BREAKING: City Council approves 5-cent tax on paper and plastic grocery store bags
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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 other lawmakers voted against it. […]

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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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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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GOP leaders considering local councilman as mayoral candidate in 2017
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Queens’ only Republican City Council member may be under consideration among party leaders as a potential challenger to Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017. The New York Post reported on Monday that several Republican leaders — including Queens County GOP Chairman Robert Turner — are encouraging Councilman Eric Ulrich to make a run for the city’s highest elected post. […]

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Katz touts progress across Queens in latest State of Borough address
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“Only in Queens” was the theme of the State of the Borough address given by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz Thursday, and she used that phrase to talk about the good, the bad, and how far we still need to go to achieve her vision for the “World’s Borough.” During her speech at Queens College in Flushing, […]

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