Gov. Cuomo called for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the unions representing more than 5,400 Long Island Rail Road workers to get back to the bargaining table after Congress announced in Wednesday that it would not intervene to end a pending strike.
The four unions, which conductors and track workers, car inspectors, maintenance and repair workers and others, have been without a contract since 2010.
Pat Toro was a soldier, both on the battlefields of Vietnam and on the political front lines when it came to veterans’ affairs.
On Friday, he died the same way he lived.
The Mets were 11 games under .500 when they returned to Citi Field July 4 after a seven-game road trip. General manager Sandy Alderson knew that he would have to address the media about his perceptions of the first half of the 2014 season. Clearly it was not a get-together that he was looking forward to having.
Alderson began the proceedings by saying he believes the Mets have the personnel to perform far better than they have been, and that they are heading in the right direction. Eyeballs were understandably rolling and heads were shaking after Alderson made that statement.
Attention Forest Hills and Rego Park. There’s a new sheriff in town.
After two years under the watch of Capt. Thomas Conforti, command of the 112th Precinct has been handed over to Capt. Judith Harrison after Conforti took the same job at the 109th Precinct in Flushing.
The city Department of Education announced last month that it was making changes to its Blue Book — the annual document that outlines school organization and utilization — based on suggestions from a panel created earlier this year by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.
The Blue Book has been the focus of several education-related debates in the city in recent years, from trailers in schoolyards to co-locations. Critics allege the Bloomberg administration’s Blue Books underestimated how much space schools need and overestimated how much space was available to make co-locations politically palpable.
It may be deja vu all over again for the U.S. Postal Service’s Whitestone Processing and Distribution Center, which now is scheduled to move most of its operations to Brooklyn by fall 2015.
There’s still a chance Congress could delay consolidation for another two years, but the Whitestone facility has been on the chopping block for more than two years and this time it could become a reality.
Maxine Townsend-Broderick, right, of Jamaica at the Quilter’s Showcase. Her award-winning creation, left, was inspired by a young mother she met and photographed during a visit to Nigeria as the woman carried her child on her back.
The New York Mets will host a food drive to benefit City Harvest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 11 through 13 at Citi Field.
Fans donating at least five nonperishable items will receive a voucher for two tickets to select September Mets home games, plus coupons for future use on Hain Celestial food products.
The Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Summer in the Borough Photo Contest is underway, and you’re invited to join in!
Take your best shots of children playing, workers working, lovely landscapes — whatever you think best says “summertime in Queens.”
Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Outdoor Cinema series began with a bang, literally.
The opening night of the film event was met with storm clouds and pouring rain. Still, 20 or so diehard fans braved the weather and came out to see “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.”
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Until a few days before the 2014 NBA Draft neither the Knicks nor the Nets had a pick. The Knicks were able to obtain two second-round picks from the Dallas Mavericks as part of the deal in which they sent center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Big D. They used them to select forwards Cleanthony Early from Wichita State and Thanasis Antetokounmpo from Greece. Both selections were warmly received by Knicks fans who attended the Draft at the Barclays Center.
Since his last name is a spellcheck killer, expect nearly every writer to refer to Antetokounmpo simply by his first name. His brother, Giannis, was the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2013 first-round draft choice, and he is known by that moniker the way that LeBron and Pele are referred to without surnames.
I read with much sadness the news of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with, for former Mayor Bloomberg, former state Sen. Frank Padavan and for Bob Friedrich, president of our Glen Oaks Village Co-op Association, when he ran for City Council and state Assembly.
I found Phil Ragusa most personable, honest and a man of integrity. I also found him to be concerned for the community and its residents, with ideas to make things better for all concerned. He will be truly missed for he was the voice of all we hold most dear.
God bless you, Phil, for all that you stood for, and let me also offer my heartfelt prayers for your family, who are missing you at this sad time of mourning.
Jaime Corchado, the former owner of Louis’s Deli & Grocery at 85-56 118 St. in Kew Gardens, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old was charged with conspiring to sell cocaine and possessing illegal firearms.
Although even the developers wondered at times if the project would ever get off the ground, the first shovels were activated Monday morning to signal the start of work on the $1 billion mixed-use Flushing Commons project.
Michael Meyer, president of TDC Development, which is working with the Rockefeller Group to develop the five-acre project on the site of Municipal Parking Lot 1, told an audience of elected officials and community leaders that “it’s been a long time coming.”
After a stint on the Hudson River, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is back on the East Side for this year’s Independence Day.
Unfortunately a majority of the sparkling explosives will be shot off near the Brooklyn Bridge.
The so-called Cannibal Cop, former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle of Forest Hills, was let out of jail Tuesday after his conviction for plotting to kidnap, torture, kill and eat young women was overturned.
Valle, 30, had been locked up since his October 2012 arrest in the alleged plot he admitted discussing with people online but insisted was just a fantasy he never intended to carry out. He faced life in prison.
The city Department of Transportation’s plans to build dedicated bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards — and perhaps bring select bus service along the route in the future — was met with some concern and even hard-line opposition last week.
Some residents from Woodhaven and other communities who attended a forum on the plan at PS 306 last Wednesday were not so keen on the proposal.
Residents of Bay Terrace may soon have a convenient new coffee and snack destination.
At the June meeting of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance at the Chabad Center of Northeast Queens last Thursday, representatives from Cord Meyer Development Corp. were there for the first time in over a year to report negotiations with Dunkin’ Donuts to occupy a space on the upper level of the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson sometimes appeared to be larger than life: always charismatic, sometimes controversial and a prolific writer and speaker on the Jewish faith, education and far broader subjects.
He had legions of devoted followers in the Chabad Lubavitch faith, and also had his critics. Others believe he could be God’s anointed Messiah.
In recent years, some of baseball’s best pitchers are the biggest players on the field.
Future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, a former New York Yankees hurler, stood 6 feet, 10 inches tall, making him one of the tallest players in baseball history.
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