When asked in recent days if New York should legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that is supported by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx), six of Queens’ 15 Council members gave varied responses.
All 15, including Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), whose Brooklyn district also includes much of Ridgewood, were asked the same questions via email to their main spokespersons: Would you support the legalization of marijuana in New York? Why or why not? And how would how would it benefit or affect New York?
A tour of Flushing Creek with area officials and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd last week only tended to show the sharp differences in approach to cleaning up the polluted waterway.
While Lloyd is pushing for small steps, including rooftop gardens and bioswales to prevent minor flooding, Friends of Flushing Creek and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) want another combined sewer overflow retention tank built and additional capacity added at the Tallman Island Treatment Plant.
“Dasher,” who was found abandoned Thursday night in Glendale, rests after medical tests at the BluePearl animal hospital in Forest Hills on Friday.
A dog that was believed to have been thrown out of a moving car in Glendale is now the center of an NYPD investigation.
William Aaron, a firefighter with Engine 286 in Glendale, was in a truck that was flagged down around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday by a couple who said they saw something thrown from a car near Cyprus Avenue and Vermont Place.
The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientist predict will become more frequent in New York unless we rein in the carbon pollution fueling global warming.
We know what we have to do: limit carbon from the largest sources — our power plants — and shift to clean energy like wind, solar, and energy efficiency. And that’s just what the Environmental Protection Agency would do under the newly proposed Clean Power Plan.
But instead of letting EPA do its job, polluters’ allies in Congress are actually threatening to shut down the government instead of cutting carbon from power plants. It’s time for New Yorkers, along with our leaders like Gov. Cuomo, to do everything we can to support EPA’s action.
Gov. Cuomo has stuck up for our health by investing significantly in renewable energy. Now it’s time for him to come up with a strong plan that uses wind and solar energy to beat the Clean Power Plan targets!
GoHealth founder and CEO Si France speaks at the unveiling of a new North Shore-LIJ GoHealth urgent care clinic on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills on Friday. The center is the first of 50 set to open on geographic Long Island over the next three years.
Welbert Santiago, center left, and Julissa Melo, next to him, pose in front of the American Airlines terminal with fellow airport service workers after a failed attempt to meet with the company’s administrators.
Julissa Melo said every day she suffers and does not have enough to survive.
“Attitude from the higher-ups is a 24/7 thing,” she said. “I only stay here because I have to pay rent. I have to do what I have to do and put my own attitude on the side.”
The days of sitting in an emergency room for five hours because of an ankle sprain or a bad cold that hasn’t gone away may be numbered.
While urgent care clinics might not be the “future” of how one receives care, medical professionals from the North Shore-LIJ Health System and GoHealth Urgent Care see them as the healthcare industry’s biggest growing trend in the nation.
Congressman Gregory Meeks was one of several elected officials who spoke out on Nov. 20 for separate community roundtables for both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports at a meeting hosted by the Port Authority at York College.
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
(BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called “open enrollment,” and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a chance to merely review and update health care coverage, such as medical, dental and vision, it is actually about much more than that.
(BPT) - The holidays are meant to be a joyous time. But for someone dealing with grief, celebrations can be extremely difficult. If you are grieving over a recent loss, or one that happened years ago, experts say there are things you can do to make facing the demands and the expectations of the holidays a little easier.
(BPT) - If you’re an expectant or new mom who has made the decision to breastfeed your baby, you’re not alone: 79 percent of new mothers initiate breastfeeding following the birth of their babies, according to the CDC 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card. Obtaining the right supplies and support can be key to breastfeeding success, and new healthcare legislation is making it easier than ever for moms-to-be and new moms to breastfeed.
(BPT) - The weather outside is going to be frightful with projected colder-than-average temperatures and heavy snowfall again this winter season. That’s the bad news. The good news is that, thanks to newer technologies and product designs, you might not need to be outside in the cold shoveling or blowing all that snow. You could actually remain in the safety and comfort of your vehicle and plow your own driveway.
(Family Features) Tis the season for holiday feasts, but making smart food choices and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can help you have a healthy, holiday season and a fresh, bright smile.
(Family Features) Cookies, cakes and pies are the typical treats associated with the holidays, but there are other ways to celebrate the sweetness of the season. Flavorful appetizers, beverages and snacks can also carry those richly sweet tastes you crave.
(BPT) - Are you ready to say goodbye to diapers, strollers and bottles? Are your kids starting school and becoming more self-sufficient?
(BPT) - Skin care is important for men and women of all ages. Not only does healthy skin help you look younger, but properly maintaining your skin also gives you a healthier overall appearance so you feel more confident.
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act has changed the health care insurance landscape since last year, and for the first time, health care and your taxes are now directly related. Millions of Americans will have to start making decisions about health care insurance now to be able to save more of their hard-earned money come tax time. The good news is that people have more options than ever for affordable health insurance and now is the time to find out what works best for you and your family.
Howard Beach resident Catherine Lumetta, right, celebrates her 104th birthday with her daughter, Pauline Mantineco, left. Lumetta marked the milestone birthday Tuesday with a small party at the Howard Beach Senior Center.
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Glenda and Howard Lynch, right, of Rosedale, talk flood-related projects with consultant Sarah Yackel of BFJ Planning at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Rosedale.