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Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Letters

Parks should belong to the people

On July 6, the Appellate Division Court ruled that part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park may not be used for a mall complex known as Willets West. This has been a contentious issue for some time, because many people feel that parkland belongs to the public and should not be awarded out for private development projects. At the very least, such proposals should have been reviewed by the state Legislature, which in this case was not done. The people’s land was just going to be given away. Comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oakland Gardens

Najmi sees gay baiting in City Council race

A candidate for a Queens City Council seat is charging that supporters of one of his opponents are trying to smear him among Muslim voters by telling them about his support for LGBT rights and same sex marriage. Comments (3).
Oakland Gardens

Seven foes in finalized race for Weprin’s Council seat

The city Board of Elections in Queens County has ruled in favor of the two City Council contenders who had objections filed against their petitions to run for Mark Weprin’s former seat covering northeast Queens. Comments (3).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Flushing

Kim raises over $160,000 from supporters

Since the legislative session finished at the end of June, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has raised more than $160,000 for the July filing period. Comment.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Politics

Bill targeting bad salons, worker exploitation passed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill last week that would shut down unlicensed nail salons and grant trainee status to vulnerable unlicensed workers. Comments (1).
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement of former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin at a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (4).
Letters

Limit the carriages

I belong to several save-the-animal organizations. I have to admit that when I first read about the street accidents occurring to horses and carriages in Manhattan with manhole electrocution and carriage collisions, I felt that a time for change had come. Comment.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Politics

Vet designation on municipal ID praised by boro pols, groups

Queens elected officials and veterans groups praised a new veteran designation on the municipal ID card announced by the city last week as a good first step in addressing problems that veterans face. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Small businesses in Queens need help to survive

At the Queens Civic Congress, Inc. general meeting in the Union Nursing Home June 16, it agreed to help sponsor a forum July 29 to discuss the Small Business Survival Act. This act was introduced in the City Council in June 2014. The act is stalled in the Committee on Small Business without the support of the speaker or the mayor. Comments (2).

Friday, July 24, 2015

Politics

Lynch, Najmi and Grodenchik among top City Council fundraisers

Eight candidates have now filed petitions to with the city Board of Elections for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comment.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement for former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin in a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (11).

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Politics

Eastern Queens City Council election in full swing

Eight candidates have now filed petitions with the city Board of Elections to run for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comments (1).

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