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Cuomo’s budget is $6 billion short

Staring at a $6 billion budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Cuomo is proposing to push more of the rising cost of Medicaid — which provides health coverage for low-income people — onto New York City.At least $2 billion of the projected deficit is money the state has been paying toward the city’s share of the state’s annual $75 billion Medicaid costs.

Thursday 01/09/2020
Vleigh Place active despite being empty
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:33 am

A passerby might assume that the Vleigh Place lot has been sitting idly since the strip mall once there was ravaged by a fire in 2016, but it had been going through a lengthy process of contamination cleanup, which was completed last month, before its new building can be erected.

The 77-39/63 Vleigh Place site in Kew Gardens Hills was awarded a Certificate of Completion by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in December after achieving the required levels of decontamination as part of the Brownsfield Cleanup Program. The program encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties for reuse and redevelopment.

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Pulling out of S. Ozone Park disaster zone
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:38 am

Construction on a new waste main, above, to replace the one that collapsed in South Ozone Park just after Thanksgiving has begun.

Meanwhile, relief aid for residents whose houses were the most severely damaged by the sewage backup is starting to wind down.

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Thursday 01/02/2020
Fighting City Hall — and violence
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 11:08 am

In the second half of 2019, Melinda Katz proved she has nine political lives, surviving a primary scare; a hockey and concert arena were coming to Nassau County, but just what is coming to Queens besides traffic is uncertain; the mayor and parents of Success Academy students still weren’t playing nice at recess; and water and sewer infrastructure in Southeast Queens went very well — until it turned very, very bad.

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Cuomo vetoes e-bike, electric scooter bill
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 11:57 am

Gov. Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have paved the way for legalization of electric scooters and so-called throttle assist electric bicycles, and the sponsors of the bill in the state Legislature are promising to move forward to get the vehicles legalized.

Supporters of the measure, sponsored in the state Senate by Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-East Elmhurst) and in the Assembly by Rep. Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), said signing the bill into law would greatly benefit those in food delivery service, many of whom are immigrants who do so for a living.

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Standing up for man’s best friend
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 11:56 am

“They asked me to carry her out of the shelter. They told me she was from a puppy mill and she wasn’t too good on the leash, so they said you’re probably better off carrying her to the car, which I did. I got her home, put her on the floor and she just dragged her hind legs under my kitchen table and didn’t come out for four days.”

Kim Caruana of Maspeth described the day she rescued her first dog, a Pekingese named Lita. Caruana had vaguely known that puppy mills were abusive toward their animals, but witnessing Lita’s pain and suffering woke her up to the extensive trauma and terror.

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Thursday 12/26/2019
Shocking losses, hopeful beginnings
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 12:29 pm

After decades of empty promises, flood relief projects have finally begun taking Southeast Queens by storm; while backers of senior centers and charter schools and opponents of a Belmont Park arena hoped to fight government with similar success.

Richard Brown died after serving as Queens District Attorney for 28 years; and the Democratic primary to replace him seemed at times to go on almost as long.

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It was a collapsed pipe, not turkey fat
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 2:37 pm

The cause of the disastrous sewer backup that flooded scores of homes in waste-polluted water on Thanksgiving weekend was a 42-inch pipe that collapsed, the city Department of Environmental Protection said on Friday.

“DEP accepts responsibility,” said an engineers’ report to the city Comptroller’s Office.

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City tries new takes to feed the hungry
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 12:27 pm

When you work in a grocery store, you see the effects of hunger every day.

Manny Diaz, manager of the Fine Fare supermarket on 163rd Street in Jamaica, has been seeing it for 35 years.

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Thursday 12/19/2019
Digging for a fix in S. Ozone Park mess
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:51 am

The cause of the Thanksgiving night sewage mess in South Ozone Park is still a mystery.

In a scene out of a mine-disaster movie, crews are excavating by hand to get to a waste pipe buried more than 40 feet beneath the Belt Parkway.

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