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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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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Real estate roundup: Transformation of Jamaica, Brooklyn residents join Astoria Cove protests


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre 

“Jamaica, once an overlooked and crime-ridden area in Southeast Queens, has been undergoing a transformation into a vibrant neighborhood, with a slew of new upscale apartment buildings, hotels and stores.”

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Newly opened Rockaway YMCA to boost local economy


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Photos by Raymond Liang for the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater New York celebrated the opening of its new branch, Rockaway YMCA at Arverne by the Sea, on March 14 during a ribbon cutting with local elected officials and community leaders.

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Op-ed: Make ferry service permanent


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I would like to start by commending the city for the fourth extension of ferry service to the Rockaway Peninsula. I would especially like to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for extending the ferry service through May and keeping his word, as he remains dedicated to the recovery of Rockaway and New York City as a whole.

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Leadership roles go to Queens councilmembers who supported speaker


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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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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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Melissa Mark-Viverito elected as next City Council Speaker


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Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste

Melissa Mark-Viverito was unanimously elected as the next City Council Speaker Wednesday by the 51-member body, becoming the second most powerful politician in the city and the first Latin-American to take the spot. “We will work together, because that is what New Yorkers expect and that is what New Yorkers deserve,” she said. “We unite […]

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Queens pol has high hopes for Sandy Funding Tracker


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Photo courtesy of the office of Councilmember Donovan Richards

Sandy recovery money is now under close inspection, and one Queens pol wants accountability for every dollar moving forward. In November, Councilmember Donovan Richards introduced a bill that would track all funds related to superstorm recovery via an online database. Before former Mayor Michael Bloomberg bid adieu to City Hall in late December, he signed […]

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