Bayside Civic Leader Frank Skala Dies At 78

By Domenick Rafter Editor in Chief Longtime Bayside civic leader Frank Skala passed away Monday at age 78. The former Community Board 11 member passed after a fatal stroke at St. Francis Hospital in Port Washington, LI. Skala was widely known in civic circles as president of the East Bayside Homeowners Association and was one […]

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Avella Backs Parhar In Race To Replace Weprin

BY LYNN EDMONDS Staff Writer City Council candidate Satnam Singh Parhar, who is competing for office in the crowded District 23 special election, received an endorsement from State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) on Sunday. The election will fill former Councilman Mark Weprin’s seat after he left office in June to work for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. […]

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CitiBike Rides In LIC

Crews prepare to install one of six CitiBike docks in Long Island City last week, this one at 21st Street and Queens Plaza North just outside Queensbridge Houses under the Queensboro Bridge. CitiBike expanded to Queens this summer with the six docks in Long Island City with plans to further expand the bike share program […]

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Verizon Workers Rally As Contract Talks Stall

BY JON CRONIN Staff Writer In fear of losing job security, Verizon Fios call center workers of Communication Workers of America’s Local #1105 rallied outside their office at 107-15 70th Rd. in Forest Hills last Friday. “Verizon makes a billion dollars a month profit,” said Vice President of the CWA’s 1105 Robert Shannon, adding, “They’re […]

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Constantinides Gets More Money For District

By Yvette Brown Staff Writer Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) increased funding for participatory budgeting, setting aside $1.5 million in discretionary funds this cycle. This increase is up by 50 percent compared to the previous cycle which was $1 million. The district residents will be able to decide how that money should be spent on capital […]

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Barr Sets the Bar High At Flushing House

BY ARMAND ECHEVERRY David Barr, 44, director of Housing Operations at Flushing House, received the LeadingAge New York’s 15th annual “Employee of Distinction” award for his dedication and sheer tenacity to improving living conditions for seniors residing in the Flushing House. Barr was awarded and received a $100 check on Aug. 13 by Executive Vice […]

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An Attempt to Protect Nail Workers

By Carmine Carcieri Governor Andrew Cuomo announced wage bond requirements for nail salon owners on Monday, giving these small businesses 60 days to acquire an insurance bond that would cover wage theft and overtime violations. All nail salon owners will be forced to secure bonds by October 6 or they could face fines and a […]

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NYCHA Announces Doorway To Opportunity

By Yvette brown Staff Writer The New York City Housing Authority and Citi in partnership with community organizations announced “Doorways to Opportunity,” the first NYCHA resident cooperative with Urban Upbound and a multi-partner initiative that allows public housing residents across New York to gain opportunities in employment as well as, free financial counseling and entrepreneurship […]

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Uber, Group Home, Set Candidates Apart

By Lynn Edmonds Staff Writer Candidates for the District 23 City Council seat clashed on the regulation of Uber, the building of a group home in the district, and even how to handle complaints about a traffic light, at a debate last Wednesday night. Four candidates attended the event at North Shore Towers, including Democratic […]

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