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LGA service workers want health benefits

Julissa Melo said every day she suffers and does not have enough to survive.“Attitude from the higher-ups is a 24/7 thing,” she said. “I only stay here because I have to pay rent. I have to do what I have to do and put my own attitude on the side.”

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Queens divided over airport roundtables
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 4:42 pm

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.

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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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More safety upgrades eyed for Queens Blvd.
Posted: November 26, 2014

The banishment of left turns from Yellowstone Boulevard onto westbound Queens Boulevard may not be popular with many motorists, but another effort to improve safety along the dangerous roadway is gaining community support.

A month after listening to the concerns of Forest Hills and Rego Park residents at October’s 112th Precinct Community Council meeting, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is petitioning the Department of Transportation for various safety improvements for pedestrians along Queens Boulevard.

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Worsening traffic decried in Flushing
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:32 am

It’s always gridlock alert day in Downtown Flushing.

Calling it “the perfect storm,” Flushing developer Michael Meyer said last Friday at a Community Board 7 district cabinet meeting that changing bus routes, construction and increased traffic have exacerbated the situation over recent months.

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MTA scrubbing racial slur from bus stop
Posted: November 26, 2014

Because waiting in the cold for a bus to come isn’t frustrating enough.

For at least the last three weeks, a racial slur aimed at African Americans has remained on the schedule canister of the Metropolitan Avenue/69th Street Q54 bus stop in Middle Village, angering Maspeth West End Block Association Co-President Charlene Stubbs and others.

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Safety measures added on parkway
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:48 am

The city Department of Transportation has placed additional lighting and signage near the area known as Deadman’s Curve on the Cross Island Parkway.

The request for additional safety measures at the location was made by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), following the fourth motorcycle death there in 10 years in October.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Two boros unite in bid to remove plaza
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:17 am

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.”

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MTA releases fare hike options for ’15
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:52 am

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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25 mph for Queens Boulevard: Trottenberg
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:16 am

Queens drivers who have been using Queens Boulevard to get around the new citywide speed limit better enjoy it while they can.

The major thoroughfare — which has a posted speed limit of 30 mph — is expected to reduce to 25 miles per hour by the end of the year, according to the Department of Transportation.

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