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A new school is coming to Woodside and elected officials and many members of the community couldn’t be happier.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was joined last Thursday by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), representatives from the School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and PS 11 principal Anna Efkarpides to break ground on PS 399, a new school set to open in 2015.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) defeated her Republican opponent Craig Caruana on Election Night to win a second term as the 30th District’s City Council representative.
Speaking to dozens of family members and supporters inside the Woodhaven House bar and restaurant at 63-98 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park on Tuesday, Crowley praised those who aided in her re-election campaign and those who voted for her.
Tuesday's elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.3 percent of the vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures reported by NY 1.
Three years after the attraction was shuttered behind a fence with an uncertain and shaky future, the Forest Park Carousel is now a busy city landmark.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its approval to the landmarking of the 110-year-old merry-go-round in June and the City Council later certified its status.
The Kiwanis Club held its first annual community awards ceremony recently to honor members for their outstanding achievements in the Middle Village area.
Members of the Middle Village Kiwanis Club came together at La Bella Cucina on Juniper Boulevard South and several members were recognized. One in particular was Thomas Clarke, who received the Business Person of the Year award.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), along with several other elected officials, is calling on the Department of Education to designate the Hindu, Jainist, Buddhist and Sikh holiday of Diwali as an official day off for public school students.
“There are tens of thousands of public school students in New York City who celebrate Diwali,” Dromm said. “These students must pick between attending class or spending the day with their families, while students in the Christian and Jewish faiths do not have to make this decision when they celebrate holidays like Rosh Hashana and Christmas. There shouldn’t be this discrepancy. I urge the Department of Education to recognize this important holiday called Diwali.”
Tony Arcabascio, the Republican candidate for Queens borough president, is asserting that Queens Public Television decided against airing a debate between him and his Democratic opponent, Melinda Katz, out of politics, a charge the station denies.
Arcabascio and Katz had debated before the QPTV cameras on Oct. 10, and the station said it was going to broadcast the event a dozen times before Election Day. But before the first airing, at least two newspapers, the Queens Chronicle and the Daily News, ran articles on the event.
Tony Arcabascio, the Republican candidate for Queens borough president, is claiming that Queens Public Television decided against airing a debate between him and his Democratic opponent, Melinda Katz, out of politics, a charge the station denies.
Community Board 5’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee voted unanimously Tuesday against the embattled Knockdown Center’s latest request for a 600-person liquor license that could knock out the center’s chances of attaining one.
The committee rallied around the fact that the 110-year-old former door factory at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, which has recently hosted events ranging from concerts and art happenings to weddings, does not have a certificate of occupancy. Also, the Knockdown Center had previously been denied a 5,000-person liquor license.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s pending landslide victory is picking up speed in the mayoral race and threatens to bury Republican Joseph Lhota 71 to 21 percent among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Oct. 3. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion had 2 percent.
There was a small gender gap and a larger racial gap: White voters support de Blasio 55 to 40 percent while black voters back the Democrat 90 to 6 percent, with Hispanic support at 79 to 10 percent, the poll found.
The people who run the Knockdown Center, a former industrial site in Maspeth that has become home to dance parties, weddings, concerts and avant-garde art shows, recently applied to Community Board 5 for a liquor license.
The application has drawn objections from civic activists and most elected officials in the area. Activists allege that alcohol has already been served illegally at the former factory, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave., near the Ridgewood line, and note that the property has been subject of several code violations issued by the city. They say they are concerned about safety at the site.
Rep. Joe Crowley, left, drapes his arm around Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio at a rally outside Borough Hall Monday during which the county’s Democratic organization threw its support behind de Blasio’s candidacy.
For all of their perceived power in city politics, the Queens County organizations for both major political parties were not on the winning side of their respective mayoral primary races this year. Queens Democrats chose City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) as their choice for mayor, while the Queens Republican leadership choose supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis as their standard-bearer.
Both lost, and now with six weeks to go until the city selects its new mayor, the county parties are seeking to unify behind the primary winners, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former MTA chief Joe Lhota.
The FDNY on Tuesday celebrated the 100th anniversary of Engine Co. 286 and Ladder 135, located on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale.
At top, Capt. Joe Masterson, left, of Ladder 135, UFA Queens Trustee Matthew Desjardin and Capt. Bill Reddan of Engine 286 commemorate the anniversary.
In an unexpected move, the Queens Democratic Party threw its support behind Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) in the party’s runoff election for public advocate on Monday.
On Monday the city named a Jackson Heights park on 78th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue after Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old boy who tragically died from sepsis he contracted after sustaining a cut while playing basketball in April 2012.
The half-acre recreation area, named “Rory Staunton Field,” is adjacent to his school, The Garden School.
New York will be joining other states with its own healthcare exchange on Oct. 1.
The exchange is a type of online marketplace where insurance can be found for eligible individuals at a significant discount. Those on Medicaid will continue to receive those benefits, but for those who fit into that gray area — of not qualifying for Medicaid but not being able to afford full coverage healthcare — the exchange may be a feasible option.
About 70 people came to Jackson Heights on Monday, including Maria Bakhchyan, top center, and Judy Natkins, bottom left, to ask Congressman Joe Crowley to vote no on military action against Syria.
Melinda Katz, seen here with her partner, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Silwa, left, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Rep. Joe Crowley, Queens Democratic Party chairman, celebrates winning the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president Tuesday night in Forest Hills. Katz, a former state and city legislator, defeated Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and real estate developer Everly Brown and will face Republican Tony Arcabascio in November to replace Helen Marshall.
About 70 people, mostly seniors, took to Jackson Heights Monday night to urge Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) to vote no on potentially bombing Syria for the government’s alleged use of toxic gas on its citizens.
“We have to take a different stance from Obama,” said Lebanese-Armenian Maria Bakhchyan at the hour-long candlelight vigil. “We’re tired of America going into all the Middle Eastern countries. It’s going to make things worse.”
The opinions of Queens’ federal lawmakers on whether the United States should launch an attack on Syria in response to its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians run the gamut.
Some support the action, at least one is opposed, at least one admits he is undecided and several of the others issued varying statements before President Obama announced that he would seek congressional authorization for military action last Friday.
Francine and David Wheeler, the parents of one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, will speak at the street renaming for their son Benjamin this Saturday.
The neighborhood, with the request of Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), will name the corner of 41st Street and Queens Boulevard ó near the Wheelerís former home ó Benjamin Wheeler Place.
At the end of June the Long Island Rail Road agreed to fund and conduct a survey that could result in the rebuilding of a train station in Elmhurst.
The envelopes have been sealed, stamped and distributed, but the leadership at the Newtown Civic Association, which advocated for the stop at Broadway and Whitney Avenue to be revisited, wants to know why only 10 percent of households in a half-mile radius of the stop received surveys.