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With the in-person opening of public schools last week and its accompanying flurry of excitement and pedagogy, emerged a problem that has become intensified from years past: drop-off traffic.

While transporting their kids to class, parents reported that car traffic around schools was more severe than normal, likely because more parents were still wary of the bus system and were choosing to shuttle their children in their personal vehicles in greater numbers.

As Gov. Cuomo mulls plans to open new casinos in New York State and eyes full gambling — including table games — two Queens legislators are renewing their call to have the gambling age raised to 21 for all of the state’s casinos.

The Bloomberg administration seemed to admit defeat this week on their comprehensive school “turnaround” plan that led to the Department of Education’s decision to close and rename 24 city high schools, including seven in Queens.

After being dealt back-to-back defeats from an arbitrator and a New York State Supreme Court judge, the DOE said the schools would, at least for the time being, open in September with the same employees as in June while the lawsuit against the city filed by unions representing teachers, school administrators and principals works its way through the courts.

Once every June for the better part of the last century, hundreds of seniors have crowded the front lawn of John Adams High School, dressed in gowns with mortarboards atop their heads. Each one left grasping a diploma — the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication.

This year, however, graduation had a much different tone. Never again would students sit on the lawn in blue and white gowns and receive diplomas from John Adams High School. When the class of 2012 walked out onto Rockaway Boulevard on Tuesday morning, the 75-year-old high school vanished into history.

By the time the city Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 24 city schools, including seven in Queens, around midnight last Thursday, just a handful of the hundreds of teachers, parents and students who had flooded the meeting in its earlier hours remained — but their alternating weeping and jeering could be heard throughout the cavernous auditorium.

Leaning their foreheads against outstretched palms, those who stayed into Friday’s early hours at Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights Campus seemed to personify the mood among those at the schools slated to close at the end of June —defiant one minute, and dejected the next.

As Mayor Bloomberg presses forward with his proposal to close 26 public high schools, including eight in Queens, some state legislators are crying foul over his newest attempt to shutter the institutions and are looking to curb the leader’s power he has had over the city’s education system for the past decade.

State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan) have introduced legislation that would change the makeup of the city Panel for Educational Policy, the decision-making body that votes on such matters as school closures, and decrease the number of mayoral appointees in the group.