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CB 7 denies plan for 9-story health center

Since the project was revealed last summer, the proposed nine-story Charles B. Wang Community Health Center at 131-66 40 Road in Flushing has not been a hit with some on Community Board 7.Mayor de Blasio announced the plans for the new development, which is receiving city funding, last year at a press conference with Flushing elected officials and the health center’s leadership.

Thursday 02/15/2018
New tax cuts a win for boro commerce?
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:27 pm

Many say the tax bill signed by President Trump is just a gift to the biggest corporations. But in Queens, it’s not only the largest companies that are seeing positive results.

Count borough native Tom Clarke as a big fan of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He’s a franchisee of Arby’s locations in Fresh Meadows and Middle Village, along with Burger Kings in Douglaston and Springfield Gardens.

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NYPD rolls out body cameras in the 103rd
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:45 pm

The NYPD’s 103rd Precinct is one of the first in the department to have its officers fully outfitted with body cameras.

Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 103rd, announced the move Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of the precinct’s Community Council.

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Queens cool to Trump infrastructure plans
Posted: February 15, 2018

President Trump’s long-awaited national infrastructure initiative delivers a lot less than promised, according to federal and local officials here.

A 55-page summary of a plan the president had been promising since he was a candidate would commit $200 billion in federal funds while seeking to leverage an additional $1.5 trillion from state and local governments and private investment.

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DOT eases bus lane parking restrictions
Posted: February 15, 2018

The Department of Transportation will allow motorists to park in the curbside Select Bus Service lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard from Liberty Avenue to the Belt Parkway at all hours on Saturdays, area elected officials announced last Thursday.

“Today is a perfect snapshot of how government should work,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said in front of C-Town Supermarket located at 107-66 Cross Bay Blvd. in Ozone Park. “Business owners, residents and others complain to their elected officials about a Select Bus Service that started in November and wanting change and change occurs. And we’re thankful the DOT listened to our concerns and did the change.”

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City will phase out the Comfort Inn next year
Posted: February 15, 2018

The city will start housing homeless families instead of single men at the Comfort Inn in Kew Gardens beginning in June, and the hotel will stop being used as an emergency homeless shelter altogether by Feb. 12, 2019.

That’s according to Human Resources Adminstration Commissioner Steve Banks, who made those promises in a Monday letter to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) on Monday.

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Business sector wary of trash pickup zones
Posted: February 15, 2018

Anyone opening a brick-and-mortar business in New York City must factor in the cost of selecting a private garbage collection service.

But the city and the Department of Sanitation are working on a five-year plan in which officials would divide all five boroughs into zones, each with a single, city-selected commercial carter.

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Lanes, cameras and tickets — oh my!
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Final warning.

The Department of Transportation announced Monday that people caught driving in the bus lanes on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards when not permitted will be issued violations starting Tuesday.

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Rail-splitting on Astoria subway projects
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:41 pm

Normally, the announcement that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning major renovations to a 101-year-old subway station would not have nearby residents, businesses and elected officials taking to the streets in protest.

But all came out in force at the elevated N/W elevated subway station at Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria on Feb. 8, with residents wondering just what they will be getting in terms of improved train service.

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Activists, U.S. agency wary of FAA decision
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Like many other quiet skies advocates in northeast Queens, Maria Becce of Broadway-Flushing is far from a fan of the TNNIS climb flight procedure from LaGuardia Airport.

The noisy NextGen departure procedure, which was created to spare the US Open tournament in Flushing Meadows Corona Park of irritating airplane noise, became frequent in northeast Queens in 2012. It has led residents of Bayside and Flushing to heavily criticize the Federal Aviation Administration.

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