Pols remember 9/11: SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS


By Queens Courier Staff

Where were you when you heard that planes had struck the World Trade Center? September 11th was an Election Day for municipal offices. I was campaigning with Peter Vallone Jr., who was a candidate for the City Council that day. After the attacks, we went to the rooftop of our polling place and saw the […]

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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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St. Michael’s Cemetery looking to expand


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of St. Michael’s Cemetery

St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst is looking to expand in order to continue serving the community — both in this life and after. In order to make sure St. Michael’s, located at 72-02 Astoria Boulevard, does not run out of space and continues to serve the community, the cemetery is in talks to purchase […]

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Gianaris bills would make NY toughest on guns


| brennison@queenscourier.com

In the wake of multiple massacres across the country and an increase in shootings citywide, a state politician is calling for New York to become the nation’s leader in gun control. State Senator Michael Gianaris introduced a bevy of bills in Albany that would strengthen the state’s gun laws, making them the toughest in the […]

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Onorato won’t seek reelection, Gianaris on tap


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

Western Queens residents will have a new State Senator for the first time since 1983 and the front-runner is Queens Assemblymember Michael Gianaris. Gianaris, who has represented areas of Long Island City and Astoria among others in the Assembly for the past 10 years, announced on Monday, January 11 that he would run for Senate […]

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Sunnyside playground unveils renovations, months ahead of schedule


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials, community leaders and Parks Department representatives joined families on Tuesday morning to unveil the new renovations at the Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground located at the intersection of 43rd Street and Greenpoint Avenue.

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Community rallies to stop closing of Astoria Catholic school


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Parents and students at Most Precious Blood School, located at 35-32 37th St., found out Friday, through a letter written by Reverend William Krlis, pastor at Most Precious Blood Church, that the 58-year-old school would be closing due to drops in enrollment and the need for costly structural repairs.

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9th Annual Taste of LIC offers items from over 50 local restaurants


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Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

Foodies made their way to the Long Island City waterfront to a get a taste of what the popular western Queens neighborhood has to offer.

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Sunnyside to get two new public plazas


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Photo by Artie Weiner

Sunnyside will soon have two new public spaces that residents can enjoy during the summer.

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Probe continues into fatal Astoria crash as loved ones mourn victims


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Photos via Facebook

Police are continuing the investigation into an accident that killed four friends after their car plunged into an Astoria creek and as one politician calls for a review of safety measures on the roads leading to the water.

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DOT to install traffic safety features at fatal Woodside intersection


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Department of Transportation announced it will be implementing traffic safety improvements beginning this month on Northern Boulevard and 61st Street, where 8-year-old Noshat was fatally struck.

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