New York State introduces $15 minimum wage, progressive paid family leave and more
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On March 31, legislators Andrew M. Cuomo, John Flanagan, Jeffrey Klein and Carl Heastie announced their agreement for the 2016-2017 NYS budget. Here is how key elements of the budget plan may affect you and your family. Minimum wage: The NYS wage is set to gradually increase on an annual basis. However, large and small businesses […]

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Overcrowded Long Island City school will not lose middle school seats next year
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updated March 22, 10:25 a.m. Students attending the only middle school in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City will no longer need to scramble to find a new school as previously expected. Parents and students rallied last spring to bring awareness about the possible truncation of sixth- through eighth-grade classes at P.S./I.S. 78. The Department of Education […]

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Another gun-toting teenager turns up at a Jamaica school this week
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A Queens teenager was arrested Thursday after bringing a loaded gun to his school. According to The New York Times, the unidentified 15-year-old brought a .38-caliber gun to York Early College Academy in Jamaica, Queens. Staff were alerted after a student overheard him threatening another student with the gun. Administrators called the police, who arrived […]

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Jamaica man got arrested after his 11-year-old grandson brought loaded gun to school
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A 54-year-old Jamaica man was arrested Tuesday after his 11-year-old grandson was caught with a loaded handgun at school, authorities said. The handgun contained a single bullet and was discovered in the grandson’s backpack at school, according to a statement given by police on Wednesday. Officers from the 103rd Precinct were called to the Samuel Huntington Elementary […]

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Girls in schools in low-income Queens neighborhoods receive free tampons
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In a continuing effort to provide teenage girls in public high schools and middle schools across the city with free feminine hygiene products, a pilot program has been rolled out that will give girls in 25 schools in Queens and the Bronx access to free tampons in dispensers installed in the schools’ bathrooms. The program […]

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