UPS Fires 250 Drivers For Protesting Termination

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer United Parcel Service drivers who organized a protest against a former colleague’s termination are now being shown the pink slip as well. Two hundred and fifty UPS drivers have been fired for temporarily walking out of the job late last month to protest the firing of Jairo Reyes, who worked […]

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 […]

Jackson Heights Man Plans Run To WTC Top

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer A Jackson Heights resident will climb 72-flights of stairs with his team, “LEG-ends of the Hidden Temple,” at the newly opened 4 World Trade Center, on April 3. Conor McCoy intends to climb to the top floor of the building, operated by Silverstein Properties, to raise money for the Damon […]

CenterLight Supports Queens’ Project Chaim

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While Project Chaim is known for giving a helping hand to others, it recently received one itself. The Queens Jewish Community Council’s program was given a donation of $5,000 from Michael Fassler, CEO of CenterLight Health System. He had heard about how Project Chaim’s work was threatened by a lack […]

Avella Joins IDC

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Another Queens Democrat has jumped ship, switching over to the Independent Democratic Conference. On Wednesday, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced that he would be joining the IDC, boosting its membership to five. Even though Democrats would appear to hold the majority in the chamber, the IDC shares power with […]

Congressman Pushes For On-The-Job-Training

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) is looking to help put New Yorkers back to work and improve their skills through on-the-job-training programs. On Feb. 24, Crowley announced the On-the-Job-Training Act of 2014 with Angel Pineiro Jr., senior vice president at ASI System Integration, Inc., a technology solutions provider based […]

Mayor Reveals ‘Vision Zero’ Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the specifics of his plan aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities throughout the City. The Mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan will greatly overhaul street signs and traffic enforcement as well as increase the use of speed and red light cameras in the five Boroughs. De Blasio said the plan will hopefully protect […]

Braunstein, Stavisky Support East Sea Bill

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) recently introduced Senate bill S6570, which would require all new textbooks used in New York State to refer to the body of water that separates the Japanese archipelago from the Asian mainland as the East Sea as well as the Sea of Japan. Korean advocates […]