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Selvena Brooks-Powers has been declared the winner of the special election in the 31st City Council District.

The election from Feb. 23 went to ranked-choice ballots after neither Brooks-Powers (38 percent) nor top competitor Pesach Osina (35 percent) cleared the 50 percent threshold in an eight-candidate field.

Archie Spigner, the first African American to represent Queens in the New York City Council, who remained a fixture and a force in Democratic …

Citing the benefits to detainees that housing them in new jails would bring, the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted on Thursday to bar the use of Rikers Island for any detention center after the end of 2026.

The vote was 11-2 with two abstentions and two lawmakers absent. Both abstentions were from Queens lawmakers: Councilmen Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans).

The Hon. Charles Vallone Sr. took to public service gradually as a young attorney looking to provide for his family in the Great Depression and one whose civic involvement — particularly for youth and education — eventually led to his being appointed a judge by Mayor Robert Wagner in 1955.

His son, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., came by it more naturally.

Teenagers huddled around a makeshift cross, quietly weeping as one.

A mother and her three young children stuck 17 colorful cardboard birds attached to small black poles into the ground.

A newly elected City Council member from New York City, Bob Holden (D-Glendale), placed a flower beneath a photograph of a smiling 14-year-old girl.