Crossing Guard Bill Passes

Last month, the Legislature passed a bill making any assault on School Crossing Guards a “D” felony. On July 7, standing outside IS 145, a group of Queens School Crossing Guards were joined by Local 372 President Santos Crespo, Jr., to express their thanks to State Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker who co-sponsored […]

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Vets Get New Opportunities

Legislation approved by the State Senate and Assembly, with the strong support of State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr., will provide new opportunities for veterans who are public employees to purchase up to three years of retirement credit for their military service. “Under current law, this option is only available to veterans who served their country […]

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Expand Summer Bus Service

In effort to ease the commute time for daily travelers and reduce traffic congestion during peak summer months, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has sent a letter to the Metropolitan Transit Authority to provide additional bus service and more frequent limited-stop connections to the A train at rush hours. “The Rockaways are already limited when it comes […]

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Children Read To Vet Parents About Freedom

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While many people spent the Thursday before the Fourth of July preparing for barbecues and fireworks, a few children read letters to their military parents about the meaning of freedom. In North Shore-LIJ’s Community Health Building in Manhasset, three members of the armed forces came together to listen to their […]

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Translatinas And Allies March For Equality

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Cries of “no más a la discriminacíon” and “undocumented, unafraid” rang out in Jackson Heights Monday evening as a group of transgender Latina women and allies marched for visibility, respect and equality. The third annual Translatina March was organized by advocacy group Make the Road New York (MRNY), and stepped […]

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Queens College Names New President

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After months of interviews with dozens of candidates, Queens College has a new president. The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has selected Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez as Queens College’s replacement for Dr. James Muyskens, who retired last year. He will take over from interim president […]

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John Haggerty Jr. Conviction Upheld

By JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The conviction of Queens political consultant John Haggerty Jr. was sustained this week in New York State’s highest court. The State Court of Appeals decided in a 6-0 ruling to reject Haggerty’s argument to overturn his 2011 conviction of second-degree grand larceny and money laundering. He was found guilty of […]

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City Council Approves Municipal IDs

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer All New Yorkers, regardless of citizenship, are now eligible for City identification cards. The City Council voted last Thursday to approve the creation of municipal IDs, which would allow undocumented New Yorkers to open bank accounts, obtain a driver’s license, enroll in a public school and access other City services. […]

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