Melissa Mark-Viverito was unanimously elected as the next City Council Speaker Wednesday by the 51-member body, becoming the second most powerful politician in the city and the first Latin-American to take the spot. “We will work together, because that is what New Yorkers expect and that is what New Yorkers deserve,” she said. “We unite […]
Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito is claiming she will have enough votes in the City Council to become its next speaker. In a statement issued Wednesday night, Mark-Viverito, who represents District 8, said she has the backing of 30 councilmembers and councilmembers-elect, including Queens members Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich and Jimmy […]
Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first State of the Borough speech on Thursday, celebrating the borough’s diversity, its recent prominence as a tourism destination and the nurturing environment that she said has made Queens “the borough of families.”
My week was like life — full of highs and lows. My high was taking my little grandchildren to two shows and attending the fabulous party given by my friend, Judge Sylvia Ash. But the low was the sad funeral/wake of sweet Willie Rivera, who I got to know through his brother Geraldo. Willie, 71, […]
Once again this holiday season, out of work, part-time, single income, poor, seniors, working and middle-class residents looking for reasonable-priced holiday gifts will have to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Polls of ordinary New Yorkers continue year after year and now decade after […]
There is a silence that shrouds most incidents of domestic violence – a deadly silence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we must work together more diligently to give a voice to countless victims and put an end to this silence once and for all.
Schools are open, but once again out-of-work, single income, poor, working and middle class parents looking for reasonably priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Year after year and now decade after decade, polls of ordinary New Yorkers […]
The City Council allocated $150,000 to senior centers like the Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Innovative Senior Center so that it could continue to develop technological programs that, among other things, allow older people to connect with their families using Skype.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito taking credit for recent passage of a $75 billion municipal budget is nothing to be proud of. She presented the budget to her loyal flock of members just before midnight on June 25. They only had one hour to read it prior to voting at 1 a.m. on […]
Editor’s Note: This letter was sent by the five borough presidents to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Because of its importance to Queens, we reproduce it here. For decades, New York City’s waterways have been an untapped resource. While it has the potential to serve as a major form of public […]
After months of rallying for the future of our children, our voices have finally been heard! Last week, our state legislators approved $300 million in funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs in their final budget. This is historic. We are now poised to ensure every child has access to high-quality, full-day pre-K.