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Kim Aide Seeks Silver’s Assembly Seat

Yuh-line Niou, who is Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), is branching out of her behind-the-scenes position to run for an assembly seat in Sheldon Silver’s former district. But the candidate hit a road block on Sunday as she went through the special election nomination process, with the Democratic Party officials choosing Alice […]

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City Council Gives Themselves 32% Raise

By Jon Cronin, Staff Writer The City Council voted 40 to 7 today for legislation in favor of a 32 percent raise that would bring their salaries to $148,500 annually. The raise was prompted by the NYC Quadrennial Advisory Committee stating that City Council seats should formally be considered full-time positions, and that outside income […]

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Avella, Civics Fight Flushing Mosque Variance

BY LYNN EDMONDS Staff Writer The construction of a three-story mosque at 46-05 Parsons Blvd. would create logistical problems for neighbors if the Board of Standards and Appeals approved is application, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and local residents from Community Board 7, the Kissena Park Civic Association, the Auburndale Improvement Association and the Broadway-Flushing […]

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Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Queens

By Yvette Brown Staff Writer Queens opened its first medical marijuana dispensary next to the Queens Center Mall on Jan. 22. The center, called Vireo Health of New York, located at 89-55 Queens Blvd., started providing clients with cannabis-based medication made to help patients suffering from pain associated with a variety of chronic and terminal […]

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Former Hospital Housing New UPK Site

BY YVETTE BROWN Staff Writer The former St. John’s Hospital in Elmhurst has now converted its second floor into a new Universal Pre-Kindergarten. The UPK site, Queens Pointe Preschool, opened in October of last year and according to Amy Cao, the founder and owner of Queens Pointe, this location was chosen because of the diversity […]

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