Mayor Bill de Blasio and the municipal budget


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for a fair share of financial assistance from Washington is the same tired old rhetoric from decades ago that has grown stale over time.  Mayor de Blasio’s reference to the late United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan concerning his analysis that New York sends more taxes to Washington than it […]

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Bill de Blasio to be sworn in as mayor by former President Bill Clinton


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

FILE PHOTO

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City by former President Bill Clinton, de Blasio announced Saturday. “I was honored to serve in President Clinton’s Administration and on Secretary Clinton’s campaign for U.S. Senate, and I am honored again that they will both join our celebration for […]

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, public transportation policy and funding


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement concerning his “transportation agenda when he said “The federal government since the Ronald Reagan era has retreated from its investment in mass transportation” may indicate his lack of understanding concerning the history of transportation funding.  On a bipartisan basis under past Republican Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush […]

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The Queens Courier endorses Bill de Blasio for mayor


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

The Queens Courier is pleased to endorse Democrat Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York. Since taking office, de Blasio has stood for the interests of the middle and working classes, pushing for better public schools, protesting the closure of community hospitals, and generally advocating for a city government more responsive to the needs of outer borough residents. […]

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Christine Quinn endorses Bill de Blasio for mayor


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@deBlasioNYC

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor Tuesday. “It is time for Democrats throughout our city to put aside their differences and fight together for the progressive values we all share,” Quinn said in a statement. “By working together, we will build a stronger city where no New Yorker is […]

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Bill de Blasio takes mayoral lead in new poll


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Instagram/de Blasio NYC

A new front-runner has emerged in the race for New York City mayor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is now ahead of his opponents, with 30 percent of likely Democratic primary voters saying they would cast their ballots for him next month. In a July 29 Quinnipiac University […]

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Bill de Blasio announces candidacy for mayor


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Instagram/De Blasio NYC

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has officially placed his name in the running to be the next mayor. “We deserve a city government that actually believes in our neighborhoods and sees things the way we do,” said de Blasio at his announcement on Sunday, January 27 outside his Park Slope home. Photo courtesy of the […]

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Queens lawmakers celebrate Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

In a 5-4 decision issued Friday morning, the Court overturned state-imposed bans on same-sex marriage. Queens lawmakers and gay rights advocates– including City Councilman Daniel Dromm– expressed delight in the decision.

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Mayor adds Lunar New Year holiday to NYC public school calendar


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Flushing Tuesday morning to announce that the Lunar New Year will be an official public school holiday beginning in the 2015-16 school year, allowing students of Asian descent to celebrate with family without missing class.

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Stringer rejects contract for South Ozone Park juvenile detention center


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Nicholas Strini

After months of petitioning and a lawsuit filed by the South Ozone Park Civic Association West and three South Ozone Park residents, the proposed Close to Home juvenile detention center has been denied by city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Celia Dosamantes, former Meng and Weprin aide, officially seeking City Council seat


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Celia Dosamantes

Celia Dosamantes confirmed to The Courier that she will run in the upcoming special election for the 23rd District seat, which Councilman Mark Weprin vacated Friday to begin a new role with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

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PHOTOS: Jackson Heights celebrates 23rd annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office/Gallery by Angy Altamirano

Under sunny skies, Jackson Heights was filled with color and music Sunday afternoon as the neighborhood celebrated this year’s Queens Pride Parade and Festival.

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