Parker Jewish weathers Superstorm Sandy


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Throughout Sandy and its aftermath, the residents, patients and staff of the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation remained safe and comfortable, and programs and services went on as scheduled. “The dedication of Parker’s staff, combined with years of careful emergency planning and preparedness drills [empowered] Parker, literally, to weather the storm,” said […]

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Cemetery of the Evergreens to get $1.3M grant for storm recovery


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THE RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The Cemetery of the Evergreens, which sits on the Glendale/Bushwick border, will receive two grants totaling $1.3 million as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s effort to restore 16 historically significant properties across New York State that sustained damaged during Sandy.

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First Queens Citi Bike station debuts in LIC


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, the Department of Transportation and local elected officials and leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the borough’s first-ever Citi Bike station located on Center Boulevard right on the waterfront.

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Astoria teen gets presidential treatment before heading to college


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Photos courtesy of Anthony Neciosup

For 17-year-old Anthony Neciosup, last week still seems surreal, as his dream to go to the White House and be in the same room as the President of the United States and the first lady became a reality.

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Citi Bike rolling into LIC this August


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, and the Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Citi Bike expansion, which was announced last October, will begin in early August with new stations being installed in various neighborhoods, including Long Island City.

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Homeowners urged to complete Build it Back applications before deadline


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Queens residents who have not fully completed Build it Back applications have until Tuesday, June 30, to submit any pending paperwork needed to receive funds for construction on new homes.

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Pol calls for early mosquito spraying in south Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Greenfield

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is encouraging the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to step up efforts to combat West Nile virus in southern Queens.

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Build it Back: The story behind the frustration


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

OP-ED BY CITY COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER

The continuing damage from the storm can be seen today in Breezy Point and the Rockaways, and many other communities in Queens that bore the brunt of Sandy’s winds and waves. Many neighborhoods have not been fully rebuilt and individual homeowners are still desperately seeking assistance.

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Rep. Jeffries wants investigation into FEMA flood insurance scandal


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THE COURIER/File photo

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is calling upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s inspector general to investigate potential fraud in the insurance claims process for people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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MTA to award $236.5M contract to rebuild Queens Midtown Tunnel


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Photos courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels/Mark Valentin

One of the city’s tunnel systems is expected to get a much-needed face-lift after being heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

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Star of Queens: Khadjat Oluwo, disaster case manager, Metropolitan Council


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Khadjat Oluwo

Khadjat Oluwo, 31, was born and raised in Brooklyn and now lives in East Flatbush. When mixing with people from Queens, mainly through her job, she notices their enduring strength and good spirit even when times are tough.

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Goldfeder unveils plan to create new flood insurance agency as alternative to FEMA


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Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder

It’s about giving homeowners affected by floods a choice, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said in describing legislation he proposed to create a new flood insurance agency for New Yorkers.

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Goldfeder urging National Grid for plant site usage as new hope arises in fight for ferry service


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File photo

As Mayor de Blasio announced plans for a resumption of ferry service to the Rockaways, local elected officials and community advocates immediately took up the call for community development projects that they say would go hand-in-hand with a ferry — including a proposal for a new parking lot on the site of an old gas plant.

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