Water Main Upgrades Coming To Queens

More than six miles of water mains have been installed across three neighborhoods in Queens, the Depts. of Environmental Protection and Design and Construction announced last week. The $15 million infrastructure upgrade will bring cleaner drinking water and improved water pressure to Elmhurst, Rego Park and Fresh Meadows. The renovations began in 2012, when more […]

City Council Green Scores Revealed

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The scores are out, and when it comes to the City Council’s environmental policies, many Queens officials have earned high marks. The New York League of Conservation Voters released its Environmental Scorecard on Jan. 29, examining how well the members of the City Council have done in terms of sponsoring […]

Lancman Talks Committee Assignments

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Although he did not receive any chairmanships, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) did grab seats on all three committees dealing with public safety, an assignment he said he looks forward to undertaking. Lancman talked to the Queens Tribune about the role he plans to have in the Public Safety, Fire and […]

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 […]

Bills Ease The Way For Small Businesses

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Before leaving office on Jan. 1, now former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. co-sponsored two bills that will make the lives of small business owners easier, especially the many restaurants and bars lining 30th Avenue in Astoria. The City Council passed two pieces of legislation signed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg […]

DEP: Water Rate Hike Talks Are Premature

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While there has been some talk of increases to the water rates for Queens residents, the Dept. of Environmental Protection says there are no plans to further hike costs this year. The DEP outlined that while it had recently enacted a rate hike of 5.8 percent this past July, it […]