Councilmember Mark Weprin

Councilmember Mark Weprin faces potential challenger in general election
Councilmember Mark Weprin faces potential challenger in general election
Politics Melissa Chan 8/12/2013 at 12:12PM

Numerous police unions are backing one candidate’s bid to unseat incumbent Councilmember Mark Weprin. Joseph Concannon, a retired police captain from Bellerose, announced his run for City Council on August 8 — with the full support of several law enforcement groups, including the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA). “I can assure you I will never risk [...]

Martin Van Buren to get $4M in School Improvement Grants
Martin Van Buren to get $4M in School Improvement Grants
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/29/2013 at 11:29AM

A struggling Queens Village school will get more than $4 million in federal funds to bounce back this fall. Martin Van Buren High School and 21 others in the city were awarded $74.2 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to be used over three years, State Education Commissioner John King Jr. announced Friday. The state’s [...]

Pols in support of Community Safety Act
Pols in support of Community Safety Act
News Liam La Guerre 7/19/2013 at 4:05PM

A group of Queens councilmembers that voted in favor of controversial legislation to oversee the activities of the NYPD gathered at Borough Hall to reaffirm their support last week. Led by Councilmember Leroy Comrie, the public officials, including Borough President Helen Marshall and various minority groups, said the Community Safety Act would help end profiling [...]

Queens council district is most ethnically diverse in all five boroughs, says lawmaker
Politics Queens Courier Staff 6/07/2013 at 10:31AM

BY LUKE TABET Newly approved lines have made City Council District 23 the most ethnically diverse in all five boroughs, a lawmaker said. “If you were to travel with me on any given weekend, you might go to five different continents,” said Councilmember Mark Weprin, who represents the district. He said the claim is based [...]

Council districts to get vote on city-funded community projects
Northeast Melissa Chan 3/27/2013 at 4:36PM

A million dollar decision is in the hands of some Queens residents. Three City Council districts in the borough have a week, starting April 1, to vote on community projects they want the city to fund. Part of an initiative called “Participatory Budgeting,” residents are allowed to develop ideas and then choose five physical infrastructure [...]

Second Courier ‘Power Breakfast’ informs seniors
Second Courier ‘Power Breakfast’ informs seniors
Networking Events Melissa Chan 5/08/2012 at 12:00PM

Seniors looking for another leg up in the extensive world of elder law got a second boost of knowledge during a recent Courier-hosted lecture. During a “Power Breakfast” — the second one hosted by The Courier this year — held on May 4 at North Shore Towers in Floral Park, Ann-Margaret Carrozza, an elder law [...]

Pols argue over whose co-op/condo legislation is best
Pols argue over whose co-op/condo legislation is best
News Melissa Chan 4/17/2012 at 4:05PM

A coalition of co-op and condo owners in northeast Queens had one message for its elected officials after arguments erupted over whose bill was best: no more lip service. “What you see is the dysfunction in Albany. This isn’t a Republican-Democrat issue. It’s about homeowners who don’t want to be pushed out of their homes,” [...]

Campaign cash filling coffers
News Michael Pantelidis 1/25/2012 at 2:07PM

If forced to go to “war,” Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. would have the funds to flaunt the biggest arsenal in Queens. According to recent filings with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Vallone has a current balance of more than $850,000 — after receiving contributions totaling $1,049,819 — placing him first among the council’s Queens delegation. [...]

Strong support for united districts in eastern Queens
News David Beltran 1/16/2012 at 3:20PM

Civic leaders, city officials, and residents came to the Eastern Queens United rally recently in support of new district lines to keep eastern queens communities united and maintain a strong voice in politics. Every 10 years after the census is complete, district lines must be re-drawn. Many residents and civic leaders said that because of [...]

Councilmember Mark Weprin Op Ed: Emphasize learning, not testing
Councilmember Mark Weprin Op Ed: Emphasize learning, not testing
News Billy Rennison 12/22/2011 at 11:11AM

BY CITY COUNCILMEMBER MARK WEPRIN The news that New York City students’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are basically flat may come as a blow to those who are still under the illusion that the Department of Education (DOE) has brilliantly revolutionized public education in recent years. But it is no [...]