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Katz Asks Galante To Take Leave Of Absence

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Earlier this week, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz sent an open letter to embattled Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante, recommending that he take a leave of absence. Galante has been under fire by media and elected officials alike for his $391,994 annual salary and $140,000 in office renovations. Allegations that […]

QueensWay Plans Revealed At Workshops

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer During two workshops last week, residents got a more detailed look at what the QueensWay could look like if the proposed pedestrian/bike path were to become a reality. Representatives from the two design companies working on the QueensWay presented the most detailed plans to date at public workshops in Forest […]

Elected Officials Call For Immigration Reform

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Elected officials and civic leaders came together in Flushing to demand comprehensive immigration reform, not next year, not eventually, but right now. U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) was joined by civic leaders and elected officials from northeast Queens to call for a vote in the House of Representatives on immigration […]

Noise Study To Review Airplane Disruptions

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After months of complaining about the airplane noise that looms over the inner communities living close to LaGuardia and JFK airports, last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a comprehensive review of the noise issues. “Airport noise is rightly an […]

Many Opt Out Of The ELA Exam

Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) stood with Rosalie Friend from Change the Stakes, left, and parents Danny Katch and Dudley Stewart to inform parents that children can opt out of the English Language Arts standardized tests, which were administered from Tuesday to Thursday. According to Dromm, more and more parents have chosen not to put […]

Meng Hosts Jewish-Korean Discussion

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Jewish-American and Korean-American leaders came together in Bayside for a discourse about nurturing community collaboration. The Jewish and Korean-American Intercultural Dialogue was held at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College on March 31. Hosted by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), the evening featured performances, guest […]

De Blasio Announces Sandy Rebuilding Changes

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new leadership and changes to the City’s Sandy rebuilding and recovery team last week. The mayor appointed Bill Goldstein as the new Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Recovery, Resiliency, and Infrastructure, Amy Peterson will be the new Director of the Housing Recovery Office and Daniel Zarrilli was named the […]

Cuomo Pushes For Plane Noise Relief

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of struggling with jet engines roaring above their heads, Queens residents may soon have some relief. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on March 24 that he has sent multiple directives to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asking it to put more effort into monitoring airplane […]

LIC Bars Battle Over Their Name

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer A local bar in Long Island City is battling for the authenticity of its name with a neighboring bar that opened last fall. Mixologist Richard Boccato, owner of a bar called Dutch Kills, located at 27-24 Jackson Ave., recently filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court against Dominic Stiller, one […]

Parkway Possibly Back On The Auction Block

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The building that housed the former Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills could be back on the auction block after the company who won the bid failed to pay the money it owes. According to Michael Cohen, a spokesman for Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), the company that bid $22 million […]