“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
Members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside have been waiting two years for the city to repair their damaged curbs, but Department of Transportation officials say if they’re unhappy to sue the city.
It all started about two years ago, according to member and community activist Jack Oshier, during the winter when Department of Sanitation trucks plowing snow got too close to the curbs and damaged them.
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate’s campaign team last week.
Liu was mounting a primary challenge, which ultimately failed, against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens. Avella is a maverick member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which joined the Senate Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, and Liu a former city councilman and comptroller who was supported by the Democratic establishment in Queens.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
In light of the recent hacking of intimate celebrity photographs, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) called for the passage of his legislation criminalizing the non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs, also known as “revenge porn.”
“The legislation I introduced last session, A.8214, criminalizes the non-consensual disclosure of sexually explicit photographs,” Braunstein said. “It would protect the vast majority of revenge porn victims.”
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a false signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate's campaign team last week.
The Aug. 28 editorial “On policing and race, good news and bad,” misstated the percentage of white poll respondents who find the Rev. Al Sharpton is a negative force in the city. It is 63 percent.
Due to an editing error, the Aug. 28 article “Is one test the best HS admissions standard” misstated the position of Assemblyman Ron Kim. He had not cosponsored the bill in question. The number of Queens students in the city’s elite specialized schools also was misstated. It is 1,919.
A crowd of about 100 constituents turned out Tuesday night for the Bay Terrace Community Alliance’s Meet the Candidates Forum, which featured eight hopefuls seeking five different positions.
Gubernatorial incumbent Andrew Cuomo is being challenged in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary by law professor Zephyr Teachout and political satirist Randy Credico.
nce again forced two buses, the Q13 and 16, to use area streets in Bayside to turn around. But the issue has been resolved with the help of Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside).
Problems began a year ago when the city began construction on an enlarged parking lot at Little Bay Park, outside Fort Totten. Prior to that, the buses used the lot to turn around.
Looking to donate used clothing but don’t trust that those street-corner bins actually help the needy? There are alternatives and you don’t even have to leave your home.
Last week, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced he wanted to enact legislation in Albany banning for-profit bins that would also allow the city to remove them immediately.
Judy Limpert, president of the Bayside Business Association, center, said the pink clothing bin, left rear, placed near the historic Lawrence Cemetery is a sacrilege. With her are Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and civic leaders.
Calling the use of illegal clothing bins for profit “a disgusting practice,” Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) said Friday he is introducing legislation in Albany that should put a halt to the operation.
At a press conference Friday outside the gates of the historic Lawrence Cemetery in Bayside, Braunstein pointed to a large pink metal bin that purports to collect clothes for the poor placed illegally on city property.
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.
Four grand prizes were awarded last week to area students who won a Mother’s Day essay and poetry contest sponsored by Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside).
With the assemblyman in his office are fourth grade winner Jayden Chen of PS 94, left; fifth-grade winner Faith Lutzky of Sacred Heart School; third-grade winner Fiona Lu of PS 209; and second-grade winner Alexa Piotrowski of St. Andrew Avellino School.
A proposed Little Neck building has been redesigned after residents complained about the slated height of the structure at 60-15 Little Neck Parkway.
The design change was announced this week in a press release issued by three elected officials; Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Talat Hamdani, third from left, holds up a street sign named after her son, inset, who died in 9/11. With her in Bayside are Rep. Grace Meng, left, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, CB 11 member Jerry Iannece, Councilman Paul Vallone and Zeshan Hamdani.
A candlelight vigil was held last week on the Daniel Carter Beard mall in downtown Flushing to honor the memory of those lost in the ferry accident in South Korea.
The event was organized by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and was attended by Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), left, and Se-joo Son, the consul general of South Korea in New York, standing next to Braunstein.
The Manford family, founders of the national organization Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, had 171st Street at 35th Avenue in Flushing co-named after them on Saturday.
In 1972, Jeanne Manford, who died last January, became the first parent to march in the New York City Pride March with her son.
It took 13 years, but a mistake has been rectified, according to area officials, with the renaming of a Bayside street on Monday after a Muslim-American who died in the 9/11 attack in Manhattan.
Mohammad Salman Hamdani was 23 on Sept. 11 and on his way by subway to his job as a research assistant at Rockefeller University, when it is believed he saw the World Trade Center towers get hit and rushed to the scene to help, where he perished.
About 100 residents came out Tuesday to protest a watch manufacturer building a 35-foot-tall addition in the rear to the former Leviton factory. With them are Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, center left, state Sen. Tony Avella and City Councilman Mark Weprin.
The wall is up, the people are angry, and, according to state Sen. Tony Avella, “a stop work is going into effect.”
At the center of the controversy is the construction of a new 35-foot-high building, which would sit atop a hill that is already approximately 10 feet above curb level, in the middle of a tree-lined residential neighborhood in Little Neck.
Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.
The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.
Cynthia Zalisky, left, of the Queens JCC and elected officials Nily Rozic, Karen Koslowitz, Grace Meng, Toby Stavisky and Ed Braunstein at the food giveaway.
In the wake of the Queens Library scandal surrounding embattled CEO Tom Galante’s questionable salary and spending practices, area lawmakers have introduced legislation to reform the library’s structure and add oversight measures.
“This is not about whether or not the Queens Library is a good system. It is,” Borough President Melinda Katz said at a press conference last Thursday. “This is about the public trust and public accountability to a system that is funded 85 percent by public funds.”
More than 500 packages of free Passover food were given this past Sunday at the Queens Jewish Community Council offices.
Each person received five pounds of apples, as well as onions, carrots, cooking oil, grape juice, boxes of matzah and matzah ball mix.