Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder

State gaming agreement leaves Queens out of casino deal
State gaming agreement leaves Queens out of casino deal
Top Stories Terence M. Cullen 6/19/2013 at 4:56PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators have come to an agreement on a gaming deal that would effectively put four casinos upstate and leave Queens without one for now. There is a seven-year hold on increasing the number of New York casinos, according to Cuomo’s office. After that, the entire state is up for grabs [...]

Queens pols hopeful about Build it Back Sandy recovery program
Queens pols hopeful about Build it Back Sandy recovery program
News Terence M. Cullen 6/04/2013 at 3:37PM

Federal money is here. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new plan to distribute $648 million for New Yorkers trying to rebuild more than seven months after Sandy. The Build it Back program offers four options for homeowners as the city shifts its focus to long-term repairs in the wake of the storm. Homeowners can use [...]

Call for full gaming at Resorts World Casino
Call for full gaming at Resorts World Casino
Business Terence M. Cullen 5/29/2013 at 11:46AM

Politicians and leaders in the Queens business community are calling for the state to ante up on full gaming in Queens. State legislators and the Queens Chamber of Commerce called for a better plan to give Queens a casino if voters approve table gaming this November. They said Resorts World Casino New York City could [...]

Rockaway Ferry service extended for at least six more weeks
News Cristabelle Tumola 5/29/2013 at 11:25AM

Though the A train is returning to the Rockaways tomorrow, the ferry is still going to continue, at least until July. Rockaway Ferry weekday service between the peninsula and Manhattan has been extended for the next six weeks, with the possibility of continuing through Labor Day weekend, city officials announced Tuesday. The ferry will also [...]

New York Families for Autistic Children opens center after Sandy setback
New York Families for Autistic Children opens center after Sandy setback
News Queens Courier Staff 4/09/2013 at 11:57AM

BY LIAM LA GUERRE Richard Henry moved to New York City two months ago in search of a new autism facility for his daughter. Fortunately, he won’t have to look any further. After a six-month delay following Sandy, about 200 parents, children, staff members and politicians attended the grand opening of the $5.9 million New [...]

Mobile Command Center offers on-site help for Sandy insurance needs
News Terence M. Cullen 3/27/2013 at 1:21PM

People still dealing with Sandy-related insurance problems got a little help when the state Department of Financial Services (DFS) came to town. A DFS Mobile Command Center set up shop on Cross Bay Boulevard on Thursday, March 21 to help with insurance needs in the wake of Sandy. About 15 to 20 people were helped [...]

Rockaway Beach line restoration gets federal support
Rockaway Beach line restoration gets federal support
South Terence M. Cullen 3/26/2013 at 3:19PM

Proposed revival of the Rockaway Beach LIRR Line has gotten some federal backing. Congressmembers Hakeem Jeffries and Gregory Meeks are all-aboard for restoring the 50-year-defunct line in a new form, which would effectively link Rego Park to Ozone Park via mass transit. Together with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, they have sent a letter to U.S. Transportation [...]

Resorts World revenue up while neighboring casinos down
Resorts World revenue up while neighboring casinos down
South Terence M. Cullen 3/12/2013 at 10:44AM

Cha-ching. Revenue and money played at Resorts World Casino New York City is on the rise compared to a year ago, while neighboring gaming zones are seeing a drop. In January and February 2013, the Racino had an 11-percent tax revenue increase and a 25-percent increase in amount played from the same time last year [...]

New program to help with post-Sandy mold damage
New program to help with post-Sandy mold damage
News Cristabelle Tumola 2/04/2013 at 2:35PM

Though FEMA assistance can help homeowners deal with some of the devastating effects of Sandy, there is no direct federal funding for mold removal. A new program aims to solve that issue for around 2,000 homes in hard-hit areas. Using private money raised to help storm victims, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, [...]

Pols say ‘no dice’ to no downstate full gaming
Pols say ‘no dice’ to no downstate full gaming
South Terence M. Cullen 1/14/2013 at 2:33PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo pulled a wild card last week. New York will get seven new casinos if voters approve a full-gaming amendment this fall, Cuomo said during his State of the State address. Most of these casinos, however, will be upstate — particularly in the Finger Lake region — to drive tourism to other areas [...]