Mayor Bill de Blasio and the municipal budget


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for a fair share of financial assistance from Washington is the same tired old rhetoric from decades ago that has grown stale over time.  Mayor de Blasio’s reference to the late United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan concerning his analysis that New York sends more taxes to Washington than it […]

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$100M transformation to turn Queens Boulevard into ‘Boulevard of Life’ begins


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Transportation representatives and local elected officials and community leaders announced on Thursday morning the beginning of the $100 million redesign of Queens Boulevard, which has claimed 185 lives since 1990.

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Tour bus celebrating Americans with Disabilities Act stopping at Queens Borough Hall Monday


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The ADA Legacy Project

A traveling exhibit – raising awareness and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — is rolling into Queens Monday afternoon.

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Thousands flocked to LIC waterfront for Fourth of July fireworks


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Rafael Gonzalez/Video courtesy Mike Graver, IG: @jacksonheightsny

The Long Island City waterfront exploded with life this past weekend as thousands of people from near and far traveled to the neighborhood to catch the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

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LIC’s Silvercup Studios to expand into Bronx next year


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

With the film and television industry continuing to grow in the Big Apple, the city’s leading independent film and television production studio is making sure to keep up with the demand.

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DOT commissioner headlines Myrtle Avenue BID meeting in Ridgewood


| editorial@ridgewoodtimes.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

The city’s top transportation official touted ongoing traffic initiatives during the 27th Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) yearly meeting on Tuesday night in Ridgewood.

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EXCLUSIVE: City’s first lady talks with The Courier about education, mental health


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Calling Queens “a model” of what New York City can be, the city’s First Lady Chirlane McCray outlined her efforts to expand education and mental health programs in an exclusive interview with The Courier.

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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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Mayor adds Lunar New Year holiday to NYC public school calendar


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Flushing Tuesday morning to announce that the Lunar New Year will be an official public school holiday beginning in the 2015-16 school year, allowing students of Asian descent to celebrate with family without missing class.

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City budget agreement brings more cops, six-day library service


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@JimmyVanBramer

More than a thousand new police officers will be hired and six-day library service will be restored in Queens and elsewhere under a $78.5 billion budget agreement that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced late Monday night.

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