EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember-elect Paul Vallone has picked the team he’ll take to City Hall in January, The Courier has learned. The seven-member staff consists mostly of longtime supporters and includes two former employees of Queens elected officials and the aunt of a local assemblymember. “These are people who believed in me five years ago, when I first […]

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Street co-named for longtime Bayside school teacher


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Photo courtesy Office of Councilmember Paul Vallone

Family, friends and former students of longtime P.S. 41 science teacher Geri Cilmi attended a street co-naming in her honor outside the Bayside school on Friday.

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Contentious Whitestone sidewalk café bid up for vote later this month


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

An application for a Whitestone sidewalk café will go up for a City Council vote at the end of the month without support from the area councilmember.

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Parents ‘grateful’ after missing autistic Rego Park 12-year-old found safe


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

An autistic 12-year-old boy who sprinted out of his Rego Park home Thursday was found safe in Brooklyn after a terrifying four hour search, police and family said.

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Federal, state and city officials: ‘Make Lunar New Year an official school holiday’


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

State lawmakers have strengthened a renewed push to make Lunar New Year an official school holiday, garnering support from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The City Council plans to introduce two resolutions, calling for schools to close and metered parking to be suspended.

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Vallone announces new high school program, outlines big ideas for district


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember Paul Vallone outlined his big ideas and discussed his first few weeks in office during a two-hour interview with The Courier.

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Attorney Munir Avery to run for State Senator Malcolm Smith’s seat


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Photo Courtesy of Munir Avery

Munir Avery announced he will be the first challenger for State Senator Malcolm Smith’s seat in the 2014 election. “I was born and raised in Queens Village, and I want to continue to serve my community. I want to bring the services to my community,” said the attorney. Smith, who was indicted in April for […]

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O’Neill’s restaurant in Maspeth celebrates 80th anniversary


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

O’Neill’s, the popular Maspeth bar and restaurant, celebrated its 80th anniversary on Wednesday.

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