Author: Allie Griffin

Three Queens Council Members Join Group Criticizing Cuts in Adams’ Proposed Budget

March 17, 2022 By Allie Griffin Nearly a dozen council members, including three from Queens, along with scores of community-based groups are pushing back against cuts proposed by the mayor in the preliminary budget he introduced last month. The elected officials and groups said Mayor Eric Adams’ $98.5 billion budget cuts funding to important services… Read more »

Hiram Monserrate Makes Another Run for Queens Assembly Seat

March 15, 2022 By Allie Griffin The twice-convicted politician Hiram Monserrate has launched another run for State Assembly. Monserrate announced earlier this month on Facebook that he is running again for State Assembly District 35 — covering Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Corona. “I’m on a mission to make sure our voices are heard,” he shared… Read more »

Council Member Ung Calls for Better Signage Along Main Street Busway in Flushing

March 15, 2022 By Allie Griffin Council Member Sandra Ung is calling on the Department of Transportation to improve signage along a busway in Flushing where she says motorists are unknowingly driving in the bus-only lanes and getting smacked with fines. Ung sent a letter to DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez last week urging the department… Read more »

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Secures Millions for Queens Community Projects

March 10, 2022 By Allie Griffin Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has secured millions for several Queens and Bronx community-based projects in a new government spending bill, she announced Thursday. The lawmaker secured nearly $7 million in funding for 10 projects — eight of which are in Queens — as part of an omnibus bill the House… Read more »

DOE Moving Foward With Its New High School Admissions Process, Angering Some Queens Pols

March 10, 2022 By Allie Griffin The Department of Education is pushing ahead with its controversial new admissions process for the city’s top high schools — angering some Queens officials as a result. Schools Chancellor David Banks announced Wednesday that he has decided against any last-minute changes to the admissions process after suggesting last week… Read more »

New Music Festival Celebrating Artists of Color Coming to Queens With Missy Elliott, Wizkid, Anderson .Paak

March 8, 2022 By Allie Griffin A new music festival aimed at uplifting Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian American Pacific Islander artists is coming to Queens this summer with ticket sales going live tomorrow. — a project of Afropunk festival founder Matthew Morgan — will enliven Flushing Meadows Corona Park with the music of… Read more »

Queens Officials Collecting Donations to Send to Ukraine

March 8, 2022 By Allie Griffin Queens residents can donate supplies to Ukrainians under the daily threat of Russian violence without leaving the borough. Several Queens officials are collecting donations of medical supplies, food, clothes, toiletries and other necessities to send overseas to Ukrainian families as they face Russian forces or flee their homeland. Queens… Read more »