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Following a contentious head-to-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year and did not seek re-election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes.
Councilman Dromm stands with state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, right, and members of the community on Oct. 17 to demand that the Department of Education designate Diwali as an official public school holiday.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a timely bill passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law in July by Gov. Cuomo went into effect last month, authorizing “funding of mapping incidence of breast cancer from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to qualified research institutions, organizations or agencies.”
The relocated Mitchell-Linden Library officially opened Monday, led by lion dancers and elected officials from the old location to the new.
Shown are a lion dancer from Chinese Theatre Workshop; Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante; Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik; City Councilman Peter Koo; Assemblyman Ron Kim; state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky; and Queens Library Board Chairwoman Jacqueline Arrington.
With an eye toward maintaining patient wellness, a new Ambulatory Care Center at Flushing Hospital Medical Center is scheduled to open its doors to the public this month.
To celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday, with hospital officials and employees, elected officials and other community leaders on hand for the celebration.
All the bigwigs came out to the ribbon cutting of Fidelis Care’s new community office in Flushing.
The space at 36-36 Main St. will offer free and low-cost health insurance, which comes just in time for open enrollment for Obamacare’s healthcare exchange, which starts on Oct. 1, and for Medicare Advantage, which starts enrollment on Oct. 15.
The hotly contested five-way race to become the Democratic nominee for the District 19 City Council seat came to a nail-biting conclusion Tuesday night, with attorney Paul Vallone narrowly edging his closest rival, Austin Shafran, 31.1 to 29.5 percent, with 99 percent of the votes counted.
Shafran, a first-time candidate, has spent most of his career working for the Democratic party. He said Wednesday morning that the election “was way too close to call” and with such a small margin, “we will continue to make sure all votes are counted.”
Community gardeners in Elmhurst want the city to buy their plot of land to ensure it won’t be sold and developed.
For 20 years the empty property on the corner of Manilla Street and Kneeland Avenue collected trash and provided fertile soil for 6-foot-tall weeds.
Earlier this month, New York City lost one of its most respected and effective schools chancellors when Frank Macchiarola passed away. His service as chancellor coincided with the period of my husband Leonard’s service as Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee.
Dr. Macchiarola’s academic credentials were impeccable — his law degree and Ph.D. were from Columbia University and membership in the Thomas Jefferson Club, a powerful Brooklyn political organization.
As a result, he understood the theoretical and how to get results. He combined intellect with street smarts, imposing rigorous standards, stopping automatic social promotion and restoring respect in the classroom. He was a friendly, warm person who somehow remembered that my son was attending PS 193 and always asked for him.
Shortly after I was elected, there was a vacancy for chancellor and I saw Frank at an event. I, along with many others, tried to convince him to return as chancellor. He declined and it was the city’s loss.
Queens politics in 2012 brought new districts, a historic election in the 6th Congressional District and enough cloak-and-dagger intrigue to fill a Robert Ludlum novel.
But when Hurricane Sandy struck in October, killing 12 people in Queens and more than 40 in the city, devastating the Rockaways, Howard Beach, lower Manhattan and Staten Island, the people of central Queens, who were largely spared the storm’s wrath, rallied to the cause of those worst hit.
Parents call it the “Jewel of Bayside,” or perhaps more specifically, it’s a sapphire.
The pale brick building on the east side of Springfield Boulevard, blends in with the college and high school it sits adjacent to, but inside the structure is an institution of learning that has gotten the attention of education officials right up to those in Washington, DC, who awarded it a prestigious honor this year.
More than 200 people gathered on the steps of Borough Hall on Monday as political and civic leaders embraced Israel’s cause during this latest round of rocket attacks.
The rally was organized by the Queens Jewish Community Council, and drew numerous elected officials from city and state government.
Geraldine Ferraro’s place in American history has been secured for nearly three decades.
And on Sunday, the city renamed a patch of Forest Hills where she walked with her husband, shopped and chatted with her neighbors for 37 years in her honor and loving memory.
They came from fields that include business, economics, biology and aviation safety.
And all but one said the North Shore Marine Transfer Station now under construction in College Point is a disaster waiting to happen at the foot of one of the busiest commercial runways in the world.
Government agencies and opponents of a solid waste transfer station in College Point have been invited to a town hall meeting tonight, Sept. 20, at the Flushing Branch of the Queens Library.
The meeting is being sponsored by Assembly members Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone).
Six-time incumbent State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) pulled ahead in last night's Democratic primary.
Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) told supporters he has won the primary to retain his seat, beating challenger Etienne David Adorno. Miller's campaign staff said Miller took 71 percent of the vote to Adorno's 29 percent, citing unofficial Board of Elections figures.
As expected following this year's redrawing of state legislative districts and the Board of Elections' admission that it directed thousands of people in Queens to the wrong polling places, a number of voters were unpleasantly surprised when going to cast their ballots in Thursday's primaries.
On a blustery Monday afternoon, Democratic Assembly hopeful Ron Kim and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone), along with members of the 1199SEIU labor union, held a press conference to discuss Queen’s hospital closings.
“We’re here for a very simple reason,” Kim said, in front of Flushing Hospital Medical Center. “We want to make sure that our hospitals stay open.”
“FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to state.”
The phrase is taken directly from bill S7204, sponsored by state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, which would require the Board of Elections in Queens to provide written ballots, voting instructions and voting mailers in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi, three South Asian languages spoken by an increasing number of borough citizens who are eligible to vote.
State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, at the microphone, and Assemblyman David Weprin, fourth from right, have introduced bills that would make language assistance at polling places available for speakers of three major South Asian languages.
Two Queens legislators have introduced bills that would assist immigrants from southern Asia on Election Day.
Companion bills by state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) would require the Queens Board of Elections to offer written language assistance in Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi. If passed in Albany, the rules would apply to ballots, polling place signs, voter mailings and information on the board’s website.
Two Queens legislators are looking to protect illegal immigrants trapped in domestic violence situations in the event federal protections for them expire in June.
State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) plan to introduce companion bills that would safeguard the confidentiality of the victims who seek the protection of police and the courts.
The State Senate has adopted a measure sponsored by Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) that the senator said will bring the state into the 21st Century while saving nearly $600,000 per year.
The bill would allow state employees who receive direct deposit to get electronic rather than paper pay stubs.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, left, and Assemblywoman Grace Meng cheered State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky as she announced her re-election campaign last week.