City Comptroller Scott Stringer discusses job growth as well as his views on the city’s minimum wage.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer has had no shortage of projects or union contracts to review in his first 11 months in office.
And he likes it that way.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Tuesday began questioning the Department of Sanitation regarding its policy of fining business owners for garbage dumped on their sidewalk after their doors have closed, according to a letter from the politician obtained by the Chronicle
“I am writing to your office to request a review of Department of Sanitation New York City overnight ticketing policy concerning trash that is dumped by third-parties and leads to violations being issued to property owners,” Stringer said in the Nov. 18 letter to DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
The pedestrian plaza along 101st Avenue on the Brooklyn-Queens border was unused last Friday around noon. Business owners in both boroughs have been calling for its removal, saying it has caused fewer people to visit their stores because of a lack of parking.
There is one thing that is uniting business owners in Queens and in Brooklyn on 101st Avenue: their disdain of the pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 101st Avenue and Drew Street, which sits on the border of the two boroughs.
“What’s the purpose of this?” said Khairul Islam, a real estate broker whose Brooklyn office sits a block away from the plaza. “I don’t know any people who are benefiting from this.”
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sits on the deactivated Rockaway Beach rail line. He has been advocating for the line’s reactivation, saying it will ease transportation and create jobs for thousands of Queens residents.
His way is not the QueensWay.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) on Monday called on Gov. Cuomo to allocate part of the state’s $5 billion surplus for the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach rail line.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is weighing two proposals for a 4 percent fare increase in 2015. One would boost the price of a bus or subway ride to $2.75 from the percent rate of $2.50. A second would keep the single-ride fare where it is but eliminate bonuses for the purchase of multiple rides. Bridge and tunnel tolls also are on the rise.
Drivers and mass transit riders all will be digging a little deeper into their pockets come March, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to enact one of two proposed fare-increase plans.
One proposal would increase the base cost of a MetroCard fare to $2.75, up from the present $2.50. Riders would get a bonus of 11 percent with a purchase of $5.50. The base fare under Proposal 2 would keep fares at $2.50, but would eliminate the bonus for the purchase of multiple rides.
A proposal to charge consumers 10 cents for every single-use plastic bag they use at checkout is gaining traction again. City Hall held a discussion Wednesday to discuss a bill introduced by Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) that’s designed to reduce disposable bag use in the city by implementing the 10 cent fee.
According to its sponsors, the goal of the bill isn’t to charge consumers the fee but to incentivize them to change their habits and become more environmentally conscious. Retailers would keep the money and the bill exempts transactions made using food aid programs.
Bags pile up inside an Associated Supermarket at 44th Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside.
Queens Chronicle intern Matthew Ern, left, reporter Cristina Schreil and Associate Editor Anthony O’Reilly want you to participate in the paper’s 20th annual toy drive for needy children.
Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.
Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
A rendering of what one section of the QueensWay would look like.
Queens College recently released the results of a student survey gauging community opinions on how to utilize the vacant land surrounding the 3.5-mile, long abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The Friends of the QueensWay commends these students for their hard work, and we were delighted to see the results provide additional support for the QueensWay.
The QueensWay is a community-developed plan to turn this blighted land into a 47-acre linear park that will provide safe, easy access to Forest Park; new recreation opportunities for the 322,000 people living within a mile; a boost to local businesses; and a high-profile showcase for the most culturally diverse borough of New York City.
After being introduced to the state Legislature 20 years ago, the bill to increase property tax relief for veterans was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo last week.
“It is incumbent upon all of us to take care of our veterans when they return home,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), who sponsored the bill, said at a press conference on Nov. 13. “With this new law, we send a message to all those who serve that New York welcomes you back with open arms and will do everything we can to repay you for keeping our country safe.”
A Howard Beach-based day care facility has been honored as one of the top businesses in the borough for the second consecutive year.
Reach for the STARS! Day Care, located at 156-18 96 St., was awarded the Best Day Care Services in Queens Award by the Queens Award Program.
(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year’s high-profile cyber data breaches at national retailers, yet many are not taking sufficient precautions to protect their personal information.
(StatePoint) Many new jobs in local towns nationwide are coming from a somewhat unexpected place, according to new statistics. Local jobs nationwide are increasingly tied to consumers and businesses abroad, say researchers.
About 100 U.S. Postal Service workers delivered a message with picket signs and bullhorns last Friday on the sidewalks outside the Whitestone Processing and Distribution Center.
They were protesting the planned downsizing of the facility’s operations and consolidation by next April with a Brooklyn center. The move would be part of a national facilities consolidation the financially beleaguered Postal Service plans, one that union officials say is being forced by unreasonable health plan pre-funding requirements.
(StatePoint) Minerals are vital to manufacturing products and technologies that propel the U.S. economy, fostering innovation and supporting U.S. industrial competitiveness. A growing global population, and development of new technologies and products that rely on greater combinations of minerals, have increased demand for raw materials.
Carlisle Towery, president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., will step down early next year after more than four decades with the organization.
Congresswoman Grace Meng, left, and Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration, meet with cousins Pat and Patrick Perulli of the family-owned Bayside Milk Farm on Nov. 6.