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Two boros unite in bid to remove plaza

There is one thing that is uniting business owners in Queens and in Brooklyn on 101st Avenue: their disdain of the pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 101st Avenue and Drew Street, which sits on the border of the two boroughs.“What’s the purpose of this?” said Khairul Islam, a real estate broker whose Brooklyn office sits a block away from the plaza. “I don’t know any people who are benefiting from this.”

Thursday 11/20/2014
MTA releases fare hike options for ’15
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Drivers and mass transit riders all will be digging a little deeper into their pockets come March, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to enact one of two proposed fare-increase plans.

One proposal would increase the base cost of a MetroCard fare to $2.75, up from the present $2.50. Riders would get a bonus of 11 percent with a purchase of $5.50. The base fare under Proposal 2 would keep fares at $2.50, but would eliminate the bonus for the purchase of multiple rides.

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Cuomo signs veteran tax exemption bill
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:57 pm

After being introduced to the state Legislature 20 years ago, the bill to increase property tax relief for veterans was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo last week.

“It is incumbent upon all of us to take care of our veterans when they return home,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), who sponsored the bill, said at a press conference on Nov. 13. “With this new law, we send a message to all those who serve that New York welcomes you back with open arms and will do everything we can to repay you for keeping our country safe.”

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Use surplus cash on rail line: Goldfeder
Posted: November 20, 2014

His way is not the QueensWay.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) on Monday called on Gov. Cuomo to allocate part of the state’s $5 billion surplus for the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach rail line.

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Stringer touts city’s ‘robust’ economy
Posted: November 20, 2014

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has had no shortage of projects or union contracts to review in his first 11 months in office.

And he likes it that way.

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Plastic bags back in City Council’s sights
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 12:30 pm

A proposal to charge consumers 10 cents for every single-use plastic bag they use at checkout is gaining traction again. City Hall held a discussion Wednesday to discuss a bill introduced by Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) that’s designed to reduce disposable bag use in the city by implementing the 10 cent fee.

According to its sponsors, the goal of the bill isn’t to charge consumers the fee but to incentivize them to change their habits and become more environmentally conscious. Retailers would keep the money and the bill exempts transactions made using food aid programs.

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Our 20th toy-gift drive for homeless kids is now underway
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.

Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.

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Stringer questions midnight fine policy
Posted: November 20, 2014

City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Tuesday began questioning the Department of Sanitation regarding its policy of fining business owners for garbage dumped on their sidewalk after their doors have closed, according to a letter from the politician obtained by the Chronicle

“I am writing to your office to request a review of Department of Sanitation New York City overnight ticketing policy concerning trash that is dumped by third-parties and leads to violations being issued to property owners,” Stringer said in the Nov. 18 letter to DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.

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Don’t railroad Queens with false train claims
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Queens College recently released the results of a student survey gauging community opinions on how to utilize the vacant land surrounding the 3.5-mile, long abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The Friends of the QueensWay commends these students for their hard work, and we were delighted to see the results provide additional support for the QueensWay.

The QueensWay is a community-developed plan to turn this blighted land into a 47-acre linear park that will provide safe, easy access to Forest Park; new recreation opportunities for the 322,000 people living within a mile; a boost to local businesses; and a high-profile showcase for the most culturally diverse borough of New York City.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Postal workers rally outside Whitestone mail center
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 12:44 pm

About 100 U.S. Postal Service workers delivered a message with picket signs and bullhorns last Friday on the sidewalks outside the Whitestone Processing and Distribution Center.

They were protesting the planned downsizing of the facility’s operations and consolidation by next April with a Brooklyn center. The move would be part of a national facilities consolidation the financially beleaguered Postal Service plans, one that union officials say is being forced by unreasonable health plan pre-funding requirements.

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