Councilmember Mark Weprin

DOE withdraws co-location plans
DOE withdraws co-location plans
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 3/04/2014 at 3:54PM

From the 49 co-location proposals released last year for schools all around the city, the Department of Education (DOE) has announced it will be withdrawing nine and revising one

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.

Queens incumbents sweep re-election bids
Politics Queens Courier Staff 11/06/2013 at 3:52AM

LIAM LA GUERRE AND MELISSA CHAN  All Queens City Council incumbents slid back into their seats after Election Day, some very comfortably, while others overcame contentious races. In District 32, which pitted Republican incumbent Eric Ulrich against Democrat Lew Simon, the race came right down to the wire. Ulrich was eventually declared the winner with 53 percent [...]

Queens pols face Bronx rivals in first Battle of the Boroughs Bowl
Queens pols face Bronx rivals in first Battle of the Boroughs Bowl
Sports Liam La Guerre 10/28/2013 at 10:25AM

Politicians turned into playmakers for a special touch football game. Queens and Bronx politicians faced off in the first ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst Sunday. The touch football event was organized to raise money by collecting donations, with all proceeds going to the United Service Organizations [...]

City Council candidate Joe Concannon calls ‘fraud’ on Campaign Finance Board
City Council candidate Joe Concannon calls ‘fraud’ on Campaign Finance Board
Politics Melissa Chan 10/24/2013 at 9:57AM

The retired police captain running a pointed City Council bid against a popular incumbent says the city’s Campaign Finance Board should have accommodated his late entrance into the race. Joe Concannon, who is taking on Councilmember Mark Weprin in a general election next month, said he was a “victim” of the CFB’s “incompetence and fraud” [...]

Students, lawmakers rally against Martin Van Buren High School co-location
Students, lawmakers rally against Martin Van Buren High School co-location
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/22/2013 at 4:40PM

Queens lawmakers and dozens of students carrying picket signs rallied last week against the city’s plans to put another school inside the storied yet struggling Martin Van Buren High School. “We’ve been fighting so hard,” said Councilmember Mark Weprin. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but in the dead of night, in secret, they put [...]

Benjamin Cardozo High School students protest cuts to classes
Benjamin Cardozo High School students protest cuts to classes
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/02/2013 at 3:54PM

Scholars at Benjamin Cardozo High School are up in arms over an apparent $400,000 slash to programs cutting into the school’s Advanced Placement courses. “I think it’s ridiculous,” said senior Student Organization President Tom Dinegar. “We should not have to settle for less.” Students and local leaders said internal bookkeeping errors by the city’s Department [...]

City Council overrides Bloomberg’s Community Safety Act veto
City Council overrides Bloomberg’s Community Safety Act veto
Politics Liam La Guerre 8/22/2013 at 5:05PM

The New York City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the controversial Community Safety Act. The act contains two bills, one that will create an inspector general to oversee the activities of the police department and have subpoena power, while the other bill will make it easier for people to sue the [...]