When it comes to the controversy surrounding Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to Mayor de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, the vast majority of city lawmakers from Queens have nothing to say.
Asked on Monday whether they support Noerdlinger’s continued employment as McCray’s top aide, only three of the 14 City Council members from Queens would answer the question.
Public Advocate Letitia James and 32 members of the City Council have sent a letter calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to reject a series of ads that they say are anti-Muslim and could provoke violence.
The ads were purchased by the group American Freedom Defense Initiative, which claims they tell the truth about the dangers of radical Islam.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is not happy about what’s been reported about the Queens Library.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Wednesday introduced a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
The legislation would require:
Elected officials, women’s rights activists and Planned Parenthood representatives gathered on the second floor of an empty warehouse to celebrate the second phase of construction for the organization’s new health center on Oct. 16.
“Already, nearly 5,400 Queens residents travel to other boroughs to come to PPNYC health centers,” President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City Joan Malin said. “There’s a clear need for more sexual and reproductive health services in Queens and opening this new center will enable Planned Parenthood to better serve the healthcare needs of all New Yorkers.”
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will on Wednesday introduce a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
This morning elected officials, women's rights activists and Planned Parenthood representatives gathered on the second floor of an empty warehouse to celebrate the second phase of construction for the organization's, located at 41-21 45 Road in Long Island city, new health center.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, with Captain Brian Hennessey of the 108th Precinct, center right, and residents of Woodside, asks the driver who critically injured a pedestrian on Queens Boulevard to turn to come forward.
Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) is calling on voters to approve the Smart Schools Bond Act on Election Day and he went “back to school” to do it.
Recently, Moya attended class in one of PS 19’s temporary classrooms to expose the inadequacy of classroom trailers.
Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.
In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.
Just weeks after the City Council passed the Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims Act, sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), a young man was critically injured by a driver who fled the scene in Woodside and the community is looking for justice.
“The days of Queens Boulevard being the ‘Boulevard of Death’ will no longer be tolerated,” Van Bramer said in a written statement. “Together with the NYPD and the community, we are sending a message directly to the driver who left a man clinging to his life, as well as all reckless drivers in the City of New York. We will track you down and punish you to the fullest extent of the law for your actions.”
A packed room at the Sunnyside Community Services building listens to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer praise the Related Companies for their work in bringing almost 1,000 affordable units to Long Island City as part of the Hunters Point South project.
Councilman Daneek Miller, top, hits a lines drive last week as the City Council softball team defeated Mayor de Blasio’s squad 17-13 in a contest held at MCU Park in Coney Island.
Above, Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer, second from left, Donovan Richards and Paul Vallone watch the action while Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, seated, cheers on Council players.
If there was any doubt over the demand for affordable housing, the 400-plus people who squished themselves into Sunnyside Community Services’ cafeteria to get information on the new Hunters Point South development settled it.
Scores more stuck outside the community center scrambled to snag a brochure, flier or any information on the affordable units up for grabs. The event, held on Monday, was the first of three housing forums being sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Community Board 2 with Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria).
The announcement of 33 city cultural institutions partnering with the municipal identification program is considered a major victory for Council members in support of the bill.
The citywide identification card will be made available to every New Yorker, regardless of resident status. Because of the universal availability, it had been dubbed as the “illegal immigrants card,” a name many people, including the bill’s sponsor Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) ,have been fighting to shake off.
Boxing fans can raise their arms in victory as one of the iconic pugilistic arenas has gotten its name on a street in Sunnyside Gardens.
On Saturday afternoon, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and members of Ring 8 — a group for retired boxers — unveiled the new street sign “Sunnyside Gardens Arena Way” on 45th Street and Queens Boulevard.
At the request of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), the Department of Transportation is proposing two slow zones for the Sunnyside and Woodside areas.
At a public hearing hosted by Community Board 2, DOT representative Alicia Posner presented the agency’s findings and proposed two slow zones, one in the Sunnyside Gardens and Woodside areas and the other in Sunnyside proper.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center right, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley, center left, and members of the DOT and the Long Island City community at the unveiling of new traffic-safety measures on 5th Street.
It was a day the city will never forget, and in Woodside firefighters, elected officials, survivors and family and friends honored those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) recounted his memories of 9/11 and Irene Walsh, whose son Michael Brennan died on 9/11, was honored.
After rallies, petitions and press conferences, the parents and elected officials of Long Island City had something to celebrate.
In accordance with requests made by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Community Board 2 and Long Island City residents to the Department of Transportation, major traffic improvements have come to 5th Street.
Jimmy Van Bramer, center, announces The Doe Fund will expand to Dutch Kills. He is joined by the program’s founder, George McDonald, and community members.
Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer, left, and Rory Lancman, right, introduced two bills that could help reach Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal.
A bill that aims to “prohibit discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” by banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants will be the subject of a City Council hearing set for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall
The main sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in April and is being debated in the Civic Rights Committee, is Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). The legislation has 38 co-sponsors who have signed onto it; among them are several members of the Queens delegation: Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) and Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans).
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced the additional allocation of funds to bring The Doe Fund to the Dutch Kills area in Long Island City.
“Thirty-sixth Avenue is a special stretch of both commercial and residential properties which represents the diversity of the neighborhood of Dutch Kills,” Van Bramer said at a press conference held on Aug. 28. “With the introduction of The Doe Fund to Dutch Kills, a hardworking maintenance team will be dedicated to the cleanliness of this wonderful and vibrant community.”
Queens leaders took center stage in the fight to reach Vision Zero’s goal of eliminating pedestrian fatalities.
A hearing was held Wednesday by the City Council Transportation Committee to discuss legislation to establish civil penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a collision, introduced by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), and legislation to protect taxi and livery cab drivers, introduced by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows).