UPDATE: This Queens lawmaker won’t run for re-election, but isn’t closing door on political career yet
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UPDATED June 6, 5:21 p.m. After five years in Albany, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder says its time to focus on family, not politics. The lawmaker announced on June 2 that he would not seek re-election this November to the 23rd Assembly District seat, which represents Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and much of the Rockaways. […]

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Following a Long Island plane crash, Whitestone residents fear frequent tourist helicopters
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Whitestone has been rumbling with anger over Hampton helicopters that instill a sense of fear and discomfort among neighborhood residents. Tuesday’s report of a single-engine plane crashed in Syosset, Long Island, that killed three occupants near a school has added to the anxieties of Whitestone residents. “My heart sunk,” said Alfredo Centola, president of the We Love Whitestone Civic […]

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Crowdsourcing campaign aims to eliminate cellphone ‘dead zones’

Can you hear me now?  Senator Charles E. Schumer announced on Tuesday the launch of a crowdsourcing campaign to identify cellphone dead zones throughout New York City and Long Island to prevent calls from being needlessly interrupted. Areas throughout the city and Long Island experience spots of poor quality cellphone network speed, reliability and data, call […]

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Senate makes health care permanent for 9/11 first responders

BY IRENE SPEZZAMONTE The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act became part of Omnibus Spending Package on Dec. 18, assuring 9/11 first responders healthcare for the rest of their lives, according to a statement from Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer. “This is an extraordinary group of men and women,” Gillibrand said, “and […]

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Barry Grodenchik officially sworn in as District 23 councilman
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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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