UPDATE: Queens Councilman Ulrich forms committee to explore run for mayor in 2017
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Updated 2:30 p.m., May 12 Councilman Eric Ulrich is apparently looking to relocate to Gracie Mansion. The 31-year-old Republican lawmaker who represents much of southwest Queens and the Rockaways filed paperwork on Wednesday with the Board of Elections to explore a possible run for mayor next year, according to the Daily News. “It’s too soon to […]

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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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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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