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Queens divided over airport roundtables

Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Road, vows broken in Hamilton Beach
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Residents of Hamilton Beach are taking their fight to have a street in the community repaired to the highest level of City Hall.

Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, has started a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to direct the Department of Transportation to repave 104th Street, which has been neglected for years.

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Leaders dismayed at Ferguson decision
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:30 am

Monday night’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has filled up any openings in the Rev. Phil Craig’s normally busy schedule.

“I’ll be in Staten Island tonight,” said Craig, pastor of The Greater Springfield Community Church in Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be at the press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday.”

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DHS creates a storm over shelters in CB 12
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 2:23 pm

The ongoing community outcry against a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and one proposed for Glendale have been watched with interest within Community Board 12.

“There are 18 permanent shelters in Queens, and 10 of them are in Community Board 12,” said Board Chairwoman Adrienne Adams at the group’s Nov. 19 meeting.

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Council approves Astoria Cove plan
Posted: November 26, 2014

After a series of twists and turns, negotiations and debates, the Astoria Cove project was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

The development — which includes waterfront access, affordable housing, a commercial corridor, green space and a school — is the first to be approved under the new affordable housing stipulations made by Mayor de Blasio this year.

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Reps back president on immigration plan
Posted: November 26, 2014

Many Queens lawmakers back President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants, which says that many who have lived in the United States for at least five years without a criminal record can apply to legally work in the country and be protected from deportation. Up to five million may qualify.

Officials here largely said the move will not alleviate all the problems that exist in the nation’s “broken immigration system,” but is a “welcome step” that will move the country in the right direction.

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Council proposes IBZ protection plan
Posted: November 26, 2014

With affordable housing becoming a focal point for Mayor de Blasio, the City Council issued a comprehensive report on another dwindling sector — industrial businesses.

On Nov. 19, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) announced the city’s commitment to keeping manufacturing areas and Industrial Business Zones from becoming strictly residential.

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Activists want more from Obama immigration plan
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 1:23 pm

President Obama’s executive order to provide certain undocumented residents with deferred action in case of future reform legislation as a possible pathway to citizenship or deportations was debated over and over again on the news and in legislative offices around the country.

Many activist groups, including Make the Road New York, hosted viewing parties of the president’s speech and tweeted about being excited to hear Obama’s plan.

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CB 13 not backing down on ‘116th Pct.’
Posted: November 26, 2014

Memo to elected officials and NYPD brass: Don’t hold your collective breath waiting for Community Board 13 to give up on the prospect of a new 116th police precinct, preferably around Rosedale.

That was the clear message sent Monday night when the board approved its Fiscal Year 2016 funding priorities, with site selection for a new police station occupying its accustomed place at the top of the list.

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Judge: no pregnant pause in Tabone case
Posted: November 26, 2014

A federal judge has denied a motion to postpone the Jan. 5 retrial of former Deputy Queens Republican Chairman Vincent Tabone due to his lawyer being unable to participate because of a difficult pregnancy.

Tabone is scheduled to be tried beginning Jan. 5 along with outgoing state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) as part of a government corruption case centered on the lawmaker.

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