No Decision Yet In Bush-Kerry Race; All Queens Incumbents Win



Several hours after the polls closed to end yesterday’s voting, not enough of the tallies had been reported to indicate whether President George W. Bush had been re-elected or whether U.S. Senator John Kerry had pulled off an upset to become the next president of the United States. The close race between the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger may […]

Queens Writers



All That Glitters…Tales of Arts, Antiques, Collectibles and the Collectors , Shienny Cheng, Seaburn Books, Long Island City, 2004, 144 pp., $14.95. Cover illustration by the author. by linda j. wilson Experts, whatever their field, are always fascinating, and Shienny Cheng is no exception. By her own admission, she has spent much of her life in the pursuit and understanding […]

Flushing Lawmakers’ Bill Toughens DWI Penalties



Three Queens lawmakers, deeply affected by the death of an 11-year-old boy by a car allegedly driven by a drunk driver who likely will get only a year in jail, announced they will introduce legislation to toughen sentencing in such cases. The dead boy’s best friend was severely injured in the same incident. In Albany, Governor George Pataki called on […]

Pataki: Sign Up For HEAP This Winter



Governor George E. Pataki has reminded New Yorkers that the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which assists lower-income seniors and families with heating costs in the winter, officially opens on Wednesday, November 3. The governor urged eligible New Yorkers to sign up for the program. Under the program, more than $220 million will be available to assist families during this […]

LICBDC Hears Of Queens West Development Progress



The October breakfast of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation (LICBDC) provided attendees the opportunity to look at the spectacular residential and commercial plan that is Queens West while sitting in one of its already completed buildings. The morning meeting was held at the Riverview Café, situated on the ground floor of the building bearing the same name, Riverview. […]

Prospective Changes To Queens Museum Aired



Any museum worthy of the name is a work in progress, and the Queens Museum of Art is no exception. Tom Finkelpearl, museum executive director, at the October meeting Queens borough board, outlined the museum’s historic significance and presented its capital projects plan for its future expansion. The building that houses the Queens Museum of Art, designed by architect Aymar […]

Honor Vallone Sr. With Portrait To Hang In City Hall



At a ceremony in City Hall to honor prominent Italian Americans, a portrait of former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone was unveiled and will hang in City Hall to honor his 27 years of service to New York City. Vallone, who was hailed as “a legend” by present Speaker Gifford Miller at the ceremony, characteristically made light of the great […]

Calendar of Events



Community Meetings Civics & Associations Nov. 4, 7:45 p.m., Ridgewood Property Owners, J.H.S. 93, Forest Avenue between Woodbine and Madison Streets; 718-802-5078. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Middle Village Property Owners/Residents; St. Margaret’s Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village. Clubs Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Maspeth Republican Club; Kowalinski Post, 61-57 Maspeth Ave. Community Boards Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Board 2; […]

Major Battle On Tap To Convince Silver To Back Tougher DWI Law I on politics



Queens District Attorney Richard Brown complained last week that anyone convicted of killing someone when driving while intoxicated can only be sentenced to a year in prison absent some aggravating factor. Brown made his remarks in the wake of an incident October 22 in which an allegedly drunk driver, John Wirta, 56, of Fresh Meadows, struck two 11-year-old boys as […]

Avella Honored



Councilmembers honored prominent Italian American New Yorkers, including Lawrence F. Auriana, the president of the Columbu Citizens Foundation which organizes the annual Columbus Day Parade. Auriana was Avella’s special honoree. Avella hiself was honored as chair of the council Italian American caucus by the Columbia Custodians and administrative Employees of the Department of Education. Peter Maddaloni and Richard Fricicione presented […]