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.
The Department of Transportation has taken action to eliminate a potentially dangerous situation near a school building in a residential neighborhood in Bayside, and neighbors are relieved.
The simple act of paving deteriorated Duane Road at Fort Totten is allowing two buses, the Q13 and 16, to turn around, rather than using streets near PS 169 and the Bell Academy, located inside the school.
Members of Queens Quiet Skies and others concerned about the increased sound of planes overhead applauded Gov. Cuomo’s announcement Monday that puts teeth in their campaign to control the noise levels.
Among other things, the governor has called for double the number of noise monitors, the establishment of aviation community roundtables and conducting in-depth studies of noise issues for residents of Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County.
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.