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Assemblyman Ed Braunstein with Victoria Townes, recreation assistant at the St. Albans Community Living Center, and James Remias, a veteran of the Vietnam War.
The assemblyman honored veterans recently for Valentine’s Day, collecting cards and gifts to distribute in St. Albans.
The room was packed with concerned seniors and a who’s who of elected officials last Friday at the 31st annual Queens Interagency Council on Aging Legislative Forum held at Queens Borough Hall.
Representing QICA, a nonprofit borough-wide membership organization that speaks with one voice on behalf of seniors and the agencies that serve them, Barry Klitsberg, co-chairman of the Legislative Forum Committee, read the group’s position paper to the more than 100 in attendance.
The food stamp program, Medicare and Social Security benefits, affordable housing and funding for transportation are among the immediate concerns to the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, which is sponsoring its 31st Annual Legislative Forum on Feb. 7 at Queens Borough Hall in the hopes of seeing some positive action on behalf of the borough’s seniors.
Supporting the establishment of Lunar New Year as a legal holiday are Assemblyman Ron Kim, left, Councilman Paul Vallone, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein.
Residents of Northeast Queens may get expanded bus service if Rep. Steve Israel (D-LI, Queens), Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and other area politicians get their way.
At a press conference at a bus stop in Douglaston on Monday, Israel said that four out of five routes to the area had experienced an increase in ridership in the past two years. He called for more money for a Federal Transit Authority Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Grant, which provides funding for capital projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses, vans and related equipment and to construct related facilities, such as bus stops.
Learning how to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese could prove more useful than ever, as the wheels are in motion to recognize the Asian Lunar New Year as a legal holiday, meaning schools would be closed.
Nearly a dozen elected officials representing all levels of government were on hand at a press conference on the steps of the Flushing Library last Friday, in a show of growing support for recognizing the cause.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and the law offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza are sponsoring the 18th annual Valentines for Vets gift drive.
“We are collecting donations of cards, candy, toiletries and new clothing items such as pajamas, robes, slippers and socks for the hospitalized and disabled veterans at the St. Albans Community Living Center of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System and the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans,” Braunstein said.
A mountain of toys was donated from Bayside Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s drive. Braunstein, 2nd from left, is shown with his staff members.
The uncertainty remains over a plan to build a high school on the site of a former country club in Whitestone as this year draws to a close.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said in October that he had learned the School Construction Authority was seriously looking into the former Cresthaven Country Club site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. to build a much-needed high school. But area residents oppose the plan, saying the site floods and lacks public transportation and sewers.
The Queens Chronicle has learned that E. Gluck Corp., now located in Long Island City, has leased the former Leviton site, which was the corporate headquarters for the firm that makes electrical wiring devices and motion sensors. Leviton officials moved its operation to Melville, LI in 2009 and the property at 59-25 Little Neck Parkway has remained vacant since then.
The 6.7-acre site was bought by Steel Equities, a commercial real estate developer, and the only usage at the site had been storage for a car dealer in Great Neck.
There’s still time for you to participate in the Queens Chronicle’s 19th annual Holiday Toy Drive, now underway. But time is running out and the need is great.
We are collecting new toys for children at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, a refuge for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens. There are more than 400 children living temporarily at the three facilities.
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.