Bill proposed in honor of Baruch student who died in frat hazing ritual
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Following the fraternity hazing death of a 19-year-old Queens man, a local politician is proposing a law that could prevent a similar tragedy. Assemblymember David Weprin introduced a bill on Sunday, known as Michael Deng’s law, that would ban all physical conduct and activities by fraternities during initiation or affiliation ceremonies. Anyone who takes part […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Officials tweak contentious T Building plan
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A controversial plan to turn the historic T Building into housing for mental and chronic health patients has slightly changed, but it is still on the table, The Courier has learned. In late 2012, Queens Hospital Center (QHC) was in talks with Comunilife, a nonprofit human services agency, to develop the dilapidated 10-story building on […]

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Op-ed: Prohibit the installation of tolls

 STATE SENATOR TONY AVELLA Once again, congestion pricing plans, which include the imposition of tolls on the East River bridges, have been circulating throughout the city.  Since Mayor Michael Bloomberg first began to push his own congestion pricing plan in 2008, I have been vehemently against congestion pricing in any form whether it is through […]

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What Queens pols hope to accomplish for their constituents in 2014
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As we enter 2014, The Queens Courier asked our elected officials: “What do you hope to accomplish for your constituents in 2014?” Councilmember Costa Constantinides There are many opportunities before us to ensure that our district continues to move forward. I will work for cleaner and safer streets, a healthier environment and a better education system. […]

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Queens legislators balk at plans to toll East River bridges
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A plan to reduce five Queens bridge fares by nearly half is not worth tolling free city crossings, some borough lawmakers say. Under a proposal by transportation coalition, Move NY, drivers in the cash lane would have to pay $7.50 one way and $15 round trip to travel across the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Ed […]

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