No Deal Yet Between LIRR And Unions

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Days before a possible LIRR strike would commence, negotiations between the MTA and LIRR workers came to a standstill Monday. The strike would begin Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and would impact about 300,000 commuters. According to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a strike could cost $50 million in lost economic activity […]

After Ragusa’s Death, new Queens GOP Leadership

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer With the passing of Phil Ragusa, the Queens GOP party has a new leader. Robert Beltrani, who was the executive vice chairman and second in command under Ragusa, will take over as the chairman of the Queens Republican party. According to Robert Hornak, the spokesperson for the party, its bylaws […]

World Cup Fever

States and Germany World Cup match last week, Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann wrote up a mock excuse note for employees to give to their managers to take the day off. The majority of us nine-to-fivers laughed it off and wished our boss would accept an excuse like that. But, a couple of offices jumped on […]

PA Holds Second Noise Roundtable

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The Port Authority’s airplane noise studies have hit the runway. Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority to conduct noise studies and establish a community roundtable to address airplane noise over residential neighborhoods. The Port Authority held its second roundtable last Wednesday alongside the Federal Aviation Administration. The […]

City Council Backs CB Age Drop

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Last week, the City Council passed a resolution to support a bill in the State Legislature that would lower the age restriction for community board members. On June 11, the Council approved a resolution calling for the State Assembly and State Senate to pass and for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to […]

Local Officials In Favor Of City Minimum Wage

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer One of the several sources of tension between New York City and Albany – the debate over a municipal minimum wage – took a step in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s direction last week. While de Blasio wants the City to have the option to set its own minimum wage, Gov. […]