UPDATE: This Queens lawmaker won’t run for re-election, but isn’t closing door on political career yet
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UPDATED June 6, 5:21 p.m. After five years in Albany, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder says its time to focus on family, not politics. The lawmaker announced on June 2 that he would not seek re-election this November to the 23rd Assembly District seat, which represents Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and much of the Rockaways. […]

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Following a Long Island plane crash, Whitestone residents fear frequent tourist helicopters
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Whitestone has been rumbling with anger over Hampton helicopters that instill a sense of fear and discomfort among neighborhood residents. Tuesday’s report of a single-engine plane crashed in Syosset, Long Island, that killed three occupants near a school has added to the anxieties of Whitestone residents. “My heart sunk,” said Alfredo Centola, president of the We Love Whitestone Civic […]

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Barry Grodenchik officially sworn in as District 23 councilman
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Barry Grodenchik was inaugurated Sunday as the City Council representative of District 23 in a ceremony at Queens Village’s Martin Van Buren High School attended by old friends as well as city and state political heavyweights. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was among the speakers at the ceremony, along with Congresswoman Grace Meng, State Comptroller Thomas […]

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Avonte Oquendo’s family to hold March for Safety in Long Island City
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To mark the second anniversary of the death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teenager who disappeared from The Riverview School in Long Island City, family members and friends will hold a March for Safety in his honor. The march will be held on Oct. 10 at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. Oquendo,14, managed […]

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Whitestone officials pledge action to deal with overhead helicopter noise
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Lawmakers at the city, state and federal level met with Whitestone residents this month to address complaints of excessive noise pollution from low flying helicopters and outline courses of action to lessen the impact on the community. The meetings follow the collection of data from Stop the Chop NY, a website developed by Whitestone resident Dan Aronoff to collect […]

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