New Law Targets Surprise Medical Bills

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A law included in the 2014-2015 State budget is looking to give patients a break on unexpected medical charges. The new law will prevent surprise medical bills for patients sent by in-network doctors to out-of-network providers. These out-of-network medical services can be anything from a specialist to a specific lab […]

Full Campaign Reform Needed

New York State’s campaign financing needs a severe overhaul. This is not a radical concept, and it is a concept that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has led us to believe that he supports. So what need is there to selectively enforce a campaign reform measure on just one office, that of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli? While […]

State Budget Helps Businesses

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer An agreement has been reached on the 2014-15 State budget, which will offer relief and incentives to businesses and homeowners. The State Legislature passed the budget in the evening of March 31, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing it into law just before midnight the same day. The deadline for passing […]

Noise Study To Review Airplane Disruptions

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After months of complaining about the airplane noise that looms over the inner communities living close to LaGuardia and JFK airports, last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a comprehensive review of the noise issues. “Airport noise is rightly an […]

Cuomo Pushes For Plane Noise Relief

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of struggling with jet engines roaring above their heads, Queens residents may soon have some relief. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on March 24 that he has sent multiple directives to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asking it to put more effort into monitoring airplane […]

Vallone Takes Job Under Gov. Cuomo

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After serving Astoria for 12 years, Peter Vallone Jr. is on his way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to serve as a special assistant to Commissioner Anthony Annucci of the Dept. of Corrections and Community Supervision. In addition to serving District Council 22 for more than a decade, Vallone, an […]

Resiliency Plans For Howard Beach

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer There are several ideas on how to better prepare Howard Beach for future storms, and they were all presented on Monday at Russo’s on the Bay. The Howard Beach New York Rising Community Planning Committee held a six-hour public meeting on Monday to discuss plans to better protect the coastal […]

Fighting For Campaign Finance Reform

In act of civil disobedience, two members of the organization MOP Democracy (Money Out of Politics – Democracy) attached a banner to the Unisphere. The sign asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fulfill his promise for campaign finance reform by keeping fair elections in the State budget. Matthew Edge and Matthew Hillyer put the banner up […]