2008-10-22 E-Edition

New Soundstage For KAS



Officials of Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS) in Long Island City on Monday joined with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, elected officials and cast members of several television shows in celebrating the groundbreaking for Stage K, a $20 million, 40,000-square-foot studio facility funded by local partners that include New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), New York State Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) […]

Police Seek Suspect In Two Rapes

Uddated 10/24/08

Police Seek Suspect In Two Rapes   This six-feet-tall, 170 pound black male said to be between 25 and 30  years old is said by police to be the suspect in two  rape incidents, one in Elmhurst on October 1 and the latest in Astoria on October 20. Women in Astoria and Elmhurst are paying closer attention to their surroundings […]

Third-Term Plan Passes Council In 29-To-22 Vote

Updated 10/24/08

Third-Term Plan Passes Council In 29-To-22 Vote Mayor Michael Bloomberg By Linda J. Wilson Mayor Michael Bloomberg won the chance to run for a third term Thursday when the City Council, in a 29-to-22 vote opted to change the law that would have forced Bloomberg and many councilmembers out of office at the end of 2009. The council vote means […]

Gazette Calendar Of Events



Halloween Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m., Sunnyside/Woodside Lion’s Club, Halloween Party, bubble-gum contest, Wrap a Mummy, Pet’s Unlimited “Kitty Litter Cake”; All Saints’ Garden, (in basement if raining), 43-12 46th St. Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, Spooky Pumpkin Patch & Treats, Main Street, Flushing; 718.539.5296. Oct. 26, 1 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Flushing Cemetery Tour, $15 n.m., 163-06 46th […]

Gianaris Seeks Protections From Energy Service Firms’ Abuses



Energy service companies, the target of many consumer complaints in the past, will have to clean up their act or face the consequences in the future, including action by the state attorney general’s office. Assemblymember Michael Gianaris is pushing an Energy Consumer Bill of Rights law through the state legislature to establish stronger consumer safeguards against these companies, known as […]

Scramble On To Line Up Votes For Term Limits Extension Bill



A vote on the City Council’s term limits bill could come any day now, after two days of raucus hearings on the controversial measure. However, there will be no vote scheduled if Speaker Christine Quinn doesn’t have the 26 votes needed to pass the bill. Another obstacle standing in the way of passage is cosmetics heir Ronald S. Lauder’s stand […]

Willets Point Fate In City Council’s Hands



A broad coalition of Queens public officials and business leaders urged approval of the controversial Willets Point redevelopment plan at a City Council Committee hearing last Friday, but property owners facing the possible taking of their land and businesses on the 62-acre site called for the plan’s rejection. A final vote on the issue is due in about a month […]

I On Politics

Candidates Make Late Campaign Moves With The Election 13 Days Away

As the calendar moves ever closer to Election Day November 4, now only 13 days away, the candidates in the borough’s hottest race—between incumbent Republican state Senator Serphin Maltese and challenging Democratic candidate Councilmember Joseph Addabbo Jr.—are frantically trying to tip the scales their way. Maltese (R- C, Middle Village) last week announced he had received two more major endorsements, […]

Queens C of C, Small Biz Services Partner On Assistance Programs



Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh on Tuesday joined representatives from the Chambers of Commerce of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and The Bronx to announce partnerships to expand small business assistance programs administered through the NYC Business Solutions Centers. As small businesses encounter growing challenges resulting from the ongoing economic downturn, the […]