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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Tuesday: Cloudy. Highs in the low 40s with temperatures nearly steady overnight. Tuesday night: Periods of rain. Rain becoming heavy at times overnight. Low around 40. E winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Classical Music Concert

The Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston presents a program with live piano, guitar and voice, followed by a sandwich lunch and dessert Douglaston Community Church at 11 a.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio: Landslide win is ‘clear mandate’ for education reform

Bill de Blasio says his landslide in this month’s New York City mayoral election entitles him to support from Albany to enact sweeping reforms to the city’s schools. Read more: CBS New York/AP

City launches new campaign against sugary drinks

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Monday launched a new anti-obesity campaign, focusing on the risks posed by sugary drinks. Read more: CBS New York

NYPIRG proposes campaign donation limits

A government watchdog group is calling for strict limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections. Read more: AP

Reagan letter tops auction of Ed Koch items

Letters from former President Ronald Reagan and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis were the most popular items Monday at an auction of materials that belonged to ex-Mayor Ed Koch. Read more: NBC New York

Storm to threaten holiday travel, moving east

A winter storm system that hit parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas swept toward the densely populated East Coast on Tuesday, threatening to disrupt the plans of travelers ahead of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Read more: AP

Casino gaming, other amendments on ballot

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A controversial casino gambling referendum and five other proposed changes to the state Constitution will be up for vote November 5 on the general election ballot.

Voters hitting the polls to elect city candidates will also decide whether to authorize up to seven full-scale casinos in New York, though opponents say the referendum’s one-sided language is tilted in favor of its passage.

According to the ballot’s wording, the amendment would promote job growth, increase aid to schools and lower property taxes through generated revenues.

A lawsuit filed by Brooklyn bankruptcy lawyer Eric Snyder criticized the measure’s “advocacy language” and sought to stop it. The suit was dismissed October 16 by Acting Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin, according to the New York Times.

NYPIRG said it “has been deeply troubled by the ballot question” and language “that seems to go beyond explanatory or descriptive.”

The amendment’s language, the nonpartisan group said, describes “predicted benefits” by casino boosters and fails to include negative impacts feared by opponents like the potential increase in gambling addiction and harmful effects on neighborhoods surrounding the casino.

“The language appears to be worded in a way that would incline a neutral voter to vote ‘yes.’ NYPIRG believes that New Yorkers are entitled to a neutral ballot proposal, not one which subtly or overtly nudges a voter in a particular direction,” the group said.

Also up for vote are amendments that would give additional civil service credit to veterans who are rendered disabled after their civil service appointment or promotion and one that would increase the maximum age until which some state judges may serve.

Two more items on the ballot relate to land exchange between the state and private companies in Long Lake, Hamilton County and Lewis, Essex County.