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Queens lawmaker wants fire hydrants tagged with markers
Queens lawmaker wants fire hydrants tagged with markers
Politics Melissa Chan 2/25/2014 at 11:34AM

All New York City hydrants should be tagged with high-flying flags to be spotted more easily during snowstorms, a Queens lawmaker is proposing. Councilmember Mark Weprin is reintroducing legislation this March that would require markers be placed at least three feet above hydrants.

Flushing widow pushes for hit-and-run bill
Flushing widow pushes for hit-and-run bill
Northeast Melissa Chan 6/03/2013 at 2:26PM

The widow of a Flushing man killed last year in a tragic hit-and-run held back tears while she pushed for a bill to protect pedestrians. “I’m very heartbroken, very angry,” said Taysha Dominguez. “There are no words to describe the pain and the suffering that my family is currently going through at this moment.” Her [...]

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 [...]

City council concerned over climate changes
City council concerned over climate changes
News Melissa Chan 8/29/2012 at 1:14PM

The City Council unanimously voted last week to pass a bill which would allow a task force to address rising sea levels and a recent increase in high-intensity rain storms throughout the five boroughs. These long and short term problems stemming from climate change would be tackled by a panel of mayor-appointed climate impact scientists, [...]

T-Mobile store scams Queens customers out of thousands
T-Mobile store scams Queens customers out of thousands
News Melissa Chan 7/26/2012 at 5:25PM

A major mobile phone service provider is under fire from hundreds of Queens residents who say an authorized retailer scammed them for thousands — before closing up shop and ducking their calls. A T-Mobile retailer, who sources identify as a South Asian man named “Raj” who suffers from schizophrenia, allegedly billed customers for several unauthorized [...]

Co-op, condo owners left in the lurch
News Melissa Chan 6/28/2012 at 5:02PM

City co-op and condo owners were dealt a major blow by the State Legislature after lawmakers wrapped up the year’s session without passing three key bills, including one that would put a halt to skyrocketing property tax valuations. “Three strikes and you’re out. This was a disastrous session if you’re a co-op or condo owner,” [...]

Health Exchange will make insurance more accessible
News Billy Rennison 4/19/2012 at 11:39AM

The governor issued an executive order recently establishing a statewide health insurance exchange after the state legislature failed to pass the bill last year. Governor Andrew Cuomo established the New York Health Benefit Exchange on Thursday, April 12 saying, “The bottom line is that creating this health exchange will lower the cost of health insurance [...]