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Sometimes even a fur coat is not enough to allow a dog to cope with icy winter weather.
So on Saturday, the ASPCA and New York Cares joined forces with the NYPD to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a pilot program with the aim of helping dog owners keep their pets just a little bit warmer in the winter.
Mass transit advocates took issue with how Gov. Cuomo would like to redirect $40 million in next year’s budget for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
But the governor’s office is responding by saying that the money will help the MTA pay down debt and still keep the agency flush with increased cash.
Those who have stood firm against the proposed homeless shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale now have more ammunition in their fight against the plan.
An audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office of a prior contract between Samaritan Village, the human services agency sponsoring the shelter, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services revealed that Samaritan Village allegedly misused nearly $1 million in state funds.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.
Winter hasn’t just been brutal on the residents of Queens, the borough’s streets have borne the brunt of this year’s record-setting snowfalls and cold snaps.
Potholes are common occurrences during and after tough winters, and on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio visited Maspeth to help fill a troublesome hole and announce his plan to repair the city’s cracked and cratered roads over the coming weeks and months.
Travelers using city buses in Queens will be able to use their smartphones to track the location of their rides in real time beginning on March 9.
In a statement issued Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said MTA Bus Time, a program already in place in Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx, will be expanded to include all bus routes in Queens and Brooklyn.
Officials eye higher fines, lower fines for not shoveling snow
The cost to property owners of not removing snow from sidewalks would go up under a bill before the City Council — and down, but only for some people, under a separate proposal.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg joined a roadway maintenance crew in Queens today to announce a comprehensive plan to battle the historic wear-and-tear on streets and highways as the extreme winter weather continues.
The feasibility study on the proposed QueensWay — the High Line-inspired park that could be built on the right of way of the former Rockaway Beach LIRR line — is continuing, but some architects have ideas on what it could look like.
The Emerging New York Architects committee, part of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, announced the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, which focused on a design for a piece of the proposed greenway.
The snow keeps falling on the city and slushy corners on local streets continue to be a thorn in the side of Community Board 6, which discussed that and other issues at its monthly meeting on Feb. 12.
“One of my major concerns is the bus stops,” said CB 6 Chair Joseph Hennessy, also noting that snow removal was “not happening” due to the extreme cold.
The mail box for Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor must be overflowing by now.
Borough President Melinda Katz became the most recent elected official to oppose the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, as she penned a letter dated Jan. 27, detailing her concerns about the plan.
Dust off the old 10-speed Huffy; bike lanes are coming to Ridgewood this year.
After years of surveying and studying by the Department of City Planning and unanimous support from Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee, CB 5 voted 29-5 in favor of the implementation of 9.5 miles of bike routes throughout Ridgewood at it’s Feb. 12 meeting.
If the Department of Environmental Conservation has its way, there won’t be a single mute swan left in the State of New York by 2025.
Just two days after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an $8 billion upgrade to La Guardia and Newark airports, Vice President Joe Biden slammed La Guardia as looking like something out of the “Third World.”
Speaking of the need to improve the nation’s infrastructure last Thursday in Pennsylvania, the vice president said that if you blindfolded people and brought them to Hong Kong’s airport, they would think they’re in the United States.
The room was packed with concerned seniors and a who’s who of elected officials last Friday at the 31st annual Queens Interagency Council on Aging Legislative Forum held at Queens Borough Hall.
Representing QICA, a nonprofit borough-wide membership organization that speaks with one voice on behalf of seniors and the agencies that serve them, Barry Klitsberg, co-chairman of the Legislative Forum Committee, read the group’s position paper to the more than 100 in attendance.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to reopen the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, a landmarked building that has been closed to the public since 2001.
While it may not have been the central theme of his State of the City Address, Mayor de Blasio briefly touched on a subject concerning many Western Queens community members: his “Vision Zero” initiative.
The plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in New York City within five years was announced on Northern Boulevard, a corridor that has experienced many accidents, several weeks ago and Queens elected officials have been quick to volunteer areas in their district to be studied.
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye announced Friday that the agency would be reopening the landmarked TWA Flight Center building at JFK Airport to the public.
But he’s not yet ready to say what for.
Community Board 10 got its first briefing last Thursday on Gov. Cuomo’s plan to reconstruct Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach to create a better flood barrier and a more user-friendly greenspace, and members had a laundry list of questions for representatives from the state Department of Environmental Conservation for what it would mean on the quality of life in the neighborhood.
The parkland, which frames the western and southern parts of the “new side” of Howard Beach, is underutilized, unkempt and inadequate as flood protection, according to the DEC and reconstruction work, which will be funded by Sandy relief money, would reconstruct it to allow for better flood protection and make it a more usable space for parkgoers.
With severe winter weather developing overnight, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to exercise caution while outdoors, refrain from unnecessary travel, and use public transit on Thursday. The National Weather Service has forecast 4 to 7 inches of heavy, wet snow for the Thursday morning commute, with a total of 8 to 12 inches of snow likely to accumulate by Friday morning.
An alleged cockfighting ring that was holding the bloody fights in a Woodhaven basement was busted this past weekend, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Sunday.
Just two days after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an $8 billion upgrade to La Guardia and Newark airports, Vice President Joe Biden slammed La Guardia as looking like something out of the "Third World."
The food stamp program, Medicare and Social Security benefits, affordable housing and funding for transportation are among the immediate concerns to the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, which is sponsoring its 31st Annual Legislative Forum on Feb. 7 at Queens Borough Hall in the hopes of seeing some positive action on behalf of the borough’s seniors.
Each year, the New York League of Conservation Voters puts out a scorecard that grades all Council members on environmental issues and for the 2012-13 City Council year, Queens had some of the highest scores and the lowest.
The scores are based on voting and sponsorship records on 17 bills that cover recycling, composting, clean energy, biodiversity, transportation, air quality, energy efficiency, resiliency and more.