Councilmember Ruben Wills

Queens pol calls it quits on homeless experiment, but plans to try again
Queens pol calls it quits on homeless experiment, but plans to try again
Politics Maggie Hayes 12/23/2013 at 2:16PM

Councilmember Ruben Wills took a dive into the lives of our city’s homeless to highlight hardships for those living in poverty, but called it quits after being diagnosed with pneumonia. The councilmember began his journey to get a better look into the lives and struggles of the city’s population on the streets on Dec. 17. [...]

City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning
City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning
South Maggie Hayes 12/10/2013 at 7:14PM

The City Council passed a change in Ozone Park’s zoning map Tuesday to reflect the neighborhood’s building patterns. Now, the zoning mandates will reinforce the area’s one- and-two-family residential homes and direct new residential and mixed-use developments to more commercial locations. “The new zoning enacted into law today will protect Ozone Park from overdevelopment and help [...]

Council approves Jamaica street renaming for Tuskegee Airmen
Council approves Jamaica street renaming for Tuskegee Airmen
Southeast Maggie Hayes 11/19/2013 at 3:24PM

The City Council voted last week to memorialize the Tuskegee Airmen with a Jamaica street sign for their remarkable bravery during World War II. A bill to permanently change the name of South Road between Merrick Boulevard and Remington Street to Tuskegee Airmen Way passed the Council unanimously on November 14. Original crew members Dabney [...]

Cricket gaining popularity in city
Cricket gaining popularity in city
Sports Queens Courier Staff 11/06/2013 at 3:48PM

ANTHONY O’REILLY When Anwer Hossain moved to New York City as a young child from Pakistan, he searched all over New York for a place to play his country’s beloved sport: cricket. But it wasn’t as easy as he thought to find one. “I used to love [playing] it as a child,” Hossain said. “I [...]

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 [...]

Queens gun buyback nets nearly 30 weapons
Queens gun buyback nets nearly 30 weapons
Police Maggie Hayes 7/01/2013 at 1:44PM

D’aja Robinson’s life was taken at the age of 14 by a stray bullet. Her Jamaica community responded by hosting a gun buyback event in an effort to get weapons off the street. On Saturday, the NYPD, district attorney and borough president put on the event at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Residents who came [...]

Queens councilmember introduces bill to promote cricket in NYC
Queens councilmember introduces bill to promote cricket in NYC
News Liam La Guerre 6/28/2013 at 4:57PM

Get ready for some wicket fun. Councilmember Ruben Wills introduced a bill to promote cricket in the city as the game continues to increase in popularity. “We just were dealing with organizations and groups… and one of the things that kept coming up is the lack of cricket fields,” Wills said. The bill seeks to [...]