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Incumbent Councilmember Donovan Richards regains District 31 seat
Politics Maggie Hayes 9/11/2013 at 1:10AM

Councilmember Donovan Richards was given the go ahead to keep the City Council seat he has briefly held since March’s special election. Richards declared victory after receiving over 50 percent of the votes over his opponents, Michael Duncan, community activist, and Ricardo Brown, accountant. In his first six months in office, Richards fought against Mayor [...]

Op-Ed: NYC makes history
News Op-Ed 5/15/2013 at 2:44PM

BY COUNCILMEMBER DONOVAN RICHARDS More than one million New Yorkers will be granted the opportunity to take paid sick days off work without worrying about being retaliated against. The recent compromise reached by Speaker Quinn, councilmembers, labor unions, business advocates and activists has ushered in a new wave of unprecedented worker protections. New York City [...]

Rally to save after-school programs for more than 47,000 kids
Rally to save after-school programs for more than 47,000 kids
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 5/02/2013 at 12:02PM

Come summer, 2,400 children in the borough will lose access to their mainstays outside of school. Officials have told the Queens Community House at J.H.S. 190 and the Samuel Field Y at M.S. 158 that due to budget cuts, they must close their doors on July 1. “The constant attacks on day care and after-school [...]

U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
U.S. Senate gun control vote disappoints New York lawmakers
Politics Queens Courier Staff 4/25/2013 at 8:56AM

The build-up lasted a full four months. From the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the State of the Union and rallies afterward, tougher laws on gun control were debated and pored over until U.S. Senators finally voted 54-46 in favor of an amendment to strengthen background checks at gun shows and online. However, [...]

MTA cuts shuttle service to Sandy-ravaged Rockaways
MTA cuts shuttle service to Sandy-ravaged Rockaways
South Terence M. Cullen 4/24/2013 at 9:11AM

Local and citywide leaders say the MTA is throwing the Rockaways under the bus. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder and Councilmember Donovan Richards in Far Rockaway on Friday, April 19 to decry the decreased shuttle bus service to the Sandy-affected peninsula. A train service to the Rockaways last ran on [...]

Rapid Repairs fixes more than 20,000 Sandy-damaged homes
Rapid Repairs fixes more than 20,000 Sandy-damaged homes
News Queens Courier Staff 3/22/2013 at 2:49PM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Five months after Sandy damaged thousands of residences in New York City, the NYC Rapid Repairs program has completed work on more than 20,000 homes,  Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today. The program was launched last November in the aftermath of the storm in order to provide heat, power and hot water to those [...]

Donovan Richards declares victory in Council District 31 special election
Donovan Richards declares victory in Council District 31 special election
Politics Maggie Hayes 2/27/2013 at 5:57PM

The race is won – Donovan Richards has declared victory, and is the new councilmember for the 31st  District. After a windy campaign road, ending with Richards and opponent Pesach Osina, the former chief-of-staff to State Senator James Sanders emerged victorious by 80 votes. On voting day, Tuesday, February 19, both Richards and Osina declared victory. [...]

Two candidates declare victory in special election
Two candidates declare victory in special election
News Maggie Hayes 2/20/2013 at 10:14AM

Two councilmembers, one district. Following the City Council special election late Tuesday, February 19, candidates Donovan Richards and Pesach Osina both declared victory of the 31st District. “While we are still uncertain of the total numbers, when every vote is counted, we will be victorious,” said Osina, an aide to Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder, at his [...]

Special election candidates patrolling poll sites
Politics Maggie Hayes 2/19/2013 at 7:00PM

The race continues, and candidates for the 31st District’s City Council seat are making the rounds, reaching out to the people they hope to make their constituents. “I’m feeling great,” said Selvena Brooks, who has a political past working in the State Senate. “We have a real presence on the ground throughout southeast Queens and [...]

City Council replacement to be decided in special election today
City Council replacement to be decided in special election today
Politics Maggie Hayes 2/19/2013 at 1:33PM

Decision day has arrived, and one of eight candidates for southeast Queens’ 31st District will sit upon the City Council. The council hopefuls hit the ground running just over a month ago when James Sanders vacated his seat and moved to the Senate. The campaign stretch, although short, has been heated. Michael Duncan, Marie Adam-Ovide, Saywalah [...]