The United States ranked 32nd in math proficiency last year, according to a study by Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and that is what keeps people like Mathnasium Center Director John Lee going. Comments (1).
The U.S. Supreme Court, in all its infinite, unbiased wisdom, decided 4-3 that corporations and unions are people and, as such, have free speech and, since money talks, can contribute as much speech as they like toward the candidates of their choice, making voting and buying synonymous. Comment.
The Sikh community in Queens reacted with shock and mourning in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., that killed six people, including the uncle of a leader of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill. Comment.
For the rest of the summer, one lane will be closed in each direction most Saturdays on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for work related to the $17 million project to rehabilitate the concrete piers beneath the bridge. Comments (1).
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is taking notice of a serious problem in the New York City area. The threat of bird strikes against airplanes is real and growing because bird populations around our airports are on the rise. Comments (1).
Legislation to change the name of a Queens wildlife center in honor of a former U.S. senator from New York passed the House of Representatives, but it is still a long way from being a wildly popular idea. Comments (1).
The Doug Bay Manor Civic Association gathered last Thursday to discuss several issues, including turning a nearby piece of land into a park, making the local Long Island Rail Road station more accessible and preserving the community’s character. Comment.
To a farmer living in upstate New York, hydrofracking is a local issue, but after a more global discussion in his office last week, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he was surprised to realize how international the controversial drilling method could be. Comment.
Fresh Meadows residents will soon have a direct role in how some of their tax dollars will be spent thanks to a year-old city experiment in participatory budgeting, about to enter its second round. Comment.
Jon Severe hears it all the time. Everyone, from friends to classmates and even opponents, ask him how it feels to be the one who will be taking the bulk of shots next year for Christ the King. Comment.
The Center for the Women of New York President Ann Jawin has not let up in ongoing efforts to move her group into a building in Fort Totten in Bayside and said she hoped to see bids chosen to renovate part of the facility by the end of the year. Comment.
State Senate candidate John Messer bypassed a city agency to bring his challenge to Queens Supreme Court alleging his opponent, Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), got onto the ballot using fraudulent signatures, but Stavisky’s camp dismissed it as a frivolous exercise. Comments (1).
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), an opponent of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s so-called soda ban, said if hizzoner was really committed to reducing the amount of sugar New Yorkers consume, there was a better way to go about doing so than limiting the size of drinks a business can sell. Comment.
Queens saw a solar boom in 2011, when the borough almost doubled the number of solar panel installations that had been put in between 2003 and 2010 to make the borough first in the city, according to a new report. Comment.
FRESH MEADOWS — A man entered a Fresh Meadows gas station with a gun earlier this month, shot a round into the ceiling and demanded money from the worker at the register, police said. The authorities are asking the public’s help in finding the gunman. Comment.
Citizens uniting and fighting for a common cause is what civic associations are about. In Queens, there is no shortage of these neighborhood stalwarts and community watchdogs. Eastern Queens contains an unprecedented number of active civics that historically have worked well together to achieve great successes. Comments (1).
Allow me the opportunity to comment on your proposal to increase legislators’ salaries. It represents a conflict of interest for any legislator to vote on their own pay raise. In the past, legislation increasing the salaries for state Assembly members and state senators was passed in one legislative session and would take effect in the next session — in other words, the next elected class of officials. Comment.
Two weeks after a controversial vote in the only contested slate of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s annual board election, Mitch Catanzano was named the victor over former Executive Director Gregg Sullivan as the board’s only resident representative. Comments (1).
The Point 128 hotel and mixed-use complex in College Point, formerly known as the Gelmart building, is nearly open for business, although some civic leaders are worried an impending glut of traffic could come along with it. Comments (7).
City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said sanitation and ensuring the success of burgeoning immigrant populations were his priorities when he doled out the $550,000 he received in discretionary funding this year. Comment.
It has been an exciting summer for 19-year-old violinist Yut Chia. The Bayside High School grad recently performed in a music video with violin-playing Nuttin’ But Stringz rapper Damien Escobar at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. They played Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and N.B.S.’s hip-hop song “Thunder.” Comments (1).
In one tragic week, a 4-year-old boy was shot to death in the Bronx while watching a basketball game and 2,000 miles away in Aurora, Col., 12 people were shot to death and 58 others were wounded by a madman while watching the new Batman movie. Comment.
Critics of the proposed $3 billion, mixed-use development in Willets Point can look to the 2008 global economic downtown for controversial changes to the massive project, according to city Economic Development Corp. President Seth Pinsky, who discussed some of the thorny issues associated with developing the Iron Triangle. Comments (1).
Despite a recent court ruling striking down the city’s controversial attempt to restructure 24 struggling schools throughout the five boroughs, principals at five of those high schools in Queens have rejected offers to return to their schools, according to the city Department of Education. Comment.
About 30 Briarwood residents rallied on Main Street between Queens Boulevard and Manton Street Saturday to demand a greater police presence and better sanitation for the stretch of the street, which they say is a popular site for car break-ins. Comment.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) is considering a run for mayor in 2013 as a Republican, but the head of the borough GOP said his party would find it difficult to endorse the oft-maligned southeast Queens lawmaker. Comment.
The arrest of former state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, father of Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), could send ripples through the Flushing political world, although opinions differ on how much it will affect his daughter’s congressional race. Comment.
The Bayside Yankees senior scout team charged the mound with excitement earlier this month after clinching a spot as one of 10 teams nationwide going to the 2012 Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. Comment.
City Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) gathered with commuter van driver-owners from both boroughs near Jamaica Center Tuesday, calling on the commissioner of the city Taxi & Limousine Commission to grandfather the commuter van companies into the outer-borough taxi street-hail plan. Comment.
With its state member item funds gone and city cash quickly fading away, the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp. is cutting staff hours and shrinking services, but the nonprofit remains hopeful that it can remain a viable resource to the community. Comment.
John F. Kennedy International Airport has the most potential of all U.S. airports to be the most influential global-superspreader of contagious diseases, according to a new study released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Comment.
Despite the pouring rain, nurses and caregivers of the 1199SEIU union from St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside took to the streets Wednesday to rally for better benefits, including health insurance and access to education. Comment.
SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was seeking information that could help them find the drivers of a red Toyota Camry who shot at a young man walking on a South Richmond Hill street earlier this month. Comment.
In the 11th state Senate District in northeast Queens, a battle is beginning. The incumbent, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), is facing a challenge from Republican Joe Concannon, a retired police captain and former official in the Giuliani administration. Comment.
City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), low-wage workers and small business owners rallied in Elmhurst Tuesday for a proposal that would protect employees’ jobs if they need to take sick days. Comment.
A Long Island City comedy club raised $1,000 Tuesday for Caleb Medley, an aspiring comedian who was shot defending his pregnant wife in the devastating Century 16 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., earlier this month that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. Comment.
Controversy over a proposal to limit the size of sugary drinks in many New York City food service establishments played out at a public hearing last week, with opponents blasting the so-called soda ban as government overreach but supporters saying it was an important measure to bring down obesity rates. Comment.
CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A Queens detective was suspended and a group of men, including his cousin, were arrested after a kidnapped man was found bound in his garage last week, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment.
Police said three men, one only 17 years old, have been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in front of an Ecuadorian restaurant in Corona early Sunday morning, police said. Comment.