Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer returns $20K of extra pay he gets for majority leader role


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, the second-highest ranking member of the Council as majority leader, has decided to return his annual stipend, also known as a lulu, to taxpayers. He is eligible for the extra pay, in addition to his $112,500 salary, for his leadership post.

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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer discusses vision for new majority leader role


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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is looking forward to the next four years as Majority Leader.

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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer engaged


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Congrats to Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. Van Bramer got engaged on Monday to his longtime partner, Dan Hendrick while vacationing in Puerto Rico. Van Bramer was among the elected officials that championed the Marriage Equality Act that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law.

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Safety improvements unveiled at ‘deadly’ Astoria intersection


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Photo courtesy of DOT

One two-mile long Astoria thoroughfare, which has seen five fatalities and seven severe injuries between 2009 and 2013, has just gotten safer for pedestrians.

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Queens lawmakers celebrate Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

In a 5-4 decision issued Friday morning, the Court overturned state-imposed bans on same-sex marriage. Queens lawmakers and gay rights advocates– including City Councilman Daniel Dromm– expressed delight in the decision.

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CM Van Bramer: More schools coming soon to Long Island City


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

With more than 22,500 new residential units planned or being constructed already in Long Island City, many questions about infrastructure are up in the air. The problem of schools in particular poses a great concern as current residents want to make sure that the institutions aren’t overloaded with children when the new residents move in.

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Enjoy an early Independence Day fireworks show on the Astoria waterfront


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Fireworks will light up the evening sky over Astoria on June 30, during the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (LDC)’s Annual Independence Day Celebration on Astoria Park’s waterfront.

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Long Island City ‘suffering from the side effects of its very success’


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

It has been on the minds of Long Island City leaders for a while, and during the second annual LIC Summit on Tuesday it was brought to light during the first panel entitled “City within the City.”

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Long-time CB 1 leaders guide final full board meeting


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Vinicio Donato, who has been chairman of Community Board 1 for nearly 40 years, and District Manager Lucille Hartmann, who has been on the board since 1978, oversaw their final public board meeting as leaders of the Astoria-based group on Tuesday.

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LIC residents call on DOT to return hundreds of public parking spaces


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Residents in Long Island City want the Department of Transportation to know that its decision to take away hundreds of public parking spaces at one parking garage is not in their favor and the agency needs to return what belongs to the community.

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PHOTOS: Jackson Heights celebrates 23rd annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival


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Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office/Gallery by Angy Altamirano

Under sunny skies, Jackson Heights was filled with color and music Sunday afternoon as the neighborhood celebrated this year’s Queens Pride Parade and Festival.

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