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While Mayor de Blasio has been criticized for his rescinding of several co-locations for new charter schools last week, some, including Public Advocate Letitia James, believe he hasn’t gone far enough.
But the charter school group affected by the decision said it would fight the city in court to have the co-locations reinstated.
You are cordially invited to more than nine hours of golf in the outdoors, in the company of and in honor of state Sen. Malcolm Smith.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old St. Albans girl who was last seen leaving her 197th Street home on March 8.
Angelica Ramlakan is described as a Hispanic female who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighs 100 pounds and has the word “Promise” tattooed on one of her hands. She was wearing a black jacket, black pants and black sneakers.
Re “Jamaica to get new community garden,” by Stephanie Santana, Feb. 20, multiple editions:
I would like to give an update on the status of the lot at 117-02 Merrick Blvd., which is across from Roy Wilkins Southern Queens Park.
After we coordinated with the City Parks Department and Brooklyn Queens Land Trust (the owner of the property), the pile of woodchips in the lot were cleaned up a short time ago. It took some time to get to the bottom of this ordeal as some initial complaints contained misinformation.
In the future, I would urge residents to reach out to us at (718) 776-3700 with similar issues of concern. You can also feel free to stop by the office at 172-12 Linden Blvd. We can only make a positive impact on our community if we channel our concerns into productive outlets.
I am confident that the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, a reputable not-for-profit, will put this space to good use. BQLT in fact has also done work with the Merrick Marsden Neighbors Association on the community garden just down the road at 118-18 Merrick Blvd.
Remember, it is the sum of the parts which makes our community great. I look forward to working with all of our constituents in achieving our goals.
Obamacare is the term used by both the president’s supporters and critics when discussing his signature legislative initiative, the federal Affordable Care Act.
And with the March 31 deadline for those without health insurance to apply without paying a penalty, the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP is pulling out all stops in its effort to get residents of Southeast Queens to sign up.
St. Albans resident DeAndra Scott, center, a senior at SUNY-Old Westbury, last week was named to the All-Skyline Conference Women’s Basketball First Team.
This is the second straight year that Scott, who was the conference’s player of the year in the 2012-13 season, has received the postseason honor.
The chairman of Community Board 12’s Economic Development Committee said a series of new business-oriented initiatives will be coming out in the next few weeks and months.
Speaking on Feb. 19 at CB 12’s regular meeting at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans, Committee Chairman Glenn Greenidge said they hope to soon have a comprehensive survey. He said they will craft it to be in-depth.
An estimated 500,000 people who work in the city and never before had guaranteed paid sick leave soon will, as the City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill mandating that their employers provide it.
Mayor de Blasio, who had championed the measure, the Earned Sick Time Leave Act, quickly issued a statement saying the Council had made history by passing it. The bill was designated Intro-1, the first new law of the year, reflecting its value to the mayor and the Council majority. It passed 46-5.
Three weeks into his new post as commanding officer of the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South, Assistant Chief David Barrere dropped into the regular monthly meeting of Community Board 12.
It was probably the smallest surprise the chief delivered all night.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein with Victoria Townes, recreation assistant at the St. Albans Community Living Center, and James Remias, a veteran of the Vietnam War.
The assemblyman honored veterans recently for Valentine’s Day, collecting cards and gifts to distribute in St. Albans.
It’s flu season. One of the last things you want to see is the guy making your sandwich down at the deli coughing and wiping his nose, gloves or no gloves. And yet there’s a decent chance that’s exactly what you’ll see.
One reason is that a small business such as a deli is not as likely as a large corporation to provide its employees with paid sick leave. So many come to work even when they’re unwell, increasing the chances that colds or worse illnesses such as the flu will spread.
This spring, the residents of Jamaica will not only have sunny days to look forward to but with luck, some homegrown vegetables.
With the recent transfer of the deed to a vacant lot at the corner of Merrick and Foch boulevards to the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, the Merrick Marsden Neighbors Association will create a community garden for public use.
The first step was passing several amendments that had been vetoed by former Mayor Bloomberg last year. That was done earlier this month by an overwhelming margin.
The next step is to pass a new piece of legislation, and once that is done, an estimated 500,000 more workers in New York City will have guaranteed paid sick time, a priority of Mayor de Blasio and the new City Council.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying three suspects in a trio of armed robberies that took place in a five-day period between Jan. 29 and Feb. 2.
The first took place at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Mejia Deli at 13-27 Farmers Blvd. in St. Albans. One man held the clerk at bay with a gun while the other two jumped behind the counter and took the clerk’s wallet as well as money from the register.
The ongoing slew of snowstorms has prompted the New York Blood Center to announce an urgent need for blood donations following the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives in the last few weeks.
“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, we’re still struggling with the effects of the snow and ice this week, and worried about an even bigger hit this weekend,” Vice President Rob Purvis of the NYBC said last week in a press release. “It is critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead.”
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a St. Albans teenager who was reported missing on Monday.
Beige-Sebastian Cooke, 18, of 118th Avenue, was last seen leaving his home at about 7:30 p.m. He is described as a black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair, and was last seen wearing a gray jacket, gray sweatpants, tan boots and a black do-rag.
Persistence is beginning to pay off for contract workers at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports, with the Port Authority and Delta Air Lines agreeing to grant pay increases.
The workers are employed by companies who contract out services such as security, maintenance and custodial and cleaning services for the PA and individual airlines.
St. Albans native DeAndra Scott, left, of SUNY-Old Westbury and Michael Woods of York College are lighting up Division III basketball.
Several amendments to the mandatory sick leave law unanimously passed the City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor late last week and were passed by the full body Tuesday, the panel’s chairman, Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) announced.
The new version of the Earned Sick Time Act will replace one the Council passed last year over then–Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s veto. It will protect about 500,000 more workers than the old version by ensuring companies give them at least five days worth of paid sick leave each year, according to its proponents.
Isis Washington, a junior on the fencing team at St. John’s University, has received National Fencer of the Week honors from the publication College Fencing 360 for a nearly spotless weekend at tournaments on Jan. 25 and 26.
Washington, a New Jersey native who specializes in the epee, posted 14 wins against one loss at both the NYU Invitational on Jan. 25, and at the St. John’s Invitational the following day.
After news came out that Queens Library President Tom Galante agreed to renovations of his offices in the Central Library branch, including an outdoor “smoke deck,” elected officials were quick to support Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) decision to conduct an oversight hearing.
The meeting started off calm Wednesday as Galante opened with the number of accomplishments the Queens Library has achieved since he was appointed — including being named the best library system in the country in 2009 — but soon escalated into a tense back and forth between Galante and Council members who called his salary excessive and his outsourcing of custodians in need of reform.
Queens is full of different cultures, ethnicities and social groups, and the art produced in the borough reflects that.
African-American theater, film and music venues have become major contributors to the borough and help tell the stories of nearby artists and artists from around the world.
Louis Armstrong was known to sit out on his porch, playing his trumpet while the streets bustled around him.
It wasn’t New Orleans, Chicago or Harlem where the jazz legend hung his hat, it was Corona, and Armstrong wasn’t alone in calling Queens home for so many years.