City Council Passes Rules Reform

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Last week, the City Council passed a series of rules reforms, making changes inward rather than outward. All 51 members voted unanimously on the overhaul, which eliminates the Council Speaker’s ability to give out discretionary funds. In a break from the City Council under previous speaker Christine Quinn, all of […]

Long Island Aquarium For New Adventures

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Located in Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium is a sure way to enjoy all that New York has to offer this summer. Themed around “The Lost City of Atlantis,” it offers children and parents alike informative entertainment with its breathtaking exhibits and rare adventures. Founded 15 years ago, the Long […]

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 […]

A Good Deal For The City, And The Teachers

To The Editor: The new contract between the City and the UFT is a monumental achievement for all New Yorkers because it is a milestone of reconciliation between management and labor. People can argue the merits of its details, but what is indisputable is that the Bloomberg era of deliberate, almost sadistic impasse and union-busting […]

Explore Our Borough

To the Editor: The 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is drawing visitors both young and old to our borough, curious to see the unusual landmarks that still grace the grounds. This is the moment to step off the grounds, too, and explore all of the other wonderful things that are happening […]

Wills Arrested On Corruption Charges

BY TRIB STAFF Another prominent Queens official is facing criminal charges. Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday following a detailed investigation from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. According to the indictment released Wednesday afternoon, Wills has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering […]

Foreclosures Continue To Hit SEQ Hardest

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Since the foreclosure crisis struck the nation in 2008, Southeast Queens has continued to be the hardest hit area in all of New York City. According to Matthew Hassett, director of policy and communications for the Center For New York City Neighborhoods, a nonprofit that offers free foreclosure prevention services, […]