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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Hundreds celebrate Taste of Sunnyside’s fifth year


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Stomachs were smiling under the elevated 7 train in Sunnyside on Tuesday night, as 28 local businesses came out to give the borough a taste of what they have to offer.

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LIC community celebrates groundbreaking of Hunters Point library


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After 15 years, the wait is finally over for the Long Island City community, who worked hard to bring a new waterfront library to the neighborhood.

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BP secures $250K for new pre-K program at Queens Library in Ravenswood Houses


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Photo courtesy of BP Melinda Katz's office

More than 30 seats are being added to School District 30, as Queens Borough President Melinda Katz secured funding for a new pre-K program at a Queens Library branch at one Astoria housing development.

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LPC votes unanimously to landmark LIC Clock Tower


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The decision is finally in and the beloved Clock Tower in Long Island City is not going anywhere. On Tuesday the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to landmark the 11-story tower in Queens Plaza, formerly the Bank of Manhattan Building.

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City to deploy ‘shelter repair squad’ to fix homeless shelter issues


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Five city agencies are coming together to investigate and solve the issues faced at over 500 homeless shelters throughout the city.

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City to spend $300M over next three years on NYCHA housing roof replacements


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Photo by Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced a new initiative that will benefit thousands of residents, including those at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, in the upcoming years.

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Participatory budgeting winners announced in western Queens


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The residents of western Queens have spoken and the results are in to where they would like to see $1 million spent in their separate communities.

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Woodside intersection, prone to accidents, gets new traffic safety measures


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Woodside residents are showing that with determination and perseverance, changes can be made to prevent tragedies from occurring.

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CB 1 chair, district manager to retire in the summer after almost four decades of service


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Map via CB1 Website

Astoria will soon say goodbye to two Community Board 1 leaders as they get ready to retire from their posts after nearly eight decades of combined service to the area.

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