City Council passes Astoria Cove development project


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve the Astoria Cove mega development on Tuesday, clearing the way for the major land use project.

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Astoria Cove wins City Council committee support after last minute deal


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

Astoria Cove developers delayed the City Council Land Use Committee vote on Wednesday to strike a last minute deal with politicians and win approval for the project.

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Real estate roundup: Astoria Cove developer may increase number of affordable housing units ahead of City Council vote, new hotel for Ridgewood


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of Studio V Architecture 

“The Astoria Cove site developers, Alma Realty, have agreed to use union labor for construction, building maintenance and security on the mega-project, a source told The News. It’s also expected that the developers will agree to increase the number of units of affordable housing in the project.”

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Real estate roundup: Advocates urge City Council to scrutinize Astoria Cove, USTA files for new tennis stadium


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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“The 1700-apartment project was approved by the City Planning Commission last week and now goes to the Council, which is likely to demand changes before approving it. So far, the developer, Alma Realty, has promised that 20% of the units will be affordable.”

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City Council announces restoration of Peter Vallone Sr. namesake scholarship


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Photo courtesy office of Councilman Paul Vallone

Officials announced Tuesday, July 8, the City Council Merit Based Scholarship, once named after former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., was restored after it was voted into the budget of the City Council for $11.1 million.

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Bills introduced to City Council to help individuals with developmental disorders


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A package of bills was introduced to the City Council Friday to help prevent something like that of autistic teen Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance, which ended in tragedy, from occurring once again.

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Rory Lancman details seamless move from Assembly to City Council


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember Rory Lancman detailed his smooth transition from the State Assembly to the City Council Tuesday in a sit-down interview with The Courier.

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Melissa Mark-Viverito elected as next City Council Speaker


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste

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 […]

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Melissa Mark-Viverito says she has support to become next City Council speaker


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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 […]

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Costa Constantinides sworn into City Council


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy Costa Constantinides' Facebook

Councilmember Costa Constantinides was officially sworn into the City Council Tuesday by City Clerk Michael McSweeney. He will begin his term Jan. 1 Constantinides, who represents District 22, was joined by Councilmember James Gennaro. The date for his inauguration ceremony in Astoria is still to be determined.   RECOMMENDED STORIES City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning […]

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Verizon heroes honored by City Council for stopping Flushing rape


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Julissa Ferreras

The City Council honored Verizon technicians Michael Popowich, Anthony Howley and John Gilday with a proclamation Tuesday. The trio thwarted a rape in Flushing in October by chasing the attacker and sitting on him until cops arrived.

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City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of the office of Councilmember Eric Ulrich

The City Council passed a change in Ozone Park’s zoning map Tuesday to reflect the neighborhood’s building patterns. Now, the zoning mandates will reinforce the area’s one- and-two-family residential homes and direct new residential and mixed-use developments to more commercial locations. “The new zoning enacted into law today will protect Ozone Park from overdevelopment and help […]

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