BREAKING NEWS: Katz, de Blasio Oust 8 Library Board Members

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The months-long stand-off between elected officials and the Queens Public Library system received a new twist on Wednesday, as a library spokeswoman announced that several members of the library’s Board of Trustees had received notices, removing them from their posts. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz released a statement late Wednesday […]

Resume Talks Now

The potential for disaster with the impending Long Island Rail Road strike over the weekend is a far-reaching situation that would damage not only municipal revenue, but the earning potential for everyone who relies on the LIRR to get to work every day. While the MTA has released suggested “contingency plans” to get around without […]

Play Samples Taste Of Hollywood Nights

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The 1980s are remembered as a decade of decadence, as successful yuppies indulged in booze, drugs and other vices. The indulgence was not limited to New York City, as stories about 1980s Hollywood have reached legendary status. Those legends can be attributed, in part, to “Hurlyburly,” a 1984 Broadway show […]

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 […]

Remembering Ira Cohen, 1947-2014

Remembering Ira Cohen, 1947-2014

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Longtime Queens Tribune photographer Ira Cohen died unexpectedly last week in his home in Kew Gardens Hills. Born in the Bronx on April 17, 1947, Ira was a veteran of the Vietnam War, a Staff Sergeant (retired) in the U.S. Army. He worked as a conductor for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority […]

Mark-Viverito Named New Speaker

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief Bill de Blasio stated a preference for City Council Speaker from the beginning, and on Wednesday, the new Mayor got his wish. While de Blasio was in Albany on Wednesday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, the City Council unanimously supported Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/the Bronx) as she […]

2013: Change Comes To Queens

2013: Change Comes To Queens

The Queens Tribune honored four term-limited Queens officials in November, thanking (from left) Councilman Leroy Comrie, Borough President Helen Marshall and Councilmen James Gennaro and Peter Vallone Jr. for their years of service. Photo by Ira Cohen COMPILED BY STEVEN J. FERRARI New Mayor, BP Elected Much of 2013 was spent focusing on the race […]