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.
Thank you. Margaret Finnerty receives a citation from Daniel Brown, a representative for Borough President Melinda Katz. Finnerty reflected on her time as family advocate for School District 27 before her retirement later this month.
Sheldon Lobel, left, attorney for the struggling Torah Haim Ohel Sara synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills, is questioned by Borough President Melinda Katz at a land use hearing at Borough Hall last Thursday.
Just in time for Hanukkah, Borough President Melinda Katz heard explanations from the representatives of an illegally operated synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills at last Thursday’s land use hearing at Borough Hall.
According to Sheldon Lobel, the attorney for Torah Haim Ohel Sara at 144-11 77 Ave., the synagogue’s owners are seeking an extension from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to give themselves more time to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
The Board of Trustees of the Queens Library voted unanimously on Wednesday night to oust embattled CEO Tom Galante for cause.
The many empty seats in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a hearing Dec. 3 on proposed fare and toll hikes set to take effect in March, did little to deter those in attendance from expressing their views.
Most of the speakers who did show up shared common concerns: rising financial burdens from the rate increases and dissatisfaction with various aspects of the transit system.
With Santa are Dominick Bruccoleri, left, Councilman Paul Vallone, Borough President Melinda Katz and Rep. Grace Meng.
Carl Weisbrod, director of the Department of City Planning, was born and raised in Queens.
But he did not come to Monday’s Borough Board meeting to tell members about Queens’ past, but rather to tell them about what his department is doing to prepare the borough for its future.
The newly formed South East Queens Chamber of Commerce is hoping to revitalize the Downtown Jamaica area and turn it and other neighborhoods into shopping destinations.
The group’s motto is “Together, we can!” and the Rev. R. Simone Lord, who founded the chamber last July, has faith the community will come together to support her efforts.
Nice try, folks: Borough President Melinda Katz decided that a bloc of Queens Library trustees was not serving the public interest, worked to get a law passed allowing her to remove the members, did so, and then saw a federal court rule on her side twice when they sued to reverse both the law and the removals.
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.
Architect Gerald Caliendo on Thursday told Queens Borough President Melinda Katz that the owner of a South Ozone Park home needed a variance on the property so that he could receive a certificate of occupancy from the city.
“There is a two-story building directly behind it,” Caliendo said during a land use public hearing. “So it is still in context with the neighborhood.”
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off the second part of her Jamaica Planning Initiative Conference last Saturday at York College.
The effort, kicked off by Katz this past summer, once again brought several hundred people from the government, business, real estate, finance, education and residential property-owner sectors of the community.
Memo to elected officials and NYPD brass: Don’t hold your collective breath waiting for Community Board 13 to give up on the prospect of a new 116th police precinct, preferably around Rosedale.
That was the clear message sent Monday night when the board approved its Fiscal Year 2016 funding priorities, with site selection for a new police station occupying its accustomed place at the top of the list.
After a series of twists and turns, negotiations and debates, the Astoria Cove project was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
The development — which includes waterfront access, affordable housing, a commercial corridor, green space and a school — is the first to be approved under the new affordable housing stipulations made by Mayor de Blasio this year.
Members of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee want the city to purchase what they call a vital piece of property to add to the nature preserve, and they are putting their money where their mouths are.
The committee and several area groups have offered the city between $30,000 and $40,000 toward the acquisition of the Callender property, an 11,800-square-foot parcel of privately owned land, which is near the Udalls Cove preserve’s Aurora Pond.
This year, although there was a good turnout of voters, our polling location ran smoothly as always because of our professional poll workers and translators. I just couldn’t help but think about how easy the “shower curtain” voting booth was. With no small print and the searching f
or the right offices and the right names. But we were all there voting the new way making sure that we voted for our candidates. The candidates that were re-elected to their positions were Rep. Nydia Velazquez, state Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Michael Miller; every one of these incumbents was re-elected. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District congratulate all of our elected officials and look forward to working with them to keep our beloved Woodhaven community strong, prosperous and safe. Now we continue working with our elected officials on all of our local ongoing projects such as the Rockaway Beach Branch Line/Queensway Proposal (as I mentioned in my last column), which we do not want to affect the Woodhaven homeowners on 98th Street, and their quality of life. There are alternatives here, one to make the entire area parkland, go underground at the Atlantic Avenue entrance or leave it as is. Also to be noted: the GWDC and the WBID wish list project for last year was our request of LED street lights for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. This wish fulfilled by our Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The GWDC and the WBID thank Katz for this lighting.
Also, we got the enclosure of our now historically landmarked Forest Park Carousel for all year use. Hopefully the two remaining wish list projects will also be fulfilled.
Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Rory Lancman discuss the Queens spaces included in the Parks Department’s Community Parks Initiative at a Borough Board meeting at Borough Hall on Monday.
Boy Scouts Pack 390 of Woodside marched along with veterans, elected officials and community leaders during the fifth annual Middle Village Veterans Day Parade, which took place on Metropolitan Avenue on Sunday.
The Scouts were joined by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 551, former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
At the Community Board 2 meeting held at the Sunnyside Community Services building on Nov. 6, board member Anne Hart was honored with the Community Board Service Award in recognition of her service to the Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside areas.
Hart has been on the board for 10 years as of this month.
It’s been two weeks since the City Council held a hearing for the latest project in Astoria Cove and after several days of confrontation with activists and elected officials, the proposal was approved by the zoning subcommittee on Wednesday.
As part of a last-minute deal, the development team, Astoria 2030, agreed to dedicate 27 percent of the residential units for affordable housing, up 7 percent from the original proposal.
Not so fast, hipsters.
Gentrification along the L subway line may ultimately be inevitable, but the manufacturing sector still has some friends in Borough President Melinda Katz and Community Board 5.
Well, hipsters are people too after all.
Just as Borough President Melinda Katz threw her support behind nixing a proposed residential development in a Ridgewood manufacturing zone, the demolition of three old area industrial buildings mere blocks away to make way for a mixed-use structure is on tap.
Carlisle Towery, Borough President Melinda Katz, Vicki Been and Congressman Gregory Meeks.
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.”