Dozens of area residents discarded old computers, cell phones, printers and other unused electronic items at a recent “E-recycling spring cleaning day” in Woodside.
The event was hosted by state Assemblywoman Marge Markey and Rep. Joe Crowley, the Queens Democratic Party chairman, both seen here with some of the equipment that was brought in. They are joined by Bill McClean, president of the Boulevard Gardens co-op association, and workers with Green Recycling Management.
The colorful mural on the side of Maspeth Federal Savings bank at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street proudly proclaims “Maspeth is America.”
Few things are more American than a grandiose painting of a bald eagle soaring alongside Old Glory, just like few neighborhoods in the entire country have more history than Maspeth does.
A month after community activist Dmytro Fedkowskyj announced his candidacy for the state Assembly District 30 seat, Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) has begun her efforts to win a ninth term in office.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens), left, joined Markey and a handful of supporters Monday to begin petitioning to get the assemblywoman on this year’s ballot.
Community leader Dmytro Fedkowskyj, center, stands with his family, friends and supporters as he kicked off his state Assembly campaign on Saturday. He will challenge incumbent Marge Markey in a Democratic primary in September.
In the 15 years Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) has represented the 30th District, she has never faced a significant challenge when running for re-election.
With the 2014 campaign season just around the corner, community activist and fellow Democrat Dmytro Fedkowskyj is hoping to change that.
Parents and members of the Community Education Council for District 24 were joined by representatives from the Office of Pupil Transportation at Tuesday night’s meeting at PS 229 in Maspeth to discuss their chief concern: children from the Big Six residential towers, along Queens Boulevard, walking to school via a perilous intersection at a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway underpass, where cars speed onto and off the ramps.
“We think the Big Six does deserve a variance,” Council President Nick Comaianni said, referring to a granted permission to use a school bus. “I would not let my own children walk that route, not at any age.”
Anyone who has watched the evening news over the last month has seen the dramatic images of the civil unrest sweeping through Ukraine.
Since the protests, known as Euromaidan, over now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to stop Ukraine from entering on the path to potentially joining the European Union in the future began last November, over 100 protesters and a dozen law enforcement agents have been killed.
Thirty-three days after Angela Hurtado was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver making an illegal turn at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Place in Maspeth, action is officially underway to prevent future incidents at the deadly crossing.
After meeting with Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) and Det. Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct on Jan. 30, the Department of Transportation will be installing a “qwick-kurb” at the intersection to further restrict drivers from making illegal left turns from 69th Place onto Grand Avenue.
Borough President Melinda Katz appointed Deborah Dillingham of Forest Hills to be Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy Tuesday.
Dillingham was the Queens borough appointee to the Community Education Council in District 28, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Briarwood, Jamaica and South Jamaica, where she served as president. She also served on the Queens Borough President’s Parent Advisory Committee, the District 28 Leadership Team and the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Committee and has been president of the Parent’s Association of PS 101.
Community activist Dmytro Fedkowskyj, center, stands with his family and Community Education Council District 24 member Bill Kregler on Tuesday morning to call on the city to tackle the pandemic of pedestrian deaths throughout Queens.
After watching Angela Hurtado die in the street when she was run over by an unlicensed driver, enough is enough for community activist Dmytro Fedkowskyj.
“She was a wife, a mother and a grandmother. And as a witness to this accident, it has changed my life forever,” Fedkowskyj said during a Tuesday rally at 69th Place and Grand Avenue in Maspeth, the very intersection where Hurtado, 68, died. “We can’t sit around and continue to wait for change. Change needs to happen now.”
Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ former representative on the DOE’s Panel for Educational Policy, may challenge incumbent Democratic Assemblywoman Margaret Markey in this year’s Democratic primary.
“You may see a number of challenges against incumbents this year,” the insider said, noting that those candidates could have the support of groups that backed de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last year, which have long champed at the bit at taking on the Democratic Party leadership and are emboldened by the results of the 2013 elections.
Democrats hold every state legislative seat in Queens and few, if any, are competitive in general elections. That leaves the Democratic primary the real race in many districts. Republicans haven’t held an Assembly seat in Queens since 1996.
With less than 48 hours to go before taking office, new Mayor Bill de Blasio chose one of his most important advisors to lead the nation’s largest school system.
Carmen Farina, a former teacher, principal, deputy mayor and superintendent, was announced as his pick for schools chancellor on Monday at the Brooklyn junior high school de Blasio’s two children attended.
When Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office on Jan. 1, he will have inherited complete control of the nation’s largest school system.
That means when the new Panel for Educational Policy meets next year, eight of the 13 appointees will be his.
Queens PEP representative Dmytro Fedkowskyj has been chosen to serve on an education subcommittee in Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s transition team.
Dmytro Fedkowskyj, who has represented Queens on the Department of Education’s policy-making body, the Panel for Educational Policy, is now serving on the subcommittee dealing with education on the transition team of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.
Fedkowskyj, who lives in Middle Village, was appointed by Borough President Helen Marshall to the PEP in 2011. He acknowledged that he had been chosen to serve on a subcommittee.
When Mayor Bloomberg leaves office at the end of this month, he will do so having a legacy of completely transforming the largest school system in the nation.
Whether that transformation has been positive or negative is a contentious argument that will continue to define the legacy of the city’s longest-serving mayor in nearly half a century.
Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy, speaks to parents, teachers and CEC members at Borough Hall Tuesday evening.
For several years now, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education’s policy-making body — has convened parents and community education council members at Borough Hall several times a year to discuss education issues and concerns with him and policy advisors to Borough President Helen Marshall.
On Tuesday, they met one last time. With Marshall — and likely Fedkowskyj, who serves at her pleasure — leaving office at the end of the month, the parents, officials, former teachers and CEC members gathered to put together a list of concerns and suggestions they hope Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, her future PEP appointee and the de Blasio administration will tackle.
With only a few months left in Mayor Bloomberg’s term, the city Department of Education is seeking to approve at least three more co-locations and extend one in borough schools at the end of October.
Two of the co-locations are for new Success Academy Charter School branches in Southeast Queens — one serving kindergarten through fourth grade in the August Martin High School building, the other at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens. The third new co-location is for a new district elementary school in Jamaica serving grades K through five in the same building as PS 40 on Union Hall Street.
Scores for the new, more rigorous New York State Common Core tests were released last week. As expected, the results were not good and they gave ammunition to those who have been critical of the Bloomberg administration’s education policies.
However, New York City actually fared pretty well when compared to schools in other cities in the state and the gap between scores in the city and statewide averages closed considerably, and the mayor is lauding those results as a new benchmark for improvement.
Scores for the new, more rigorous New York State Common Core tests were released Wednesday, and as expected, the results were not goo
The city Department of Education is expected to announce this summer that they will take an unprecedented step and propose a series of co-locations and enrollment reductions at schools all across the city, several sources say.
Such plans are usually proposed in the spring, but doing it in the fall will enable them to be approved before the Bloomberg administration leaves office.
The student privacy bill, which would allow parents and students 18 and older to opt out of the state Education Department’s disclosure of personal identifiable information to a third party, is still up in the air as the legislative session came to a close this week.
After the bill, introduced by Assembly Education Chairwoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach), passed the Assembly unanimously, the Senate took no action.