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Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Politics

Vote No to Constitutional Convention campaign cost backers $3M

Opponents of a Constitutional Constitution reigned victorious on Election Night in killing Proposal 1, a referendum to change New York State’s charter, by spending more than $3 million on the Vote NO campaign. The defeat drew the ire of proponents who wanted a revised document. Comment

State restored funds to NORC programs: Rozic

Elected officials announced success in pressuring state agencies to restore funding previously committed to naturally occurring retirement communities but later revoked. Comment
Richmond Hill

MediSys volunteers honored for Puerto Rico relief work

Recently re-elected Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was at Richmond Hill last Friday to help welcome back 20 medical professionals from Jamaica Hospital and Flushing Hospital who went to Puerto Rico to provide relief work after Hurricane Maria destroyed hospitals on the commonwealth island. Comment
A popular book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” is an account of financial educator Robert Kiyosaki’s two dads: His real father and his ‘rich dad,’ who both taught him valuable lessons about money and relationships that would shape his life. Comment
Bayside

MAGBO honors officials in Bayside

The Metropolitan Approved Girls Basketball Officials, an organization dedicated to educating referees, honored the accomplishments of some of their own Nov. 4 at Bourbon Street in Bayside at its third annual gala. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights progressives rally against Trump’s first year as Meng salutes Democratic victories in national elections

Dozens of progressive Democrats and members of immigrant and LGBT organizations joined elected officials for a rally at Travers Park in Jackson Heights to mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s election Nov. 8. Comments (2)
Whitestone

Whitestone senior center celebrates Veterans Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, a Whitestone nursing home hosted a “Veterans Helping Veterans” event Wednesday, sending care packages and letters of encouragement to active service members. Comment
Howard Beach

Sandy victim not pleased with FEMA compensation

Hurricane Sandy has been nothing but a headache for New York Hospital Police Officer William Grusel. Comment
Astoria

Astoria-based songwriter to debut new album live Saturday night

Straight from her unicorn heart comes Astoria-based singer/songwriter Virginia Marcs’ hot and fresh debut album, “Climbing the Wall,” in all of its Darkness and Light. Comment

St. Francis Prep football drops semifinal contest to Fordham Prep

On perhaps the coldest evening of this season, the St. Francis Prep Terriers could not overcome their turnover issues and fell to Fordham Prep, 41-14, on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx in the CHSAA Class AA semifinal football game. Comment

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Corona

Man sought in Corona for sexually abusing 14-year-old girl: NYPD

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights were looking for a man who allegedly fondled a teenage girl in Corona in September. Comment
Politics

Mayor loses five districts to Malliotakis in Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio may have won more than twice the votes for Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) overall in Queens Nov. 7, but the GOP choice for City Hall pulled ahead of the incumbent in five Assembly districts, Board of Elections results show. Comment
South Jamaica

Suspect arrested in stabbing death of Flushing resident

Police said they have been able to identify both a victim and a suspect in the stabbing that occurred at a residence on 147th Street and 116th Avenue in South Jamaica Monday. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Jamaica Estates tops list of NYC neighborhoods where home sales have risen most

Jamaica Estates topped the list of New York City neighborhoods where home sale prices have risen the most, according to a new report from the real estate blog Streeteasy. Comment
Flushing

Flushing sidewalk construction complete

Construction on Flushing’s busiest district has been completed after a year of extensive work. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing landlords among borough’s worst

Flushing, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica and Long Island City are home to the top 10 worst landlords in the borough, according to a 2017 Watchlist released by the public advocate. Comment
Bayside

Bayside home invasion targets elderly couple

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for three suspects who forced their way into an elderly Bayside couple’s home Tuesday and robbed them at gunpoint. Comments (1)
Demetrius Blackwell, 37, was convicted of the cold-blooded murder of NYPD Officer Brian Moore in Queens Village more than two years ago. Comment
Rosedale

Pa-Nash to hold fourth annual Black Tie Gala

Pa-Nash Eurosoul Restaurant and Lounge will host its 4th Annual Black Tie Gala in Rosedale Sunday. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

Ticket Split

Election Day brought a few surprises to Queens but also disappointment over turnout. Voting was inexcusably low in most parts of the borough with the re-election of Mayor Bill de Blasio considered a done deal and only one of the incumbents in the City Council facing a white-knuckle challenge. Comment
Letters

Voter turnout must improve for the next election

In the past election it was stated that only 23 percent of voters showed up to vote. That, in my opinion, is a sad state of affairs. Comments (2)
The 2017 season was a disaster for the New York Mets. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

One of the more incendiary political races in recent borough history came to a quiet close Thursday as two-term incumbent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) conceded defeat to bitter rival Robert Holden. The political newcomer was declared the winner in District 30 by a slim margin of 137 votes after absentee ballots and paper votes were counted by the city Board of Election Wednesday. Comment
Maspeth

Ballot counting in Holden-Crowley race gets underway, challenger remains confident

Officials from the city Board of Elections began tallying absentee ballots Wednesday in the race between two-term City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and her challenger, Robert Holden,who led by 133 votes and declared victory Election Night. Crowley refused to concede, saying she would wait until all of the votes were counted. Comments (1)
Economy

Citizens Committee study reveals Queens children still struggle with health, education

A new report from the Citizens Committee for Children revealed that childhood poverty has Queens decreased. Comment
Astoria

Western Queens supporters get first look at BQX prototype streetcar

The advocates behind the Brooklyn Queens Connector project, a 14-mile streetcar line along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront, unveiled a sleek prototype for the project Monday and urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to move forward with plans for the $2.5 billion project and make it a top second-term priority. Comment
Immigration

Activists, immigration officials push for DACA legislation

Nearly one month after DACA recipients’ Oct. 5, cutoff deadline to apply for a two-year status renewal , New York policymakers, immigration officials and community leaders still wrestle with a solution for the Dreamers. Comment
Long Island City

Plaxall announces plan to create an Anable Basin mixed-use district in LIC

Plaxall is working with the city to rezone a 15-acre parcel that surrounds Anable Basin on the Long Island City waterfront for a new mix-use district that would rise over the next 15 years. It would bring a 65-story tower, 5,000 residential units spread out over eight buildings that will include 25 percent affordable housing, manufacturing and office space. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

New SBS route launches in Woodhaven

Despite outcry from the community a new Select Bus Service route has just launched in Woodhaven. Comment
Floral Park

‘Diamond Girl’ debuts at Theatre Box in Floral Park

“Diamond Girl,” a comedy of love, superstition and a luster only diamonds can emit, made its debut last weekend, and will wrap up performances this weekend at the Theatre Box. Comment
Bayside

Little Shop of Horrors gives viewers a fun experience in Bayside’s Theatre by the Bay

The Little Shop of Horrors wowed the crowd at Theatre by the Bay. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Always helping kids isn’t helping any kids

Now’s the time to step back and let your kid how to learn on his own. Comment
Basketball

St. John’s men’s basketball wins season opener

The St. John’s men’s hoops team opened its season in style, securing a 77-61 victory over New Orleans Nov. 10 at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

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