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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Op-Ed: Councilman explains who he’s voting for in this Tuesday’s presidential primary

BY I. DANEEK MILLER For the first time in decades, New York plays a significant role in the Democratic Primary, giving us all a unique opportunity to determine our next president. Before representing Southeast Queens in the City Council, as a labor leader I worked with many elected officials and found in Hillary Clinton a […]

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Queens Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, a champion of education, dies at 76
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Updated 3:06 p.m. One of Queens’ longest serving lawmakers, Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, died on Monday night. The 76-year-old Clark was first elected to the Assembly in 1986, representing the neighborhoods of Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Hollis and St. Albans, and was the Assembly’s deputy majority whip at the time of her passing. Details about her death […]

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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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Southeast Queens pol says city’s ‘Fair Share’ policy is unfair to district
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Councilman I. Daneek Miller’s district has the most homeless shelters in Queens — the 10th most in the entire city — and, for a while, many thought another one was on the way. Rumors circulated around Miller’s southeast Queens district that the city planned to transform six recently renovated buildings on Hollis Avenue between 202nd and 204th streets in Hollis […]

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