OP-ED: Teaching LGBT History

BY COUNCILMAN DANIEL DROMM All kids need to learn gay history. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have made huge contributions to our country, yet few people know. Recently, I met with a major education publisher and asked the company to bring examples of how they cover gay history. They brought me five small […]

Mayor Outlines Tech Investment For Schools

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated Internet Week by detailing technology investments for the City’s schools. On May 21, the Mayor announced a $20 million investment in new devices and software to increase classroom connectivity, as well as $650 million dedicated to wiring City schools and securing new hardware to keep […]

City Council Passes Rules Reform

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Last week, the City Council passed a series of rules reforms, making changes inward rather than outward. All 51 members voted unanimously on the overhaul, which eliminates the Council Speaker’s ability to give out discretionary funds. In a break from the City Council under previous speaker Christine Quinn, all of […]

S.J. Jung Announces State Senate Run

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) will have a primary challenger for this year’s State election. S.J. Jung, the president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, announced his candidacy for the 16th District of the New York State Senate on May 13. Jung is the first challenger to enter the […]

Queens Library, Comptroller Continue To Clash

Queens Library, Comptroller Continue To Clash

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On the evening of May 8, the Queens Library board of trustees voted to reject a resolution that would require the nonprofit to fully comply with an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer, further fueling tensions between the two. According to reports, members of the 19-person board failed to pass […]

Wills Arrested On Corruption Charges

BY TRIB STAFF Another prominent Queens official is facing criminal charges. Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday following a detailed investigation from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. According to the indictment released Wednesday afternoon, Wills has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering […]

NYCHA Downsizes 91-Year-Old WWII Vet

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Elected officials gathered at Pomonok Houses to deliver a message on the New York City Housing Authority’s downsizing policy: enough is enough. Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) rallied around Ralph Calinda, a 91-year-old World War II veteran who NYCHA is attempting […]

BREAKING NEWS: F Train Derails In Woodside

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer UPDATED An F train on the express track in Woodside derailed this morning just before 11 a.m., leaving 19 people injured, with 4 suffering potentially serious injuries, according to MTA chairman Tom Prendergast. The MTA estimated that around 1,000 people were on the train at the time. The train stopped […]

Major Developments In The Works In Astoria

Major Developments In The Works In Astoria

A rendering of 8th Street Mews in Astoria Cove. Courtesy of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, LLP BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The Halletts Point peninsula is getting a face lift. Two major developments are slated for the area – Halletts Point, which has been in the works for several years and was approved by City […]

City Freezes Queens Library Money

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On Monday, City officials from the Dept. of Design and Construction told the City Council that it has frozen payments that allowed Queens Library to use portions of its $20 million capital budget on its own projects with little City oversight. According to reports, City officials will not release any […]