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The SculptureCenter recently unveiled several new artworks as part of its fall exhibition.
A bill introduced by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. would remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the Queensboro Bridge and place it on the Municipal Building in Manhattan despite the City Council approving the co-naming more than two years ago.
A public watchdog group is raising questions about how embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) is spending his campaign money.
The New York Public Interest Research Group, citing documents filed by members of the state Legislature, said Smith charged more than $100,000 to his campaign fund to offset the cost of leased cars, bridge tolls and related expenses.
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
One-way residential side streets like 84th Street in Middle Village could be subject to lower speed limits if the City Council can convince New York State to go along with a bill to adopt a 25 mile-per-hour proposal.
Grover joins Sen. Chuck Schumer, center, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, left, Councilman-Elect Costas Constantinides, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and George Kaufman as they cut the ribbon on the new backlot.
Term-limited Councilman Leroy Comrie, left, is landing a job a lot closer to home come January. Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, right, has designated him as her new deputy, citing his long and varied experience in serving borough residents.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, while Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
Though the signs have been hung and decision finalized, the fight over co-naming the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge continues.
Outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced a bill that would remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the historic bridge and place it on the Municipal Building in Manhattan.
(NAPSI)—The next time you give someone a gift of fine jewelry, you can also give yourself the gift of knowing you’ve done so responsibly.
(Family Features) The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. While you're busily gearing up for guests and parties, it's important to remember your pet's safety to ensure a festive and fun season is enjoyed by all.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center rear, rejoice in the planting of new trees at Shady Park with community leaders and Long Island City residents.
The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if it is constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?
A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property are not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superseded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?
The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles; individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable.” The ash heap of history is littered with governments that plundered and enslaved their citizens.
We have reached the point in America where the government is unconstrained to do anything it pleases while citizens may act only by permission.
Former Mayor David Dinkins inscribes a copy of his memoirs and exchanges pleasantries with Donna Bernstein of Long Island at the National Tennis Center last Friday.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is looking to amend legislation which requires the NYPD to report crimes that occur within the city’s 31 largest parks. He would like the policy to go further and apply to all parks greater than one acre in size.
Queens elected officials gathered for a peaceful political event on Saturday at Queens College to raise funds for the groups Big Buddy and Women and Work.
The cast featured borough city, state and federal legislators, including the lone Republican, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), former Borough President Clare Shulman, her successor Helen Marshall, Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, and City Comptroller John Liu. The variety show featured singing, dancing, parodies of cinema, television and Broadway and costumes, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) in a rainbow wig. Tickets were $100 each.
The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), held a hearing on the councilman’s proposed law that would require the Police Department to submit reports of crime in all parks and playgrounds that are greater than one acre in size to the Council.
As it stands, the NYPD only discloses crime data from the city’s 31 largest parks.
Trees are finally back in Shady Park after being wrecked during Hurricane Sandy.
On Nov. 20, local residents joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Friends of Shady Park and the Long Island City Partnership to celebrate the restoration of Andrews Grove in Long Island City, affectionately referred to as Shady park.
Former Mayor David Dinkins was instrumental in securing the National Tennis Center and the US Open as fixtures in Queens.
And it was there that Dinkins attended a meet-and-greet last Friday prior to a book signing of his new memoir.
The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a nonprofit that advocates for low-income New Yorkers, honored Steven Choi, Long Island City resident and executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, at the 2013 Felix A. Fisherman Awards Luncheon on Nov. 21.
Choi and Jonathan Westin —the other recipient of the award — were recognized for “their progressive advocacy work and commitment to helping others in need at the House of the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, second from left, was honored on Nov. 19 by the Queens County Young Democrats for outstanding public service and his support of the organization. Comrie, who has represented the St. Albans area on the City Council for 12 years, is being forced out of office by term limits.
Appearing with the councilman are, at left, Jamal Wilkerson, the group’s vice president of diversity and outreach; chapter President Nick Roloson; and Executive Vice President Hersh Parekh.
The New York Attorney General’s Office reports that about 50 percent of all stops did not result in a conviction. Critics of the NYPD policy say this is proof that stop and frisk is misused by police officers.
My good friend, Marjorie Ferrigno, passed away on Nov. 14. She was in her upper 90s. A founding member of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association, she was an indefatigable advocate for city landmark designation of her beloved neighborhood. She also had been a member of the Queens Preservation Council and many other organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
Marjorie was extremely knowledgeable and knew how to talk to everyone in order to achieve her selfless goals and objectives. She had a twinkle in her eye and always expressed herself in assertive yet polite and charming ways. She was very successful in convincing elected leaders and other officials to take her position on a variety of issues. Together with her late husband Nick, they were a dynamic duo of energy and persistence. They were role models for all preservationists. They were loved by all.
In 2010, the Queens Preservation Council presented Marjorie with the Nancy Cataldi Memorial Award for her dedicated service to her community. Her husband and teammate, Nick, was also honored at that time posthumously. They will both be remembered for their work in preserving and protecting their community as well as their style and grace.
May they both rest in peace and may Broadway-Flushing achieve the historic landmark status that so many have been working for over the years. What a fitting tribute that would be for the Ferrignos!