After Ragusa’s Death, new Queens GOP Leadership

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer With the passing of Phil Ragusa, the Queens GOP party has a new leader. Robert Beltrani, who was the executive vice chairman and second in command under Ragusa, will take over as the chairman of the Queens Republican party. According to Robert Hornak, the spokesperson for the party, its bylaws […]

Chapin Home Celebrates 13 Centenarians

                    BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Last year, Mary Nuccio was concerned she was not going to see her 100th birthday, so she had her brother write President Barack Obama to get her centenarian letter a year early. She received that letter and is now waiting […]

Flushing Commons Breaks Ground

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of discussions and delays, the Flushing Commons project finally broke ground this week. On June 30, several stakeholders, elected officials and community leaders met in the heart of downtown Flushing for the groundbreaking ceremony. Set on the former site of Municipal Lot 1, many comments from the event […]

Mr. Smith Goes Back To Albany

Two days after a mistrial released State Sen. Malcolm Smith from his fraud trial, the veteran politician was back in the chamber, albeit a little more tight-lipped than he’s known to be. According to published reports, Smith had no comment about the mistrial or new trial, scheduled to begin in January, and simply stated “yes” […]

Mistrial Declared For Malcolm Smith

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A mistrial was announced this week in the corruption case against State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), pushing proceedings back until next year. The motion came after the U.S. Attorney’s Office recently disclosed many untranslated Yiddish recordings, which now need to be sifted through. The process would push the trial until […]

Avella/Liu State Senate Race Heats Up

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer As the legislative session begins to wrap up and attention turns toward the summer campaign season, one of the biggest races in Queens is starting to escalate. A war of words was exchanged last week between State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and his expected primary opponent, former Comptroller John Liu, […]

Braunstein’s Campus Safety Legislation Passage

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and State Sen. Kathleen Marchione (R-Halfmoon) announced the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation in the Assembly and Senate (A.2089/S.2753) that would mandate colleges and universities to notify the appropriate law enforcement agency no more than 24 hours after the report of a violent felony or missing person. This legislation passed the […]