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 […]
Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito is claiming she will have enough votes in the City Council to become its next speaker. In a statement issued Wednesday night, Mark-Viverito, who represents District 8, said she has the backing of 30 councilmembers and councilmembers-elect, including Queens members Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich and Jimmy […]
The Annual Italian Heritage Celebration was held Wednesday at City Hall and drew nearly three hundred guests to the Council Chambers to honor Italian culture and commemorate the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito gathered on Thursday at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside to announce the allocation of $3.2 million to expand funding to art groups in immigrant communities across the five boroughs.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were joined by marchers clad in white bridal gowns and veils in the memory of Gladys Ricart. Many held signs calling for an end to domestic violence, while some shared their own personal experiences and stories of survival.
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.
More than a thousand new police officers will be hired and six-day library service will be restored in Queens and elsewhere under a $78.5 billion budget agreement that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced late Monday night.
Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first State of the Borough speech on Thursday, celebrating the borough’s diversity, its recent prominence as a tourism destination and the nurturing environment that she said has made Queens “the borough of families.”
My week was like life — full of highs and lows. My high was taking my little grandchildren to two shows and attending the fabulous party given by my friend, Judge Sylvia Ash. But the low was the sad funeral/wake of sweet Willie Rivera, who I got to know through his brother Geraldo. Willie, 71, […]
Once again this holiday season, out of work, part-time, single income, poor, seniors, working and middle-class residents looking for reasonable-priced holiday gifts will have to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Polls of ordinary New Yorkers continue year after year and now decade after […]
There is a silence that shrouds most incidents of domestic violence – a deadly silence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we must work together more diligently to give a voice to countless victims and put an end to this silence once and for all.