DREAM Act Debate Renewed In Albany

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The New York State DREAM Act is getting back into the ring. Last Tuesday, the DREAM Act was reintroduced to the State Assembly. This legislation, which would give qualifying undocumented immigrant students access to financial aid, scholarships and student loans for higher education, passed the State Assembly last year but […]

A Great State Snack

Last Tuesday, the New York State Senate spent an hour debating a controversial piece of legislation. The bill? An act designating yogurt as the official State snack of New York. Yogurt was chosen because, according to the bill, it is “a healthy food that tastes great and is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin […]

S.J. Jung Announces State Senate Run

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) will have a primary challenger for this year’s State election. S.J. Jung, the president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, announced his candidacy for the 16th District of the New York State Senate on May 13. Jung is the first challenger to enter the […]

New Law Targets Surprise Medical Bills

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A law included in the 2014-2015 State budget is looking to give patients a break on unexpected medical charges. The new law will prevent surprise medical bills for patients sent by in-network doctors to out-of-network providers. These out-of-network medical services can be anything from a specialist to a specific lab […]

Veterans Sought For Hall Of Fame Nominations

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has invited residents to nominate local veterans whose service warrants induction into the State Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities. “Each year, one of the […]

Senate Fails To Pass The DREAM Act By Two Votes

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Monday, the New York State Senate failed to pass a proposal to expand State-funded tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants by two votes. Lead advocates for the bill, Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) remain hopeful that the much-awaited DREAM Act will hit the […]