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Anti-John Liu protestors disrupt political forum


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

A group of protestors crashed a political discussion forum in Flushing Tuesday, claiming that one of the candidates, John Liu, was a spy for the Chinese government.

Liu and Paul Gilman are challenging state Sen. Tony Avella for his seat in the state senate. They were invited to discuss issues ranging from immigration to the minimum wage.

Unlike a debate, each person answered questions individually. But as soon as Liu took the stage several people from the large audience stood up from their seats, walked up to Liu and unraveled a sign that said “Arrest john [sic] Liu to Prevent his further Harm to the U.S.”

Liu supporters quickly tore the sign down but the protestors, shouting in Mandarin, prevented the forum from continuing for more then 20 minutes.

Workers from the MinKwon Center,the organization that held the forum ,attempted to remove the protestors by pushing them out, but the anti-Liu group wouldn’t budge.

Eventually cops were called and escorted the protestors from the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing.

“This injustice must be exposed,” protester Guohua Liu said through a translator. “Mr. Liu is not an American; he is with the Chinese government.”

After the protestors left, Liu, the politician, explained that these protestors often follow him around and crash other parties.

The other candidates were not present for the protest.  Each addressed the group separately.

 

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Queens Taste returns April 29


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy Dominick Totino Photography

The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) wants more people to — literally — have a little taste of Queens.

The organization announced its Queens Taste 2014, the borough’s premier food and networking event, which will take place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing on April 29.

As Queens is known for its vast cultures and diversity, foodies attending the event can expect dozens of vendors, serving everything from Mexican to Portuguese food, and a range that includes sweet, savory, crunchy and creamy. At $100 a ticket or $175 for two, people will have access to the food and the ability to network with hundreds of others.

“I look forward to Queens Taste all year,” said Seth Bornstein, QEDC executive director. “It is so fun on so many levels. The food. The drinks. The people. The venue. The celebration.”

Clients of Entrepreneur Space, a food and business incubator that the QEDC operates in Long Island City, will be on hand with artisan specialties, including gourmet cheesecake balls and designer meatballs. Long Island City’s SquareWine headlines a spirits group that includes Queens Brewery and Punzoné Vodka among others.

Besides the food, the QEDC and the Queens Historical Society will host a table dedicated to show memorabilia from the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs as the borough is celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the events.

 

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Public hearing on MTA fare hikes to be held in Queens today


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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After the MTA released its proposed fare hikes last month, riders in Queens will get the chance to sound off about the proposed increases, when the transit agency holds a public hearing in the borough this Thursday, November 15.

It will take place at 5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, located at 135-20 39th Avenue.

This week there will also be video conference hearings at the Hicksville and Ronkonkoma LIRR stations on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in Lower Manhattan, 2 Broadway (3 Stone Street entrance), bid room suite, on Thursday.

The MTA is also accepting public statements via email and regular mail.

In the meantime, some straphangers are annoyed with the MTA after it was widely reported Tuesday that there will be no refunds for unlimited weekly and monthly MetroCard holders that purchased them before Sandy shut down public transit.

Though no refund was issued after the Irene suspension, there was one following the 2005 transit strike.

The MTA also gives a refund for a lost or stolen MetroCard, as long as it was purchased with a debit or credit card and reported missing.

 

Fare hikes may raise monthly MetroCard to $125, cut discounts


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Ahead of public hearings on fare hikes next month, the MTA has proposed four options for when it raises MetroCard prices in March, the New York Daily News reported.

These changes would garner $232 million in additional revenue, said the paper.

“We have cut discretionary spending to the tune of $700 million and will see a reduction of more than $1 billion by 2014,” said MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz. “Unfortunately, we still need to raise fares and tolls to cover our growing non-discretionary costs like retiree benefits, pension and rising fuel costs.”

The MTA would not confirm the proposed options that the Daily News reported, and will publically release them on Monday, October 15, said Ortiz.

The first option would raise the costs of the weekly unlimited MetroCard from $29 to $34 and the monthly from $104 to $125. A straphanger would need to take 16 rides in seven days for the weekly or 56 rides in 30 days for the monthly, before saving money.

Also under this first proposal, MetroCard bonuses would be lowered to five percent. Currently, riders receive a seven percent discount each time they pay $10.

The second option only raises weekly and monthly MetroCards to $32 and $119, but gets rid of all Pay-Per-Ride bonuses.

In September, MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota publically said that even if the transit agency cuts MetroCard discounts it may still need to hike fares in order to raise the agency’s revenues.

The other two options would increase the base fare to $2.50, but would still lower MetroCard bonuses.

According to the MTA’s 2012 to 2016 financial plan, if it raises fares and tolls again in 2015, as is expected, those increases would be three times the estimated rate of inflation.

Riders will get a chance to sound off about the proposed hikes, which could also affect commuter train prices and bridge and tunnels tolls, when the MTA holds public hearings next month.

In Queens, the hearing will be held on November 15 at 5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing. That month there will also be video conference hearings at the Hicksville and Ronkonkoma LIRR stations, in Lower Manhattan and at the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station.

Public hearings: 

Wednesday, November 7

Long Island – 5 p.m.
Roosevelt Hall
Little Theater
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, New York

Brooklyn– 5 p.m.
NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York

Manhattan – 5 p.m.
Baruch Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall
Baruch College
17 Lexington Avenue (at 23rd St.)
New York, New York

Bronx – 5 p.m.
Main Theater
Hostos Community College
Center for the Arts & Culture
450 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York

Newburgh– 5 p.m.
Vanderbilt/Astor Rooms
Hilton Garden Inn, Newburgh/Stewart Airport
15 Crossroads Court
Newburgh, New York

Staten Island– 5 p.m
Center for the Arts, Springer Concert Hall
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, New York

Thursday, November 15

Westchester– 5 p.m.
Auditorium
Yonkers Public Library – Riverfront Library
One Larkin Center
Yonkers, New York

Queens– 5 p.m.
Ballroom
Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
135-20 39th Avenue
Flushing, New York

Video conference hearings:

Thursday, November 8

9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
2 Broadway (3 Stone St. entrance), bid room suite, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 13

6 a.m.-10 a.m.
Hicksville Long Island Rail Road Station Building

4:00 -8 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Metro-North Station, pedestrian overpass

Wednesday, November 14

6-10 a.m.
Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road Station Building