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Rockaway Park

Latest round of Catholic school closures claim St. Camillus in Rockaway Park

St. Camillus Catholic Academy in Rockaway Park will be closed and the end of the school year and two Catholic academies in Brooklyn, just across the border from Ridgewood, will merge next year, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced. Published Feb 13, 2019

Queens advocates travel to Albany to back congestion pricing and call for mass transit improvements

Dozens of labor, civil rights, social and environmental advocates from Queens rallied in Albany Monday, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to put congestion pricing in the upcoming state budget as part of a revenue package to fund the modernization of the city’s transit system. Published Feb 12, 2019

Public Advocate race down to 17 candidates, including three from Queens

The field of 23 candidates running in the Feb. 26 special election for Public Advocate has been culled to 17, and three of those still in the field are from Queens. Published Feb 3, 2019

Simotas to introduce legislation to improve ‘Raise the Age’ criminal record sealing law

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas announced she is introducing legislation to correct a shortcoming in the record sealing law enacted last year as part of New York’s Raise the Age reforms. Published Feb 5, 2019

Constantinides sees an eco-friendly future for Rikers Island

With an eye on enhanced resiliency and sustainability, City Councilman Costa Constantinides, the chair of the Environmental Protection Committee, put forth his bold vision for the future of Rikers Island, and eventually the north end of Astoria. Published Feb 5, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez invites Astoria activist to State of the Union Address

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is bringing an Astoria activist as her guest to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Published Feb 5, 2019

NYC cab rides to get pricier as judge allows congestion pricing surcharge

The cost of your cab ride into Manhattan will be going up soon after a judge’s ruling allowed the state to begin collecting congestion surcharges on taxi and app-based rides south of 96th Street. Published Feb 6, 2019

City and feds reach agreement to overhaul NYCHA developments across the five boroughs

The city has reached an agreement with the federal government that provides a new roadmap forward for NYCHA and the 400,000 residents who live in its 334 development across the five boroughs. Published Feb 7, 2019

City launched dual language programs in Pre-K across borough

The city is launching new dual-language pre-Kindergarten programs this fall at 26 locations around Queens. Published Feb 9, 2019
Ozone Park

Ozone Park civic group hosting five-borough civic summit on homeless crisis

A Queens civic association is calling for an emergency five borough summit call to action Feb. 8 to discuss the city’s failed response to the homeless crisis. Published Feb 8, 2019

Mayor names 46 new judges to criminal, civil and family courts, including many connected to Queens

Of the 46 judges Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed or reappointed in New York City last week, a dozen of them have ties to Queens, including Family Court Judge Elizabeth Fassler. Published Feb 10, 2019
Long Island City

Pursuit founder and CEO Jukay Hsu explains partnership with Amazon in Queens

Of the 45 community members who gathered at the Long Island City Partnership Jan. 24 for the first full meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for the Amazon HQ2 project, perhaps nobody had the perspective of Jukay Hsu, the founder and CEO of Pursuit, the nonprofit once known as the Coalition for Queens. Published Feb 11, 2019
Long Island City

Gianaris named to panel that could kill Amazon project in LIC; Cuomo fumes that Senate is ‘playing politics’

The State Senate introduced a potential game-changer to the state and city’s deal with Amazon to build its HQ2 campus in Long Island City. Published Feb 10, 2019
Long Island City

Queens business and community leaders hopeful as stalled streetcar project gets new life

The city took a step forward in the stalled Brooklyn Queens Connector streetcar project Wednesday when it selected a contractor to oversee the proposed system’s environmental review. Published Feb 9, 2019

Cuomo signs Reproductive Health Act updating 49-year-old state law on abortion

With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation to protect and expand abortion rights across the state. Published Jan 25, 2019

Shutdown-related air traffic controller shortage sparks disruptions at LaGuardia Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration abruptly halted flights into LaGuardia Airport just before 10 a.m. Friday due to a shortage of air traffic control personnel. The staff shortages are due to the partial government shutdown, now in its 35th day. Published Jan 25, 2019

Jamaica man pleads guilty to forcing teen into prostitution: DA

A Jamaica man pleaded guilty to charges of sex trafficking, forcing a teenage girl into prostitution and collecting the profits made from the victim’s activities during her tortuous ordeal, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Published Jan 28, 2019

Public defender Tiffany Caban launches her campaign for Queens district attorney

Public defender Tiffany Caban made it official last week, announcing she is running for the Democratic nomination as a candidate for Queens district attorney. Published Jan 31, 2019

With eye on Amazon’s arrival in Long Island City, mayor invests in workforce training programs

As it gears up for the full arrival of Amazon’s HQ2 campus in Long Island City is the coming years, the de Blasio administration announced Jan. 28 that it is offering up to $300,000 in micro-grants to qualified organizations that specialize in workforce development. Published Feb 1, 2019
Jackson Heights

Dromm bill designed to provide tax relief for seniors and keep them in their homes approved

Senior citizens across Queens living on a fixed income stand to receive some relief from their property taxes and other outstanding debts through legislation that the City Council passed last week. Published Feb 1, 2019
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights cops help save life of unconscious toddler

Two cops from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights are being called heroes after they saved the life of a young boy last week. Published Jan 31, 2019

Second City Hall hearing over Amazon HQ2 plan features more fireworks than first

The second round of the City Hall battle between proponents and detractors of the Amazon HQ2 plan in Long Island City saw the neighborhood’s City Council voice, city officials and retail representatives clash over how and why the deal was done. Published Feb 4, 2019
St. Albans

St. Albans man sentenced after pleading guilty to pimping out teenage girl: DA

A St. Albans man is going to jail for up to eight years after pleading guilty to attempted sex trafficking charges earlier this month, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Published Feb 2, 2019

Ridgewood advocate declares ‘bittersweet’ victory after passage of Child Victims Act

Nothing was going to stop Connie Altamirano from being in Albany to see the Child Victim Act finally pass the state Legislature after years of advocating for the legislation. Published Feb 2, 2019

Amazon funding computer science programs in more than 30 Queens high schools

More than 30 Queens high schools will start providing computer science courses supported by Amazon’s Future Engineer, an initiative aimed at making computer science available to students in underrepresented and underserved communities. Published Feb 3, 2019
Long Island City

Matted LIC owner offers support for Amazon HQ2 campus project

Donna Drimer didn’t need to see the full page advertisements and the slick mailers sent to residents of western Queens as part of Amazon’s recent charm offensive reminding the public of the 25,000 jobs it will bring to Long Island City with the construction of its HQ2 campus around the Anable Basin, right on the doorstep of her store. Published Jan 21, 2019

Thousands of New Yorkers feeling the pinch of the federal shutdown — and it could get worse: Mayor

Federal workers across Queens and New York City are feeling the real effects of the longest federal government shutdown in history as it entered its 27th day on Thursday — and Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that the pain could spread to all New Yorkers if it continues for a few more weeks. Published Jan 17, 2019
Kew Gardens

Grassroots groups launch new Queens DA accountability coalition

Dozens of justice reform advocates spent much of Martin Luther King Jr. Day rallying on the steps in front of the Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens Monday. Published Jan 23, 2019
Long Island City

The JACX in LIC fully occupied months before opening, with Macy’s and local hospital signing leases

The JACX, a massive 1.2 million square foot creative office development in Long Island City has already reached full occupancy months prior to opening, developer Tishman Speyer announced Tuesday. Published Jan 26, 2019
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights residents urge cops to pursue hate crime charges in anti-gay attack

City Councilman Daniel Dromm joined community leaders in Jackson Heights Tuesday to demand justice for the survivor of an anti-gay hate crime that occurred in early November. Published Jan 24, 2019

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