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Queens electeds, NYC-DSA to host Astoria town hall on replacing Con Ed with public power

The campaign to replace Con Edison with a public power utility has grown since Democratic Socialists of America and Councilman Costa Constantinides held a hearing in July about resisting the power provider’s rate hikes. Since then, Con Edison enacted rate hikes that will continue over the next three years, and the coalition has gathered community […]

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Former New York City Transit President Andy Byford exits MTA HQ to thunderous applause

Andy Byford exited MTA headquarters on Friday in similar fashion to the way he arrived in November 2017; but this time he was surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans. Byford – now officially the former New York City Transit president – was walked down the main corridor of 2 Broadway with hundreds crammed into the […]

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Queens activist shakes things up with his art

BY TAMMY SCILEPPI Our son, the artist? That was Juan Hinojosa’s parents’ reaction when they first found out that he was a budding artist. Looking back, the self-described Latinx, who was born and raised in Woodside, recalled that it took his parents some time to “understand what the hell I was doing.” “As hardworking Peruvian […]

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Queens assemblywoman calls for stronger borough representation on MTA’s board

Two state lawmakers believe that giving the five boroughs a greater say in how the MTA is run is the key to putting the beleaguered agency on the right track. Astoria Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Brooklyn state Senator Andrew Gounardes introduced legislation on Jan. 24 that would add borough representation on the MTA board which […]

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Maloney kicks off 2020 campaign in Long Island City

Fourteen-term Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney held her official 2020 campaign launch for New York’s 12th Congressional District on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Maloney touted her recent legislative record and made the case for her re-election based on her appointment as the first female chair of the House Oversight Committee. The launch party featured an endorsement from special […]

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