Incumbent Councilmember Donovan Richards regains District 31 seat


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Councilmember Donovan Richards was given the go ahead to keep the City Council seat he has briefly held since March’s special election. Richards declared victory after receiving over 50 percent of the votes over his opponents, Michael Duncan, community activist, and Ricardo Brown, accountant. In his first six months in office, Richards fought against Mayor […]

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Donovan Richards declares victory in Council District 31 special election


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File photo

The race is won – Donovan Richards has declared victory, and is the new councilmember for the 31st  District. After a windy campaign road, ending with Richards and opponent Pesach Osina, the former chief-of-staff to State Senator James Sanders emerged victorious by 80 votes. On voting day, Tuesday, February 19, both Richards and Osina declared victory. […]

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


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

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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Enjoy these free summer concerts across Queens parks


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Photo via queensbp.org/katzconcerts

With the summer heating up, Borough President Melinda Katz announced on Monday a series of free concerts at parks around Queens — from a Beatles cover band in Bayside to reggae in the Rockaways — starting July 12.

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Restoration work to enhance Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the National Park Service (NPS) and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) are collaborating on a project to improve the ecological health of habitats at the refuge and enhance visitor experience.

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Op-ed: End critical delays in EMS response time


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY COUNCIL MEMBERS ELIZABETH CROWLEY AND DONOVAN RICHARDS

The need for our EMS to be unparalleled here in New York City is increasingly great. As a city, we must make critical policy changes that will decrease response time and save lives. This February, the average response time to life-threatening medical emergencies in Queens was 10 minutes and 15 seconds, which is not acceptable.

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City Council approves tax breaks for fully affordable Edgemere housing project


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Rendering courtesy of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

The City Council approved Wednesday a Housing Preservation and Development Department grant for a 40-year property tax exemption that will allow the construction of a fully affordable 101-unit planned project in Edgemere.

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20-year-old Rockaway man among seven dead in Amtrak derailment


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Photo via Facebook

A 20-year-old naval midshipman from Rockaway Beach, who was on his way home, is among the seven people killed after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to reports.

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Councilman gives $500K technology grant to southeast Queens schools


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Upgrading technology in schools has become a top priority for Councilman Donovan Richards, who says there is a technology gap for children of color. To help close this gap he has allocated over $500,000 to four schools in southeast Queens.

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Free legal clinic services to be offered for NYCHA residents


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer launched free legal clinic services on Monday that will serve residents of the New York City Housing Authority.

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