Incumbent Councilmember Donovan Richards regains District 31 seat


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Councilmember Donovan Richards was given the go ahead to keep the City Council seat he has briefly held since March’s special election. Richards declared victory after receiving over 50 percent of the votes over his opponents, Michael Duncan, community activist, and Ricardo Brown, accountant. In his first six months in office, Richards fought against Mayor […]

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Donovan Richards declares victory in Council District 31 special election


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The race is won – Donovan Richards has declared victory, and is the new councilmember for the 31st  District. After a windy campaign road, ending with Richards and opponent Pesach Osina, the former chief-of-staff to State Senator James Sanders emerged victorious by 80 votes. On voting day, Tuesday, February 19, both Richards and Osina declared victory. […]

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City’s pot policy change divides Queens residents, pleases pols


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYC Mayor Office's  Flickr

Borough residents are on both sides of the debate over the city’s recent change in policy over marijuana possession arrests, while several local politicians see it as a progressive move.

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Real estate roundup: Nothing imminent planned for Sunnyside Yards, City halts Rockaway homeless shelter plan


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“The revelation last week that Amtrak is considering developing the Sunnyside Yards caught most people by surprise—including Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.”

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Real estate roundup: Transformation of Jamaica, Brooklyn residents join Astoria Cove protests


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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“Jamaica, once an overlooked and crime-ridden area in Southeast Queens, has been undergoing a transformation into a vibrant neighborhood, with a slew of new upscale apartment buildings, hotels and stores.”

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Newly opened Rockaway YMCA to boost local economy


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Photos by Raymond Liang for the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater New York celebrated the opening of its new branch, Rockaway YMCA at Arverne by the Sea, on March 14 during a ribbon cutting with local elected officials and community leaders.

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Op-ed: Make ferry service permanent


| oped@queenscourier.com

I would like to start by commending the city for the fourth extension of ferry service to the Rockaway Peninsula. I would especially like to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for extending the ferry service through May and keeping his word, as he remains dedicated to the recovery of Rockaway and New York City as a whole.

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Leadership roles go to Queens councilmembers who supported speaker


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Official NYC Council photo by William Alatriste

Several important leadership positions went to Queens representatives Wednesday who showed support for newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last month.

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Van Bramer, Ferreras in running to head Council finance committee: report


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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After showing support last month for newly-elected Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Queens Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras and Jimmy Van Bramer are the top contenders to head the Council’s finance committee, according to Politicker.

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Melissa Mark-Viverito elected as next City Council Speaker


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Melissa Mark-Viverito was unanimously elected as the next City Council Speaker Wednesday by the 51-member body, becoming the second most powerful politician in the city and the first Latin-American to take the spot. “We will work together, because that is what New Yorkers expect and that is what New Yorkers deserve,” she said. “We unite […]

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