Law

Queens lawmaker wants fire hydrants tagged with markers
Queens lawmaker wants fire hydrants tagged with markers
Politics Melissa Chan 2/25/2014 at 11:34AM

All New York City hydrants should be tagged with high-flying flags to be spotted more easily during snowstorms, a Queens lawmaker is proposing. Councilmember Mark Weprin is reintroducing legislation this March that would require markers be placed at least three feet above hydrants.

Flushing widow pushes for hit-and-run bill
Flushing widow pushes for hit-and-run bill
Northeast Melissa Chan 6/03/2013 at 2:26PM

The widow of a Flushing man killed last year in a tragic hit-and-run held back tears while she pushed for a bill to protect pedestrians. “I’m very heartbroken, very angry,” said Taysha Dominguez. “There are no words to describe the pain and the suffering that my family is currently going through at this moment.” Her [...]

10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/24/2013 at 10:28AM

The family of the 71-year-old Queens woman killed 10 years ago in a staged car accident said bureaucratic delays have held up justice — and a proposed law to stiffen penalties in such cases. “It should have passed,” said Daniel Ross, 56, of Bayside. “I don’t want another family to go through what we went [...]

DOE: Students can transfer out of failing schools
DOE: Students can transfer out of failing schools
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 2/18/2013 at 1:22PM

Students in failing city schools will be allowed to transfer, the Department of Education said. The city is in the process of phasing out 39 struggling schools. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote in March on whether to phase out another 22, including three in Queens. The transfer option will give students a chance [...]

Parents oppose P.S. 140 phase out
Parents oppose P.S. 140 phase out
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 1/14/2013 at 12:57PM

The Department of Education (DOE) has issued a proposal to phase out a Jamaica elementary school – but the community will not go quietly. “My daughter is heartbroken,” said Lashawna Colliard, whose daughter, Alexis, is in the fourth grade at P.S. 140. The school, due to consistently bad grades on its yearly progress reports, has [...]

Queens schools may be phased out
Queens schools may be phased out
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 1/08/2013 at 4:01PM

For months, the Department of Education (DOE) had been evaluating city schools’ progress reports, noting those that were in danger of closing. The process is continuing, and now several Queens schools could possibly be phased out. This process, which eliminates one grade at a time from the troubled schools, will be finalized after a vote [...]

Obama signs bill for gas pipeline under the Rockaways
Obama signs bill for gas pipeline under the Rockaways
News Melissa Chan 12/04/2012 at 11:17AM

A bill allowing a natural gas pipeline to be constructed in Queens and Brooklyn has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. The New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act, passed on November 27, authorizes Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to issue permits to build and operate a three-mile pipeline underneath Jacob [...]

Teens to need parental consent for body piercings
News Cristabelle Tumola 8/01/2012 at 11:03AM

Bayside teen Elana Campane is considering getting her belly button pierced. She hasn’t told her parents yet, and she’s not sure that they will approve of a piercing that’s not in her ears. For now, the 17-year-old doesn’t need their permission, but she will in a few months when New York becomes the 32nd state [...]

Rockaway Park charter school might close
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 11/07/2011 at 11:33AM

The final dismissal bell may soon ring for six underperforming charter schools in the city — including one school in Queens. According to officials, Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School in Rockaway Park joins 46 other struggling schools on the list for potential closures released by the Department of Education (DOE) on November 2. Of the [...]