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With just days to go before the primaries for citywide offices, the Council of Senior Centers and Services last Thursday posted online a detailed questionnaire it gave to the candidates, along with their answers.
The CSCS, which says it is the leading advocate for senior services, posted the questions and answers on its website, cscs-ny.org. To see them, click on the candidate questionnaire link under the “News Alerts and Advocacy” tab.
District Council 37, New York City’s largest public employees’ union, four local library guilds from different boroughs and library supporters are trying to get the city to set aside 2.5 percent of property tax revenues to provide permanent funding for public libraries each year.
Mayor Bloomberg’s fiscal year 2014 preliminary budget slashed funding for public libraries citywide by $106.7 million dollars, with total funding at $193 million. The proposal has infuriated advocates, who held a rally at City Hall March 13 for increased funds so that libraries would be financially stable and not have their programs and materials on the budget chopping block every year.
On a recent Thursday morning, a group of people in blue “FBI (Firm Believer In) Jesus” baseball caps and yellow reflective jackets were asking pedestrians and drivers for money at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 63rd Drive. They said they were from New Life Church and were collecting money for a charity that helps the homeless and abused men, women and children.
The group said that the money helps Queens residents as well as people nationwide in the above-mentioned situations.
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside is recognized as a national leader in intensive rehabilitation and specialized care, but thanks to the amenities offered in its new patient pavilion, scheduled for a grand opening today, Sept. 27, it’s likely that many of the patients, despite their medically complex conditions, will forget — at least on occasion — why they’re there.
With vistas overlooking Little Neck Bay, user-friendly names like the Angels on the Bay Fitness Gym and patient-created artwork decorating the walls of a large recreation room, the 97-bed state-of-the-art facility’s new building adjoins a decades-old facility on 216th Street. The overall size of the facility has been doubled to 178,000 square feet, on an area of 8.5 acres.
George Farrington has lived his entire 81 years in College Point and wouldn’t have it any other way. “You couldn’t get me out of here with a team of horses,” he said.
On Jan. 20, 1966, after the Pennsylvania Railroad threatened to abandon the Long Island Rail Road, the state purchased the bankrupt railroad for $65 million. The state also agreed to lease the rights to use the Pennsylvania Station and East River tunnels. The buyer, the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Authority (which later became the MTA), embarked on an aggressive capital campaign to raise funds for new track and rolling stock. It remains the busiest commuter rail line in the country today.
Readers in Bayside are getting the best of the best, according to the New York Times, which just named their librarian, Eve Hammer, Librarian of the Year.
In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Queens Chronicle presents “Queens Timeline,” a regular column of noteworthy events in the borough’s history.