An overhaul is on the way for a handful of Queens parks relatively neglected over the course of the last few decades.
Detailing a plan unveiled last month at Bowne Playground in Flushing by Mayor de Blasio, Queens Parks Department Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski outlined seven borough green spaces that will be revamped as part of the Community Parks Initiative at a meeting of the Borough Board at Borough Hall on Monday.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is remaining mum on which party he will caucus with in Albany during the next session.
Last February, Avella joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of five lawmakers who joined with the minority Republicans to prevent Democrats from leading the Senate and, they said, to stop the logjam in the body. The move angered Queens Democrats, who ran former City Comptroller and Flushing’s favorite son John Liu to oppose him in September’s primary.
Nov. 4 is Election Day, and while many in Queens may not be all that fired up about it because there are few competitive races here, all who are eligible should cast their ballot.
It’s true that many elections in the borough are effectively decided in the primaries because Democrats are so dominant. Many have no Republican opponent. But some do, in both the state Legislature and in Congress, and there are GOP hopefuls in the races for governor, state attorney general and comptroller, contests in which everyone gets to vote. See our election rundown elsewhere in this edition.
There are few things vaguer to New York voters than ballot propositions that are often as hard to understand as they are hard to locate on a ballot. This Election Day one such ballot proposal New York voters will be asked to decide on is a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to create a redistricting commission to establish state legislative and congressional districts.
Redistricting is the once-a-decade process in which the legislative districts are adjusted to reflect shifts in population. In New York, like most states, the Legislature has for years had primary control of the redistricting process and that has resulted in districts that tend to protect incumbents and produce noncompetitive elections.
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.
In 2009, New York enacted a law that mandates the state to translate and print ballots and all other voting materials in Russian, yet many eligible Russian-American voters who don’t speak English have been deprived from voting and are forced to return home because the state has never implemented the measure.
The translation rule was enacted in 2009 by former Gov. David Patterson. The state failed to translate voting materials in Russian, the third-most commonly spoken language in New York City, behind Chinese and Spanish, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Officials cited lack of funding as the reason.
Autumn is here and the chill can be felt in the air. The weather has been very sunny and bright, for many days now, but the chill is still there. I just hope that a certain day in October is a warm sunny day.
That day, the 19th, is important for it is the day of our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014. From 12 to 6 p.m., on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard, we will have pony rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great shops. The entertainment will be the great country western music of the Mary Lamont Band with line dancers and instruction and dancing in the streets, rock and mellow music by local bands Plastic Soul, the Solid State Band, Golden Echo, all from Queens. This year again our special feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers.” Also appearing will be our veteran Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with instructor Myron Lubitsch, who have appeared in our street fairs for over 25 years and are located right on our Jamaica Avenue.
When area residents were invited to a community town hall meeting at the Pomonok-Electchester Public Library on Monday evening to discuss issues of concern, they arrived in droves, filling the makeshift meeting space to beyond capacity and showed little inhibition in letting the elected officials in attendance know their displeasures.
Hosted by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), in conjunction with state Sen.Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), who was unable to attend, the event also featured brief presentations by city Comptroller Scott Stringer and several city agencies.
Following a summer hiatus, Community Board 6 held its first monthly meeting of the new session on Sept. 10, highlighted by an introduction to participatory budgeting.
As defined in the presentation by Christina Prince, representing Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), who is spearheading the process in District 29, participatory budgeting is “a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.”
An incumbent and her running mate backed by the Queens Democratic Party emerged victorious from two competitive races for district leader in the 38th Assembly District in the Sept. 9 primary election.
According to unofficial results, incumbent District Leader Eleanor Errante and Angel Vazquez, chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), both backed by the Queens Democratic Party, won the male and female district leader positions in the 38th Assembly District, represented by Miller.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
In a letter to his supporters, Liu, a former city councilman and comptroller, said the campaign was about “holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire when we as voters put our faith in them and expect that commitments made on the campaign trail are not abandoned in the halls of government.”
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate primary race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
Queens Residents Anna Maria Lopez, Frank Toner, center, and James Shadoff all came out to vote in the primary elections.
Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following Tuesday’s Democratic primaries.
In one of the races that garnered the most media attention this year, Avella defeated former city official John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent to retain his seat in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens, according to preliminary results published by media outlets citing the state Board of Elections.
Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) received a ringing endorsement from her constituents on Tuesday night, as the incumbent legislator resoundingly defeated Dmytro Fedkowskyj in the Democratic primary.
The 73-year-old Markey, who first won election to the state Assembly in 1998, has secured another two-year term in Albany, as she will run unopposed in November’s general election.
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.”
Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.
“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate’s campaign team last week.
Liu was mounting a primary challenge, which ultimately failed, against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens. Avella is a maverick member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which joined the Senate Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, and Liu a former city councilman and comptroller who was supported by the Democratic establishment in Queens.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
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.
Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following yesterday's Democratic primaries.
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a false signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate's campaign team last week.
Tuesday is primary day for state elections, and there are several races for the Democratic nomination being held across Queens. This being Queens, the winners are virtually assured of election in November.
The hottest races are those between 14th District State Sen. Malcolm Smith and his two challengers, Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery, in Southeast and Central Queens; and between 11th District State Sen. Tony Avella and John Liu in northern and northeastern Queens. The results could heavily impact how the state Senate operates come January.
Assemblywoman Marge Markey will square off with Democratic primary challenger Dmytro Fedkowskyj on Sept. 9.