New contract bid for Elmhurst shelter that got 17 code violations in one day
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There’s yet another contract proposal for the homeless shelter operated at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst. After Comptroller Scott M. Stringer thrice rejected a proposal to convert the currently temporary shelter at 79-00 Queens Blvd. into a permanent homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) submitted its fourth proposal earlier this month. The new proposal, […]

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Local lawmakers provide tax assistance to low-income Queens residents
Photo courtesy of Office of state Senator Toby Ann Stavitsky

BY ERICA SIUDZINSKI Tax relief is coming to less fortunate Queens residents thanks to the efforts of two local lawmakers. State Senator Toby Ann Stavitsky and Councilman Peter Koo announced Friday a free online tax assistance program for those with a household income under $62,000. The program is sponsored by the New York State Department of […]

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A step closer to MLK’s ‘beloved community’ at Pomonok Houses
Photo courtesy of Office of Councilman Rory I. Lancman

BY ERICA SIUDZINSKI Three lawmakers are bringing Queens closer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “beloved community,” a goal he first talked about in his 1957 speech Birth of a New Nation. Councilman Rory Lancman, state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz joined volunteers from Pomonok Houses and Queens College on […]

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Plans for new high school in Flushing withdrawn: officials
A DOE adminstrative office at 30-48 Linden Place will not turned into a school for 450 students.

The Department of Education has decided not to insert a 450-seat high school into the DOE District Office at 30-48 Linden Pl., according to officials. City Councilman Peter Koo met with Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña earlier this year to express his opposition to the plan due to safety and congestion concerns. The chancellor stated at that […]

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Queens pols welcome shakeup at Department of Homeless Services
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Lawmakers and activists in Queens who have repeatedly called for reforms at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) finally got their wish on Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would “evaluate and seek potential reorganizations” at the DHS. That process began with the resignation of DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, who will remain with the de […]

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