Truck driver arrested after allegedly assaulting Councilmember Daniel Dromm


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Dromm

While it is generally positive for officials to personally engage themselves in community issues, one councilmember’s involvement landed him as the victim of an assault. Around noon on Wednesday, May 30, as Councilmember Daniel Dromm drove his car through Jackson Heights on the way back to his office, he saw an 18-wheel truck from National […]

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Leadership roles go to Queens councilmembers who supported speaker


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Official NYC Council photo by William Alatriste

Several important leadership positions went to Queens representatives Wednesday who showed support for newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last month.

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Dromm, DRUM lead rally after Bangladesh factory fire


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

With his handheld camcorder, Gulam Sarwar Harum swept through the chanting crowd, capturing their faces and voices as they bellowed for the workers who perished in a fire in a Bangladesh factory. “Workers’ rights and human rights! Workers’ rights and human rights!” they yelled, waving homemade signs etched with English and Bengali cries for justice. […]

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Crowley gets least discretionary funding of Queens councilmembers


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Organizations in Council District 30 may need to learn to stretch a dollar after Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley lost almost $300,000 in discretionary funding this fiscal year. Crowley received just $378,321 to dole out to area institutions — more than $35,000 less than any other Queens councilmember — after spending more than $660,000 a year ago. […]

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Should a New York City Councilmember Oppose Opening Additional Newsstands?


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

How disappointing to learn that so-called liberal progressive New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm is leading the fight to stop a newstand from opening up in Jackson Heights at the corner of 74th Street and 37th Road.   Few remember probably including Councilmember Dromm that in the 1960s, NYC was blessed with over 12 daily […]

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Councilmembers get their committees


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The chairs and memberships of the City Council’s various committees have been divvied up, and although Queens members no longer control all three of the most prominent committees – Finance, Land Use and Transportation – the borough is well represented. Among the Democrats, three-termer Leroy Comrie (CD 27) took over the chair of the powerful […]

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New Queens Councilmembers have clear ideas


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Queens is sending six new Councilmembers to City Hall – four Democrats and two Republicans – who want to make their mark on government. Here’s what they said are their goals: Dan Halloran, District 19 (Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Whitestone, Robinwood; parts of Flushing, Douglaston, Little Neck) Halloran’s sights are set on […]

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Dromm rolls in Jackson Heights


| ccruz@queenscourier.com

The residents of District 25 have decisively elected Democrat Daniel Dromm, the openly gay son of Irish immigrants, to the City Council. Election night results show that Dromm defeated his Republican/Independent/Conservative opponent Mujib Rahman by a margin of 75 percent to 25 percent or 9,702 to 3,306 votes. Dromm, 53, will now represent some of […]

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Contentious candidate forum between Sears and Dromm


| ccruz@queenscourier.com

City Council incumbent Helen Sears and one of her two opponents, Daniel Dromm, squared off in a contentious candidate forum turned debate for the right to represent residents in District Council 25 on Monday, August 31. “You’ve got to let me respond to this, I’m serious, or I’ll walk out,” Sears whispered to the moderator […]

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Questions for aspiring Councilmembers


| ccruz@queenscourier.com

If the turnout at the fourth District Council 25 candidate forum is any indication, the district’s primary election could be one of the most exciting in the borough. As the available chairs quickly disappeared, a crowd packed into the Diversity Center of Queens to hear the four candidates – Daniel Dromm, Stanley Kalathara, Alfonso Quiroz […]

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Op-ed: Why we need Mayor de Blasio’s pre-k plan


| oped@queenscourier.com

As chair of the NYC Council Education Committee, it is a priority of mine to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan enacted. The only viable way to ensure that our children get this extra year of education is to create a tax on the city’s most wealthy residents to help fund it.

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Famous Famiglia opens at Jackson Heights subway station


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Famous Famiglia pizzeria opened its doors on Monday, December 9 at the subway station on 75th Street and Roosevelt Avenue together with local elected officials, family and friends. The pizza chain beat out a total of 12 other proposals which vied to call the vacant 4,000-square-foot space home in 2010, after the MTA advertised a new request for proposals. Famous Famiglia won and signed a lease in 2011.

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Jackson Heights, Corona community marches for safer streets after traffic deaths


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

It was the final straw, and now the Jackson Heights and Corona communities are saying no more. Family members of traffic accident victims, local elected officials and community members gathered Tuesday night to set off the inaugural action known as “Three Children Too Many.” The group marched down Northern Boulevard, then 82nd Street, stopping to […]

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