First annual Queens real estate conference features Port Authority director Patrick Foye


| a.giudice@timesnewsweekly.com

Photo by Dominick Totino

Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye, the keynote speaker at the first QNS Real Estate Conference on Thursday, sponsored by The Queens Courier, conceded that LaGuardia Airport is in need of a major overhaul — and he pledged that the revamp will get done.

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Jamaica Rotary Club honors cops in southern Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

When two officers from the 103rd Precinct responded to a woman screaming from the second floor of her home during a robbery on Feb. 10, their heroism took control as they went above and beyond their call of duty.

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Op-ed: Queens needs a full-service animal shelter


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY PAUL A. VALLONE

In 2000, as speaker of the New York City Council, my father Peter F. Vallone passed the Animal Shelters and Sterilization Act. This act required that a full-service animal shelter exist in each of the five boroughs. At the time, I would never have guessed that 15 years later, Queens and the Bronx would continue to lack these shelters, but that is the unfortunate reality we face.

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What to know about Queens rents in January


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Charts courtesy of MNS Real Estate

Overall most Queens renters didn’t see much of a change in rates from December to January as prices increased just 0.21 percent to $2,103.96. However, select areas experienced more significant changes, revealing important neighborhood trends, according to data from MNS Real Estate’s January Queens Rental Market Report.

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Pols continue push for law change after another Queens hit-and-run


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

In response to a fatal hit-and-run in Elmhurst on Sunday, which took the life of a 26-year-old woman, state Senator Michael Gianaris gathered with local officials and advocacy groups at the site of the crash to reintroduce legislation he put forth more than a year ago.

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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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Community leaders urge BP to focus on creating new schools throughout Queens


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THE COURIER/Angy Altamirano

Community leaders from across the borough urged Borough President Melinda Katz to push for school expansions during a budget meeting on Monday. Katz is in the process of developing the Queens budget for 2016, and she invited the public to comment on what mattered to them and their priorities for 2016.

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George Onorato, former Queens state senator, dies


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THE COURIER/File Photo

Lifelong Queens resident and former state Senator George Onorato, who served the 12th Senate District in western Queens for over two decades, died on Saturday. He was 86.

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Star of Queens: Rev. Dwayne Jackson, volunteer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Apart from his regular duties, Rev. Dwayne Jackson volunteers with tenant associations. He is a mentor for children and teens at the Astoria Houses Community Center. He also volunteers at an Astoria senior center.

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Addisleigh Park, a thriving tribute to black history in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Addisleigh Park, a small portion of St. Albans in southeast Queens, was home to many people who were influential to black history. Athletes and musicians such as Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Louis and Miles Davis once called the small town home.

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