Governor Andrew Cuomo

Barbara Sheehan seeks clemency, sticking to self-defense argument
Barbara Sheehan seeks clemency, sticking to self-defense argument
South Maggie Hayes 1/14/2014 at 2:03PM

Six months ago Barbara Sheehan began her five-year sentence after shooting and killing her husband. Today, she is seeking an exception to her prison stay, and wants to serve her time for weapons possession at home. The 52-year-old Howard Beach resident fatally shot her husband, retired NYPD Sergeant Raymond Sheehan, 11 times with two different guns [...]

NY State minimum wage to increase to $8 per hour starting Dec. 31
News Queens Courier Staff 12/27/2013 at 1:34PM

Changes are coming to the state unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation systems, and there will be an increase in minimum wage. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the passage of the state budget in March, 2013, which included raises in the minimum wage to $8 per hour from $7.25, effective Dec. 31.

$50 million to protect Howard Beach from storms
$50 million to protect Howard Beach from storms
South Maggie Hayes 12/02/2013 at 3:51PM

Howard Beach homes will now be protected, starting at the coast. Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay will undergo a multi-million dollar resiliency project that Governor Andrew Cuomo said will better protect homes and businesses from destructive storms. “Like several other communities located by the water, Howard Beach suffered incredible damage from storm surges during Sandy,” [...]

Cuomo announces $37M in projects to keep LaGuardia from flooding
Cuomo announces $37M in projects to keep LaGuardia from flooding
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 11/18/2013 at 5:00PM

After Sandy forced LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to close last year for three days, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $37.5 million in storm mitigation and resiliency projects to protect important infrastructure from future flooding. “Sandy forced us to reevaluate how we prepare for and respond to major natural disasters in New York,” said Cuomo. “The question [...]

Cuomo veto fast-tracks aircraft noise studies
News Melissa Chan 11/18/2013 at 4:27PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down a Senate bill last week and instead demanded the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey conduct a noise study and establish a community roundtable. The governor vetoed a two-state bill last Wednesday that would have required the authority to determine the effects of aircraft noise with a one-time [...]

Cuomo, Gillibrand back Paul Vallone in District 19 race
Cuomo, Gillibrand back Paul Vallone in District 19 race
Politics Queens Courier Staff 10/30/2013 at 10:54AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed Democratic City Council candidate Paul Vallone for District 19 Wednesday. Cuomo said Vallone could carry the legacy of his family. “I have known the Vallone family for decades and admire their contributions of public service to the City of New York,” the governor said in a [...]

QueensWay study moving forward
QueensWay study moving forward
South Maggie Hayes 8/21/2013 at 10:41AM

Over three miles of abandoned railway could become the much-debated, yet eagerly anticipated, QueensWay Park for the borough. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land introduced a design team on Tuesday, August 20 set to study the 3.5-mile greenway that was once the Rockaway Beach LIRR line, running from Rego Park to Ozone Park. If approved [...]

Law to alert community boards about contaminated site cleanups
Law to alert community boards about contaminated site cleanups
Top Stories Melissa Chan 8/12/2013 at 11:34AM

The state is set to begin notifying community boards when cleanups of contaminated land are planned in their areas. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently approved a bill that would make the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) responsible for alerting community boards of brownfield site cleanups. Quoting Public Law, the DEC defines a brownfield as “any [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 8/12/2013 at 7:46AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Monday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and a chance of rain. High of 81. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and a chance of rain. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. EVENT OF THE [...]

$200 million in Sandy relief funds available for NY healthcare, human service needs
News Queens Courier Staff 7/29/2013 at 2:37PM

AMANDA GLODOWSKI Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $200 million in federal funding to New York State will be available to meet healthcare and human service needs that resulted from Sandy. The money – which will be funneled through the state government — is from the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Social Services Block Grant, and will [...]