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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Avonte Oquendo’s family to hold March for Safety in Long Island City
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To mark the second anniversary of the death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teenager who disappeared from The Riverview School in Long Island City, family members and friends will hold a March for Safety in his honor. The march will be held on Oct. 10 at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. Oquendo,14, managed […]

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Whitestone officials pledge action to deal with overhead helicopter noise
Photo courtesy of George Mirtsopoulos

Lawmakers at the city, state and federal level met with Whitestone residents this month to address complaints of excessive noise pollution from low flying helicopters and outline courses of action to lessen the impact on the community. The meetings follow the collection of data from Stop the Chop NY, a website developed by Whitestone resident Dan Aronoff to collect […]

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