Dealers and drivers are paying more for gasoline this summer.
Clive Dawkins of the city’s Community Emergency Response Team quizzes members about having emergency “go bags” at a recent meeting of Community Board 13.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
The Long Island Rail Road platform at Forest Hills could grow empty and quiet on July 20, when members of four employee unions could strike in search of a new contract.
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.
I know what you’re thinking. Kayaking? In the East River? Seriously?
Yes, I was skeptical too. Growing up in New York City, the East River always presented the impression of a mass of toxic water that you would never want to make contact with your skin, let alone sail on.
“Between the Lines,” a group exhibition by Zaun Lee, TJ Volonis and Scott Fitzgerald, connected by a shared interest of line, plane and pre-determined structure; thru July 12, Crossing Art, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing. Info: (212) 359-4333, crossingart.com.
Former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, left, is stockpiling political endorsements in his battle to unseat state Senator and 14-year incumbent Malcolm Smith in the primary for the 14th Senate District in September.
Shortly after he was kicked out of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference in 2013, people in Albany and Southeast Queens began calling him the man without a party.
Now locked in a primary battle for his political survival and a federal corruption trial restarting in January, state Sen. Malcolm Smith apparently can only watch as every party leader, elected official and natural Democratic constituency group lines up behind former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
Justin Acevedo, 9, of Howard Beach was chosen out of over 200 boys from all over the Northeastern United States to represent the region in the All American Games of the United States Specialty Sports Association, a Florida-based child sports group.
Acevedo, who goes to PS 232, was ranked one of the top two players in the age 9 group.
Rep. Grace Meng calls on scores of undocumented immigrants to either apply for or renew their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday. Applications for renewal must be submitted at least 120 days before one’s benefits expire.
Now is the time to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or, for those accepted into it two years ago, to renew their status, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said Tuesday.
Meng and a handful of immigration activists stood outside Newtown High School in Elmhurst to urge those who applied for DACA two years ago and those who are eligible to apply but haven’t in the past to file with the federal government as soon as possible.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a announced the Blue Book changes June 27.
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.
Cab driver Satnam Singh has felt the pinch of gas prices that are at their highest in six years for early July.
Summertime, and the livin’ ain’t so easy, at least as far as the sky-high price of gasoline is concerned, but the typical Queens resident seems to be taking a spike in stride.
“Per ounce, gasoline is one of the cheapest liquids available,” said Alex Mermelstein, 32, of Briarwood. “We pay more for milk than we do for gas. Heck, some brands of bottled water are more expensive than gas. So just make peace with it and find the cheapest gas station in your area.”
Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo are believed to have cut a deal that resulted in Tuesday’s announcements that help State Sen. Tony Avella and certainly does not help former Comptroller John Liu, his opponent in a Democratic primary.
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.
The strange but true history of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference took a turn for the positively wild on Tuesday, with Mayor de Blasio endorsing incumbent IDC members Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx).
Adding to the surprise was the announcement that the Working Families Party had withdrawn its backing of former city Comptroller John Liu, who is challenging Avella, and former state Attorney General Oliver Koppell, who is primarying Klein, and will remain neutral in both races
Last week President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive action to address the country’s immigration system after House Speaker John Boehner stated that the House would not vote on it this year. President Obama recently described the increasing influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally as an “urgent humanitarian issue” and announced the establishment of an interagency group to manage this issue. Although the initiative will provide some relief to the thousands of migrant children currently living in the United States, it ultimately only serves as a Band-Aid solution to a deeply rooted problem that must be solved on both sides of the border. Latin America and the United States must strengthen bilateral cooperation to decrease the number of minors attempting the dangerous journey across the border.
In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, the number of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the country continues to worsen every year. In the last nine months alone, 47,000 minors have been detained after entering the U.S. illegally without the company of a parent or relative. This is almost twice as many as last year. Projections put the number of unaccompanied minors at over 100,000 in 2015.
Queens Republicans say Robert Beltrani of Jackson Heights, a judge on the New York State Division of Parole, is the new county GOP chairman, taking over for the late Phil Ragusa.
Queens Republicans have a new chairman.
After the death of Phil Ragusa last month, the county party’s executive vice chairman, Robert Beltrani of Jackson Heights, was automatically elevated to chairman.
The map shows the quarantine zone in Queens and Brooklyn. Inspections for the Asian long-horned beetle are carried out throughout the year.
Asian long-horned beetle