Councilmember Mark Weprin faces potential challenger in general election


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Joseph Concannon’s campaign

Numerous police unions are backing one candidate’s bid to unseat incumbent Councilmember Mark Weprin. Joseph Concannon, a retired police captain from Bellerose, announced his run for City Council on August 8 — with the full support of several law enforcement groups, including the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA). “I can assure you I will never risk […]

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Councilmember Mark Weprin Op Ed: Emphasize learning, not testing


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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BY CITY COUNCILMEMBER MARK WEPRIN The news that New York City students’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are basically flat may come as a blow to those who are still under the illusion that the Department of Education (DOE) has brilliantly revolutionized public education in recent years. But it is no […]

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Give David Weprin credit for the original idea


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Give credit where credit is due. New York state Sen. Tony Avella recently called for a new police precinct. When New York State Assemblymember David Weprin was chairperson of the New York City Finance Committee from 2002 to 2009, he advocated creation of the new 116th Precinct out of the existing 105th NYPD Precinct, before […]

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DOE withdraws co-location plans


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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From the 49 co-location proposals released last year for schools all around the city, the Department of Education (DOE) has announced it will be withdrawing nine and revising one

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Queens lawmaker wants fire hydrants tagged with markers


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Councilmember Mark Weprin

All New York City hydrants should be tagged with high-flying flags to be spotted more easily during snowstorms, a Queens lawmaker is proposing. Councilmember Mark Weprin is reintroducing legislation this March that would require markers be placed at least three feet above hydrants.

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Queens teen comes in second on ‘Jeopardy!’ College Championship


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Queens whiz kid Laurie Beckoff came in a little short Tuesday in her match-up on Jeopardy’s College Championship. The 19-year-old from Hollis Hills was the runner-up, amongst two other young geniuses, with a grand total of $13,400.

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Queens teen to compete Tuesday in ‘Jeopardy!’ College Championship


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

A teen whiz from Queens will put her brains and button-smashing reflexes to the test Tuesday, when she competes in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship. Laurie Beckoff, 19, will vie against 15 other young geniuses nationwide Feb.11 for $100,000 and an automatic berth in the next Tournament of Champions.

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Local leaders applaud city’s call to save Gifted & Talented seats


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Local leaders are hailing the city’s decision to allow all District 26 elementary school students enrolled in Gifted & Talented programs to be grandfathered into middle school programs.

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Queens holiday lightings and celebrations


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Shops at Atlas Park

The Shops at Atlas Park’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, November 23 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (800 Cooper Avenue) There will be a tree, a DJ, carolers, Santa, as well as milk and cookies. This event is free. The Flushing Library’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday, November 26 7 p.m. 41-17 Main Street, Flushing Rego […]

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The next NYC Council speaker


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

NYC Councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito, Dan Garodnick, Mark Weprin, Jimmy Vacca, Inez Dickens, Jimmy Van Bramer, Annabel Palma and Jumaane Williams are all potential candidates to succeed outgoing NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Money alone can’t always buy love or the chance to become the next New York City Council speaker. Neither can inheritance or a […]

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