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“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
Forty-seven million Americans, including approximately one million in Queens, are now seeing a reduction in food stamp benefits, after a temporary boost implemented by the 2009 stimulus package expired.
Half of those in Queens who depend on the program are children, according to the social service organization The River Fund, which is based in Richmond Hill.
Queens residents who are tired of loud airplanes flying over their homes too frequently are actually happy about Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have required the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study — if an identical measure passes in New Jersey — because he doesn’t want to wait.
Instead, he’s taking executive action.
Five area veterans were honored last week for their military service by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
The men received state resolutions during a ceremony and celebration in the senator’s Bayside office.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is upping the ante in his fight against political corruption in the state, telling the governor’s Moreland Commission that his office will start going after the pensions of public officials who are convicted of crimes.
And an unscientific survey of elected officials from Queens elicited that legal changes and legal challenges will be forthcoming.
For many Queens Republicans, there was hope that Tuesday’s primary election for state committee positions, also known as district leaders, would put an end to the ongoing civil war within the party.
But as results trickled in Wednesday, it appeared there wasn’t any decisive decision one way or another.
A scathing report issued by the New York State Inspector General’s Office blasts actions taken by the Indian Cultural and Community Center — and inaction by the New York State Dormitory Authority — in connection with the sale of more than four acres of property on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site in Queens Village.
The ICCC was before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday in continuing its effort to construct a pair of nine-story towers on the property.
The crowded District 19 City Council race in the Tuesday Democratic primary will pit seasoned veterans against first-time candidates.
Only one will be named the winner and face Republican Dennis Saffran in the November election.
The environmental group Clean Ocean Action is urging the corporations that seek to build and operate Port Ambrose, a facility planned to import liquified natural gas delivered by ships, to speak openly about their intentions for the port, which would be located about 20 miles from the Rockaways and include a pipe linking to the existing Transco pipeline, 2.2 miles offshore.
LNG is natural gas that has been cooled and condensed to one-six hundreth of its usual volume so that it can be shipped.
With one month to go before the new school year begins, some parents, staff and students at a College Point elementary school are seeking a change in leadership.
They say Jennifer Jones-Rogers, principal at PS 29, located at 125-10 23 Ave., harasses her staff, flouts legal requirements and bullies her students, and they want her removed.
As members of the Senate and the House, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), spoke about immigrants and their family’s ancestry inside the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, immigration activists who were not permitted inside chanted outside about giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Saturday was the last stop on the Becoming America Congressional Pilgrimage, led by The Faith and Politics Institute.
The city’s Landmark Preservation Commission denied a proposal by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to designate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a historical site.
Now he’s asking for a do-over.
Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) gets memos on his desk all the time. But one piece of information that crossed his desk in mid-June took him by complete surprise.
The memo explained that the city Department of Education is planning to co-locate a new school in the Martin Van Buren High School building in Queens Village and a vote on the proposal would come in October, only weeks before the Bloomberg administration is out of office.
Immigration reform will affect a large population in Queens.
How many exactly is uncertain.
The NYPD will soon begin installing 57 new surveillance cameras around Queens, eyes in the sky that will be paid for with $2 million in capital money allocated by Borough President Helen Marshall.
In a statement issued by her office, Marshall said that since the money was allocated in her 2013 budget, the NYPD has been conducting rigorous studies of data in order to place them where they will do the most good for law enforcement.
Major apt. building owner bans smoking
The Related Companies, a substantial developer and owner of properties, with more than 40,000 rental units nationwide, announced Monday that it is prohibiting smoking in all its residential buildings. The move follows a years-long pilot project, and the firm says the demand for smoke-free housing is greater than the supply.
The United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park is winding its way through the required input and approval process, as both state legislatures now have bills before them that would allow the alienation of parkland in exchange for land the nonprofit said it needs in order to expand.
The bills before the state Senate and Assembly would let the USTA substitute 1.5 acres of land currently under its leasehold for 0.68 acre along its flank.
Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott honored 11 teachers from around the city this week as winners of the first “Big Apple Awards” to recognize excellence in education, but none from Queens made the cut. Each winner will receive a $3,500 grant for use in the classroom and will serve as a “Big Apple Ambassador,” advising the city Department of Education.
The state Senate’s Rules Committee introduced legislation that would alienate 0.68 acre of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and “replace” it with 1.5 acres currently leased to the United States Tennis Association, with no formal sponsor actually listed on the bill.
With the memory of Superstorm Sandy only seven months old, and the work to rebuild and recover from this devastating storm ongoing every day in our ravaged community, it’s no surprise that predictions for a very active 2013 hurricane season, which began June 1 in the United States, are a serious cause for great concern. After what we’ve been through and are continuing to experience here in Queens in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy — with so many residents still not in their homes and still attempting to repair the fabric of their lives — the thought of additional dangerous weather activity is almost inconceivable and most certainly unwelcome.
However, while we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control our level of preparedness. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency plans in place: from knowing how to contact one another in the c
ase of an emergency; to having adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, batteries, flashlights and water on hand; to knowing what they can do to help secure their homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. A great deal of useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this New York State website: dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm.
The state Legislature has so many flaws it’s hard to know where to begin — the members’ outside employment, the bills passed without hearings, the frequent disregard of the city’s interests, the flat-out criminality of a shocking number of lawmakers, and so on.
This week we add a new flaw to the list, new at least to most members of the public who aren’t in on Albany’s archane machinations. It turns out that a bill can be introduced with no one’s name on it, allowing everyone to escape any repercussions from sponsoring a potentially unpopular measure.
In recognition of the great courage under fire he displayed 70 years ago, longtime Astorian Robert Danke was inducted into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on May 21 .
Danke enlisted in the the Navy in June 1942, when he was just 17, and he was sworn in as a sailor on Nov. 11, Armistice Day — just under a year after the United States entered World War II.