De Blasio Outlines Education Reforms

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio visited PS 69 in Jackson Heights on Monday to outline several major budgetary and teachers’ contract reforms, which he expects will transform public education in the City. De Blasio largely focused on investments in arts education in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget announced last week, as […]

Briarwood Organization: A Century of Excellence

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer In its 100-plus years of existence, the Briarwood Organization has left its mark on Queens, developing many properties in the Borough and throughout the rest of the City. The company, actually based in Bayside despite being named after the mid-Queens neighborhood, started off as a builder of one-and two-family homes, […]

Mayor Announces Sandy Recovery Overhaul

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of the City’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy last week, including several ideas to provide relief for homeowners and businesses still trying to rebuild more than a year after the storm hit. Since beginning his first term as mayor, de Blasio said he […]

De Blasio Announces Sandy Rebuilding Changes

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new leadership and changes to the City’s Sandy rebuilding and recovery team last week. The mayor appointed Bill Goldstein as the new Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Recovery, Resiliency, and Infrastructure, Amy Peterson will be the new Director of the Housing Recovery Office and Daniel Zarrilli was named the […]

Funding For IBZs Currently Not Included In Budget

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The funding for the Industrial Business Zones is currently not in the City’s budget, leaving uncertainty for IBZs like those in Maspeth and Ridgewood. The Mayor’s budget eliminates a $1 million allocation for the program, which is a designated area for manufacturing businesses and jobs and is not rezoned for […]

Vision Zero Off Target?

To The Editor: De Blasio with his Vision Zero plan wants to totally eradicate traffic fatalities in the City. While he is at it, why not say he will cure cancer as well. To think this is remotely possible is lunacy. Should traffic deaths be reduced? Of course they should but pronouncements like these followed […]

De Blasio’s Back-Up Career

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the intersection of 69th Place and 60th Avenue in Maspeth on Feb. 20, talking about the efforts the Dept. of Transportation has made to keep streets in good condition during this rough winter. To kick off the press conference, hizzoner took lessons from the DOT workers and filled in a […]

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 […]