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Mayor signs trash zone bills for 2021

Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday signed three bills aimed at drastically changing the commercial solid waste collection industry.The new laws will divide the city into 20 zones, each served by up to three carters selected through a competitive bidding process. The idea is to reduce the number and length of garbage truck trips each day; to increase worker and equipment safety; and to encourage more recycling. Unlike residents, businesses do not have their garbage collected by the city’s Department of Sanitation. The transition is expected to begin in 2021.

Thursday 11/21/2019
Thanks for helping hands
Posted: November 21, 2019

The Jamaica Business Improvement District honored two people for their contributions to the community at the group’s 40th annual membership meeting on Nov. 7.

At top, Jamaica BID Executive Director Jennifer Furioli gives a certificate of appreciation and a gift bag to Roy Fox, who has served as the caretaker at the Rufus King Manor Museum for 30 years.

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Thursday 11/14/2019
Jamaica BID looks toward the future
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Small business was the order of the day last Thursday as the Jamaica Business Improvement District held its 40th annual meeting at the Harvest Room on 160th Street.

Speakers included Commissioner Gregg Bishop of the city’s Department of Small Business Services and Borough President and Queens District Attorney-elect Melinda Katz.

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Cuomo threatens to drop National Grid
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:35 pm

Gov. Cuomo has issued an ultimatum to National Grid — start hooking up customers to gas lines within two weeks or lose its license to operate in New York City and on Long Island.

“I’m not going to allow New Yorkers to be extorted,” Cuomo told NY1 Tuesday.

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Thursday 11/07/2019
Resorts World hotel set to open by summer
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Construction of a new, gleaming hotel at Resort World Casino in South Ozone Park is racing along, ahead of schedule.

The exterior of the $400 million hotel is completed and officials say it will be ready to open sometime this summer, slicing nearly six months off the expected completion date.

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Delta flying from new LaGuardia concourse
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:20 pm

The second section of a modern LaGuardia Airport began serving customers on Monday, with flights departing from Delta Airlines new Terminal C concourse.

LaGuardia is in the midst of an $8 billion reconstruction. The seven new gates are serving 60 flights per day to and from Boston, Washington, DC, and Chicago.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
PA unveils ‘historic’ JFK jobs initiative
Updated: October 24, 2019 - 12:24 pm

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday officially memorialized initiatives targeting job opportunities, business opportunities, and training and education for Queens and the communities surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport, all interwoven into the five-year $13 billion rebuilding plan.

PA Executive Director Rick Cotton made the announcement in Jamaica at the JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center, surrounded by elected officials and community and business leaders.

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A plan to transform LIC’s Anable Basin
Updated: October 24, 2019 - 12:38 pm

The death of one Anable Basin mega-project led to the birth of another one.

It’s a story that begins a few months after Amazon ditched Long Island City earlier this year. That’s when the City Council and the de Blasio administration approached TF Cornerstone, Simon Baron Development, L&L MAG and Plaxall, four companies that hold land in and around the waterfront site where the online retail behemoth planned to set up its complex. The conversations centered around the idea of taking a unified approach to developing the 28-acre space.

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Reaching new heights
Updated: October 24, 2019 - 12:27 pm

Community leaders and elected officials from the Jamaica Shorewood Real Estate Group were on hand last week for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a project that will bring 315 apartments to 160-05 Archer Ave.

Shorewood representatives, in an email to the Chronicle, said the 24-story building, designed by Hill West Architects of Manhattan, will have 25,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, a game room, yoga room and lounges.

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Gianaris reflects on ‘most successful’ ’19
Updated: October 24, 2019 - 12:32 pm

So just where does state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) buy his books?

“Not at Amazon,” he said. “I deleted the Amazon Prime app from my phone. I do it the old-fashioned way — at a small bookstore around the corner in Astoria.”

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