Queens Borough President Melinda Katz sworn in by Mayor de Blasio


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was officially sworn into office Thursday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Katz appoints new Queens Library trustee


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Photo Courtesy of the Queens Borough President's office

Borough President Melinda Katz has appointed Robert Santos to the board of trustees of the Queens Library. The announcement comes after she ousted six trustees members last month and Mayor Bill de Blasio cut loose two board members.

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Thousands come to 24th annual Dragon Boat Festival


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The 24th annual Dragon Boat Festival began on Saturday morning with thousands of people coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to watch 197 teams compete in boat races.

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City Planning holds public hearing on Astoria Cove


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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

The City Planning Commission grilled representatives of builders of the mega mixed-use development Astoria Cove at a public hearing in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 6.

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Ousted Queens Library board members sue Katz; demand reinstatement, money


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Calling their ouster a “brazen and unconstitutional power grab,” six former trustees of the Queens Library filed a federal lawsuit to be restored to the board.

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Borough president rejects Astoria Cove proposal


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Following a Community Board 1 ruling against the Astoria Cove proposal, Borough President Melinda Katz rejected the 1.76 million-square-foot mixed-use waterfront development on Thursday after a public hearing.

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Sunnyside welcomes first of two public plazas


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Photo Courtesy of Sunnyside Shines BID

Bliss Plaza, the first of two new public plazas constructed in Sunnyside, opened July 29. The project was spearheaded by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID).

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Vandals damage NYS Pavilion


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Photo courtesy of John Piro

Vandals caused mischief at the storied New York State Pavilion last weekend, setting a stolen van ablaze and damaging its terrazzo map, according to a member of an advocacy group for the structure.

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New Juniper Valley Park bocce courts met with skepticism


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Juniper Valley Park’s three new bocce courts opened on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and talk of meatballs and spaghetti. But for the players, most of whom are older Italians, the new courts don’t meet their standards.

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Local congress members endorse John Liu in state Senate race


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In his bid to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella, former City Comptroller John Liu picked up another round of support from local congressional members. Liu received endorsements from congress members Grace Meng, Gregory Meeks and Joseph Crowley.

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Activist dishes dirt on Jamaica garbage


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Joe

When Joe Moretti moved to Jamaica, Queens, back in November of 2010, New York City was about to experience one of the worst blizzards in its history. As more than a foot of snow covered the streets and sidewalks of his new neighborhood, Moretti was unable to see what really lay beneath.

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