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 […]

Scott Stringer Talks First Month In Office

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has only been in office for a month but said he has hit the ground running. Last week, the Comptroller stopped by the Queens Tribune office to speak with the editorial staff about his recent progress and to weigh in on some of the […]

Goldfeder Pushes For Bus Time

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) recently urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to immediately expand their real-time bus tracker, the MTA Bus Time App, to cover all Queens bus routes. MTA Bus Time allows travelers to locate their next approaching bus via smart phone, web or text message through a GPS tracking system serviced by the […]

Maloney Opposes SNAP Cuts

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) recently released the following statement on her vote against the Agricultural Act of 2014, that cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by $8 billion over 10 years. “There are hungry families in New York and throughout the country who are relying on SNAP to put food on the table. We […]