2013

2013: The year in photos
2013: The year in photos
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 12/29/2013 at 8:57AM

As we bid adieu to 2013, The Queens Courier brings you a look at the year that was . . . from the selection of a new Pope to the downfall of our elected officials, to tragedy, controversy and everything in between. And as we look ahead to 2014, we wish our new legislators luck and the best year for our readers.

Francis Lewis JROTC program sends two more students to West Point
Francis Lewis JROTC program sends two more students to West Point
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 5/20/2013 at 2:01PM

The country’s largest Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program will send two more cadets to West Point. Aaron Lin, 19, and Brian Nepogoda, 17, have been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy. The JROTC program at their high school, Francis Lewis, has sent more than 20 cadets to West Point since 2003. Five of [...]

Marshall gives final State of the Borough address
Marshall gives final State of the Borough address
Politics Terence M. Cullen 1/22/2013 at 1:48PM

In the final State of the Borough address of her administration, Borough President Helen Marshall focused on the continued recovery of south Queens nearly three months after Sandy — honoring one first responder in particular for his valiant efforts during the storm. “Let’s reflect together now,” she said on Tuesday, January 22, “on the devastation [...]

Post: Doe Fund founder to announce GOP mayoral run Thursday
News Terence M. Cullen 1/05/2013 at 4:06PM

George McDonald, an advocate for the homeless, is gearing up to run for mayor as a Republican, the New York Post is reporting. McDonald, who according to The Post paid himself nearly $500,000 in 2011, is joining what is shaping out to be an unexpected Republican primary for City Hall. He is expected to make his [...]

Comptroller Liu delivers State of the City
News Billy Rennison 12/26/2012 at 3:56PM

Raising the minimum wage, providing free college tuition and ending corporate welfare were among the myriad of topics touched on during Comptroller John Liu’s State of the City speech last week. After a pre-speech show featuring a children’s choir, interpretive dancers and violinists, the presumptive mayoral hopeful delivered his second State of the City speech [...]

MTA to hike fares in ’13, ’15 & ’17
MTA to hike fares in ’13, ’15 & ’17
News Billy Rennison 8/02/2012 at 10:10AM

City straphangers are getting a brief reprieve from a 2013 fare hike, but will soon be paying more at both the turnstile and MetroCard machine. The MTA approved a preliminary budget including a bump in 2013 fares, followed by further increases in 2015 and 2017. A $1 “green fee” will also be added to newly [...]

New York’s first full gaming legislature passed
New York’s first full gaming legislature passed
News Alexa Altman 3/20/2012 at 1:47PM

Full casino gaming could be in the cards for NYS, as the first round of legislation, in favor of expanding the state’s regulations, was passed by both houses. Senator Joseph Addabbo, a member of the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, released a statement following the announcement of the legislature’s passing. Although Addabbo was absent [...]