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 […]

Richards Calls For Action To Protect Poor Areas

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection, last week introduced a resolution calling on Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature to restore funding to the Brownfield Opportunity Areas program. Richards is leading the charge in New York City to urge Albany to protect one of the State’s most important […]

Getting Youth Involved

It may be a news item that is glossed over this week, but the City Council’s recent support of legislation lowering the age of Community Board members to allow 16 and 17 year olds could be the beginning of a great change within New York City government. We have been very clear in our belief […]

Sunnyside Wary About FDNY Facility

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At the Community Board 2 monthly meeting last week, Sunnyside residents expressed trepidation about an FDNY plan to house spare vehicles on the vacant lot next to Lou Lodati playground. These concerns were echoed by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Tuesday. The FDNY applied to purchase this property – […]

Crowley Calls For NYPD Civilianization

In an effort to increase the number of uniformed police officers on the streets, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) joined Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson, Public Advocate Letitia James and Local 1549 of District Council 37 in calling on the NYPD to civilianize hundreds of administrative positions currently being performed by uniformed officers. At the […]

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 […]

Education Chair Opposes Junior ROTC

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), chair of the City Council Education Committee, said last week at a City Hall hearing that he opposes Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs in high schools. JROTC was founded through the National Defense Act of 1916. Its mission today is to teach subjects […]

LGBT Movement Rises To Prominence

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The LGBT movement has progressed immensely over the last 40 years, but there is still room for improvement. The movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, which were several violent demonstrations protesting a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. Police raids on gay bars were commonplace back […]

Queens Pride Announces Grand Marshals

The 2014 Queens Pride parade will be led by a combination of individuals and organizations that have made great strides to advance LGBTQ visibility citywide. New York City is now represented by six LGBT councilmembers. Referred to as the LGBT Caucus, these LGBT leaders represent districts in four of the five New York City boroughs. […]