Participatory budgeting extends to more Queens council districts


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Residents in nine Queens City Council districts will be given the power this year to decide where and how their tax dollars will be spent in their communities.

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Hoping for Lunar New Year holiday, lawmakers move to end Brooklyn-Queens Day


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State lawmakers introduced on Tuesday a bill that would eliminate Brooklyn-Queens Day from the New York City public school calendar.

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Rep. Jeffries wants investigation into FEMA flood insurance scandal


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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is calling upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s inspector general to investigate potential fraud in the insurance claims process for people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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Addabbo eyes improved health care and tax breaks for veterans


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The Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs has recently approved a legislative package of four bills, all co-sponsored by state Senator Joseph Addabbo, which aim to improve health care and help lower property taxes for veterans of all ages.

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NY Senate approves legislation to protect children, victims and others from high-level sex offenders


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State Sen. Joseph Addabbo and his colleagues in the Senate approved a series of bills designed to better protect children, victims of sexual assault and other New Yorkers from potentially dangerous convicted sex offenders.

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Halloran slammed with 10 years behind bars for bribery scheme


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A federal judge threw the book at disgraced former Councilman Dan Halloran, sentencing him on Wednesday to 10 years behind bars for his conviction in a failed bribery plot to hijack the Republican Party’s 2013 mayoral nomination for Democrat Malcolm Smith.

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Pols continue push for law change after another Queens hit-and-run


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In response to a fatal hit-and-run in Elmhurst on Sunday, which took the life of a 26-year-old woman, state Senator Michael Gianaris gathered with local officials and advocacy groups at the site of the crash to reintroduce legislation he put forth more than a year ago.

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George Onorato, former Queens state senator, dies


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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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Bill could give tax credit to New Yorkers who adopt pets


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Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras introduced to the City Council on Thursday a bill that would offer a $100 state tax credit to New Yorkers who have adopted a dog or cat from a shelter.

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