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.
An example of state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) concerns with the Flushing Commons construction site could be seen by all before his press conference began last Friday.
A large truck blocked a lane of traffic at the intersection of 39th Avenue and Union Street while a crane lifted materials off it.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) last week dismissed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) assertion about gender discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are simply not interested to become firefighters or aren’t fit for the job.
Savino made those comments in a Facebook post, moments after a City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice hearing, chaired by Crowley, grilled Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro about the lack of female representation in the department. The state senator dismissed Crowley’s claims that the FDNY is using “excessive testing” and rigorous exercises which cause women to drop out of the academy.
Victims of domestic violence will now have an easier pathway into the city’s homeless shelter system.
At a Friday press conference at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro 361-a, which grants a presumption of eligibility for applicants to the city shelter system who are exiting Human Resources Administration domestic violence shelters.
New York City will spend $130 million over the next four years, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, jail re-entry and the number of people with mental illnesses, who are often locked up for minor offenses.
The plan, proposed by Mayor de Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, came in response to a number of cases in which mentally ill inmates died under questionable conditions at Rikers Island, the country’s second-largest correction facility.
It took 16 years, but the bill to form a commission on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum went to President Obama’s desk this week after being passed by Congress.
“When you go down the mall, everything is there,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), who introduced the bill in 1998, said. “They have museums for postage stamps, for law and order, and yet there is not a single museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women.”
Arthur Flug loved all six of his careers, but has a special connection to his last one as director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives.
After seven years at the helm, Flug, 75, of Jamaica Estates is retiring on Dec. 31. He will leave his post on the Queensborough Community College campus in Bayside to travel and spend more time with his wife and grandchildren, but will still work on a few projects at the Holocaust center.
The city Department of Sanitation is now authorized to immediately seize illegitimate clothing donation bins placed throughout the city — a process that previously took more than a month — after the City Council approved new legislation last month and it went unaddressed by Mayor de Blasio.
“While we want to encourage New Yorkers to donate clothing and other materials to those in need, we also want to ensure that organizations collecting these items are doing so responsibly, and this bill will achieve both of those goals,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in a written statement.
While most graduates put their caps and gowns on, the 20 men who completed the The Fortune Society Green Job Training Program put on their construction helmets.
During a special ceremony held last Thursday, the formerly incarcerated individuals were honored for fulfilling the certification requirements to enter careers that require technical training in environmental remediation and construction.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
An HIV diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was, as patients are now able to treat the condition with medication and live well into their 80s, but there are still 16,000 cases in Queens alone, according to health officials, and young gay and bisexual men are most adversely affected.
Now there is a way to proactively reduce the risk of infection, by taking a pill called Truvada every day. The method is called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, and doctors say it’s 99 percent effective when it’s done right. Increasing access to PrEP is part of Gov. Cuomo’s three-point plan to decrease new HIV infections. Fewer than 2,000 people are taking Truvada nationwide.
Clients and staff at Lifespire, a nonprofit based in Jamaica that provides services for the developmentally disabled, last week transformed their floor in a Jamaica office building into a Manhattan holiday showcase.
At top, Lifespire staff member Nadira Cumberbatch, left, leads singers in Christmas carols and selections for Hanukkah.
The city will station 53 new certified trainers and EMTs at all contact football practices at schools with varsity and junior varsity teams, Mayor de Blasio announced last week, thanks to a $1.2 million donation from New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch.
As a result, the mayor said, nearly 3,500 high school football players will have trained personnel at their practices, helping avoid injuries and ensuring a swift response if a player is hurt on the field.
Flushing community leaders on Friday said small businesses on Union Street are hurting more and more due to the worsening traffic situation near the Flushing Commons development site.
"For too long, the Department of Transportation has ignored the dangerous traffic conditions caused by the Flushing Commons construction," said Ik Hwan Lim, president of the Union Street Merchants Association.
Move over, Manhattan! So long, Saratoga! Farewell, Florida!
There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to tourism, and guess what — it’s Queens!
Queens native and hip-hop icon Ja Rule doesn’t get too many opportunities to say “Holla Holla” to the borough he grew up in.
“There’s not too many spots in Queens to perform at,” he said.
(An open letter to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission)
On behalf of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, we would like to extend our gratitude in response to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s cancellation of the proposed administrative hearing on Dec. 9, 2014, which would have likely resulted in the decalendaring of nearly 100 landmark-worthy individual properties and two landmark-worthy districts.
We feel that if the LPC was to engage in a massive decalendaring, it would set a risky precedent, where those properties may undergo demolition as-of-right, and the public would speculate that future calendared properties may be decalendared and also demolished. Residents, community groups, elected officials and preservationists at-large work tirelessly to research, propose and advocate for new landmarks, which have largely resulted in those properties to have been calendared.
The public is routinely presented with the opportunity to testify on hearing items, but a “commissioner only” vote on decalendaring would have appeared as if the public has no voice in the landmarking process, or as if we inhabited the days of protests before the classic Pennsylvania Station’s demolition.
Our landmarks and potential landmarks are a unique contribution to our city’s architectural and cultural history, diversity and aesthetics, and are cornerstones in the eyes of residents. As per the Landmarks Law, which enables the public to provide testimony for properties, the public needs to have a say in the future of the nearly 100 individual properties and the two districts.
Reviewing the listing of the proposed decalendaring items, our boroughs would lose their identity and distinctive qualities of a livable community. Some cases in point are the Ahles House and the Douglaston Historic District Extension in Queens, the IRT Powerhouse and Loew’s 175th Street Theater in Manhattan, the 5466 Arthur Kill Road House and Garner Mansion in Staten Island, the 65 Schofield Street House and the Samuel Babcock House in the Bronx and St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church and Rectory in Brooklyn.
We strongly encourage the LPC to schedule public hearings for all of the calendared items, beginning where there is most pressure to alter, sell or redevelop the site, or where development patterns in the community could compromise the site’s integrity or longevity. May the LPC and New Yorkers work as a team, to emphasize how a governmental body and its constituency can operate cohesively for our city’s improvement. Thank you for your consideration.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
The same week Mayor de Blasio announced a decrease in civilian police complaints, a grand jury announced the officer accused of killing Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold was not guilty.
The Eastern Queens Alliance is chartering buses for people interested in attending a Dec. 18 federal court hearing on the proposed runway extension at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Eastern Queens Alliance is opposed to the project, which will move a portion of Runway 4 Left-22 Right about 700 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and residential areas to the north and northeast of JFK.
York College students are concerned that the workload they are given by professors leads to clinical depression.
To diagnose clinical depression, the most severe form of depression, the American Psychiatric Association uses the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” In a recent interview, Dr. Rodolfo Sandin, a licensed psychiatrist of over 40 years at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, said an overly burdensome workload can be harmful to a college student.
Greenwich Village, Park Slope and Riverdale have nothing on Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Forest Hills.
The Real Estate Board of New York, in its third-quarter report on home sales in the city, found that the three central Queens neighborhoods, which it reports on as one area, combined for the third-most home sales in the five boroughs, with 375.
What happens if the dog eats your Christmas turkey and the house is wrecked, ala “A Christmas Story,” or you don’t celebrate the holiday?
Ordering Chinese food might be one of your best bets, simply because there are hundreds of restaurants throughout Queens.