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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 50. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 37F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Trumpeters of Queens

The Trumpeters of Queens concert at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. will feature only musicians who live in the borough, such as Josh Deutsch and his quintet and Miki Hirose, who will showcase his latest CD. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

MetroCard glitch leaves subway riders unable to pay with credit, debit cards

Riders at 126 subway stations — 26% of the system — were unable to buy MetroCards with credit or debit cards for hours Thursday morning because of technical problems. Read more: New York Daily News

Judge rejects cty’s evacuation plans for the disabled during emergencies

A federal judge has ruled that New York City has violated the law by failing to adequately plan for the evacuation and protection of disabled people during emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy or the Sept. 11 attacks. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Twitter wraps up blockbuster IPO, stock closes at $44.90 on NYSE

Twitter made its highly anticipated Wall Street debut at $45.10 a share, sending the company’s value soaring above expectations. Read more: NBC New York

Panel to decide whether to count spire in WTC’s height

Architects for the firm that designed One World Trade Center are set to make their case this week for the building’s 408-foot spire to be counted towards its height, giving it the full, symbolic measurement of 1,776 feet, and making it officially the tallest in the U.S. Read more: NBC New York

Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination 

Reflecting Americans’ increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

EVENT OF THE DAY: Deconstructed Flowers

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers,” at the Queens Botanical Garden from November 5-January 25. His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique, which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image. Free to the public. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

2013 Election Day coverage

Check back with QueensCourier.com for continuing Election Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York City voters have big say on state casino measure

New York City voters could have the biggest say in deciding whether to authorize seven Las Vegas-style casinos, even though the first four would go upstate and it could be years before the city sees its first. Read more: NBC New York

Illegal ‘sweepstakes cafes’ should be closed: Cops

Cops want to fold illegal “sweepstakes cafes” that offer patrons cash prizes as they play online games. Read more: New York Daily News 

Cheaper corn could mean cheaper chicken

A record corn crop has produced an unexpected windfall: cheaper chicken prices. Read more: CBS New York

Senate moves ahead on gay rights bill 

The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans’ shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic. Read more: AP

One of the greatest mayors ever


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY PETER VALLONE SR.

I served with Mayor Ed Koch for 12 years, the last four from 1986 through 1989, while I was the newly-elected head of the City Council, soon to be empowered as a truly independent legislative branch of government with the coming elimination of the unconstitutional Board of Estimate.

He and I became very close friends because the city was in deep trouble fiscally, there was a notable absence of cops, the subways were unsafe, and the city needed a cheerleader to lift its sagging spirits, as well as a government that worked and gave hope for the future.

Ed Koch was the right person. We worked together to fashion the most significant landmark legislation in any four year period in the history of the city. The first Clean Air Act in the country, preventing people from being forced to inhale smoke from others, dividing restaurants and all public places accordingly; the first Campaign Finance Law ensuring a level playing field to anyone aspiring to run for office; the first so-called Gay Rights Bill preventing discrimination by reason of sexual orientation; the first and biggest housing plan providing for hundreds of thousands of affordable units to be built over the next four years, and a homeless policy to break up homeless shelters and provide homes wherever possible, just to name a few.

The best way to remember Ed Koch is in his own words. I was present with him on many occasions when he told a large audience mad at something or other he said or did, he would say: “Look, if I were a baseball player and got a hit only three times out of every 10 I batted, I would be a pretty good player, wouldn’t I? So if you agree with me three out of 10 times, I’m doing pretty good as mayor, too. But if I got a hit 7seven of 10 times, I would be the greatest player ever, right? Now most of you here agree with me 7 out of 10 times, so I must be the greatest mayor ever! On the other hand, if you agree with me 10 out of 10, you must be crazy!”

Many still think Ed Koch was single. That’s not true. He was married to this city, and loved it with a passion and devotion from beginning to end. I told him many times he could be one of the greatest stand-up comedians if he chose to, as well as being one of the greatest mayors ever.

Perhaps the best tribute you could say about any person is that when you mention his name, a smile comes to your face, and that is how I will always remember my dear friend, Ed Koch. My only hope is that he will enjoy and love Heaven as much as he loved this city.

Peter F. Vallone is former Speaker of the NYC Council

 

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