Op-ed: Obama’s free community college proposal: Why it’s good for our city


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY GAIL O. MELLOW

President Obama’s proposal for two years of free community college for all Americans leaves behind the 20th-century concept that a high school degree is sufficient to have a middle class life.

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York College has lowest student debt in the country: study


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The college, which is part of City University of New York, has the lowest student debt average in America. A study by The Institute for College Access & Success in 2013 found that the four-year college had an average student debt of $2,271. In New York state, the average student debt is $26,381

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Permits filed for building at new Cornell Tech campus


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

The long-awaited boon for the Queens tech community just took another step forward as Weiss/Manfredi Architecture filed an application with the Buildings Department Monday for the new corporate co-location office building on the campus.

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New legislation to protect Astoria school from ‘disruptive’ subway noise


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of one Astoria school, located about 50 feet away from a subway platform, are hoping a new proposed bill will help bring “peaceful learning.”

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Katz appoints new Queens Library trustee


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of the Queens Borough President's office

Borough President Melinda Katz has appointed Robert Santos to the board of trustees of the Queens Library. The announcement comes after she ousted six trustees members last month and Mayor Bill de Blasio cut loose two board members.

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City Council announces restoration of Peter Vallone Sr. namesake scholarship


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy office of Councilman Paul Vallone

Officials announced Tuesday, July 8, the City Council Merit Based Scholarship, once named after former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., was restored after it was voted into the budget of the City Council for $11.1 million.

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CUNY appoints new Queens College president


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of CUNY

Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, a former cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, was appointed as the president of Queens College by The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY), the school announced Monday.

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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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Christ the King’s Sierra Calhoun named Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Christ the King High School

Sierra Calhoun, leading scorer of the Christ the King girls basketball team, earned the prestigious Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year award for her contributions on and off the court this season.

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Greg Kelly, Co-Anchor of FOX 5’s “Good Day New York” to Emcee 2014 Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event


| mromero@queenscourier.com

Just announced, Greg Kelly, Co-Anchor of FOX 5’s “Good Day New York” will emcee the 2014 Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event on Thursday, February 13th at 5pm at Terrace on the Park. Rising Stars Awards honors young professionals who exemplify outstanding leadership skills not only in their chosen fields, but also in their community. The evening […]

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CUNY selects new chancellor


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of CUNY

In an unanimous decision, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY) appointed James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska system since 2004, as its new chancellor.

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Op-ed: Bloomberg was a boon to this city


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To New Yorkers who criticize and accuse Bloomberg for being ignorant and a tyrant, this is a relief. For others, like me, it is saddening to see the man responsible for today’s New York go.

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De Blasio sworn in as 109th mayor of New York City


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos via NYC Mayor's Office Flickr/Official Photos by New York City Mayor's Office

New York City’s 109th mayor, Bill de Blasio, was sworn in during a ceremony at his Park Slope, Brooklyn home just after midnight Wednesday, followed by a formal inauguration on the steps of City Hall later that day.

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