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Comrie cruises to victory over Smith

Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated beleaguered seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.“The people made a difficult choice; but they chose decisively,” Comrie said before throngs of supporters at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club. “The people of the 14th District said they wanted a representative they can be proud of, a representative who will get results from Albany.”

Avella keeps seat by beating back Liu
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Calling it “a grassroots victory,” an emotional Tony Avella told supporters Tuesday night that his defeat of John Liu should send a strong message to the Queens Democratic Party that “you can’t do this any more.”

Avella (D-Bayside), the state Senate incumbent for the 11th District, got the cold shoulder from the county Democrats after joining the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany earlier this year. It is made up of a group of maverick Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state Senate to form a majority.

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Cleanups on the way to Eastern Queens
Posted: September 11, 2014

A new line item in the city budget will allow for added trash cleanups and beautification at major intersections and commercial strips in Eastern Queens.

Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) on Monday announced the allocation of more than $72,000 that will pay for workers in programs run by The Doe Fund and The Horticultural Society of New York.

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Dedicated voters hit the polls every time
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.

“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.

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MTA launches new Jamaica bus route
Posted: September 11, 2014

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) was very direct on Sept. 5 in addressing the startup of the new Q114 Limited bus line.

“This is a victory for Southeast Queens,” he said.

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Bratton questioned by City Council
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:42 pm

There were a lot of things the public and even city lawmakers wanted to hear from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when he sat before the City Council on Monday.

What is going to happen to the officer who allegedly killed Eric Garner? Is the NYPD racist? How will cops be trained to handle escalated situations without excessive force? What are you going to do?

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103rd takes a new look at Operation Impact
Posted: September 11, 2014

The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct spoke a lot about numbers on Tuesday night at a meeting of his community council.

And Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann likes the numbers he has been seeing in his five months in Jamaica.

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Vietnam Vets celebrate with brothers
Posted: September 11, 2014

A group of military veterans on Labor Day threw a picnic for their some of their less fortunate brethren at the VA Community Living Center in St. Albans.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 of Queens organized the day of food, entertainment and comraderie for elderly and disabled veterans going back as far as World War II. Stop & Shop was one of a number of sponsors donating food to the event.

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Federer gives his fans their money’s worth
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 2:16 pm

All Constance Moccia and her sister Rebecca wanted on Thursday night was for Roger Federer to play some quality tennis in a match that wouldn’t be over too quickly in straight sets.

“When you’ve paid good money — for nosebleed seats — you want to see some good tennis,” Constance said.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Dorm life/bachelor pad 101
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 11:12 am

Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Queens Library board puts Tom Galante on paid administrative leave
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 10:47 am

The Board of Trustees for the Queens Library placed CEO Tom Galante on administrative leave effective immediately on Thursday night.

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Are you prepared?
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Volunteers with the city’s Office of Emergency Management handed out informational packets last Friday near the Parsons Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station in Jamaica as part of the city’s participation in September’s National Preparedness Month.

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Electeds say DREAM Act will go through
Posted: September 11, 2014

It’s election season and once again the New York State DREAM Act has become a centerpiece for many of the Democratic candidates.

At a press conference held on Saturday in front of the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) touted their latest supporter: lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.

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The consequences of September selflessness
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:35 pm

When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.

For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.

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Queens primary results in a nutshell
Posted: September 11, 2014

Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following Tuesday’s Democratic primaries.

In one of the races that garnered the most media attention this year, Avella defeated former city official John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent to retain his seat in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens, according to preliminary results published by media outlets citing the state Board of Elections.

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Summer in the Borough Photo Contest!
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:27 pm

There’s a first time for everything — even a first time for the Queens Chronicle’s Summer in the Borough Photo Contest to have two winners. And this year, the sixth for the contest, that’s just what happened. The judges have declared a tie for first place.

The winners are Jennifer Morrison, who took the photo of the Ferris wheel in Astoria Park, and Nancy Morelli, who took the one of her granddaughter, Lizzie Schiefer, on a beautiful day in Forest Park. They each won several passes to see live entertainment, one choosing a Broadway musical and the other a Disney show.

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Job status of library’s Galante on the table
Posted: September 11, 2014

The Queens Library Board is set to hold two special meetings today, Sept. 11, and the primary topic of the main session will be the employment status of beleaguered library President and CEO Tom Galante, according to a government source who has been closely following the controversy surrounding the institution.

The source could not say more than that Galante’s status with the library is on the meeting’s agenda, but Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News, whose reporting spurred the ensuing controversy about its finances and governance, wrote Wednesday that the board is likely to suspend Galante.

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Revenge porn bill pushed
Posted: September 11, 2014

In light of the recent hacking of intimate celebrity photographs, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) called for the passage of his legislation criminalizing the non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs, also known as “revenge porn.”

“The legislation I introduced last session, A.8214, criminalizes the non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs,” Braunstein said. “It would protect the vast majority of revenge porn victims.”

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NYPD promotes new high-technology tools
Posted: September 11, 2014

The 103rd Precinct in Jamaica will be one of five NYPD precincts that will have a limited number of officers wearing on-duty body cameras in a pilot program scheduled to begin before the end of the year.

The cameras are being tested in compliance with a court ruling in Floyd v. The City of New York, which required that a pilot camera program take place in precincts with the highest number of stop-and-frisk encounters in 2012.

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Unions seek apprentices
Posted: September 11, 2014

The District Council 16 Cement and Concrete Workers Training and Education Fund will recruit 12 skilled construction laborer apprentices from Oct 1. through Oct 15.

Applications can be obtained at the DC 16 Training Center at 29-18 35 Ave., Long Island City from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. every weekday except Columbus Day. Apprentices must be at least 18 years old and be able to pass a physical agility test involving lifting and carrying various-sized pieces of wood, steel and cement.

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Celebrating workers is their labor of love
Posted: September 11, 2014

If you closed your eyes and listened, the steps of Borough Hall sounded more like the tunnels of a West Virginia coal mine on Thursday.

In keeping with a Labor Day theme, Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off a press conference celebrating unions and hardworking Queens residents by singing a few bars of “Sixteen Tons,” a song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford about the arduous life of a coal miner, which has become synonymous with hard, honest labor since its 1955 release.

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Sen. Schumer presses for railroad safety regs
Posted: September 11, 2014

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have co-authored a federal railroad safety bill that would codify several recommendations in a report on a fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx last December.

The senators, in a statement issued Monday, said their Railway Safety Improvement Act would address a “lack of culture of safety” that was exposed in a blue ribbon study of the 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60 when an inattentive train operator allegedly failed to slow down in time to enter a sharp curve.

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Feds give $25M for Vision Zero
Posted: September 11, 2014

Mayor de Blasio and the city’s Department of Transportation will receive $25 million in federal money to boost their Vision Zero traffic safety initiative.

De Blasio and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) announced approval of the funds on Tuesday from the U.S. DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, known as TIGER.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Avella keeps seat by beating back Liu
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Calling it “a grassroots victory,” an emotional Tony Avella told supporters Tuesday night that his defeat of John Liu should send a strong message to the Queens Democratic Party that “you can’t do this any more.”

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Comrie cruises to victory over Smith
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.

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Avella, Comrie, Stavisky, Markey, Sanders are Queens winners in Democratic primaries
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following yesterday's Democratic primaries.

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Monday 09/08/2014
John Liu campaign wrongly used my name on letter, resident says
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 9:53 am

A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a false signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate's campaign team last week.

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