Aravella Simotas

Op-ed: The western Queens renaissance: A burgeoning community on the rise
Opinion Op-Ed 12/02/2013 at 12:20PM

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTAS At its core, western Queens is a community built by small businesses. From the time the Steinway brothers built their first factory in the U.S. in 1853 to the television and film production and high-tech enterprises we see flourishing today, this part of New York City is firmly grounded in innovation and [...]

No booze for Queens bikini bar
West Angy Altamirano 4/25/2013 at 1:47PM

If Racks, a new restaurant and bar, wants to open up, waitresses will likely have to cover up. Community Board 1 (CB 1) voted not to recommend a liquor license for Racks on grounds its female servers will be wearing bikinis as uniforms. At the April 16 meeting, board members voted 17 to 15 against [...]

Pol hopes new legislation will make it tricky for bikini bars to get liquor licenses
Pol hopes new legislation will make it tricky for bikini bars to get liquor licenses
Top Stories Alexa Altman 1/18/2013 at 4:10PM

The top has come off for one Astoria bikini bar. Slinking under the guise of a regular lounge, Queen of Hearts’ thinly-veiled attempt to renew its liquor license, without alerting the State Liquor Authority (SLA) that it’s gone nearly-naked, has local leaders drafting legislation to expose them and similarly shady businesses. Initiated by Assemblymember Aravella [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 1/17/2013 at 8:08AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Overcast. High of 43. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday Night: Overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. Low of 27 with a windchill as low as 19. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%. EVENT OF [...]

Pols rally against extremist Greek group, Golden Dawn
Pols rally against extremist Greek group, Golden Dawn
News Alexa Altman 10/09/2012 at 2:06PM

An extremist Greek political party’s plans to open a branch in Astoria have met opposition from local politicians. Golden Dawn, a right-wing, nationalistic group that garnered 18 seats in the Greek parliament during the last election, announced its desire to set up a New York City office on the group’s website. While Golden Dawn’s website [...]

Bikini bar gets fierce opposition from leaders, locals
Bikini bar gets fierce opposition from leaders, locals
News Alexa Altman 10/01/2012 at 3:20PM

Residents are worried that an uncovered bid for an Astoria bikini bar may be a scantily-clad plan to wiggle a strip club into their neighborhood. Racks, the club located at 19-26 Steinway Street, was recently leased to a company called 8G Inc. Formerly a billiard parlor, the establishment sits just half a block from homes, [...]

Assemblymember Simotas and husband welcome baby Eleni
Assemblymember Simotas and husband welcome baby Eleni
News Alexa Altman 8/08/2012 at 4:27PM

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and her husband, John Katsanos, welcomed daughter Eleni into the world at 10:15 p.m.  on Tuesday, August 7. The little girl is a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long.  According to a spokesperson, mom and baby are both doing well.

Protecting ‘Good Samiritan’ businesses
Business Michael Pantelidis 12/27/2011 at 1:14PM

Businesses can now feel safe about being good Samaritans. Senator Michael Gianaris announced on December 22 that he has introduced new legislation aimed at expanding upon New York’s “Good Samaritan” laws. If passed, the legislation would protect businesses and non-profits offering themselves as safe havens to citizens in distress from being held liable for damages [...]

Community tackles crime, rallies in Astoria
News Michael Pantelidis 11/23/2011 at 3:03PM

Crime may never sleep, but the residents of Astoria are planning to put it to bed. Following a wave of illegal activity that recently rolled through the neighborhood, members of the community and local elected officials united at an anti-crime rally on November 16. A variety of crimes were discussed at the gathering, held at [...]