Queens civics band together in ‘Fight the Blight’ initiative


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Photo courtesy Don Capalbi

A Flushing civic group has started a grassroots initiative to stand up to out-of-scale construction sites that residents say are destroying neighborhoods.

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MTA granted eminent domain powers for Flushing LIRR project


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Photo rendering courtesy of the MTA

The MTA has been given eminent domain powers to move forward with a long-awaited plan to upgrade the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station in Flushing.

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Lunar New Year events in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

The Year of the Horse is galloping in with an array of exciting cultural festivities, including Flushing’s annual Lunar New Year parade.

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Borough Board casts vote in first meeting of the year


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The Queens Borough Board approved the $1.5 million sale of a vacant Flushing lot Monday, during its first meeting of the year.

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Verizon heroes honored by City Council for stopping Flushing rape


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Photo courtesy of Councilmember Julissa Ferreras

The City Council honored Verizon technicians Michael Popowich, Anthony Howley and John Gilday with a proclamation Tuesday. The trio thwarted a rape in Flushing in October by chasing the attacker and sitting on him until cops arrived.

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Turner, Ragusa both claim victory to lead Queens GOP


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THE COURIER/File photos

The Queens Republican Party civil war is not over, and Phil Ragusa did not reclaim his throne yet, his opponents say. Both Ragusa and former Congressmember Bob Turner have declared themselves winners in the election to head the Queens GOP after a six hour contentious meeting on September 27. According to Party officials, Ragusa won […]

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Former Knicks forward Larry Johnson greets players at Flushing basketball tournament


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Councilmember Peter Koo sponsored a basketball tournament Saturday morning in Flushing, which highlighted a guest appearance by two-time NBA all-star and former Knicks forward Larry Johnson. The third annual Bland Basketball Tournament featured matches with young children, high school players and adults. The goal of the tournament is to bring more players and attention to […]

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Comfort woman shares story with Queens students


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A survivor of the Japanese sex camps during World War II recently shared her story with students in the hopes that a younger generation of Americans will learn through her experience. Ok Sun Lee, 85, described how she was brutally kidnapped from Korea as a teenager, tortured and witnessed other women killed by Japanese soldiers […]

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Endorsement roundup


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MAYOR Former governor of Vermont and 2004 Presidential Candidate Howard Dean and a coalition of leaders from Brooklyn’s Caribbean clergy community endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The Metropolitan Region CSEA Local 1000 endorsed Comptroller John Liu. New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Transport Workers Union Local 100, […]

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Flushing widow pushes for hit-and-run bill


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The widow of a Flushing man killed last year in a tragic hit-and-run held back tears while she pushed for a bill to protect pedestrians. “I’m very heartbroken, very angry,” said Taysha Dominguez. “There are no words to describe the pain and the suffering that my family is currently going through at this moment.” Her […]

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Recent city candidate endorsements


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Several candidates have been endorsed by the Working Families Party: City Council District 19: Austin Shafran City Council District 21: Julissa Ferreras City Council District 22: Costa Constantinides City Council District 23: Mark Weprin City Council District 24: Rory Lancman City Council District 25: Danny Dromm City Council District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer City Council […]

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Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani kicks off Queens campaign


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Photo courtesy of Reshma for New York

New York City Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani kicked off her Queens campaign on the steps of Flushing Town Hall. Saujani was joined by Councilmember Peter Koo as she launched a five-day tour of the boroughs. Of her campaign, Saujani said she wanted to speak for all New Yorkers and ensure everyone had fair opportunities. […]

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Borough President backs National Tennis Center expansion


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File photo

Borough President Helen Marshall is recommending the city and state go forward with proposed expansions at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Marshall’s Borough Board was one councilmember short at the Monday, April 8 meeting to take a vote, thus forcing her to give her ultimate “yes” recommendation. “While the Borough Board is not […]

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Three more eye race in 20th City Council District


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THE COURIER/File photos

Three Flushing candidates with histories of failed bids for office are now eying another election. Democrat John Scandalios and Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou will try their luck at unseating incumbent Councilmember Peter Koo in the 20th District in this year’s City Council election. Republican Sunny Hahn, a retired city human rights specialist, said she […]

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