John Haggerty Jr. Conviction Upheld

By JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The conviction of Queens political consultant John Haggerty Jr. was sustained this week in New York State’s highest court. The State Court of Appeals decided in a 6-0 ruling to reject Haggerty’s argument to overturn his 2011 conviction of second-degree grand larceny and money laundering. He was found guilty of […]

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 […]

Community Leaders Upset With Water Rates

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens civic leaders are feeling drowned by a proposed increase in the City’s water rates. On April 23, the City proposed a 3.35 percent increase in water rates, the smallest annual hike in nine years. While the number is lower, many civic leaders and elected officials are still upset that […]

District 26 Holds Legislative Breakfast

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The Presidents’ Council of District 26 held its legislative breakfast last week, going over multiple concerns dealing with their children’s education. Parents, teachers, school administrators, elected officials and government representatives filed into the Bayside Diner on March 7 to discuss the educational issues affecting D26. Student safety, high-stakes testing and […]

Bill de Blasio Sworn In As Mayor

Bill de Blasio Sworn In As Mayor

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer New York City has a new mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the City’s 109th mayor at midnight on New Year’s Day in his Brooklyn home. This brief swearing-in led to a formal inauguration at noon on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 1. During the […]

Snowstorm Mayor’s First Challenge

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio got a stern test of managing the City on his third day after a strong snowstorm hit New York City last week. The storm, called snowstorm Hercules, brought about 10 inches to the City, bringing Gotham to almost a standstill, as schools and many businesses closed […]