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Local News June 20, 2013  RSS feed
Long-Time District Manager On Probation
     After a closed-session debate at Majestic Marquis
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Nighttime Paving On Area Arteries
Summer Work In Maspeth, Rego Park
     Roadways in the industrial section of Maspeth and
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R’wood Industrial Zone Panned By Owners
     The debate over expanding an industrial business zone
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Turn Lane Tough Sell For Board 6
Say Can’t Part With F.H. Parking
     During its June 12 meeting at Kew Gardens
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Reservoir Plans At 6/ 27 Meet
     The Parks Services Committee of Community Board 5 will hold a public meeting in Glendale next Thursday night, June 27, regarding the proposed master plan for the Ridgewood Reservoir. 
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Concepts For Ridgewood Reservoir Unveiled
     Though it may take years before it is
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Politicians On Food Stamp Diet
Pledge In Sunnyside To Live Off $4.50 Per Day
     In the face of looming cuts to the
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St. Renamings Coming To Maspeth & Sunnyside
     The late owner of a Maspeth bar, the
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Risking Everything To Stop Criminals
Cops In Bushwick, Rich. Hill Feted At Medal Day
     Three local officers who risked their lives in
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Residents Vent Over Noisy Neighbors
     With summer drawing near, residents of Woodhaven are 
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To Help Speed Up Current, Future Recovery
     The State Senate advanced a slough of bills,
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City Evacuation Zones Expanded
More Areas Covered Post-Sandy
     Updated hurricane evacuation zones announced by Deputy Mayo 
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Blueprint To Build Strong Post- Sandy
City Plan To Boost Bldg. Resiliency
     Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker  
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Liu: H. S. Student Selection Often Unfair And Arbitrary
Audit Finds Little DOE Oversight
     A report from the city’s comptroller shows that
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TRANSIT NEWS and Updates
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
     ‘Fastrack’ Repairs Affect N, Q, R Lines   As part of the MTA’s “Fastrack” maintenance and repair program, service on the N, Q and R lines in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens will be disrupted on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. 
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TRAFFIC NEWS and Updates
New York City Department Of Transportation
     Road Work   Because of ongoing construction work at several locations throughout Queens and Brooklyn, the city Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced numerous street closures in local neighborhoods for the upcoming week. 
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     In the months leading up to the citywide primary and general elections, the Times Newsweekly/Ridgewood Times will feature in this column press releases and statements sent by the campaigns of the candidates on the ballot. 
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It’s In Queens!
News From The Queens Tourism Council
     There’s nothing like the great outdoors, and yet again, Queens is the place to be this summer.  In the upcoming days, the borough will host all-day stoopball games, fireworks, ballperson tryouts, music, dance, fashion, food, arts, crafts, ice-cream making, surf contests and walking tours. Indoors is great, too, with theater, concerts and history exhibitions. 
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The Times Newsweekly & The Ridgewood Times
Hey Folks!
     ODD NEWS   The gravestone of late Mayor Ed Koch has his birth date wrong. The correct year of 1924 was mistakenly carved as 1942. 
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Queens & Brooklyn
Community CALENDAR
     TODAY  JUNIPER PARK CIVIC ASSOC will hold a Town Meeting at 7:45 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope School, Eliot Ave and 71st St., Middle Village.  RIDGEWOOD YMCA, 64-02 64th St., Ridgewood, will hold free diabetes screenings for seniors from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 
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Bill To Replace Lost School Playgrounds
Compensates For Expanded Schools
     Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan announced the passage of legislation ensuring that schools replace any playground space lost or potentially lost due to construction.  
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Council To State: Pass Equality Act
Aims To Close The Gender Gap In New York
     Last Wednesday, June 12, City Council Member Julissa Ferreras introduced a resolution calling upon the state legislature to pass—and the governor to sign—the Women's Equality Act.  
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Social Security Brings The Office Outside
     Ah, the great outdoors. With sunny weather, green trees, blooming flowers and fresh air, many have already flocked to the outdoors to spend as many hours as they can before autumn leads way to winter. Whether you prefer to spend your time hiking in the woods, tossing a ball in the backyard, gardening, or reading on the beach, it’s refreshing to get in some outside time. 
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Assembly Bill Aims To Boost Gov’t Efficiency
Clears Hurdles For Local Bureaucracies
     Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver joined with the chair of the Assembly’s Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, to announce the unanimous passage of legislation that will promote greater efficiency within local governments by streamlining the general municipal law and eliminating unnecessary reporting requirements.
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Acting To Eliminate Toxic Dumping In Jamaica Bay
     The Assembly passed legislation drafted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder which would prohibit the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from issuing permits to allow contaminated materials from being dumped into Jamaica Bay’s borrow pits and limit the risk of water contamination. 
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‘Gotcha’ Parking Tickets Banned By Council
Reforms Muni-Meter Payment System
     During its stated meeting last Wednesday, June 12, the City Council approved legislation to reform the muni-meter payment system to ensure that drivers get what they pay for when parking in New York City.  
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Clear Hurdles For N. Y. Disaster Prep
Bill To Accept Donations And Activate Alert System
     Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced legislation that will help improve New York State’s ability to coordinate preparation and response for disaster emergencies.  The legislation will make technical updates to current emergency laws, allow the State to accept certain gifts and donations to assist with emergencies, and help implement the NY-Text emergency alert system. 
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Shadow Insurance Puts Taxpayers At Huge Risk
     Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a nearly year-long Department of Financial Services (DFS) investigation has uncovered that New York-based insurers and their affiliates are on the hook for at least $48 billion in hidden ‘shadow insurance’ transactions through shell companies in other states and offshore. 
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