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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 Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) appeared to prevail over his Democratic rival, District Leader Lew Simon 53 percent to 47 percent in the 32nd Council District — a margin of about 1,100 votes — in what ended up being the closest race in the entire city
Voters in the Tudor Village section of Ozone Park will no longer have to play a game of Frogger to get to the voting booth.
After redistricting, residents in that neighborhood had their voting place moved from PS 63 on Sutter Avenue to PS 232 in Lindenwood, requiring them to venture across busy Conduit Boulevard.
What is a state senator from Astoria — who’s not running for higher office — doing in Woodhaven?
Believe it or not, he represents part of the neighborhood.
Now it’s back to regularly scheduled programming.
Late Monday afternoon Chancellor Dennis Walcott agreed to withdraw the Department of Education’s proposal to downsize the highly ranked middle school Gifted and Talented program at Astoria’s PS 122.
Officially the chairman of the Queens Republican Party is Phil Ragusa. But if what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says is true, that may come as a surprise to the borough party’s Deputy Chairman Vince Tabone, who was one of six people indicted in the scheme centered on state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).
The last time he hosted a legislative breakfast for community leaders and the clergy, Congressman Gregory Meeks (Queens, Nassau) represented the 6th District, the Rockaways had electricity and infrastructure, and the term “sequester” was not on the evening news on a nightly basis.
“I wanted to have this a lot sooner, but a lot of things have happened since the last time,” Meeks told a crowd of about 200 community leaders at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans.
Community Board 9 held elections for a new leadership team Tuesday night at its March meeting in Ozone Park, including a new chairman to replace outgoing Chairwoman Andrea Crawford, who stepped down after three years as head of the board.
Jim Coccovillo of Woodhaven, chairman of CB 9’s Public Safety and Consumer Affairs Committee — the panel that deals with liquor licenses — was unanimously elected the board’s new chairman and will begin his term in April. He had no opposition.
The power of the local press was on full display in the tight 2009 City Council race between Democratic nominee Kevin Kim and Republican Dan Halloran.
Halloran did not allow Multi-Media’s role in the race to go unnoticed. In September 2009, the Tribune ran a story originally headlined “Democratic Victor vs. Pagan Lord” that detailed Halloran’s unconventional religious practices.
The ongoing civil war between two factions of the Queens Republican Party is flaring up again — just in time for the 2013 city elections.
It all began when Queens Republican leaders failed to appropriately renominate Judith Stupp as the borough’s GOP commissioner on the Board of Elections by the Jan. 31 deadline. Stupp, a district leader from Bayside, is a key ally of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.
The new City Council district lines that will be in place until at least 2022 are all but official.
By a 14-1 margin, the NYC Districting Commission approved the new City Council maps Feb. 6, leaving the assured passage of the lines by the Council itself as the last step before their finalization.
Tributes poured in last Friday for Ed Koch, the three-term mayor who personified New York City from 1978 through 1989, and who died early that morning at age 88.
They came unsolicited from elected officials across the city, and were echoed on the street by the people of Queens.
Community Board 12 kicked off its first meeting of the new year on January 16 with a new chairwoman, Adrienne Adams, who promised that the body would move forward with a new direction and sense of purpose.
“Collectively we will move forward as a team to accomplish the goals of the board,” Adams said. “Together we can do the work our community needs and deserves. I believe in conscious direction and meaningful results.”
The Queens Jewish Community Council on Sunday welcomed former Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) as a Congresswoman, and veteran Representative Steve Israel (D-Queens, LI) to the neighborhood.
The group hosted its annual legislative breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, an event that has become a popular stop with those in Queens either holding or seeking public office.
The Rev. Charles Norris of Jamaica gave an understated assessment of the testimony offered as the city’s Districting Commission returned to Queens on Monday night.
“It seems everyone here has the same problem,” he observed dryly.
The borough’s congressional delegation added three new faces to its roster on Jan. 3 with the swearing in of Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Steve Israel (D-Long Island)
Queens’ new legislators entered the 113th Congress at a time of deep partisan division and mounting fiscal headaches. All three promised to ignore the Democrat-Republican divide in the House of Representatives so as to put their constituents first.
The good news is the world didn’t end last week, as some of the more gullible among us thought it might. The bad news is that 2012 was not exactly a banner year for Queens, at least collectively speaking, in areas ranging from the economy to crime, from politics to the weather.
The weather. Never before in living memory have the words cast such a dark cloud over the minds of New Yorkers. You might have thought last year’s tornado and Hurricane Irene hard to top, but then came this year’s Hurricane Sandy and Nor’easter Athena. For many, they were far worse.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
Failing schools, immigration, bizarre crimes and art filled the pages of the Western Queens edition of the Queens Chronicle this year.
Residents fought against developments they thought would be detrimental to the community, from a strip club in Long Island City to a proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Park, from the addition of affordable housing in Hunters Point to the lack of affordable housing in Willets Point, which will largely affect Jackson Heights and Corona.
For many Queens residents, 2012 will be forever married to Superstorm Sandy and the havoc she wrought. For good or ill, North Queens was spared the brunt of the storm.
A sizeable number of downed trees and power outages hit the area, but most counted their luck. Compared to the borough’s southern edge, Sandy was forgiving to Flushing and its satellite neighborhoods.
Take your big-ticket 2012 headlines about superstorms and elections and throw them out the window for a moment. Sure, the year was filled with its fair share of natural and political change. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll find 2012 was the year residents felt divorced from their government, when city agencies were called out for dubious practices.
The year was pockmarked with calls for transparency and fair representation. In short, there was often a gulf between government’s practices and voters’ desires.
Politics dominated much of the news in South Queens in 2012. With local and national elections looming, the communities were the epicenter of a hard-fought state legislative race with statewide implications.
But much like T.S. Eliot’s explanation of the apocalypse in “The Hollow Men,” the campaign ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, shoved from the top of people’s minds by the most devastating natural disaster to strike South Queens in a lifetime.
About two dozen students from the Voyages Preparatory High School program came out Tuesday night to ask Community Education Council 24 to protect their classroom space at the Elmhurst Education Campus on 94th Street.
And to rousing applause, they got the unanimous support they sought before a single student even got up to speak.
Andrea Veras of Briarwood last week announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination in the City Council’s 24th District.
The community is now served by Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who is being term-limited out of office next year.
When Grace Meng is sworn into Congress in January, she will become New York’s first Asian-American politician on Capitol Hill.
Meng’s political rise — from representing Flushing in the state Assembly all the way to Washington, D.C. as a member of Congress — is the latest example of an emerging Asian-American political base spawned in Queens during the last decade.