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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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


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

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


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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


| slicata@queenscourier.com

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


| slicata@queenscourier.com

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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New bills proposed by state Sen. Avella would address abandoned homes


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The Zombie Property Act would force lenders to maintain abandoned homes in New York and the act is part of a series of bills that are part of the policy agenda for Avella and his cohort of the Independent Democratic Conference. The group unveiled their 15-point agenda Invest New York earlier this week and one of the bills seeks to ease the burden abandoned homes could have on neighborhoods.

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Ridgewood rents skyrocketing since end of recession


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Charts and photos courtesy of StreetEasy.com

Rents in Ridgewood last year nearly doubled since 2009, according to data compiled by real estate website StreetEasy.com at the request of The Courier, as more luxury rental buildings moved down the L and M train lines from Bushwick and Williamsburg.

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New liquid gas port proposed for Long Island coast, bashed by Queens elected officials


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder

A proposal to build a massive natural gas terminal, called Port Ambrose, just 17 miles off the southern shore of Long Island was met by angry opposition from hundreds of residents from Queens and surrounding counties last week during a public hearing near Kennedy Airport.

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