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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with rain. High of 57. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Wednesday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 43. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Eric March: Cityscapes of Long Island City and Astoria

In Cityscapes of Long Island City and Astoria, an exhibit of paintings and drawings at the Greater Astoria Historical Society through November 17, Long Island City-based artist Eric March examines his local neighborhood to find the epic and the intimate in a new series of cityscapes of western Queens, from soaring bridges over the East River to private moments in a storefront. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Lhota, de Blasio have heated second debate

Mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio once again battled in their second debate of the general election Tuesday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

Worker hurt during TV show filming in Queens: FDNY

An electrician working on the set of a television show being filmed in Queens had minor injuries when a lift he was on caught fire, the FDNY says. Read more: NBC New York

Manhattan food cart vendor charged in plot to torture Egyptian businessman

A Manhattan food cart vendor plotted to torture a prominent member of the city’s Egyptian-American business community but was pinched after the man he hired to do the gruesome work ratted him out, police sources said Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

Government shutdown causes IRS tax season delay

Here’s more fallout from the government’s partial shutdown: Early tax filers will have to wait an extra week or two to get tax refunds next year. Read more: AP

FDA: Over 3,600 pets sickened, 580 dead after eating jerky treats

More than 3,600 pets have gotten sick, and 580 have died, from jerky treats that were largely imported from China, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Read more: CBS New York

Survey: NY, NJ among sexiest accents in North America

Are the New Jersey and New York accents sexy? Yes, if you believe a survey released by a dating website called Cupid.com. Read more: Fox New York

President Obama signs bill to end government shutdown and raise debt limit


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After 16 days of the government being shut down for the first time in close to two decades, business is back up and running.

On Wednesday night, Congress passed a bill that would help fund the government through January 15, 2014 and raise the debt limit until February 7. President Barack Obama signed the bill later that night and put an end to the partial government shutdown, which he said brought “completely unnecessary damage to our economy,” reopening federal agencies and bringing federal employees back to work.

According to reports, federal workers are expected to return to work on Thursday.

“We’ve got another self-inflicted crisis that set our economy back and for what?” said President Obama on Thursday after the federal government reopened. “There was no economic rationale for all of this. Over the past four years our economy has been growing, our businesses have been increasing and our deficits have been cut in half.”

The president said the more than two-week government shutdown encouraged enemies, bolded competitors and depressed friends that look to the United States to invest in or as a role model.

“The good news is we’ll bounce back from this, we always do,” said Obama. “America is the bedrock for the global economy for a reason. We are the indispensable nation that the rest of the world looks to as the safest and most reliable place to invest.”

Obama said the main job the government has to do now is regain the trust of the American people, who “are completely fed up with Washington.”

“Today I want our people, and our businesses and the rest of the world to know that the full faith in credit in the United States remains unquestioned,” said Obama. “All my friends in Congress -understand how business is done in this town has to change. Because we’ve all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust.”

In order to make progress, Obama called on Congress to pursue a balanced approach for a budget, approve and fix the immigration reform laws and also pass a farm bill, which American farmers and ranchers can depend on.

The shutdown, which began on October 1, resulted from a congressional stalemate over the federal budget.

The Republican-led House tried to defund and delay the Affordable Care Act, but the Democratic-controlled Senate refused to accept a bill that would derail “Obamacare.”

Ironically, the government shutdown did affect the Affordable Care Act. The Health Care Marketplace, which compiles and rates insurance offerings in each state, started accepting applications on October 1.

Any employee or office that provides national security and conducts activities essential to the national security or the safety of life and property remained open and working. This included the U.S. military, air traffic controllers, prison guards, emergency personnel and border patrol agents.

However, more than 800,000 federal workers were left without jobs temporarily. Also, intercollegiate athletic competitions at service academies – Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard – were suspended.

Due to the government shutdown all National Park facilities, including more than 400 national zoos, museums and parks, were closed. Twenty-two national parks in New York were closed including the Statue of Liberty, Gateway National Recreational Area and other facilities.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST  Thursday: Partly sunny with a breeze. High of 68. Winds from west at 13 mph. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 52. Winds from west at 3 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Galactic Drive-In

As part of the multimedia installation and outdoor theater presented by the New York Hall of Science, Empire Drive-In, celebrate campy science fiction and do-it-yourself merrymaking led by Captain Riterleff and the Flux Factory, a nonprofit Queens art organization. The evening’s featured film will be “Planet Nine from Outer Space.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill 

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. Read more: Reuters 

Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate special election in New Jersey 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Read more: Fox New York 

Woman Sought for Questioning in Disappearance, Death of Queens College Student: NYPD 

Police are looking for an unidentified woman who was spotted on surveillance tape with a college student woman whose body washed up on a Queens beach in February. Read more: NBC New York 

‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel plays benefit show 

The Piano Man returned to play on his home turf. Billy Joel performed a benefit show Wednesday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington. The Long Island native raised money for Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Read more: Fox New York

Gamblers get free ride to Queens racino 

On Wednesday, the racino, which includes a race track, will be rolling out 12 buses that will run from Monday though Sunday from 10 A.M. to 12 A.M. every 30 to 45 minutes from central destinations, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle and several hotels. They will run continuously between Manhattan and Queens. Read more: Crain’s 

  

Furloughs cancel forum for future cadets


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Queens high school students looking to serve their country will have to make do without a planned information forum that could have been critical to their military future.

Recruiters from five of the nation’s top military academies were set to meet the borough’s prospective cadets until the government shutdown trickled down and caused its cancellation.

The Forest Hills forum organized by Congressmember Grace Meng was expected to draw at least 100 people, according to Meng’s office. It was called off since most academy representatives were likely furloughed from the shutdown.

A spokesperson for Meng said the event could not be rescheduled even if the shutdown ends soon due to time restraints.

“Canceling this important forum for our local students is extremely disappointing,” Meng said. “It illustrates how our Congressional district continues to feel the effects of the GOP shutdown.”

The event gave students a chance to get key information all at once, including requirements and procedures for applying, from representatives from the prestigious institutions.

Applicants are also short on time and have until November 1 to apply for their required congressional nominations — a competitive process in New York.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy all mandate a nod for appointment from a U.S. representative.

Congressmembers or senators then have until January 31 to review and interview applicants before sending their choices to the academies.

“For the sake of our constituents and the rest of the country,” Meng said, “I once again urge House Republicans to immediately reopen the government.”

The federal stalemate, at least, is not delaying squared-away cadets at Francis Lewis High School, which has one of the country’s largest junior battalions.

The six seniors interested in attending West Point have already submitted their applications and congressional nomination requests, according to Senior Army Instructor retired Lt. Col. Al Lahood.

The school’s JROTC program has sent more than 20 cadets to West Point since 2003, officials said. Five alumni graduated from the prestigious military academy last year.

Five Queens teens from other high schools have also been accepted to the Air Force Academy since last year.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast. Fog early. High of 72. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 61. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Happy Hour Open Mic at Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Happy Hour Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club. The club is located at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City. It is FREE to attend and perform. All drinks will be half off.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio, Lhota face off in their first general election debate

Mayoral opponents Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota met for their first debate of the general election Tuesday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

City education officials vote to create a dozen new schools next year

City education officials voted Tuesday for a dozen new schools to be created in 2014. Read more: New York Daily News

Embassy bombings suspect al-Libi arraigned in NYC court

A Libyan who was held and interrogated for a week aboard a U.S. warship was arraigned Tuesday on conspiracy charges for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa. Read more: NBC New York

Cuomo’s anti-corruption panel boadens probe to include Democrats

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t appear to have an agenda targeting Republicans. Read more: CBS New York/AP

With world watching, Congress against wall for last-minute fiscal solution

The nation is just hours away from a crucial deadline to avert default on its debts and Washington remains muddled in a risky legislative process that has the American people and the rest of the world holding its collective breath. Read more: NBC News 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low of 61. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Louis Armstrong House Museum’s 10-Year Anniversary Bash

The Louis Armstrong House Museum celebrates its 10-year anniversary at 6 p.m. with a really hot program. It includes a special performance by The Hot Sardines and Creole creations based on Louis’s own recipes prepared by The Cooking Channel’s Tamara Reynolds and her company, Van Alst Kitchen; and, if that wasn’t hot enough, the museum will unveil Louis Armstrong’s Life Mask, which has recently been restored and will be on display for the first time in the Museum’s history. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Bill de Blasio, Joe Lhota to square off in New York City mayoral debate

The two leading candidates for New York City mayor will square off for their first debate, potentially giving underdog Joe Lhota his best chance to reverse the fortunes of his struggling campaign Read more: NBC New York

Supermarket cleanliness report

An examination of reports by the NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets shows that over the last five years there were serious cleanliness concerns at supermarkets across New York City. Read more: Fox New York

Officials: Terror suspect wanted for role in U.S. embassy bombings awaiting arraignment in Manhattan

After a weeklong interrogation aboard a U.S. warship, a Libyan al Qaeda suspect is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, U.S. officials said Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Police union sues New York City Council over profiling law

New York City’s police union is suing city council over a law that makes it easier to file bias-based profiling claims against officers,  the union said Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

U.S. senators hint at possible fiscal deal on Tuesday
A month of combat in the U.S. Congress over government spending showed signs on Monday of giving way to a Senate deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and prevent an economically damaging default on federal debt. Read more: Reuters 

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 68. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Come by the Museum of the Moving Image at 2 p.m. for a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” ​Free with museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may ​​reserve tickets in advance by calling 718-777-6800. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Statue of Liberty reopens, ending wait for tourists 

The federal government may still be partially closed, but the Statue of Liberty isn’t. Read more: CBS New York/AP

 Charter schools get green light — for now

The city’s Department of Education is giving the green light to open or expand 23 charter schools before Mayor Bloomberg leaves office and provide them with free space in city buildings. Read more: New York Post

Bill de Blasio slams Joe Lhota tax plan as a $2B giveaway to the rich

Corporations and wealthy individuals would gain more than $2 billion in tax breaks under Joe Lhota’s economic plan, Bill de Blasio said Sunday. Read more: New York Daily News

Baby Hope’s real name added to headstone after arrest

With word of an arrest in the long-cold Baby Hope case, local media report the victim’s name has been added to her headstone: Anjelica Castillo. Read more: ABC New York

Default looming on Day 14 of shutdown, no solution

The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with rain. High of 66. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Thursday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 55. Winds from the NE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Invasive Pigments

The Queens Botanical Garden’s exhibit Invasive Pigments is a series of watercolor-like paintings which explores the migration and proliferation of weeds and other “unintentional” plants in tandem with human movement. Artist Ellie Irons created colors by extracting pigments from these local, invasive plants, and uses them to construct map-like portraits to illustrate the species’ movement into local ecosystems.The exhibit will end on October 27. Free with Garden admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cops: Suspect recorded video under teen’s skirt at Corona subway station

Police are looking for a man allegedly caught videotaping under a teen’s skirt at a Corona subway station. Read more: The Queens Courier

Nor’easter to dump rain on tri-state, coastal flooding likely

Forecasters say a slow-moving nor’easter that will bring bouts of wind-driven heavy rain to the tri-state over the next 24 hours could cause minor coastal flooding. Read more: NBC New York

City council approves major changes to restaurant grading system

The New York City Council on Wednesday approved a package of bills that will reduce the fines restaurant owners pay for minor health infractions. Read more: CBS New York

Off-duty cop busted after crashing while driving drunk in Queens

An off-duty cop who was driving drunk hit a car in Queens and took off, police said Wednesday. Read more: New York Daily News

President Obama to seek opening with GOP leaders on shutdown

President Barack Obama is hosting top House Republicans to seek an opening in an impasse that has shuttered much of the government and threatens a catastrophic federal default. Read more: AP

Political Roundup: Another poll shows strong voter support for de Blasio


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ROUNDUP

HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WEB

Poll finds support for de Blasio, if not all his ideas

New York City voters want to keep Raymond W. Kelly as police commissioner. They want more charter schools. And nearly half of them support the Police Department’s use of the stop-and-frisk tactic. Read more: New York Times

Obama: No shutdown talks “with a gun held to the head”

President Barack Obama told reporters Friday that he won’t negotiate with Republicans to end the budget standoff “with a gun held to the head of the American people.” Read more: NBC News 

Bill de Blasio considering Bill Bratton for old job as police commissioner

Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton could be back at 1 Police Plaza if Bill de Blasio is elected mayor. Read more: New York Daily News

Bloomberg defends DC police, and remembers Democratic shutdowns

Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended the police officers involved in yesterday’s shooting at the Capitol, saying they faced the same kind of instant judgments as officers in New York City. Read more: Capital New York 

New York state credit card surcharge law blocked

A federal judge has ruled that a New York State law that bans merchants from imposing surcharges on customers who pay by credit card is unconstitutional. Read more: AP

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Friday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and a chance of rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 68. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express

Manuel Valera and his New Cuban Express are incredibly popular in the NYC jazz scene. This free event at Flushing Town Hall Friday night is part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Woman killed in Capitol shooting had ties to CT, NYC: sources

The unarmed woman who was shot and killed following a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol has been identified as a Stamford, Conn., resident originally from New York City, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD slapped with $3M lawsuit for illegal search in Queens gun bust

Sure, they took a gun off the street — but the three NYPD cops allegedly did it illegally, then lied to make a criminal case, says a federal lawsuit. Read more: New York Daily News

Obama pins shutdown on Boehner; tri-state businesses start to feel pinch

On the third day of the shutdown, President Barack Obama said House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Report: biker in road rage attack to turn himself in

The man wanted to for bashing the window of an SUV in a road rage incident in Manhattan reportedly plans to turn himself in to the NYPD as early as Friday. Read more: Fox New York

New York City Marathon balances security worries post-Boston

The New York City Marathon’s finish area will again fill with spectators, some carrying bags. Read more: NBC New York

Essay question about Mayor Bloomberg on test for 7th graders raises eyebrows

Some parents and teachers are upset that New York City public school students are being asked to answer an essay question about Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read more: CBS New York

Political Roundup: Officials rally for instant runoff voting


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ROUNDUP

HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WEB

Local officials rally for ‘better, smarter, fairer’ instant runoff voting

New York City lawmakers and advocacy groups rallied on the City Hall steps Wednesday to again push for an instant runoff system. Read more: CBS New York

Obamacare sites look to improve after bumpy 1st day

For millions of Americans trying to log in, the online insurance marketplaces created by the new health care law began with a stalled website, an error message or a menu that didn’t work. Read more: AP

Obama calls 1st meeting with congressional leaders on shutdown

With much of the federal government paralyzed for a second day, President Obama will meet with congressional leaders today in search of a way to end the government shutdown and increase the debt ceiling. Read more: ABC News

State schools chancellor Merryl Tisch: no rent for charters

The state’s high-profile, reform-minded schools chancellor Tuesday slammed Bill de Blasio’s campaign pledge to charge city charter schools rent. Read more: New York Daily News

Justices to weigh key limit on political donors

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision reshaped American politics by striking down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions. Read more: New York Times

Hillary Clinton hailed the ‘queen’ of the presidential pack in Quinnipiac poll

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Hillary Clinton as the “queen of the 2016 mountain,” getting nearly six times more support among Democrats than Vice President Joe Biden in a presumed matchup. Read more: New York Daily News 

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Ackerman backs Vallone 

Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman endorsed Paul Vallone for City Council District 19 on September 26.

“I know the people and the neighborhoods of northeast Queens like the back of my hand, which is why I know Paul Vallone is the right choice to help preserve our precious quality of life and protect the middle-class families who live here,” Ackerman said.

Ackerman retired this January after having served 15 terms in Congress.

He had endorsed Vallone’s rival, Austin Shafran, back in July for the Democratic primary election.

Vallone beat Shafran by nearly 200 votes after a final vote count, though the hard-fought race came down to the wire.

The Flushing attorney now faces Republican challenger Dennis Saffran in the November general election.

“Now more than ever, the people of the 19th City Council District need a leader who can deliver the resources this district deserves,” Ackerman said. “There is no doubt that Paul Vallone is the right man for the job.”

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 82. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 63. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Shop Alive Astoria ‘Pop Up’ Boutique

Local designers and vendors come together for a one night “Pop Up Market” at Veslo in Astoria. Complimentary cocktail to all that RSVP. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Letitia James wins Democratic runoff for public advocate

Councilmember Letitia James defeated State Senator Daniel Squadron in the primary runoff for public advocate, clinching the Democratic nomination. Read more: The Queens Courier

Dozens of cellphone-using, red light-running MTA bus drivers pulled off road

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been cracking down hard on its own drivers — ordering dozens caught using cellphones or running red lights to pull over and immediately turn in their keys. Read more: New York Daily News

FEMA extends deadline for Superstorm Sandy insurance paperwork

Superstorm Sandy victims will have six more months to file critical paperwork for insurance payments. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens man accuses FBI of putting him on no-fly list after refusal to inform on Muslim neighbor

A Queens man is accusing the FBI of barring him from air travel in retaliation for his refusal to inform on his Muslim neighbors. Read more: New York Daily News

Court upholds settlement affecting NYC renters

A federal appeals court has upheld a settlement affecting 20,000 rent-regulated New York City tenants. Read more: AP

Government shutdown: No progress on ending stalemate

The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions – from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans’ claims – in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks. Read more: AP

Government shutdown: What it means


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Photo courtesy of U.S. Capitol Flickr

ANGY ALTAMIRANO, CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND LIAM LA GUERRE 

The government has shut down for the first time in nearly two decades, leaving Americans wondering about the exact short- and long-term effects.

The shutdown resulted from a congressional stalemate over the federal budget.

The Republican-led House tried to defund and delay the Affordable Care Act, but the Democratic-controlled Senate refused to accept a bill that would derail “Obamacare.”

“This shutdown is about rolling back our efforts to provide health insurance to folks who don’t have it.” President Barack Obama said. “Don’t wait. Don’t delay. Don’t put our economy or our people through this any longer.”

Any employee or office that provides national security and conducts activities essential to the national security or the safety of life and property will remain open and working. This includes the U.S. military, air traffic controllers, prison guards, emergency personnel and border patrol agents. However, more than 800,000 federal workers are left without jobs temporarily. Also, intercollegiate athletic competitions at service academies – Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard – are suspended.

“This is a sad moment in our nation’s history where a band of Tea Party ideological extremists and their co-conspirators have shutdown the United States government,” said Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries. “Throughout America, this shutdown will needlessly hurt children, civil servants who will be furloughed without pay, veterans who courageously served our country, seniors and countless others.”

Due to the government shutdown all National Park facilities, including more than 400 national zoos, museums and parks, will be closed. Twenty-two national parks in New York will be closed including the Statue of Liberty, Gateway National Recreational Area and other facilities.

The United States Postal Service will still deliver mail and Social Security benefits will still be paid. Federal courts will remain open and are expected to continue operating normally for 10 business days after the shutdown begins. Airports will also remain open, with Transportation Security Administration security rules remaining intact.

Despite the shutdown Congressmember Grace Meng said she will keep her offices in Flushing and Forest Hills open.

“With the government closed down, constituents will rely on us more than ever, and my staff and I will continue to be there for them during what will likely be a challenging time for our community and country,” Meng said.

Ironically, the government shutdown will not affect the Affordable Care Act. The Health Care Marketplace, which compiles and rates insurance offerings in each state, started accepting applications on Tuesday, October 1.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 79. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 68. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Biala: Vision and Memory

Janice Biala (1903-2000) was well known for her charming interiors, still-lifes, and landscapes. This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s career, featuring 50 paintings, collages, and drawings from public and private collections and the Estate of Biala, and two paintings from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit will be at the museum, located at Queens College, through October 26. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Government shuts down for first time in 17 Years

The first government shutdown in 17 years officially began Tuesday morning after Congress missed a midnight deadline to pass a short-term spending bill. Read more: NBC News

Report: Subway noise can be dangerous to your ears

A published report Monday said the sound of metal against metal in the subway can be harmful to your ears. Read more: CBS New York

City announces free wi-fi in all 5 boroughs

New York plans to offer free public Wi-Fi in commercial districts in all five boroughs, officials said Monday. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD hunts for men who parachuted onto Manhattan street

The NYPD is searching for two men who parachuted in front of the Goldman Sachs headquarters in Lower Manhattan early Monday morning. Read more: ABC New York

STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — gets boost from City Education officials

City Education officials are boosting STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — by offering more than 120 new advanced placement courses in related subjects at 55 high schools starting next year. Read more: New York Daily News 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: 10th annual Queens Restaurant Week

From September 30 to October 3 and October 7 through 10, diners can enjoy three-course dinners for $28 and three-course lunches for $14 at most of more than 50 participating Queens eateries. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Pols and Sikh Cultural Society respond to alleged Sikh hate crime

Just days after a Sikh professor at Columbia University was brutally attacked, the Sikh community and elected officials gathered in Richmond Hill to speak out against what is being investigated as a hate crime. Read more: The Queens Courier

Nearly 70% of voters want protected bike lanes, pedestrian islands on neighborhood streets

Attention mayoral candidates: Voters — even those with cars — want protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands that make it safer to cross the street, a poll being released Monday reveals. Read more: New York Daily News

Government shutdown would have major effect on New York

The countdown to a government shutdown is on, with the deadline just 25 hours away. Read more: CBS New York

Animal rights activists protest live meat market in Queens

Some demonstrators — like those gathered in Queens to protest the conditions of chickens and other animals raised for meat — really know how to make a sign. Read more: New York Daily News

NYC official website gets redesign

New York City has unveiled a redesign of its official website to make it more intuitive and accessible. Read more: Fox New York