Assemblymember Ed Braunstein

111th Precinct bids adieu to beloved community affairs officer
111th Precinct bids adieu to beloved community affairs officer
News Melissa Chan 12/09/2013 at 3:08PM

For 10 years, Community Affairs Officer Gary Poggiali has watched 120 officers accept their “Cops of the Month” awards from the back of the room. Now he has plenty of plaques to call his own. Community leaders gave a final salute to the retiring, beloved cop with an armful of plaques and an earful of [...]

Queens pols face Bronx rivals in first Battle of the Boroughs Bowl
Queens pols face Bronx rivals in first Battle of the Boroughs Bowl
Sports Liam La Guerre 10/28/2013 at 10:25AM

Politicians turned into playmakers for a special touch football game. Queens and Bronx politicians faced off in the first ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst Sunday. The touch football event was organized to raise money by collecting donations, with all proceeds going to the United Service Organizations [...]

Law to alert community boards about contaminated site cleanups
Law to alert community boards about contaminated site cleanups
Top Stories Melissa Chan 8/12/2013 at 11:34AM

The state is set to begin notifying community boards when cleanups of contaminated land are planned in their areas. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently approved a bill that would make the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) responsible for alerting community boards of brownfield site cleanups. Quoting Public Law, the DEC defines a brownfield as “any [...]

Bayside Beacon program saved
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/02/2013 at 2:42PM

A beloved Bayside Beacon program has survived yet another year of budget cuts. The City Council fully restored next year’s funding to the after-school enrichment program at M.S. 158 Marie Curie. It was slated for closure, just as it was last year when the Department of Youth and Community Development tried to shut down seven [...]

MTA cancels plans to re-route northeast Queens buses
MTA cancels plans to re-route northeast Queens buses
Northeast Melissa Chan 6/12/2013 at 2:15PM

Construction at Little Bay Park will no longer affect local bus routes, officials said. The MTA had plans last month to re-route buses traveling from Fort Totten to Flushing for a year due to ongoing joint projects at the park. Work from building a comfort station, expanding the parking lot and repaving the bus turnaround [...]

Co-op tax relief bill passed by Legislature
News Melissa Chan 1/29/2013 at 1:04PM

The State Legislature has passed a long-awaited tax relief bill for city co-op and condo owners, despite a cluster of lawmakers who voted against it. The bill, approved by the State Senate and Assembly, includes raising a partial tax abatement from 17.5 percent to 25 percent and extending the J-51 program to June 30, 2015. [...]

New flight patterns a failure: residents, pols
New flight patterns a failure: residents, pols
News Melissa Chan 8/29/2012 at 9:32AM

The trial period testing a new departure procedure at LaGuardia Airport has failed, said local leaders who recently rallied to put an end to the thundering turbulence tormenting residents in northeast Queens. “New flight patterns cannot be instituted if they are so detrimental to the quality of life for residents,” said State Senator Tony Avella [...]

GOP pick backs out of race against Assemblymember Ed Braunstein
GOP pick backs out of race against Assemblymember Ed Braunstein
News Melissa Chan 6/07/2012 at 10:43AM

A former GOP hopeful declined to make a run against current Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, despite being backed by the Queens County Republican Party. Malba resident Ralph Cefalo was endorsed by the County to seek election in the 26th Assembly District, but the civic leader ultimately chose not to enter the race after citing personal matters, [...]

Northeast Queens political races heat up
News Melissa Chan 5/31/2012 at 9:23AM

Endorsements are rolling in for candidates making a run for district seats in northeast Queens. The Queens County Republican Party unanimously endorsed Joseph Concannon for State Senate in the 11th District, where the Republican and retired city police officer from Bellerose will challenge incumbent State Senator Tony Avella for the seat. In a statement, GOP [...]

Relief proposed for co-op owners
News Melissa Chan 3/13/2012 at 12:27PM

New legislation may lighten the load on co-op owners, while leaving their wallets heavy. According to Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, property owners can currently fight city tax assessments through a “certiorari” process, but they said it is often costly and incurs “excessive legal fees.” “As a co-op shareholder, I understand this [...]