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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 52. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 41. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Monthly Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall 

Professional jazz musicians, jazz students and music educators are welcome to come jam and meet fellow musicians at this monthly drop-in event at Flushing Town Hall. Open to the general public with a $10 admission. Performers, students and members get in free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Giant sinkholes a problem in Queens after Sandy

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Queens restaurant owner to offer free Thanksgiving dinner to residents

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Police were questioning a man Tuesday night that they said matches the description of a man seen on surveillance video near a recent murder scene in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, WCBS 880 learned. Read more: CBS New York

Giuliani: MTA chair would make great NYC mayor

Rudy Giuliani believes Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota would make a great New York mayor. Read more: Fox NY

PETA asks Obama to opt out of turkey pardon

It’s a White House tradition with a century and a half of history behind it, but PETA is asking the White House to skip it this year. REad more: ABC News

Amid Gaza diplomacy, bus bomb hits Tel Aviv

A bomb struck an Israeli bus near the nation’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding 10 people and complicating major diplomatic efforts to forge a truce between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Read more: AP

Base fare increase likely, says MTA chair


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Photo courtesy of MTA

When the MTA increases fares in March 2013, the base fare will probably go up, said MTA chair and CEO Joseph Lhota, on WOR’s John Gambling radio show today.

Last Monday, the MTA released four possible options for MetroCard fare hikes.

Two of the proposals raise the base fare from $2.25 to $2.50, and favor those who use unlimited MetroCards.

If the fare remains the same, then monthly passes could increase to as much as $125 a month.

“Probably the proposal that will be picked is somewhere in the middle of [the four options],” said Lhota.

But he added that raising the base fare would minimize the increase’s impact, particularly for the middle class, because the majority of people use a monthly or weekly pass, or the MetroCard discount.

The MTA will vote on the fare hikes in December following a series of public and video forums next month.

Which fare hike do you prefer? An increase in the base fare or a higher unlimited MetroCard?

MTA may cut MetroCard discounts


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MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota said today that the MTA could do away with MetroCard discounts in an effort to raise the agency’s revenues, reported Crain’s New York Business.

“We have enormous discounts in the system. And I think we need to look at those discounts, and we need to have, on the entire fare issue, a public debate,” Lhota said at breakfast forum sponsored by the publication Wednesday.

Cutting the discounts is just one of several options that is under consideration, said an MTA spokesperson.

Currently, subway riders receive a 7 percent bonus when they put $10 or more on their MetroCards.

But even if the discounts are cut, there could still be a fare hike, Lhota stressed. The MTA plans on raising fares by 7.5 percent in March 2013.