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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.
Pols say ‘Adoptee Bill of Rights’ is key for medical records –
A bill pending in Albany that was sponsored by a Queens assemblyman would allow adopted New Yorkers to access their birth certificates and medical records, which they are barred from doing.
2013 proved to be a very busy year for area civic groups.
Quality-of-life issues such as the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the trash-carrying trains roaring through southwestern Queens neighborhoods dominated many an agenda.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
In a city the size of New York, politics and crime are often the biggest newsmakers, as was the case in 2013.
There was no shortage of political headlines this past year, an election year at that. Queens elected a new borough president while Forest Hills and Rego Park opted to bring back Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) for another term. Area politicians made their collective voices heard throughout the year, filling the Chronicle’s pages for months.
As I walk across York’s campus this time of year I love watching our students scurry inside. Most are looking to escape the cold and retreat into warm libraries or sip hot coffees, rigorously preparing for finals. This time of year is among my favorite, and in many ways, much like the weather, it’s strikingly bittersweet.
As you may have heard, tragedy befell York College this semester, as we laid to rest Manuel Luna Ceron, a student and friend. There is nothing more painful as a college president than to have to share the news with your students that one of their classmates has died. We all feel the pain of this loss and we have to search in our hearts and minds for new beginnings.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.
When the 52nd governor of New York began public school he couldn’t speak English. Meanwhile, Mario Cuomo’s father slowly worked his way from ditch digger to storeowner with his wife in South Jamaica. It was a struggle for his parents who left their native Italy to pursue a better life for their family in the 1920s. Six decades later, he would speak of their trials as Gov. Cuomo when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
It was 1983 that marked the start of Cuomo’s 12-year tenure, the longest for a Democrat. He balanced 12 consecutive budgets, though many were late, reduced state income taxes by 20 percent and enacted the nation’s first seat belt law credited with reducing fatalities. Though seen by many as a clear choice for the presidential nomination, it never was for Cuomo. To run on a platform that said he could balance the nation’s budget while his own state was still without one would be a politically “foolish” move, as he said in a 1998 New York Magazine article.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is upping the ante in his fight against political corruption in the state, telling the governor’s Moreland Commission that his office will start going after the pensions of public officials who are convicted of crimes.
And an unscientific survey of elected officials from Queens elicited that legal changes and legal challenges will be forthcoming.
For some, the Democratic Party’s long, competitive and sometimes bruising primary for mayor ended not with a bang, but with a whimper.
But for city Democrats, desperate to win back City Hall for the first time in two decades, that whimper came with a smile, a handshake and perhaps a sigh of relief on Monday.
Only two weeks before the potential runoff between Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic candidate Bill Thompson, the race came to a quiet ending engineered by the state’s most powerful Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The deadline to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is this Saturday, April 13.
But unlike the past deadlines, this one will not be extended, according to a FEMA spokeswoman.
A bill to allow mixed martial arts events to be held in New York may finally be headed for approval after years in limbo.
The full contact sport that includes elements of boxing, judo, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts is banned in New York, but is legal in nearly every other state in the country and has a growing fan base. The sport’s top promotion company, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, regularly holds sold-out events in arenas across the country and the world, including in Britain, Canada and Brazil.
Funding to reduce air pollution around the Fresh Pond Rail Yard has thus far made it through that grueling process known as the New York State budget negotiations.
The trick now for Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and like-minded legislators is to shepherd the $17 million from the Transportation Committee into the final version of a spending bill that could be sent to Gov. Cuomo’s desk by Saturday.
The state Legislature is negotiating an expansion to the state’s Bottle Bill to include noncarbonated beverages such as iced teas, sports drinks, energy drinks and sugar-added waters. If the expanded bill passes, consumers will have to pay an additional 5 cents for those beverages, which can be redeemed by recycling the bottles.
Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposal for the 2013-2014 year may lead to drastic cuts to food banks and pantries statewide.
The recent proposal sent out in January would downsize spending across the board but funding for programs like the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC would be restructured completely.
Hours after state Sen. Catharine Young, left, promoted the Rape is Rape bill with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, right, and rape victims Lydia Cuomo and Andrew Willis, Young rescinded her support and introduced a bill that could convict perpertrators of rape for sexual contact yet does not define the act to include forced oral or anal sex, the main component of the Rape is Rape legislation.
State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and rape victim Lydia Cuomo traveled to Albany on Tuesday to tout the reintroduction of the Rape is Rape bill.
In August 2011, Michael Pena, an off-duty police officer, forced Cuomo to perform fellatio and sodomy by gun point as she walked to her job as a school teacher in the Bronx.
The debate team at Forest Hills High School recently emerged from a competition last month as the best squad in New York State.
Now the 35 seniors are turning to the community in an effort to raise $22,000 they will need in order to go to Washington, DC, in April for the national championships.
Tributes poured in last Friday for Ed Koch, the three-term mayor who personified New York City from 1978 through 1989, and who died early that morning at age 88.
They came unsolicited from elected officials across the city, and were echoed on the street by the people of Queens.
Gov. Cuomo reiterated his support for full casino gaming — including table games — in New York State, but under the plan he outlined in this week’s State of the State speech, Queens residents will have to drive a good long while on the Thruway to get to roll real dice at a real craps table or sit with an actual blackjack dealer.
In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to build the nation’s largest convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack next to the Resorts World Casino New York City. The plan was controversial, garnered mixed reviews and died in June after an agreement on financing could not be reached between Cuomo and Resorts World’s parent company, Genting.
The idea to build a Queens version of Manhattan’s High Line Park got a push forward this week, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.
The Trust for Public Land received $167,000 in Environmental Protection Fund municipal grants from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to further explore the viability of turning the abandoned rail line, which runs from Rego Park to Ozone Park, into parkland.
Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi, in prison since April 2011 for corruption, was granted parole today and will be released before Christmas.