Will trains run in Elmhurst LIRR Station again?


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Photos Courtesy of Congressmember Joe Crowley

Two local legislators are hoping Elmhurst residents will soon be “all aboard.” Congressmember Joe Crowley and Councilmember Daniel Dromm joined MTA LIRR President Helena Williams on March 15 for a walking tour of the Elmhurst Station, which was closed and partially demolished in 1985. The officials are hoping the LIRR will consider reconstructing and reopening […]

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The Real Story Behind Queens Redistricting


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

The gerrymandering of Queens State Assembly, State Senate and soon to be released Congressional district boundaries based upon the 2010 census is no surprise for those of us who observe our Albany state legislature.    Democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican State Senate Majority leader Dean Skelos continue this practice going back generations.  Based upon the State Board of […]

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Will LIRR roll again in Elmhurst?


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Local elected officials are hoping the LIRR rolls back into Elmhurst – allowing residents to ride the rails again after roughly three decades. Congressmember Joe Crowley and Councilmember Daniel Dromm have called on the MTA LIRR to reopen its Elmhurst Station, located on Broadway between Cornish and Whitney Avenues, which was closed in 1985. “Reopening […]

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Honoring the fallen at St. Michael’s


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

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Equally as striking as the monument listing the names of the 343 firefighters that sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001 are the bricks at its base with the names of the first responders from all emergency services that died as a result of working on “the pile.” As of now, the number of first […]

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Honoring the fallen at St. Michael’s


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

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Equally as striking as the monument listing the names of the 343 firefighters that sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001 are the bricks at its base with the names of the first responders from all emergency services that died as a result of working on “the pile.” As of now, the number of first […]

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Survivors see Armenian Genocide recognized


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Congressmember Gary Ackerman greets 95-year old Onorik Eminian (left) and 98-year old Perouz Kaloustian, after the House Foreign Affairs Committee recently passed House Resolution 106, recognizing the “Armenian Genocide.” Both of the women reside in the Armenian Home in Flushing, They are survivors of the systematic slaughter of some 1.5 million Armenians, which happened in […]

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Hillary roasts GOP, toasts Queens Dems


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The Queens Democratic Organization held its annual Pre-Election Cocktail Party at Antun's in Queens Village. Elected Democrats and Party faithful packed the room both to celebrate their anticipated victories in the upcoming election, and fondly remember the late Tom Manton, who as Chairman of the County Organization, made Queens and the event essential parts of […]

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USPS threatens downsizing Whitestone facility, again


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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The United States Postal Service intends to consolidate up to 82 facilities, including its Queens’ center on 20th Avenue, beginning January 2015 to continue its plan to cut losses. The initiative is projected to save the cash-strapped delivery service more than $3.5 billion in the next five years, according to the USPS, but politicians and union representatives are against downsizing the Queens facilities.

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The three amigos


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

NYC Republican Councilmembers Vincent Ignizio, Steven Matteo and Eric Ulrich are the three amigos.  Just as Melissa Mark-Viverito has the votes to become NYC Council speaker, so does NYC Republican Councilmember Vincent Ignizio for the new City Council Minority leader.  This result is because two of the three last GOP councilmembers are from Staten Island, […]

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The next NYC Council speaker


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

NYC Councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito, Dan Garodnick, Mark Weprin, Jimmy Vacca, Inez Dickens, Jimmy Van Bramer, Annabel Palma and Jumaane Williams are all potential candidates to succeed outgoing NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Money alone can’t always buy love or the chance to become the next New York City Council speaker. Neither can inheritance or a […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MAYOR The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and the National Latino Officers Association endorsed Comptroller John Liu. The Uniformed Firefighters Association and Livery Base Owners Association endorsed Bill Thompson. Councilmembers Stephen Levin, Michael Nelson, Mark Weprin and James Gennaro endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.   PUBLIC ADVOCATE Cathy Guerriero recently secured backing […]

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The race for Queens Borough President


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

You need a score card to keep track of all the Democrats running to replace Queens Borough President Helen Marshall when she retires at the end of 2013 due to term limits.  Rosedale resident Everly Brown is a developer for the 501 Manhattan Corporation has joined this ever growing list which also includes State Senators […]

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Historic Rudy’s Pastry Shop celebrates grand reopening


| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

For around 70 years, Rudy’s Pastry Shop in Ridgewood has displayed the German word “Konditorei” on its awning, which roughly translates to “pastry shop with a place to sit and eat.” But for much of those seven decades dining was difficult — Rudy’s only had room for a single table. Now, with bakery owner Toni […]

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