Rest In Peace Phil Ragusa

To The Editor: I have just read the news with much sadness of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I have met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with. These were at former Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign kickoff in Queens, former Senator Frank Padavan’s campaigns and […]

City Council Backs CB Age Drop

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Last week, the City Council passed a resolution to support a bill in the State Legislature that would lower the age restriction for community board members. On June 11, the Council approved a resolution calling for the State Assembly and State Senate to pass and for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to […]

Rozic’s Reform Bill On Solitary Confinement Passes Assembly

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) announced that the legislation she drafted to ban the use of solitary confinement for pregnant women (A9550) has passed the State Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Inmates in the Special Housing Unit, known as SHU, spend 23 hours a day isolated in a confined room where they often suffer from […]

Unfair Water Charges Bill Passes

The State Senate this week passed Senator Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) legislation (S.6154) which would eliminate the minimum charge for the supply of water collected by the New York City Water Board. This bill ensures that homeowners are charged only for the amount of water used, without any excess fees. The bill will now have to be voted […]

Assembly Passes Library Reform

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A bill to reform the Queens Library is one step closer to becoming law. Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona)’s bill to introduce more oversight to the Queens Library was met with unanimous approval in the State Assembly on June 10. The legislation now moves to the State Senate, where it is […]

DREAM Act Debate Renewed In Albany

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The New York State DREAM Act is getting back into the ring. Last Tuesday, the DREAM Act was reintroduced to the State Assembly. This legislation, which would give qualifying undocumented immigrant students access to financial aid, scholarships and student loans for higher education, passed the State Assembly last year but […]

Addabbo Cracks Down On Suspended License

In order to make New York’s streets safer for law-abiding residents, State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has won the Senate passage of legislation he sponsors (S.1919) to significantly increase penalties, including higher fines and jail time, for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Addabbo noted that a 2008 study by the American […]

Rozic Leads The Way To Protect Women

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Hillcrest) recently announced that the two bills she sponsors to protect and assist victims of domestic violence (A7964B) and homeless women veterans (A7259A) have passed the State Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Bill A7259A would require the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to conduct a study on homeless women veterans […]