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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. High 44. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: Mostly cloudy skies. Low 21. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Flight of the Butterflies in 3D

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Follow the monarchs’ journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in a 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the butterflies. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona Through April 11.

Mother, two children found stabbed to death in Jamaica apartment

A woman and her two young daughters were discovered fatally stabbed inside their Jamaica home Sunday night, cops said. Read more: The Queens Courier

Snow, deep freeze headed for tri-state Tuesday

Just a few weeks after a polar vortex brought record-shattering cold to the tri-state, another blast of arctic winter weather is expected to freeze the region for nearly a week and dump up to half a foot of snow on the coast. Read more: NBC New York

Noise tops New Yorkers’ quality-of-life complaints

No wonder they call New York the city that never sleeps. Who can get any shuteye with all the noise?! Read more: New York Post

Gov. Cuomo promises $2 billion in technology upgrades for schools — rich and poor

Casting himself as New York’s progressive leader bent on reform, Cuomo kicked off Martin Luther King weekend in Harlem by speaking to the issues affecting poor, minority communities. Read more: New York Daily News

Schumer calls for safer children’s medicine bottles

Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday called for safer packaging for children’s medicine bottles in order to help prevent an estimated 10,000 emergency room visits a year. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Animal-cruelty cases get brushed aside after NYPD given task

Animal-cruelty cases are being brushed aside because neither the ASPCA nor NYPD is taking the reins on enforcement. Read more: New York Post

Street Talk: What do you think of Governor Andrew Cuomo legalizing medical marijuana?


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street talk

I think it’s a great idea for those who need it for medical reasons because it’s supposed to help with pain and improve living. I believe this is a necessary step, as long as the use of medical marijuana is contained.
Bridget Delaney

I could understand him legalizing it for medical purposes.  It’s just a matter of control so that those who are using it for other reasons do not get their hands on it.
Louisa Samolis

Personally, I think legalizing it is a good idea, people are already using it anyway so making it legal is something that needed to be done, since other states in the country have also legalized it.
Demos Samolis

It’s about time, and I believe he hasn’t done enough with it yet.
Walter Klimetz

I believe that medical marijuana is a good drug for people who need it, and thanks to Governor Cuomo these people are now able to get it.
Michele Dregei

I think medical marijuana is beneficial for patients in need of it and it’s about time Governor Cuomo did something about it.
Mary Jacobini

Legalizing medical marijuana is good and bad:  it’s good for those who need it, but bad if it’s introduced to the wrong person who can’t handle it and takes it in the wrong context.  So, this has to be handled very carefully.
Grace Thomas

If it’s something that a doctor is prescribing to the patient because it’s going to help them feel better, then yes, I believe this is beneficial. But, if a person is using the excuse that it is for medical reasons and using it for recreational purposes, then I think it can be a bad thing.
Audrey Anderson

-KATELYN DISALVO

 

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Cuomo’s pot program leaves some with questions


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Photo courtesy of DEA/Department of Justice

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State still has some a little buzzed.

Cuomo mentioned he would launch a state medical marijuana program to help patients, and since then various organizations and supporters of cannabis have applauded the decision, but are calling for more information.

“Our opinion is that any medical marijuana law is great,” said Troy Smit, a member of the board of directors of Empire State National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a marijuana advocacy group. “There are patients out there that need it.”

The governor’s program is a pilot to research medical marijuana, and will be limited to only 20 hospitals and patients with serious illnesses, such as cancer.

Cuomo is able to enact the policy through an old law, which established the Antonio G. Olivieri controlled substances therapeutic research program.

However, not much information has been released about the program, leading people to question which patients will qualify to get access to the cannabis, which hospitals will participate, and even how the state plans to collect and dispense marijuana.

“We are afraid his whole plan is unworkable and leaves everybody in the dust. What is the point of a plan that doesn’t work,” Smit asked.

A recent DrugPolicy.org/Siena College Research Institute poll showed that 79 percent of people in New York City support medical marijuana for people with serious conditions, and there is hope that the program could be expanded after its test run.

The program’s “findings will be used to inform future policy,” according to the governor’s office.

“We have to make New York healthier. Research suggests that medical marijuana can help manage the pain and treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses,” Cuomo said. “We will monitor the program to evaluate the effectiveness and the feasibility of a medical marijuana system.”

 

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NYC airports experience most delays during recent extreme weather


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The latest spell of extreme weather left thousands of delays and cancellations at airports across the country, but New York City area airports were hit particularly hard, according to an analysis by the Global Gateway Alliance (GGA).

From Saturday, Jan. 4 to Tuesday, Jan. 7, John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia and Newark airports had the most delays at 5,320 and second most cancellations at 2,155. The most cancellations at the city’s airports occurred on Monday, with 706, and the most delays were on Sunday, with 1,692.

Chicago’s two major airport hubs suffered from the most cancellations at 4,655 and the second most delays at 3,134.

More than 50 percent of all flights were cancelled or delayed during the four-day period at both New York area and Chicago airports, according to GGA.

JetBlue suspended outgoing flights at, JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, and Boston’s Logan airports to catch up with weather-related delays and cancellations Monday. The airline started gradually operating again at 10 a.m. Tuesday, but wasn’t 100 percent operational until about 3 p.m. that day

“The rampant cancellations and delays we saw this week are a wake-up call for leadership to  start focusing on better airports, and they underscore why Governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s announcement  that he is taking responsibility for NYC airport modernization is so timely” said Joe Sitt, Chairman and founder of GGA. “Bad weather that causes serious disruptions in air traffic is going to happen, but it shouldn’t continually wreak havoc. Travelers should expect everyone involved in the industry to create a modern, safe and efficient aviation system, and should hold our leaders accountable for delivering.”

In Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday he said LaGuardia is ranked as the worst airport in America.

“That is a disgrace my friends and it is unacceptable and it is going to change,” he said.

The state, he said, would assume management responsibility from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for construction at JFK and LaGuardia airports to modernize them.

The GGA is specifically calling for faster implementation of NextGen, particularly at NYC airports and other hubs; better customer service contingency planning; modernized airport terminals; and remaining focused on safety.

 

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Cuomo talks economic successes, medical marijuana in State of State


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Photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Flickr

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead for legalizing medical marijuana, while promoting tax relief measures and touting New York’s economic successes, in his last State of the State address before running for re-election.

“In three years, [we] have reversed decades of decline,” the governor said, referring to the state’s transformation from a $10 billion deficit to the $2 billion surplus during that period.

By spending less, the state can now tax less, Cuomo said, and will do so through a $2 billion package of tax relief proposals.

A renter’s tax credit would offer a refundable personal income tax credit to those who make under $100,000.
Cuomo proposed a reform to the estate tax, which, like the federal government would exempt the first $5.25 million of a person’s estate, instead of estates valued below $1 million, as the state does now.

Additional measures would provide relief on property and business taxes, and help simplify the tax code.

As anticipated, Cuomo called for a program that would research the feasibility of medical marijuana in New York.

He will use existing statutory authority, enacting an old law which established the Antonio G. Olivieri controlled substances therapeutic research program, to launch a pilot medical marijuana research program that allows up to 20 hospitals to provide medical marijuana to patients being treated for serious illnesses.

Focusing specifically on the New York City region, Cuomo said the borough’s airports were in need of care, particularly LaGuardia, which he said was ranked as the worst airport in the country.

Cuomo proposed modernizing LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports, by having the state assume management responsibility from The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

The governor also stressed the importance of education investments in his address, particularly in technology in the classroom and universal, full-day pre-k.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for universal, full-day pre-k in the city, which would be funded by taxing the rich.

“I think it was very promising that the governor laid it out as a goal for the whole state,” the mayor, who attended the address, said in a press conference afterwards.

When asked if there was a conflict between his proposed tax raises and Cuomo’s tax relief package, de Blasio said that the state and the city each has its “own vision” when it comes to taxes.

Cuomo, despite critics who disagree with him for the need for ethics reform, promised to continue fighting political corruption.

“There has been a string of bad acts on almost a daily basis,” he said, proposing new anti-bribery and corruption laws.

“I believe the more trust we have from the public, the more we can do.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Sunny. High near 25. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 19. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Monthly Jazz Jam

At 5 p.m., individuals can learn more about jazz and play with the Queens Jazz OverGround. At 7 p.m., musicians are invited to jam with QJOG and anybody else who shows up. $10 for spectators, free from performers and students. Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Second day of bitter cold bears down on tri-state, thaw ahead

A second icy morning is chilling the tri-state Wednesday, but commuters should see warmer temperatures as teeth-chattering cold brought on by a frigid, swirling system known as a polar vortex begins to ease out of the area. Read more: NBC New York

Cuomo lays out his agenda for NY in election year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to deliver an election-year State of the State address touting tax breaks and economic successes. Read more: AP

More than 100 ex-NYC workers faked disabilities, got federal benefits: officials

More than 100 former police officers, firefighters and other city workers are accused of faking mental disabilities in order to get tens of thousands of dollars in Social Security benefits each year, authorities announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

De Blasio tries tosway City Council speaker vote

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made the unusual decision to forcefully interject himself into the race for the powerful post leading the City Council, may have helped engineer a victory for his preferred candidate. Read more: CBS New York/AP

New York scores high for school choice in report

New York is right near the top of a new nationwide scorecard on school choice — a status it could kiss goodbye under the policies of Mayor de Blasio. Read more: New York Post

Cuomo vows to continue fight against extreme weather


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Photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Flickr

As temperatures plummeted in New York on Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a heated speech outlining plans to build a new weather detection system, seal subways from floods and deputize citizens as emergency responders in the ongoing fight against extreme weather.

“[We are] reimagining New York for a new reality because we are facing a new New York after what we went through,” Cuomo said.

“Extreme weather is the new reality, like it or not.”

The governor was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, who, Cuomo said, represented the federal government’s support in the state’s efforts to recover from the super storm last year.

“None of it would have been possible if we didn’t have the funding from the federal government,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo’s $17 billion plan included a more sophisticated weather detection system, with more stations throughout the state.

He also outlined the first massive reconstruction of the city’s subway system since it was created more than 100 years ago, with better protection of train yards. He said the state was looking into experimental seals to stop water from entering subway openings.

The energy system also showed vulnerability during Sandy, he said, prompting an urgency to raise substations out of flood zones, particularly on Long Island, and for critical underground lines to be strengthened.

Cuomo emphasized restoring coastal protection through natural green infrastructure by “replacing what Mother Nature had there in the first place.”

We need to revisit how we design homes near the coast, and other flood zones, and consider building structures on stilts, the governor said.

Following the fuel crisis during Sandy, backup generators were mandated downstate and New York became the first state to establish a strategic fuel reserve, which is now on Long Island. Both those initiatives will be extended statewide, Cuomo said.

The Governor said he wanted the state’s emergency responders and its citizens to be prepared for the next storm by establishing the first-ever statewide training program for emergency personnel and the country’s first college for emergency preparedness.

The state is also going to create a “Citizen First Responder Corps,” with the goal of training 100,000 New Yorkers for “what to do in case of an emergency,” he said.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Abundant sunshine. High 13. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Tuesday night: A clear sky. Low 11. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Raze preview screening and discussion 

Come to the Museum of the Moving Image at 7 p.m. for a preview screening and discussion of Raze, part of the ongoing martial arts series, Fist and Sword. In her biggest role to date, Zoë Bell headlines a sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. Zoë Bell will be there in person. Click here for more info

New York area warned about severe freezing temperatures

The New York City Office of Emergency Management and other area agencies are warning residents throughout the Tri-State about prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather. Read more: ABC New York

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen Confirmed As Fed Chair

The Senate has easily approved Brooklyn native Janet Yellen’s nomination to head the Federal Reserve. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Deal eyed in for suspect in cop beating

Several dozen uniformed cops packed a Queens courtroom on Monday to support one of their own who was brutally beaten almost to death by a muscular stranger while cellphone cameras recorded the bloody incident. Read more: New York Post

De Blasio’s pre-K push still lacks Cuomo support

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio surrounded himself with labor leaders Monday morning, the latest choreographed show of support for his signature campaign promise to fund universal pre-kindergarten programs with a tax increase on the wealthy. Read more: AP

Head of Metro-North stepping down: source

The head of the Metro-North Railroad is stepping down after a year marred by a fatal derailment in the Bronx, a train collision in Connecticut, a worker’s death and a 12-day power loss to one of the authority’s busiest lines, a source familiar with the situation told NBC 4 New York. Read more: NBC New York

 

NY State minimum wage to increase to $8 per hour starting Dec. 31


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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.

Previously, New York lagged behind 19 other states in minimum wage levels. By the end of 2014, the minimum wage will increase to $8.75 and then $9, by the end of 2015.

“Thanks to the persistence of the Assembly majority, this budget ensures that tens of thousands of hardworking, minimum-wage-earning New Yorkers will be receiving much-deserved and badly needed raises in each of the next two years,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said.

Reforms coming to New York State unemployment insurance include enhancements to prevent fraud and aggressively require claimants to look for work, among other improvements. Also, there will be an increase in wage bases.

Currently, employers pay unemployment insurance contributions on each worker’s earnings up to a certain point called the wage base. The current wage base for 2013 is $8,500. The wage base will be adjusted on January 1 each year and increase to $13,000 by 2026.

After 2026, the wage base will be adjusted annually on January 1 to 16 percent of the state’s average annual wage.

The workers’ compensation system is under repair as well.

The system is under a business process re-engineering, focusing on improving the system’s processes, performance management and upgrading technology.

Right now over 30 states use a national electronic standard for worker’s compensation injury reporting. New York will join this growing trend of electronic injury reporting in 2014.

The state hopes that this move will reduce paper forms and duplicate filings, provide greatly expanded access to injury and payment data, simplify and speed up case processing, and allow the workers’ compensation board to better regulate the workers’ compensation system.

 

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Op-ed: Support programs that boost our economy


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER NILY ROZIC

One by one, each student marched his way up to the front of the room to receive certificates of completion, each with a sense of accomplishment and hopefulness. One by one, each member of the cohort recounting stories of the past couple of weeks that gave them a second chance.

It was the workforce development initiative of the Queens Botanical Garden and LaGuardia Community College that made these second chances possible.

Unlike some traditional programs that lack strong ties to industry, workforce development programs often accelerate job creation because workers acquire precisely the kind of skills businesses need to expand. Today, examples like those of the Green Jobs Training Program include sustainable landscape design and maintenance, waste management, and other similar green practices.

More recently, the Robin Hood Foundation provided funding to create a workforce development program run by AAFE and One Flushing to recruit and assist those ready to enter the workforce. It is a welcome partnership that will enhance the growth and success of our local Flushing community.

Beyond that New York needs to implement creative ways to retain the talent we have. This year, I sponsored legislation that was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo making New York a national leader in workforce development and job training. I have also introduced legislation supported by Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer that would continue our economic growth and create quality jobs by investing in our engineering workforce. The financial aid program for engineering students who commit to staying in the city for five years after graduation is a smart investment to bolster an innovation economy and prepare our workforce for the 21st century.

This year’s budget also focused on workforce development and new industries in every community. Cuomo pushed for programs including innovative “Hot Spot” incubators, the Venture Capital Fund, and job linkage initiatives that push our state’s ideas, create new businesses, and train our workforce for jobs of tomorrow.

Queens is one of the most diverse counties in the entire country and it needs a government that can embrace and harness that to power its economic engine. We need to keep creating ways to support programs that boost our economy. The task for our next administration will be to help more of the city’s workforce develop the skills to obtain jobs—and more importantly careers—in sectors that are growing and expanding.

That is what I am determined to champion to do in next year’s legislative session—to be a champion of minority-owned and women-owned small businesses, provide resources to assist local businesses flourish, and forge better partnerships between private and public entities. There has never been a better time to support these pathways and programs that ultimately help our most critical economic resource–our workforce.

Assemblymember Nily Rozic represents New York’s 25th District, which spans the northeast portion of Queens, including the communities of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Bayside, and Douglaston.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Snow this morning will mix with and change to rain this afternoon. High 36. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90%. Snowfall around one inch.Tuesday night: Light snow this evening will give way to some clearing late. Low 26F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Bingo at Rego Park Jewish Center

Play bingo at Rego Park Jewish Center every Tuesday night – cash prizes, friendly game, everyone 18 and over welcome. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Early Bird Game is at 7:00 P.M. Regular Games begin at 7:15 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cuomo calls for tax break for New York State renters

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to support the minority position of his own tax commission when it comes to providing a property tax credit to renters across the state, with most of the break going to New York City tenants. Read more: CBS New York/AP

NYC ads target reckless drivers with tragic images

The city is targeting reckless drivers with an ad campaign featuring two heartbroken New Yorkers standing where their loved ones were struck and killed. Read more: New York Post

New York, New Jersey drivers better than Southern counterparts, listing shows

When it comes to driving, New Yorkers put their Southern counterparts to shame. Read more: New York Daily News

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $586 million

The Mega Millions jackpot has been boosted to $586 million, a jump from the earlier projection but still trailing a $656 million prize last year that was the largest in U.S. history. Read more: CBS New York/AP

As NORAD Tracks Santa, critics track NORAD

The U.S. and Canadian military’s beloved Santa Tracker is facing something new this year — public criticism. Read more: AP

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Periods of rain. High 59. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall around a half an inch. Wednesday night Cloudy with light rain early…then becoming clear overnight. Low 33. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection

The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection, an exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image through February 2, includes more than 30 photographs featuring projectionists in their domains, at movie theaters in and around NYC, and highlights what is quickly becoming a lost art form. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Appeals court: Bloomberg administration wrong on homeless policy change

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that Mayor Bloomberg’s administration did not follow procedure when it sought to change the city’s homeless policy by requiring people seeking beds at city shelters to prove they have no other options. Read more: NBC New York

OMG, New York City Council OKs text donations for elections

Donating money to a political candidate in New York is about to get as easy as hitting “send” on your cellphone. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Cuomo’s tax focus threatens de Blasio plan

Gov. Cuomo vowed Tuesday to aggressively push for state tax cuts next year — casting further doubt on Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise city income taxes on the wealthy. Read more: New York Post

20 percent of NYC kids don’t have enough to eat: survey

One-sixth of New York City’s residents and a fifth of its children live in households without enough to eat, according to an annual survey of hunger by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Read more: NBC New York

Thanksgiving travelers make getaway as storm hits

Authorities advised travelers to check with their airlines and reduce speed on highways as a wintry storm hits the New York area with heavy rain and strong wind. Read more: ABC New York

Political Roundup: Schumer backs Vallone


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ROUNDUP

Senator Schumer endorses Paul Vallone 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed City Council candidate Paul Vallone for the District 19 seat on Monday.

“I have known the Vallone family for decades and their respected name and commitment to public service have made the people of Queens proud to call them their own,” Schumer said.

Vallone was recently endorsed by former Congressmember Gary Ackerman.

He faces Republican challenger Dennis Saffran in the November general election.

 

HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WEB

Lhota, de Blasio speak on stop-and-frisk ruling appeal

A group of elected officials spoke out Monday against the city’s legal challenge to the recent stop-and-frisk lawsuit ruling. Read more: CBS New York

Obama says he expects Congress will raise debt ceiling before deadline

President Barack Obama said he does not expect to have to take any unusual steps to prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt because he believes Congress will raise the debt ceiling before a looming October 17 deadline. Read more: Reuters

Cuomo freezes new state contracts involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

The Cuomo administration is putting a hold on new state contracts involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, whose CEO was recently fired and charged with stealing funds, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Joe Lhota plans to push more funding for the city buses and subways

Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota says he will boost city funding for the bus and subway network he ran as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Read more: New York Daily News

Supreme Court term begins amid government shutdown

The Supreme Court is opening for business in the midst of a partial government shutdown. Read more: AP

Christine Quinn endorses Bill de Blasio for mayor


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Photo via Twitter/@deBlasioNYC

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor Tuesday.

“It is time for Democrats throughout our city to put aside their differences and fight together for the progressive values we all share,” Quinn said in a statement. “By working together, we will build a stronger city where no New Yorker is left behind, and where working and middle class families have access to good-paying jobs, great schools, quality health care, affordable housing, and safe streets.”

De Blasio, thanking Quinn, who finished third in the primary last week, said it was “an honor” to receive her support.

“She is a tireless fighter for her constituents and she has always been a powerful voice on so many critical issues – from housing to fairness to fighting for the middle class. I look forward to working with her to move our great city forward.”

The announcement was made a day after and at the same spot that another former mayoral opponent, Bill Thompson, said he was dropping out of the race and supporting de Blasio.

“I’m proud to stand next to a great New Yorker and throw my support behind him. And I ask every single person who campaign for me, supported me and voted for me to do the same thing,” Thompson said Monday.

Governor Cuomo also expressed his support for the current public advocate to become the next leader of the city on the steps of City Hall yesterday.

“Bill is going to lead this city in the great, progressive Democratic traditions that made this the greatest city on the planet,” said Cuomo.

Since finishing first in the Democratic primary, with 40 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, de Blasio has been racking up endorsements, including, the Working Families Party and former backers of Thompson and Quinn.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Monday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 68. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: LICity Forum

North Beach, where LaGuardia Airport is now located, was a major vacation spot from 1886 to 1917. Come learn the history or relive the excitement of the area. Starts 7 p.m. at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police shoot, wound pit bull in Queens

A vicious pit bull was shot by cops in Queens Village after the hound lunged at an officer late Saturday night, authorities said. Read more: New York Daily News

Bill de Blasio widens lead in Democratic primary race: NBC 4 NY poll

Bill de Blasio, the Democratic mayoral candidate whose progressive message upended his party’s primary campaign this summer, has widened his lead over his rivals just days before the election, a new poll shows. Read more: NBC New York

Police arrest 3 city employees on separate drug, alcohol charges

A New York City correction officer, teacher and police officer were each arrested in separate incidents Sunday morning. Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo rushes to De Blasio’s defense over Bloomberg’s comments

After vowing to stay out of the mayoral race, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rushed to the defense of Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio Sunday. Read more: CBS New York

Obama trying to sway war-weary public on Syria

President Barack Obama is hitting the airwaves to try to convince Americans limited strikes against Syria are needed for the United States’ long-term safety, while Secretary of State John Kerry is vehemently defending the case against President Bashar Assad’s, saying his denial of chemical weapons use is “contradicted by fact.” Read more: AP