Ruben Wills

Queens pol calls it quits on homeless experiment, but plans to try again
Queens pol calls it quits on homeless experiment, but plans to try again
Politics Maggie Hayes 12/23/2013 at 2:16PM

Councilmember Ruben Wills took a dive into the lives of our city’s homeless to highlight hardships for those living in poverty, but called it quits after being diagnosed with pneumonia. The councilmember began his journey to get a better look into the lives and struggles of the city’s population on the streets on Dec. 17. [...]

Councilmember Ruben Wills going homeless for three days
Councilmember Ruben Wills going homeless for three days
Politics Maggie Hayes 12/17/2013 at 6:13PM

Councilmember Ruben Wills is stepping into the shoes of our city’s homeless, quite literally. Tuesday morning, Wills began a three-day journey in which he intends to live the life of a homeless person and experience any hardships firsthand. “He’s really going all out,” said a spokesperson for Wills. “He wants to get a perception of [...]

City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning
City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning
South Maggie Hayes 12/10/2013 at 7:14PM

The City Council passed a change in Ozone Park’s zoning map Tuesday to reflect the neighborhood’s building patterns. Now, the zoning mandates will reinforce the area’s one- and-two-family residential homes and direct new residential and mixed-use developments to more commercial locations. “The new zoning enacted into law today will protect Ozone Park from overdevelopment and help [...]

Councilmember Ruben Wills re-elected to City Council
Politics Maggie Hayes 9/11/2013 at 1:13AM

Incumbent Councilmember Ruben Wills will continue on through another term in the 28th City Council District. Wills beat out attorney Hettie Powell, Reverend David Kayode and Eugene Walter Evans for the seat with almost 50 percent of all votes. After being elected to the City Council in a 2010 special election, Wills has been hard [...]

Primary guide: City Council District 28
Primary guide: City Council District 28
Politics Queens Courier Staff 9/06/2013 at 3:54PM

As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the City Council District 28 primary candidates (Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Rochdale), who they are, what they [...]

Bill would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough
News Maggie Hayes 8/02/2013 at 9:40AM

Queens shelters may soon be finding new homes. Councilmembers Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie started work in 2011 on a bill that would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough. Wills said research revealed that Community Board (CB) 12 contains 10 of the 18 shelters in all of Queens. CB 12 includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. [...]

Field widening in City Council District 28 race
Field widening in City Council District 28 race
Politics Queens Courier Staff 8/01/2013 at 11:17AM

The race for City Council District 28 is widening with a diverse range of candidates including Hettie Powell, a longtime lawyer hoping to get her chance in politics. “Our community matters,” she said. “In these tough times, who you choose to represent you in the City Council matters.” Powell, running on the Democratic ticket, is [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 6/28/2013 at 7:49AM

TODAY’s FORECAST Friday: Overcast with thunderstorms and a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 84. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Friday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and a chance of rain. Low of 70. Winds [...]

Richmond Hill program will alleviate litter
Richmond Hill program will alleviate litter
News Maggie Hayes 12/03/2012 at 3:14PM

City officials, local merchants and the community are coming together in Richmond Hill to kick-start a program set to beautify the streets. “We can only do so much, [residents] can only do so much, but together we can do a lot more,” said Iggy Terranova of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DOS). Councilmember [...]

Wills calls on John Thomas to turn himself in
Wills calls on John Thomas to turn himself in
News Billy Rennison 8/31/2012 at 10:09AM

Three weeks after police officer Craig Bier was shot, a local politician is calling for the alleged gunman to turn himself in to authorities. Police identified John Thomas, 24, of Queens, as a suspect in the shooting of Bier on August 8, offering a $32,000 reward. Councilmember Ruben Wills held a press conference on Wednesday, [...]