City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

City Council approves law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21
News Cristabelle Tumola 10/30/2013 at 6:43PM

Updated, Monday, November 4 They can drive, vote and join the Army, but 18 to 20-year-olds will soon lose the right to purchase cigarettes in the city. The City Council voted October 30 to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. It passed [...]

City agrees to reduce restaurant fines
City agrees to reduce restaurant fines
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 8/20/2013 at 12:04PM

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a deal to reduce restaurant fines that may make the grade with owners. The City Council and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) said the joint agreement will reduce fines generated by violations of the city’s inspection system by $10 million per year. “Restaurant letter grading was [...]

Weiner falls to fourth place in latest poll
Weiner falls to fourth place in latest poll
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 7/30/2013 at 11:44AM

After losing his lead in the mayoral race in one poll last week, Anthony Weiner has fallen to fourth place in another survey of voters. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday Weiner received 16 percent of the likely Democratic primary vote, down from 26 percent in a July 24 Quinnipiac survey, where he placed [...]

Anthony Weiner loses lead in new poll
Anthony Weiner loses lead in new poll
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 7/25/2013 at 1:07PM

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has lost support among voters after it was revealed he continued sexting following his resignation from Congress, a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released today found. In a June poll, 25 percent of registered Democrats said they would vote for Weiner and 20 percent said they would chose City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The [...]

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 [...]

Council enacts paid sick leave law with veto override
News Cristabelle Tumola 6/27/2013 at 1:49PM

In a 47-4 vote, the City Council enacted the New York City Earned Sick Time Act Thursday, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the legislation. The bill will eventually give paid sick leave to approximately one million New York employees who do not currently have it, and will protect them from being fired for taking [...]

NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 6/19/2013 at 10:40AM

The last bell will ring two and a half hours later for 2,000 of the city’s sixth graders starting this fall. A pilot program will provide additional literacy training at 20 middle schools with high-needs students, including five in Queens, according to the Department of Education (DOE). The schools are also part of a 40-school [...]

Queensbridge Park Seawall restoration breaks ground
Queensbridge Park Seawall restoration breaks ground
West Queens Courier Staff 5/14/2013 at 9:19AM

Local officials, community groups and residents gathered to break ground on the restoration and improvement of the Queensbridge Park Seawall last week. Along with reconstructing the seawall, the $6.65 million project will include a six-foot wide waterfront promenade with benches and plants as well as a small pier at the north end. “The much-anticipated repair [...]

Call to reinstate Peter F. Vallone Scholarship
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 5/05/2013 at 4:20PM

With no agreement on a state Dream Act, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. is calling to re-establish the Peter F. Vallone Scholarship, the “original” New York City Dream Act. On Thursday, April 25 Vallone gathered with mayoral candidates, fellow councilmembers and education and immigration advocacy groups to call on Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker [...]

Poll: Voters more comfortable with female, openly-gay than biz executive mayor
Poll: Voters more comfortable with female, openly-gay than biz executive mayor
Politics Queens Courier Staff 2/27/2013 at 12:50PM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY New Yorkers are ready to have a woman lead the city, but are less interested in having another business executive as mayor, a new poll found. Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the poll said 64 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of having a woman candidate be mayor and 27 percent [...]