Congressman Joe Crowley, center, announces the introduction of the Peaceful Learning Act with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center left, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, center right, and parents and teachers of PS 85.
As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.
There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”
It was the end of an era at Community Board 9 Tuesday night.
Longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey was honored for decades of service at her last meeting in the position she has held since Ed Koch was mayor and Donald Manes was borough president.
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.
Vote! It’s not only a privilege, it’s a duty, and shame on those too lazy to avail themselves of it — the very ones so eager to complain about our president’s inability to move parts of his agenda forward due to the fact that we allowed an ignorant regressive Congress to be voted in, one proudly pledged to obstruct any motion put forth by President Obama.
The importance of that vote was never more pronounced than in the 2010 midterm election. Our self-congratulating progressive Democrats were so busy patting themselves on the back for having initiated one of the proudest, almost inconceivable achievements in our country’s short history — the election of a black person as president of the United States — that they sat on their priggish progressive posteriors and neglected to follow through and vote for an equally perspicacious Congress. As a result, the most ill-equipped, nonproductive, pro-obstruction (to list just a few applicable derogatory prefixes) House of Representatives our country has ever had the misfortune to experience, was installed … or more accurately, inflicted.
Although not part of the 2010 Congressional infection but rather the previous one Regressive Republican representative stands out, Louis Buller “Louie” Gohmert Jr., un-shockingly of Texas. This ignorant congressman makes Gomer (Jim Nabors) Pyle of Andy Griffith seem a genius. Words cannot do justice. Only seeing or hearing this imbecile is believing. This is the quality of representation we can expect from today’s degenerate Conservlican Party. Pity; they once were actually a Grand Old Party.
We soon will have the opportunity to make our country incredibly proud once again with the election of the first woman president of the United States. Let’s hope that the progressives outnumber the regressives at the voting booth come the midterm election.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding the poor and hungry in the borough, voicing strong support for the state of Israel and fighting the stain of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.
“For members of the Jewish community, this is an incredibly important institution that provides so much assistance, but for so many members of the larger Queens community who happen to not be Jewish, it’s a place they turn to equally for help and an open door,” de Blasio said at the Jamaica Estates event.
Chris Moss, running for lieutenant governor with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, headlined the list of statewide and Congressional candidates speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club.
And the Chemung County sheriff said he and Astorino feel quite at home in New York City.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) recently hosted a back-to-school supplies giveaway for children attending the New York Junior Tennis League Aces Club summer program at IS 61 in Corona.
Crowley, center, was joined by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), center right.
Assemblyman David Weprin, left, and Congressman Gregory Meeks, right, were among the score of Democratic political luminaries who came out in force on Tuesday to show their support for Leroy Comrie in his race in the 14th State Senate District.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) is set to join the parade of local officials endorsing former Councilman Leroy Comrie in his bid to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Ongoing discussions that are expected to result in a massive expansion of the Citi Bike program are among the most poorly-kept secrets coning out of City Hall.
Multiple news outlets, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, have reported that REQX Ventures, an affiliate of Related Cos. is involved in talks with Oregon-based Alta Bicycle Share Inc. which operates the bike share program that started in spring 2013.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
Rep. Steve Israel, right, a veteran congressman whose district was recently redrawn to include sections of Queens, is backing state Sen. Tony Avella in his primary race against challenger John Liu, top left.
U.S. Congressman Joe Crowley arrives in style on Monday at a press conference pushing a bill to offer tax breaks for those using bike sharing programs to go to and from work. He hopes passage will lead to expansion of the Citi Bike program into Queens.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
Avella was endorsed last Friday by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), who only started to represent part of this borough in 2013, thanks to post-2010 Census redistricting, but is a veteran lawmaker and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
While elected officials and residents are still reeling over the Department of Homeless Services’ unexpected conversion of the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst into a homeless shelter last month, the agency is at it again.
This time, the Westway Motor Inn on Astoria Boulevard has been converted into a high-capacity homeless shelter without, some contend, proper notice to those most impacted by the move.
Eleven votes separated them, but Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Stephen Labate conceded Tuesday to the victor, Grant Lally.
The state Board of Elections certified the victory last Thursday, following a court battle over absentee ballots. At the time, Labate, a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, said he would seek a recount because of the small difference in votes.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.
The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
Campaign finance reports have revved up the interest and the rhetoric in the state’s 11th Senate District, while in the 14th they brought more bad news for 14-year incumbent Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Former city Comptroller John Liu, who joined the race less than two months ago, reported more than $508,000 in donations to his campaign to unseat incumbent Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District Democratic primary in reports that were due by 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.
Shortly after he was kicked out of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference in 2013, people in Albany and Southeast Queens began calling him the man without a party.
Now locked in a primary battle for his political survival and a federal corruption trial restarting in January, state Sen. Malcolm Smith apparently can only watch as every party leader, elected official and natural Democratic constituency group lines up behind former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
Residents of Bay Terrace may soon have a convenient new coffee and snack destination.
At the June meeting of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance at the Chabad Center of Northeast Queens last Thursday, representatives from Cord Meyer Development Corp. were there for the first time in over a year to report negotiations with Dunkin’ Donuts to occupy a space on the upper level of the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.