Toy Donation Cheers Children



For the fourth consecutive year, City Councilmember Eric Gioia (l.) joined East River Development Alliance Chairman Rev. Mitchell Taylor in giving thousands of toys to children living in Queensbridge Houses. Gioia and Taylor are shown with two of the happy recipients of the toys, which were donated by Newmark Real Estate. Queensbridge Houses is the largest public housing development in […]

Calendar of Events



Holiday Galas Dec. 29, 3 to 5 p.m., New Year Concert & Art Exhibit with Andranik and Arshak Hayotsyans; North Fork Bank, 40-20 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside; 718-392-9470. Community Meetings Community Boards Jan. 5, 2006, 7 p.m., Board 2; Sunnyside Senior Center, 43-31 39th St., 2nd Floor; 718-533-8773. Jan. 9, 7 p.m., sharp, Board 7; Union Plaza Care Center, 33-23 Union […]

Bloomberg Ranks 1st Among Headline Makers For 2005



Mayor Michael Bloomberg easily topped the list of political headline-makers of the year 2005 with his popular and embarrassingly easy re-election victory over Fernando Ferrer and the Democratic Party, but year 2006 shows clean indications it will be the Year of the Donkey as the party is poised to take back control of the state and stake a claim to […]

Gazette on film a movie review

Movie Version Of

by Rose A. Whitney Although not as visually spectacular as the screen version of “Chicago”, the movie version of “Rent” is definitely a notable contribution to the recently revived genre of movie musicals. The movie’s theme is very loosely based on the opera “La Boheme”. (In fact, one of the main characters in named “Mimi”). It focuses on a group […]

Maloney’s Bill Gives Vets Another Housing Choice–A Co-op



Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, always in the front lines where improving veterans’ benefits is concerned, capped off 2005 by introducing legislation to give vets another choice in buying a place to live. Maloney’s bill gives vets a greater housing choice by allowing them to use guaranteed VA (Veterans Administration) loans to purchase a co-op. Currently, VA loans are available to buy […]

Transit Strike Hurt Everyone Editorial



Nobody won. Not the Transport Workers Union. Not the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Not the mayor. Not the governor. And most certainly, not the 7 million New York City residents who use the city’s mass transportation system and who lost wages and business income and had to find other ways to get around for three horrendous days (four if you count […]

Letters

More Want More To The Editor:

When I first came to Congress in the 1960s, many constituents held a reliably consistent view of government: the less of it, the better. “All we want,” I must have heard hundreds of times, “is for the government to leave us alone.” Or, as lobbyists would often insist to me, “Get the government out of my business!” Today, a member […]

Council Passes Vallone’s ‘Report Crimes In Parks’ Legislation



A sexual assault on a 9-year-old girl in Astoria Park last August has led to legislation sponsored by City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. requiring the police to report all major felony crime complaints in the city’s 20 largest parks. The bill passed the City Council last week and Vallone said Mayor Michael Bloomberg has indicated he will sign it into […]

Fake Nike Products, Cash Seized, Two Arrested



Counterfeit goods bearing the Nike trademark, including backpacks and clothing, and $746 in United States currency were seized and an Asian couple arrested when police of the 114th Precinct under the direct supervision of Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Brian McCarthy and of Lieutenant James Gulotta, 114th Precinct special operations supervisor, executed a search warrant at 34-20 30th Ave., on Friday, […]

Fort Totten Army Base Helps With NYFD Training



The New York City Fire Department uses facilities at the Fort Totten Army Reserve base to practice firefighting skills. Chief Paul Mannix of Battalion 53 while supervising the firefighter practice drills at Fort Totten, said. “There are a series of buildings that are going to be demolished soon so they offered the area to the NYFD as a realistic drill […]