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Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
Queens is getting the outer-borough treatment when it comes to public participation in the choice of the next City Council speaker.
A series of public forums on filling the position will be held this week "across the city," in the words of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who announced the events Nov. 18.
Well, not quite across the city. Queens and Staten Island have been left out.
Craig Caruana didn’t bring up Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during his recent candidate interview with the Queens Chronicle, but consciously or not, he’s trying to take a page from his fellow Republican’s playbook.
Make your first run for office while younger than just about everyone on the Council, emphasize that you could serve the district better than your opponent, stake out moderate positions and highlight your deep roots in the community, one of the more conservative ones in Queens. Ulrich did it with great success.
A small bit of Forest Hills history is in the making as the neighborhood’s first gay bar in decades plans to open its doors next weekend.
Pride Restaurant Lounge and Bar, located at 70-15 Austin St. in Forest Hills, is primed to welcome patrons for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 26, thus making it Forest Hills’ first chic restaurant and nightspot geared toward the LGBT community.
For all of their perceived power in city politics, the Queens County organizations for both major political parties were not on the winning side of their respective mayoral primary races this year. Queens Democrats chose City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) as their choice for mayor, while the Queens Republican leadership choose supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis as their standard-bearer.
Both lost, and now with six weeks to go until the city selects its new mayor, the county parties are seeking to unify behind the primary winners, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former MTA chief Joe Lhota.
After Nov. 5, there will be one more race to watch before the new city government takes office and that will be who succeeds Christine Quinn as speaker of the City Council.
The position, which has only had three occupants since being created in 1989, wields tremendous power over legislation that passes through the Council and the annual budget negotiations.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, left, received endorsements this week from former rivals Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn, ending the Democratic mayoral primary.
United States District Judge Shira Scheindlin refused the Bloomberg Administration’s request for a stay of the federal court’s stop-and-frisk decision.
About three weeks ago, Scheindlin declared the NYPD’s practice of stop and frisk unconstitutional and put a federal monitor in place to oversee all stops. The judge also asked that the NYPD revisit the policy and come up with a new version that utilizes community policing. In addition, 5 percent of officers must wear body cameras so that the policy can be better policed.
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.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who had backed Christine Quinn for mayor, threw his support behind Bill de Blasio on Tuesday as Democrats coalesced around the public advocate.
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.
We congratulate all the winners of Tuesday’s primaries. Many are de facto winners of the general election because they have no opponent in the other party, which underscores the importance of primaries.
Not every race went the way we had hoped, as regular readers of this page know. But winners and losers alike fought hard, and, for the most part, over substantive issues.
With just days to go before the primaries for citywide offices, the Council of Senior Centers and Services last Thursday posted online a detailed questionnaire it gave to the candidates, along with their answers.
The CSCS, which says it is the leading advocate for senior services, posted the questions and answers on its website, cscs-ny.org. To see them, click on the candidate questionnaire link under the “News Alerts and Advocacy” tab.
De Blasio, Lhota at top in latest mayoral primary poll results
With primary elections now less than a week away, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has widened his lead over the other Democrats running for mayor while former Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota remains the favorite of Republicans, according to the latest survey.
For an incumbent Democratic city Councilman to have a serious primary challenger is rare.
For that challenger to have outfunded him by more than $25,000 is practically unheard of.
With Primary Day two weeks away, the Bay Terrace Community Alliance held a candidates forum Tuesday night at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, with nine mayoral hopefuls in attendance, in addition to the six candidates for City Council District 19, four for public advocate and one for comptroller.
The moderators, BTCA President Warren Schreiber and Vice President Phil Konigsberg, asked questions on a variety of topics.
Jackson Heights and Astoria have just named streets after inspiring members of their communities.
The corner of 73rd Street and 34th Avenue will now be known as Mary Sarro Way after the LGBT rights supporter, district manager of Community Board 3, where she served from 1977 until 1996, and founder or supporter of many organizations such as the 82nd Street Business Improvement District and the neighborhood’s designated precinct, the 115th.
The city’s at a crossroads. The next mayor will face serious challenges even before you consider the unexpected. The choice of whom we elect will largely determine whether the gains of the last couple decades are maintained or we reverse course. You’ve heard it all before. But that’s because it’s true.
These are uncertain times. When will Wall Street’s recovery finally make its way to Main Street? How will roughly 150 new city union contracts be hammered out without either bankrupting the taxpayer or shortchanging the worker? Will violent crime begin to rise again? Will the next terrorist plot be successful? How can the schools be improved without leaving so many children behind?
Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes her case for the Democratic nomination for mayor before more than 600 people Monday night at a forum held at North Shore Towers in Floral Park as Republican John Catsimatidis awaits his turn at the podium.
There was a Christine Quinn sighting in Floral Park Tuesday evening.
Council Speaker Quinn (D-Manhattan) came out on offense against Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at a forum for mayoral candidates at North Shore Towers.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) regularly hosts community, religious and party leaders at a buffet breakfast to help them keep tabs on what is going on in Washington, and to keep tabs on his district.
But at York College on Monday, he was up front with the fact that this one was going to be different, with mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and comptroller candidate Scott Stringer — both of whom Meeks has endorsed — invited to speak.
Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio stood in front of Haveli, an Indian cuisine restaurant located at 116-33 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, on Friday to lay out his proposed changes to the city’s approach to small immigrant businesses.
“The bottom line is, we have a lot tobe proud of as New Yorkers but we need to make sure our economy works for everyone,” said de Blasio, who toured small businesses throughout the city last week. “We need to make sure that there is opportunity for everyone.”
And the reports show that citywide races are still up for grabs among major candidates.
The following figures do not include those who have suspended their campaigns, or have reported little or no campaign fundraising or spending.
On Aug. 4, Jackson Heights was filled with Ecuadorian pride. Thousands of people turned out to the Ecuadorian Day parade that ran along Northern Boulevard from 69th to 87th streets.
In addition to the colorful floats and sea of people, mayoral candidates Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner and Joe Lhota showed their support by sporting yellow, red and blue — the colors of the Ecuadorian flag.
Though he’s way behind in the polls, John Liu is confident he will be elected mayor of New York City.
“I’m confident we can win this,” the candidate said in a sit-down with the Chronicle editorial board. “I wouldn’t be in this race if I didn’t think I could win.”