Councilmember Costa Constantinides wants government to work for his constituents


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Councilmember Costa Constantinides wants his constituents to know he is here for them and plans on keeping his two campaign promises – to work hard for them and never lie.

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Elizabeth Crowley, Craig Caruana face off in heated District 30 debate


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The first public debate between Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley and Craig Caruana was contentious. The competitors faced off in a heated exchange on Monday. It was marked by frequent interruptions, yelling on both sides and cheers and jeers from attending residents of District 30, which includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Glendale, parts of Woodhaven […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 31


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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 City Council District 31 primary candidates (Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, the Rockaways), who they are, what they stand […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 22


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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 22 (Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights), who they are, […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 19


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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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Star of Queens: Maria DeInnocentiis, Utopia State Civic Association, Order Sons of Italy in America, Community Board 8


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Maria DeInnocentiis

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Maria DeInnocentiis has dedicated her life to the service of others. She is the chair of the Utopia State Civic Association, the treasurer of the Order Sons of Italy in America and the chair and treasurer of Community Board 8, among other posts. “I work hard to support my community,” she said. “I […]

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Community activist Craig Caruana kicks off Republican run in District 30 Council race


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Photo courtesy of Craig Caruana

The race to represent District 30 on the City Council is on, with community activist and Middle Village native Craig Caruana throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican ticket. Caruana is a member of organizations including the Knights of Columbus at Resurrection Ascension Parish, the Kiwanis Club of Glendale and the Juniper Park […]

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Education task force takes on overcrowding


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The newly–formed District 21 education task force held is first meeting to discuss concerns such as overcrowding. On Thursday, April 25, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras gathered with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, local educators, parents and education advocacy groups at the Langston Hughes Library for the inaugural meeting of the Educational and Overcrowding Improvement Task Force. It […]

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Community concern over high school sharing building with younger students


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

As one of the 15 new schools announced to open in Queens in September, the Department of Education (DOE) is planning to co-locate a new high school in the same building as a middle school — and it has created mixed feelings within the community. Energy Tech High School is expected to open at I.S. 204, […]

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Candidates vie for Sanders’ City Council seat in special election


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Candidates 15th district

A vacant seat has been left in the 31st Council District by James Sanders’ ascent to the State Senate, and more than one candidate hopes to slide into the spot. A special election is set to be held on February 19 for the coveted Council seat, covering parts of Springfield Gardens, Laurelton and Rosedale. The […]

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Rezoning would help class size in District 30


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The Department of Education (DOE) is “zoning in” on overcrowding. The DOE is rezoning School District 30, expanding the capacity of local elementary schools to alleviate severe overcrowding. The extension will incorporate Q329, a new K-5 elementary school, set to open with three kindergarten sections in September 2013. The new school, located at 26-25 97th […]

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JOHN R. KHANI, Assistant Director of Public Affairs Council of Supervisors & Administrators


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JOHN R. KHANI, Assistant Director of Public Affairs Council of Supervisors & Administrators

John Khani graduated from Long Island University with a B.A. in Political Science. In 1968, he began teaching fifth grade in the south Bronx at C.S. 61. As a teacher in 1969, Khani was a pioneer in the “task-card” approach to learning, a precursor to individualized learning and differentiated instruction. In 1971, he received a […]

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Shared school building community concern


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With school overcrowding a major issue in Districts 24 and 28, a Department of Education (DOE) proposal to “incubate” students has raised concerns for faculty, staff and even local elected officials. Maspeth High School, which is under construction at 54-40 74th Street, has students “in the midst of the admission process,” according to the DOE. […]

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Shared school building community concern


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With school overcrowding a major issue in Districts 24 and 28, a Department of Education (DOE) proposal to “incubate” students has raised concerns for faculty, staff and even local elected officials. Maspeth High School, which is under construction at 54-40 74th Street, has students “in the midst of the admission process,” according to the DOE. […]

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Bayside rabbi honored by City Council


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The rabbi who founded the Chabad of Northeast Queens, a community outreach program, was honored at the City Council’s first meeting of the year. Rabbi Yossi Blesofsky conducted the ceremonial invocation at the gathering, traditionally known as the charter meeting. “I feel privileged to be here particularly as a Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi, due to the […]

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