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Electeds say DREAM Act will go through

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.

Crowley introduces subway noise act
Posted: September 11, 2014

As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.

There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”

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Stavisky defeats Jung in Senate race
Posted: September 11, 2014

A group of 50 or so people erupted into cheers as the newly re-elected state Sen. Toby Stavisky stepped out of the elevator in the Good Kitchen restaurant on Tuesday.

“I’m sure all of you have heard by now, but if you haven’t heard, let me be the first to tell you Sen. Stavisky defeated her opponent by a landslide,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), 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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DOT pitches major plan for LIC roads
Posted: September 11, 2014

Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan to improve a particularly complex and chaotic portion of Long Island City.

Sean Quinn, a representative of the agency, presented the Hunter-Crescent Area Triangle plan, which aims to make the area safer by adding crosswalks, pedestrian islands and signage, converting one-way streets to two-way streets.

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9/11 memorial run to aid cancer research
Posted: September 11, 2014

St. Michael’s Cemetery will be hosting its annual “Remember Me Run” on Saturday, Sept. 13.

The special event is normally held to commemorate those who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11, but this year, the run will be a little different.

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Meet Petty Officer 3rd Class Tenzin Chokdup
Posted: September 11, 2014

Ten years ago, Petty Officer 3rd Class Tenzin Chokdup was living in a fast-growing city in Central India. Now, he’s traveling the world serving a different nation.

Chokdup, who lives in Jackson Heights, is serving on the USS Peleliu as a logistics specialist.

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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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Friday 09/12/2014
Elmhurst man charged with attempted rape
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Police have arrested and charged a Queens man almost a month after he allegedly attempted to rape a 23-year-old woman in Elmhurst.

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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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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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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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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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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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Creep sought
Posted: September 11, 2014

The NYPD is looking for the man who attempted to kidnap a 7-year-old girl on Monday.

According to cops, at approximately 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Corona Avenue and National Street, the suspect, who was driving a black 2012-14 Toyota Camry with tinted windows, slowed his car as he approached the child and motioned his hand for her to come inside. After the little girl refused, he fled southbound on National Street.

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Hunters Point affordable units
Posted: September 11, 2014

Hunters Point South, the area being developed by the Related Companies, Phipps Houses and Monadnock Construction, will be accepting applications for the property’s affordable units next month.

In total, 925 units will be up for grabs, though income requirements are aimed at middle-income earners, which the city considers a family of four making up to $191,000 a year.

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Community Day at Noguchi
Posted: September 11, 2014

The Noguchi Museum opened its doors for free in honor of Community Day.

The Sunday event was intended to expose more people to Noguchi’s work and inspire budding artists to put pencil to pad and create their own work.

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Fortune CEO celebrates 25 yrs
Posted: September 11, 2014

JoAnne Page, president and CEO of The Fortune Society, celebrated her 25th year as head of the nonprofit that caters to the formerly incarcerated.

Page, left, here with state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), center, and Fortune Board Chairwoman Betty Rauch, was presented with a proclamation by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

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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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