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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Jamaica man who allegedly went on a violent rampage at a mosque and then stripped naked is out on ‘supervised release’
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A Jamaica man accused of beating up men at a Jamaica mosque in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime is out on supervised release. Mike Voyard, 26, of Highland Avenue allegedly walked into the Jamaica Muslim Center at 85-37 168th St. during afternoon prayers at 1 p.m. on April 19 and attacked […]

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After a quarter century of service, Queens Community Board 8 chair resigns
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After more than a quarter-century of public service, Queen’s Community Board 8 (CB 8) Chairman Alvin Warshaviak is stepping down from the advisory body at the end of next month. Warshaviak, who spent 25 of his 35 years on the community board as its chairman, which represents the Queens neighborhoods of Briarwood, Flushing South, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, […]

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Local politician pushes heart health for February American Heart Month
Councilmember Rory I. Lancman with Dr. Farshid Radparvar, Chief of Cardiology at Queens Hospital Center for American Heart Month at Hillcrest Senior Center

One area lawmaker is looking to keep our hearts pumping away. City Councilman Rory I. Lancman recently invited Dr. Farshid Radparar, chief of cardiology at Queens Hospital Center, to the Hillcrest Senior Center in Jamaica for a seminar on heart health. Dr. Radparvar gave the seniors tips on keeping their heart healthy as they age. February […]

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Mayor of Kew Gardens Hills’ under fire for posting racially charged images
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The self-proclaimed “mayor of Kew Gardens Hills” may soon be ousted from Community Board 8 after posting online memes containing racial slurs and a cartoon parody in blackface. Councilman Rory Lancman decided to block the reappointment of longtime board member Mike Sidell, 73, after community members objected to two posts on Sidell’s personal Facebook page. In […]

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