After months of pushing and rallying, the Dream Act will remain just that, a dream.
The legislation — which would allow undocumented immigrant students to receive aid through the Tuition Assistance Program — was rejected by the state Senate on Monday. It lost by two votes, 31-29.
Mass transit advocates took issue with how Gov. Cuomo would like to redirect $40 million in next year’s budget for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
But the governor’s office is responding by saying that the money will help the MTA pay down debt and still keep the agency flush with increased cash.
State Sen. Jose Peralta, left, and Assemblyman Francisco Moya have both been pushing to create a state DREAM Act that would provide tuition assistance to noncitizen students applying to college.
Citing a “broken promise” to rehire union workers, Jackson Heights residents, union members and elected officials staged a protest on Wednesday outside a new supermarket on 37th Avenue set to open this week.
Standing next to a giant inflatable rat, protesters pledged to boycott Global Supermarket at 75-07 37 Ave. over the choice of the new owner, Mohammad Haque, not to rehire union workers of Local 338 and Local 342 who were unexpectedly fired two weeks before Christmas by Frank Jaber, the owner of the former Trade Fair.
The state DREAM Act has been dragged along like a loose shoelace for years as time after time the legislation is not voted through.
This year marks state Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Francisco Moya’s fourth attempt to pass the act that would provide tuition assistance to undocumented noncitizens applying to college on a needs basis.
In a city the size of New York, politics and crime are often the biggest newsmakers, as was the case in 2013.
There was no shortage of political headlines this past year, an election year at that. Queens elected a new borough president while Forest Hills and Rego Park opted to bring back Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) for another term. Area politicians made their collective voices heard throughout the year, filling the Chronicle’s pages for months.
Danny Catch address crowd with Councilman Danny Dromm, right, state Sen. Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Francisco Moya and dozens of former Trade Fair workers.
The Corona Lions Club has selected Cassagnol, along with five other individuals, as a recipient of the Corona Lions Community Service Award.
“It’s definitely cool,” he said. “I really appreciate the honor.”
Assemblyman Francisco Moya goes through questions for the city agency representatives at a town hall meeting held on Tuesday in Jackson Heights.
In order to increase communication between residents and the community, Assemblyman Francisco Moya and the Jackson Heights Green Alliance hosted a town hall on Tuesday, held at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, featuring a panel comprised of representatives from an array of city agencies, state agencies and community
“This is a great opportunity for us to get together and for the community to really voice some of the concerns that they have and to interact with the groups that have a real impact on the neighborhood,” Moya (D-Jackson Heights) said at the beginning of the hearing.
About 30 people showed up to the event sponsored by Assemblyman Francisco Moya.
On Mexican Independence Day, last Sunday, about 30 people gathered at William Moore Park in Corona to play bocce ball.
Around lunchtime last Monday a 69-year-old man was stabbed to death on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, police said. The suspect told police he stabbed the victim because he thought the man was gay.
Ever Orozco was allegedly putting money in a parking meter on 90th Street when he was approached by Steven Torres of the Bronx.
On Aug. 4, Jackson Heights was filled with Ecuadorian pride. Thousands of people turned out to the Ecuadorian Day parade that ran along Northern Boulevard from 69th to 87th streets.
In addition to the colorful floats and sea of people, mayoral candidates Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner and Joe Lhota showed their support by sporting yellow, red and blue — the colors of the Ecuadorian flag.
In this technological world, the need for computer skills is more relevant than ever and yet, the state Education Department has not set in place a computer science core curriculum.
“I’ve spent the better part of 20 years trying to build a computer science program and we’ve been fairly successful,” Michael Zamansky, a teacher a Stuyvesant High School in Mahattan, said. “One of the things we’ve found is that if you expose kids to computer science and modern technology, they will eat it up.”
The neighborhood of Corona south of Roosevelt Avenue is filled with two-story wood- paneled houses. The side streets are narrow and slope down to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and main streets such as Corona Avenue and 108th Street are lined mostly with brick two- and three-story buildings that have businesses on the ground floors and apartments above.
Establishments like the 60-year-old Lemon Ice King of Corona surround William Moore Park, which twinkles with strings of white lights at night.
When the clock strikes 4 a.m. you don’t have to go home at Systems Dance Club — and that has Community Board 1 concerned.
The nightspot at 32-10 37 Ave. in the northern section of Long Island City has varied hours, about 15 security guards, an occupancy of 540 and a playlist centering on dancey house music — nothing too out of the ordinary. But the sector of the business that is keeping Systems afloat is its after- hours parties, and that’s not a business model every club has its finger in.
A bill to allow mixed martial arts events to be held in New York may finally be headed for approval after years in limbo.
The full contact sport that includes elements of boxing, judo, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts is banned in New York, but is legal in nearly every other state in the country and has a growing fan base. The sport’s top promotion company, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, regularly holds sold-out events in arenas across the country and the world, including in Britain, Canada and Brazil.
A month from now Roosevelt Avenue from 82nd to 114th Street will be “brighter, safer, cleaner,” Commissioner Robert Walsh of the Department of Small Business Services said.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) announced a plan, called the New Deal, at a meeting on Tuesday morning to increase sanitation services, brighten the area with lights and paint, create a business improvement district, install more police cameras, update zoning, continue programming at Corona Plaza and create a task force for the bustling thoroughfare.
The United States Tennis Association’s proposed expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park began its public review hearings this week on the heels of a 32-page report blasting the nonprofit’s plan and history as a tenant in the park.
By Friday, six community boards will have voted on the proposal. But as of Tuesday evening, Community Boards 4 and 9 voted against the plan in contentious hearings, while Community Board 7 approved it with little fanfare by comparison.
A key question has arisen as the United State Tennis Association’s plan has come before six different community boards: How much is a fraction of an acre of parkland worth?
Two boards tried to answer the question last week, with one slapping a $15 million price tag on .68 acre of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, along with numerous other stipulations.
For residents of Corona and Jackson Heights, two neighborhoods afflicted with a surplus of noisy and sometimes dangerous bars, the question last week was whether to hold new bar owners accountable for the trespasses of past management.
Wilson Espin, of Richmond Hill, said he didn’t know before he bought the venue about the police citations, noise issues and drunken displays at the bar that years ago occupied 91-13 31 Ave. in Jackson Heights.
Mets Vice President of Business Operations Dave Howard, left, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Mr. Met and Assemblyman Francisco Moya ahead of Citi Field’s first foray into hosting a soccer game in 2011.
The United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has hit a speed bump, as elected officials said their support is contingent upon the nonprofit finding suitable replacement parkland. The nonprofit’s plans do not include finding a replacement for the just-over half acre needed to modify its facilities.
“Parkland is precious. Once it’s lost, it’s lost forever,” said Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) in a statement released by the Fairness Coalition of Queens, a collective of community groups opposing three major projects proposed for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, including the USTA Plan. “It is imperative that every inch of parkland that is taken away from public access by this USTA expansion must be replaced by comparable parkland nearby.”