Jimmy Van Bramer

Melissa Mark-Viverito says she has support to become next City Council speaker
Melissa Mark-Viverito says she has support to become next City Council speaker
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 12/19/2013 at 7:43AM

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito is claiming she will have enough votes in the City Council to become its next speaker. In a statement issued Wednesday night, Mark-Viverito, who represents District 8, said she has the backing of 30 councilmembers and councilmembers-elect, including Queens members Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich and Jimmy [...]

Queens incumbents sweep re-election bids
Politics Queens Courier Staff 11/06/2013 at 3:52AM

LIAM LA GUERRE AND MELISSA CHAN  All Queens City Council incumbents slid back into their seats after Election Day, some very comfortably, while others overcame contentious races. In District 32, which pitted Republican incumbent Eric Ulrich against Democrat Lew Simon, the race came right down to the wire. Ulrich was eventually declared the winner with 53 percent [...]

Pol helps bust LIC rock gym owner for alleged bribery attempt
Pol helps bust LIC rock gym owner for alleged bribery attempt
Police Angy Altamirano 5/29/2013 at 12:26PM

In the midst of ongoing turmoil in city politics, one politician has helped bring a Long Island City business owner to justice for an alleged bribery attempt. According to the Department of Investigation, Mike Wolfert, owner of a rock climbing facility called The Cliffs, received a Stop Work Order for failing to obtain the correct permit [...]

Rally to save after-school programs for more than 47,000 kids
Rally to save after-school programs for more than 47,000 kids
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 5/02/2013 at 12:02PM

Come summer, 2,400 children in the borough will lose access to their mainstays outside of school. Officials have told the Queens Community House at J.H.S. 190 and the Samuel Field Y at M.S. 158 that due to budget cuts, they must close their doors on July 1. “The constant attacks on day care and after-school [...]

Library expansion breaks ground in memory of Queens activist
Library expansion breaks ground in memory of Queens activist
News Melissa Chan 4/25/2013 at 9:29AM

Their eyes looking to the skies in memory of a lost beloved leader, elected officials drove their golden shovels into the dirt to break ground on a long-anticipated library expansion project. “It feels so good to be standing here today, knowing that construction is beginning,” said Queens Library President Thomas Galante at the Friday, April [...]

Long Island City park secures funding for Sandy repairs
Long Island City park secures funding for Sandy repairs
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/19/2013 at 11:07AM

A beloved Long Island City park, nicknamed “Shady Park” for its signature tall trees, will finally regain some of the shade Sandy took away. Working together with the Friends of Shady Park — a group of neighbors advocating for the repair of Andrews Grove Playground – Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has secured $10,000 in [...]