City still tallying Willets Point business owners who took final payout to relocate
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The city is still tallying the number of Willets Point business owners who took a final payout to relocate, officials said. A pooled $3.5 million was up for grabs for auto shop owners in the Phase 1 area of the development site who agreed to leave the Iron Triangle by the end of January. The […]

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Leadership roles go to Queens councilmembers who supported speaker
Official NYC Council photo by William Alatriste

Several important leadership positions went to Queens representatives Wednesday who showed support for newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last month. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer retained his position as chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee, but was named majority leader. “It has always been my goal to play a meaningful leadership role in this new, […]

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Van Bramer, Ferreras in running to head Council finance committee: report
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After showing support last month for newly-elected Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Queens Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras and Jimmy Van Bramer are the top contenders to head the Council’s finance committee, according to Politicker. A City Council source told Politicker negotiations over the finance chair appointment are underway this week and “announcements could be coming soon.” When contacted by The […]

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Melissa Mark-Viverito elected as next City Council Speaker
Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste

Melissa Mark-Viverito was unanimously elected as the next City Council Speaker Wednesday by the 51-member body, becoming the second most powerful politician in the city and the first Latin-American to take the spot. “We will work together, because that is what New Yorkers expect and that is what New Yorkers deserve,” she said. “We unite […]

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Convention center and 25-story hotel headed for Corona
Renderings courtesy of Fleet Financial Group

A convention center complex as big as a city block, with a 25-story hotel and apartments, may be coming to Queens.  Fleet Financial Group plans to build a roughly 106,000-square-foot convention center, the largest in the East Coast, at 112-21 Northern Blvd. in Corona. The $200 million real estate project also includes 292 river-view hotel rooms, […]

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