Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer discusses vision for new majority leader role


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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is looking forward to the next four years as Majority Leader.

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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer engaged


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Congrats to Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. Van Bramer got engaged on Monday to his longtime partner, Dan Hendrick while vacationing in Puerto Rico. Van Bramer was among the elected officials that championed the Marriage Equality Act that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law.

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Leadership roles go to Queens councilmembers who supported speaker


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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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Van Bramer, Ferreras in running to head Council finance committee: report


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After showing support last month for newly-elected Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Queens Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras and Jimmy Van Bramer are the top contenders to head the Council’s finance committee, according to Politicker.

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Councilmember Richards refuses bribe to support liquor store near Springfield Gardens school


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A would-be business owner was recently busted for attempting to bribe a southeast Queens pol, according to officials. Tarsem Singh applied to open a liquor store on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from Springfield Gardens High School. The proposal was heavily opposed by Councilmember Donovan Richards and the Springfield Gardens community. “Our children […]

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Former Councilmember Walter McCaffrey dies


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Former City Councilmember Walter McCaffrey, known for his generosity and effectiveness in office, has died. He was 64. McCaffrey represented Council District 26, including Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria and Maspeth, for nearly two decades until he was term-limited out of office in 2001. One of his successors, Jimmy Van Bramer, said the veteran […]

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Councilmember Van Bramer weds longtime partner


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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer wed Dan Hendrick, his partner of more than 13 years, in a ceremony at Long Island City’s Studio Square on Saturday, July 28. Surrounded by family and friends, the couple exchanged vows and said their “I do’s” before celebrating at a summery rooftop soiree.

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Van Bramer set to wed longtime partner this weekend


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On a warm November night last year in Puerto Rico, Dan Hendrick slipped a silver ring from his pocket, descended on one knee and proposed to long-time partner Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. Thoughts of marriage had lingered in Hendrick’s mind for some time, but busy schedules always intervened. They talked about it on and off, […]

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Crowley gets least discretionary funding of Queens councilmembers


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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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Queens councilmembers score high on environmental report cards


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The scores are in — and Queens councilmembers have fared well above average in their most recent environmental report cards. According to the New York City League of Conservation Voters’ (NYLCV) annual “Environmental Scorecard,” a record number of 22 out of 50 councilmembers achieved perfect scores. Queens, the runner-up borough, trailed the Manhattan delegation — […]

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Van Bramer kicks off a week of ‘Respect’


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Queens is as diverse as a borough can get – and the city celebrates that diversity with Respect for All Week, an annual, citywide event. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer traveled to his alma mater, William Cullen Bryant High School, to join with students and teachers in kicking off the week-long initiative. The week is meant […]

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Van Bramer honors Bryant’s perfect season


By Queens Courier Staff

A local girls’ basketball team received top honors after an amazing end to a stellar – and flawless – season. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer awarded the Lady Owls at William C. Bryant High School in Long Island City with a proclamation honoring the team’s 14-0 division record and 20-0 overall record. Head Coach Jimmy Exarhos […]

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Van Bramer shoots hoops with teams


By Queens Courier Staff

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined Sunnyside’s Saint Raphael’s and Woodside’s Corpus Christi youth basketball leagues to shoot some hoops with the youngsters during halftime at their winter games on Saturday, December 18. Van Bramer secured funding to both leagues this year, which has helped reduce registration fees and provide uniforms for the future NBA and […]

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