Costa Constantinides sworn in as District 22′s new councilmember


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Councilmember Costa Constantinides is ready to work for his community.

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Costa Constantinides sworn into City Council


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Councilmember Costa Constantinides was officially sworn into the City Council Tuesday by City Clerk Michael McSweeney. He will begin his term Jan. 1 Constantinides, who represents District 22, was joined by Councilmember James Gennaro. The date for his inauguration ceremony in Astoria is still to be determined.   RECOMMENDED STORIES City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning […]

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Mayor Bloomberg signs law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a law making New York the first major U.S. city to have a minimum cigarette purchase age of 21. Bloomberg signed the law on Tuesday, raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. The law, which Bloomberg said “will […]

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Rory Lancman celebrates landslide City Council victory


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Twitter photo courtesy of Dominic Panakal

Former Assemblymember Rory Lancman is headed to City Hall.  Lancman, 44, won the open District 24 seat in a landslide victory on November 5. He also swept his opponents during the Democratic primary in September.  “I’m feeling great,” he said. “It’s very, very gratifying and humbling to not just win but win by such a […]

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City Council approves law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21


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Updated, Monday, November 4 They can drive, vote and join the Army, but 18 to 20-year-olds will soon lose the right to purchase cigarettes in the city. The City Council voted October 30 to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. It passed […]

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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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Rory Lancman wins landslide victory in District 24


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Former Assemblymember Rory Lancman swept his Democratic primary race Tuesday and moved one step further to winning an open City Council seat. Lancman, 44, won the District 24 Democratic primary in a landslide victory on September 10. The Fresh Meadows attorney beat out his opponents, Andrea Veras and Mujib Rahman, with nearly 62 percent of […]

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City Council District 24 candidate Andrea Veras kicks off campaign


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Photo courtesy of Andrea Veras

City Council candidate Andrea Veras kicked off her campaign with dozens of supporters on August 3. The Briarwood activist and paralegal is vying to replace term-limited Councilmember James Gennaro in the 24th District, which stretches from Fresh Meadows to Jamaica. “Improving the living conditions of my community has always been my passion,” Veras said, “and […]

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More security cameras coming to Queens


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Police will install new sets of eyes in parts of Briarwood, Jamaica and Pomonok, according to a Queens lawmaker. Seventeen NYPD security cameras are coming to the area’s high-traffic locations thanks to $600,000 in funding secured by Councilmember James Gennaro. They can be found around Rufus King Park in Jamaica, near Archbishop Molloy High School […]

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Council District 24 contender Alex Blishteyn is the ‘citizen candidate’


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Photo courtesy of Alex Blishteyn

A Fresh Meadows attorney wants to breathe life back into stunted small businesses in his district. Alex Blishteyn, a Republican candidate for City Council, said he has seen too many shops close their shutters in the 23 years he has lived in District 24. “I remember that area when small businesses were flourishing,” he said. […]

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Flushing millionaire Isaac Sasson drops out of 24th City Council District race


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A lottery millionaire from Flushing has scratched himself off the City Council ticket. Isaac Sasson, 72, has dropped his bid for the 24th District and will instead “focus his efforts on his philanthropy and his related positions in the Orthodox Jewish community,” his campaign said in a statement. The Democrat announced in January he would […]

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Astoria lawyer John Ciafone enters 22nd Council District race


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John J. Ciafone has announced he will be running to fill Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.’s spot in the 22nd Council District. “I’m running for Council in the 22nd District because our community is facing serious problems,” said Ciafone. “Until we change these issues, our community will continue to suffer and we will lose our friends, […]

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Flushing millionaire making bid for City Council seat


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Photo Courtesy of Isaac Sasson

A lottery millionaire from Flushing has thrown his hat in the ring to fill a vacant City Council seat in northeast Queens. Isaac Sasson, 72, said he is running to replace outgoing Councilmember James Gennaro in the 24th District, which stretches from Fresh Meadows to Jamaica. “I’ve been involved in the community for quite some […]

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Brinckerhoff Cemetery granted landmark status by City Council


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Photo courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

The landmark status of a historic Colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows has been approved by the City Council. The council voted overwhelmingly to accept Brinckerhoff Cemetery’s landmark designation on December 10 after the 18th century site was approved for official landmark status by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in August. “With the landmarking […]

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Lancman to vie for Gennaro’s City Council seat


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A state lawmaker is looking to take his legislative know-how to City Hall. Assemblymember Rory Lancman officially announced his candidacy for City Council on Monday, November 19. The Democratic hopeful will seek to head the 24th Council District, which currently stretches from Fresh Meadows to Jamaica and is led by outgoing Councilmember James Gennaro. “The […]

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