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Residents urge a revamped Bruson

Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.The meeting, spearheaded by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), was organized to gather community input regarding the fate of the Bruson Building, which burned down in a five-alarm fire last April, displacing tenants such as Plaza College, which has a new campus in Forest Hills, Armondo’s Italian Restaurant, which will reopen in February on Northern Boulevard and Frank’s Pharmacy, which reopened three blocks away in October.

Thursday 01/29/2015
Katz excited about future of Queens
Posted: January 29, 2015

On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first State of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.

“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”

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Katz to fight for the ferry
Posted: January 29, 2015

Near the end of her half-hour-long State of the Borough speech last Thursday, Borough President Melinda Katz pledged to continue to fight for the reimplementation of the Rockaway ferry.

“While in service, it proved to be extremely useful to residents lacking real transit options, and was an economic generator as well, bringing people in from other parts of the city to come visit the Rockaways,” Katz said. “I will continue to fight alongside the community for the inclusion of permanent ferry service to and from the Rockaways in the Five Borough Ferry Plan.”

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New MTA fare hikes set for March 22
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 11:44 am

Commuters will be digging a little deeper into their pockets on March 22, when fare and toll increases approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority take effect.

Under the changes adopted by the MTA board on Jan. 22, the base fare for a bus or subway ride will increase from $2.50 to $2.75. The bonus for those purchasing multiple rides with a MetroCard will rise to 11 percent for those paying $5.50 or more at a time.

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Meng, deputy labor secretary tour QCC
Posted: January 29, 2015

United States Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu spent just as much time taking pictures of the 3-D printers and scanners as he did asking questions about them.

Fresh off the heels of President Obama’s proposal to make the first two years of community college free for prospective students, the nation’s second-highest ranking labor official toured Queensborough Community College’s new 3-D printing lab and virtual hospital with Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) last Friday, both appearing fascinated with the technology.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Queens top boro for illegal immigrants
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 11:26 am

A new report by the Migration Policy Institute found that New York City is home to more than a half-million undocumented immigrants, with the largest concentration of that population living in Queens.

“I think that Queens, to many people, symbolizes opportunity,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who was unsurprised to learn of the figure. She cited the large amount of small businesses in Queens, many of them immigrant-owned, as a potential reason.

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Workers march to demand fair wages
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 11:26 am

Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.

The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.

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Ambulance corps to shut down: civic
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 11:26 am

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is planning to shut down its operations almost two years after its next-door neighbor’s building collapsed, according to area civic leaders.

Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, announced the news last Saturday at the civic’s monthly meeting.

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Delinquent housing blasted by residents
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 11:26 am

What was billed as a way for South Ozone Park residents to get answers from officials seeking to operate a residence for juvenile delinquents in the community quickly dissolved into more than 100 people shouting with frustration on Tuesday.

“We don’t want it here,” several residents yelled at a meeting of the South Ozone Park Civic Association West. “Put it somewhere else.”

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Addabbo says to leave rail line as is
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 11:26 am

For months, the debate has been whether to put parkland or a train on the old Rockaway Beach rail tracks.

But state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has a different idea: Do nothing.

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