PA Holds Second Noise Roundtable

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The Port Authority’s airplane noise studies have hit the runway. Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority to conduct noise studies and establish a community roundtable to address airplane noise over residential neighborhoods. The Port Authority held its second roundtable last Wednesday alongside the Federal Aviation Administration. The […]

Port Authority Tests Responses At Airport

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Choreographed chaos broke out at LaGuardia Airport Saturday morning, for a yearly emergency response drill conducted by the Port Authority. Close to 150 volunteers, splattered with red paint, dirt and fake guts, acted as victims in an imagined Boeing 737 crash. Many were sprinkled across the pavement, some pretending to […]

Port Authority Details Plans For Wage Hikes

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released its new minimum wage policy on Friday for all 12,000 employees under non-trade labor service contracts at all Port Authority facilities and it will be implemented first at LaGuardia, JFK International and Newark Liberty airports. As of July 31, wages […]

Kanta Electric: Leaving An Electrical Footprint In NYC

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Kanta Electric is a third-generation electrical contracting firm that has left its footprint all over New York City. In 1991, Prakash Kapadia started the company in Woodside. He is now the president, and his two sons, Parag, assistant controller, and Paras, project engineer in the estimating department, help him run […]

Airport Workers Demand Higher Pay

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Airport workers made their message loud and clear last week: they want to be paid a living wage. To make sure they got their point across, hundreds of workers from both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports marched into the headquarters of Aviation Safeguard, a contractor who hires airline workers, […]

Garden Outlines World’s Fair Festivities

Garden Outlines World’s Fair Festivities

At a press conference, Queens Botanical Garden executive director Susan Lacerte, Councilman Peter Koo, Taiwanese Ambassador Paul Wen-liang Chang and others introduced the orchid exhibit that kicked off the garden’s series of World’s Fair events. Photo by Joe Marvilli BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While many enjoyed wandering around the Taiwanese orchid display at Queens […]

Airport Workers Rally For Better Pay

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer In September of last year, Wendy Arellano, a Queens mother of two, had to make one of the most difficult decisions in her life. “I had to send my kids to live with my mother in Long Island. They were spending too much time by themselves,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Noise Study To Review Airplane Disruptions

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer After months of complaining about the airplane noise that looms over the inner communities living close to LaGuardia and JFK airports, last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a comprehensive review of the noise issues. “Airport noise is rightly an […]

Cuomo Pushes For Plane Noise Relief

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of struggling with jet engines roaring above their heads, Queens residents may soon have some relief. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on March 24 that he has sent multiple directives to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asking it to put more effort into monitoring airplane […]

JFK Marker Celebrates Beatles’ Arrival

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens loves them, yeah, yeah, yeah! On Feb. 7, 1964, four lads from Liverpool flew into John F. Kennedy airport on Pan Am Flight 101 for an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Their names were John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, also known as The Beatles. […]