Op-ed: Why we need Mayor de Blasio’s pre-k plan


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As chair of the NYC Council Education Committee, it is a priority of mine to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan enacted. The only viable way to ensure that our children get this extra year of education is to create a tax on the city’s most wealthy residents to help fund it.

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De Blasio joins Sunnyside and Woodside to celebrate St. Pat’s for All Parade


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Photo by Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Sunnyside and Woodside got all dressed up in green for the annual St. Pat’s for All Parade Sunday.

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Famous Famiglia opens at Jackson Heights subway station


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Famous Famiglia pizzeria opened its doors on Monday, December 9 at the subway station on 75th Street and Roosevelt Avenue together with local elected officials, family and friends. The pizza chain beat out a total of 12 other proposals which vied to call the vacant 4,000-square-foot space home in 2010, after the MTA advertised a new request for proposals. Famous Famiglia won and signed a lease in 2011.

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Jackson Heights, Corona community marches for safer streets after traffic deaths


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

It was the final straw, and now the Jackson Heights and Corona communities are saying no more. Family members of traffic accident victims, local elected officials and community members gathered Tuesday night to set off the inaugural action known as “Three Children Too Many.” The group marched down Northern Boulevard, then 82nd Street, stopping to […]

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Lost Queens GOP opportunities


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

The most recent fight for control of the Queens County Republican organization between factions led by current county chairman Phil Ragusa and challenger former Congressmember Bob Turner supported by NYC Councilmember Eric Ulrich and his insurgents reminds me of two hyenas fighting over the carcass of a dead animal, in this case remnants of the […]

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2013 general election guide


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

As the clock ticks closer to the general election on Tuesday, November 5, The Courier, in our continuing election coverage, brings you our voters’ guide. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure to cast your ballot for mayor, public advocate, city comptroller, borough president, city council and even judges. According to the Board […]

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Jackson Heights plaza to get $500K in enhancements


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One Jackson Heights plaza is getting a little extra help to fully shine in the community. Councilmember Daniel Dromm recently announced he will allocate $500,000 in capital funds for enhancements to the 37th Road Pedestrian Plaza known as Diversity Plaza. “Diversity Plaza has become an integral part of our community,” said Dromm. “These improvements will […]

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New Jackson Heights metal benches along Northern Boulevard


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Photo Courtesy Councilmember Daniel Dromm

Residents and visitors walking along Northern Boulevard now have 13 new spots to take a break. Councilmember Daniel Dromm announced he had allocated $7,000 for Community Board 3 (CB3) to remove broken-down wooden benches down Northern Boulevard and replace them with 13 new metal benches as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) CityBench program. […]

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Jackson Heights park renamed after young advocate gone too soon


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Although he was taken at a young age, Rory Staunton’s dedication, integrity and innocence will continue to live on through a park he fought to save. Family, friends, students, local elected officials and Parks Department representatives gathered on Monday in Jackson Heights to unveil the renaming of the acquired Parks Department athletic field at the […]

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Elmhurst street named for AIDS activist


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Benjamin Fang

BENJAMIN FANG The name of a Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist will live on in the community where the advocate educated people about HIV/AIDS. On Saturday, July 27, elected officials and community members unveiled the Guillermo Vasquez Corner on 77th Street and Broadway in Elmhurst. “He was a role model to all […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

CITY COUNCIL The United Federation of Teachers endorsed the following candidates: District 20: Peter Koo District 21: Julissa Ferreras District 22: Costa Constantinides District 23: Mark Weprin District 24: Rory Lancman District 25: Daniel Dromm District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer District 27: Daneek Miller District 30: Elizabeth Crowley District 31: Donovan Richards District 32: Eric Ulrich Paul Vallone was endorsed by Assemblymember Ron Kim, the New […]

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East Elmhurst gets slow zone


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Johann Hamilton

East Elmhurst residents are able to cross a little easier. Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Borough Deputy Commissioner Dalila Hall announced the East Elmhurst Slow Zone as part of the DOT’s Neighborhood Slow Zone initiative last week. The DOT’s initiative is a community-based program that reduces the speed limit to 20 […]

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