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Persistence is key.

The residents of College Point have spent a year demanding answers on why their quality of life was being disturbed by an enduring sewer project, but all avenues led to dead ends. Finally, they were given a lift by the Queens borough president with an interagency task force that would address their concerns head-on.


While other high-profile members of his party seem content to bid major companies adieu to Virginia, Florida and other points south, Borough President Donovan Richards apparently is taking the potential loss of at least some jobs at Long Island City-based JetBlue Airlines very seriously.

Richards, in a June 15 letter to Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asked the PA to extend JetBlue’s existing lease at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Darwin Durazno was cycling to the barbershop when he was mowed down by a sedan June 4. The driver fled the scene, leaving the 16-year-old lying on the College Point roadway with severe head trauma and his bike split in two.

Despite being rushed to the hospital, Durazno passed away three days later.

A proposal to designate a four-block stretch of Austin Street as an Open Street is meeting with resistance from the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Individuals have approached Community Board 6 with a proposal to close down Austin Street to cars between Continental and Ascan avenues during the day for at least Friday through Sunday according to the board and the chamber.

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At its last meeting before summer vacation, Community Board 8 unanimously voted in favor of the city’s plan to make transit stations and systems more accessible.

Through the Elevate Transit: Zoning for Accessibility plan, the MTA would work with developers to implement ADA-compliant upgrades to transit stations in surrounding areas. When an appropriate site is developed, space would be reserved in the form of an easement for the MTA to build a station elevator, or stairs or passageways to reduce crowding in the future.