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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Bills introduced to City Council to help individuals with developmental disorders


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A package of bills was introduced to the City Council Friday to help prevent something like that of autistic teen Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance, which ended in tragedy, from occurring once again.

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Rory Lancman details seamless move from Assembly to City Council


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember Rory Lancman detailed his smooth transition from the State Assembly to the City Council Tuesday in a sit-down interview with The Courier.

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Melissa Mark-Viverito elected as next City Council Speaker


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste

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 […]

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Melissa Mark-Viverito says she has support to become next City Council speaker


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste

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 […]

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Costa Constantinides sworn into City Council


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy Costa Constantinides' Facebook

Councilmember Costa Constantinides was officially sworn into the City Council Tuesday by City Clerk Michael McSweeney. He will begin his term Jan. 1 Constantinides, who represents District 22, was joined by Councilmember James Gennaro. The date for his inauguration ceremony in Astoria is still to be determined.   RECOMMENDED STORIES City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning […]

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Verizon heroes honored by City Council for stopping Flushing rape


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Julissa Ferreras

The City Council honored Verizon technicians Michael Popowich, Anthony Howley and John Gilday with a proclamation Tuesday. The trio thwarted a rape in Flushing in October by chasing the attacker and sitting on him until cops arrived.

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City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of the office of Councilmember Eric Ulrich

The City Council passed a change in Ozone Park’s zoning map Tuesday to reflect the neighborhood’s building patterns. Now, the zoning mandates will reinforce the area’s one- and-two-family residential homes and direct new residential and mixed-use developments to more commercial locations. “The new zoning enacted into law today will protect Ozone Park from overdevelopment and help […]

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Rory Lancman celebrates landslide City Council victory


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Twitter photo courtesy of Dominic Panakal

Former Assemblymember Rory Lancman is headed to City Hall.  Lancman, 44, won the open District 24 seat in a landslide victory on November 5. He also swept his opponents during the Democratic primary in September.  “I’m feeling great,” he said. “It’s very, very gratifying and humbling to not just win but win by such a […]

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Costa Constantinides wins City Council District 22 race


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Costa Constantinides is making history and will now serve the community he has called home his whole life. The lifelong Astoria resident has been elected to fill Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and represent Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, he […]

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The Queens Courier endorses incumbent City Councilmember Eric Ulrich


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

ULRICH

The Queens Courier is pleased to endorse incumbent City Councilmember Eric Ulrich. He was elected in 2009 as the representative for District 32, serving Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven. In the four years since, he has proven himself a community-minded leader, ever […]

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