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Senator Addabbo supports new bill for enhanced oversight of freight rail safety

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May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. has taken another step towards ensuring transparency from freight rail services as a co-sponsor of Senate-approved legislation. The New York State Department of Transportation will now be required to establish a central registry of all reports, audits, plans, and public inspections for freight rail…
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Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

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May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE)…
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Queens lawmakers demand MTA include the borough in express bus service expansion

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May. 17, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan Queens lawmakers are calling on the MTA to expand express bus service in the borough after it was excluded from a recently announced pilot program focused on Brooklyn and Staten Island.   Seventeen state elected officials collectively penned a letter to MTA Chief Janno Lieber on May 15, calling on…
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Rep. Meng moves to ban civilian use of body armor on the anniversary of Buffalo mass shooting

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May. 16, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan On the two-year anniversary of a racially motivated mass shooting that killed ten people in Buffalo, Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng reintroduced legislation to ban the body armor worn by the shooter.  The Aaron Salter Jr. Responsible Body Armor Possession Act would prohibit the possession, sale or transfer of enhanced…
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NYC DOT invites commuters to join the citywide Bike-to-Work Day tomorrow

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May. 16, 2024 By Anthony Medina The New York City Department of Transportation is inviting New Yorkers to ditch their rides and grab their bikes tomorrow, May 17, for a citywide Bike-to-Work Day.  DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, who heads the citywide department, shared the invitation with city riders at the height of Bike Month. Earlier…
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$2.7M settlement for wage violations reached for 332 NYC Health + Hospitals contracted temporary workers

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May. 16, 2024 By Ethan Marshall A $2.7 million settlement was reached for prevailing wage violations involving 332 temporary office workers at hospitals and medical centers contracted by NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation and the staffing provider, Winston Support Services, LLC. In total, $2,730,526.06 was paid to the workers, which accounts for back wages, civil…
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NY Foundation for the Arts awards $457K to over 130 Queens arts projects

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May. 16, 2024 By Athena Dawson The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) have announced a list of 138 recipients of the 2024 Queens Arts Fund. The awarded projects span various creative disciplines, including music, poetry, book art, painting, photography and sculpture. The selected…
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Council Members slam ‘City of Yes’ as ‘City of B.S.’ at Community Board 5 meeting

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May. 15, 2024 By Anthony Medina Council Member Joann Ariola spoke about the City of Yes at a Community Board 5 meeting earlier this month, calling the Mayor’s plan the “City of B.S.” Ariola, who represents Glendale, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and other surrounding neighborhoods, was not alone in publicly expressing disapproval during the board meeting…
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