Borough President Melinda Katz, in dismissing much of the Queens Library Board, has created a separation of powers problem and concern. Whenever a person is dismissed without any concern or ceremony, even without cause, the character and reputation of the individual is tainted and sullied.
In an effort to restore their credibility and good reputation the dismissed individuals brought a court action against the actions of the borough president. Unfortunately, the judge has dismissed this action. It is the citizens of Queens who will never know the truth and are the real losers. No person has the right to sully the good name of an individual.
Former Trustee George Stamatiades is an outstanding person who has given tirelessly to the community without any financial remuneration. He is an example of an honest community servant who is only interested in what is best for the people of Queens. He is truly a great loss to our Queens Library system.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) recently hosted a back-to-school supplies giveaway for children attending the New York Junior Tennis League Aces Club summer program at IS 61 in Corona.
Crowley, center, was joined by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), center right.
A few of the many school children who came to pick up school supplies with Adrian Bordoni, left, executive director of Woodside on the Move, Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and state Sen. Jose Peralta.
Over 100 young players served and volleyed their way through the City Parks Foundation Junior Tennis Clinic in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Friday. Clockwise from top left, 1 Justin Vasquez, 14, of Rego Park, returns a serve; 2 Jasmina Seferagic, 10, of Woodside, and Rea Kondi, 13, of Forest Hills, were happy to show their tennis pride; 3 Tennis star Thomas Blake and the players cheer their play; 4 Luke Renda, 14, of Middle Village, smashes a ball; Blake delivers some advice; Daniel Vascones, 14, of Middle Village, returns a serve; and 7 Joel Montesinos 14, of Jamaica, returns a ground stroke.
The line with an estimated 3,000 people began to form hours before the official starting time, extending from 98th Place, curving around to 57th Avenue, and making its way over to 99th Street in Corona on Saturday morning with nary a rock star in sight!
The excitement was over the annual backpack and school supplies giveaway organized by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).
A Bronx man is facing more than two decades in prison in connection with a nine-month pickpocketing spree that targeted unsuspecting shoppers throughout western, northern and central Queens.
Walter Del Rosario, 49, was charged with eight counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and six counts of petit larceny last Wednesday, July 23, a day after his arrest for allegedly stealing from seven victims in Flushing, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Woodside shops.
A Nassau County home improvement contractor was arraigned last week on charges accusing him of stealing nearly $250,000 from Queens homeowners.
Derrick Burrell, 47, of Rockville Centre was charged Wednesday night with two counts each of second- and third-degree larceny and one count of second-degree scheme to defraud, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Many of the union workers and affordable housing activists who have rallied against the Astoria Cove development plan in recent weeks took to Borough Hall en mass as the controversial proposal came before Borough President Melinda Katz last Thursday.
One by one, those opposed to the plan in its present state called on Alma Realty to provide guarantees that the project will provide well-paying, safe construction jobs with benefits, in addition to demanding a higher number of affordable housing units than Alma laid out in its most recent proposal to Community Board 1 last month.
Artists and residents from all over Queens marveled at the whimsical treasures of the Apollonia Gallery as they slurped down Blue Point and Little Neck clams and sipped on champagne during its opening party last Sunday.
The concept behind the gallery, located at 48-14 Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside, is a fantasyland crossed with a curiosity shop, inspired by the movie “Amélie.” The shop features work by photographers, painters, jewelry makers, as well as a cosmetics brand and ceramics.
M ore than 5,400 employees of the Long Island Rail Road could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday if there is no progress on a new contract.
The workers are the highest-paid commuter railroad employees in the country, but also have been working without a contract since 2010.
How would you spend a million dollars? Long Island City residents gathered July 9 to discuss just that.
In the second of two informational meetings held by City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), residents of the 26th Council District gathered in the Jacob Riis Settlement House to learn about participatory budgeting for the 2015-16 fiscal year, a democratic process where residents from 22 city districts have a voice in how $25 million in discretionary funds should be spent citywide.
A row of lovely all-brick attached homes was erected on 69th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue in 1931, with second-story apartments to produce income for the homeowners.
They were almost lost when the Brooklyn Queens Expressway came through the area, as planner Robert Moses & Co. seriously considered taking them under eminent domain and knocking them down. But after some community wrangling the block was spared.
Yoga is growing in popularity but classes can be expensive.
Fortunately, groups including the Queens Library and Parks Department provide plenty of options for you to get your downward dog on this summer for free.
The city Department of Transportation’s plans to build dedicated bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards — and perhaps bring select bus service along the route in the future — was met with some concern and even hard-line opposition last week.
Some residents from Woodhaven and other communities who attended a forum on the plan at PS 306 last Wednesday were not so keen on the proposal.
Dozens of area residents discarded old computers, cell phones, printers and other unused electronic items at a recent “E-recycling spring cleaning day” in Woodside.
The event was hosted by state Assemblywoman Marge Markey and Rep. Joe Crowley, the Queens Democratic Party chairman, both seen here with some of the equipment that was brought in. They are joined by Bill McClean, president of the Boulevard Gardens co-op association, and workers with Green Recycling Management.
After hearing the impassioned testimonies of rent-stabilized tenants and small building owners in all five boroughs, the Rent Guidelines Board voted this week for its lowest rent hike ever, a 1 percent increase for one-year leases and 2.75 percent for two-year leases.
The adjustment will impact renewal leases for apartments, lofts, hotels and other housing units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law and the Tenant Protection Act.