Focus On Queens, April 3

Air Force Airman 1st Class Washington X. Morales Rosales graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Morales Rosales is the son of […]

State Budget Helps Businesses

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer An agreement has been reached on the 2014-15 State budget, which will offer relief and incentives to businesses and homeowners. The State Legislature passed the budget in the evening of March 31, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing it into law just before midnight the same day. The deadline for passing […]

Queens Proclaimed As An Arts District

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Friday, western Queens officials and community members gathered outside of Kaufman Astoria Studios to announce the Borough’s newest designation as an arts district. In addition to the 94-year-old film studio that recently expanded as the sole outdoor lot for productions in the City, the arts district also includes the […]

MTA President Fails To Listen To LIC Residents

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Residents, local businesses and community groups voiced concerns to Metropolitan Transportation Authority representatives about the dire need for a shuttle bus that goes directly to Grand Central during the weekends of the No. 7 train shutdowns, between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza, during a special meeting last week at PS/IS […]

Elected Officials Call For Immigration Reform

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Elected officials and civic leaders came together in Flushing to demand comprehensive immigration reform, not next year, not eventually, but right now. U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) was joined by civic leaders and elected officials from northeast Queens to call for a vote in the House of Representatives on immigration […]

Long Island City Marketing Campaign Delayed

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a group of Long Island City businesses are still sorting out details for a marketing campaign that would run during a series of weekend shutdowns on the 7 train. While the MTA works on three infrastructure improvement projects on the 7 train for 13 weekends […]

Senate Fails To Pass The DREAM Act By Two Votes

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Monday, the New York State Senate failed to pass a proposal to expand State-funded tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants by two votes. Lead advocates for the bill, Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) remain hopeful that the much-awaited DREAM Act will hit the […]

Moya Applauds Senate DREAM Sponsors

State Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) called on the Senate’s co-leaders to include funding for the New York State DREAM Act in their budget resolution. Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), the sponsor of the DREAM Act, expressed his gratitude to Stewart-Cousins and Peralta for their support. “Including funding […]

Avella Receives Additional Committee Assignments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) recently announced additional committee assignments he received as the newest member of the Independent Democratic Caucus. Effective immediately, Avella has been appointed as a member of the following State Senate Committees: Banks; Codes; Education; Housing, Construction and Community Development; Insurance; Judiciary; Transportation. The Senator was also appointed as the newest […]