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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Sunny. High 24. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Clear skies. Low 12. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Entrepreneur Space Third Anniversary

Celebrate the E-Space and its clients. As a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair, the celebration will include Belgian waffles, which were introduced to the U.S. in 1964. Mariepaule Vermersch, who left Belgium to serve these waffles, will be on hand. Free. 6 pm to 8 pm. E-Space, 36-46-37th St., LIC. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

7 Suspects from New York City arrested in US-Italy mafia drug blitz

Seven suspects with links to the Gambino crime family were arrested in New York City overnight in a joint U.S.-Italian anti-Mafia blitz targeting a trans-Atlantic cocaine trafficking route, officials say. Read more: NBC New York

State Senate leaders split over de Blasio pre-K tax

A fight is brewing in Albany over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten. Read more: The Queens Courier

Alternate-side suspended, but tickets keep coming

Alternate-side parking suspensions have skyrocketed this year, but cops are writing tickets at nearly the same pace as in 2013 — and have even increased it in three boroughs. Read more: New York Post

Panel issues report on rollout of Common Core in New York

New York’s teachers should, for now, be able to argue against being fired on the basis of their students’ poor performance on state assessments aligned with new learning standards, a panel of education policy makers recommended Monday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Former child star Shirley Temple dead at 85

Former Hollywood child star and “America’s little darling” Shirley Temple Black has died from natural causes in her California home late Monday night. Read more: ABC New York

 

State Senate leaders split over de Blasio pre-K tax


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A fight is brewing in Albany over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten.

On Monday, Republican Dean Skelos, co-leader of the State Senate Majority Coalition, said he would not allow for a vote on de Blasio’s proposal for a tax increase on the rich to pay for full-day pre-kindergarten in the city, according to published reports.

The Democratic co-leader of the State Senate Majority Coalition, Jeff Klein, responded by saying he will “not approve a budget that fails to realize the vision Mayor de Blasio and I share of providing high-quality, universal pre-k,” according to NY1.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping to pass his fourth, consecutive on time budget this year.

“To deny a vote on something as urgently-needed and as widely-supported as funding universal pre-kindergarten is just plain wrong,” de Blasio said in a statement Monday.

The same day, de Blasio delivered his first State of the City address, where he again made the argument for his pre-kindergarten plan.

“If there are extra resources in the state budget, we must remember that the State Court of Appeals ruled – in the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision several years ago — that the children of this city deserve billions more in educational resources, and now is the time to provide it,” he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide plan for universal, full-day pre-kindergarten in his January budget address. The state would fully fund the program.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Periods of snow. Snow will be heavy at times especially this morning. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Snow accumulating 5 to 8 inches. Monday night: Scattered snow flurries and snow showers possible this evening. Becoming mostly clear later. Low 24. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing. Submit an event of your own

Winter storm warning issued; 5 to 8 inches expected

More snow is on its way for New York City, just as Staten Island Chuck predicted six more weeks of winter. Read more: The Queens Courier 

32-year-old man arrested in Sunnyside hit-and-run of four pedestrians

A 32-year-old Jackson Heights man was arrested Sunday in connection to a hit-and-run in Sunnyside Saturday night that left five people in the hospital. Read more: The Queens Courier

Cuomo may have Senate votes to block de Blasio’s pre-K tax hike

Gov. Cuomo, aided by a coalition of Senate Republicans and upstate Democrats, will defeat Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to raise taxes to fund universal pre-K this year, a leading legislative Democrat has told The Post. Read more: New York Post 

Transit woes, mild temperatures mark Super Bowl XLVIII

The first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in the nation’s most congested region confounded skeptics on the first count, as unseasonably warm temperatures served as a pleasant backdrop for Sunday’s NFL title game. Read more: NBC New York

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in Manhattan apartment

He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world’s greatest actors. Read more: AP

De Blasio releases report, gives testimony in Albany on pre-K plan


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Mayor Bill de Blasio testified in Albany Monday on an interagency report he released the same day detailing plans to provide free full-day pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old in the city by increasing taxes on the wealthy.

“The reality is that today, fewer than 27 percent of 4-year-olds in New York City have access to full-day pre-K,” the mayor said.

To authorize the tax hikes, he will need permission from Albany lawmakers.

Specifically, he is asking for an income tax surcharge, which would increase the current 3.9 percent rate to a 4.4 percent rate on those with annual incomes of a half-million dollars or more over the next five years.

It would also allow for the expansion of middle school extended learning programs, de Blasio said.

At an average cost of $10,239 per child, under the plan, 73,250 children would be eligible for full-day pre-kindergarten by the 2015-2016 school year, beginning with 53,604 in September 2014.

The total cost is estimated at $340 million annually, with $97 million dedicated to start-up infrastructure and costs required to upgrade program quality in the first year.

The plan will require approximately 2,000 new classrooms in public schools and community-based settings across the city, according to the Department of Education.

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide plan for universal, full-day pre-kindergarten in his budget address last week, with an estimated cost of $1.5 billion over the next five years. The state would fully fund the program.

“That’s an idea we strongly endorse and we appreciate his leadership on this issue,” de Blasio said.

But he said the funding must be  “predictable and consistent,” and isolated from the state budget.

“Universal pre-K and after-school programs must have a dedicated funding stream, a locked box, shielded from what we all know is the inevitable give and take of the budgeting process,” the mayor said.

According to the report, proceeds from “the proposed personal income tax surcharge will be dedicated solely to the expansion and enhancement of New York City’s pre – kindergarten and after-school programs. The city will place these funds in a ‘lockbox.’”

Ready to Launch: New York City’s Implementation Plan for Free, High-Quality, Full-Day Universal Pre-Kinderg… by NYC Mayor’s Office

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine. High 16. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Wednesday night: A few passing clouds. Low near 5. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running

Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running, at the Museum of the Moving Image examines the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL. The exhibit takes a look at how the game has evolved and its place in culture, and features five playable games, from the original to the latest release. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria. Through February 23.

NO SNOW DAY: NYC public schools are open Wednesday

All New York City public schools will remain open Wednesday, education officials announced, dashing hopes city students might have about getting a second snow day this month. Read more: The Queens Courier

Swirling snowstorm batters tri-state, breaks snowfall records

A swirling snowstorm broke breaking snowfall records as it battered the tri-state Tuesday, forcing schools and offices to close early, delaying flights and making the roadways a dangerous mess. Read more: NBC New York

Feds on board with $850M for Sandy subway fixes

The feds are going to give New York straphangers a break by kicking in more than $880 million for Hurricane Sandy repairs, officials announced Tuesday. Read more: New York Post

De Blasio brushes off state pre-K, will raise taxes anyway

A defiant Mayor de Blasio is vowing to go full speed ahead with plans to raise taxes on the city’s highest earners to pay for universal pre-K — even as Gov. Cuomo is offering to have the state foot the bill. Read more: New York Post

Former Gov. David Paterson, wife file for divorce

Former New York Gov. David Paterson and his wife have officially filed for divorce, more than a year after saying they were separating. Read more: CBS New York/AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Rain and snow showers mixed for the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 32. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page  

Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page” is an exhibit of the Noguchi drawings of avant-garde American dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. This series includes ink wash paintings that abstract the human form. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road in LIC. For more information call 718-204-7088. Through Sun., Jan. 26.

De Blasio open to pre-K class endorsement in charters

Mayor de Blasio is leaving the door open to supporting pre-K classes in charter schools, even though he has previously been hostile to the expansion of the privately run schools. Read more: New York Post

Super Bowl security plan: 4,000 police officers

The game plan for security at this year’s Super Bowl will include deployment of nearly 4,000 local police and private security officers, airport-style screening for those entering MetLife Stadium and a host of other measures visible and invisible to the average fan, law enforcement officials said at a briefing on Wednesday at the stadium. Read more: NBC New York

 $18M settlement for RNC arrests lawsuits in NYC

New York City has agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits filed by protesters, journalists and bystanders who said they were wrongly arrested at the 2004 Republican National Convention and held for hours in makeshift holding cells, lawyers said Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

3 new deputy commissioners appointed to NYPD

The NYPD on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new deputy commissioners – including one for a new collaborative policing post. Read more: CBS New York

‘Devil baby’ prank terrifies New Yorkers

A marketing agency promoting the new horror movie, ‘Devil’s Due,’ apparently thought it would be funny to freak out New Yorkers by rigging a stroller with a remote-controlled demonic baby. Read more: Fox New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 47. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low near 35. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

“Miracle on the Hudson” survivors mark 5 years

The pilot, crew and passengers who were on board a plane that made an extraordinary landing on the Hudson River are marking the fifth anniversary of that remarkable day. Read more: NBC New York

Gov panel slaps Bill de Blasio agenda with pre-K charters

Mayor de Blasio’s plan to impose limits on charter schools hit a brick wall Tuesday when a state commission recommended expanding the privately run schools by allowing them to add pre-K classes. Read more: New York Post

Report says Metro-North derailment caused $9 million in damage

Officials said Tuesday that the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx caused more than $9 million in damage. Read more: CBS New York

New York, San Francisco prosecutors join forces to investigate Monster Energy Drinks

The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children. Read more: NBC New York

House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget 

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Abundant sunshine. High 13. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Tuesday night: A clear sky. Low 11. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Raze preview screening and discussion 

Come to the Museum of the Moving Image at 7 p.m. for a preview screening and discussion of Raze, part of the ongoing martial arts series, Fist and Sword. In her biggest role to date, Zoë Bell headlines a sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. Zoë Bell will be there in person. Click here for more info

New York area warned about severe freezing temperatures

The New York City Office of Emergency Management and other area agencies are warning residents throughout the Tri-State about prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather. Read more: ABC New York

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen Confirmed As Fed Chair

The Senate has easily approved Brooklyn native Janet Yellen’s nomination to head the Federal Reserve. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Deal eyed in for suspect in cop beating

Several dozen uniformed cops packed a Queens courtroom on Monday to support one of their own who was brutally beaten almost to death by a muscular stranger while cellphone cameras recorded the bloody incident. Read more: New York Post

De Blasio’s pre-K push still lacks Cuomo support

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio surrounded himself with labor leaders Monday morning, the latest choreographed show of support for his signature campaign promise to fund universal pre-kindergarten programs with a tax increase on the wealthy. Read more: AP

Head of Metro-North stepping down: source

The head of the Metro-North Railroad is stepping down after a year marred by a fatal derailment in the Bronx, a train collision in Connecticut, a worker’s death and a 12-day power loss to one of the authority’s busiest lines, a source familiar with the situation told NBC 4 New York. Read more: NBC New York

 

Still time — and space — for Universal Prekindergarten


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

Parents looking to enroll their tiny tots in a free education program have until the end of the month to do so.

Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) programs throughout the five boroughs still have several thousand seats left to be filled, according to city leaders.

The program, hosted by a select group of local public schools and community-based organizations, offers at least two-and-a-half hours of educational services at no cost to city kids born in 2008. Eligible early childhood providers have until October 31 to submit applications to the State Education Department.

“It is never too early to think about college and career readiness,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, “and high-quality prekindergarten options set our children on that path.”

According to the city’s Department of Education, third grade students who had attended UPK were 28 percent more likely to score proficiently on the state’s English exam, and 54 percent more likely to make the grade on the state’s math exam, compared to peers who did not attend pre-k.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn also touted the program’s success, saying toddlers who receive early education are more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to drop out or repeat a grade.

“The most powerful thing we can do, as a city, to show our commitment to our children’s and the city’s future is make sure that every child who is eligible to attend universal pre-kindergarten programs enrolls,” she said.

The Flushing YMCA is among the scores of organizations that still have program vacancies. Officials say there are currently 12 spots open.

To find a UPK program that may still have availability for the 2012-2013 school year, call 3-1-1 or visit schools.nyc.gov/prek.