Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them in the state gone by 2025.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
When asked in recent days if New York should legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that is supported by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx), six of Queens’ 15 Council members gave varied responses.
All 15, including Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), whose Brooklyn district also includes much of Ridgewood, were asked the same questions via email to their main spokespersons: Would you support the legalization of marijuana in New York? Why or why not? And how would how would it benefit or affect New York?
A multimillion-dollar city project completed ahead of schedule is as rare as a traffic-free morning on one of the many highways running through Kew Gardens.
With the opening of the new northbound Van Wyck Expressway viaduct last week, just one part of the extensive Kew Gardens Interchange project, at least one of those scenarios will come to fruition.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
In 2009, New York enacted a law that mandates the state to translate and print ballots and all other voting materials in Russian, yet many eligible Russian-American voters who don’t speak English have been deprived from voting and are forced to return home because the state has never implemented the measure.
The translation rule was enacted in 2009 by former Gov. David Patterson. The state failed to translate voting materials in Russian, the third-most commonly spoken language in New York City, behind Chinese and Spanish, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Officials cited lack of funding as the reason.
As a customer of Jamestown Brand mild pork sausage, I was horrified to learn that the company sold out to China! There go more USA jobs. I urge readers to find a copy of “Factory Man” at your library. It is gratifying to learn about one manufacturer who bucked this trend to keep his factories running in our own country, making a profit while keeping his employees on the job.
The re-election of Andrew Cuomo saddens me for the same reason of needing to keep employment up throughout our state. Putting more casinos upstate is a dreadful solution. Atlantic City is dying. The casinos have pulled the plug and taken away jobs, few of which paid good salaries anyway.
Rural areas and cities are not prospering as giant corporations outsource goods and services. Our youth are in need of more education after high school to achieve good jobs in all fields. We need to get our clothing industry back. We need people who can repair our motors, homes and bodies. We need factories, labs and research facilities and vocational schools to provide full employment. We need doctors who make house calls and small farms to supply our kitchens and our eateries. How can a casino do any of these functions?
Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following yesterday's Democratic primaries.
The number of people working in Queens was roughly the same in July as it was in June — 1,092,800 — according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor.
The number counted as unemployed increased from 81,000 to 82,700 and the unemployment rate ticked up by a tenth of a point, from 6.9 percent to 7 percent.
A crowd of about 100 constituents turned out Tuesday night for the Bay Terrace Community Alliance’s Meet the Candidates Forum, which featured eight hopefuls seeking five different positions.
Gubernatorial incumbent Andrew Cuomo is being challenged in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary by law professor Zephyr Teachout and political satirist Randy Credico.
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul causally stepped out of the Elite Cafe at 72-28 Main St. in Kew Gardens Hills into the drizzly Friday afternoon. As her shoes hit the sidewalk, she suddenly stopped, her wide eyes opened wider by something happening in front of her — a traffic enforcement officer standing in front of a minivan writing a ticket for an expired meter.
“Oh my goodness, whose car is that?” she asked in her thick Western New York accent.
The MTA and Long Island Rail Road employee unions have reached a contract agreement, averting a strike that had been set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Gov. Cuomo, agency Chairman Thomas Prendergast and labor leaders announced today.
On July 7, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino told a group of supporters in Queens Village, “If we can raise enough money, we can win this thing.”
He’d best get cracking, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state’s Board of Elections by his and Gov. Cuomo’s campaign this week.
Seated in a large rectangular configuration in a giant hangar at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Airport, the Queens Aviation roundtable members reconvened last Wednesday to discuss noise, flight procedures, and plan for the future of the body.
Ed Knoesel, manager of Environmental Services for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, chaired the meeting and updated members on the newly created Noise Office, which is hiring staff. The PA is still placing noise monitors and would like site suggestions from community members in relatively quiet residential areas. He noted that Queens Quiet Skies has already provided a lengthy list based on flight routes and procedures. Two were placed recently, one of which is in Bayside, and the PA can purchase up to 36 more portable monitors.
The New York State Legislature wrapped up formal business for the year last Thursday, and elected officials from Queens, chosen in a random sample, are characterizing the session as an overall success.
“The short answer is yes,” Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, starting with one of the basics.
Queens Village Republican Club President Phil Orenstein, right, leads a group of protesters in numerous chants, outside Borough Hall on Tuesday, bashing Gov. Andrew Cuomo on issues such as taxes, education and job creation.
The last time a group of Queens Republicans gathered to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the snow was coming down fast and furious and the cold was biting.
On Tuesday, they were back at it again at the entrance to Borough Hall.
Cuomo strong but could lose edge if liberal runs — poll
Gov. Cuomo has a 57 to 28 percent lead over his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, but that lead drops to 37 to 24 percent if a more liberal or progressive candidate runs on the Working Families Party line,
Following Queens’ first community aviation roundtable at LaGuardia Airport, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hosted a similar event last Wednesday near JFK to discuss noise and other problems with community representatives from nearby areas.
Ralph Tragale, assistant director of aviation for the PA, began by assuring the attendees that the agency is hiring staff for a new noise office and doubling the number of portable noise monitors.
For the first time in New York City history, representatives of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the Federal Aviation Administration joined representatives from surrounding communities for a roundtable discussion on the noise and other impacts of flights arriving and departing from LaGuardia Airport, on Monday night.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo made clear his concerns about aircraft noise in communities surrounding JFK and LaGuardia airports and that’s why we’re here tonight,” Ralph Tragale, the Port Authority assistant director of aviation, said. “He’s directed us to take some aggressive action.”
With the words, “We can win,” recently- declared Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino spoke at the Northeast Queens Republican Club’s monthly meeting on April 16, asserting his intention to defeat Gov. Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent, in November’s election.
The club’s new president, Kevin Ryan, introduced Astorino by suggesting the party needs a candidate “who can energize the base” and noting, “That’s a very tall order.”
It is with great pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and pollution problems of aircraft flying over our communities. The governor ordered the Port Authority to increase the number of noise monitors keeping track of violations of the allowable noise levels of aircraft and to carry out a Part 150 noise study to see how noise from aircraft is affecting residents. He also called for the establishment of roundtables where community representatives and officials would meet regularly to discuss aircraft noise and flight pattern concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration would need to cooperate and participate in these measures.
This is just the beginning of the process to mitigate the noise issue. Those involved in this fight must monitor that all of the conditions and requests ordered by the governor are followed through over time and appropriate action is taken by the powers that be.
In the meantime, the residents of our area owe a great deal of thanks for the effort put forth so far. Janet McEneaney, Bob Whitehair and all of the people involved with Queens Quiet Skies have been extraordinary. Visit their website at queensquietskies.org to see what you can do to aid in their efforts.
Locally, Community Board 11 Aviation Committee co-chairs Andrew Rothman and Joan Garippa have worked hard on this issue along side former Chairman Jerry Iannece and the other members of the board. Our local elected leaders including Congress members Meng, Israel and Crowley, Sen. Avella and Assembly member Braunstein have all stepped up to the plate and spoken out and acted upon this problem. Gov. Cuomo should be complimented for listening to the concerns of his constituents.
On May 3, the Bayside Historical Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a gala honoring several people who have served our communities well. One of those being honored is McEneaney of Queens Quiet Skies. You can call the Society at (718) 352-1548 for information and details if you would like to attend. Also being honored are former Sen. Frank Padavan, Sister Kathleen Masterson of Sacred Heart Church, Rosemarie Ryan-Harrison, Dr. Gary Bram and the Brown/Wettingfeld family, who helped found the Bayside Historical Society back in 1964. Everyone is invited to purchase a ticket to attend this community celebration to be held at the “Castle” on Fort Totten!
Barely three months after stepping down from the City Council, Peter Vallone Jr. is back, this time working under Gov. Cuomo as a special assistant to the state’s corrections commissioner.
If the Department of Environmental Conservation has its way, there won't be a single mute swan left in the State of New York by 2025.
If state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Whitestone) has his way, the birds just might be able to stay here unmolested.