Electeds Respond To The Failure Of The DREAM Act

BY YVETTE BROWN The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act or DREAM Act didn’t pass in the State Legislature again this year after having been reintroduced several times including a big push in 2010. The legislation would make about 4,500 undocumented students in New York eligible for tuition assistance. Officials estimate it would […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Feds Subpoena CB 7 For Land Use Decisions

BY TESS MCRAE Editor A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York has issued a subpoena for records to Queens Community Board 7 regarding land use decisions and procedures. CB 7, which covers Flushing, College Point, Whitestone and other Northern Queens neighborhoods, has had many land use applications come before them as the area […]

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State Court: No ‘Alienating’ Park For Mall

BY LYNN EDMONDS Staff Writer The parkland next to Citi Field cannot be given to developers, who were planning to build a shopping mall there, New York’s Appellate Court ruled on July 2. Citing a law that says parkland cannot be given away without approval from the state legislature, the appellate court reversed state Supreme […]

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DHS To Remove Sex Offenders From Skyway

BY FRANCO FINO One community’s years-long fight against a homeless shelter is continuing. On Tuesday, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) held a press conference outside the Skyway Men’s Shelter on South Conduit Avenue in South Ozone Park deriding the housing of dozens of sex offenders inside – a problem residents thought was solved three years […]

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Stringer: Ex-Library CEO Spent Lavishly

BY YVETTE BROWN Staff Writer Ex-Queens Library CEO and President Thomas Galante and other library executives spent over $300,000 on personal expenses according to an audit and investigative report released by City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday, such as expensive meals, alcohol, tickets to concerts and electronics. “Once we were able to look at all […]

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Electeds: Reject Permanent Pan Am Shelter

BY YVETTE BROWN Staff Writer State Sens. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) joined community activists to call for the rejection of the Samaritan Village proposal to turn the Pan American shelter, in Elmhurst, into a permanent shelter. The former hotel was converted into a homeless shelter under a six-month […]

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Another Name Jumps Into 23rd District Race

BY LYNN EDMONDS Staff Writer Celia Dosamantes is poised to announce her candidacy for the special election to replace Mark Weprin, as she opened up an office in Hollis Hills to field questions from constituents, and began distributing campaign literature. “Whether it’s a pothole, or a light off, we’re here to serve” the Bellerose native […]

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Hochul Pays Crystal Windows A Visit

BY LYNN EDMONDS Staff Writer Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul toured local manufacturer Crystal Window and Door Systems last week on the business’ 25th anniversary. State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing), and Borough President Melinda Katz also attended the tour. Crystal Windows is one of the biggest Queens-based businesses, with production at their […]

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Silvercup To Expand To The Bronx

BY CRYSTAL LAU Silvercup Studios announced Monday it will be expanding, with a new television and film production facility in the Bronx. Citing the growing demand for production space, Silvercup, one of the Northeast’s leading independent production facility, is building an additional branch to the two existing lots. Silvercup North will be a new studio […]

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