Queens shoppers are not happy about the proposed 5-cent grocery bag tax
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The City Council is nearing a decision on a proposed 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags used by grocery and retail stores, but Queens residents have mixed feelings over the idea. Councilman Brad Lander and Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the bill’s sponsors, indicated that the tax provides an incentive for shoppers to use reusable eco-friendly bags. […]

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Presidential candidate John Kasich grabs a slice in Howard Beach after town hall taping
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After taping an MSNBC town hall meeting in Howard Beach on Wednesday, Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich did what anyone else might have done: he went out for pizza. Kasich visited Gino’s Pizzeria on Cross Bay Boulevard and enjoyed a slice with Queens County GOP Chairman and City Councilman Eric Ulrich, who represents […]

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Landmarked elementary school in Richmond Hill is getting much needed expansion
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P.S. 66 in Queens currently provides a 21st century education in a 19th century building, but all that is about to change. The Richmond Hill school, located at 85-11 102nd St. and named after former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, suffers from a lack of modern facilities. There are only two bathrooms in the school to accommodate its 600 […]

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Presidential candidate John Kasich will come to Howard Beach for a MSNBC Town Hall
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Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich will make an appearance in Howard Beach on Wednesday to take part in a town hall. Kasich will visit St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church for a MSNBC Town Hall on March 30, according to Councilman Eric Ulrich. The town hall will start at 12:30 p.m. at 157-10 83rd St. Queens […]

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Queens homeowners deserve a city tax rebate, says one lawmaker
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With the Great Recession now a bitter memory, some City Council members want the city to re-institute a tax break for homeowners that disappeared amid the financial turmoil. Councilman Eric Ulrich was one of five legislators who signed a letter to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito asking her to support legislation that would bring back […]

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