Guv presents budget in boro

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 22, District 6, Governor, U.S. House on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

After his Albany address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget plan for a second time in Flushing last Thursday morning, which had many Queens officials in the audience nodding their heads in agreement. Aside from a Queens College professor claiming to represent the “99 percent,” the audience largely hung on the governor’s words as he [...]

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Sanders, Comrie get human rights grades

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 20, District 21, District 22, District 23, District 24, District 25, District 26, District 27, District 28, District 29, District 30, District 31, District 32 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is going to have to make some room on his fridge. The chairman of the Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations had the best record of the Queens delegation on human rights issues last year, according to the Urban Justice Center’s 2011 Human Rights Report [...]

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Gennaro criticizes state over hydrofracking rules

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 22, District 24, Governor on October 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released regulations last week concerning the controversial process of hydrofracking that calls for a 1,000-foot buffer zone between an upstate New York shale formation and the city’s watershed. Two Queens city councilmen criticized the regulation for being too soft and said the 1,000-foot zone is not enough to protect [...]

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Council rejects Queens animal shelters

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 22, District 27, District 32, Mayor on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) criticized a bill passed by his fellow Council members and championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that increases funding and the hours of operation for animal receiving centers but gets rid of a requirement for full-service shelters in Queens and the Bronx. “We will probably see it rain cats and [...]

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Vallone’s funds for nonprofits cut drastically in 2012

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 22 on July 14, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) received a better than 40 percent cut in his member items for fiscal year 2012, which meant he was not able to fund some of the nonprofits he traditionally has given money to throughout his district. “Some of the groups understand the financial situation we’re in and are grateful [...]

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Transportation tops at Gianaris town hall

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 12, District 22, State Senate on June 9, 2011 | No Comments

Cars parked on the sidewalk, livery cabs parked on 31st Street near the end of the N line and the preponderance of potholes peppered the discussion at a town hall meeting last Thursday for residents of the Astoria and Long Island City communities. The meeting, which has become an annual event, was sponsored by state [...]