Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, here joins istaff members Amber Yoon, Meagan Chen and David Fischer in his Bayside office among the hundreds of toys they have collected for needy children.
Five large bagfuls of the toys were donated to the Queens Chronicle holiday toy drive for distribution at several Queens homeless shelters and a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
There are 170 youngsters living at the Kings Inn Family Center in East Elmhurst, and despite their circumstances, they are all looking forward to Christmas and some presents from Santa Claus.
The children range in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends, in a strange environment, and don’t know what their futures hold.
Christmas may be a little way off, but gift cards from Barnes & Noble came early for some area students who were recently named winners in Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s annual Halloween contest.
With Braunstein are third-grade Grand Prize Winner Ashley Cho, left of PS 159 in Bayside; fifth-grade Grand Prize Winner Angela Chen of PS 169 in Bay Terrace; fourth-grade Grand Prize Winner Elicia Chau of PS 94 in Little Neck; and second- grade Grand Prize Winner Adriana St. Clair, also of PS 94.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved the Hawthorne Court apartment complex in Bayside for landmarking.
Calling it “a charming and ornate complex,” LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan said Hawthorne Court provides “a critical narrative of Bayside’s transformation to a commuter suburb after the completion of the railroad tunnel to Manhattan in 1910.”
cusing on children living at the Metro Family Residence in Woodside, one of the recipients in our 20th annual holiday toy drive.
There are 134 youngsters staying at that city homeless shelter now, ranging in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends and many must attend a new school.
This week, the Queens Chronicle’s 20th annual toy and gift drive is focusing on letters from youngsters living at the Boulevard Family Shelter in Elmhurst.
The facility, the former Pan Am Hotel, opened in June and now has 388 children living there.
Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.
Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
At the 32nd annual legislative forum of the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, held Oct. 24 at Queens Borough Hall, it became clear that while strides are slowly being made toward an improved quality of life for seniors, much work remains to be done.
Perhaps the biggest coup since the last QICA forum was an increase in eligibility for SCRIE, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption. Through the efforts of state and city lawmakers, the income level was raised from $29,000 to $50,000 per household.
Street spam is all over Northern Queens and there’s nothing appetizing about it.
Also known as vertical litter, street spam is illegal signs glued to utility poles, bridges and other public areas. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) wants something done about it.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring his annual Halloween Essay & 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 your favorite trick-or-reat experience or why you picked your Halloween costume this year.
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.
“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.
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).