Central Queens community board elects a new chairperson
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After 25 years of service to the Queens Community Board 8, former chairman Alvin Warshaviak passed on the torch to new chairwoman Martha Taylor, as board members voted in favor of her position. The board elected her along with the remaining slate of executive officers at Wednesday night’s meeting at the Hillcrest Jewish Center on Union Turnpike. […]

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Support grows for farmers’ market to sprout in Fresh Meadows
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A budding plan to grow a farmers’ market in Fresh Meadows is getting the green thumbs up from neighborhood residents.  Community support is sprouting for a green market to open at Cunningham Park this summer, local leaders said. “It’s up for a lot more discussion, and we’re really in the tentative, beginning stages,” said Martha […]

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Community board OKs rezone for part of Union Turnpike
Renderings courtesy of Richard Lobel

A split community board narrowly approved a proposal last week to rezone a portion of Union Turnpike. The controversial rezoning plan would allow developer Sam Zirkiev build a four-story residential and retail structure at 158-15 Union Turnpike. It barely cleared Community Board 8 last Wednesday, with a nail-biting 17-14 vote. “It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Zirkiev […]

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Flushing millionaire Isaac Sasson drops out of 24th City Council District race
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A lottery millionaire from Flushing has scratched himself off the City Council ticket. Isaac Sasson, 72, has dropped his bid for the 24th District and will instead “focus his efforts on his philanthropy and his related positions in the Orthodox Jewish community,” his campaign said in a statement. The Democrat announced in January he would […]

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Martha Taylor withdraws City Council bid
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An ailing Jamaica Estates lawyer has rescinded her bid for City Council. Martha Taylor, 72, announced late Monday she will no longer run for a vacant council seat in the 24th District due to “recent health concerns” that would disrupt campaigning. “I am stepping out of this race, but my fight for our community is […]

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