Barack Obama

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 12/29/2012 at 11:01AM

MTA considers installing sliding doors to prevent deaths, injuries The MTA will reconsider installing sliding doors on some subway platforms to prevent riders from getting killed or injured by trains, a top official told the Daily News. Fifty-four people this year have met their bloody ends on the tracks — a five-year high at more [...]

Obama taps Biden to head task force on gun violence
News Billy Rennison 12/19/2012 at 2:25PM

In an effort to prevent another tragedy like last week’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head a task force to develop a concrete plan no later than January to curb gun violence in the country. “The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence, doesn’t mean [...]

Bloomberg demands a plan to end gun violence
Bloomberg demands a plan to end gun violence
Top Stories Billy Rennison 12/17/2012 at 2:25PM

Dozens of Americans affected by gun violence joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall for the release of 34 videos renewing the call for the federal government to reduce gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The 34 videos each tell the personal story of survivors and family members of [...]

Obama asks for $60 billion in federal aid for Sandy relief
News Maggie Hayes 12/11/2012 at 12:23PM

The Obama administration has requested $60.4 billion in federal resources for “response, recovery and mitigation related to Sandy damages in all affected states,” according to a letter from Jeffrey Zients, the deputy director for management, to House Speaker John Boehner. However, that is less than the $80 billion initially sought for the destruction in the [...]

Forbes names Bloomberg the world’s 16th most powerful person
Forbes names Bloomberg the world’s 16th most powerful person
News Billy Rennison 12/06/2012 at 10:38AM

New Yorkers who believe Mayor Michael Bloomberg wields too much authority will not be surprised by his high ranking on Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people. Bloomberg placed 16th on the annual list that includes heads of state, CEOs and magnates, one spot behind Warren Buffet and one ahead of Walmart CEO Michael [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 11/30/2012 at 7:45AM

TODAY’S FORECAST  Friday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 47. Light and variable wind becoming east 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Friday night: A slight chance of rain or drizzle after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. EVENT of the DAY: Shirley Valentine [...]

Obama lands at JFK, tours areas hardest hit by Sandy
Obama lands at JFK, tours areas hardest hit by Sandy
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 11/15/2012 at 1:11PM

By Alexa Altman and Terence Cullen “I’m very proud of you, New York,” said President Barack Obama. “You guys are tough. You bounce back, just as America always bounces back. The same is going to be true this time out.” Alongside New York’s most prominent officials, Obama surveyed damage in the areas hardest hit by [...]

Bloomberg endorses Obama for president
Bloomberg endorses Obama for president
News Billy Rennison 11/01/2012 at 3:14PM

On the heels of the worst storm in the city’s history, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his endorsement of Barack Obama for president citing his leadership in climate change and potential to bridge both parties. Bloomberg said Hurricane Sandy “brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,”  in an op-ed for Bloomberg View and re-published on [...]

Cuomo requests maximum reimbursement for Hurricane Sandy damage from FEMA
News Billy Rennison 10/31/2012 at 4:35PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a maximum reimbursement from the federal government for damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy. “Our counties are responding to the continued impacts of multi-building fires, tunnel closures, power losses to hospitals and other critical infrastructure, destroyed homes and sheltered populations — all in the midst [...]

What Obama and Romney said at the final presidential debate
What Obama and Romney said at the final presidential debate
News Billy Rennison 10/22/2012 at 11:28PM

More than 17,000 words were spoken during the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton. The words uttered tonight will be dissected in the next two weeks ahead of the election on November 6. The most common words were what you would expect to hear [...]