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Finkelpearl Named Cultural Affairs Commish

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio has added Tom Finkelpearl’s name to the list of open commissioner positions he is filling. On April 7, the Mayor announced the appointment of Finkelpearl as the City’s new Commissioner of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Finkelpearl is the executive director of the Queens Museum, the […]

Letitia James Talks Public Advocate Plans

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Earlier this week, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James sat down with the Queens Tribune staff, where she discussed a number of issues relevant to Queens residents and offered her feedback on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 100 days in office. James began the interview by describing the way […]

Airport Workers Rally For Better Pay

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer In September of last year, Wendy Arellano, a Queens mother of two, had to make one of the most difficult decisions in her life. “I had to send my kids to live with my mother in Long Island. They were spending too much time by themselves,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Galante Avoids Indefinite Leave Of Absence

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Despite protests from elected officials, Queens Library head Thomas Galante will continue to serve the organization. The Queens Library Board of Trustees had a split, 9-9 vote during their meeting Thursday night. The tie meant that the body did not reach the majority vote needed, throwing out the option of […]

State Kills InBloom Student Data Storage

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The State’s controversial plan to upload student data to an online cloud storage system has hit a dead end. The State Education Dept. confirmed last week that it killed its plan to store student data in a digital cloud created by InBloom, a nonprofit funded by the Gates Foundation. The […]

Queens To Celebrate World’s Fair Anniversary

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Get ready to celebrate. Queens will host seven months’ worth of events throughout the Borough to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair and the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World’s Fair. The festivities were announced on March 28 in one of the buildings constructed for the ’39 […]

MTA President Fails To Listen To LIC Residents

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Residents, local businesses and community groups voiced concerns to Metropolitan Transportation Authority representatives about the dire need for a shuttle bus that goes directly to Grand Central during the weekends of the No. 7 train shutdowns, between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza, during a special meeting last week at PS/IS […]

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 […]