EXCLUSIVE: Officials tweak contentious T Building plan


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A controversial plan to turn the historic T Building into a housing unit for mental and chronic health patients has slightly changed, but it is still on the table, The Courier has learned.

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Local leaders applaud city’s call to save Gifted & Talented seats


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Local leaders are hailing the city’s decision to allow all District 26 elementary school students enrolled in Gifted & Talented programs to be grandfathered into middle school programs.

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Op-ed: Support programs that boost our economy


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER NILY ROZIC One by one, each student marched his way up to the front of the room to receive certificates of completion, each with a sense of accomplishment and hopefulness. One by one, each member of the cohort recounting stories of the past couple of weeks that gave them a second chance. It was […]

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Bayside town hall meeting to discuss registration changes to school tax relief program


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A town hall meeting will be held in Bayside next week to discuss registration changes to a controversial school tax relief program. The state’s STAR program provides a partial school tax exemption for most primary residences in which homeowners and their spouses make less than $500,000 combined. But a recent audit by the state comptroller’s […]

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Pols call for traffic calming measures in Fresh Meadows


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A group of leaders in Fresh Meadows are trying to put the brakes on lead-footed drivers who they say whiz down a stretch of homes daily. The speeding motorists use 75th Avenue, a residential road, to bypass traffic on Union Turnpike, according to Councilmember James Gennaro. For about one mile, between Utopia Parkway and 164th […]

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Residents rally against Bayside school


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JOHANN HAMILTON  Bayside residents are not happy with a recent proposal to place a school in their neighborhood. Dozens of community members gathered on the corner of 48th Avenue and 210th Street, where the Department of Education (DOE) has proposed placing a 416-seat primary school. The new school, about a half-mile away from P.S. 31, would replace […]

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Bayside Beacon program saved


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A beloved Bayside Beacon program has survived yet another year of budget cuts. The City Council fully restored next year’s funding to the after-school enrichment program at M.S. 158 Marie Curie. It was slated for closure, just as it was last year when the Department of Youth and Community Development tried to shut down seven […]

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State Legislature restores cuts for disabled services


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It was a reversal of fortune. A $120 million cut to the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) would have left programs shorthanded, officials said. But the state legislature eliminated the threat and voted unanimously to fully restore what was lost. The Assembly voted last week to appropriate $90 million for OPWDD. That was […]

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Pols push for sewer upgrades as Queens homes take on water


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Photos courtesy of Jim Gallagher

An outdated sewer system is leaving large swathes of Queens vulnerable to serious flooding, according to a pair of elected officials. “Year after year, Queens residents have been fighting the trauma and financial burden of flood damage to their homes and lives,” said Assemblymember Nily Rozic. “We cannot continue to let our working families weather […]

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U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers


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Photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Flickr

The build-up lasted a full four months. From the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the State of the Union and rallies afterward, tougher laws on gun control were debated and pored over until U.S. Senators finally voted 54-46 in favor of an amendment to strengthen background checks at gun shows and online. However, […]

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Program directors say restored funds for disabled not enough


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The looming cuts to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) have been restored, but only by a fraction. Initially, the state’s budget called for a total slash of $240 million from OPWDD services, but the final budget gave back $30 million. Program administrators say this is still not enough. “The challenge our industry […]

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