Rory Lancman details seamless move from Assembly to City Council


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember Rory Lancman detailed his smooth transition from the State Assembly to the City Council Tuesday in a sit-down interview with The Courier.

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Rory Lancman celebrates landslide City Council victory


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Twitter photo courtesy of Dominic Panakal

Former Assemblymember Rory Lancman is headed to City Hall.  Lancman, 44, won the open District 24 seat in a landslide victory on November 5. He also swept his opponents during the Democratic primary in September.  “I’m feeling great,” he said. “It’s very, very gratifying and humbling to not just win but win by such a […]

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Rory Lancman wins landslide victory in District 24


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Photo Courtesy of Twitter

Former Assemblymember Rory Lancman swept his Democratic primary race Tuesday and moved one step further to winning an open City Council seat. Lancman, 44, won the District 24 Democratic primary in a landslide victory on September 10. The Fresh Meadows attorney beat out his opponents, Andrea Veras and Mujib Rahman, with nearly 62 percent of […]

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Assemblymember Rory Lancman outlines plan to fight overdevelopment


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Assemblymember Rory Lancman outlined a comprehensive plan he designed to combat overdevelopment and said he would push the bill at a federal level if elected to Congress. The four-part Homes and Essential Landmarks Preservation (HELP) Act — introduced by Lancman, who is running for Congress in the 6th District — focuses on extending tax credits […]

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Summer readers feted by Assemblymember Rory Lancman


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More than 50 young readers throughout Queens were awarded for their participation in this year’s New York State Assembly Summer Reading Challenge on Monday, October 24. Assemblymember Rory Lancman presented award certificates to students who accumulated at least 40 days of reading throughout the summer, either independently or with their parents and guardians. “A lot […]

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Fresh Meadows residents and local pol tell city flooding must stop


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Photo courtesy of Jim Gallagher

For over a decade, a section of Utopia parkway has been getting flooded every time it rains more than a few inches, and homes along the street end up with basements, bathrooms and garages overflowing with untreated sewage, according to residents and City Councilman Rory Lancman.

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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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Councilman promises to fund purchase of Fresh Meadows colonial cemetery


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Photo courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission

Fresh Meadows Councilman Rory Lancman pledged to fully fund the purchase of a historical cemetery on 182nd Avenue from the current private owner that has no intention of preserving the plot of land.

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City’s pot policy change divides Queens residents, pleases pols


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Borough residents are on both sides of the debate over the city’s recent change in policy over marijuana possession arrests, while several local politicians see it as a progressive move.

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Kew Gardens Hills residents fight against synagogue expansion


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Sephardic Congregation plans to add another floor and expand its school, but residents nearby are fighting against it.

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$8.2M renovation of Kew Gardens Hills library to be complete in 2015


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Renderings courtesy the Queens Library

The Kew Gardens Hills library is being expanded by 3,000 square feet to about 10,500 square feet. The renovation will include technology updates, a separate area for teens, a new sloped-concrete roof and a full interior renovation.

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Fresh Meadows residents, pols worry about sinking street


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The middle of 179th Street between Union Turnpike and 75th Avenue has sunk a few inches after underground support for the roadway collapsed, which residents have been complaining about since last May.

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91-year-old WWII veteran fighting NYCHA for Flushing apartment


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Ralph Calinda lives alone in a three-bedroom apartment in the NYCHA Pomonok Houses in Flushing. Through NYCHA’s downsizing policy, which moves residents who “overuse apartments” to smaller ones, the city agency wants to kick him out of his home.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST: Wednesday: Rain. High 49. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall near a half an inch. Wednesday night: Periods of rain. Low 49. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall near an inch.

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