Top wedding trends for brides on a budget
News ARA 9/29/2012 at 2:07AM

For brides-to-be, the big day seems like it comes with a big price tag – but it doesn’t have to. The season’s top wedding trends pair elegance and affordability with options to make an event that is uniquely “you.” To stay within your budget, follow these wedding trends. * Outdoor weddings offer romance at a [...]

Budget bias
Letters Letters 7/19/2012 at 12:26PM

Once again, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has removed the veil of her Manhattan liberal independent reformer image to reveal that she is a seasoned Democratic party machine leader. She follows in the fine tradition of her predecessors, former Council Speakers Gifford Miller, Peter Vallone and the late Tom Cuite of Brooklyn. In [...]

Budget blues no more
Letters Letters 7/12/2012 at 12:28PM

In our current economic climate, members of the City Council must make difficult decisions as they develop and approve the city budget. This budget season, District 26 City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer has once again shown himself to be a tireless advocate for the needs of our community. Thanks to Van Bramer, Speaker Quinn and [...]

Despite 5 years of cuts, Queens Library retained all service hours and jobs
News Billy Rennison 7/11/2012 at 10:08AM

Despite five consecutive years of budget cuts that eliminated more than $16 million in operating expenses, the Queens Library will begin a new chapter — with all jobs and service hours retained. “Given the staggering cuts we were facing, to not have one library close, not one library reduce its hours, to keep libraries where [...]

Balanced budget saves child care, libraries and fire companies
Balanced budget saves child care, libraries and fire companies
News Terence M. Cullen 6/26/2012 at 2:26PM

Without raising the tax bar, education, child care, libraries and other city services will be spared – despite original concerns of heavy cuts – in the 2013 Fiscal Year budget, city officials announced Monday, June 25 attributing the balanced budget to several cost-saving methods. “When times were better, the city set aside surplus revenue — [...]

Mayor announces balanced budget; fire companies, libraries and child care saved
News Billy Rennison 6/25/2012 at 7:17PM

With severe cuts to fire companies, child care and libraries looming, an on-time, balanced city budget was agreed upon with all services restored, the mayor announced. “We produced an on-time, balanced budget that does not raise taxes and preserves central services we all rely on,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the press conference announcing the [...]

Queens firehouses in danger
Queens firehouses in danger
News Billy Rennison 5/30/2012 at 10:00AM

Politicians, civic leaders and firefighters rallied recently in Queens to prevent 20 fire companies from going up in smoke. Dozens gathered on Tuesday, May 29 outside Engine 294 in Richmond Hill, one the 20 fire companies that may close due to budget cuts, including students from nearby P.S. 273. The children, brandishing signs, led the [...]

Children rally to save Pomonok after-school program from shutting down
Children rally to save Pomonok after-school program from shutting down
News Sarah Yu 5/23/2012 at 5:05PM

Children, parents and politicians rallied recently against the closing of after-school programs at the Pomonok Center at the Queens Community House. The center offers a free after-school program for children from grades kindergarten to sixth that includes homework help, arts and crafts, fitness, character development and team-building games. “I worry that without such a program [...]

Balanced budget means cuts to FDNY, after school
News Billy Rennison 5/14/2012 at 12:30PM

Children’s classrooms will remain unaffected in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 11th executive budget — but kids may have nowhere to go after the final bell rings. The $68.7 million balanced budget includes no tax increases, but presents deep cuts to after-school programs, day care and fire companies while retaining more than 2,500 teacher positions the mayor [...]

‘Doomsday budget’ may slash libraries
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 5/14/2012 at 10:56AM

A job opening in Manhattan required a resume to be submitted online, but the woman applying had no computer, no resume and no clue where to begin. Seeking help, she visited her local Queens Library branch, where a job search librarian helped her write the resume and submit it online. Joanne King, the library’s associate [...]