Ragusa Dies After Battle With Leukemia

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa, 74, passed away on Tuesday after a brief battle with leukemia. The Queens GOP sent out a statement on Tuesday, announcing his death. “Chairman Ragusa had dedicated his life to serving his community, the Republican Party and particularly his friends and family. He has […]

Pride Kicks Off At Studio Square

Queens Pride presents, in conjunction with event partners NYCpride, Brooklyn Pride, Staten Island LGBT Center, LGBTQ Center of the Bronx and Out Astoria, the 4th Annual Pre-Pride Kick Off Party at Studio Square, 35-33 36th St., Long Island City, starting at 6 p.m. May 29. The event will be an evening of fun, entertainment and […]

Jamaica Hospital: A History Of Helping

Jamaica Hospital: A History Of Helping

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Since it was first established in 1891, before Queens County was even a part of the City of New York, Jamaica Hospital’s mission has been to provide the best possible treatment for patients. This is especially true over the last few decades, as the hospital underwent major transformations. Led by […]

Officials Applaud School Holiday Passage

The New York State Senate last week passed S.6688, a bill that would allow the City Dept. of Education to close schools on days where a considerable portion of students are likely to be absent because of a cultural or religious holiday. The Assembly Companion Bill A.7756, sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), passed on […]

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, […]

Disappointment In Ulrich

To The Editor: I am extremely disappointed with Councilman Eric Ulrich’s support of Melissa Mark-Viverito as she runs for Council Speaker. The fact that he will support such an individual whom has displayed contempt for our national symbol and refused to pledge allegiance to our flag until she decided to run for Speaker is nothing […]

DiNapoli: Queens A New York ‘Success Story’

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Despite a recession and the effects of Superstorm Sandy, a State official called Queens a “classic New York success story that is well-positioned for the future.” On Dec. 13, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli joined actor Michael J. Fox and local elected leaders to present an economic snapshot of […]