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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with rain, then thunderstorms and rain in the afternoon. High of 66. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible. Thursday night: Overcast with rain. Fog overnight. Low of 55. Windy. Winds from the NNE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 2.1 in. possible.

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Lawmakers approve changes to NYC’s Muni Meter system

The City Council on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that will end unnecessary parking payments at Muni Meters. Read more: CBS New York

Queens Borough President hopeful Melinda Katz adds Working Families Party endorsement to Democratic Party nod

The Working Families Party has thrown its support behind Democrat Melinda Katz in her bid to become Queens’ next borough president. Read more: New York Daily News

Brooklyn Nets hire Jason Kidd as coach

The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. Read more: AP

Justice Dept. supports NYPD monitor

The U.S. Justice Department says it would strongly endorse a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes at the New York Police Department if a judge were to find its stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. Read more: AP

Restaurant owners protest NYC foam containers ban

A proposal to eliminate plastic foam takeout containers in New York City was met with criticism Wednesday by restaurateurs who said a ban on the ubiquitous containers would drive up costs and potentially put them out of business. Read more: NBC New York

Judge approves FDA plan to drop limits on morning after pill

A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday approved a U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, a one-pill version of the emergency contraception drug. Read more: Reuters

More endorsements come in for Queens, mayoral candidates


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

City Council

The Working Families Party last week endorsed several Queens candidates for City Council. Five incumbents received the party’s backing, as did three candidates running for open seats.

Incumbents:
City Council District 21: Julissa Ferreras
City Council District 25: Daniel Dromm
City Council District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer
City Council District 30: Elizabeth Crowley
City Council District 31: Donovan Richards

Open Seats:
City Council District 24: Rory Lancman
City Council District 27: Daneek Miller
City Council District 34: Antonio Reynoso

New York City Central Labor Council endorsed Austin Shafran in the City Council District 19 race.

Mayor

State Senator Serphin Maltese endorsed Republican candidate John Catsimatidis.

Borough President

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 endorsed Melinda Katz for Borough President.

 

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Working Families Party backs State Senate hopeful James Sanders


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The Working Families Party (WFP) today officially endorsed State Senate hopeful and Councilmember James Sanders for the 10th District, with just more than a week until primaries and in the wake of incumbent Senator Shirley Huntley’s arraignment.

“On the City Council, James Sanders has proven himself to be a forceful advocate for the issues that matter most to working class New Yorkers,” said WFP Deputy Director Bill Lipton. “He’s stood up to predatory lenders and fought for quality public schools for all our children. His energy and passion for working families’ values will be a welcome addition in Albany.”

The party had not given an endorsement for the primary up to this point, a spokesperson said.

Sanders is running against Huntley and Gian Jones in a September 13 Democratic primary. Following Huntley’s arraignment for accusations that she covered up the funneling of nearly $30,000 in state money, Sanders called for his opponent to exit the race and vacate the senate seat she has held since 2007.

The councilmember, whose tenure in the council expires next year, said if elected, he would work for the middle class and working families.

“I am proud to have the support of my friends in the Working Families Party, and look forward to continuing to build our coalition of middle-class New Yorkers who want their voices heard in Albany,” Sanders said. “It’s time for leadership that understands the plight of working families and fights tirelessly on their behalf. With the help of middle class New Yorkers from throughout the 10th Senate District, I look forward to being that voice in the State Senate.”