queens Library and revelations the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, Thomas Galante, makes a $392,000 salary, Borough President Melinda Katz sat down with state Assemblyman [...]