Fumes Force School Evacuation

Fumes inside the P.S. 143-Louis Armstrong School in Jackson Heights sickened several students and teachers at about 10 a.m. on April 5th, fire officials said. Firefighters responding to 911 calls discovered that an HVAC system on the roof of the school building was to blame for the fumes. Six people suffered non life-threate3ning injuries, a fire spokesperson said. Two people […]

Cops: Google Safely On The Street


NYPD officials are again urging the public to use common sense street smarts when walking alone, especially at night, while plugged into iPhones and other electronic devices. Officials are urging the public to avoid being distracted by phones and gadgets that prevent them from staying alert to other people, traffic and possibly dangerous conditions. “People have a tendency to get […]

Cops Offer Safety Tips For Runners


In light of this week’s warming temperatures, NYPD officials are again reaching out to the public with a series of tops designed to increase the safety of folks that run and jog on city streets. The tips include: Never run alone. Run wit a partner, group or local running club to help you stay safe on the street. Run during […]

112th Pct. Community Council’s Queens Blvd. Forest Hills Festival

The 112th Precinct Community Council’s Queens Blvd. Forest Hills Festival was held on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 6 p.m. on Queens Boulevard, between 70th Road and Yellowstone Blvd. There were over 100 booths featuring arts and crafts, food, and quality merchandise that packed the street. The event was run by Clearview Festival Productions. Elected officials joined the event, […]

Weprin Votes Against Congestion Pricing In State Budget

Assembly Member David I. Weprin voted in opposition to Budget bill A.2009-C, which included sections to create a congestion pricing zone, tolling car drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street. Weprin has been fighting against congestion pricing, effectively a tax on middle class commuters and small businesses, since it was first proposed during the Bloomberg administration. Following passage of the bill […]

DA Brown To Hold Hate Crimes Forum

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown is holding a Hate Crimes Forum: Using the Power of Our Stories to Combat Hate Crimes, on Wednesday, April 17th, from 5:45 to 8 pm, in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall (120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens). The special guest speaker, Moisés Kaufman, is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic […]

Weprin Joins Amicus Brief Challenging Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

Assembly Member David I. Weprin joined an amicus brief along with 190 bipartisan elected officials and municipalities across the country challenging the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The brief supports the plaintiffs in Department of Commerce v. New York, currently before the US Supreme Court. The case will determine whether a citizenship question will appear on […]

APEC’s 2019 Green Gala

Council Member Paul Vallone was joined by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at the Alley Pond Environmental Center’s 2019 Green Gala, where honorees included former Queens Borough New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and CEO of Action Environmental Group Ron Bergamini. Vallone said, “It was a wonderful evening and I’m always proud to support this […]

Pheffer Amato: State Budget Looks Out For New York’s Students

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-South Queens) announced that the 2019-20 state budget continues the Assembly’s commitment to expanding opportunity for our youngest New Yorkers by increasing funding for public schools by $1 billion over last year and putting a college degree within reach for more students. “Our students and children deserve stronger schools and a well-rounded education,” said Pheffer […]

Empowering Kids Through A Global Nonprofit And Music

Queens-born artist Lourds Lane, founder of the SuperYou FUNdation, a global nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower children around the world, has created a new show, SuperYou the Musical, that tells the inspiring story of a young woman who realizes her own inner qualities (her “superhero powers”) and that she has value and power in the world. From Superyoumusical.com: […]