ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 26


By Queens Courier Staff

Name: Ed Braunstein Age: 29 Party Affiliation: Democrat Occupation: Attorney Decision to Run: I chose to run because Albany needs a change. Unlike my opponents, I have never run nor held political office before, and I believe the best way to bring change to our state government is to elect new faces with fresh ideas […]

Read More ...

District 26 candidates participate in art forum


| jlyons@queenscourier.com

Just a few days before the primaries, the arts community of Long Island City gathered for a Council District 26 debate, where the candidates present specifically addressed issues related to them. The debate, which was held by Fracture Atlas and The Chocolate Factory Theater, served as a kick-off to Place + Displaced, a “community-based cultural […]

Read More ...

Boyle propels Forest Hills to another District 26 crown


| zbraziller@queenscourier.com

Greg Boyle was a bit player on last year’s Forest Hills 11-12-year-old District 26 championship team. He was a substitute, one of the players who came on late. As one of the Bombers’ older players this year, however, his role is quite different - he is their anchor, ace and top hitter. The burly 12-year-old […]

Read More ...

Empowerment costs School District 26 $2.5M


By Queens Courier Staff

The “Empowerment Schools” created by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and School Chancellor Joel Klein to give city schools more autonomy has resulted in a huge loss for School District 26 in Queens. Established two years ago with just 48 schools, the autonomy zone pilot program has now expanded to 331 and was created to streamline the […]

Read More ...

Whitestone and northern Queens residents push for expansion of school program


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Lisa Fusco, from Whitestone, and 150 parents in northern Queens signed a petition to the city Department of Eudcation demanding the creation of gifted and talented programs for the middle schools in their district. Several of the parents are also meeting with Borough President Melinda Katz and Department of Education officials on Dec. 10 to discuss the issue.

Read More ...

No response to letter


| letters@queenscourier.com

On February 28, 2014, the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130, located at 200-01 42 Avenue, Bayside, Queens.  To date, we have received no response from her or anyone on her staff.  The letter was sent certified, return receipt requested, so we […]

Read More ...

Crash victim’s parents take safety oath with hundreds of students


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan

Studying for the year’s biggest standardized tests can wait, District 26 Superintendent Anita Saunders said. Scholars at P.S. 173 have a more important task at hand — memorizing the 120-word oath they took Friday to put safety first as passengers and pedestrians.

Read More ...

Local leaders applaud city’s call to save Gifted & Talented seats


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Local leaders are hailing the city’s decision to allow all District 26 elementary school students enrolled in Gifted & Talented programs to be grandfathered into middle school programs.

Read More ...