Councilmember Mark Weprin faces potential challenger in general election


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Joseph Concannon’s campaign

Numerous police unions are backing one candidate’s bid to unseat incumbent Councilmember Mark Weprin. Joseph Concannon, a retired police captain from Bellerose, announced his run for City Council on August 8 — with the full support of several law enforcement groups, including the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA). “I can assure you I will never risk […]

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Councilmember Mark Weprin Op Ed: Emphasize learning, not testing


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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BY CITY COUNCILMEMBER MARK WEPRIN The news that New York City students’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are basically flat may come as a blow to those who are still under the illusion that the Department of Education (DOE) has brilliantly revolutionized public education in recent years. But it is no […]

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Mark Weprin to run for City Council


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

State Assemblymember Mark Weprin has confirmed that “if the seat opens up - and it looks like it will,” he will run for the City Council 23rd District seat currently held by his brother David in November. “David has said he is running for [city] Comptroller and Bill Thompson [the current city Comptroller] said he […]

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Mark Weprin to run for Council


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

State Assemblymember Mark Weprin has confirmed that “if the seat opens up – and it looks like it will,” he will run for the City Council 23rd District seat currently held by his brother David in November. “David has said he is running for [city] Comptroller and Bill Thompson [the current city Comptroller] said he […]

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Assemblymember Mark Weprin is honored


By Queens Courier Staff

Queensborough Community College President Eduardo J. Mart presented New York State Assemblymember Mark Weprin with a citation from the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives located on the campus. The citation was for his continuing support of the Center by rallying the entire Queens delegation to support its expansion.

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Ronald McDonald House honors Mark Weprin


| zbraziller@queenscourier.com

The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, located in Queens County, hosted its annual networking event with a slightly different purpose - the nearly 100 businessmen and women from all over Long Island and Queens gathered to honor Assemblyman Mark Weprin for his generous support of the house. All […]

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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Ricardo Zappala/Flickr Creative Commons

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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Op-ed: Solutions to increasing diversity without changing the SHSAT


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

By COUNCILMAN MARK WEPRIN

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about changing the admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools in order to address the underrepresentation of black and Latino students. While I embrace the goal of increasing diversity within those schools, I am not convinced that changing the exam or the admission standards is the best way to diversify the student population.

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Five city trees illegally chopped at former Bayside Hills gardening center site


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Five city-owned trees with an estimated value of more than $340,000 saw the buzzer last week, resulting in complaints from residents and possible criminal charges and fines from the Parks Department.

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