Tag: Queens

Queens political palate: Discover where your local leaders love to dine

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Mar. 14, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan The NYC Hospitality Alliance, a nonprofit that represents restaurants, released a first of its kind report this week with insights into where the city’s elected officials dine.  The “District Dining Guide” highlights the go to restaurants, and favorite dish to order, of elected officials from the mayor to the city council. Since the Alliance’s founding in 2012, they’ve worked to bridge the gap between the government, press and the 20,000 eating and drinking establishments across the five boroughs.  “Our City offers the best restaurants and flavors in the world, and we’re thrilled to release…
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New York legislators and transparency advocates call for stronger Freedom of Information Laws

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Mar. 14, 2024 By Athena Dawson and Czarinna Andres New York State Senators John Liu and Brad Hoylman-Sigal, along with State Assembly Member Steven Raga, joined forces with a broad coalition of journalists, civic organizations, and transparency advocates in Albany on Tuesday to call for crucial enhancements to New York’s Freedom of Information Laws (FOIL). Liu, represents Northeast Queens while Hoylman-Sigal, covers much of the west side of Manhattan. Raga represents several neighborhoods in Queens which include Woodside, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Jackson Heights, Astoria, and Middle Village. The legislators, in collaboration with the New York Coalition for Open Government and several…
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Council Member Robert Holden warns seniors about home repair scams

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Mar. 6, 2024 By Rachel Butler Council Member Robert Holden is advising seniors to be on the lookout for scammers posing as home repair companies, following his office receiving several complaints about the matter in recent weeks. Holden, who represents the neighborhoods of Middle Village and Ridgewood, said that the scammers are often presenting themselves…
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Elected officials gather to co-name street corner in Kew Gardens Hills in honor of late Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz

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Mar. 5, 2024 By Rachel Butler The corner of Main Street and 75th Avenue in Kew Gardens Hills was co-named “Michael Simanowitz Way” in honor of the late assemblymember, in a ceremony hosted by Queens Council Member James Gennaro that took place on Sunday, Mar. 3. Gennaro was joined by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards,…
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Survey reveals crime and taxes as top concerns in Senator Addabbo’s district

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Mar. 1, 2024 By Rachel Butler According to a recent quality of life survey conducted in late 2023, constituents in Senator Joseph Addabbo’s district have identified crime and taxes as their most pressing concerns. The survey, which garnered responses from residents across neighborhoods including Forest Hills, Glendale, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven, highlighted crime as the paramount issue across these areas. Following closely, taxes emerged as a significant concern for residents. Meanwhile, the economy and education ranked as the next most critical issues in Woodhaven, with education also taking precedence in…
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Former Bayside Ambulance Corps looks ahead to 70th anniversary serving the community of Bayside

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Feb. 29, 2024 By Rachel Butler Approaching a milestone 70th anniversary in Bayside next year, the organization formerly known as the Bayside Volunteer Ambulance Corps, now known as the BVAC Rescue Response Training Center, commemorates its rich history since its inception in 1955. This spring, the organization is set to host a commemorative event at…
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Flushing Town Hall welcomes traditional Irish and Quebecois music trio, along with Polka musician in global mash up series

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Feb. 28, 2024 By Rachel Butler Traditional Irish music and music from Quebec is the specialty of trio Grosse Isle, who will join New York city based accordion player Erica Mancini at Flushing Town Hall for a concert on March 2 as part of the venue’s global mashup series where different music disciplines come together for a one of a kind performance. The artists will also be joined by drummers Brian Chase and Michael Winograd, trumpeter Frank London and more at the one-time concert. Mancini is set to play traditional Polka music known as Polka Loca hailing from the genre…
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