Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, while Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
For several years now, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education’s policy-making body — has convened parents and community education council members at Borough Hall several times a year to discuss education issues and concerns with him and policy advisors to Borough President Helen Marshall.
On Tuesday, they met one last time. With Marshall — and likely Fedkowskyj, who serves at her pleasure — leaving office at the end of the month, the parents, officials, former teachers and CEC members gathered to put together a list of concerns and suggestions they hope Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, her future PEP appointee and the de Blasio administration will tackle.
Representatives of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation on Monday provided some holiday cheer for the FDNY, making two donations during a visit with the “Hillside Hurricanes” at Engine Co. 298/Ladder Co. 127 on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica.
James Vaccaro, center left, director of security and quality control at GJDC, and Angela Mohan, manager of the Harvest Room, presented Capt. Robert Fenty with $1,000 checks for both the FDNY’s Widows and Orphans Fund and the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation.
A public watchdog group is raising questions about how embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) is spending his campaign money.
The New York Public Interest Research Group, citing documents filed by members of the state Legislature, said Smith charged more than $100,000 to his campaign fund to offset the cost of leased cars, bridge tolls and related expenses.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
Demographics are not always destiny, as proven by two men whose unlikely friendship has been at the heart of their efforts to bridge religious chasms in the United States since the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001.
Now the pair are bringing their mutual understanding to Forest Hills, where they will discuss their new book, “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims,” on Dec. 15.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
October was one of those months when the unemployment rate went up but analysts see good news behind the numbers.
The jobless rate in Queens for October was 8 percent, up half a point from September and just a tenth of a point below where it was in October 2012, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor, released last week.
Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The new facility, opened in coordination with the Port Authority, which operates the airport, was established to combat illegal activity by drivers of livery cars, so-called “dollar vans” and other drivers looking to make a buck off of fares from the airport.
It’s time for the Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Holiday Photo Contest! Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen, joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Make sure your photos are taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be creative.
Also be sure to say whether you are an amateur or professional photographer.
Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
The workers, employed by cleaning, maintenance and security companies, say their pay, insurance benefits and other working conditions are substandard compared to people employed directly by the airlines or the Port Authority, which operates LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
City Comptroller John Liu is not wrapping up his term in office quietly.
Liu announced on Wednesday that his office is suing the Bloomberg administration in order to access data on tax records that the city has denied even after being subpoenaed for it by the comptroller in October.
The NYPD is offering the following holiday safety tips for shoppers, travelers and homeowners:
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted.
High school seniors in the city saw their average SAT scores rise by eight points this year, while students nationwide saw a three-point decline, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Tuesday.
More city students are taking the SAT, as well as advanced placement exams, than ever before, and the improvements are seen across all ethnic groups, the two said, asserting that the results prove the administration’s 12 years of education reforms are working.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a long-time associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, a job that traditionally has included supervision of the borough’s community boards.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
The City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 14 to rename a section of South Road in Jamaica for the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated unit of Army Air Corps pilots who rose above prejudice and military roadblocks to become one of the elite fighter squadrons in World War II.
South Road between Merrick Boulevard and Remington Street will become Tuskegee Airmen Way.
York College last Friday formally introduced its new internet radio studio — once just a room with a microphone, a chair and some computers but now a place with the feel of an actual radio studio..
Anthony Andrews, York’s assistant director of student activities, hailed the achievement and the progression of the radio facilities.
Amidst some disappointment from Community Board 12 leaders, the property at 150-13 89th Ave., formerly the Mary Immaculate Hospital, is set to become a residential facility, according to its owner, Meyer Chetrit.
Following its bankruptcy in 2009, the hospital was sold in an auction to Guttman Realty for $26.6 million, after which sole ownership went to Chetrit a few weeks later. When news of the closing hit, Queens leaders including Borough President Helen Marshall were vocal about maintaining the building as some sort of healthcare facility.
The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center, established in memory of the Jamaica man killed in an infamous police shooting in 2006, closed on Friday after struggling to get funding for its daycare, afterschool and other programs.
Monday, Nov. 25, was the seventh anniversary of Bell’s death.
Former Mayor David Dinkins was instrumental in securing the National Tennis Center and the US Open as fixtures in Queens.
And it was there that Dinkins attended a meet-and-greet last Friday prior to a book signing of his new memoir.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, second from left, was honored on Nov. 19 by the Queens County Young Democrats for outstanding public service and his support of the organization. Comrie, who has represented the St. Albans area on the City Council for 12 years, is being forced out of office by term limits.
Appearing with the councilman are, at left, Jamal Wilkerson, the group’s vice president of diversity and outreach; chapter President Nick Roloson; and Executive Vice President Hersh Parekh.
A father and son duo of used car dealers have been charged with more than $530,000 in state sales tax theft for allegedly underreporting sales and neglecting to turn over money collected as sales tax.
The two men, Yunas Khan, 52 and Tabraiz Khan, 27, were charged last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The Bayside Business Improvement District welcomed Santa Claus and the holiday lights to Bel…
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