Peter Koo donates council salary


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

Councilmember Peter Koo lived up to a 2009 campaign pledge recently by donating his entire City Council salary to a plethora of local community groups, centers and programs. Ten local organizations which include the Queens Botanical Garden Society, Inc., Asian American Arts Alliance and Help without Borders were issued $2,000 each during a recent press […]

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Peter Koo back on ballot


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

In a unanimous decision, five Appellate Division Justices of the State Supreme Court have put Peter Koo’s name back on the ballot, to challenge Senator Toby Stavisky for the 16th District seat in November, saying “the evidence adduced at the trial did not warrant the Supreme Court’s conclusion.” Attorneys for Stavisky, a Democrat, had gone […]

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Community activist Peter Koo challenges Stavisky


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The Queens Republican Party made good on its promise to fight for its majority in the State Senate recently when it introduced Flushing businessperson and community activist Peter Koo - who hopes to unseat Democrat Toby Stavisky in the 16th Senate District (16SD). Koo was unanimously endorsed by the Queens County Republicans at their meeting […]

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Flushing public forum reveals planning study


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo by Alina Suriel/ Gallery courtesy of the NYC Department of City Planning

The NYC Department of City Planning publicly revealed Thursday night details of a Flushing West planning study which will result in large scale re-zoning in line with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year plan to increase affordable housing.

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Hoping for Lunar New Year holiday, lawmakers move to end Brooklyn-Queens Day


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

TIMES NEWSWEEKLY/File photo

State lawmakers introduced on Tuesday a bill that would eliminate Brooklyn-Queens Day from the New York City public school calendar.

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First charter meeting for Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

City Council Member Peter Koo swears in the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce board of directors last Wednesday. (photo courtesy of Koo's office)

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce continued its growth on Wednesday afternoon, holding its first meeting at Flushing Town Hall among local merchants and civic leaders.

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Koo: Mayor broke promise to make Lunar New Year a school holiday


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

De Blasio announced last week that two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, would be added to the public school’s calendar as a holiday that will suspend school for two days. But Councilman Peter Koo said that the de Blasio administration promised him the same designation for Lunar New Year, a holiday that was recently celebrated, among others, by Flushing’s Asian community.

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Powerful partying


| vschneps@queenscourier.com

Charles and Daphne Chan, Tracy and Seth Kupferberg, Deidre Major,
Councilman Peter Koo, Tony Major, Congresswoman Grace Meng and Claire Schulman

I feel like I’ve been hit by lightning! If any of you have been watching Geraldo Rivera on Monday nights on “Celebrity Apprentice,” you know he is raising serious money for his favorite cause — Life’s WORC. I’m thrilled to tell you it is the organization I founded 44 years ago to help my first-born […]

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City renews express bus service plans between Jamaica and Flushing after nod from mayor


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Despite calls from community members and politicians in neighborhoods like Kew Gardens Hills, the transformation of the Q44 and Q25 into a Select Bus Service (SBS) line is set to begin as early as this fall, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman, but no official schedule has been announced.

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Rep. Meng joins the fight to clean up Flushing Creek


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Rep. Grace Meng has put out the call to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help come up with a plan to stop more than 2 billion gallons of untreated sewage from flowing into Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay every year — more sewage overflow than any other waterway in New York City has to handle.

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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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