Public invited to September participatory budgeting meetings in 30th Council District


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Now that participatory budgeting is coming to the 30th Council District, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is inviting the public to attend neighborhood meetings where they can have their voices heard on upcoming capital budget ideas.

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Ben Carson stumps for Republican presidential votes in Forest Hills


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Dr. Ben Carson, one of the 17 hopeful candidates seeking the Republican Party nomination for president, spoke to a packed house on the issues facing the country at the American Legion Continental Post #1424 in Forest Hills on Wednesday night.

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Senator Gillibrand visits Elmhurst to call for healthier school meals


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

As the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) is set to expire at the end of next month, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is fighting against efforts to weaken school nutrition standards and to provide more children with healthy meals throughout the summer months.

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Crowley visits NJ to gain insight on light rail line for Glendale


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Photo courtesy Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's office

In order to get the wheels moving on a plan to bring light rail service to western Queens, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley took a trip to New Jersey to visit the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line and gather information on how such a project could affect Glendale and the surrounding communities.

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North Shore Towers to host Queens Courier District 23 debate


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Photos courtesy of candidate campaign offices

The Queens Courier will be holding a debate on Aug. 5 for the candidates of the 23rd City Council District election at the North Shore Towers to increase public awareness of relevant issues and platforms.

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Woodside resident to seek Assembly seat and ‘fight for the middle class’


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Photo courtesy of Brian Barnwell

Brian Barnwell is looking to be the voice of a district he has called home all his life and one he says needs a big change and new leadership.

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District 23 City Council seat competitors square off in Bellerose


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Candidates seeking to fill the 23rd Council District seat that Mark Weprin previously held were face-to-face for the first time Tuesday in a debate hosted by the New American Voters Association (NAVA) at the Bellerose Jewish Center.

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Commuter Van Reform Act looks to reign in illegal ‘dollar vans’


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Two elected officials are hoping that unlicensed commuter vans will soon face steep penalties for operating illegally in city neighborhoods.

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Maspeth, Middle Village set to co-name two streets for community leaders


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Photo via Google Maps

The City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that includes the proposed co-naming of two Queens streets, one in Maspeth and the other in Middle Village.

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Barry Grodenchik receives support from female pols


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THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

Several prominent female politicians in Queens threw their support to Barry Grodenchik in his bid for a City Council seat at a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Bayside Hills.

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Ulrich: Take Trump name off Jamaica Hospital nursing center


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Photo courtesy of Property Shark/Christopher Bride

City Councilman Eric Ulrich wants the name of a certain presidential candidate with a knack for controversial statements removed from a rehabilitation facility at Jamaica Hospital.

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Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus looking for airplane noise mitigation


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File photo

Congress members are continuing their fight to keep the skies over Queens, and communities across the country, quiet.

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Gov. Cuomo signs bill to ban nail salon work by unlicensed trainees


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Photo courtesy of the office of Ron Kim

The bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Kim, authorizes the secretary of state to ban work done in beauty salons by unlicensed trainees, and requires that trainees register with the state department in the practice of nail specialty.

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Participatory budgeting coming to Councilwoman Crowley’s district


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

Crowley announced on Tuesday that residents in the 30th City Council District — which includes all or parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside — will get to decide how to spend $1 million in city funds on community improvement projects.

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