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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Queens again finds itself on high alert following terrorist attacks in Belgium
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The NYPD is again stepping up counter-terrorism efforts around New York City Tuesday following a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Belgium overnight. Although there appears to be no local link to the attacks, the NYPD nonetheless dispatched additional resources to “crowded areas and transit locations around the city out of an abundance of caution,” […]

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Wills seeks passage of Community Violence Prevention Act
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BY YUSONG LEE City Councilman Ruben Wills recently reintroduced his bill, the Community Violence Prevention Act (CVPA), which would establish a commission to find solutions to crime. Under the CVPA, the city will identify which neighborhoods have the highest rates of violent crime occurrence and evaluate the city’s efforts to find out which conditions lead to […]

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Live performances, music, dance and more at Queens Library!

COME CELEBRATE! Every library in every neighborhood will be open six days a week, beginning the week of Nov. 15 and the Queens Library invites everyone to FREE gala programs on Saturday, November 21. Live performances, music, dance, arts & crafts, clowns, special guest appearance throughout The Borough all day… and it’s all FREE! But […]

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CM Eric Ulrich’s plan for city Veterans Services agency to become a reality
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New York City will establish a government agency dedicated entirely to veterans issues through an agreement arranged between the mayor and City Council. Councilman Eric Ulrich and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito jointly announced on Wednesday that the City Council would soon vote on and pass a bill creating the city Department of Veterans Services, which will focus […]

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