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Astoria lawyer running for Queens Civil Court Judge wants to ‘level the playing field’

A well-known western Queens attorney is hoping to trade in his prolific practice for a seat on the bench. John Ciafone, 50, a married father of three who was born and raised in Astoria, is running for a judgeship on the Queens Civil Court. “I was born at the old Boulevard Hospital, the son of […]

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SEE IT: Queens borough president candidates talk protests, COVID-19 and more in QNS virtual debate

The five candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president gathered on a virtual stage for a debate hosted by QNS on Thursday, June 11. Councilmen Donovan Richards and Costa Constantinides, former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, retired NYPD sergeant Anthony Miranda and businessman Dao Yin shared their views on the recent protests over the […]

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Western Queens civic leader arranges delivery of fresh produce to help those in need

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to permeate across the borough in late March, a grassroots group of volunteers mobilized to feed families in need in Woodside and Sunnyside. More than two months later, the collaboration of local civic associations, religious groups, community leaders and residents continue to cater to specific needs in the neighborhoods by providing […]

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‘We have to keep fighting because there’s no other option’: Queens restaurants and bars work to survive amid uncertain future

Cantina 33, a brand-new Peruvian restaurant at 55-33 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood, was only open for two months before it had to temporarily close due to New York state’s stay-at-home order. “I honestly thought it was going to last like two weeks,” said Chef Kevin Lenis, owner of Cantina 33. “I didn’t think it would be […]

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Protesters calling for policing reform march from Cunningham Park to Queens Borough Hall

BY ZACHARY GEWELB AND JACOB KAYE Demonstrators took to the streets in Fresh Meadows to rally for policing reforms proposed by the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after after Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on his neck for […]

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