Assemblymember David Weprin

Op-ed: Co-location: What’s the rush?
News Op-Ed 11/15/2013 at 2:29PM

ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAVID WEPRIN Late last month the Department of Education’s Panel on Educational Policy voted on all co-location proposals. Martin Van Buren High, I.S. 59, August Martin High School, P.S. 40, J.H.S. 226, M.S. 72 and the Corona Arts and Sciences are the schools facing co-location in Queens. The Department of Education called off its [...]

Richmond Hill Sikh community marks anniversary of Wisconsin temple shooting
Richmond Hill Sikh community marks anniversary of Wisconsin temple shooting
South Queens Courier Staff 8/07/2013 at 9:51AM

ZACHARY KRAEHLING AND MAGGIE HAYES Mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill to remember the shooting attack on a Wisconsin Sikh temple just a year ago. Wade Michael Page, who has been called a white supremacist, walked into the temple as worshippers prepared for Sunday services and opened [...]

Martin Van Buren High School co-location met with protest
Martin Van Buren High School co-location met with protest
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/16/2013 at 2:37PM

The city’s plans to add another school within a struggling Queens Village institution is a “knife in the back” to the community, elected officials said. “This is the wrong plan at the wrong time, in the wrong place, at the wrong school,” said Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik. The Department of Education (DOE) has proposed [...]

10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/24/2013 at 10:28AM

The family of the 71-year-old Queens woman killed 10 years ago in a staged car accident said bureaucratic delays have held up justice — and a proposed law to stiffen penalties in such cases. “It should have passed,” said Daniel Ross, 56, of Bayside. “I don’t want another family to go through what we went [...]

Pols propose bill requiring gas stations to have generators
News Cristabelle Tumola 11/06/2012 at 4:25PM

Following long gas lines and even fights that, according to the NYPD, resulted in 41 arrests since Sandy struck last week, two New York politicians are introducing a state bill that would require all gas stations to have generators in case of power outages. The legislation, which will be introduced by Assemblymember David Weprin in [...]

Board of Elections leaves Bengali off ballot
News Terence M. Cullen 9/07/2012 at 12:37PM

Translators and appropriate documents will be at voting stations with large Bengali populations this November, a Board of Elections (BOE) official said, after it was announced the language would not be an option on this year’s ballots, much to the chagrin of officials and residents. The BOE’s vendor, Election Systems & Software LLC (ES&S), had [...]

Pols push for more languages on ballot
Pols push for more languages on ballot
News Melissa Chan 6/15/2012 at 9:07AM

Two elected officials and a coalition of South Asian community leaders pushed for the passage of a bill that would put Bengali, Punjabi and Hindi on ballots and election material in the borough. The bill, co-sponsored by State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember David Weprin, would direct the county’s Board of Elections (BOE) to [...]

Water rate hike would soak residents
News Billy Rennison 5/01/2012 at 3:00PM

Politicians and residents are worried that another year of swelling water bills will leave denizens drowning. For the 16th consecutive year, New York City residents will be paying more for their water bill if the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed rate increase is adopted. Assemblymember David Weprin called the hikes “déjà vu all over [...]

Alice’s Law aims to stop accident fraud
News Alexa Altman 3/07/2012 at 11:10AM

Nine years after a senseless crime, a local official and an activist group are advocating for legislation to finally speak for its victim. On March 22, 2003, Alice Ross, a 71-year-old wife and grandmother, was killed at 82-51 Commonwealth Boulevard in Jamaica during a falsified auto accident — staged in an attempt by the perpetrators [...]

Strong support for united districts in eastern Queens
News David Beltran 1/16/2012 at 3:20PM

Civic leaders, city officials, and residents came to the Eastern Queens United rally recently in support of new district lines to keep eastern queens communities united and maintain a strong voice in politics. Every 10 years after the census is complete, district lines must be re-drawn. Many residents and civic leaders said that because of [...]