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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NYS Pavilion documentary to premiere this May at Queens Theatre


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Photos courtesy of Matthew Silva

“Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion,” a documentary about the history of the iconic Flushing Meadows Corona Park structure and the efforts to save the neglected relic, will debut to the public at the Queens Theatre this May.

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Queens World Film Festival celebrates fifth year’s opening night


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

With the luck of the Irish, the Queens World Film Festival kicked off its fifth year of helping bring independent films to the big screen.

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Special guests visit 104th Precinct Observation Patrol meeting


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Photos by Anthony Giudice

Members of the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (104COP) greeted Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblyman Mike Miller and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to the group’s March 12 meeting at St. Pancras Pfeifer Hall in Glendale.

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Open call for new Queens poet laureate


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Borough President Melinda Katz has launched an open call for applications for the next Queens poet laureate, a prestigious three-year position charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough.

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Corona community opposes planned conference hotel even after downsize


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Renderings courtesy of Fleet Financial Group

Plans to construct a luxurious 25-story hotel and convention center in Corona are crumbling amid growing pressure from residents and politicians who feel the structure would terrorize the neighborhood by obstructing views, increasing traffic and creating pollution.

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Community Board 9 chooses Lisa Gomes as new district manager, angering BP Melinda Katz


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THE COURIER/File photo

Members of Community Board 9 selected Lisa Gomes to fill the long-vacant post of district manager — a move that Borough President Melinda Katz blasted as an attempt by the board to “steamroll this important decision” before new members join the board.

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Bayside and Oakland Gardens residents reject plan to replace wooded area with parking lot


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Bayside’s Community Board 11 rejected a developer’s request Monday night to build a parking lot on a pristine patch of land that runs along 77th Avenue after neighborhood residents banded together to stop the destruction of open space protected under decades-old zoning.

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NYFAC pays tribute to seven honorees at 17th annual dinner dance


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) foundation has been serving families in southern Queens for almost 20 years, but they could not do it without the help of people from the community, said Andrew Baumann, president of the board of trustees for the foundation.

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First annual QNS Real Estate Conference features Port Authority director Patrick Foye


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Photo by Dominick Totino

Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, the keynote speaker at the first QNS Real Estate Conference on Thursday, sponsored by The Queens Courier, conceded that LaGuardia Airport is in need of a major overhaul — and he pledged that the revamp will get done.

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Community leaders urge BP to focus on creating new schools throughout Queens


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THE COURIER/Angy Altamirano

Community leaders from across the borough urged Borough President Melinda Katz to push for school expansions during a budget meeting on Monday. Katz is in the process of developing the Queens budget for 2016, and she invited the public to comment on what mattered to them and their priorities for 2016.

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