Lunar New Year is a public school holiday for the first time today
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For the first time in their history, New York City public schools will be closed to observe the Asian Lunar New Year this Monday, Feb. 8. The addition of the Lunar New Year to the public school calendar, which Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last June, was celebrated by Public Advocate Letitia James, other elected officials […]

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Katz touts progress across Queens in latest State of Borough address
THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

“Only in Queens” was the theme of the State of the Borough address given by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz Thursday, and she used that phrase to talk about the good, the bad, and how far we still need to go to achieve her vision for the “World’s Borough.” During her speech at Queens College in Flushing, […]

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Astoria pols, residents #standwithsarker and denounce hateful rhetoric
THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

Since the San Bernardino massacre this month and one presidential candidate’s suggestion that Muslims be banned from America, a number of hate crimes targeting those of the Islamic faith have occurred nationwide, including one involving an Astoria store owner. On Thursday, local politicians and many Astoria residents gathered in front of Sarker Haque’s Fatima Food […]

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Barry Grodenchik officially sworn in as District 23 councilman
THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

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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Woodside landlord named worst in Queens in public advocate’s ‘watchlist’
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A property owner in Woodside was named the worst landlord in Queens — and the second worst in the entire city — in Public Advocate Letitia James’ “Landlord Watchlist” released this week. The list is a collection of violations and complaints filed with the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). James has […]

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