Queens Pride Parade

  Last Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) became the first New York City mayor to march in Queens Pride Parade. At bottom: The City Council LGBT caucus and other elected officials, including (from left) Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Councilman Daniel Dromm, Councilman Corey Johnson, Councilman Carlos Menchaca and Councilman […]

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 […]

Queens Wins With Committee Chairs

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The most strident supporters of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were rewarded on Wednesday with key committee chair positions, with several Queens council members coming up as big winners. Members of the Council’s Progressive Caucus publicly backed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s choice for Council Speaker, with Queens members breaking away from […]

A Grand Old Time

By all accounts, Melinda Katz‘s inauguration as Borough President was a successful event that filled the LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College. Close to 200 people were reportedly turned away to the hottest ticket in town, with appearances from Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. While everyone in […]