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Liu concedes; he vows to be involved

Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.In a letter to his supporters, Liu, a former city councilman and comptroller, said the campaign was about “holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire when we as voters put our faith in them and expect that commitments made on the campaign trail are not abandoned in the halls of government.”

Thursday 09/18/2014
MLS turns its eyes back to Queens
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.

The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.

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Protesters tell FAA to quiet the noise
Posted: September 18, 2014

“Enough is enough!” they chanted.

Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.

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Residents get DOT to make 5th St. safer
Posted: September 18, 2014

After rallies, petitions and press conferences, the parents and elected officials of Long Island City had something to celebrate.

In accordance with requests made by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Community Board 2 and Long Island City residents to the Department of Transportation, major traffic improvements have come to 5th Street.

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Crumbling curbs anger churchgoers
Posted: September 18, 2014

Members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside have been waiting two years for the city to repair their damaged curbs, but Department of Transportation officials say if they’re unhappy to sue the city.

It all started about two years ago, according to member and community activist Jack Oshier, during the winter when Department of Sanitation trucks plowing snow got too close to the curbs and damaged them.

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Broken windows theory is debated
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Just nine months into his first term, it appears likely that the legacy of Mayor de Blasio will largely rest on an important issue: his ability to improve relations between the Police Department and the city’s communities of color.

A panel discussion titled “Broken Windows ... Broken Theory?” held at St. John’s University on Monday delved into race relations.

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Build it Back program shows some progress
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Build it Back has been circulating some updated numbers on its progress in South Queens, and although it has been slow, the program seems to actually be moving forward with the reconstruction of hundreds of homes damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

According to statistics from the program, 22 homes in South Queens neighborhoods hit hard by the storm nearly two years ago have already had construction completed through the program, though that’s of more than 8,500 that have signed up. Though the number of homes that have been completed is small, 149, until last March, not a single Sandy-damaged home in the city had work finished through the program.

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Lawmakers split on immigration bill
Posted: September 18, 2014

Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.

The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.

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102nd Precinct sees big drop in crime
Posted: September 18, 2014

The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.

At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.

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EQA ups the ante in its JFK runway battle
Posted: September 18, 2014

The case of Eastern Queens Alliance v. the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now before the second-highest court in the land.

Clyde Vanel, the Cambria Heights attorney representing the EQA, said he filed a 75-page brief with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 11.

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