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Street spam issue heats up in Bayside

Street spam is all over Northern Queens and there’s nothing appetizing about it.Also known as vertical litter, street spam is illegal signs glued to utility poles, bridges and other public areas. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) wants something done about it.

Assemblyman Kim discusses priorities
Posted: October 30, 2014

Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has two upcoming events affecting his future: a re-election bid in November and the birth of his first child in December.

“We are having a daughter and I’m excited about it,” Kim said in a sitdown interview at the Queens Chronicle office on Tuesday. “But I am concerned about her future with issues about education and women’s equality.”

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Avella blames DOT for traffic dangers
Posted: October 30, 2014

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community leaders are pressing the Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety in Downtown Flushing.

A small group of representatives of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, the Korean-American Grocers Association of New York and South Asian communities joined Avella Tuesday morning at the busy corner of Union Street and 39th Avenue to highlight the area’s traffic chaos.

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A boost for small business owners
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 10:02 am

Community leader John Choe has been named executive director of the newly formed Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Two years in the making, the chamber will serve as a resource for economic guidance and technical assistance for small businesses in Flushing.

The chamber will be formally announced at a launch event on Dec. 11 at Flushing Town Hall. Area politicians and community leaders are expected to attend and recruit small business owners in the area.

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MS 74 celebrates its 60th on Sunday
Posted: October 30, 2014

A congresswoman and a Nobel Prize winner are among the graduates of MS 74, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Among the expected 300 alumni who will be attending the anniversary celebration is Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Other notables who attended the Bayside middle school are Alvin Roth, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, and Howie Rose, the Mets broadcaster.

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Cops kill Flushing suspect with knife
Posted: October 30, 2014

A knife-wielding Flushing man was gunned down by police Sunday morning outside his residence at 43-32 Kissena Blvd.

Police identified the suspect on Tuesday as Joseph Priolo, 29. Notification of his family had held up the announcement.

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St. John’s welcomes first lay president
Posted: October 30, 2014

Conrado Gempesaw knows what it means to be a struggling college student.

The Filipino immigrant came to the United States in 1980 to earn his master’s degree at West Virginia University, where he slept on a lawn chair in a friend’s living room until he graduated because he didn’t have enough money for his own housing.

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Borough Board gets informed about Ebola
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 12:29 pm

There is no need to panic, as the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States of America are miniscule.

The Centers for Disease Control, multiple other medical agencies and federal, state and city governments have made that declaration repeatedly over the last few months, citing this country’s advanced healthcare system and how the disease can only be transferred from person to person under certain circumstances.

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Residential project for Sunnyside Yards?
Posted: October 30, 2014

Another proposal for the Sunnyside Yards — which houses Long Island Rail Road tracks and a freight yard — has bubbled up to the surface, and residents are split on how it will affect the community.

Community Board 2 is in an exploratory phase to find a developer to build a massive residential space by constructing a deck to be placed over the Sunnyside Yards.

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Jamaica NAACP: No go on Proposition 1
Posted: October 30, 2014

A proposition on Tuesday’s ballot that could take electoral redistricting out of the direct hands of the state Legislature is coming under fire from the Jamaica branch of the NAACP.

Leroy Gadsden, the chapter president, was joined on Monday by civic and clergy leaders at a press conference outside the group’s St. Albans offices.

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New report analyzes shelter numbers
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 12:31 pm

As the homeless population continues to escalate, the Department of Homeless Services has had to rely on the use of emergency shelters.

The procedure, which allows DHS to move residents into a newly converted shelter — usually an old hotel — within seven days of notifying the local elected officials, has grown increasingly unpopular among councilmembers whose districts have been affected.

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Council seeks limit to Jamaica trash tonnage
Posted: October 30, 2014

Douglas Avenue in Jamaica is not featured in glossy real estate ads or in the tours or literature offered by the Queens Borough President’s Office or the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

The seven-block street, heading east between 168th and 175th streets, is uneven and seemingly is barely paved.

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New Ebola policy for JFK travelers
Posted: October 30, 2014

Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.

Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.

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GOP’s Albany hopeful touts economic ideas
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.

“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.

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Queens voters gear up for Election Day
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:15 pm

With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.

Statewide elections

In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.

Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.

Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.

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Voters to pick fate of school tech bond
Posted: October 30, 2014

Public and private schools across the city and state could be getting updated technology into the classroom, if a $2 billion bond referendum is approved by voters during the Nov. 4 midterm election.

The referendum, formally known as the Smart Schools Bond Act, is proposed to place advanced technology and high-speed internet connectivity in classrooms across the state, according to the ballot language.

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Port Authority awards noise study contract
Posted: October 30, 2014

Neighborhoods around LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports will be studied with an effort toward noise abatement under a contract awarded Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The PA has hired Environmental Science Associates of San Francisco to conduct a federal Part 150 study, which they hope will come up with proposals to mitigate noise from large jet aircraft.

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Gambino mobster charged in ’02 hit
Posted: October 30, 2014

An associate of the Gambino crime family was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas and will be brought back to New York to face racketeering charges that include the 2002 murder of a partner in crime, Martin Bosshart, in Howard Beach.

Gennaro “Jerry” Bruno, 41, was the triggerman who executed Bosshart off 155th Avenue near Lahn Street on the night of Jan. 2, 2002, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which announced the arrest.

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A tough call on Prop 1: Is half a loaf worth it?
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:17 pm

There are few things vaguer to New York voters than ballot propositions that are often as hard to understand as they are hard to locate on a ballot. This Election Day one such ballot proposal New York voters will be asked to decide on is a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to create a redistricting commission to establish state legislative and congressional districts.

Redistricting is the once-a-decade process in which the legislative districts are adjusted to reflect shifts in population. In New York, like most states, the Legislature has for years had primary control of the redistricting process and that has resulted in districts that tend to protect incumbents and produce noncompetitive elections.

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Marines collect for Toys
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Members of Queens Detachment 240 of the Marine Corps League raised $2,000 on Sunday during the Queens County Farm Museum’s annual Children’s Fall Festival in Glen Oaks.

Money raised will go to the group’s Toys for Tots program.

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MS 74 celebrates its 60th on Sunday
Posted: October 30, 2014

A congresswoman and a Nobel Prize winner are among the graduates of MS 74, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Among the expected 300 alumni who will be attending the anniversary celebration is Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Other notables who attended the Bayside middle school are Alvin Roth, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, and Howie Rose, the Mets broadcaster.

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149th St. Bridge delays
Posted: October 30, 2014

Flushing’s Murray Hill residents are going to have to wait longer than expected for the rebuilding of the 149th Street Bridge between Roosevelt and 41st avenues.

That’s the word from Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), who said he has heard “through the grapevine” that the city Department of Transportation has delayed the project a few more months. It was supposed to have been completed by November 2015. He is trying to confirm that with the DOT.

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Space-bound school projects explode
Posted: October 30, 2014

Five middle-school students from the World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing were poised to have their science project launched into space— until the rocket that was supposed to be carrying them exploded Tuesday night.

The experiment is one of 17 winners of a competition sponsored by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. WJPS is the only school in New York state to get a winning experiment selected and conducted their own internal competition to find a winner.

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QUICK HITS
Posted: October 30, 2014

Top NYS court rules against Queens DA on Miranda rights

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JVB: My bills key to library’s future
Posted: October 30, 2014

They were several months in the making, but City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) says the six reform bills he just laid on the table are worth the wait and crucial to the Queens Library’s future as it recovers from the controversy over its governance and finances.

The scandal already had led Van Bramer, who is the majority leader and chairman of the main library oversight committee, to hold hearings on the issues, even as it also prompted an audit, state legislation tightening oversight of the system, a purge of the Board of Trustees, removal of the institution’s leader and a joint city-federal probe into any possible criminality.

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