Public and private schools across the city and state could be getting updated technology into the classroom, if a $2 billion bond referendum is approved by voters during the Nov. 4 midterm election.
The referendum, formally known as the Smart Schools Bond Act, is proposed to place advanced technology and high-speed internet connectivity in classrooms across the state, according to the ballot language.
I would take exception to Janice Wijnen’s criticism of Chuck Schumer and his pals (“Schumer’s no help,” Letters, Oct. 23). We need him as a daily reminder of what is wrong with government and the fictions that we have a representative government, or a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and that citizenship has any real meaning, since illegal aliens now enjoy much of the same rights as citizens (more coming). You would not take the label off a bottle of poison, would you?
The start of reform must come with term limits. Two four-year terms are enough for senators. If they cannot steal enough money in eight years, they do not deserve to be in office.
A garbage truck from the city’s Department of Sanitation at one of the transfer stations that line a seven-block stretch of Douglas Avenue in Jamaica. A bill before the City Council aims to reduce tonnage there and in two other neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx that handle an overwhelming majority of the city’s trash.
Douglas Avenue in Jamaica is not featured in glossy real estate ads or in the tours or literature offered by the Queens Borough President’s Office or the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
The seven-block street, heading east between 168th and 175th streets, is uneven and seemingly is barely paved.
Councilman Costa Constantinides
The City Council Environmental Protection Committee held a hearing last Friday on a new bill sponsored by first-year Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), that would mandate the city reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
“Our planet is faced with 21st-century environmental issues that require 21st-century solutions,” Constantinides said. “Reducing our carbon footprint will be a huge step forward during a time when we must be resilient in the face of climate change.”
Dept. of Buildings liaison Anthony Iuliano, standing, addresses illegal conversions and the access warrant process while 110th Precinct Commanding Officer Ron Leyson and Department of Transportation Deputy Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia look on.
The new 25 miles per hour citywide speed limit is arguably the most important aspect of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, but enforcement of the traffic laws has jumped in Queens even before it takes effect.
At a town hall meeting hosted by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) last Thursday in Elmhurst, Deputy Inspector Ron Leyson, the commanding of the 110th Precinct, which covers Elmhurst and Corona, said summonses issued for dangerous traffic violations have increased almost ten fold in some cases compared to last year.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.
Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.
DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, center, with new Alta CEO Jay Walder, center rear, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center right, and state Sen. Mike Gianaris, right, announces the Citi Bike program will be coming to Queens for the first time.
After more than a year of setbacks and financial woes, the Department of Transportation, Alta Bicycle Share and Citi announced what residents in Western Queens have been waiting years for — the Citi Bike program is being expanded into Uptown Manhattan and Brooklyn and being brought to Queens for the first time.
The announcement came at the heels of the appointment of Jay Walder, a former MTA commissioner, as Alta’s CEO after the company was acquired by Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a group of private investors.
Neighborhoods around LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports will be studied with an effort toward noise abatement under a contract awarded Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The PA has hired Environmental Science Associates of San Francisco to conduct a federal Part 150 study, which they hope will come up with proposals to mitigate noise from large jet aircraft.
The city on Friday ordered all residents of this home on 58th Road in Maspeth to evacuate after a collapsing basement wall and foundation threatened the stability of the entire house. Residents of the street suggest a nearby sinkhole might be to blame, but city agencies are no longer working at the site.
The homeowners who were forced out of their Maspeth house by a collapsing basement wall on Friday think the damage could be tied to a sinkhole in the street on 58th Road, but city agencies say the family is on its own for effecting repairs and making the building safe again.
Sean and Danielle Maher have owned 69-11 58 Road for just over three years. Danielle Maher, her toddler daughter and four tenants were forced to flee the building Friday afternoon as the eastern wall to their basement first cracked then collapsed.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has two upcoming events affecting his future: a re-election bid in November and the birth of his first child in December.
“We are having a daughter and I’m excited about it,” Kim said in a sitdown interview at the Queens Chronicle office on Tuesday. “But I am concerned about her future with issues about education and women’s equality.”
Jamaica residents learned the hard way last Thursday that terrorism isn’t just the practice of international organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
A hatchet-wielding man brutally attacked four rookie police officers as they posed for a picture on Jamaica Avenue in what NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said was an act of terror.
The 4th of November is “Report Card” day for the 113th Congress. Your vote is critical as to which party gets the thumbs down. To help you decide, let me tell you “A Tale of Two Parties.”
When Obama took office in 2009, he was confronted with the Great Bush-43 Recession. What role did the GOP play in this economic crisis? GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) laid down two principles. 1. Our top priority is to defeat Obama. 2. We will just say no to his legislation. Congressional Republicans have closed ranks behind their leader ever since.
Here is my tale of Obama’s agenda: affordable healthcare; equal pay for equal work; raising minimum hourly wages; the American Jobs Act; repealing DOMA; marriage equality; gun safety; aid to the auto industry; repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” ending tax loopholes; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Let’s examine the tale of the GOP agenda: 57 House votes to repeal Obamacare; opposing an hourly wage increase; voting to shut down the government for 18 days; holding numerous costly “bogus” House hearings on alleged scandals; calling climate change a hoax; supporting the NRA&rsqu
o;s gun rights; voting budget cuts to food stamps and Pell grants; opposing an unemployment benefits extension; supporting voter photo ID laws due to alleged voter fraud; opposing interest cuts to student loans; objecting to Senate filibuster reform and challenging Obama’s use of federal executive orders.
Folks, most public polls, except Fox News, have revealed only minority support for the GOP. Therefore, your task should be easy. Give the Republicans a thumbs down!
Leroy Gadsden, president of the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP, expressed his opposition to Proposition 1 on Tuesday’s state election ballot.
A proposition on Tuesday’s ballot that could take electoral redistricting out of the direct hands of the state Legislature is coming under fire from the Jamaica branch of the NAACP.
Leroy Gadsden, the chapter president, was joined on Monday by civic and clergy leaders at a press conference outside the group’s St. Albans offices.
This sign on a lamppost in the Bayside-Flushing area is illegal and is an example of street spam.
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.
There is no need to panic, as the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States of America are miniscule.
The Centers for Disease Control, multiple other medical agencies and federal, state and city governments have made that declaration repeatedly over the last few months, citing this country’s advanced healthcare system and how the disease can only be transferred from person to person under certain circumstances.
Borough President Melinda Katz, right, listens as Dr. Jessica Kattan, fourth from left, gives a presentation to the Queens Borough Board on Ebola preparedness and the science of the deadly disease on Monday at Borough Hall.
The Pan American Hotel became one of the Department of Homeless Services’ emergency shelters, opened just blocks away from the Metro shelter on Queens Boulevard. Elected officials are speaking out on the concentrated placement of shelters in areas like Elmhurst where every school is over capacity and infrastructure is strained.
As the homeless population continues to escalate, the Department of Homeless Services has had to rely on the use of emergency shelters.
The procedure, which allows DHS to move residents into a newly converted shelter — usually an old hotel — within seven days of notifying the local elected officials, has grown increasingly unpopular among councilmembers whose districts have been affected.