Crossing Guard Bill Passes

Last month, the Legislature passed a bill making any assault on School Crossing Guards a “D” felony. On July 7, standing outside IS 145, a group of Queens School Crossing Guards were joined by Local 372 President Santos Crespo, Jr., to express their thanks to State Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker who co-sponsored […]

No Slowing Down At Slow Zone

Despite fanfare over the new arterial slow zone along Queens Boulevard – aka the Boulevard of Death, where 23 people have died since 2008 – it turns out zero actual reforms will hit the speed limit on the rough thoroughfare. While a handful of Queens streets will have their speed limits lowered from 30 miles […]

CB1 Approves Change To Astoria Boulevard

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative continues working to change the face of Queens, intersection by intersection. At its monthly meeting last Tuesday, Community Board 1 approved a DOT proposal to divert traffic on Astoria Boulevard between 32nd Street and 29th Street. The proposal hinges on shifting a merging […]

Simotas Calls For Pedestrian Safety

Last week, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas participated in a “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety workshop in conjunction with fellow elected officials and area civic leaders. The workshop comes on the heels of an alarming hit-and run incident which left a 19-year-old hospitalized with serious injuries in Astoria last weekend. “This weekend’s accident is tragic, unacceptable, and indicative […]

Queens Reacts To Mayor’s Budget

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Queens leaders and representatives reacted to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget announced earlier this week. Although Queens is going to get plenty out of the $74 billion executive budget announced on May 8, the reaction was a mixed bag from the Borough’s representatives, due to some items left on the […]

Cautious Optimism For Vision Zero In Queens

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The people of Queens continue to speak out against the dangerous roads in their Borough. Residents gathered on April 23 for a town hall meeting at LaGuardia Community College to discuss implementation of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative in the Borough. Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who […]

Local Advocacy Group Slows Cars Down

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Over the weekend, a local advocacy group traveled to various neighborhoods across the City, including Astoria, Jackson Heights and Jamaica, with large clusters of pedestrians, to hang up signs that read “20 Is Plenty.” As part of his Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities across the City, Mayor Bill […]

Time To Lead, Mr. Mayor

Just a few weeks ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio was riding a wave of popularity on the promise of change in the way the City was run. That wave has started to sputter, as poll numbers suggest. While Mayor de Blasio talked a good game while he was campaigning for the position, we feel he […]