Rockaway official slams city’s program to rebuild homes after Superstorm Sandy
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One Rockaway official is calling for some drastic changes to be made to a city program aimed at helping people get back into their homes after Superstorm Sandy. Councilman Eric Ulrich voiced his concerns over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the Build it Back Program and called for the resignation or termination of the program’s director, […]

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Rockaway Beach kicked off its swim season, marking the completion of a stretch of boardwalk
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Rockaway Beach kicked off its swim season this past Friday, May 27. Despite the sweltering heat, members of The Rockaways community as well as local government officials convened at 94th Street Plaza to celebrate the occasion. The event also included a performance by the dance team from Waterside Children’s Studio. Borough President Melinda Katz spoke […]

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Here’s how your City Council member voted on the 5-cent grocery bag tax
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Updated 5:45 p.m., May 6 In a closer-than-anticipated vote, the City Council adopted on Thursday a bill instituting a 5-cent surcharge on grocery shoppers who opt for paper or plastic bags at the checkout counter. Twenty-eight members in all adopted the bill (Intro. 209-A), which charges customers 5 cents per paper or plastic bag used, while 20 […]

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Queens shoppers are not happy about the proposed 5-cent grocery bag tax
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The City Council is nearing a decision on a proposed 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags used by grocery and retail stores, but Queens residents have mixed feelings over the idea. Councilman Brad Lander and Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the bill’s sponsors, indicated that the tax provides an incentive for shoppers to use reusable eco-friendly bags. […]

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$70M for the new police precinct in southeast Queens is included in mayor’s executive budget
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Updated April 27, 12:40 p.m. Southeast Queens residents have 116 reasons to feel a bit more secure in their future. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget includes $70 million for the construction of a new 116th Precinct focused on the neighborhoods of Brookville, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens, the Daily News reported on Tuesday. Residents and […]

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