Two of New York’s three citywide elected officials on Monday called on Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to step down as speaker following his arrest Thursday morning on allegations of bribery and fraud.
Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.
On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first tate of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was arrested Thursday morning on a five-count federal indictment charging him with taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as outside income from a private law firm for the last 15 years at least.
Silver was charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.
A new report by the Migration Policy Institute found that New York City is home to more than a half-million undocumented immigrants, with the largest concentration of that population living in Queens.
“I think that Queens, to many people, symbolizes opportunity,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who was unsurprised to learn of the figure. She cited the large amount of small businesses in Queens, many of them immigrant-owned, as a potential reason.
Queens officials are hailing the awarding of a $95,000 grant that will spruce up five storefronts this year within the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District.
The grant will pay for 80 percent of the cost of renovating five contiguous storefronts on the street that have yet to be selected. The Neighborhood Challenge Grant awarded to the Sutphin Boulevard BID was announced formally on Friday in front of row stores just south of Hillside Avenue.
MillionTreesNYC, the initiative that aims to plant that many across the city in a 10-year period, is well on its way to achieving its goal, representatives from the Department of Parks and Recreation said at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s monthly meeting on Saturday.
The project, which was kicked off in 2007 by then-Mayor Bloomberg and entertainer Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project, has already led to the planting of an estimated 938,000 trees in the five boroughs, Parks representatives said.
The effort to connect Flushing and Jamaica via bus rapid transit is starting to draw criticism from elected officials who believe it would have a negative impact on their constituents.
But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is saying those officials are by far in the minority on the matter, and supporters think a new bus route could cut commute times by 20 percent between Northern and southern Queens.
Few things anger Queens residents more than vehicles with out-of-state license plates taking up their parking spaces when they return from work at night.
Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) has introduced legislation to help return those occupied spots to those with cars registered in New York.
City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said last Thursday that her question-and-answer session with parents and educators in Little Neck was one of the most challenging Q&As she’s attended.
“You’ve given me the most complex questions and the most variety of questions,” she told those packed inside JHS 67’s auditorium.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and the law offices of his predecessor, Ann-Margaret Carrozza, are sponsoring their annual Valentines for Vets gift drive.
“We are collecting donations of cards, candy, toiletries and new clothing items such as pajamas, robes, slippers and socks for the hospitalized and disabled veterans at the St. Albans VA Community Living Center and the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans,” Braunstein said.
Even amid frigid temperatures, some Queens families are a little warmer.
Several organizations, including the LaGuardia Family Center, Muhammadi Center, First Baptist Church, Kings Inn Family Center and Chhaya Community Development Corp., received more than 1,200 donated coats this Saturday as part of state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-East Elmhurst) fifth annual coat drive.
Love is in the air, and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) wants to show his affection for veterans.
The politician will be collecting food and other goods for veterans staying in hospitals and nursing homes, as part of the Valentines for Vets program. Donations will be accepted at his district office, at 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd., until Feb. 12.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Tuesday urged the Department of the Interior to designate $10 million from its fiscal year 2016 budget to benefit and refurbish critical areas of New York’s Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Riis Beach, Fort Tilden, Floyd Bennett Field and Canarise Pier.
“Gateway National Recreation Area provides unique, urban park and beach space to countless New Yorkers and visitors, and these transformative projects will make it an even better and more resilient urban park,” Schumer said in a prepared statement.
“Let’s hear it for public schools!” city Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said before a passionate crowd last Thursday evening.
Dromm, chairman of the Council’s Education Committee and a former teacher of 25 years, was among fellow electeds, parents, school administrators and other advocates at the State of Our Schools Town Hall, which took place in the auditorium of PS 69 in Jackson Heights.
Last Friday, one horse died from injuries and another experienced nonlife-threatening injuries after both animals broke down in the middle of a race at Aqueduct Race Track.
The rest of the races for that day were canceled, along with the following day’s schedule.
In a sign that replacing their former district manager, Mary Ann Carey, will not be an easy task, the 14-member committee of Community Board 9 members who will hire her replacement met in a public meeting Monday night at Borough Hall to look over the 11 applications they received for the position.
But the otherwise routine meeting was not without its drama, as one Kew Gardens resident demanded to be heard, claiming the process was not adequately transparent.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and the city Office of Emergency Management have successfully convinced the Department of Transportation to update evacuation signage in South Queens to properly lead residents to emergency shelters.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder asks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the Nassau Expressway. He was joined by several politicians.
The parents of Allison Liao, right, took part in a vigil Tuesday night in Flushing where their daughter was killed by a driver in 2013. Speaking is Assemblyman Mark Weprin. The number 250 spelled out in candles represents traffic fatalities in the city last year.
Call him Assemblyman Phil Coldfeder.
The Rockaway and South Queens representative took part in the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Rockaway Beach.
Assemblyman David Weprin, center, donated more than 300 pounds of food donated by residents to the River Fund in Richmond Hill on Monday. He is joined here in front of the donated products at the shelter by Shirley Rice, COO of the River Fund, and Swami Durga Das, CEO and executive director.
An almost year-old altercation at a McDonald’s in Downtown Flushing was brought to light last week when four Korean-American groups held a demonstration outside the Main Street eatery.
James Jin Kim, 62, of Flushing claimed in a civil suit that he was yelled at and attacked by a McDonald’s employee after he complained last February that the coffee he ordered was taking too long. He wants $10 million in damages.
The family of 3-year-old Allison Liao, who was mowed down by a motorist in 2013, is waiting to find out if the driver’s license will be suspended or revoked.
A Department of Motor Vehichles hearing was held on Tuesday to determine if Ahmad Abu-Zayedeha, 44, of Flushing would retain his driver’s license. Two summonses for $150 each were previously voided by the DMV.
In late November, Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) began a food drive to benefit homeless and hungry residents of Queens.
Weprin’s constituents delivered more than 350 pounds of canned and nonperishable foods to both offices throughout his district and on Monday the food was donated to the River Fund in Richmond Hill.