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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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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Police officers honored for saving man’s life in LIC


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Police Officers William Caldarera and Corey Sarro of the 108th Precinct were given a proclamation on behalf of the City Council for saving the life of a 66-year-old man who was found motionless in front of LaGuardia Community College in December.

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Petition started to prevent developers from trademarking ’5Pointz’ name


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Supporters are coming together in an online petition to stop developer G&M Realty from trademarking the name “5Pointz” and using it on its upcoming luxury apartment towers.

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LIC Partnership awarded $100K grant for comprehensive neighborhood study


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

To maintain the community’s industrial roots — which still supply many jobs for the city’s manufacturing workforce — while preparing for possible changes in other sectors, the nonprofit Long Island City Partnership is hoping to conduct a comprehensive study of the neighborhood and create a plan for the future.

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Candlelight vigils held around Queens for slain officers


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Communities around Queens came together, holding emotional candlelight vigils to show their respect for the two NYPD officers who were murdered last week and to express sympathy for their families.

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Talk of Sunnyside Yards mega development chugging along  


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Photo courtesy of Jim Henderson/ Wikipedia Commons

Proposals to redevelop the massive Sunnyside Yards are building up steam after decades of discussion as more key players in the rail yard’s future are weighing in with some specific ideas for what can be built there.

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Proposed carriage horse ban finds strongest opposition among city lawmakers from Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Opponents of a controversial bill that would ban carriage horses in the city can count on lawmakers from Queens as their biggest group of allies in the City Council.

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