Participatory budget projects announced in districts 19 and 23
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Councilmen in northeast Queens announced the winning projects to be funded with their participatory budgeting allowances, a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Councilman Paul Vallone announced the four winning projects from District 19 in a press conference in his Bell Boulevard office on Monday, with a […]

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City Council announces restoration of Peter Vallone Sr. namesake scholarship
Photo courtesy office of Councilman Paul Vallone

Follow @LiamLaGuerre “The original Dream Act” — as some call it — is alive. Thousands of eligible high school students across the city will once again be able to enjoy the rewards of a college scholarship, regardless of immigration status. Officials announced Tuesday the City Council Merit Based Scholarship, once named after former Speaker Peter […]

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Street co-named for longtime Bayside school teacher
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Follow @liamlaguerre Family, friends and former students of longtime P.S. 41 science teacher Geri Cilmi attended a street co-naming in her honor outside the Bayside school on Friday. The new Mrs. Geri Cilmi Place street sign was unveiled at 214th Lane behind the school. Cilmi, who died in 2011 after battling cancer for four years, […]

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Bayside police cadet who died on 9/11 honored with street co-naming
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Follow me @liamlaguerre   When 23-year-old Muslim American Salman Hamdani, who was an NYPD cadet and EMT, heard about the 9/11 attacks, instead of going to work, he headed straight for the World Trade Center. He lost his life trying to help people and for his sacrifice, Community Board 11 and Councilman Paul Vallone honored […]

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City Council rejects Whitestone sidewalk cafe bid
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The City Council unanimously struck down a controversial bid for a Whitestone sidewalk café Wednesday. Owners of Nonna’s Pizzeria & Trattoria wanted to wrap an outdoor sitting area around their 22-30 154th St. Italian restaurant. But a handful of neighbors said the proposal would bring excessive noise and take away parking spaces. Lawmakers said the sidewalk is […]

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