Astoria Times

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jackson Heights

Maspeth civics to sue over planned school site

After a turbulent meeting with city School Construction Authority officials in April, the Juniper Park and Citizens of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together civic associations are preparing to file a lawsuit against the city over a planned high school in Maspeth. Comment.
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Odds are Queens woman had hand in race’s fabulous hats

Although most eyes were on Summer Bird as the horse surpassed Dunkirk and Mine That Bird for a first−place finish in the Belmont Stakes, there was another attraction at the Elmont, L.I., racetrack Saturday that commanded attention and, unlike the thoroughbreds in contention, was a sure bet. Comment.
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Court OKs suit against LIC landlord

Tenants of a major property management company in Queens got one step closer to filing a lawsuit after a State Supreme Court judge in Manhattan ruled last month the allegations leveled against the landlord were violations of a city tenant harassment law. Comment.
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Monserrate’s flip a bitter pill for constituents

Elected officials and community leaders in Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights reacted with a mixture of skepticism and disappointment to news that state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst), their representative in Albany, had sided with Republicans in the ouster of Democrats from the state Senate leadership. Comment.
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Nocerino leaves race for Katz’s Council seat

The race for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D−Forest Hills) seat became a little less crowded last week, when Joseph “JR” Nocerino said he was leaving the race due to concerns about his health and work. Nocerino has thrown his support behind former rival and Democratic candidate Karen Koslowitz. Comment.
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Officers shoot man with knife at 109th

A Flushing man was hospitalized and awaiting arraignment for attempted murder this week after being shot by police at the 109th Precinct station house for allegedly stabbing a man and lunging at an officer, authorities said. Comment.
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Queensborough CC graduates revel in accomplishments

The specter of a national economic downturn and gloomy weather did not prevent the 1,600 graduates of Bayside’s Queensborough Community College from remaining festive at the school’s 48th commencement ceremony last week. Comment.
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Swift coup will affect city budget: Boro Dems

As the shock from the Republicans’ surprise coup in the state Senate settled in Tuesday, Queens elected officials began to reassess the battlefield and what was potentially won or lost in Monday’s political ambush. Comment.
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Live music, dancing returns to LIC park

Music and dance will return to the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City this summer. Comment.
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Parking laws Web site to add west Qns. areas

A city−based Web site that informs drivers of parking regulations by neighborhood is expanding its operations further into Queens this year, the site’s chief executive officer and founder said. Comment.
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Political ambush by GOP

Queens Democrats questioned the motives of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst) and one of his colleagues after they voted to oust Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) from his post Monday and put Republicans back in control of the upper house in Albany, while Republicans blamed Smith for the shocking shift in the balance of power. Comment.
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City to reopen 12 shelters for homeless in borough

More than 100 homeless individuals may once again be able to find refuge from the cold winter months in about a dozen Queens shelters that the city shuttered last year, officials said. Comment.
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O’Leary goes after Gioia seat

“Grassroots” is one of Brent O’Leary’s favorite words. Comment.
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Gay marriage fight a focus at Queens Pride Parade

From the flamboyant to the restrained, hundreds lined up along 37th Avenue Sunday in Jackson Heights to exhibit gay pride and push for Albany to pass marriage equality during the Queens Pride Parade. Comment.
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Hunters Pt. bar neighbors urge denial of liquor license

New owners may be preparing to take over, but neighbors of a noisy Hunters Point bar were not in a charitable mood last week as they urged Community Board 2 to side against the renewal of Lounge 47’s liquor license. Comment.
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Battle of the Birds thrills Belmont crowd

Jason Goldberg was confident as to which horse was going to win the Belmont Stakes about two hours before racetime. Comment.
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Democrats fell short on reforms: Padavan

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) defended his Republican colleagues Tuesday and the two dissident Democrats who voted to put the GOP in charge of the Senate, pointing to a list of reforms passed right after the Monday ouster vote. Comment.
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Marshall opposes cuts to community boards

Borough President Helen Marshall and representatives from Queens community boards convened on the steps of City Hall Tuesday with groups from around the city to rail against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to carve $35,000 from each of the board’s budgets, saying the move would be devastating to panels that have not had a raise in funding for 19 years. Comment.
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LIC construction company heads accused of underpaying workers

The heads of a Long Island City construction company were arrested last week and charged with bilking workers out of more than $600,000 in pay while repairing subway stations, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said. Comment.
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MTA forum explores speedy buses

New York City is desperate for a solution to its ever−slower buses and Queens straphangers and transit activists gathered last week for a close−up look at Bus Rapid Transit, a super express bus system the MTA thinks could be the answer. Comment.
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Boro religious leaders mixed on Obama’s Egypt speech

Queens residents’ reactions to President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo were divided this week, with some praising the American leader for what they said was an address that “set an unprecedented tone in the Middle East,” while others criticized his words as representing a shift toward a U.S. foreign policy that was less supportive of Israel. Comment.

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