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As part of the mayor’s efforts to help the Big Apple recover, city Department of Small Business Services, LaGuardia Community College and Lehman College are expanding a National Council Licensure Examination program to foreign nurses at no cost to help close the shortage in the nursing sector.

A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation 2021 poll said that roughly three in 10 healthcare workers across the United States weighed leaving their positions, more than half were burnt out and six in 10 said stress from the coronavirus pandemic negatively affected their mental health.

Plans to redevelop a key section of the Long Island City waterfront just got a major boost when the largest landowner in the targeted area, the Plaxall company, joined in a preparatory effort being undertaken by three other firms at the behest of the City Council.

Borough President Melinda Katz on Friday backed Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close the jails at Rikers — but came up short of endorsing the construction of a new 30-story lockup on Queens Boulevard to replace it.

Katz, who announced last month that she is running for Queens district attorney, chose what may be her final State of the Borough address to call for an end to the current jail system.

The wide-ranging proposal to develop the Sunnyside Yard will be the subject of a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at LaGuardia Community College.

The plan, backed by Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corp., proposes to develop up to 17 acres of the 180-acre rail yard by constructing platforms above the tracks on which developers could build apartments, both affordable and market rate, schools and commercial, office and retail space.