Mayor Outlines Tech Investment For Schools

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated Internet Week by detailing technology investments for the City’s schools. On May 21, the Mayor announced a $20 million investment in new devices and software to increase classroom connectivity, as well as $650 million dedicated to wiring City schools and securing new hardware to keep […]

Simotas Calls For Pedestrian Safety

Last week, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas participated in a “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety workshop in conjunction with fellow elected officials and area civic leaders. The workshop comes on the heels of an alarming hit-and run incident which left a 19-year-old hospitalized with serious injuries in Astoria last weekend. “This weekend’s accident is tragic, unacceptable, and indicative […]

Koo Bill Signed Into Law

On May 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Int. No. 203, written by Council Member Peter Koo, into law. Int. No. 203 encourages stair use by making it easier to access stairs in high rise buildings. The bill would allow – but not require – buildings to install “hold-open” devices for certain stairway doors. These […]

Local Officials In Favor Of City Minimum Wage

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer One of the several sources of tension between New York City and Albany – the debate over a municipal minimum wage – took a step in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s direction last week. While de Blasio wants the City to have the option to set its own minimum wage, Gov. […]

Queens Reacts To Mayor’s Budget

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens leaders and representatives reacted to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget announced earlier this week. Although Queens is going to get plenty out of the $74 billion executive budget announced on May 8, the reaction was a mixed bag from the Borough’s representatives, due to some items left on the […]

Data Shows Decline In Stop And Frisk Stops

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer While data from the NYPD shows that Stop and Frisk stops have dropped nearly 86 percent from last year, it also shows that this quarter’s numbers have gone up slightly from the final three months of Bloomberg’s administration. The statistics also reveal that the racial breakdown of stops involving minorities […]

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, […]

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 […]