Queens’ first female state senator, Toby Stavisky, is going for her ninth term in office
Photo courtesy of state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky

After 16 years in Albany, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky wants to go back for another term. Stavisky officially announced last week her re-election campaign in Forest Hills, surrounded by numerous supporters including Congresswoman Grace Meng and a number of community advocates. Stavisky was first elected to the state Senate in a special November 1999 […]

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Should St. Patrick’s Day be a public school holiday? A Queens senator thinks so
THE COURIER/Photo by William Alatriste

If one Queens senator has it his way, New York City public schools in districts with large Irish populations will be allowed to close for St. Patrick’s Day. State Senator Tony Avella introduced the bill this week, reasoning that St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, the Catholic feast day of Ireland’s patron saint) is the only annual […]

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Enjoy the nice weather with these Queens events this weekend and beyond!

With neither snow nor rain in the weekend’s forecast and mild temperatures expected, it’s the perfect time to shake that cabin fever and get out. Fortunately, Queens does not disappoint with a plethora of events from which to choose. Make your own stuffed toy, observe the constellations, learn the ancient art of calligraphy, and much more […]

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PHOTOS: Dreadfully cold but majestic Flushing Lunar New Year Parade
Photos by Josef Pinlac

Frigid temperatures couldn’t keep Asian-Americans from celebrating the Lunar New Year in grand style during the annual Flushing Lunar New Year Parade on Saturday morning. Governor Andrew Cuomo was grand marshal of the festivities and, prior to the march, accepted the “Man of the Year” award from the Flushing Chinese Business Association. He lauded Asian-Americans in Queens […]

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Big weekend in Queens: Enjoy a variety of (not only) Valentine’s Day events

It’s a big weekend in Queens, with Valentine’s Day on Sunday and Presidents’ Day on Monday, the World’s Borough doesn’t disappoint with a multitude of romantic, fun and exciting events to choose from. Take in a jazz brunch in a castle; bring the little ones to a magic show; explore an Asian wedding dress exhibit; enjoy […]

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