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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.
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.
Councilman Donovan Richards, shown at the Rosedale Library in 2012, is including the modernization and expansion of the branch in his priorities for the new City Council session that begins in January.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night.
Tuesday's elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.3 percent of the vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures reported by NY 1.
Donovan Richards in February during his first press conference as the 31st District councilman.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said he never felt like a novice after he was chosen for the City Council last February in a special election.
“I had worked for former Councilman James Sanders for 10 years, but only had been chief of staff for two or three,” he said. “I worked alongside him at a number of levels. I was always learning about city government and how it works.”
Scherie Murray’s seemingly unlikely campaign for the City Council — she is a black woman running on the Republican line in overwhelmingly Democratic Southeast Queens — had its genesis in the most unlikely of places: a swing set in Brookville Park.
“I did gymnastics in school and I like to use the swings to work out,” she said in a Monday interview with the Chronicle. But one day she went there and “they were gone.”
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.
Councilman Donovan Richards, center, at a rally this summer to oppose a liquor license application for a location near Springfield Gardens High School. Three men have been arrested based on allegations that they tried to bribe Richards to change his mind.
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.
Tarsem Singh, 42, the applicant who was rejected by the State Liquor Authority, was charged with two counts each of third-degree bribery and attempted bribery.
Davinder Singh, 37, and Rajinder Singh, 26, both of South Ozone Park, were arrested by investigators from the city Department of Investigation on charges of third-degree bribery and giving unlawful gratuities.
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.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) coasted to victory Tuesday night in a three-way primary for the Democratic nomination for the 31st Council District.
Voters gave the freshman legislator a 15-point margin over community activist Michael Duncan.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio took a commanding lead in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor, and may have won enough votes to avoid having a runoff election.
De Blasio scored 40.1 percent of the votes, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures. His closest rival was former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who won 26.2 percent. But not all votes have been counted yet.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio took a commanding lead in yesterday's Democratic primary for mayor, and may have won enough votes to avoid having a runoff election.
City Councilman Donovan Richards
Back in February, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) won a special election to fill the seat vacated when state Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica) was sworn into office.
On Tuesday he will square off against challengers Ricardo Brown, a certified public accountant, and community activist Michael Duncan in a primary for the Democratic nomination for a full term in the newly redrawn 31st District.
City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera (D-Bronx) called roll for the override vote of the Community Safety Act on Thursday and when bill co-sponsor Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) was called, all eyes were on him.
Williams stood up, looking overwhelmed with emotion.
Tired of threats to close libraries? Picture a future without petitions or rallies. Picture six-day service sealed into city law. Honorable Council members James G. Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile, DC 37 and the library local unions have proposed legislation designed to retire the library’s annual budget dance with City Hall.
Baseline Funding (Intro. 1050-2013) will siphon 2.5 percent from existing property taxes. Rest assured, the bill is not tied to any increase in property taxes. Public library systems in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Detroit, Columbus, and Pittsburgh all receive various forms of baseline funding. In our city, the American Museum of Natural History’s Planetarium and public schools benefit from baseline funding.
Honorable Council Members Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm, Mathieu Eugene, Julissa Ferreras, Helen D. Foster, Sara M. Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, Andy King, Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowit
z, Brad S. Lander, Stephen Levin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan Richards, Ydanis Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, Mark S. Weprin, Jumaane D. Williams and Ruben Wills have pledged co-sponsorship. The public will not vote on this specific piece of legislation. If a majority of council members vote for the bill, it will be sent to the mayor to sign in to law or veto.
Remember the bill’s supporters at the polls on Sept. 10!
The writer, a senior librarian with the Queens Library, specified that her views are her own, not an official position of the library.
As the Democratic primary races for citywide offices and open seats on the City Council top the headlines, on the Republican side are key elections that have gone relatively unnoticed, but could hold huge consequences to the future of the borough’s small, but powerful, GOP.
Across Queens, there are nine races for the state committee, a key position that often decides who gets the county organization’s backing for statewide races.