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For several years now, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education’s policy-making body — has convened parents and community education council members at Borough Hall several times a year to discuss education issues and concerns with him and policy advisors to Borough President Helen Marshall.
On Tuesday, they met one last time. With Marshall — and likely Fedkowskyj, who serves at her pleasure — leaving office at the end of the month, the parents, officials, former teachers and CEC members gathered to put together a list of concerns and suggestions they hope Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, her future PEP appointee and the de Blasio administration will tackle.
The Knockdown Center’s application for a place of assembly permit for 5,000 persons has been turned down by the Buildings Department, Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano told the board during its Nov. 13 meeting.
“I sat down with them early on,” Giordano said. “I was really taken aback when [the Knockdown Center’s operators] said to me that they were looking for a permit to have that many people assemble there.”
Elizabeth Crowley thanks a crowd of family members and supporters, including Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), left, and her son Owen. She defeated Republican challenger Craig Caruana by 18 percentage points to win a second term in City Hall.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
While the voting process was plagued with issues throughout some parts of the city, the election at polling sites in the 30th Council District went on almost without a hitch on Tuesday night, with only a few minor problems reported.
Many voters exiting PS 49 and PS 128 between 6 and 8 p.m. said that they experienced no issues when they cast their ballot. Turnout in the area was also greater than some voters and election volunteers had expected.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) defeated her Republican opponent Craig Caruana on Election Night to win a second term as the 30th District’s City Council representative.
Speaking to dozens of family members and supporters inside the Woodhaven House bar and restaurant at 63-98 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park on Tuesday, Crowley praised those who aided in her re-election campaign and those who voted for her.
Tuesday's elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.3 percent of the vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures reported by NY 1.
Citizens Union rescinded its planned endorsement of Craig Caruana’s campaign for City Council last Thursday, just days after telling the Republican candidate via email that he would be receiving the group’s support.
On Oct. 21, an email was sent from Citizens Union Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Alex Camarda to Caruana, saying, “I wanted to let you know before we make it public later this week that we will be endorsing your candidacy in the race. Congratulations!”
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is running against Republican challenger Craig Caruana for a second term representing the 30th District. She believes that a successful first term will make way for a successful second term as well.Photo by peter c. mastrosimone
Three years after the attraction was shuttered behind a fence with an uncertain and shaky future, the Forest Park Carousel is now a busy city landmark.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its approval to the landmarking of the 110-year-old merry-go-round in June and the City Council later certified its status.
The Kiwanis Club held its first annual community awards ceremony recently to honor members for their outstanding achievements in the Middle Village area.
Members of the Middle Village Kiwanis Club came together at La Bella Cucina on Juniper Boulevard South and several members were recognized. One in particular was Thomas Clarke, who received the Business Person of the Year award.
Craig Caruana didn’t bring up Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during his recent candidate interview with the Queens Chronicle, but consciously or not, he’s trying to take a page from his fellow Republican’s playbook.
Make your first run for office while younger than just about everyone on the Council, emphasize that you could serve the district better than your opponent, stake out moderate positions and highlight your deep roots in the community, one of the more conservative ones in Queens. Ulrich did it with great success.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) isn’t satisfied with the success she’s enjoyed during her first term. She’s running for a second term because, quite simply, her heart is in her district.
“I look at my past five years since I was elected the first time and anytime I ran for office, I expressed a vision,” Crowley said. “My heart is here in Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth. I want to stay here.”
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and her opponent, Craig Caruana, debated the issues and slammed each other's positions at a debate in Middle Village Tuesday night.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) had her hands full on Tuesday night.
In a heated debate for the 30th district’s City Council seat, Crowley and first-time Republican challenger Craig Caruana faced off in a nasty battle of accusations and verbal attacks that drowned out discussions of substance and plans for the district’s future.
The flier that allegedly prompted Citizens Union to change its mind about endorsing Craig Caruana, the Republican challenger to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Citizens Union rescinded its planned endorsement of Craig Caruana’s campaign for City Council on Thursday, just days after telling the Republican candidate via e-mail that he would be receiving CU’s support.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), above, cuts the ribbon alongside Principal Caryn Michaeli, School Superintendent Madelene Chan and others at the ceremony to open the $20 million new addition to PS/IS 87 in Middle Village on Oct. 15. The extension contains 120 classroom seats, a new gym and building facilities.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), above, cuts the ribbon alongside Principal Caryn Michaeli, School Superintendent Madelene Chan and others at the ceremony to open the $20 million new addition to PS/IS 87 in Middle Village on Oct. 15. The extension contains 120 classroom seats, a new gym and building facilities. Top left, a group of students named “The Knights of the Roundtable” speak to the crowd made up of parents, faculty and Department of Education officials after leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. Top center, two members of PS 87’s chorus club sing to the attendees. Left, the PS 87 Dance Ensemble performs in the new gymnasium.
The efforts to get the Maspeth Firehouse designated as a landmark now have even more community support.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 first responders from the home of FDNY’s Squad 288 and Hazardous Materials Company 1, perished at the World Trade Center, more than any other firehouse in the city. Steve Fisher of Middle Village and his sister Maxine Fisher wish to memorialize both the firehouse’s place in the city’s history and the building’s centennial next year, but were recently turned down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because of a legal benchmark.
Community Board 5’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee voted unanimously Tuesday against the embattled Knockdown Center’s latest request for a 600-person liquor license that could knock out the center’s chances of attaining one.
The committee rallied around the fact that the 110-year-old former door factory at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, which has recently hosted events ranging from concerts and art happenings to weddings, does not have a certificate of occupancy. Also, the Knockdown Center had previously been denied a 5,000-person liquor license.
Numerous questions surround the City Council proposal to levy a 10-cent fee on each plastic or paper bag shoppers use to take food and other retail purchases home.
Designed to reduce plastic bag use to protect the environment, the bill was introduced by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and is co-sponsored by several Council members. It is before the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.
The Maspeth community came together on Saturday to celebrate the life of one of its own killed in a tragic hit and run two years ago and to see the new street sign that will bear his name.
George Gibbons Jr. was only 37 years old when Peter Rodriguez, the driver police said was drunk, came down the wrong way of the Long Island Expressway service road. He smashed head-on into the cab that Gibbons was in. Gibbons was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. Gibbons had just closed up the bar he owned, The Gibbons Home on 69th Street, and was heading home.