Public Advocate James Talks Development In Astoria

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Public Advocate Letitia James stopped by Hallets Cove playground on Saturday, where community volunteers were giving the grounds a facelift. Hallets Cove playground serves the residents of NYCHA’s Astoria Houses. Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) hosted a cleanup event attended by representatives of Partnerships for Parks and Goodwill Industries, where Astoria […]

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 […]

NYCHA Downsizes 91-Year-Old WWII Vet

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Elected officials gathered at Pomonok Houses to deliver a message on the New York City Housing Authority’s downsizing policy: enough is enough. Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) rallied around Ralph Calinda, a 91-year-old World War II veteran who NYCHA is attempting […]

Lighting Ravenswood

  Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye announced a funding allocation for new lighting throughout the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria last Friday. The $4 million project will install state-of-the-art lighting throughout the housing development. About $2.5 million of the project will be funded by NYCHA and $1.5 million will come from Van […]

Councilman Protests NYCHA Policy

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A City Councilman has expressed his frustration with a New York City Housing Authority policy called right sizing. Right sizing is the process of making sure that NYCHA residents are living in an apartment that is not under-utilized or over-utilized. These rooms can be declared as such if there are […]

Former Pres. Carter Comes To Queens

Former Pres. Carter Comes To Queens

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last Friday, former President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn Carter and the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity visited St. Albans to help renovate a one-family home for a Queens family who may not have been able to afford it otherwise. As part of a week-long October celebration, which is part of […]