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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Jamaica man who allegedly went on a violent rampage at a mosque and then stripped naked is out on ‘supervised release’
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A Jamaica man accused of beating up men at a Jamaica mosque in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime is out on supervised release. Mike Voyard, 26, of Highland Avenue allegedly walked into the Jamaica Muslim Center at 85-37 168th St. during afternoon prayers at 1 p.m. on April 19 and attacked […]

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After a quarter century of service, Queens Community Board 8 chair resigns
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After more than a quarter-century of public service, Queen’s Community Board 8 (CB 8) Chairman Alvin Warshaviak is stepping down from the advisory body at the end of next month. Warshaviak, who spent 25 of his 35 years on the community board as its chairman, which represents the Queens neighborhoods of Briarwood, Flushing South, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, […]

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Mayor of Kew Gardens Hills’ under fire for posting racially charged images
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The self-proclaimed “mayor of Kew Gardens Hills” may soon be ousted from Community Board 8 after posting online memes containing racial slurs and a cartoon parody in blackface. Councilman Rory Lancman decided to block the reappointment of longtime board member Mike Sidell, 73, after community members objected to two posts on Sidell’s personal Facebook page. In […]

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Fatal Rosedale hit-and-run renews calls for commuter van reform
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After Wednesday’s fatal hit-and-run incident in Rosedale, one local politician is pushing the city for increased commuter van safety. Councilman I. Daneek Miller is looking to crack down on the increased criminal activity stemming from the commuter van industry, which is regulated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). The industry has seen a tide of crime […]

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