Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference
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State Senator Tony Avella is joining the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), he announced Wednesday.  He will be the fifth member of the breakaway faction of Senate Democrats — led by Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx — who share majority control of the chamber with Republicans. “Under Senator Klein’s leadership, the IDC […]

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Queens pols face Bronx rivals in first Battle of the Boroughs Bowl
THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Politicians turned into playmakers for a special touch football game. Queens and Bronx politicians faced off in the first ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst Sunday. The touch football event was organized to raise money by collecting donations, with all proceeds going to the United Service Organizations […]

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Kaufman Astoria Studios to expand, add outdoor movie set
Photos courtesy of Kaufman Astoria Studios

Looking to bring more of Hollywood into the borough, Kaufman Astoria Studios is expanding this summer beyond its doors and into the outdoors. The expansion, which was part of a thought-out process since the 1980s, includes two new gates and an outdoor movie set, on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues. It is the […]

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Op-Ed: Western Queens business growth fuels our economy

BY SENATOR MIKE GIANARIS Western Queens is home to a growing number of large and small businesses that have aided in our neighborhood’s economic recovery. I am proud to be an advocate for job creation in western Queens, whose diversity makes us one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in the country, as well as a […]

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Pomonok seniors speak out

Before coming to Pomonok Senior Center, Mike Raffanelli had lost hope. His wife passed, he fell into a deep depression and secluded himself in his home. Soon after, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of bone cancer, and he was sure that his time was soon to come. “I started coming to this […]

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