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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File Photo

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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First phase of $100M Queens Boulevard redesign to be implemented by August


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Images courtesy of the Department of Transportation

The voices of a concerned community have been heard, and by August, the first segment of the redesign of what is known as the “Boulevard of Death” is expected to be implemented to make it safer.

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New citywide campaign calls for over $1B investment in libraries


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's Office

A citywide campaign is looking to reach city leaders and call on them to invest and fund public libraries.

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Artists gather at MoMA PS1 for Cultural Town Hall


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Photo courtesy Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer hosted a Cultural Town Hall meeting at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City on Wednesday, featuring Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Tom Finkelpearl, regarding plans to increase the number of affordable housing for artists.

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Queens World Film Festival celebrates fifth year’s opening night


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

With the luck of the Irish, the Queens World Film Festival kicked off its fifth year of helping bring independent films to the big screen.

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7 line is ‘endless nightmare’ for western Queens community


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials, community leaders and residents gathered Wednesday morning underneath the elevated 7 train at the 40th Street station in Sunnyside to rally against the MTA and the deteriorating service of the subway line.

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NYPD’s first deputy commissioner honored at Black History Month celebration


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Members of the NYPD, including First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, and local community leaders were honored for all their achievements during an annual Black History Month celebration in Long Island City.

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City collecting proposals for Sunnyside Yards feasibility study


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Photo via NYCEDC Sunnyside Yards Feasibility Study RFP

Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving full steam ahead with his plan to create 11,250 housing units over Sunnyside Yards, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has voiced opposition to it.

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LIC Industrial Business Zone receives more than $100K in funding


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Long Island City Industrial Business Zone (IBZ), which is one of many dedicated manufacturing sectors in a citywide initiative that focuses on preserving industry, received nearly 25 percent more funds from the city this year than 2014, a total of $100,946.

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Free legal clinic services to be offered for NYCHA residents


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer launched free legal clinic services on Monday that will serve residents of the New York City Housing Authority.

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Construction set to start on Hunters Point Community Library


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Renderings courtesy of the Queens Library

The Long Island City community celebrated Thursday morning the beginning of construction of a new waterfront library set to have the best view in Queens.

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