Star of Queens: Joseph Risi, chairman, Queens Community Board 1

BY BROOKE SMITH  Joseph Risi is the chairman of Community Board 1 serving the Astoria, Long Island City and Queensbridge area. The community board’s role is to monitor the quality of services provided by various agencies, conduct public hearings to submit to elected officials, and monitor the allocation of funds earmarked for community development. Risi […]

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Major Flushing repavement begins on nearly a mile of Main Street
THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Say goodbye to Flushing’s pothole hellhole, and hello to a clean slate. On Monday evening, the Department of Transportation (DOT) begins overnight work on a major resurfacing of key portions of Main Street in Flushing. “We are excited to kick off the much-awaited resurfacing project along Main Street to provide smoother streets for businesses, residents and […]

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$575K upgrade to bring sidewalk to College Point’s MacNeil Park
THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

They’ll soon be walking on solid ground around College Point’s MacNeil Park. State Senator Tony Avella allocated $575,000 for upgrades to the park, including the addition of a sidewalk around its perimeter. Avella announced the allocation on Aug. 28 at the park, where he was joined by members of the College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association […]

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Three major Queens roadways led city in costly pothole claims: Stringer
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Queens streets have gone to pot. Potholes on three major arteries serving Queens cost the city tens of millions of dollars in accident claims over the last six years, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer. In a “ClaimStat alert” he issued on Thursday, Stringer said the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, along with the Grand Central and Belt parkways, […]

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District 23 City Council seat competitors square off in Bellerose
THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Candidates seeking to fill the 23rd Council District seat that Mark Weprin previously held were face to face for the first time Tuesday in a debate hosted by the New American Voters Association (NAVA) at the Bellerose Jewish Center. Democrats Barry Grodenchik, Celia Dosamantes, Bob Friedrich and Satnam Singh Parhar will be competing in a Sept. […]

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