GOP pick backs out of race against Assemblymember Ed Braunstein


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Ralph Cefalo

A former GOP hopeful declined to make a run against current Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, despite being backed by the Queens County Republican Party. Malba resident Ralph Cefalo was endorsed by the County to seek election in the 26th Assembly District, but the civic leader ultimately chose not to enter the race after citing personal matters, […]

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Slow response to Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance appeals for funding


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Photo courtesy of the Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Service

The Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Service (WVAS) is having trouble raising funds for their new emergency vehicle, with only seven people contributing to their online campaign since its creation one month ago.

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PHOTOS: Preview of new QNS.com website at Queens Museum party


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Corazon Aguirre

Businesspeople, elected officials and other movers and shakers from across Queens came to the Queens Museum Wednesday night to get a glimpse of QNS.com, the future Internet home of The Queens Courier, Ridgewood Times, LIC Magazine and BORO magazine.

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Photos: Queens honors and remembers soldiers with Memorial Day parades


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Photos courtesy Dominick Totino Photography/Gallery by Robert Pozarycki, Anthony Giudice, Liam La Guerre

Patriotism spread in Queens for Memorial Day weekend as nearly a dozen parades were held around the borough to pay tribute to military men and women that protect the freedoms residents enjoy today.

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Pressure builds to expand school program in northern Queens and Whitestone


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A push to expand programs for gifted and talented students into middle schools in a northern Queens district has the support of local elected officials and at least 500 parents who have signed petitions backing the effort.

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Assemblyman Braunstein to introduce law to ban fake clothing drop-off bins


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Under a new bill, clothing bins that are not operated by organizations recognized as proper nonprofits by the IRS will be banned and the city will be able to remove the bins immediately. First-time offenders will be fined $250, and then $500 for every additional one during a calendar year.

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111th Precinct bids adieu to beloved community affairs officer


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

For 10 years, Community Affairs Officer Gary Poggiali has watched 120 officers accept their “Cops of the Month” awards from the back of the room. Now he has plenty of plaques to call his own. Community leaders gave a final salute to the retiring, beloved cop with an armful of plaques and an earful of […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff


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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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Legislators take aim at ‘revenge porn’ loophole


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So-called “selfies” should be protected by law in New York, legislators across the state are demanding. Three bills aimed at criminalizing “revenge porn” — or the act of posting sexual photos of ex-partners online out of vengeance — will soon be introduced in the State Legislature. The proposed legislation comes on the heels of a […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 19


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

19

As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the candidates in City Council District 19 (College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck), who […]

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