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A Staten Island judge has ruled the city law allowing noncitizens to vote in city elections to be illegal, citing passages of the New York State Constitution that grant voting rights to citizens.

Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio also found that the Immigrant Voting Law, passed by the City Council last December by a vote of 33-14, violated New York State election law and the Municipal Home Rule Law.

On a frigid Sunday morning, Tony Di Piazza — owner of Fosdick Reality in Ridgewood — was giving directions in Italian to several young men loading trucks with relief supplies for Ukrainian refugees.

Two U-Haul trucks parked outside his offices on Fresh Pond Road filled up quickly with food, bags of donated clothing, tents, bedding, dog food and toiletries. 


President Joe Biden’s order to require large businesses to either get their workers vaccinated or frequently tested was blocked by the Supreme Court of the United States Thursday. The healthcare worker vaccine mandate, however, will still take effect. 

The announcement of the Jan. 13 decision has led to different takes from people throughout Queens and the city.      


As most New Yorkers were starting their day, at 10:30 a.m. on June 23, the city’s Commissioner of Health Dr. Dave Chokshi, posted on his Twitter page that “anyone can request a vaccination in their home.”

During a press conference with Mayor de Blasio, Chokshi further elaborated that the driving force behind the new initiative was to make sure New Yorkers going on trips out of the city were inoculated before they left the Big Apple.