Op-ed: Highs and lows of the budget process


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO

Whether you want to call it “The Big Ugly,” “The Big Lovely,” or something in between, I think we can all agree that the end of the 2015 legislative session brought with it a number of successes and a number of failures, particularly with regard to the big-ticket items that were the focus of such intense negotiations over the last week.

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Tour of Richmond Hill highlights the Indo-Caribbean community’s needs


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Ridgewood Times/Photos by Anthony Giudice

The Indo-Caribbean population and culture in Richmond Hill is booming, and as a result the residents are in need of programs and institutions that bring them together as a community

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Former state Senator Malcolm Smith gets seven years for bribery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

Former state Senator Malcolm Smith was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday after trying to bribe his way onto the GOP ballot in the 2013 mayoral election, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York.

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EXCLUSIVE: City’s first lady talks with The Courier about education, mental health


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Calling Queens “a model” of what New York City can be, the city’s First Lady Chirlane McCray outlined her efforts to expand education and mental health programs in an exclusive interview with The Courier.

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Maspeth could be getting a community athletic field near Newtown Creek


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Ridgewood Times/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The area around Newtown Creek, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes as one of the “nation’s most polluted waterways,” a could be the site of a brand-new community athletic field in Maspeth.

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Mayor adds Lunar New Year holiday to NYC public school calendar


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Flushing Tuesday morning to announce that the Lunar New Year will be an official public school holiday beginning in the 2015-16 school year, allowing students of Asian descent to celebrate with family without missing class.

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City budget agreement brings more cops, six-day library service


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Photo via Twitter/@JimmyVanBramer

More than a thousand new police officers will be hired and six-day library service will be restored in Queens and elsewhere under a $78.5 billion budget agreement that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced late Monday night.

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Retired NYPD captain to launch bid for open City Council seat as Republican


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Photo via Facebook/ Joseph Concannon

Now that Mark Weprin is out of the City Council and in with the Cuomo administration, Joseph Concannon is going for the now-vacant 23rd Council District seat again, but this time as a Republican.

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Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat won’t be filled until November


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Photo courtesy of Jeff Xie

Mark Weprin officially left the City Council on Sunday, June 14 — apparently three days too late for a non-partisan special election to fill his seat.

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Airplane noise study to examine reach of aircraft noise


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Photo by Anthony Giudice

Representatives from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gave a presentation on the Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Studies for LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports during Monday’s meeting of the Queens Borough Board at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens.

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Celia Dosamantes, former Meng and Weprin aide, officially seeking City Council seat


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Photo courtesy Celia Dosamantes

Celia Dosamantes confirmed to The Courier that she will run in the upcoming special election for the 23rd District seat, which Councilman Mark Weprin vacated Friday to begin a new role with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

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City budget tops Glendale Property Owners meeting


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Photo by Anthony Giudice

At the final meeting before the summer break, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley gave the members of the Glendale Property Owners Association an update on the city budget.

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