Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
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.
When paperwork showing the Queens Development Group hired two lobbyist groups to work with Queens leaders, including Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), was discovered by activists, rumors swirled as to what it all means.
But according to the developers and several sources close to the issue, the paperwork filed with the City Clerk’s Office is routine.
According to his family, the NYPD and city government, Police Officer Robert Ehmer personified every trait that makes someone a hero.
His sister, Annette Ehmer, in between bursts of tears, said her brother was humble and courageous.
They may call him “Your Honor,” but that doesn’t mean the trait has any value in Bill de Blasio’s City Hall.
At least it’s not a requirement for landing a $170,000-a-year position whose very necessity is questionable itself. Connections and favoritism matter. Honor, honesty, integrity — not required.
There were a lot of things the public and even city lawmakers wanted to hear from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when he sat before the City Council on Monday.
What is going to happen to the officer who allegedly killed Eric Garner? Is the NYPD racist? How will cops be trained to handle escalated situations without excessive force? What are you going to do?
The pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 71st and Myrtle avenues in Ridgewood is under new management, in a way.
The Horticultural Society of New York and the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, announced at a press conference last Friday that the Ridgewood plaza has become the seventh space in Queens to be selected for the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, a Horticultural Society project aimed at helping preserve and sustain pedestrian spaces throughout the city.
Queens Neighborhoods United, a community activist group, is rejoicing at the news of Executive Director of the 82nd Street Partnership Seth Taylor’s recently announced resignation.
“The resignation of Seth Taylor is a victory for the neighbors of Roosevelt Avenue,” Christian Gui–anzaca, an organizer with the group said in a written statement. “Seth Taylor has always looked down on the immigrant communities of Queens. This just goes to show that you don’t mess with the people and come back unscratched.”
Even the occasional roar of the passing 7 train couldn’t dampen the vivacious energy at August’s Oye Corona celebration.
On Saturday, the multicultural festival filled Corona Plaza with a steady, diverse stream of music with roots in Mexico, Bangladesh, Puerto Rico and the United States. The event attracted a crowd with eclectic cultural performances, an exercise class, arts and crafts stations and a positive message of unity across communities.
Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.
The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.
The 110th Precinct pulled out all the stops for the Corona community during its Night Out Against Crime event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Despite promises of reduced crime and a friendlier atmosphere, many Jackson Heights business owners and residents simply do not want the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District in their neighborhood.
In a town hall intended to create a line of communication between BID supporters and business owners, many people were not shy when it came to airing their issues last Thursday in Corona.
Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) last week were singing the praises of an agreement on an approximately $75 billion budget.
Now the rest of the city, including Comptroller Scott Stringer, is waiting for the Council to vote on final adoption to see just how the city intends to spend the money, and where it will come from.
Once again, developers find themselves bumping heads with community members on one of the biggest concerns middle- and lower-income residents have, affordable housing
Alma Realty and Studio V Architecture proposed a new development that would re-zone the area known as Astoria Cove and provide greater access to the waterfront.
The executive budget presented by Mayor de Blasio on May 8 was the first one in 20 years that was almost universally embraced by a heavily Democratic City Council upon receipt.
But it also wipes out a $2 billion surplus; increases projected deficits by $5 billion through 2018; and was the first one in memory to have to undergo a radical adjustment in less than a week after the city Comptroller’s Office raised serious questions about de Blasio’s intentions to spread retroactive pay raises for retiring school teachers over four years, an apparent violation of state-mandated Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures, or GAAP.
Mayor de Blasio’s recently unveiled affordable housing plan, “Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan,” is mammoth. At more than 100 pages, it lays out the new mayor’s plan for creating a “better and more affordable New York.”
“This plan, over the next 10 years, will create opportunity for so many people who are being priced out of our city,” de Blasio said at a press conference on Monday. “It will be a central pillar in the battle against inequality. This plan took a lot of effort and it will take a lot of effort to implement.”
Litter and trash in South and Southeast Queens has been compared to the weather — many complain but nobody does anything about it.
But government and civic officials are calling a program introduced on Monday a way to manage the problem on a borough-wide basis rather that just as an issue in isolated, individual neighborhoods.
Darius Fletcher, Jada Monique Butts, Crystal Gravely, Andrew Gramm and Jaleel Furtado were on their way home after celebrating Gravely’s birthday.
Gramm was driving them along 19th Avenue, traveling west, when he hit the curb, careened through a 3-foot-high chain-link fence and rolled over into Luyster Creek, also known as Steinway Creek in Astoria. The car began filling with water and the 20-year-old driver broke out of the vehicle as his friends struggled.
Councilman Danny Dromm tears up a flyer promoting the controversial show in front of Boulevard in Jackson Heights last Friday with Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, left, George Gibson of the Corona-East Elmhurst NAACP, Community Board 3 District Manager Giovanna Reid and Democratic District Leaders Vita Brome, George Dickson and Jessica Ramos.
Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante should take a leave of absence while the various investigations into the institution’s operations and finances are carried out, Borough President Melinda Katz said Monday in writing.
Katz made the recommendation in two letters, one to Galante — the embattled library chief whose compensation, office renovations and outside employment have prompted a City Council hearing, city audit and city and federal probe — and one to the board of trustees that keeps him employed at the library.
Today we join Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in calling for Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante to temporarily give up his position.
This was not an easy call to make, and we’re sure it wasn’t for Katz, who now controls half the library board, and Van Bramer, who chairs the Council committee that oversees the library, and worked there for years under Galante before being elected to office. But it’s a necessary one.
Offended may be too soft a word to describe the reaction Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) had when a staffer showed him a poster he saw on Roosevelt Avenue promoting a comedy show last weekend featuring performers in black face and dressed in drag.
“It’s disgusting and offensive,” he said at a press conference outside the Boulevard restaurant “It’s racist, homophobic, transphobic and doesn’t belong in this community.”
Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante should take a leave of absence while the various investigations into the institutions operations and finances are carried out, Borough President Melinda Katz said Monday in writing.
Since the City Council approved it in October, the controversy surrounding the Willets Point redevelopment plan has not only continued, it has increased.
With two lawsuits in the pipeline, a series of rallies held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, frustrated community board members and business owners refusing to leave the Iron Triangle, it seems the development behemoth is becoming less and less popular each day.