BREAKING NEWS: Katz, de Blasio Oust 8 Library Board Members

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The months-long stand-off between elected officials and the Queens Public Library system received a new twist on Wednesday, as a library spokeswoman announced that several members of the library’s Board of Trustees had received notices, removing them from their posts. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz released a statement late Wednesday […]

Crowley Calls For NYPD Civilianization

In an effort to increase the number of uniformed police officers on the streets, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) joined Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson, Public Advocate Letitia James and Local 1549 of District Council 37 in calling on the NYPD to civilianize hundreds of administrative positions currently being performed by uniformed officers. At the […]

Mayor de Blasio Expands Universal Pre-K

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that there will be 10,400 additional full-day pre-kindergarten seats in community-based early childhood centers by September. The Mayor announced more than 500 seats for both Flushing and Jamaica as part of the initiative. The seats were approved by the Panel for Educational Policy. The […]

Moya Takes On Fraudulent Job Agencies

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer With its expansive and dense immigrant populations, Queens has been particularly vulnerable to fraudulent employment agencies throughout the recession. These agencies exploit low-wage workers, charging fees and rendering poor services or none at all. Last week, Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) introduced new legislation aimed at cracking down on these […]

Jackson Heights Community Gathers After Fire

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer On Monday, the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) and the Jackson Heights Bangladesh Business Association (JBBA) held a conversation with victims who lost their businesses in last week’s fire in Jackson Heights. The fire, which overtook the Brunson Building on 37th Avenue and 75th Street, broke out just […]

Meet-up At Our Office

The labor dispute at the UPS facility in Maspeth – a story this publication broke last month, has gained national attention over the last week. One of the outspoken defenders of the UPS workers has been Public Advocate Letitia James, and she discussed the issue in-depth during a meeting at our office on Monday, detailed […]

UPS Workers Rally For Their Jobs

UPS Workers Rally For Their Jobs

UPS workers rallied on Friday morning calling for the delivery company to rehire the 250 drivers they fired last month. Photo by Luis Gronda BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The United Parcel Service drivers sent a loud and clear message to the company they work for: Rehire the 250 workers they fired. UPS workers rallied […]

James Speaks On Bilingual Education

  Public Advocate Letitia James speaks at the New York State Association For Bilingual Education Conference last week in Elmhurst. James gave the opening remarks before a conversation about bilingual education in City schools that included Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Photo by Luis Gronda