Clive Dawkins of the city’s Community Emergency Response Team quizzes members about having emergency “go bags” at a recent meeting of Community Board 13.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
The Long Island Rail Road platform at Forest Hills could grow empty and quiet on July 20, when members of four employee unions could strike in search of a new contract.
Gov. Cuomo called for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the unions representing more than 5,400 Long Island Rail Road workers to get back to the bargaining table after Congress announced in Wednesday that it would not intervene to end a pending strike.
The four unions, which conductors and track workers, car inspectors, maintenance and repair workers and others, have been without a contract since 2010.
The gun allegedly found by TSA in Wynne’s bag at JFK Airport.
A Connecticut man arrested by Port Authority Police on Monday morning for allegedly trying to bring a handgun through the security checkpoint at JFK Airport was released on bail Tuesday.
A Port Authority spokesperson identified the man as Kenneth Edward Wynne, Sr., 57, of New Canaan, Conn.
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.
The result of a rainy day in Rosedale.
Did you enjoy your long holiday weekend,
I hope that you did.
I know what you’re thinking. Kayaking? In the East River? Seriously?
Yes, I was skeptical too. Growing up in New York City, the East River always presented the impression of a mass of toxic water that you would never want to make contact with your skin, let alone sail on.
“Between the Lines,” a group exhibition by Zaun Lee, TJ Volonis and Scott Fitzgerald, connected by a shared interest of line, plane and pre-determined structure; thru July 12, Crossing Art, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing. Info: (212) 359-4333, crossingart.com.
Former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, left, is stockpiling political endorsements in his battle to unseat state Senator and 14-year incumbent Malcolm Smith in the primary for the 14th Senate District in September.
Smith also appears to have little enthusiasm from voters, with his campaign website listing just two Twitter followers as of Tuesday.
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.
John Liu, left, has the support the Queens Democratic establishment, most elected Democratic officials and several unions in his fight to unseat Democratic state Sen. Tony Avella. But on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella, and the Working Families Party withdrew its support of the former comptroller, electing to remain neutral in the primary.
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
If you’ve got a desire to go see a good movie sometime this summer but want to avoid those ticket prices, the Queens Library is the place for you.
Throughout the rest of July, the library is offering free screenings of films of all kinds at the Central Library and several of its branches. Just be aware that policy says popcorn, soda and other snacks are not allowed.
The Mets were 11 games under .500 when they returned to Citi Field July 4 after a seven-game road trip. General manager Sandy Alderson knew that he would have to address the media about his perceptions of the first half of the 2014 season. Clearly it was not a get-together that he was looking forward to having.
Alderson began the proceedings by saying he believes the Mets have the personnel to perform far better than they have been, and that they are heading in the right direction. Eyeballs were understandably rolling and heads were shaking after Alderson made that statement.
Rep. Grace Meng calls on scores of undocumented immigrants to either apply for or renew their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday. Applications for renewal must be submitted at least 120 days before one’s benefits expire.
Now is the time to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or, for those accepted into it two years ago, to renew their status, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said Tuesday.
Meng and a handful of immigration activists stood outside Newtown High School in Elmhurst to urge those who applied for DACA two years ago and those who are eligible to apply but haven’t in the past to file with the federal government as soon as possible.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a announced the Blue Book changes June 27.
The city Department of Education announced last month that it was making changes to its Blue Book — the annual document that outlines school organization and utilization — based on suggestions from a panel created earlier this year by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.
The Blue Book has been the focus of several education-related debates in the city in recent years, from trailers in schoolyards to co-locations. Critics allege the Bloomberg administration’s Blue Books underestimated how much space schools need and overestimated how much space was available to make co-locations politically palpable.
Summertime, and the livin’ ain’t so easy, at least as far as the sky-high price of gasoline is concerned, but the typical Queens resident seems to be taking a spike in stride.
“Per ounce, gasoline is one of the cheapest liquids available,” said Alex Mermelstein, 32, of Briarwood. “We pay more for milk than we do for gas. Heck, some brands of bottled water are more expensive than gas. So just make peace with it and find the cheapest gas station in your area.”
Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo are believed to have cut a deal that resulted in Tuesday’s announcements that help State Sen. Tony Avella and certainly does not help former Comptroller John Liu, his opponent in a Democratic primary.
The strange but true history of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference took a turn for the positively wild on Tuesday, with Mayor de Blasio endorsing incumbent IDC members Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx).
Adding to the surprise was the announcement that the Working Families Party had withdrawn its backing of former city Comptroller John Liu, who is challenging Avella, and former state Attorney General Oliver Koppell, who is primarying Klein, and will remain neutral in both races