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January, 2018

When work was completed on a 350-seat, $92 million annex at PS 11 in Woodside in time for the new school year, it didn’t take long to notice the new main entrance of the school put students and faculty at risk. Traffic safety is now a main concern for parents at the school as the 1,000 children at the school empty out at 54th Street and Skillman Avenue where motorists come off Roosevelt Avenue driving fast. Comment
As Winter Storm Grayson bore down on the city last week, residents of the Woodside Houses were freezing in their own homes as they were left without heat or hot water in the New York City Housing Authority complex at 50-51 Broadway. Tenants in more than 30 NYCHA developments reported heat problems that same day, but Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the Astoria Houses, where 1,357 apartments were affected, with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth), and service was restored within four hours, according to NYCHA. Comment
Traffic deaths hit an all-time low in Queens during 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday inside the NYPD’s Central Garage in Woodside, not far from PS 152, where he signed initial Vision Zero legislation four years ago. Comments (4)

Cuomo to challenge federal tax overhaul as unconstitutional attack on states’ rights

Gov. Andrew Cuomo went on the offensive last week, using his State of the State address to attack Republicans’ tax overhaul and pledging to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration, proclaiming an unconstitutional assault on states’ rights. Comment
The City Council voted unanimously to pass legislation that requires a two-year study of the feasibility of using alternative fuel in city ferries. Comment
Long Island City

Maloney critiques Plaxall’s Anable Basin rezoning proposal

The public will have another two weeks to submit written comments on Long Island City-based Plaxall’s Anable Basin rezoning proposal after the Department of City Planning extended the original deadline. The agency will accept comments on the plan to develop 15 acres along the East River waterfront until the close of business Jan. 19. Comments (1)
College Point

Avella, College Point residents oppose plans for six-story hotel

College Point residents are concerned about a potential new hotel. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Transgender advocate from Jackson Heights, facing deportation, is pardoned by Cuomo

A transgender woman from Jackson Heights who has become a strong advocate for transgender and immigrant communities nationwide was granted a pardon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week. Comment

Cuomo unveils plan to end food shaming

Ahead of his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo previewed his five-step plan to combat hunger for food insecure students from kindergarten through college. Cuomo’s announcement could not have come at a better time for Queens’ children. Comment


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