Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following yesterday's Democratic primaries.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been finding endorsements hard to come by in his battle to hold his 14th District seat.
The MTA has planned multiple alternatives to cover for reduced or nonexistent No. 7 line service on many weekends this summer and fall, but no one expects things to be easy.
“We know how important the 7 line is,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco at a press conference Friday in Flushing.
Marjorie Melikian, left, chairwoman of its historical committee; Barbara Jackson from the office of Rep. Joe Crowley; Ann Friedman of the Landmarks Conservancy; and state Sen. Toby Stavisky.
The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown celebrated its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places on May 18 with the unveiling of the plaque that says it made the selective list.
Part of The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend, First Presbyterian events on May 17 and 18 included talks on the church’s history and architecture and walking tours. Dedicated in 1895 for a congregation that traces back to 1652, the church is located at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 54th Avenue in Elmhurst. In the 1920s, it was moved 125 feet because the boulevard was about to be widened. Further details of the church’s history and more are available online at fpcn.org.
The Queens Democratic Party backed former City Comptroller John Liu as their candidate in the 11th state Senate District, pitting the former councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered his party when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
Liu received the endorsement at the county organization’s meeting in Forest Hills on Monday morning.
The Queens Democratic Party has endorsed former City Comptroller John Liu as its candidate in the 11th state Senate district, pitting the former Flushing councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered Democrats when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
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.