As Queens grows, so does the number of building fires in 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Riyad Hasan

The number of structural fires in Queens surged last year by 7.7 percent, well above the average increase for the entire city, as firefighters responded to reports of 5,170 burning buildings in 2014, new statistics compiled by the Uniformed Firefighters Association show.

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Catherine Nolan says she wants to replace Sheldon Silver as Assembly speaker


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The three-headed leadership of the New York State government, called “three men in a room,” could soon face a makeover now that Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan announced she wants to replace scandal-scarred Sheldon Silver, who stepped down as Assembly speaker this week.

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BP Melinda Katz delivers her first State of the Borough address


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first State of the Borough speech on Thursday, celebrating the borough’s diversity, its recent prominence as a tourism destination and the nurturing environment that she said has made Queens “the borough of families.”

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Sentencing for Dan Halloran on bribery conviction pushed back to March 4


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Disgraced former City Councilman Dan Halloran will have another six weeks to practice his scuba diving techniques after a federal judge this week adjourned sentencing for his role in a bribery scheme during the 2013 mayoral campaign. Halloran, who was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, is now due to go before U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas on March 4,

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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer returns $20K of extra pay he gets for majority leader role


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, the second-highest ranking member of the Council as majority leader, has decided to return his annual stipend, also known as a lulu, to taxpayers. He is eligible for the extra pay, in addition to his $112,500 salary, for his leadership post.

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Gov. Cuomo unveils proposal to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Gov. Cuomo rolled out a proposal to build an AirTrain from the Willets Point No. 7 train station to LaGuardia Airport, similar to the train line now connecting John F. Kennedy Airport to the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica station.

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Mother of Avonte Oquendo invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Senator Charles Schumer's Office

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress, Avonte Oquendo’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, will be watching from the gallery of the House of Representatives as a guest of Sen. Charles Schumer.

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Former Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at 82


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Kenneth C. Zirkel /Wikimedia Commons

Former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo, once a leading and passionate voice for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and one of the most important political figures to come from Queens, died on Thursday. He was 82.

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Bill introduced to City Council calling for term limits for community boards


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Councilman Daniel Dromm, who is one of the initial sponsors of the bill, was set to introduce legislation in the Council’s Government Operations Committee that would establish term limits for community board members.

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Judge dismisses ousted Queens Library trustees’ lawsuit against BP Katz


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A federal judge granted the request of six former trustees of the Queens Library to dismiss their lawsuit that challenged Borough President Melinda Katz’s decision to remove them from the board last summer.

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