Civic Slams Pan Am Proposal

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer As plans to convert the shelter in Elmhurst’s Pan Am building into a permanent facility advance, one community group is charging that the proposal violates City law. The civic organization Elmhurst United released a statement on Monday calling the proposal illegal. This group has been a leading voice in […]

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Queens Robotics Teams Head To Olympiad

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While the Winter Olympics may be over, two teams based out of Queens traveled to Sochi, Russia this week for their own competition: the World Robot Olympiad. Two robotics teams from RoboMindTech STEM Education Center in Fresh Meadows will represent the United States in Sochi, the first time that America […]

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Cuomo Signs Veteran Tax Relief Law

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer State legislation from two Astoria officials will put some money back into veterans’ pockets. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that will raise the property tax exemption for veterans 50 percent, from $5,000 to $7,500. The measure is intended to acknowledge the effects of inflation and modernize a decades-old […]

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Constantinides Green Bill Passes Council

A bill mandating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the City by 80 percent by 2050 passed the City Council in a unanimous vote. Introduced by Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), the bill Intro. 378 sets an explicit target within Mayor Bill de Blasio’s broad pledge to make the City more environmentally friendly, as announced […]

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