New York

Obama asks for $60 billion in federal aid for Sandy relief
News Maggie Hayes 12/11/2012 at 12:23PM

The Obama administration has requested $60.4 billion in federal resources for “response, recovery and mitigation related to Sandy damages in all affected states,” according to a letter from Jeffrey Zients, the deputy director for management, to House Speaker John Boehner. However, that is less than the $80 billion initially sought for the destruction in the [...]

Bloomberg visits D.C. seeking federal aid
Bloomberg visits D.C. seeking federal aid
News Billy Rennison 11/29/2012 at 12:13PM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the nation’s capital yesterday meeting with lawmakers to request Sandy aid, while Governor Andrew Cuomo joined a neighboring governor in appealing for maximum federal support. “Hurricane recovery is not a partisan issue – and in New York, we have a united front of Democrats and Republicans,” said Bloomberg, who was accompanied [...]

NYC Rapid Repairs program begins today
News Billy Rennison 11/13/2012 at 2:03PM

Superstorm Sandy destroyed the homes of thousands of New Yorkers and left multitudes more temporarily displaced. With the goal of assuring all residents have a roof over their heads as quickly as possible, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Brad Gair, a former deputy commissioner for operations at the Office of Emergency Management, as director of housing [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 11/08/2012 at 8:19AM

Today’s Forecast Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph. Event of the Day: Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive event where the audience plays [...]

Gillibrand wins full term in Senate
Gillibrand wins full term in Senate
News Billy Rennison 11/07/2012 at 3:37AM

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won re-election in a landslide victory over Republican challenger Wendy Long earning the Democrat her first full term in the Senate. With nearly 96 percent of precincts reporting, Gillibrand secured 72 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. “So while from the bottom of my heart I thank you for the honor and [...]

Israel takes 3rd Congressional District
Israel takes 3rd Congressional District
News Melissa Chan 11/07/2012 at 1:57AM

A Long Island-based representative has won both re-election and slices of Queens territory. Democratic Congressmember Steve Israel claimed victory over his three challengers in the newly-redrawn 3rd Congressional District with 58 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. The 53-year-old from Dix Hills boasted 87,799 votes, while his main contender, Republican Stephen Labate raked [...]

Cuomo announces stricter DUI laws
Cuomo announces stricter DUI laws
News Alexa Altman 10/02/2012 at 10:03AM

Booze, cruise and lose. New York is cracking down on intoxicated drivers. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced an initiative to remove drivers with repeat alcohol or drug-related driving convictions from New York’s roads. According to Cuomo, these more rigid regulations, enforced by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), will make the [...]

War chests, war of words increase as primary approaches
News Terence M. Cullen 9/10/2012 at 5:08PM

As primary campaigns for the 15th State Senate District came to a close, campaign funds and mudslinging came to a head. Although Councilmember Eric Ulrich outraised opponent Juan Reyes by hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Reyes camp spent $9,000 more to sway voters before polls open, according to 11-day Pre Primary disclosure reports released [...]

16 Queens schools face shutdown by state
16 Queens schools face shutdown by state
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 8/31/2012 at 10:45AM

After seven Queens high schools won a nearly yearlong battle with the city to remain open, the institutions — along with 10 other borough schools — find themselves on a state list of schools that need to shape up or shut down. New York state education officials unveiled a list of 123 schools in the [...]