Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.
The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.
Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to make the Quaker Meeting House and the Bowne House part of the National Park Service passed the House on Monday night.
The Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, HR 3222, would require the secretary of the Department of the Interior to study the viability of the NPS acquiring the two locations and operating them.
Aqueduct Race Track may become home to the MLS stadium for New York City Football Club, which had originally been slated for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and then the Bronx.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
Among the worst-kept secrets in the city is that the Queens Civic Congress and the unions representing MTA bus drivers would like to see more bus routes in the eastern half of the borough.
And at a joint meeting on Tuesday, with a representative of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the panel, both groups discussed plans to make their wishes a reality.
Community Board 5 chairman Vinny Arcuri, right, was one of three members to vote against a resolution that calls for an educational complex at the site of the proposed Cooper Avenue homeless shelter in Glendale.
Community Board 5 was active in its return from summer break last Wednesday night, even without the presence of a singular agenda-dominating issue.
In terms of voting, the board unanimously, 35-0, opposed the granting of a 600-plus person liquor license for a former factory in Ridgewood, while voting 32-3 in favor of an educational campus at the site of the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the two surrounding properties.
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Regardless of the political divide that has ended Congressional action on so many issues confronting the nation, failing to fund infrastructure development is punishing America. Without repairing, renewing and building the highways, tunnels and bridges that make commerce possible, the country cannot grow expanding possibilities for our citizens.
President Eisenhower marveled at the Nazi use of infrastructure that made their ability to war on against overwhelming odds possible. When he gained the presidency, Eisenhower called upon Congress to copy what the Germans had achieved. That is why America enjoys the interstate highways that have served and invigorated expansion of our commerce worldwide.
Every dollar spent on infrastructure returns to the government and the benefit of the economy multiple times. The logic for refusing to fund infrastructure cannot be found within the economics rather in the political calculations of the opponents.
The polarization of American politics with its overt hatreds is and will continue to be an internal threat to the nation’s security. It weakens America at home and therefore overseas raising the hopes of enemies and terrorists. In the absence of accepting compromise over dogma the future for the U.S. seems bleak.
Community Board 9 member Maria Thomson, with Chairman Ralph Gonzalez, speaking out on the issue of liquor licenses at Tuesday’s board meeting in Richmond Hill.
Howard Beach Key Food owner Frankie Almonte, holding scissors, is joined by elected officials and nearby business owners to celebrate the grand opening of the supermarket at 163-10 Cross Bay Blvd. last Friday.
The new Key Food’s deli counter includes selections from Russo’s On The Bay catering hall’s Fresh Gourmet line, including salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas to go.
South Ozone Park resident Adelle Rogers spoke about out-of-control traffic on residential streets near her home on 130th Street.
If you closed your eyes and listened, the steps of Borough Hall sounded more like the tunnels of a West Virginia coal mine on Thursday.
In keeping with a Labor Day theme, Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off a press conference celebrating unions and hardworking Queens residents by singing a few bars of “Sixteen Tons,” a song made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford about the arduous life of a coal miner, which has become synonymous with hard, honest labor since its 1955 release.
During their first meeting back from the summer, Community Board 9 members — in no uncertain terms — announced they were done with the high density of bars and nightclubs in the district area.
Faced with several new liquor licenses and a renewal, several members of the board at Tuesday night’s meeting at Villa Russo in Richmond Hill suggested voting down all of them, despite their applications being submitted on time, without any discrepancies and no complaints about the specific owners or locations. The reason? There are too many already.
The September meeting of Community Board 10, held last Thursday — the first official day of school — in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park, buzzed with words of caution concerning traffic safety.
“Please watch where you’re driving,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo. Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, reminding residents of the five-point penalty for driving past a stopped yellow school bus.
Ann Kiernan carefully studied the bag of green grapes she picked up from the shelf, somehow tuning out the chaos around her.
“This is a good price,” she said, grabbing a bag of purple grapes and placing them both in the black basket that hung from her arm.
Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.
“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.
Lester Lin, sixth from left, his brother, Karl, fourth from left, and other volunteers prepare to give away hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies at the Boulevard Family Residence in Elmhurst on Tuesday. The Lin brothers were once homeless themselves.
The new Key Food at 163-30 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach is slated to open this Friday.
Queens College student Aileen Sheil speaks at a recent on-campus rally in support of banning credit checks by potential employers as Councilmen Peter Koo and Costa Constantinides and other supporters look on.
Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer is calling on community businesses for their input.
This week, Torres-Springer sent out a letter to SBS’ network of more than 91,000 city business owners, inviting them to contribute their ideas for the Small Business First initiative.
A bill that aims to “prohibit discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” by banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants will be the subject of a City Council hearing set for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall
The main sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in April and is being debated in the Civic Rights Committee, is Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). The legislation has 38 co-sponsors who have signed onto it; among them are several members of the Queens delegation: Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) and Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans).