Focus On Queens, June 19

Queens Library locations will be serving free summer meals to children and teens ages 18 and younger every Monday through Friday, from June 27 to Aug. 29. Meals will be provided by the City Dept. of Education. Local sites serving meals include: Arverne, 312 Beach 54th St., Arverne. Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway. […]

Officials Applaud School Holiday Passage

The New York State Senate last week passed S.6688, a bill that would allow the City Dept. of Education to close schools on days where a considerable portion of students are likely to be absent because of a cultural or religious holiday. The Assembly Companion Bill A.7756, sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), passed on […]

Cautious Optimism For Vision Zero In Queens

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The people of Queens continue to speak out against the dangerous roads in their Borough. Residents gathered on April 23 for a town hall meeting at LaGuardia Community College to discuss implementation of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative in the Borough. Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who […]

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 […]

City Plaza Program Accepts Sunnyside Sites

Sunnyside will receive two new public plazas as part of the City Dept. of Transportation’s Plaza Program. A statement released from the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District last week announced that applications for the sites were approved in early April. The BID was chosen as the […]

Braunstein, Stavisky Support East Sea Bill

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) recently introduced Senate bill S6570, which would require all new textbooks used in New York State to refer to the body of water that separates the Japanese archipelago from the Asian mainland as the East Sea as well as the Sea of Japan. Korean advocates […]

Rozic Warns of Deceptive STAR Solicitations

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Hillcrest) recently issued a consumer advisory, warning residents of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption—when homeowners can apply for free. Enrollment for taxpayers ends Dec. 31. The STAR rebate program is the only New York State-funded property tax exemption to help New […]