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Diplomacy officially dead in ICCC dispute

In 2013, the state Inspector General’s Office used terms such as “disingenuous” when describing the process by which the Indian Cultural and Community Center obtained state land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital campus.On Tuesday, opponents of the proposed four-story apartment complex used terms including “fraudulent” and “lie” in discussing the ICCC’s acquisition of the property and its ongoing hearings before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Specialized HS tests debated in Flushing
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:20 pm

For many prospective New York City high school students, getting into one of the specialized schools is like winning the lottery, except with years of preparation.

To get into Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences, Brooklyn Latin School, High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College or High School of American Studies at Lehman College, there is just one door — a test: three hours of 45 multiple- choice verbal questions, 50 multiple-choice mathematics problems, using a formula the city Department of Education keeps under heavy wraps.

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Council tears into Astoria Cove plan
Posted: October 23, 2014

The Astoria Cove project has proven to be a sore issue with affordable housing advocates, and on Monday, City Council members were not afraid to slam the developers during a Zoning and Franchise Subcomittee meeting.

“As it is now, I cannot stand behind this project,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), whose district the development would be in and whose opinion will most likely influence the votes of his colleagues.

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Hero cop’s sister seeks Zadroga Law extension
Posted: October 23, 2014

Police Officer Robert Ehmer spent Sept. 11, 2001 running into burning skyscrapers to save people he had never met.

He spent the final three years of his life, from 2007 to 2010, fighting cancer believed to have been caused by his four months working at Ground Zero.

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Sandy debris gets cleared years later
Posted: October 23, 2014

On the cusp of the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Broad Channel residents are still trying to rid surrounding wetlands of debris caused by the storm’s wrath.

The unexpected golden opportunity: a torn-down home.

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Mayor, in Queens, touts Build it Back progress
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:32 pm

John and Jayme Galimi just want to go home.

The couple and their five kids have not lived in their Broad Channel house since Hurricane Sandy devastated it on Oct. 29, 2012. Nearly two years later, there may be a light at the end of the long tunnel the storm left them in.

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Richards takes the BRT bus to City Hall
Posted: October 23, 2014

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.

Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.

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DOB: Ambulance Corps can move back into HQ
Posted: October 23, 2014

The year and a half-long nightmare for the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps may be finally coming to an end. They have been OK’d to move back into their headquarters at 78-15 Jamaica Ave.

Anthony Iuliano, a representative from the Department of Buildings, made the announcement at Community Board 9’s meeting on Oct. 14.

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NYC library reform bills due at Council
Posted: October 23, 2014

Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Wednesday introduced a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.

The legislation would require:

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Willets Pt. builders: Lobby papers are routine
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:14 pm

When paperwork showing the Queens Development Group hired two lobbyist groups to work with Queens leaders, including Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), was discovered by activists, rumors swirled as to what it all means.

But according to the developers and several sources close to the issue, the paperwork filed with the City Clerk’s Office is routine.

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