Displaying results 1 - 25 of 640 for jimmy van bramer. Subscribe to this search
If you were hoping to take out a book in Hunters Point, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.
In a letter to Friends of Queens Library at Hunters Point, Thomas Galante, the president of Queens Library, wrote that the bids to build the structure were way over budget so certain modifications are being made to bring the price-tag back down.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
St. Patrick’s Day came early in Sunnyside. Children wearing bright green shamrock-shaped hats waved and smiled to the rainbow of people parading down Skillman Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade on Sunday. Though it was a cold March day, the spirit of love and equality fueled the crowds of dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, activists, politicians and spectators.
Many of the participants, including Mayor de Blasio, will not be marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on March 17 because lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people have been barred from openly partaking in the event with banners and as organized groups since 1991.
Councilman Danny Dromm gives a speech at the start of the parade. Rep. Carol Maloney, third from right, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, next to Maloney, look on.
Rep. Joe Crowley, center, with Assemblywoman Marge Markey, right, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center right, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center rear, and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, left, at PS 11 in Woodside.
Councilman Danny Dromm, center right, with Public Advocate Letitia James, right, former Speaker Christine Quinn, center left, and Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, second from left, and Julissa Ferreras, left, at last year’s Pride Parade in Jackson Heights.
Mayor de Blasio, center, when he first announced his Vision Zero plan in Woodside, where the greatest number of pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2013. He stands with Borough President Melinda Katz, second from right, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, right.
Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante, under fire from some city officials and at least one state lawmaker for making nearly $400,000 a year, told members of the borough’s press corps that he probably works close to 100 hours a week.
Galante makes $392,000 a year as head of the library, a private, nonprofit group that contracts with the city to provide services. His salary was revealed earlier this month by the Daily News, prompting the City Council to hold a hearing and the city comptroller to launch an audit of the library.
The fate of incoming PS 11 students has been decided but a rally was held Tuesday as a final attempt to persuade the Department of Education not to temporarily relocate students to PS 171 while construction on PS 11 is completed.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) was joined by state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywomen Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and Marge Markey (D-Maspeth), Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and community members and parents in front of PS 11 located on the corner of 56th Street and Skillman Avenue in Woodside.
Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday called on the Queens Library to implement several reform measures in light of the controversy over its executive director's salary, benefits, office renovations and outside employment. ... After the board meeting, the library put out another statement from Taussig, saying the members had initiated several reforms, including the elimination of a component in Galante's contract, called the "evergreen clause," that saw it renewed it every year for the next five years.
Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday called on the Queens Library to implement several reform measures in light of the controversy over its executive director's salary, benefits, office renovations and outside employment.
There is one week left to see the works of an ambitious painter that are on display in the Flushing Library’s gallery. But patrons will not be able to see one of artist Ken Ho’s personal favorites, “We Speak Out.” The library had him take it down after receiving complaints about its imagery.
“We Speak Out” features the leaders of both sides in World War II at a table, with images of the conflict behind them and flowers in front of them. Leaders of the Allied Powers, including U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, are on one side, and those of the Axis, including German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, are on the other. In between is Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong.
Northern Boulevard and 61st Street, where 8-year-old Noshat Nahian was killed by a tractor trailer attempting to make a left turn. This is one of several intersections Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer would like Mayor de Blasio to include in his “Vision Zero” plan.
While it may not have been the central theme of his State of the City Address, Mayor de Blasio briefly touched on a subject concerning many Western Queens community members: his “Vision Zero” initiative.
The plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in New York City within five years was announced on Northern Boulevard, a corridor that has experienced many accidents, several weeks ago and Queens elected officials have been quick to volunteer areas in their district to be studied.
After dozens of business owners rallied with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and other lawmakers in protest of No. 7 train weekend service cuts, the MTA said it is willing to give in to some of the demands, just not the ones the community was hoping for.
During a meeting held last week, the MTA said it would develop an advertising campaign to market Long Island City — particularly the Hunters Point area — to offset the expected business lull.
From top left, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. scored the lowest grades in the city while Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Councilmen Eric Ulrich, Ruben Wills, Peter Koo, Jimmy Van Bramer and Danny Dromm had some of the highest
Each year, the New York League of Conservation Voters puts out a scorecard that grades all Council members on environmental issues and for the 2012-13 City Council year, Queens had some of the highest scores and the lowest.
The scores are based on voting and sponsorship records on 17 bills that cover recycling, composting, clean energy, biodiversity, transportation, air quality, energy efficiency, resiliency and more.
It’s that time of year again: the annual slicing of the state-issued parking placard by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
A major proponent of cracking down on the use of phony state-issued parking placards, Avella sliced a copy of his valid one on Friday at his office in Bayside to inspire action by the state and city governments.
In 2013, Queens had the highest number of car accidents involving pedestrians in the city, and it appears the trend hasn’t cooled down during these first few weeks of 2014.
This week, six people were killed or injured on Queens streets, which elected officials said proves all too well how desperately traffic reforms are needed in Western Queens.
After news came out that Queens Library President Tom Galante agreed to renovations of his offices in the Central Library branch, including an outdoor “smoke deck,” elected officials were quick to support Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) decision to conduct an oversight hearing.
The meeting started off calm Wednesday as Galante opened with the number of accomplishments the Queens Library has achieved since he was appointed — including being named the best library system in the country in 2009 — but soon escalated into a tense back and forth between Galante and Council members who called his salary excessive and his outsourcing of custodians in need of reform.
After news broke that Queens Library head Tom Galante had lavish renovations done to his offices despite budget cuts and employee consolidation, elected officials were quick to pounce.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer was elected majority leader, the second-most powerful job on the 51-member City Council.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was appointed to the second-highest position in the 51-member City Council last week, and his new role as majority leader means he will spending a lot of quality time with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the 46 other Democrats in the body and Mayor de Blasio’s staff — and giving Queens a powerful representative in City Hall.
“Needless to say I am excited and honored to serve in the second-highest position in the Council,” Van Bramer said. “To have that person come from Queens is a very big victory for the borough.”
The Queens Library is one of our borough’s most important institutions, its 62 locations vital to children learning to read, people seeking jobs, immigrants looking for material in their native language and just about everyone else, in one way or another.
That said, it is, like any human institution, imperfect. And some of its imperfections were revealed this week by the Daily News, sparking an oversight hearing by the City Council and an audit by the city comptroller.
The Queens Library is under fire after news reports regarding the system’s head, Thomas Galante, collecting a large salary as budget cuts have trimmed more than 100 jobs over the past five years.
The New York Daily News reported that on top of Galante’s $391,594 salary, he spent $140,000 on renovations for his offices at the Central Library in Jamaica, which includes a private outdoor smoking area.