Queens Library Fires Back At PR Reports

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last week, the media alleged that Queens Library’s Board of Trustees voted to spend $30,000 in taxpayer dollars to boost its public image in the weeks following the scandal revolving around CEO Thomas Galante and his six-figure salary. And now, Queens Library is firing back. According to Joanne King, a […]

Borough Board Presents Budget Priorities

Borough Board Presents Budget Priorities

Borough President Melinda Katz (left) sits at a task force meeting on the New York State Pavilion. Funding for the Pavilion was included in the Borough Board budget priorities. BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Borough President Melinda Katz announced on March 12 that the Borough Board had unanimously approved a list of expenses that they […]

Willets A Cause For Concern

To The Editor: In regards to “Willets Point Businesses Await Resolution” (Queens Tribune, March 2-12), in a City Council in which the majority of its members qualify as mediocre, Councilmember Julissa Fererras (D-East Elmhurst) stands at the head of the class. It will be remembered she was the prime mover in the farce that not […]

Scarborough Praises Mayor For Dropping Lawsuit

Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) recently praised Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to drop the City’s lawsuit against Local Law 71, which barred “bias-based” profiling by the NYPD. This effort to end racial profiling by the NYPD was passed by the City Council over former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. Bloomberg then filed a lawsuit seeking to […]

Galante Vows To Improve Oversight

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Queens Library officials defended president and CEO Thomas Galante’s six-figure salary while admitting a need for reform at a roundtable discussion with Borough reporters on Monday. Galante has been under fire by media and elected officials alike for his $391,994 annual salary and $140,000 in office renovations– perks he referred […]

Mayor Reveals ‘Vision Zero’ Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the specifics of his plan aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities throughout the City. The Mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan will greatly overhaul street signs and traffic enforcement as well as increase the use of speed and red light cameras in the five Boroughs. De Blasio said the plan will hopefully protect […]

Vallone Honored For Animal Protection

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Reporter Former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has been named one of America’s Top 10 Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2013, his final year in the City Council, he successfully initiated and passed a registry of animal abusers, one of the first in the nation. The impetus for […]

Willets Fiasco Needs To End

Since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the legacy project of a retail and entertainment center at Willets Point almost two years ago, we have been troubled with many of the details. Several of the decisions have been questionable at best, leaving many in the Borough wondering if anyone other than developers and their friends would […]

Scott Stringer Talks First Month In Office

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has only been in office for a month but said he has hit the ground running. Last week, the Comptroller stopped by the Queens Tribune office to speak with the editorial staff about his recent progress and to weigh in on some of the […]

Council Overrides Veto On Koo Bill

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The new City Council continued to override some of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s last vetoes, this time passing a bill concerning hit-and-runs. On Feb. 4, 2014, the City Council unanimously overturned Bloomberg’s veto of Intro. The 1055-A is an act where the NYPD will have to report information concerning vehicle […]