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With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
Among those attending the ceremony were CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece, left, 111th Precinct police, and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, second from right, and Councilman-Elect Paul Vallone.
The letters to Santa Claus from youngsters at homeless shelters in Queens are pouring in and we need your help in making their dreams come true.
This year, the Queens Chronicle’s 19th annual toy drive is helping children living in two city shelters: The Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst. We are also donating gifts to Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
Whitestone resident John McHugh Sr. was honored last week by the Jefferson Democratic Club of Northeast Queens for his service during World War II.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein presented a proclamation and state Sen. Tony Avella presented a resolution saluting McHugh who is a veteran of the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He is the recipient of many awards including the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) has announced a holiday gift drive for hospitalized veterans and a toy drive for needy and hospitalized children.
Donations for veterans will go to the St. Albans Community Living Center and the Veterans Home there.
Besides elder law attorney and former assemblywoman, you can add to Ann-Margaret Carrozza’s resume the title of “media darling.”
Carrozza, who served in the Assembly for 14 years from Bayside, is now the regular legal contributor to “Entertainment Tonight” on CBS and provides legal commentary for the local NBC affiliate.
Nineteen years and counting. Yes, it’s that time of year again for the Queens Chronicle’s annual toy drive for displaced children in the borough.
So while you’re preparing for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season, don’t forget about these youngsters who might not get any presents if not for your generosity.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring his annual Halloween Essay and Drawing Contest.
Students from grades 2 through 5 are invited to participate. The essay or drawing should have a Halloween theme, such as an account of a favorite trick or treat experience or why you picked your Halloween costume this year.
As one plane after another flew overhead, sometimes drowning out their words, several elected officials, along with area residents, expressed concern over environmental issues facing the borough as a result of proposed changes to flight procedures at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports.
At a press conference at Little Bay Park in Bayside on Tuesday, Representatives Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing) were among those who called on the Federal Aviation Administration to exempt the two airports’ flights from a new rule that would allow the agency to make changes to flight procedures without conducting an environmental review to study the impact of the changes.
Paul Vallone, center, celebrates his victory Tuesday night with his wife, Anna-Marie, son, Charlie and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein.
The hotly contested five-way race to become the Democratic nominee for the District 19 City Council seat came to a nail-biting conclusion Tuesday night, with attorney Paul Vallone narrowly edging his closest rival, Austin Shafran, 31.1 to 29.5 percent, with 99 percent of the votes counted.
Shafran, a first-time candidate, has spent most of his career working for the Democratic party. He said Wednesday morning that the election “was way too close to call” and with such a small margin, “we will continue to make sure all votes are counted.”
It took four years but the unpopular LED electronic display sign at Bayside High School has been taken down.
When it was erected in 2009, residents who live near the school called it an eyesore that beamed into their homes at night and was a potential traffic hazard.
The crowded District 19 City Council race in the Tuesday Democratic primary will pit seasoned veterans against first-time candidates.
Only one will be named the winner and face Republican Dennis Saffran in the November election.
There was a Christine Quinn sighting in Floral Park Tuesday evening.
Council Speaker Quinn (D-Manhattan) came out on offense against Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at a forum for mayoral candidates at North Shore Towers.
Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Hills held a legislative meet and greet Tuesday afternoon to introduce Yoel Lichstein, the new executive director. Lichstein has served as an administrator for over 20 years in many healthcare facilities including Beth Abraham, a member of the CenterLight Health System, as is Tietz.
Congressman Grace Meng, Assembly members Ed Braunstein, David Weprin, Nily Rozic and Michael Simanowitz; Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and state Sen. Toby Stavisky took part in the gathering. All of them shared stories of family and constituents who have used Tietz’s facility.
At a rally to save the Bayside Post Office last summer are Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece, left, state Sen. Tony Avella, community activist Jack Oshier and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein.
A huge community turnout sparked the official reopening recently of the Bayside Library on Northern Boulevard.
The facility closed for renovations at the end of last year and reopened in June.
The Center for the Women of New York recently received a $100,000 grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock, LI, for its planned headquarters at Fort Totten in Bayside.
The presentation was made at the center’s summer June social held in Douglaston Manor. Ann Jawin, chairwoman and founder of the CWNY, said the congregation made the award “to empower and improve women’s lives and opportunity to achieve economic independence and develop their full potential ...”
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein spoke about legislation requiring the Port Authority to conduct noise studies on communities impacted by airplane noise in New Hyde Park last Wednesday.
Frustrated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority’s apparent indifference to the noise complaints of their constituents, the Senate and Assembly passed legislation last week, requiring the Port Authority to conduct a noise and land-use compatibility study of the areas surrounding the borough’s airports and make the results public by June 1, 2014.
However, there is still a long way to go before the bill — which Gov. Cuomo has yet to sign— becomes law. The Port Authority’s jurisdiction includes both New York and New Jersey, so the legislation will not take effect until a similiar measure passes in New Jersey and Gov. Christie signs it as well.
The city Department of Transportation will close a parking lot in Fort Totten that two buses use to turn around in order to remediate an ongoing flooding problem.
David Fisher, a spokesman for Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), said the DOT will do the work over several weeks.
New York is the only state in which Mixed Martial Arts is banned, and the controversy surrounding the sport is ongoing in Albany.
In response to a bill that would legalize MMA, 35 Assembly Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), a longtime opponent of MMA, asking him to hold the line in opposition.
The Fort Totten Pool, the only free public pool in Northeast Queens, may not open this summer if the City Council does not restore funding before passing the final budget.
It is one of four pools that were not included in the mayor’s preliminary budget proposal, according to Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson. The four pools together cost $1.5 million to operate for the season. The other three are: Wagner Pool in Manhattan, Faber Pool in Staten Island and Howard Pool in Brooklyn.