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De Blasio signs off on ‘Avonte’s Law’

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Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law last week which will require schools with small and disabled children to consider installing door alarms. The piece of legislation, known as “Avonte’s Law,” was introduced to the City Council in the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who wandered off [...]

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Weiner eyes non-profit in Rockaways

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Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is cooking up a comeback in the Rockaways. The congressman, who resigned in June 2011 after admitting he sent explicit images to women online, was listed as a player in the Rockaway Restoration Kitchen Inc. initiative when it solicited job applicants online last week. The posting on idealist.org, described a [...]

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Gillibrand pushes parity

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) came to Fresh Meadows Monday afternoon to push Congress to level the playing field for women-owned businesses seeking government contracts. While there are roughly 670,000 businesses owned by women citywide, only 1.48 percent of federal contract dollars goes to those firms, according to a recent study by Women Impacting Public [...]

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New reading garden planned in Bellerose

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After being closed off for more than 10 years, a green area behind PS 133 in Bellerose will once again be opened to the public as a community reading garden. Members of the community joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at the school, at 248-05 86th Ave., to announce a $250,000 funding allocation that will [...]

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Semple booted from race for Smith’s seat

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Cyber security expert Bernadette Semple was thrown off the ballot in the September Democratic primary to unseat indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). “I am very disappointed,” she said. “People in the district I grew up in deserve to have choices, and in this case they don’t have them.” Semple will decide whether to fight [...]

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Avella trades barbs with Liu over fines, pension returns

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Let the mudslinging commence. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) ramped up attacks this week against his primary challenger, former city Comptroller John Liu. Avella called for the city to place a lien on all political campaign accounts associated with Liu until he repays more than $500,000 in fines from his 2009 campaign for comptroller. The [...]