State Senator Joseph Addabbo

East Coast Car Association keeps ‘cruising’
East Coast Car Association keeps ‘cruising’
News Maggie Hayes 7/28/2013 at 1:05PM

For 12 years, the East Coast Car Association (ECCA) hosted an annual Cruise Night that showcased antique cars and raised funds for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, all in a Forest Hills McDonald’s parking lot. But this year, Mike Bilski of the ECCA was told McDonald’s could not host the Cruise Night because of corporate [...]

Attorney general investigating Sandy charity money
News Maggie Hayes 7/22/2013 at 10:36AM

Sandy relief money is reportedly being kept under lock and key. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a preliminary report on Wednesday, July 17 detailing how charities have spent more than half a billion dollars of Sandy donations. At least $238 million of the more than $575 million had not been spent as of April of [...]

MLB to donate $250K to Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens
MLB to donate $250K to Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens
South Liam La Guerre 7/15/2013 at 4:24PM

Major League Baseball stepped up to the plate for south Queens. The league announced it will donate $250,000 to build an all-star teen center in the new wing of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens as part of its $5 million legacy project. The Boys & Girls Club is currently undergoing an $11.5 [...]

State gaming agreement leaves Queens out of casino deal
State gaming agreement leaves Queens out of casino deal
Top Stories Terence M. Cullen 6/19/2013 at 4:56PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators have come to an agreement on a gaming deal that would effectively put four casinos upstate and leave Queens without one for now. There is a seven-year hold on increasing the number of New York casinos, according to Cuomo’s office. After that, the entire state is up for grabs [...]

Parents, officials call for crosswalk outside Lindenwood school
Parents, officials call for crosswalk outside Lindenwood school
Education & Kids Terence M. Cullen 6/17/2013 at 1:36PM

As students poured out of school, a crowd gathered on the corner of 153rd Avenue and 83rd Street in Lindenwood. Passing through were parents and guardians, sometimes holding the hands of several children as they tried to cross 153rd Avenue toward the Lindenwood Shopping Center. The crossing guard shuttled people across 83rd Street, but could [...]

American Softball starts second season helping developmentally disabled of Queens
American Softball starts second season helping developmentally disabled of Queens
Sports Terence M. Cullen 6/10/2013 at 1:13PM

Randy Novick asked which hand the player threw with. He held up his left hand, which was already gripping a softball. Novick, patient and personable, found a glove that fit. As he adjusted it for the player’s hand, Novick recalled a visit to the man’s group home and how much he had enjoyed it. It [...]

Cross Bay Diner back in business after Sandy closure
Cross Bay Diner back in business after Sandy closure
News Terence M. Cullen 6/01/2013 at 9:02AM

Order up! The Cross Bay Diner reopened on Friday, May 24 after being closed nearly seven months due to Sandy damage. The diner’s reopening marks another step forward for the community as fewer businesses remain shuttered due to the storm. Michael Siderakis, the owner of Cross Bay Diner, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Councilmember Eric Ulrich [...]

Call for full gaming at Resorts World Casino
Call for full gaming at Resorts World Casino
Business Terence M. Cullen 5/29/2013 at 11:46AM

Politicians and leaders in the Queens business community are calling for the state to ante up on full gaming in Queens. State legislators and the Queens Chamber of Commerce called for a better plan to give Queens a casino if voters approve table gaming this November. They said Resorts World Casino New York City could [...]

New Ozone Park school begins construction
New Ozone Park school begins construction
Education & Kids Terence M. Cullen 5/14/2013 at 2:43PM

Soon, school bells will be ringing. Officials held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new elementary school in Ozone Park today. The facility will hold nearly 450 students and open next year. Councilmember Eric Ulrich, representatives for State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assembymember Mike Miller along with officials from the School Construction Authority led the ceremony [...]

Community voices post-Sandy frustrations at FEMA meeting
News Queens Courier Staff 4/16/2013 at 2:55PM

Gina Borrello used to live in a one-story home in Hamilton Beach. But since Sandy hit almost six months ago and submerged her house underwater, it has been infested with toxic mold, leaving her and her six children displaced. “I need help,” she said. Her daughter, Donna Sirota spoke about how they have been getting [...]