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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City seeking developer for seven-acre plot near JFK


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYCEDC JFK North RFEI

A seven-acre vacant piece of land near John F. Kennedy Airport could be the future home of a new office or industrial complex as the city Economic Development Corporation is seeking investors interested in the site.

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Police Commissioner Bill Bratton talks community relations in southeast Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called for stronger ties between police and the community during a speech in Jamaica on Tuesday, when he outlined plans for greater collaboration and alternatives to making arrests for first-time minor crimes while also recognizing law enforcement’s role in “many of the worst parts of black history.”

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City collecting proposals for Sunnyside Yards feasibility study


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYCEDC Sunnyside Yards Feasibility Study RFP

Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving full steam ahead with his plan to create 11,250 housing units over Sunnyside Yards, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo has voiced opposition to it.

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City focuses on reducing pedestrian deaths in Queens


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File Photo

City officials have chosen Queens to launch the first borough-wide traffic safety crackdown in the city as part of a long-range effort to reduce the number of deaths from auto accidents, police and transportation officials announced at a press conference in Jamaica on Tuesday.

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City accepting proposals to develop NYPD parking garage in downtown Jamaica


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark 

Not long after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to focus on creating more housing with his State of the City address, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) officially announced a request for proposals to develop hundreds of market rate and affordable units out of an NYPD parking garage in downtown Jamaica.

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City renews express bus service plans between Jamaica and Flushing after nod from mayor


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Despite calls from community members and politicians in neighborhoods like Kew Gardens Hills, the transformation of the Q44 and Q25 into a Select Bus Service (SBS) line is set to begin as early as this fall, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman, but no official schedule has been announced.

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