If you closed your eyes and listened, the steps of Borough Hall sounded more like the tunnels of a West Virginia coal mine on Thursday.
In keeping with a Labor Day theme, Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off a press conference celebrating unions and hardworking Queens residents by singing a few bars of “Sixteen Tons,” a song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford about the arduous life of a coal miner, which has become synonymous with hard, honest labor since its 1955 release.
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated beleaguered seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
“The people made a difficult choice; but they chose decisively,” Comrie said before throngs of supporters at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club. “The people of the 14th District said they wanted a representative they can be proud of, a representative who will get results from Albany.”
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
Not far enough.
That was the message sent this week by members of Community Board 13 in response to the Indian Cultural and Community Center proposing to cut three stories from a pair of senior apartment buildings on the grounds of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Bellerose.
The developers of a proposed apartment complex on land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village are preparing for a second hearing before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.
The BSA rejected a proposal in September from the Indian Cultural and Community Center that includes two nine-story apartment towers with 143 units.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark cut the ribbon on Oct. 30 as the LIRR unveiled massive renovations, restorations and improvements to its Queens Village station.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Queens Village has been an LIRR stop since 1881, though the current station was built in 1924, bottom left.
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Habitat for Humanity New York City CEO Neil Hetherington, left, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Gregory Schiefbein of City Community Development, Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, Habitat for Humanity New York City Chairwoman Christine McGuinness, Councilman Donovan Richards and future homeowners Anna and Billy Tsou and their two children participate at Habitat’s groundbreaking in Rosedale last Saturday.
A scathing report issued by the New York State Inspector General’s Office blasts actions taken by the Indian Cultural and Community Center — and inaction by the New York State Dormitory Authority — in connection with the sale of more than four acres of property on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site in Queens Village.
The ICCC was before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday in continuing its effort to construct a pair of nine-story towers on the property.
The final meeting of the 113th Precinct Community Council before summer break was the final one as president for Vivian McMillian, who decided not to seek another term at the helm after 23 years as a council member.
Tributes poured in Monday night for “Miss Vivian,” as she has become known throughout the community, including those from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown; City Council members Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica); state Senators James Sanders (D-Jamaica) and Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis); and Assembly members William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) and Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village).
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
“I can confirm that Sen. Malcolm Smith has joined the IDC!” Eric Soufer, a spokesman for the group, tweeted Tuesday.
The Independent Democratic Caucus welcomed Smith (D-Hollis), the fifth renegade Democrat to split from the main party and join the group. The decision makes the balance of power in the 2013 Senate unclear, since neither Republicans nor Democrats won the majority on Election Day.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie, left, and Assembly members Barbara Clark and Bill Scarborough agree long lines frustrated voters.
Superstorm Sandy’s impact could be felt everywhere in the weeks following the hurricane. And of course it left its mark on politics.
There were long lines on Election Day and it wasn’t just because people were anxious to do their patriotic duty as Americans. Many people had been displaced, their homes badly damaged or destroyed by Sandy, while others couldn’t travel because the fuel shortage had left their cars with little or no gas.
Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, left, and Rep. Gregory Meeks will both hang on to their seats
It was an easy victory for Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), both of whom are retaining their respective seats after Tuesday’s election.
Meeks claimed 146,278 votes or 89.7 of the ballots, according to unofficial results by NY1. Republican challenger Allan Jennings came in a distant second with 15,640 or 9.59 percent, followed by Libertarian contender Catherine Wark with 1,161 or 0.7 percent.
Democrats appeared to retake control of the state Senate Tuesday, as Republicans failed to win a Queens race they had poured resources into and may have lost several other tight contests around New York.
The likely changeover from GOP control would be one more victory for the party that saw President Obama re-elected and solidified its control of the U.S. Senate even as it lost a few more seats in the House of Representatives.
Dozens of residents packed Monday’s Community Board 13 meeting in Cambria Heights to voice their opposition to new proposed City Council district lines for Cambria Heights and Springfield Gardens. A representative for the city’s Districting Commission, the body that draws the lines, told the crowd that it would try to keep things as they are.
Based on Districting Commission maps, 52 blocks located in the southern portion of Cambria Heights — about one-third of the neighborhood — would be moved from the 27th District, represented by City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), to the 31st District, whose new representative will be chosen in a special election in March 2013.
Barbara Clark beat challenger Clyde Vanel by a large margin.
Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) easily beat challenger Clyde Vanel last Thursday to hold on to her 33rd District seat.
She received 63.4 percent of the vote while her opponent garnered 36.6 percent, according to preliminary numbers from the Board of Elections. Clark is unchallenged in the November general election and has ensured victory with this win.
Lenore Dunton, a senior who has lived in St. Albans for over 40 years, walked from her house to cast her ballot at nearby PS 36 last Thursday, only to see a sign stating that the polling site had been moved to PS 118 in Hollis, about a mile away.
“This is a bunch of crap,” Dunton said. “Are they trying to prevent people from voting?” The longtime resident was so angered by the situation that she considered not voting at all.