Assemblymember Simotas and husband welcome baby Eleni


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Aravella Simotas' office

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and her husband, John Katsanos, welcomed daughter Eleni into the world at 10:15 p.m.  on Tuesday, August 7. The little girl is a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long.  According to a spokesperson, mom and baby are both doing well.

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Incumbent Assemblymembers hold seats


By Queens Courier Staff

As usual, there were few surprises as all of the incumbent Assemblymembers were re-elected to return to Albany.   Democrats who had no opponents and retained their Assembly included Grace Meng in District 22, Rory Lancman in District 25, Nettie Mayersohn in District 27, William Scarborough in District 29, Michelle Titus in District 31, Vivian […]

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Incumbent Assemblymembers hold seats


By Queens Courier Staff

As usual, there were few surprises as all of the incumbent Assemblymembers were re-elected to return to Albany.   Democrats who had no opponents and retained their Assembly included Grace Meng in District 22, Rory Lancman in District 25, Nettie Mayersohn in District 27, William Scarborough in District 29, Michelle Titus in District 31, Vivian […]

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Frei-Pearson to battle Simotas for Assembly


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

With more than five months before the Democratic primary for the 36th District Assembly seat, which will be vacated by Michael Gianaris who is running for State Senate, a person has emerged to challenge Aravella Simotas – the Queens Democratic Party’s choice for the seat. Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, a civil rights attorney and community activist, has […]

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Op-ed: Make traffic safety a priority


| oped@queenscourier.com

The 21st Street corridor between Queens Plaza and 20th Avenue has always been notorious for pedestrian fatalities. It serves as a conduit between the Queensboro and Robert F. Kennedy Bridges, resulting in cars, trucks, and other heavy vehicles using the street to move quickly between these two points.

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Pols, residents call on de Blasio to help clean up Astoria


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Assemblymember Aravella Simotas' Office

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Costa Constantinides are continuing their call for cleaner streets as residents voice their concerns on trash.

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A week of losses


| vschneps@queenscourier.com

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It was a sad January 2 when I got the call that cherished friend Gloria Aloise, who had been ill for several years, lost her battle with Parkinson’s disease. But it was a shock when I got the call that my beautiful friend Georgiana Reese-Benatti had lost her beloved Ray, who suffered a massive heart […]

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Community demands end to disruptive subway noise by Astoria school


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials and the P.S. 85 community in Astoria want to put a screeching halt to subway noise created by the N and Q elevated subway line.

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Op-ed: The western Queens renaissance: A burgeoning community on the rise


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTAS At its core, western Queens is a community built by small businesses. From the time the Steinway brothers built their first factory in the U.S. in 1853 to the television and film production and high-tech enterprises we see flourishing today, this part of New York City is firmly grounded in innovation and […]

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Queens pols get big laughs at ‘Legislative Acts’ show


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Nicolette Djokovich

BY NIKKI DJOKOVICH They can sing. They can act. They can legislate. Borough politicians took to the stage to perform in “Legislative Acts,” a sold-out fundraising event held Saturday night at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall. The audience roared with laughter throughout the 16-act performances, which included song, dance, comedy and more. Each skit featured […]

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Costa Constantinides wins City Council District 22 race


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Costa Constantinides is making history and will now serve the community he has called home his whole life. The lifelong Astoria resident has been elected to fill Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and represent Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, he […]

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Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.

Astoria got together this past weekend to celebrate the 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade. On Saturday, October 12, together with Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and other local officials, the procession marched from 34th Avenue down to Astoria Boulevard and 33rd Street. The Grand Marshal of the […]

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Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Assemblymember Aravella Simotas

Residents and local officials want to take out the trash in Astoria. “We all want a clean living environment for our growing community and to help our small businesses thrive,” said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas at a rally on September 24 at the corner of 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard. Her office has heard from an […]

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