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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Elmhurst site near Queens Center may soon distribute medical marijuana


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

A state-regulated medical marijuana dispensary center may soon open shop across the street from the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst.

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Astoria street to be co-named after late community leader


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would co-name streets throughout the city, including 30th Avenue between 30th and 29th streets, which will be named in honor of Dennis Syntilas, who died on Jan. 7.

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Citi Bike rolling into LIC this August


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, and the Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Citi Bike expansion, which was announced last October, will begin in early August with new stations being installed in various neighborhoods, including Long Island City.

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BP secures $250K for new pre-K program at Queens Library in Ravenswood Houses


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Photo courtesy of BP Melinda Katz's office

More than 30 seats are being added to School District 30, as Queens Borough President Melinda Katz secured funding for a new pre-K program at a Queens Library branch at one Astoria housing development.

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Sunnyside Shines BID executive director honored for dedication


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Photo courtesy of state Senator Michael Gianaris' office

One Sunnyside community leader shined extra bright this week, receiving an award for her dedication and commitment to the western Queens neighborhood she serves.

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CB 1 chair, district manager to retire in the summer after almost four decades of service


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Map via CB1 Website

Astoria will soon say goodbye to two Community Board 1 leaders as they get ready to retire from their posts after nearly eight decades of combined service to the area.

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