John Messer kicks off campaign against state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo by Lev Radin

An Oakland Gardens attorney officially launched his second try at defeating a nearly 13-year State Senate incumbent, hoping a newly-redrawn majority Asian district and a one-on-one primary will give him a leg up this time around. John Messer, 42, pointed out that since the new 16th District, which is now 53 percent Asian, no longer […]

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Senator Toby Ann Stavisky announces her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District


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Senator Toby Ann Stavisky formally announced her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District.

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky formally announced her intent to seek re-election in the 16th District, choosing the newly-formed Asian-American majority district over one in which she would have had to face a primary with Senator Tony Avella. “I am supporting Tony for re-election, and he is supporting me for re-election,” Stavisky said. “Most of my […]

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MTA, DOT scrap plans for Main Street bus-only lane in Kew Gardens Hills


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Rory Lancman's office

Facing community and political opposition, the MTA and the city Department of Transportation slammed the brakes on a proposed dedicated bus lane for the limited Q44 bus line on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills.

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Op-ed: Why I voted against the education budget


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY

As a former teacher and as the ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, it was with great reluctance that I voted ‘no’ on the policies put forth by Gov. Cuomo in the budget-related education bills.

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


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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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Pols continue push for law change after another Queens hit-and-run


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

In response to a fatal hit-and-run in Elmhurst on Sunday, which took the life of a 26-year-old woman, state Senator Michael Gianaris gathered with local officials and advocacy groups at the site of the crash to reintroduce legislation he put forth more than a year ago.

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


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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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Community demands improvements at Elmhurst LIRR overpass


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Elmhurst residents and their elected officials are demanding that the city clean and maintain a pedestrian bridge above Long Island Rail Road tracks that they say is deteriorating, dirty and often dangerous.

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Plans released for possible QueensWay


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Renderings courtesy of thequeensway.org

A 3.5-mile stretch of recreational, walking and biking trails is planned for central and southern Queens as part of a multi-million dollar proposal that has coined the name, QueensWay.

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