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U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) joined students, parents and staff on Oct. 4 at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Success Academy Ozone Park Middle School.

The school, which opened in August and serves 250 Success Academy Queens fifth- and sixth-graders, was provided by the city in late May, after years of advocacy by SA parents and educators and support by elected officials.

The long-awaited 116th Precinct had a groundbreaking Monday at 244-04 North Conduit Ave., at the edge of Laurelton and Rosedale, in a ceremonial step for a $78 million building that the Department of Design and Construction started work on in August. The total projected cost of the facility is estimated at $104.8 million, according to the Mayor’s Office. 

“This community initiative has been nearly five decades in the making,” said Chief Juanita Holmes of the NYPD Patrol Service Bureau. “I know it, oh, so personally well. I have the pleasure of growing up in this part of Queens and working here as well.”

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The 19th Annual Senior Appreciation Month will kick off on Sept. 3 at the York College Amphitheater, which is within the Academic Core Building Plaza, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., according to Councilman Daneek Miller’s (D-St. Albans) Office.

Officials will hold a press conference to announce the upcoming monthlong series of celebratory events such as line dancing, nature walks, game nights, concerts, farmhouse tours and senior informationals for local seniors in recognition of their value to the community, according to Miller’s office. The 2019 events were canceled due to Covid-19.

There appear to be no upsets in the cards in Queens political races this Election Day, with Democrats coasting in all contested elections for Congress, the state Senate and State Assembly within 45 minutes of the polls closing at 9 p.m.

All results are unofficial with at least 48 percent of all machines counted reporting in.

With Iraq being torn apart by sectarian violence that many analysts are calling a civil war, following nearly 10 years of U.S.-led combat and occupation, the Queens Chronicle this week asked all seven members of the House of Representatives who represent parts of this borough for their thoughts on the crisis.

Five of the members were asked a series of questions over email, while one, Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) answered similar ones during an interview about his campaign.

The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would roll back the flood insurance rate hikes caused when legislation passed two years ago removed some subsidies that aim to make premiums more affordable.

Only two weeks before the potential runoff between Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic candidate Bill Thompson, the race came to a quiet ending engineered by the state’s most powerful Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Queens legislators and some good government groups are lashing out at an agreement reached in Albany during a session that ran into the early hours last Thursday morning on a number of unrelated issues, including redistricting, pension reform and casino gambling, saying it was a “dirty” back-door deal that kicks the public in the gut.

“Everything about last night was bad,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said last Thursday. “The lateness of the hour, the substance of the redistricting bill and the substance of the other bills. It was as bad an episode as I’ve ever seen in Albany.”