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Build It Back to staff pols’ offices

Posted by Sarina Trangle in Assembly, District 15, District 23, State Senate on June 6, 2014 | No Comments

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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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Electeds at odds over reforms at Queens Library

Posted by Alex Robinson in Assembly, Borough President, City Offices, District 11, District 12, District 35, State Senate on June 6, 2014 | No Comments

Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry watches the ceremony.

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 [...]

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Forest Hills honors veterans during Memorial Day event

Posted by Sarina Trangle in City Offices, Mayor on May 30, 2014 | No Comments

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Crowds gathered on Metropolitan Avenue Sunday to watch the Forest Hills Memorial Day parade, but some were disappointed the annual event did not draw the mayor. Tom Long, commander of American Legion Post 1424, said Memorial Day ceremonies seem to compete with cookouts more each year, but that he was most let down by Mayor [...]

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Whitestone bully unlikely to face charges

Posted by Alex Robinson in Governor, State Senate on May 30, 2014 | No Comments

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A Whitestone cyberbully who school officials are still trying to identify will likely escape criminal charges as recent cyberbullying legislation passed in the state Legislature fell short of criminalizing online harassment. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012, required teachers to report any cyberbullying they witnessed to school administrators within a [...]

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Queens GOP leaders rip gov on education at Boro Hall

Posted by Sarina Trangle in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, Governor, State Senate on May 23, 2014 | No Comments

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Queens Republicans say they are ready to school New York’s chief educator. Between chants of “Retract the Safe Act” and “No more Common Core,” about 20 Republicans gathered on the steps of Queens Borough Hall Tuesday to unveil a failing report card for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The GOP’s “interim performance evaluation” detailed the party’s disagreements [...]

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Woodside street renamed for late Walter McCaffrey

Posted by Bill Parry in Borough President, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 12, District 14, District 26, State Senate, U.S. House on May 23, 2014 | No Comments

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The life and legacy of the late Walter McCaffrey was celebrated in Woodside Saturday when the corner of 61st Street and Woodside Avenue was renamed in his honor. Nearly 300 people watched as the sign for Walter McCaffrey Place was unveiled. “The late Walter McCaffrey will never be forgotten,” City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) [...]

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