Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and officials from Queens College on Monday released the results of a study that concluded reactivating the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch would generate 500,000 subway rides per day, but that residents of the Rockaways support the alternative park plan.
“Reactivating the Rockaway Beach line would connect South and northern Queens in a way that is not currently possible,” Goldfeder said at a press conference in Queens College’s library.
Carlisle Towery, Borough President Melinda Katz, Vicki Been and Congressman Gregory Meeks.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, who recently visited Haiti, says more must be done to curb a cholera epidemic that has devastated the island nation.
Mayor de Blasio told a coalition of South Queens elected officials last Thursday that the city will no longer continue the popular Rockaway Ferry service to residents of the peninsula, according to a joint statement from seven politicians who had met with the mayor at City Hall.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), Assemblywoman Michelle Titus (D-Far Rockaway) and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said in a joint written statement that they were “extremely disappointed at the decision to discontinue ferry service to the Rockaways.”
A federal judge in Manhattan last week heard arguments from Haitian cholera victims who filed a lawsuit against the United Nations.
The plaintiffs contend that UN troops stationed in Haiti following a catastrophic earthquake in 2010 caused the cholera breakout that reportedly killed more than 8,000 people since October of that year.
Mayor de Blasio told a coalition of South Queens elected officials on Thursday that the city will no longer continue the popular Rockaway Ferry service to residents of the peninsula, according to joint statement from seven politicians who had met with the mayor at City Hall.
Civic leader Margaret Finnerty celebrates the clipping of $2 million worth of coupons for military personnel with state Sen. James Sanders Jr., left, Rep. Greg Meeks and Assemblyman Mike Miller.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.
Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
York College last week honored its longest-serving president and a tireless advocate for the CUNY educational system with its naming and dedication of the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center.
Bassin served as president of York from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. He died in 2012 at the age of 88.
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In the end, Miguel Mejia-Ramos apparently could not bring himself to face a jury, and the man who killed his wife and baby daughters in a rage last January will meekly go off to prison for 45 years when sentenced next month.
Mejia-Ramos pleaded guilty on Friday to three counts of first-degree manslaughter for the vicious stabbing deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, and two daughters on the night of Jan. 18.
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice has announced that it may launch a probe into the Police Department’s “broken windows” policy, which civil rights advocates say targets minorities for petty crimes.
The DOJ’s announcement came in response to a joint letter that six New York Congressional members sent to Washington in August. They urged the department to launch an investigation into the caught-on-camera chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner and the broken windows policy they said Garner was a victim of.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
Queens Congressional representatives have joined with colleagues from Long Island and five other states to form a new Quiet Skies Caucus with the aim of combating aircraft noise in neighborhoods near major airports.
Formation of the group was announced locally in a joint statement issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau).
Being a baby boomer, I admit that I have an affinity for the Seventies. Sure, it’s easy now to make fun of the clothing and knickknacks as the lava lamp and smiley-face stickers but they were stylish back in the day anyway. I confess that I try not to miss Sirius XM 7’s Saturday noon replays of the late Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” countdowns.
Mets fans, however, are understandably tired of the ’70s. No, not the “Me Decade,” but rather the fact 2014 marked the sixth straight year that the team didn’t muster more than seventy-something wins. Granted, their 79 wins in 2014 was the most that they achieved under general manager Sandy Alderson’s four-season stewardship.
There have been skepticisms and bipartisan disagreements on Capitol Hill, even among Queen’s congressional members, after President Obama’s congressional authorization for the country to train and arm the Syrian Free Army to combat the Islamic State militant group, ISIS.
Some lawmakers argued that the Muslim extremist group, who released videos of two American journalists they recently beheaded, poses an extremely high threat to the United States. Opponents like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) said action has to be taken to degrade the terrorist group, but the country is repeating previous history in Middle Eastern conflicts when they armed rebels who later joined terrorist groups.
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated beleaguered seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
“The people made a difficult choice; but they chose decisively,” Comrie said before throngs of supporters at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club. “The people of the 14th District said they wanted a representative they can be proud of, a representative who will get results from Albany.”
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding the poor and hungry in the borough, voicing strong support for the state of Israel and fighting the stain of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.
“For members of the Jewish community, this is an incredibly important institution that provides so much assistance, but for so many members of the larger Queens community who happen to not be Jewish, it’s a place they turn to equally for help and an open door,” de Blasio said at the Jamaica Estates event.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.
Assemblyman David Weprin, left, and Congressman Gregory Meeks, right, were among the score of Democratic political luminaries who came out in force on Tuesday to show their support for Leroy Comrie in his race in the 14th State Senate District.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) is set to join the parade of local officials endorsing former Councilman Leroy Comrie in his bid to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).