Gary Ackerman Backs John Liu

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer As September draws near, the State Senate race for District 11 continues to heat up, this time with some big endorsements. On July 22, former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman announced his endorsement of John Liu for the seat held by State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Ackerman joins U.S. Reps. Joe […]

More Affordable Housing At Astoria Cove

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At a public hearing in Borough President Melinda Katz’s office last Thursday, Alma Realty announced that the number of affordable housing units at their proposed Astoria Cove development has been increased to 345. This number represents 20 percent of the entire project, up from 17 percent. Last month, CB1 rejected […]

John Liu Discusses Tense Senate Race

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer By his own admission, a race for elected office was not something John Liu was considering for 2014. However, he said he saw an opportunity to make a difference in the State Senate. Liu is challenging State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who joined the Independent Democratic Conference earlier this year. […]

Flushing Commons Breaks Ground

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of discussions and delays, the Flushing Commons project finally broke ground this week. On June 30, several stakeholders, elected officials and community leaders met in the heart of downtown Flushing for the groundbreaking ceremony. Set on the former site of Municipal Lot 1, many comments from the event […]

Chancellor Addresses Schools’ Future

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña spoke to Borough President Melinda Katz’s Parents Advisory Board Tuesday night to highlight the positive aspects in schools and get input on the negatives. This was Fariña’s first Advisory Board meeting in the City since she took over as Chancellor in January, Katz said. Katz opened […]

Pavilion In 3D: Scan To Aid Preservation Efforts

Pavilion In 3D: Scan To Aid Preservation Efforts

Dr. Lori Walters of the University of Central Florida sets up the 3D scanner to create a data map of the New York State Pavilion. Photo by Joe Marvilli BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The New York State Pavilion is getting a virtual lease on life, thanks to a three-dimensional scan. The University of Central […]

Legislators Look To Restructure Library

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Two bills have been introduced into the State Legislature to deal with the recent problems concerning the Queens Library. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona) are sponsoring a bill in their respective chambers that would restructure aspects of the Queens Library, to make sure it cannot […]

Working Families Party Honors Queens Officials

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Several Queens elected officials, as well as other City politicians and community leaders, received awards and commendation at the Working Families Party 16th Annual Gala, at MoMA PS1 last week. Many Working Families Party members and supporters present at the gala had been working with the party since its establishment. […]