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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Cloudy. Highs in the low 40s with temperatures nearly steady overnight. Tuesday night: Periods of rain. Rain becoming heavy at times overnight. Low around 40. E winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Classical Music Concert

The Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston presents a program with live piano, guitar and voice, followed by a sandwich lunch and dessert Douglaston Community Church at 11 a.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio: Landslide win is ‘clear mandate’ for education reform

Bill de Blasio says his landslide in this month’s New York City mayoral election entitles him to support from Albany to enact sweeping reforms to the city’s schools. Read more: CBS New York/AP

City launches new campaign against sugary drinks

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Monday launched a new anti-obesity campaign, focusing on the risks posed by sugary drinks. Read more: CBS New York

NYPIRG proposes campaign donation limits

A government watchdog group is calling for strict limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections. Read more: AP

Reagan letter tops auction of Ed Koch items

Letters from former President Ronald Reagan and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were the most popular items Monday at an auction of materials that belonged to ex-Mayor Ed Koch. Read more: NBC New York

Storm to threaten holiday travel, moving east

A winter storm system that hit parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas swept toward the densely populated East Coast on Tuesday, threatening to disrupt the plans of travelers ahead of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 95. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 79. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jamaica Jam Drum Circle

Mike Veny is a drum circle aficionado known for his high-energy grooves and ferocious backbeat. Participants will receive basic instruction before playing in a drum circle. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Free at the Queens Central Library. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Protesters rally in Times Square for Trayvon MartinThrongs of marchers crowded into Times Square Sunday night following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, blocking traffic amid calls for federal civil rights charges to be filed in the case. Read more: NBC New York

Councilman: Koch’s name doesn’t belong on Queensboro Bridge

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. will introduce legislation to remove deceased former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the Queensboro Bridge. Read more: NBC New YorkOpponents furious at plans for gas pipeline under Brooklyn, Rockaways
Opponents protested Sunday against a planned natural gas pipeline that would pass through Brooklyn and the Rockaways. Read more: CBS New York/APGov. Cuomo approves funding for breast cancer mapping

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing the funding of breast cancer mapping. Read more: Fox New York

‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver hotel

Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an overnight star as a high school quarterback-turned-singer in the hit TV series “Glee” but had battled addiction since his teenage years, was found dead of undisclosed causes in a hotel room, Vancouver police said. He was 31. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 88. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 75. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Beatlemania: Maspeth Federal Summer Concerts 2013

The tribute band Beatlemania Now captures the excitement, mood and music of the Fab Four. Free, rain or shine. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Three Queens Borough President candidates slam $3 billion Willets Point proposal

Two City Councilmen — who happen to both be running for Queens borough president — are trying to block the plate against a proposed mega-mall next to CitiField. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens leaders shoot down home raising plan that could cost residents tens of thousands of dollars

Queens leaders shot down a city plan that could cost homeowners — still reeling from Superstorm Sandy — tens of thousands of additional dollars. Read more: New York Daily News

Documents on former Mayor Koch released by FBI

Documents released for the first time Tuesday from the FBI file on former New York City Mayor Edward Koch detail one of the more obscure chapters of his storied political career: an unsolved plot to paint the then-congressman as a racist by circulating a forged letter, warning the city would become a “ghost town” if voters elected a black mayor. Read more: AP

Quinn: Spitzer, Weiner haven’t earned second chance

Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn took some shots at the comeback efforts of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. Read more: CBS New York

Surviving suspect in Boston bombing due in court

Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the morning, then overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 81. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Tuesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 66. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Making Books Sing Presents “My City Park”

When Milo learns that his favorite city park will be torn down for a shopping mall, he seeks the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. “My City Park,” a 45-minute educational performance for children ages 3-10 at the Astoria Library at 3:30 p.m., features puppetry, original songs and audience participation to illustrate the importance of shared community resources. Space is limited and available first come, first served. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Widespread LIRR delays after train derails in East River tunnel

A Long Island Rail Road train derailed inside an East River tunnel Monday evening, causing frustrating delays and cancellations for commuters at a packed Penn Station during the height of rush hour. Read more: NBC New York

City’s grad rate takes slight dip as state remains flat

For the first time since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, the city’s high school graduation rates fell slightly for students who graduate both in June and August. Read more: NY1

Ridgewood manufacturers don’t want Industrial Business Zone because they’d rather build apartment complexes

A group of cash-strapped property owners in Ridgewood is opposing a proposed manufacturing-only area because it would restrict them from converting their buildings to apartment complexes, their lawyer said. Read more: New York Daily News 

2 Rikers Officers Charged With Dealing Drugs to Inmates

Two New York City correction officers have been arrested after investigators said they were caught dealing drugs to inmates. Read more: NBC New York

Mistake on grave marker makes Koch appear younger than Bloomberg

Late Mayor Ed Koch was already a partner in a New York law firm when Mayor Michael Bloomberg was just a year out of college – so few would guess that Koch was actually the younger man. Read more: CBS New York

Supreme Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal

States can’t demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision complicating efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 77. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the SSW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80%. Monday night: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 57. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Dancing Under the Stars 

From 6 to 7:30 p.m., come for Dancing Under the Stars, twilight ballroom dancing lessons held in Forest Park. The lessons are free and are held every Monday until July 8, when the Nick Russo Latin Jazz Quintet will perform for participants.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Mayhem in the city: 25 people shot in 48 hours

Violence surged like the mercury Sunday, with three more fatalities from gun violence — and eight others wounded in shootings — bringing the total number of bullet-riddled in the city to 25 in less than 48 hours. Read more: New York Daily News

City Council offers free self-defense classes following hate crimes

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the council’s LGBT Caucus have announced they will host free self-defense classes following the recent spate of hate crimes directed at members of New York City’s gay community. Read more: NBC New York

Queens car wash workers walk off the job, say they’ve been harassed by employer after voting to unionize in April

Sixteen workers at a Queens car wash walked off the job Saturday to protest what they claim has been systematic harassment at the hands of their employers. Read more: New York Daily News

Former mayor Ed Koch remembered at St. Patrick’s mass

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s family and friends attended mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday – a favorite activity of the late Jewish mayor. Read more: ABC New York

Bradley Manning trial begins 3 years after arrest

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning goes on trial Monday more than three years after he was arrested in Iraq and charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Read more: AP

Obama to highlight mental health six months after Newtown shooting

President Barack Obama will highlight the issues faced by Americans with mental health problems at a White House conference on Monday, following his promise to start a “national conversation” on the subject after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a school last year. Read more: Reuters

Actress Jean Stapleton, known as Edith Bunker on ‘All in the Family,’ dies

Actress Jean Stapleton, best known for her role as Archie Bunker’s wife in the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom “All in the Family,” has died, her son said Saturday. Read more: CNN

 

 

 

Former Borough President Claire Shulman to appear on NY1’s ‘Wise Guys’


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A television segment made famous by late mayor Ed Koch, NY1’s “Wise Guys” is going to get a new featured politician, former Borough President Claire Shulman.

Airing Tuesdays at 7 and 10 p.m. “Wise Guys” appears on the cable channel’s hour-long political news and opinion program “Road To City Hall,” hosted by Errol Louis.

Schulman, who served as borough president from 1986 until 2002 and was the first woman elected to the position, will discuss the week’s political issues along with former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato and former State Assemblymember Roberto Ramirez.

Ed Koch, who personally knew Shulman and was mayor when she became borough president, regularly appeared as one of NY1’s “Wise Guys.” The show even honored him on his 88th birthday in December just a couple of months before his death.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with rain showers. Fog early. High of 54. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.7 in. possible. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with rain showers. Low of 41. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Whine & Cheese Comedy Show

Every Tuesday, at 9 p.m., at Rèst-âü-Ránt in Long Island City, check out the Whine & Cheese Comedy Show featuring comics from NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Panel votes to phase out two Queens schools, may still truncate third

A panel voted early Tuesday morning to close two New York City public schools and phase out 22 more, including two Queens high schools, according to reports. Read more: The Queens Courier

Video released of suspect wanted for groping girl at Woodside station

Police have released the video of a suspect wanted in connection with forcibly touching a 12-year-old girl on Friday, March 8. Read more: The Queens Courier

Flushing Commons construction to start this fall 

Construction on the much-anticipated $850 million Flushing Commons project will start in the fall, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Ed Koch’s will leaves bulk of estate to sister

Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York who died last month at age 88, left the majority of his estate to his sister. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Queens gets upgraded medical facility for 9/11 responders

Money from the long-stalled Zadroga Bill has trickled down to Queens. North Shore-LIJ officials unveiled a new treatment center in Rego Park on Monday that will cater specifically to those who volunteered or worked at Ground Zero following 9/11. Read more: New York Daily News 

Cardinals celebrate Mass before entering conclave

Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity Tuesday before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope, as they celebrated Mass amid divisions and uncertainty over who will lead the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic Church and tend to its many problems. Read more: AP

Koch WAS New York


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY CLAIRE SHULMAN

Welcome to my bridge! Welcome to my bridge!

That was Ed Koch, son of Polish immigrants, who became the mayor of the world’s greatest city.

That same opportunity exists today and continues to attract immigrants to our shores looking for a better life. After serving in the Council and Congress, Ed became mayor at a critical time for the city. We were virtually bankrupt and for the first time people considered leaving town for a better future elsewhere.

A wholesale depression settled in and the exuberance that generally described us was gone. It was 1978 and in came this whirlwind guy from Greenwich Village with his enormous energy and a strong belief in the city.

He literally lifted our spirits and every day raised his arms and loudly proclaimed that New York City is alive and well. He restored glamour and industry to the city of promise.

He hired the best people and set to crafting a budget that the city could afford and yet survive.

His confidence in the city caught on, and the grumbling over cuts was no longer an issue.

He really understood how to make government work. He will be remembered for many things, including rehabbing vacant apartments into affordable housing in the Bronx and other parts of the city.

Who can forget driving the Cross Bronx Expressway looking at flowers painted on the windows of thousands of empty apartments?

Once I took Ed to the Astoria Motion Picture Center to watch Sidney Lument direct the “WIZ.” Astoria is now of course home to Kaufman Astoria Studio, which was long ago Paramount Studios Circa1898.

Ed and I stood on the darkest part of the enormous stage and watched Diana Ross dance down the yellow brick road right into Ed’s arms. You can’t imagine his excitement. This was right up his alley and of course media was part of his life. But most of all he understood the importance of bringing the motion picture and television industry back to New York City and was forever a supporter of the project.

During the early 1980’s the New York City film industry did almost zero in economic activity and now the latest number is $7.1 billion. What a leap forward.

The scandal of former Borough President Donald R. Manes in 1986 during Ed’s watch caught him by surprise and of course he was most distressed and it took a while for him to recover, but recover he did and the old bounce returned. He always supported me during that terrible time for which I am eternally grateful.

Some people think that one scandal will close his legacy but I don’t think so. His saving the city from financial disaster and returning the city to its greatest will forever be his legacy and history will treat him well. For a short but important time New York City was Ed Koch and Ed Koch was New York City.

 

Claire Shulman is former Queens Borough President. 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with snow. High of 36. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Tuesday night: Overcast with snow. Low of 30. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 80%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Free comedy show in Sunnyside

Check out this free comedy show at The Courtyard Ale House in Sunnyside. The show is on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 9 p.m. and features the best stand-up comedians in the city. The show is free, no drink minimum, nothing! Just come out and laugh! Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Delayed insurance checks for Sandy victims could slow recovery

Superstorm Sandy ripped up the roof of Matt Piccione’s Breezy Point home and deluged his basement with water, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Read more: New York Daily News

NYPD stop-and-frisk report under scrutiny

The NYPD has released a report that breaks down its controversial stop and frisk policy by precinct and race. Read more: Fox New York

Mets eye casino at Citi to help offset losses suffered in Bernie Madoff scandal

It’s an Amazin’ gamble The Mets’ owners want to roll the dice on building a Las Vegas-style casino next to Citi Field to recoup some of the $162 million for which team brass are still on the hook following the Bernie Madoff Ponzi-scheme debacle, plans obtained by The Post reveal. Read more: New York Post

State plan to buy homes at risk of future storm damage awaits federal approval

Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out his plan Monday to buy Hurricane Sandy-ravaged homes in areas at risk of future storm damage. Read more: NY1

Ed Koch remembered as New York City’s ‘quintessential mayor’

Remembered as a man with a “big brain, but an even bigger heart,” thousands said goodbye Monday to New York City’s “quintessential mayor,” Ed Koch. Read more: CBS New York

Report: New York-Newark fourth most traffic congested area in nation

An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion additional hours sitting in traffic in 2011. Read more: CBS New York

Biggest gas price jump in two years

The weekly average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.54, up 18 cents from a week earlier.  That’s the biggest weekly price increase in two years, according to the Department of Energy. Read more: ABC News

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 34F with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 25. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Making “Roots,” and Making TV History at the Museum of the Moving Image 

A discussion with four stars of the TV series “Roots,” Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton and Leslie Uggams. “Roots,” which first aired in 1977, was one of the most influential and highest rated television events of all time; the final episode had more than 100 million viewers. Thirty-five years later, the series still resonates. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens merchants say frivolous city violations cost them big bucks

A couple of missing muffin labels could end up costing bagel shop owner Matt Davidov a whole lot of dough. Read more: New York Daily News

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch to be laid to rest

Family, friends and dignitaries will gather Monday to say goodbye to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo seeking home buyouts in flood zones

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to spend as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, have them demolished and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently, as undeveloped coastline. Read more: New York Times

Livery cab company hogs parking spots near his Queens garage

An ex-con cab-company owner who is awaiting trial in a $10 million insurance scam has another sin to answer for: hogging all the parking spots outside a church near his Queens garage. Read more: New York Post

Power goes down for over half and hour in middle of Super Bowl

The Super Bowl was halted because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and leading to a 34-minute delay in the biggest game of the year. Read more: CBS New York

Reid predicts Congress will pass immigration legislation

The top Senate Democrat on Sunday predicted that Congress will pass and send to President Barack Obama legislation overhauling the U.S. immigration system, saying “things are looking really good.” Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with a chance of snow. High of 32 with a windchill as low as 16. Windy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of snow 20%. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 23 with a windchill as low as 16F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY:  NYC Black History Month 5 Boro Tour

Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the African Burial Ground National Monument, Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center, Louis Armstrong House Museum, MoCADA, National Jazz Museum, Sandy Ground Historical Society Museum, Schomburg Center, Weeksville Heritage Center and the Woodlawn Conservancy. This 5 Boro Tour is self-guided, and hours vary by venue. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ed Koch, former NYC mayor, dies at 88

Ed Koch, the three term New York City mayor known his larger than life personality and penchant for the big and small screen, died early Friday morning after months of health complications. He was 88. Read more: Queens Courier

Queens bomb plotter will plead guilty to an attack on the Federal Reserve Bank, hoping to avoid life sentence

The Queens man charged with plotting to destroy the Federal Reserve Bank with a massive bomb will plead guilty with the hope of avoiding a life sentence. Read more: New York Daily News

Mishandling of DNA evidence is found in over 50 cases at crime lab

The New York City medical examiner’s office said Thursday that it had discovered more than 50 cases in which it failed to upload critical DNA evidence samples from crime scenes to the state’s DNA database, preventing those samples from being compared to genetic material from convicted offenders. Read more: New York Times

Fiend convicted of baby mama, tot slays

A Queens man was convicted yesterday for the murders of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her toddler. Read more: New York Post

NYC announces $15 million mold cleanup program

New York City is beginning a $15 million program to clean up at least 2,000 homes that became contaminated with mold after they flooded during Superstorm Sandy. Read more: NBC New York

Police: Suicide Bombing at US Embassy, 2 Dead

A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said. Read more: ABC News 

Ed Koch, former NYC mayor, dies at 88


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Photo: NYC Mayor's Office Flickr/ Edward Reed

Ed Koch, the three term New York City mayor known his larger than life personality and penchant for the big and small screen, died early Friday morning after months of health complications. He was 88.

The official cause of death was congestive heart failure, his spokesperson, George Arzt told the New York Times.

Koch had been in and out of the hospital since September for different respiratory problems: one stay in September, one in December and two trips throughout January.

A spokesperson announced on Thursday, January 31 that Koch had been placed in the intensive care unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Edward Irving Koch was born on December 12, 1924 in the Bronx and grew up in Newark. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, fought in World War II and rose to the rank of sergeant.

Koch was elected mayor in 1977 after serving in Congress since 1969 where he represented parts of the Bronx. He went on to win elections in 1981 and 1985, but Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins ousted Koch in a 1989 Democratic primary.

In the 20-plus years since leaving City Hall, Koch has still been active in New York City life. He has spent years as a “NY1” wise guy, where he would weigh in on issues concerning the city. He also made a slew of cameo appearances in films and wrote his own film review column that was widely circulated.

From 1997 to 1999, he presided over The People’s Court, a syndicated torts court show. In total, Koch appeared in 80 movies and TV shows, most of which were as himself. He made a cameo appearance as a newscaster in the 1996 film “City Hall,” which was inspired by the corruption charges against late Borough President Donald Manes. Koch was mayor when Manes faced corruption charges and ultimately ended his own life.

Bloomberg announced in 2010 that the 59th Street Bridge would be named after Koch. The change was met with criticism by some for naming a landmark after a living, active person.

His legacy will also live on through film. Earlier this week a documentary on the former mayor, “Koch,” debuted at the Museum of Modern Art.

On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered that flags at all city buildings be flown at half-staff in Koch’s memory.

A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper West Side, according to the Daily News.


The trailer for “Koch,”  a documentary on the former mayor.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast. Fog early. High of 54. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday Night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 41. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Queens Public Library book event with NYT author Carl Weber

Carl Weber is a Queens native and a New York Times bestselling author. Join him as he celebrates the release of his latest book, “The Man in 3B,” with refreshments and big fun at the Queens Central Library on January 29 at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

MTA delays new system that will replace MetroCards with ‘smart’ debit or credit cards

The MTA is delaying implementation of a new fare-payment system that will replace the MetroCard. Read more: New York Daily News

More non-union school bus drivers spark heated protests

A heated protest is expected Tuesday morning over New York City’s ongoing school bus strike. Read more: ABC New York

State seeking suitors to build new Kosciuszko Bridge

State officials are creating a short-list of suitors that will get a chance to reshape a vital link between Brooklyn and Queens. Read more: New York Daily News

New FEMA flood maps double number of local at-risk homes

Some New Yorkers who saw their homes badly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy will have to rebuild three to six feet above their house’s current level. Read more: NY1

Ex-Mayor Ed Koch re-hospitalized after 2 days

he spokesman for former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says he’s been re-admitted to the hospital two days after he was released. Read more: ABC New York

Some New York City restaurants ban food photography by customers

If you’re one of the thousands of people who snap pictures of your food and instantly share them on social media, you might be surprised to learn that some restaurants are now banning photos of their food. Read more: CBS New York

Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

Seeking swift action on immigration, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to rally public support behind his proposals for giving millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as well as making improvements to the legal immigration system and border security. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, then overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 21. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow in the evening, then partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 25 with a windchill as low as 12F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the West after midnight. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tongues Untied, True Tales Told: African-American Women Changing the Picture in Film and Television at the Museum of the Moving Image

Barbara Montgomery, a veteran actress-turned-director, will screen excerpts from her upcoming film Mitote, which shares the stories of three African-American women who live in New Mexico, circa 1900. Each has a story to tell, based on a unique historical incident. Following the screening will be a wide-ranging discussion with Barbara Montgomery and her featured cast members, S. Epatha Merkerson (Law and Order, Lincoln) and screen legend Ruby Dee, about the untold stories and missing representation of African-Americans. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ambulance collides with  car, crashes into Queens house 

Police say an ambulance on its way to a call of an unconscious person in Queens collided with a car and ended up crashing into a home Sunday afternoon. Read more: NBC New York

Queens cab driver fatally injured by SUV in Manhattan

A yellow cab driver from Queens died Sunday morning after an SUV crashed into his taxi on the East Side of Manhattan. Read more: NY1

Former Mayor Ed Koch back in the hospital, but doing well

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is back in the hospital for the third time since September, but a spokesman said the former mayor is doing well. Read more: CBS New York

Obama inauguration speech sets stage for battles

President Barack Obama has prepared a second inaugural address that broadly lays out his vision for the country’s future, setting the stage for looming debates over taxes, guns, immigration and other issues while leaving the details for another day. Read more: ABC New York

CBS News hires former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a contributor, and network bosses say she will take part in inauguration coverage on Monday

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor — just in time for inauguration coverage. Read more: New York Daily News 

Harbaugh brothers take 49ers, Ravens to Super Bowl

This Super Bowl will be filled with firsts — and one significant last. The Harbaughs, San Francisco’s Jim and Baltimore’s John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game. Read more: ABC News

 

 

Katz nabs Koch endorsment for borough president


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

The day after being released from the hospital for a respiratory infection, and on the eve of his 88th birthday, former Mayor Ed Koch endorsed borough president candidate Melinda Katz, in a race with a crowded Democrat primary.

“I am supporting Melinda Katz for Queens borough president,” Koch said in a statement. “She is the one candidate in the race that raises the level of conversation about balancing economic development with the community in Queens.”

Koch also supported Katz in her run for comptroller three years ago. This is one of the first major endorsements of a candidate thus far.

Katz, a former councilmember and former assemblymember, was the first candidate to officially kick off a campaign in the race for Borough Hall.

She is one of several Democrats vying for the Borough Presidency.

State Senator Jose Peralta officially started his campaign in late October; State Senator Tony Avella announced in November he was running for the spot. Councilmembers Peter Vallone and Leroy Comrie, and Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik, are expected to announce their candidacy as well.

Koch drew upon Katz’s city council record as a prime factor for the endorsement, particularly her work as chair of the council’s Land Use Committee.

“As Chair of the City Council’s Land Use Committee she achieved that balance citywide,” he said. “It is why I supported her for city comptroller in 2009, and why I am supporting her now for Queens borough president in 2013.”

It is still undecided when a primary election will be held.