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Queens Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 56. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: A few clouds. Low 39. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Samuel Field Y Fundraiser Dinner at Bourbon Street to Support Programs for Children with Autism

The Samuel Field Y invites you to show your support of our programs for children with autism by having dinner at Bourbon Street Cafe on Tuesday, April 1, between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.. A generous portion of your bill will be donated back to the Samuel Field Y and used towards funding for programs for children with autism. Make your reservations today by calling (718) 224-2200. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York legislature passes $140 billion budget

The New York Legislature has passed a $140 billion election-year budget that expands pre-kindergarten statewide and provides tax relief to homeowners and corporations. Read more: ABC New York

Students suspensions in city up in 2013: report

Student suspensions in the city’s public schools shot up 26 percent in the latter part of 2013, according to statistics released Monday. Read more: New York Post

Not one home fully rebuilt under city-run Sandy program: officials

New York City politicians and victims of Sandy are attacking a city-run program that’s supposed to rebuild homes destroyed by the storm but that officials admit has yet to complete a single project. Read more: NBC New York

Legislation would transform NYC’s alternate-side parking rules

Alternate side of the street parking is so important to New York City drivers that when you call 311 it’s the first information delivered. Read more: Fox New York

Legislation could mean more speed cameras for NYC, Long Island

If you speed in a school zone, it will likely cost you big in the future. Read more: CBS New York

More snow on the way for Sunday


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Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Updated 5:00 p.m.

 

Ol’ man winter isn’t done just yet.

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast snow from 2 to 4 inches, starting from this evening and continuing through Monday as temperatures drop to the 20s.

The NWS warned that the snow will bring hazardous travel due to reduced visibility and slippery roads, “especially during the Monday morning commute.”

The Department of Transportation suspended alternate side parking for Monday to help with snow removal. However, parking meters remain in effect.

In preparation for inclement weather, the city’s Department of Sanitation has issued a “snow alert,” starting at 11 a.m. The agency said its plows and spreaders will be ready.

To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Mostly sunny. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Monday night: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 22. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY:Thaw

Thaw, an exhibition at the Dorsky Gallery, features work of Janet Biggs, Micheal Brody, Blane De St. Croix, Vicki DaSilva, Elise Engler, Phyllis Ewen, Andrea Galvani, Elizabeth Jordan, Itty Neuhaus, Alexis Rockman and Scott Walden. The exhibition of the works of more than 30 artists from the WAVE tour depicts the diversity of the show. The show features ceramics, watercolor and oil paintings, glasswork, pencil and ink drawings, photography, wood carving, collage, fibre work, quilting, and jewelry. The Gallery is located at 11-03 45th Avenue in LIC. Through April 6. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Republican Rob Astorino to announce run for governor

Armed with “eight key issues” and guarantees of at least $15 million in funding, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has decided to run for governor, but will put off the announcement for another week, The Post has learned. Read more: New York Post

Alternate side parking regulations return Monday

If you’re one of the many New York City drivers who has left their car behind a pile of snow and ice, it’s time to start digging. Read more: ABC New York

Sen. Schumer calls on feds to regulate ‘smart car’ technology

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on federal regulators to set guidelines to protect consumers as car companies collect personal information through “smart car” technology and sell it to third parties. Read more: AP

State tax haul up over 4 percent, but lower than expected

New York tax collections for the first 10 months of the fiscal year total $58.3 billion, up 4.2 percent from the same period last year, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Read more: New York Post

Jason Collins, openly gay player, signs with Nets

History? Pressure? Jason Collins would have none of it after becoming the NBA’s first active openly gay player. Read more: AP

Snow slams city again; more in forecast


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Updated Monday, Feb. 3 1:45 p.m.

ANGY ALTAMIRANO AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

Another round of snow is impacting New York City, just as Staten Island Chuck predicted six more weeks of winter.

“Things are going to be messy today,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press briefing Monday afternoon.

“Snow is coming down faster than we can plow it.”

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) issued a “snow alert” starting at 1 a.m. Monday and will be deploying its snow fighting equipment as needed. Alternate side parking has been suspended Monday and Tuesday to facilitate with winter weather preparations, but payment at parking meters remains in effect.

The mayor also said that the timing of the storm could also make it difficult for snow clearing, and urged New Yorkers to stay off the road after rush hour so streets could be clear for the morning commute.

After receiving criticism about plow response during the  Jan. 21 snowstorm, de Blasio said a review was done and changes were made.

One change, he said, was to cancel garbage and recycling pick-up earlier, which was decided Sunday afternoon.

NYPD cameras have also been accessed by the DSNY to better target snow clearing operations.

To track the progress of DSNY clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management has also issued a “Hazardous Travel Advisory” for Monday.

A winter storm warning has been issued citywide from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. by the National Weather Service (NWS) and 4 to 8 inches of snow are expected Monday with temperatures in the 30s. Visibility is expected to be low.

The snowfall will taper off by about 7 p.m., but the bad weather won’t end there.

The NWS has issued a winter storm watch for late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon, with 2 to 4 inches of snow along with sleet predicted. More snow could also hit the area over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Monday’s snowfall was already causing delays of several hours at local airports by the morning as well as delays on local bus routes.

The MTA has canceled Fastrack maintenance on the A and C lines in Brooklyn. During mid-day hours, subway trains will be stored underground on express tracks to for protection, impacting express service on portions of certain lines, the transit agency said. Express service, however, will be restored for the p.m. peak period. MTA bridges and tunnels are open.

Though the city’s public schools were open Monday, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that due to the weather, after-school programs and PSAL activities are canceled.

“Since snow is expected to make roads slippery, we urge New Yorkers to exercise caution when traveling to and from schools. Safety is a top priority for the Department,” she said.

 

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Queens Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST  

Wednesday: Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 24. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Clear skies. Low near 15. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Peter Schumann: The Shatterer

Opening as part of the first season in the Queens Museum’s newly expanded galleries, Peter Schumann: The Shatterer is the first solo museum exhibition of Bread and Puppet Theater founder and director Peter Schumann. The exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the Bread and Puppet Theater and features a largely unseen body of work by “one of the most independent, prolific, and complex artists of our time,” according to the museum. Through March 30.

NYC sees 33% spike in murders, fewer guns seized

As his first month as police commissioner under Mayor de Blasio winds down, Bill Bratton is already facing some sobering news — a 33 percent spike in murders across the city. Read more: New York Post

President Obama vows to flex presidential powers in State of the Union address

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between America’s rich and poor. Read more: AP

Alternate parking rules suspended in NYC

Alternate side parking regulations have been suspended in New York City due to snow overnight. Read more: Fox New York

New NY law requires newborns be checked for congenital heart defects before leaving hospital

A new law requires all New York hospitals to screen newborns for heart defects before they’re allowed to leave. Read more: AP/CBS New York

Super Bowl Boulevard set to open in Midtown

Workers are putting the finishing touches on Super Bowl Boulevard in Midtown Manhattan, which opens to the public on Wednesday. Read more: ABC New York

Storm slams city, dumps almost a foot of snow


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

The second major storm of the month hit the city Tuesday leaving almost a foot of snow and bringing a blast of bitter cold that will last for several days.

Snowfall escalated around rush hour Tuesday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, but “the men and women of sanitation who work for this city intensified their efforts” to clear the streets.

“This storm was challenging in its size and intensity but the people who work for the City of New York rose to the occasion,” he said as he updated the city Wednesday morning.

In some areas of the city, snow accumulated to 11.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Although the snow has tapered, freezing temperatures are still expected throughout the night. Temperature highs will remain in the teens, but feel as low as below zero with the wind chill.

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday and warned motorists to drive slowly, monitor weather and traffic, use major streets or highways, and have the name and number of at least one local towing service.

Alternate side parking is suspended Wednesday and Thursday to facilitate with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect. To track the progress of Department of Sanitation clearing operations throughout the five boroughs, click here.

Trash and recycling pickups are also suspended for Wednesday.

Express subway service was restored Wednesday morning and buses were running at 80 to 90 percent of normal levels, de Blasio said. Those levels, he said, would increase throughout the day.

Fastrack work on the E,F,M,R Queens Blvd. Line has been canceled for the remainder of the week to free up personnel for snow fighting and cleanup after the storm.

On Wednesday, Metro-North is operating at 80 to 85 percent of its normal weekday service, with some trains combined and some delays possible based on the condition of track and power systems. The LIRR is operating on a weekend schedule.

 

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Hunters Point residents split on alternate side parking


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Hunters Point residents are taking sides when it comes to a proposal for alternate side parking.

At a Community Board 2 meeting in January, residents became aware of the Department of Sanitation’s (DOS) proposition for alternate side street parking west of Jackson Avenue between 45th and Borden Avenues due to requests made by some residents in fall 2011.

As part of the proposal, the streets would be swept twice a week, the south and east sides on Wednesdays and the north and west sides on Thursdays. Streets in the area south of 47th Road would be cleaned from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and streets to the north would be cleaned between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Blocks with meters would be cleaned in half-hour segments between 7:30 and 9 a.m.

Dr. Moitri Savard, Community Board 2 member and a local family doctor, has been leading the battle for cleaner streets for about two years and is taking matters into her own hands.

“We just want our streets to be cleaner,” said Savard, who has now started the LIC – Environmental Community Organization (LIC-ECO) to clean the streets as they wait for the changes.

But other residents are worried about the vehicle congestion as cars do the “double parking dance,” switching in and out of spaces.

Longtime resident Diane Hendry believes the community should be accountable for litter and more trash baskets should be added. Hendry also suggests residents get parking permits, as well as resident short- and long-term parking to alleviate congestion.

According to spokesperson Kathy Dawkins, the DOS is still waiting for recommendations from the Community Board after its next public hearing.

“The Department of Sanitation prepared the plan in response to requests by the Community Board and the local councilmember who sense the changing nature of the area,” said Dawkins.

The LIC-ECO group is planning “LIC Cleanup!” for Saturday, May 11 to clean 48th Avenue between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard.

Community Board 2 did not respond to calls for comment.

 

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3 to 6 inches of snow forecasted for city


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File photo

After months of unseasonably warm weather, it appears winter is descending on the city.

Between three to six inches of snow is expected to fall in the city.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).  The forecasts call for the snow to begin late tonight through Saturday afternoon. The advisory lasts through Saturday.

After last winter’s record-breaking snowfalls, New Yorkers have seen nothing more than flurries this season.  More than 60 inches of powder fell on the city last winter.  The relatively-warm season has been snow-free with the only accumulation falling on Halloween weekend.

The NWS warns that driving conditions may be dangerous due to snow-slicked roads and limited visibility.

The Department of Sanitation has also issued a snow alert initiating DNSY personnel to begin preparing snow removal equipment.

Due to the impending snow alternate side parking regulations  are suspended citywide on Saturday. Parking meters and all other posted parking restrictions will remain in effect.

No Garbage or Recycling Collection on December 26


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In observance of Christmas, there will be no garbage or recycling collection on Monday, December 26.

Alternate side parking rules and street cleaning will be suspended.  Post offices are also closed.

Residents who normally receive Monday garbage collection should place their trash out Monday after 4 p.m. for pickup.  Those receiving Monday recycling collection will not have their recycling picked up until Tuesday, January 3, 2012.