Paul Vallone Ready To Start

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After his victory on Nov. 5, Councilman-elect Paul Vallone hit the ground running, preparing his staff and getting his priorities and goals in order for when he starts to represent District 19 in January. Last week, Vallone sat down with the Queens Tribune to talk about the Bloomberg administration, the […]

A Time To Think of Others

Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah, holidays that are marked by families coming together, usually with a great deal of food. As we continue with this holiday season, with Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner, the recent report that one in 10 Queens residents are not sure where they will […]

Willets Workers Protest Push-Off

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer As the holidays approach, Willets Point businesses have gotten coal in their stockings, but they do not plan to take the offense lightly. Since the Queens Borough Board voted on Nov. 18 to allow the City’s Economic Development Council to sell the 23 acres of land for $1 to the […]

De Blasio Appoints Three Queens Leaders To Transition Team

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last Wednesday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unveiled his 60-member transition team appointed to help select the City’s next administration. Among the names on the list are three prominent Queens leaders – York College president Marcia Keizs, Coalition for Queens founder Jukay Hsu and Queens Council on the Arts executive director […]

Protect Lifeline For Queens Seniors

To The Editor: Queens has a rapidly growing elderly population facing severe problems, such as mental illness. Fortunately, there’s a place where many troubled seniors get help – Club Pride, part of the Pride of Judea Mental Health Center at 243-02 Northern Blvd, Douglaston. Funded by the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and […]

Extra! Extra!

Nowadays, newspapers will do anything to slap that ‘exclusive’ sticker on their stories…even if it’s an “exclusive” review of someone else’s story. Last week, the cover of the New York Daily News claimed they got an exclusive scoop on a few comments outgoing NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly made about Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. The Daily […]

Our Choice For A Strong Speaker

Over the last few weeks, various candidates looking to be the new City Council Speaker have participated in forums, giving the public an idea of where they stand on a number of issues. The discussions are healthy and we commend these Councilmembers for participating, opening up a process that is usually closed to the public. […]

Political Hot Stove

A number of newly-elected officials are preparing to take office in January. But some officials who will be out of a job in two months are also looking to the future. With term limits pushing them out of the public service limelight, a handful of officials have been making plans for life after City Hall, […]

Government Lesson

Now that Bill de Blasio has been elected as New York City’s next mayor, one political commentator is calling for New York State to secede from the City. Fox News Commentator Glenn Beck said last week that NY State should break away from New York City and become its own territory before it becomes “the […]

Speaker Seat Discussions Heat Up

Speaker Seat Discussions Heat Up

(Clockwise from left) James Vacca, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Dan Garodnick, Jumaane Williams, Jimmy Van Bramer BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer For the first time in 20 years, a Democratic Mayor has the opportunity to play a leading role in selecting a new City Council Speaker. When Bill de Blasio takes office as Mayor in […]