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December 29, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 18
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Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009

Boro reps push reform to legalize the undocumented

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Queens: Queens members of Congress helped to lead the push for national immigration reform last week, co-sponsoring legislation to legalize millions of undocumented individuals that has drawn praise from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, foreign workers and immigrant rights activists in the borough. Comment.

Council OKs street rename for Sean Bell

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Queens: There may have been a few road bumps on the way, but the family of Sean Bell rejoiced Monday after a largely supportive City Council voted to rename the street where he was gunned down by police. Comment.

Feds seek info from Dromm, Schulman for probe into WFP

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Council District 29: The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan subpoenaed documents for its probe into the Working Families Party from City Councilman-elect Danny Dromm and former Council candidate Lynn Schulman last week, a lawyer for Dromm and Schulman said. Comment.

Sanders hands out $50K each to 30 schools in SE Queens

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Council District 31: City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) gave 30 southeast Queens schools an early Christmas present this week as he donated more than a million dollars to help students. Comment.

Council overrides veto on parking grace period

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Queens: The five-minute grace period at parking meters will soon become a reality after the City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the bill that he said would bring chaos. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009

Koo plans to tackle traffic, parking issues

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Council District 20: Flushing’s councilman-elect, Republican Peter Koo, is following through on his campaign pledge to focus his efforts on quality-of-life issues once he takes the seat Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) has held for the last eight years. Comments (2).

Forest Hills HS principal, pupil inspire NY law

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Queens: Elderly and visually impaired residents will now have a much easier time reading their bills, thanks to a suggestion from Forest Hills High School Principal Saul Gootnick and a student from the school. Comment.

Peralta’s ties to old nonprofit questioned

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Queens: State Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) has come under fire from a Corona activist who suspects the legislator of wrongdoing in his associations with a now-defunct nonprofit based out of a building co-owned by his mother. Comment.

Flushing BID thanks Liu for work in area

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Council District 20: In September 2003, less than two years after the voters of Flushing made him the first Asian-American City Councilman, John Liu (D-Flushing) was instrumental in the formation of the Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District, more commonly known as the Flushing BID. Comments (1).

Lancman, Stavisky want security for boro nonprofits

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Queens: Queens and city nonprofits are one step closer to being able to access information and resources for security purposes after state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) held a hearing last week to solicit testimony on the needs of institutions that face an increased risk of a terrorist attack. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009

MTA plans boro subway, bus service cuts

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Queens: Transit officials have approved drastic subway and bus system cuts because of a nearly $400 million deficit, but the new MTA chairman as well as several MTA board members appeared to suggest the possibility of a way out or at least mitigating the worst of the dreaded plan. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Marty bought $1.45M home with hard work — and a big slip-and-fall case

The Brooklyn Paper
Brooklyn Borough President: Oh, and let’s not forget impeded marital congress! It’s all there in the court papers! Comment.

Council OK’s Broadway Triangle rezoning

The Brooklyn Paper
Council District 34: The City Council strongly backed a plan to encourage residential development inside the now mostly commercial “Broadway Triangle” on Monday, but the battle isn’t over as a coalition of 40 North Brooklyn community groups announced an expansion of its earlier lawsuit. Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

Ride on! Bridge ‘Park’ directors accept Jane’s Carousel

The Brooklyn Paper
A DUMBO real-estate titan and his wife’s dream of donating her lovingly restored, 1920s-era carousel to the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront development was finally realized on Thursday when state officials finally accepted the gift. Comment.

Big bust! Snow ruins topless protest on Bedford Avenue

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Mean Streets: For the second time in a week, bicyclists’ attempts to protest the city’s removal of the Bedford Avenue bike lane were foiled by the weather. Comment.

Rejection! Court turns down Yards foes in suit over MTA’s sweetheart deal

The Brooklyn Paper
Atlantic Yards: A state court has once again rebuffed an effort to throw a wrench in Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards machine, rejecting a lawsuit that accused the MTA of improperly selling its Vanderbilt rail yard by not seeking new bids after reopening the original 2005 deal with the developer this summer. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 18, 2009

Cabrera eyes district office

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Council District 14: Councilman-elect Fernando Cabrera plans to open his district office on E. Burnside Avenue between Morris and Creston avenues in January. Cabrera, who bested 14th Council District incumbent Maria Baez in September’s Democratic primary, is a mere “signature away” from a lease for a second-floor office above the T-Mobile store at 01-103 E. Burnside, he said. Comment.

Peralta calls for domestic violence task force

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Queens: In the wake of a shocking family murder in Corona, state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) announced he will seek to establish a task force on domestic violence. Comment.

Paterson withholds $60M from schools

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Queens: Gov. David Paterson announced this week he would delay at least $60 million in school funding to New York City schools in order to keep the state’s finances afloat, and Queens legislators said the move would undoubtedly hurt borough schools. Comments (2).

‘Doomsday’ returns for MTA

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Queens: Transit officials, once again teetering on the edge of a financial abyss, said they will be forced to shut down the W and Z subway lines and 25 bus routes, carry out layoffs and pay cuts and take free MetroCards away from a half-million schoolchildren. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

Gay rights activists protest Monserrate, Onorato vote

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Queens: The wound is still fresh for gay and lesbian constituents of Queens and state senators like Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst), who voted against same-sex marriage two weeks ago. Comment.

Council to vote on mayor’s veto of parking ticket grace period

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The City Council meets next week to vote on whether to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of legislation that would provide a five-minute grace period for drivers who get parking tickets. Comment.

Campaign staffer steals $4K from Liu: Police

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Council District 20: City Comptroller-elect and City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) was recently ripped off for thousands of dollars by a member of his own staff impersonating his high-profile boss, according to police. Comment.

Paterson says reps at Caritas were corrupt

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Queens: Jamaica residents have been hit with a barrage of problems due to the state’s recession. Job losses, thousands of home foreclosures and depleted health services have been lingering in the minds and lives of residents over the last few years. Comment.

Suit: Church used its ‘Vito’ power

The Brooklyn Paper
Brooklyn: A major atheist group and a priest are suing the borough’s Catholic leadership, alleging that the church violated its tax-free status by making thousands of pre-recorded calls during the November election campaign that endorsed candidates favored by Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Soggy protest over Bedford Avenue bike lane

The Brooklyn Paper
Mean Streets: Too much rain — and too many cops — made a repainting of the removed cycle path an impossibility. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009

This whole situation is ferry confusing

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Brooklyn: Will the city let East River ferry service just die? Or is New York Water Taxi to blame? Comment.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

No ‘park’ing! Critics say Brooklyn Bridge Park entrance isn’t so grand

The Brooklyn Paper
Brooklyn: Grand entryway or condo driveway — you decide. Comment.