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Councilman Danny Dromm and residents gather in front of Starbucks Coffee in Jackson Heights. The coffee chain reportedly leaves mounds of trash on residential 79th Street resulting in foul odors and vermin.
A crowd huddled in front of Starbucks on Friday in Jackson Heights and it wasn’t to sample a caramel macchiato.
According to city officials and residents, the Starbucks on the corner of 37th Avenue and 79th Street regularly leaves mounds of garbage on a residential street rather than in front of the store along the commercial corridor.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
Councilman Danny Dromm gives a speech at the start of the parade. Rep. Carol Maloney, third from right, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, next to Maloney, look on.
Councilman Danny Dromm, center right, with Public Advocate Letitia James, right, former Speaker Christine Quinn, center left, and Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, second from left, and Julissa Ferreras, left, at last year’s Pride Parade in Jackson Heights.
There’s plenty of room for prekindergarten in New York City, at least according to Mayor de Blasio.
City Hall released a report Tuesday that said the capacity exists for universal pre-K to be implemented this September.
Rocky Sanabria was seen as different for much of her life.
On the outside, she appeared to be a normal girl who was a bit boyish but otherwise nondescript.
State Sen. Greg Ball and Councilman Danny Dromm.
Mayor de Blasio's proposal to issue city ID cards to anyone who wants them, including undocumented immigrants, was the subject of a fierce TV discussion Sunday between state Sen. Greg Ball, who opposes the idea, and Queens City Councilman Danny Dromm, who will sponsor the bill to enact it.
State Sen. Greg Ball (D-Patterson) slammed Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID card legislation during a debate with Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on “Up Close with Diana Williams” on Sunday morning.
The bill, which will be drafted by Dromm — a big advocate for immigration reform — was briefly discussed by the mayor during his State of the City Address two weeks ago.
While the debate over universal prekindgarten has been focused on how a plan would be funded, another issue is arising among parents and officials — where would these classes be held?
Queens schools are the most overcrowded in the city, and that is without most of the schools having a pre-K program, and some are wondering if the city Department of Education has a plan for where to put these students when and if universal pre-K is mandated citywide.
From top left, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. scored the lowest grades in the city while Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Councilmen Eric Ulrich, Ruben Wills, Peter Koo, Jimmy Van Bramer and Danny Dromm had some of the highest
Each year, the New York League of Conservation Voters puts out a scorecard that grades all Council members on environmental issues and for the 2012-13 City Council year, Queens had some of the highest scores and the lowest.
The scores are based on voting and sponsorship records on 17 bills that cover recycling, composting, clean energy, biodiversity, transportation, air quality, energy efficiency, resiliency and more.
It’s that time of year again: the annual slicing of the state-issued parking placard by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
A major proponent of cracking down on the use of phony state-issued parking placards, Avella sliced a copy of his valid one on Friday at his office in Bayside to inspire action by the state and city governments.
Mayor de Blasio’s decision to not march in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade over organizers’ opposition to allowing LGBT groups to march is leading to a wide range of reactions in Queens.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called the decision unfortunate and said he hoped the mayor would reconsider.
In 2013, Queens had the highest number of car accidents involving pedestrians in the city, and it appears the trend hasn’t cooled down during these first few weeks of 2014.
This week, six people were killed or injured on Queens streets, which elected officials said proves all too well how desperately traffic reforms are needed in Western Queens.
Citing a “broken promise” to rehire union workers, Jackson Heights residents, union members and elected officials staged a protest on Wednesday outside a new supermarket on 37th Avenue set to open this week.
Standing next to a giant inflatable rat, protesters pledged to boycott Global Supermarket at 75-07 37 Ave. over the choice of the new owner, Mohammad Haque, not to rehire union workers of Local 338 and Local 342 who were unexpectedly fired two weeks before Christmas by Frank Jaber, the owner of the former Trade Fair.
The City Council’s new majority leader is Jimmy Van Bramer. Below are the key allies of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto: Council members Danny Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards and Eric Ulrich all received committee chairmanships on Wednesday.
Despite the brutal race for City Council Speaker that left the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party at odds with Mayor de Blasio and the ultimate winner, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the borough was not left out when key committee chairs and other powerful posts were doled out Wednesday.
In fact, it will be a Queens member, second-term Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who will be the new majority leader, the second most powerful job in the body and second-in-command to Mark-Viverito.
The Obama administration has announced new federal guidelines to decrease the racial disparity in school suspensions, expulsions and arrests.
The guidelines were laid out by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder in Baltimore last week. The new recommendations ask schools to create a climate with high expectations and rewards for good behavior, keep tabs on data concerning disciplinary actions, create student codes of conduct that spell out specific punishments for specific infractions, offer staff training on conflict resolution, provide adequate counselors and social workers and define appropriate roles for police on campus.
In a flurry of activity, Community Board 4 voted 34-0 to deny liquor licenses to eight area establishments during its monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Of the eight bars to receive a unanimous ‘no’ vote from the board, the debate about the Hill Tap Tavern at 83-03 Grand Ave. in Elmhurst, which was applying for renewal of its license, was the most contentious.
The Queens World Film Festival proves that through tragedy comes triumph as what sprouted from a PR nightmare has now blossomed into one of the highest-regarded international film festivals in the borough.
Originally, the QWFF was called the Queens International Film Festival and in 2010, founder Marie Castaldo was convicted of scamming vendors, volunteers and venues as well as animal cruelty.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) was officially elected speaker of the New York City Council Wednesday afternoon.
What was expected to be a contentious vote ended up being a scene of unification and reconciliation as the new Council walked on the floor around 1 p.m. After being greeted by thunderous applause, Mark-Viverito’s last opponent, Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), formally conceded, praising the new speaker with a hug and congratulations.
They’ve been popping up all over and elected officials, community leaders and residents are hoping the trend of pedestrian plazas will continue.
Since 2008, dozens of plazas have been installed or renovated in New York City and Queens has gotten a good deal of them.