Students rally for free MetroCards

Posted by Nathan Duke and Anna Gustafson in Assembly, District 15, District 19, District 22, District 23, District 25, District 28, State Senate on December 23, 2009 | No Comments

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) joined Queens students last weekend in Flushing to protest cuts in the MTA’s 2010 budget that will force schoolchildren who receive free MetroCards to start paying fares. Meng and a small crowd of students held signs reading “No Cuts to Student Aid” as they decried the Metropolitan Transportation Authority actions [...]

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LGBT activists protest against Monserrate

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, District 13, District 34, District 39, State Senate on December 16, 2009 | No Comments

The wound is still fresh for gay and lesbian constituents of Queens and state senators like Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), who voted against same-sex marriage two weeks ago. Organized by groups like the LGBT Coalition of Queens and the Western Queens Same Sex Marriage Alliance, protesters marched on Monserrate’s office in East Elmhurst Saturday and [...]

Blighted Ridgewood property to be beautified by neighbors

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, City Council, District 15, District 30, District 38, State Senate on December 16, 2009 | No Comments

Two months after she proposed the plan, the Long Island Rail Road has agreed to City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) request to let the community turn a dilapidated newsstand in Ridgewood into open space for the community. The lot at 61-50 Metropolitan Ave. is the site of an abandoned newsstand and convenience store. Plans [...]

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Area leaders demand VLT firm pick

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 15, District 23, Governor, State Senate on December 9, 2009 | No Comments

Frustration is mounting by the day over Gov. David Paterson’s indecision on picking a firm to construct and operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track. “I’m very upset at the governor. I’m very angry at the governor,” state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) told Community Board 10 last week at a meeting. “Gov. Paterson, [...]

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No deadline set to pick an Aqueduct VLT firm

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 15, Governor, State Senate on December 2, 2009 | No Comments

With the state in a budget crunch and losing $1 million in education money for every day the video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track are not up and running, a spokesman for Gov. David Paterson said there is no deadline for selecting a firm to run the machines at the Ozone Park track. “There’s [...]

Guv signs Lancman’s sex offender alert bill

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 15, District 25, District 30, State Senate on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

As Halloween approaches, the biggest scare for parents may not come from a slasher movie, but from a beeping BlackBerry cell phone providing the first warning of a sex offender moving into the neighborhood. Thanks to a bill pushed by state Sen. Joe Klein (D-Bronx) and state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Forest Hills), any updates to [...]