Queens officials, clergy and community leaders have organized three events to honor the two police officers assassinated Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn by a career criminal out to avenge the deaths of two black men at the hands of cops this summer.
Will former Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante sue the Board of Trustees for terminating him last Wednesday?
It depends on which of his attorneys you ask. Or maybe which newspaper you’re representing when you ask.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) released his annual holiday card this week. This year, the picture is of the councilman and his staff — Matt Wallace, Jason Banrey, Deborah Tharrington, Andres Villa, Amanda Nasner, Elana Ehrenberg and Cody Reter — sledding down the No. 7 elevated line, something that might very well happen given all the construction lately.
The card, sent to his constituents and mailing list, was designed by Jesse Winter.
A recent report in the Daily News by Juan Gonzalez, whose exposÈ of some Queens Library spending late last January sparked the public controversy that has surrounded the institution since then, says that President and CEO Tom Galante could be out of a job by the time you read this.
The Library Board of Trustees was set to meet Wednesday night, after the Queens Chronicle went to press. According to Gonzalez, the members will be receiving a report on Galante’s spending that will include a recommendation that he be fired, but that could not be confirmed by this newspaper.
The clock is ticking and soon the 20th annual Queens Chronicle Toy Drive will be over. Won’t you please contribute before the deadline on Monday, Dec. 22?
This year, the Chronicle is collecting gifts for children in four Queens city homeless shelters and a safe house in Eastern Queens for victims of domestic violence.
Katherine Gutierrez-Rios, left, LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Judith Bergtraum and Shahir Erfan “break ground” on the new library expansion.
Community and school leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of LaGuardia Community College’s new library on Friday.
The new facility will add 20,000 square feet in library space and 312 seats to the college. It will be on the second floor of the E building in a corridor that used to hold classrooms.
When Joe Conley joined Community Board 2 in 1985, it wasn’t to become the area staple he is today.
“I joined because of the squeegee men in our area harassing residents,” Conley said reminiscently. “Since then, we’ve done some great things.”
There are 170 youngsters living at the Kings Inn Family Center in East Elmhurst, and despite their circumstances, they are all looking forward to Christmas and some presents from Santa Claus.
The children range in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends, in a strange environment, and don’t know what their futures hold.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) speaks to residents about participatory budgeting at the community center of the Woodside Houses.
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has proposed a resolution that calls on the city to designate Jan. 13 as Korean-American Day to commemorate the anniversary of the first Korean immigrants’ arrival on United States territory in 1903.
Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, there are over 1.4 million Korean Americans living in the United States. An estimated 96,741 New York City residents are of Korean descent, of which two-thirds live in Queens.
The epic battle between animal rights groups and Central Park horse carriage drivers has come to a head as Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced a bill that would ban the centuries-old practice from the city’s most iconic park.
“The morality of a nation can be judged by the way society treats its animals,” Dromm said in a prepared statement. “Horses don’t belong on New York City’s congested streets amid cars and pollutions. There have been too many crashes and too many horse deaths and injuries to justify the continuation of this industry.”
cusing on children living at the Metro Family Residence in Woodside, one of the recipients in our 20th annual holiday toy drive.
There are 134 youngsters staying at that city homeless shelter now, ranging in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends and many must attend a new school.
After residents of the 26th Council District went to more than 10 participatory budgeting meetings since the democratic process was introduced this summer, city Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) shared a list of community projects brainstormed by attendees.
Project ideas include a pedestrian footbridge over Queens Boulevard and Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, a rooftop farm and community garden in the Queensbridge Houses, a community boat launch and waterfront pocket park in Long Island City, a rooftop playground at PS 166 in Astoria and a new ferry along the East River waterfront that would connect Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ravenswood and Astoria.
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought against Borough President Melinda Katz by six former Queens Library trustees who had sought to have their dismissals overturned by the court, Katz announced Sunday.
The six were members of a faction that had shielded now-suspended library President and CEO Tom Galante from attempts by a minority of the board to put him on leave while investigations into alleged financial mismanagement played out, and that had refused to provide City Comptroller Scott Stringer with all the documents he sought for an audit of the system.
The cast and crew of “Colombia Musical Review” pose with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center left, and Thalia Spanish Theatre Executive Director Angel Gil Orrios.
Colombian culture is hard to pin down. With each region — Andes, plains, Pacific or Atlantic coast — comes a different flavor.
“Colombia Musical Review” attempts to take the audience on a dance tour of each region and, in turn, the culture it brings to the table.
Elected officials on a cold and windy Friday afternoon gathered in Long Island City to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to shelters that serve homeless veterans, following a 10-day-long food drive by Council members throughout the city.
“Many of these brave men and women are in need of a hot meal and safe place to call home,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in front of the Borden Avenue Veterans Residence. “It is unacceptable that veterans go to bed hungry.”
With affordable housing becoming a focal point for Mayor de Blasio, the City Council issued a comprehensive report on another dwindling sector — industrial businesses.
On Nov. 19, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) announced the city’s commitment to keeping manufacturing areas and Industrial Business Zones from becoming strictly residential.
This week, the Queens Chronicle’s 20th annual toy and gift drive is focusing on letters from youngsters living at the Boulevard Family Shelter in Elmhurst.
The facility, the former Pan Am Hotel, opened in June and now has 388 children living there.
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?
Elected officials on a cold and windy Friday afternoon gathered in Long Island City to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to shelters that serve homeless veterans, following a 10-day long food drive by council members throughout the city.
Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.
Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
A proposal to charge consumers 10 cents for every single-use plastic bag they use at checkout is gaining traction again. City Hall held a discussion Wednesday to discuss a bill introduced by Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) that’s designed to reduce disposable bag use in the city by implementing the 10 cent fee.
According to its sponsors, the goal of the bill isn’t to charge consumers the fee but to incentivize them to change their habits and become more environmentally conscious. Retailers would keep the money and the bill exempts transactions made using food aid programs.
“Ukiyo-e Heroes,” gamers and art lovers unite as modern icons meet an ancient art form, RESOBOX, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City, Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m. Exhibit runs thru Dec. 4. Free. RSVP to reception: email@example.com; info: resobox.com/ukiyoe-heroes.