Why Assemblymember Meng Will Win The Democratic Primary For Congressmember Ackerman’s Seat


| lpenner@queenscourier.com


  The race to fill Congressmember Gary Ackerman’ seat may already be over before the first Democratic Party primary nominating petitions are signed. All three declared candidates including State Assemblymembers Grace Meng and Rory Lancman along with NYC Councilmember Liz Crowley are proud products of the Queens Democratic Party clubhouse. Win or lose on Primary […]

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Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley kicks off her Congressional campaign


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Surrounded by her teenage sons, Owen and Dennis, family and supporters, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley formally kicked off her Congressional campaign in front of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. “As I stand here today, with the support of my family, with the support of my friends, I announce my candidacy for Congress,” Crowley announced at […]

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Crowley donates school supplies


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The summer is almost over – and that means Queens students are already gearing up for the upcoming school year. U.S. Congressmember Joe Crowley helped their cause by giving out school supplies last week. “No child should report to school without all the tools they need to be successful in the classroom,” Crowley said in […]

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Crowley reports on Medicare plan cuts


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Recent budget cuts proposed by the Republican wing of the House of Representatives have caused Queens communities to worry about the future of key social programs. U.S. Congressmember Joe Crowley, a Democrat that represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, unveiled a report last week highlighting the effects of changes to Medicare and Medicaid in […]

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Crowley joins Ways & Means Committee


| pdavis@queenscourier.com


When the Democrats take control of Congress next month, Queens will have a representative on the powerful Ways and Means Committee as officials have announced that Congressmember Joseph Crowley would serve on the influential committee. Manhattan Congressmember Charles Rangel will chair the committee, which plays a pivotal role overseeing revenue related to issues such as […]

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Bells, bells, bells


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com


I begin on a sad note. Journalists are a tribe and we lost a brother last week. Photographer Ira Cohen passed away suddenly. Ira was a Vietnam veteran and retired MTA employee. His snowy moustache (and sometimes dreadlocks), were often to be seen in the background – while the “important” people were in the foreground. […]

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz sworn in by Mayor de Blasio


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was officially sworn into office Thursday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Pols introduce bill in Congress to alleviate airplane noise


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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Congressmember Joe Crowley gathered with state and local elected officials, advocates and community members Friday to announce the introduction of the Silent Skies Act bill that will work to alleviate airplane noise pollution in neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.

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Popular Maspeth restaurant O’Neill’s is back in business


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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Just about everyone in Maspeth remembers when O’Neill’s restaurant and bar was reduced to ashes after a grease fire in 2011. It was a devastating moment for the community, as the popular bar has been a staple in the neighborhood since 1933. After extinguishing the blaze, local firefighters found within the rubble, the American flag […]

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President Obama endorses Bill de Blasio


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos via Twitter/@deBlasioNYC

Updated, Monday, September 23, 2:46 p.m. Bill de Blasio has received the presidential seal of approval. President Barack Obama announced Monday he is officially endorsing de Blasio for mayor. “Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s vision for New York City, and it’s why he will be a great mayor of America’s largest […]

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Bikini bar gets fierce opposition from leaders, locals


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Aravella Simotas

Residents are worried that an uncovered bid for an Astoria bikini bar may be a scantily-clad plan to wiggle a strip club into their neighborhood. Racks, the club located at 19-26 Steinway Street, was recently leased to a company called 8G Inc. Formerly a billiard parlor, the establishment sits just half a block from homes, […]

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Queens politicians react to Affordable Care Act


| brennison@queenscourier.com


Just after 10 a.m. the Supreme Court handed down its ruling upholding President Barack Obama’s health care plan. The court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional. Shortly after the decision, Queens politicians took to Twitter to comment on the ruling. Here’s a collection the pol’s reactions: Congressmember Gregory Meeks: “ACA ensures children […]

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College Point mail center stays open — for now


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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While a Queens mail processing center thought its days were numbered, the once possibly doomed facility is getting a stay of execution. The processing and distribution center, located on 20th Avenue in College Point, has over 1,000 workers and was previously expected to officially cease operations on May 14 as part of a country-wide initiative […]

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And They’re Off!


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BY KEVIN J. RYAN kevinj.ryanmail@gmail.com As a Kentucky Derby winner was crowned, political candidates, it seems, continued to compete in a much longer race to fill their campaign coffers. The next funding report date for most candidates is July 15. A lot of money has likely been raised for the major candidates since the last […]

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Visa Waiver Program may boost borough tourism


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com


One Queens politician is attempting to boost tourism to the borough by opening the nation’s doors to more countries. Congressmember Joe Crowley recently announced he will introduce a measure in the House of Representatives that would encourage the federal government to expand its Visa Waver Program to include at least three new countries – Brazil, […]

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