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Mayor Bloomberg signs law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21
Mayor Bloomberg signs law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 11/19/2013 at 3:04PM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a law making New York the first major U.S. city to have a minimum cigarette purchase age of 21. Bloomberg signed the law on Tuesday, raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. The law, which Bloomberg said “will [...]

Daneek Miller wins by a landslide, will replace Leroy Comrie
Daneek Miller wins by a landslide, will replace Leroy Comrie
Politics Maggie Hayes 11/06/2013 at 1:31AM

After coming out on top of a crowded primary race, Daneek Miller easily slid past the general election and right into the District 27 council seat. “We have a lot of uphill battles,” Miller said. “When you see how working families have been treated over the last decade, it’s imperative that we have a voice [...]

Rory Lancman celebrates landslide City Council victory
Rory Lancman celebrates landslide City Council victory
Politics Melissa Chan 11/06/2013 at 1:28AM

Former Assemblymember Rory Lancman is headed to City Hall.  Lancman, 44, won the open District 24 seat in a landslide victory on November 5. He also swept his opponents during the Democratic primary in September.  “I’m feeling great,” he said. “It’s very, very gratifying and humbling to not just win but win by such a [...]

Close race called for incumbent Councilmember Ulrich, Simon not conceding
Close race called for incumbent Councilmember Ulrich, Simon not conceding
Politics Maggie Hayes 11/06/2013 at 1:09AM

Votes were counted down to the bitter end before a winner was declared in City Council District 32, and Republican Councilmember Eric Ulrich has reclaimed his seat. “This race was a real nail biter,” Ulrich said in front of family and friends on election night. As the results trickled in, Ulrich and his Democratic opponent, [...]

City Council OKs Hallets Point development
City Council OKs Hallets Point development
West Angy Altamirano 10/09/2013 at 4:20PM

The development that would bring thousands of residential apartments, retail space and parkland to the Astoria waterfront at Hallets Point has gotten the final thumbs up. The City Council voted on Wednesday, October 9 to approve the plan presented by Lincoln Equities Group, the company behind the estimated $1 billion complex called the Hallets Point [...]

Willets Point mega mall gets final City Council green light
Willets Point mega mall gets final City Council green light
News Melissa Chan 10/09/2013 at 4:19PM

The City Council approved a major $3 billion Willets Point project Wednesday, clearing the way for a mega mall near Citi Field. Developers Sterling Equities and Related Companies needed the council’s permission to move Citi Field parking to Willets Point in order to build a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center west of the baseball stadium. It [...]

Rory Lancman wins landslide victory in District 24
Rory Lancman wins landslide victory in District 24
Politics Melissa Chan 9/11/2013 at 1:11AM

Former Assemblymember Rory Lancman swept his Democratic primary race Tuesday and moved one step further to winning an open City Council seat. Lancman, 44, won the District 24 Democratic primary in a landslide victory on September 10. The Fresh Meadows attorney beat out his opponents, Andrea Veras and Mujib Rahman, with nearly 62 percent of [...]

City Planning Commission OKs Hallets Point development
City Planning Commission OKs Hallets Point development
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/21/2013 at 5:46PM

Thousands of residential apartments, retail space and parkland are one step closer to coming to the Astoria waterfront at Hallets Point, home to the NYCHA Astoria Houses. On Wednesday, August 21 the City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan presented by Lincoln Equities Group, the company behind the estimated billion-dollar complex called the [...]

Halloran district to get funding for all participatory budget items
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/08/2013 at 4:30PM

The district represented by indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran will receive funding for all seven participatory budget items and then some. Nearly $3.2 million in capital and expense projects will be honored by the City Council, according to the legislative body’s Queens delegation. “Northeast Queens is home to many of the borough’s great cultural institutions, not-for-profits [...]

Mayor: Police stop too many whites, not enough minorities
Mayor: Police stop too many whites, not enough minorities
Police Liam La Guerre 6/29/2013 at 10:52AM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg answered critics of the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy by saying the NYPD doesn’t stop enough people of color and stops too many whites. Less than one day after the City Council approved major legislation to change up management of the police department against the mayor’s wishes, Bloomberg made the controversial remark about [...]