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City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
The City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 14 to rename a section of South Road in Jamaica for the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated unit of Army Air Corps pilots who rose above prejudice and military roadblocks to become one of the elite fighter squadrons in World War II.
South Road between Merrick Boulevard and Remington Street will become Tuskegee Airmen Way.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night.
The Young Adult Borough Center at John Adams High School received a $100,000 check this week from the city, allocated by Councilman Ruben Wills.
Operated by the city Department of Education and Queens Community House, the program works with young adults, ages 17 to 21, who desire to pursue their high school diploma and develop their career and employment skills. It is one of 23 YABC sites in New York City high schools and caters to students from all over the borough.
Queens elected officials hit the field on Sunday in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
The event brought together representatives from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly round of touch football.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
South Road in Jamaica soon could be renamed for a group of warriors who overcame bigotry and segregation to become some of the toughest and most respected fighter pilots in World War II.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) on Oct. 3 joined Dabney Montgomery and Wilfred DeFour of Manhattan as the Council’s Parks Committee held hearings on a measure to rename the street Tuskegee Airmen Way.
Department of Education representatives got an icy reception last Thursday from a crowd of more than 100 when they came to Jamaica to discuss co-locating schools next year in MS 72 and PS 40.
The DOE is pushing to locate a new middle school — MS 332, inside the existing MS 72 for the 2014-15 school year. Plans also call for a new PS 312 to be co-located inside of PS 40.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio took a commanding lead in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor, and may have won enough votes to avoid having a runoff election.
De Blasio scored 40.1 percent of the votes, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures. His closest rival was former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who won 26.2 percent. But not all votes have been counted yet.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) fended off all challengers Tuesday night, earning renomination from Democratic voters for the 28th Council District with a comfortable 15-point victory.
Unofficial totals posted by the New York City Board of Elections on Wednesday gave Wills more than 48.6 percent of the vote with a total of 4,857 of the 9,985 ballots cast.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio took a commanding lead in yesterday's Democratic primary for mayor, and may have won enough votes to avoid having a runoff election.
Councilman Ruben Wills
For an incumbent Democratic city Councilman to have a serious primary challenger is rare.
For that challenger to have outfunded him by more than $25,000 is practically unheard of.
City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera (D-Bronx) called roll for the override vote of the Community Safety Act on Thursday and when bill co-sponsor Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) was called, all eyes were on him.
Williams stood up, looking overwhelmed with emotion.
Tired of threats to close libraries? Picture a future without petitions or rallies. Picture six-day service sealed into city law. Honorable Council members James G. Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile, DC 37 and the library local unions have proposed legislation designed to retire the library’s annual budget dance with City Hall.
Baseline Funding (Intro. 1050-2013) will siphon 2.5 percent from existing property taxes. Rest assured, the bill is not tied to any increase in property taxes. Public library systems in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Detroit, Columbus, and Pittsburgh all receive various forms of baseline funding. In our city, the American Museum of Natural History’s Planetarium and public schools benefit from baseline funding.
Honorable Council Members Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm, Mathieu Eugene, Julissa Ferreras, Helen D. Foster, Sara M. Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, Andy King, Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowit
z, Brad S. Lander, Stephen Levin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan Richards, Ydanis Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, Mark S. Weprin, Jumaane D. Williams and Ruben Wills have pledged co-sponsorship. The public will not vote on this specific piece of legislation. If a majority of council members vote for the bill, it will be sent to the mayor to sign in to law or veto.
Remember the bill’s supporters at the polls on Sept. 10!
The writer, a senior librarian with the Queens Library, specified that her views are her own, not an official position of the library.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, center, stands next to Council Members Jimmy Van Brammer, left, and Ruben Wills, right, at a rally supporting the Community Safety Act that will apply stricter regulations on stop and frisk.
As the deadline to override Mayor Bloomberg’s recent veto of Intro. 1079 and 1080 — referred to as the Community Safety Act — looms over the city, Queens City Council members made a last minute push to ensure the bills stand.
“While people are attempting to make a heated discussion about a simple problem, we in the City Council are here to say that we are affirming our commitment to the CSA,” Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said at a CSA rally last Thursday. “We need to have a civil discussion about this and not have the hype and the vitriol going on by different entities that are either for or against this bill.”
The head of a Queens-based nonprofit agency was arrested Tuesday amid allegations that he stole more than $85,000 in taxpayer funds for his personal use.
Van Holmes, president of the Young Leaders Institute in Laurelton, was arrested in what New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said is an ongoing investigation “into the funds directed by former New York State Senator Shirley Huntley and others to charities like the Young Leaders Institute.”
Term limits, and in one case a federal indictment, have made for some wide-open City Council races.
But money may make the difference in some of the more hotly contested races, and campaign finance reports, due this past Monday, are starting to draw a clearer picture of just who may have staying power through the Sept. 10 primaries.
The head of a Queens-based nonprofit agency was arrested Tuesday amidst allegations that he stole more than $85,000 in taxpayer funds for his personal use.
Andrew, a 23-year-old Queens resident, recalls vivdly what it was like to be stopped by officers as a high school student.
“There have been a few times when cops cleared us out of an area,” he said. “Mostly this was in high school when we would be waiting for a friend in front of a bodega or something but there was one night in particular that stands out.”
The final meeting of the 113th Precinct Community Council before summer break was the final one as president for Vivian McMillian, who decided not to seek another term at the helm after 23 years as a council member.
Tributes poured in Monday night for “Miss Vivian,” as she has become known throughout the community, including those from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown; City Council members Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica); state Senators James Sanders (D-Jamaica) and Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis); and Assembly members William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) and Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village).
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is running for borough president as the most “accessible” advocate for Queens with experience in both the business and public service worlds.
“We all bring government service backgrounds to this position — thank God I don’t have any Albany experience — but what I bring that no one else does are two things: I was a small business person for 10 years before I was elected ... and the second thing is a background of keeping people safe,” Vallone, who is term-limited out of the City Council this year, said during a sitdown interview with the Queens Chronicle editorial staff last week.