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, […]

Encourage Smoke-Free Housing

To The Editor: On Monday, June 9, Queens Community Board 7 passed a resolution that originated in the CB 7 Health Committee that encouraged owners and landlords of new multi-family housing to create smokefree housing units and to establish a smokefree environment in the developments wherever possible. This resolution is not a statement suggesting that […]

Former Strip Club To Be Home To Starbucks, Gym

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The former location of a strip club will soon become a place to buy a hot cup of morning Joe. Around 8,095-square-feet of retail space at 92-77 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park has become available and deals are in place for two companies to occupy the area, not including that […]

Education Chair Opposes Junior ROTC

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), chair of the City Council Education Committee, said last week at a City Hall hearing that he opposes Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs in high schools. JROTC was founded through the National Defense Act of 1916. Its mission today is to teach subjects […]

Schumer Calls For Anti-Drug Funds

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer recently called for an emergency $100 million surge of federal anti-drug trafficking funding in order to quickly combat the fact that New York City has become the hotbed for the East Coast heroin trade. Schumer noted that recent reports indicated a “heroin pipeline” has formed from Mexico to New York […]

De Blasio Outlines Education Reforms

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio visited PS 69 in Jackson Heights on Monday to outline several major budgetary and teachers’ contract reforms, which he expects will transform public education in the City. De Blasio largely focused on investments in arts education in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget announced last week, as […]

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, […]

Reagan Mural Going Up On Queens Blvd.

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan will be watching over commuters on the “Boulevard of Death” for one week beginning on May 1. A giant 13-by-18 foot mural of Reagan will be displayed on Queens Boulevard between 57th Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard as part of a traveling tour of the work […]

New Laws Improve Minority Healthcare

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer It is not always an easy feat to walk into a doctor’s office expecting to receive affordable health care, especially as a minority. Roger Milliner, deputy executive director of marketing for MetroPlus Health Plan, said they have been working hard to provide great access to healthcare to minorities living across […]

PS 154 Holds Green Flag Ceremony

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A Flushing school celebrated its qualification as a Green Flag school last week, signifying a commitment to improving the environment. Since its green team started in 2011, PS 154 has been dedicated to creating an environmentally-friendly facility. After successfully implementing the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program, the school was […]