2006-03-22 E-Edition

Keep The Cameras Rolling

The crisis that surfaced recently regarding whether the Bloomberg mayoral administration will rein in the successful state-city film and television industry tax rebate program has already been settled at the state level with Albany legislators agreeing to continue funding and expanding the effort. It would appear that the Bloomberg administration will have to find a way to address its concerns […]

Maltese Extols GOP School Construction Plan

State Senator Serphin Maltese, one of the main targets of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s fight for more school construction funding, extolled the Republican senate’s budget proposal last week, especially because it increases the state’s investment in education. The Middle Village/Glendale lawmaker said the senate’s proposed budget increases the state’s investment in education by $1.1 billion and provides $200 million to pay […]

Grand Café Offers Casual Fare, Comfortable Lounge

Grand Café Offers Casual Fare, Comfortable Lounge Grand Café on 30th Avenue in Astoria opened only six months ago, but is already a popular spot with everyone from 20-somethings to families with kids. Grand Café offers freshly prepared casual fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a full range of cocktails, wine and beer to facilitate cozy conversation. […]

“Crash” Richly Deserves Best Film Oscar

Following its well deserved Oscar win for Best Picture of the year, the recent rerelease of “Crash” offers audiences another wonderful opportunity to see this incredible film for the first time or even for an encore viewing. “Crash” is a complex mosaic of multiple intertwining, interlocking lives and events which characteristically collide in an often unexpected and shocking manner, mercilessly […]

Dems Plan To Change Part D Medicare Drug Program

President George W. Bush defended the Medicare Part D drug prescription subsidy program last week and encouraged seniors to join, but Democrats in Congress are planning to fight for major changes in the program, whether or not they make any gains in the November elections. Certainly, the program which started January 1 got off to a rocky start as seniors […]

Keep Those Cameras Rolling

Provide New Funds For Film Tax Rebates

In an amazing turnabout, the Bloomberg mayoral administration, which a couple of years ago was turning cartwheels to attract movie and television producers to city locales to film their shows, is now balking about continuing the tax rebate program that in the past two years has made the multifaceted industry the fastest growing employment source in the city. But the […]

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Important Community Issues To The Editor: Two very important issues were presented in the pages of the Mar. 16, 2006 Gazette, and they are truly crucial to the health and safety of our community. The borough of Queens is the largest borough, population wise, and has a diverse population. We have the two most vulnerable segments of our population residing […]

Work Isn’t Done Yet

March Is Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, when we honor the historic contributions women have made to our great nation. We remember those who have fought for women’s progress and recognize those who continue to fight for greater opportunities for women. Because of the countless women who have worked and remained committed to women’s progress, we-as a nation-have made great strides toward […]

Library Offers New, Faster Services, Redone Branches

National Library Week is April 2 to 8. I want to take this opportunity to tell you what to expect from your Queens Library. The Queens Borough Public Library is a favorite resource for education, business and recreation. Queens Library will lend 20 million books, videos, CDs and more this year. Stacked up, they would equal 59 times the height […]