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Op-ed: Tax Equity for New Yorkers
News Op-Ed 4/13/2014 at 11:17AM

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They’ve worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, Long Island, and hoped to remain there to be near family. However, every year during tax season they are hit by a bill from the federal government that makes them question if they will be able to continue living in such a high-cost area.

BP Marshall joins chorus for FAA exemption
News Melissa Chan 9/27/2013 at 4:09PM

Borough President Helen Marshall has joined the ranks of Queens congressmembers who are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to exempt two major city airports from a new federal rule. “While the FAA’s Regional Administrator for our area has made an effort to work with my office and others in the borough, I believe that [...]

Pols call on FAA to exempt Queens airports from proposed federal rule
Pols call on FAA to exempt Queens airports from proposed federal rule
News Melissa Chan 9/18/2013 at 4:36PM

Two major city airports should be exempt from a new federal rule that would allow flight changes to be made without an environmental review, Queens congressmembers are demanding. Representatives Steve Israel, Grace Meng and Joseph Crowley are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to implement change impact studies at LaGuardia and John F. [...]

FAA to look into JFK, LaGuardia flight patterns
News Melissa Chan 5/21/2013 at 1:56PM

Queens residents fighting feds over airplane noise that turned some suburban neighborhoods into veritable warzones last summer have won a small battle. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to form a committee to review the decision-making process it used last December when the agency approved new flight patterns over the borough. The new routes [...]

Queens congressmembers get mixed results on environment
Politics Melissa Chan 2/26/2013 at 3:38PM

Some Queens congressmembers aced their green test last year. But some were average, and one was at the bottom of the class. That is according to the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) latest national environmental scorecard. Congressmembers Steve Israel and Carolyn Maloney were tops, with each scoring a 97, followed by Joseph Crowley [...]

Law keeps co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants
Law keeps co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants
News Melissa Chan 1/11/2013 at 2:22PM

A glitch in the law is keeping co-op owners from receiving federal storm recovery grants, officials said. According to Congressmember Steve Israel, co-ops are shouldering the costs of repair for Sandy-inflicted damages because they are categorized as “business associations,” making them ineligible for federal grants — only loans. The Stafford Act, which governs how the [...]

Grace Meng sworn in as first Asian-American from NY in Congress
Grace Meng sworn in as first Asian-American from NY in Congress
Politics Maggie Hayes 1/04/2013 at 4:13PM

The Courier tagged along on a bus trip to Washington, D. C. as the 113th Congress was sworn in. It’s five in the morning, and over 100 people gathered outside in Flushing, anxiously waiting to board buses making the trek down to our nation’s capital to watch the 113th Congress — and the first Asian-American [...]

Local pols angry over Sandy bill delay
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 1/02/2013 at 5:17PM

Though the House of Representatives managed to pass legislation before falling over the fiscal cliff, it didn’t vote on a $60 billion Sandy relief package before the end of the current house session on Wednesday. But this afternoon Speaker John Boehner said that the House would vote on the storm aid by January 15. That [...]

Queens’ Morning roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 11/07/2012 at 7:35AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain in the afternoon. High of 43. Windy. Winds from the NNE at 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Wednesday Night: Overcast with snow and rain, then rain after midnight. Low of 34 with [...]

Israel takes 3rd Congressional District
Israel takes 3rd Congressional District
News Melissa Chan 11/07/2012 at 1:57AM

A Long Island-based representative has won both re-election and slices of Queens territory. Democratic Congressmember Steve Israel claimed victory over his three challengers in the newly-redrawn 3rd Congressional District with 58 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. The 53-year-old from Dix Hills boasted 87,799 votes, while his main contender, Republican Stephen Labate raked [...]