ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 26


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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Empowerment costs School District 26 $2.5M


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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 […]

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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.

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


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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.

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Some Queens students eligible for up to $1K in scholarships


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

School District 26 scholars, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, have until March 28 to enter a contest to compete for a total of up to $9,000 in scholarships.

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