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In office a little under a year, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) says he has already addressed 11,000 questions and complaints from constituents.
Elected last year to fill the vacancy created by Grace Meng’s moving on to Congress, Kim previously worked for elected officials in city and state positions. He is proud of his first year in elected office, especially following in the footsteps of Meng, who was known for working on constituent complaints.
State Sen. Tony Avella, left, and Assemblyman David Weprin last week called for a ban on the imposition of tolls on East River crossings into and from Manhattan, tolls that were removed 102 years ago.
Tolls existed at New York City’s East River crossings until 1911, and reinstating them in some form has long been a topic of conversation.
Now state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wants to end the discussion — permanently.
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas speaks at the podium at a rally held by state Sen. Mike Gianaris, right, students, parents and teachers of PS 85 in Astoria. Every five minutes, a train passes the school, disrupting lessons and distracting students.
Elected officials, community leaders, parents, teachers and students from PS 85 in Astoria rallied together to demand the MTA and Department of Education address noise problems created by passing trains.
Classes have been forced to rely on hand signals that stops the class each time a train passes by for 30 to 45 seconds. The trains, operating on an elevated line along 31st Street, pass every two minutes during rush hour and every five minutes the rest of the day.
A pilot passenger ferry program between Manhattan and the Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts due to end next June instead has been extended five years into 2019.
Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement last Friday, and officials in Western Queens are cheering the decision.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer speaks to residents and community leaders. A rally was held to demand the Department of Transportation implement more safety precautions at the intersection of 49th Avenue and 11th Street in Long Island City.
Long Island City residents joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) in a rally on Monday to call on the Department of Transportation to install a crosswalk and additional signage along 49th Avenue.
For more than a year, the councilman has advocated for these improvements to be made at the Long Island City intersection. Despite his complaints, the DOT has yet to implement safety improvements to the location.
The uncertainty remains over a plan to build a high school on the site of a former country club in Whitestone as this year draws to a close.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said in October that he had learned the School Construction Authority was seriously looking into the former Cresthaven Country Club site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. to build a much-needed high school. But area residents oppose the plan, saying the site floods and lacks public transportation and sewers.
The Department of Homeless Services will move forward with the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, but elected officials and civic leaders alike made their opposition known at a Dec. 12 public hearing.
After being given notice of the hearing just four days earlier, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in testifying at the public hearing of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.
Community Board 5 has become the third Queens community board to express interest in reviving the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, voting 36-2 with one abstention in favor of bringing back the rail line to the abandoned tracks.
The only dissenting members of CB 5 were Thomas Rossi and Mercy Wong, while Dorie Figliola abstained from voting.
Capt. Thomas Conforti, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, told a meeting of Community Board 6 that crime is down in the area except for burglaries, which are up 20 percent.
Community Board 6 members gathered on Wednesday in Kew Gardens for their final monthly meeting in 2013. Speaking were City Comptroller John Liu and 112th Precinct Capt. Thomas Conforti, the commanding officer.
Liu, who said he was attending the meeting for the first time in a couple of years, discussed his accomplishments at the end of his four-year term.
Kids love dinosaurs, and with the new 3-D motion picture “Walking With Dinosaurs” in theaters nationwide for the holidays, parents of precocious paleontologists everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect dino-themed gift to put under the Christmas tree.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are preparing for the arrival of a winter storm this weekend that has the potential to blanket the metropolitan area with anywhere from two to ten inches of snow. Customers are urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs.
The exit ramp from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge requires drivers to merge sharply onto Queens Plaza South. The scaffolding and boarded-up storefront here are the result of an accident in 2011 when a car became airborne and slammed into a beauty parlor.
Green Power E-Bike in Flushing has seen a dramatic decrease in business since the rollout of the motor bike ban last month. Owner Daniel Zhou states that his worries have fallen on deaf ears and that he may have to close up shop soon.
Queens congressional representatives Grace Meng, left, Steve Israel and Gregory Meeks all spoke in support Friday of a measure by Congressman Joe Crowley, second from right, aimed at reducing noise near airports nationwide.
Woodhaven residents gathered for a public forum on the proposals to build a park or a railroad on the former Rockaway Beach LIRR line that runs along the eastern border of the neighborhood behind backyards on 98th Street.
Political heavyweights from throughout Queens were on hand at LaGuardia Airport last Friday as Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) announced legislation that would require airlines to stock their fleets with quieter planes.
The Quiet Skies Act (HR 3650) will, if passed, give the Federal Aviation Administration until the end of 2015 to come up with regulations that would require all domestic airlines to phase in quiter aircraft, or those meeting the federal Stage 4 noise requirements.
An Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge exit ramp is living up to its reputation once again as another car has driven off of it into a storefront on Queens Plaza South.
On Tuesday at 2 a.m., Elissa Toro, an off-duty NYPD police officer, was driving a silver 2004 Ford Focus when the car careered off the ramp, slamming into a vacant storefront and throwing her from the vehicle.
Community Board 9 unanimously rejected a plan to change a two-way street in Kew Gardens into a one-way after several residents and the local civic group spoke out in opposition.
The city Department of Transportation is proposing converting Beverly Road, a two-way street between Brevoort Street and Park Lane South, into a one-way northbound.
Kisook Ahn, the Woodside nurse who was killed in the Dec. 1 Metro North train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station, was remembered at a funeral Mass last Saturday as a kind and extremely bright nurse, outstanding student and devoted family member.
The service at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside was attended by more than 150 family members, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.
The residents of Woodhaven came together Monday night to discuss the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line, which runs on the neighborhood’s eastern border right alongside some backyards.
The right of way, which has been abandoned since 1962, has become a major issue of controversy, as there are such strong opinions about what should or should not be done to the line. There are two competing plans for the line: to reactivate the train, or to build a park similar to Manhattan’s High Line called the QueensWay.