2015-01-07 E-Edition

CB 1 Features Workforce 1



The Community Board 1 cabinet meeting for December was a straightforward session. A Workforce 1 representative was succeeded by a woman from the Astoria Restoration Association, who spoke about Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grants; then a young woman from the Department of Consumer Affairs spoke about the Earned Income Tax Credit and a DCA information drive by telephone in […]

Queens’ Native Son



In a highly emotional moment last Thursday, family members of Mario Cuomo, nearing his final moments in his home in Manhattan, put headphones on him to hear his son, Andrew, give his inaugural speech starting his second term, at a ceremony at the World Trade Center. Nearly five hours later, as the governor was in Buffalo as part of the […]

Constantinides, 114th Pct. Honor Liu and Ramos



Councilmember Costa Constantinides held a candlelight vigil in front of the 114th Precinct in Astoria to honor Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were murdered in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on December 20, as they sat in their patrol car. Liu and Ramos were shot by Ismaaiyl Brinsley. More than 100 area residents gathered at the December 30 event at […]

Gianaris: End Paying Legislators’ Legal Bills



Describing himself as “outraged” that public funds totalling more than $2 million were used to pay an ex-state senator’s legal bill recently, state Senator Michael Gianaris has introduced legislation to end the arrangement. “It is sadly typical in the upside-down world of Albany that public financing for campaign committees only exists for those accused of crimes,” Gianaris stated as he […]

Van Bramer’s Justice For Hit-And-Run Victims In Effect



Beginning in 2015, Local Law 50 – The Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims Act – goes into effect. The law, which was sponsored by City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, passed the City Council on September 23 and was signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio on September 30. “I was moved to […]

Obama Signs Meng’s Historic Sites Bill Into Law



Legislation sponsored by Congress-member Grace Meng that could make historic sites in Queens part of the National Park Service (NPS) has been signed into law by President Barack Obama. The new law creates the possibility that the historic site associated with the Flushing Remonstrance – the document signed in 1657 that is recognized as the precursor of the U.S. Constitution […]

NYPD, De Blasio Must Move Forward



In the wake of the assassinations and funerals of fallen Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, there remains a divide between the police, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the citizens of this city. During the funerals of Liu and Ramos, officers turned their backs to the mayor during his eulogies, in response to his public criticism of the NYPD […]

Letters to the Editor



Mario Cuomo Inspired To The Editor: The death of former Governor Mario Cuomo made me go back and listen to the keynote speech he gave at the 1984 National Democratic Convention. I watched that speech as a young college political science student and it shaped me politically into the person I am today. In response to Ronald Reagan’s proclamation about […]

Albert K.W. Lee At Edward Jones Investments



Over the coming months, Albert Lee plans to meet many residents in and around the entire Astoria community. That’s because he is the new Edward Jones financial advisor in town, and he wants to get to know the residents and business owners there. During his face-to-face contacts, Lee hopes to learn more about the values and goals of the people […]