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LEADING OFF: Happy Wednesday! Have a favorite spot to watch World Cup matches? Let us know where you’ll be cheering on your teams during the monthlong tournament, which kicks off tomorrow. In politics, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand officially endorsed Rep. Joe Crowley in his race against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the City Council and Mayor agreed on a new budget and Rory Lancman blasted the city’s futile online bail system. Community Boards 5 and 6 convene tonight. So does the Kizomba Dance Festival. In neighborhood news, Rosedale will soon get a new police precinct and an “affordable” housing lottery in Flushing offers three units to people making more than $100,000.

TWEET OF THE DAY: #FairFares are coming to NYC! With Fair Fares, New Yorkers under the poverty line will have new opportunities to connect with all the things that make our city the greatest city in the world. Thanks to @NYCSpeakerCoJo, @NYCMayor, and everyone who fought to make this happen! — Costa Constantinides Councilman representing District 22 in Queens.



Sen. Gillibrand Endorses Crowley in the Incumbent’s First Competitive Race in 14 Years

On Monday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand officially backed Rep. Joe Crowley in his contentious primary against challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, has gained national attention for her progressive, insurgent campaign. Gillibrand’s full-throated endorsement surprised some pundits who expected the senator to avoid picking sides and alienating progressives. But she did not equivocate in her endorsement.  “With our state and our country facing constant threats from the Trump administration, Joe Crowley is on the frontlines fighting for all New Yorkers,” Gillibrand said. “A progressive leader, Joe and I have worked together to protect immigrant communities, fought to raise the minimum wage, and ensure that health care is a right for all Americans. We need Joe fighting for Queens and the Bronx in Congress.”

Community Board 5 Meets in Middle Village to Review Sidewalk Cafe and Newsstand License Applications

Queens Community Board 5 will convene at Christ the King in Middle Village tonight at 7:30 pm for their monthly meeting. Agenda items include public hearings for an enclosed sidewalk cafe application at 63-20 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park and an application for a Newsstand License at the corners of Wyckoff Ave. and Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood.

Community Board 6 Meets in Kew Gardens to Review Queens Blvd. Safety Project

Queens Community Board 6 will meet tonight at 7:45 pm inside the Kew Gardens Community Center on Kew Gardens Road for their monthly meeting. Representatives from the DOT will discuss a proposed safety improvement project along Queens Blvd. that would lay the foundation for a $100 million investment as part of the city’s Great Streets initiative. The Planning and Zoning Committee and the Consumer Affairs Committee will meet prior to the full board meeting.

Councilman Lancman Slams City’s Complex Online Bail System

The city’s new online bail payment system has so far failed, District 24 Councilman Rory Lancman said Monday. Lancman said inmates can only use the system if a judge specifically grants them the opportunity. But many judges have not. Just 38 people have used the online system since it launched on April 27, city officials told the Daily News. That’s a small number compared to the 415 people who were bailed out for less than $2,500 in March alone, before the online system launched. “Why create an online bail system that’s so difficult to navigate and so restrictive that few people can actually use it?” said Lancman, who chairs the Committee on the Justice System. “It’s almost a cruel joke on the people who are desperate to get out of Rikers Island.”

Queens Council Members Hail the New City Budget — And the Speed of the Agreement

On Monday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio officially agreed on a new $89.5 billion city budget that includes more than $100 million for the Fair Fares initiative and $200 million to upgrade heating systems in NYCHA properties. After the budget became official, Queens council members took to Twitter to praise the agreement. “Public transportation is a basic necessity for New Yorkers but so many can’t afford MetroCards,” said Councilwoman Adrienne Adams. “I am so proud that Fair Fares was included in the final budget.” Meanwhile, Robert Holden made sure to say how the new budget would help his district. “I’m pleased to announce that the Mayor has agreed to a budget for the upcoming year,” Holden said. “I’m even more grateful that I can say there will be funding for various initiatives that will benefit the residents of District 30.”

Flushing’s New ‘Affordable’ Apartments Require Renters to Earn Up to $108,000

The NYC Housing Connect lottery just opened up three new “affordable” units located at 168-05 Depot Road. There’s only one problem for people looking to score an low-price unit: Single applicants must earn between $58,286 and $95,030 and couples must earn between $58,286 and $108,550 to qualify for a $1700/month one-bedroom. The lottery will remain open until July 3. Advocates say the city must provide more truly affordable housing to address housing crisis that has priced out low-income New Yorkers.

After 40 Years of Advocacy, Southeast Queens Is Getting a New Police Precinct

For 40 years, Rosedale residents have called for a new police precinct to supplement the area’s lone station house, located at the opposite end of the neighborhood. They’ll soon get their wish, Councilman Donovan Richards told NY1. The new 116th Precinct will include a community center, which, Richards said, reflects the notion “that public safety is a shared responsibility.” According to the Queens Chronicle, the precinct will patrol 330 miles of roadways. “This has been a long time coming,” Richards said. “I want to give credit to the community for never giving up fighting for the safety of their community.”

Get Energized at the 2nd Kizomba Mini Festival in Long Island City

Im Angola’s Kimbundu language, Kizomba means party — and that’s exactly what participants at Long Island City’s Second Kizomba Mini Festival intend to do. The festival features instructors and dancers from the Kizomba community who invite Queens residents to experience the high-intensity, sensual dance style. The festival begins tonight at 7 pm and will take place each of the next five evenings at the Loft in LIC.



LONG READ: Through bareback horse relay racing, Native American traditions thrive Victory Journal

ANOTHER LONG READ: Vice: A company built on a bluff New York Magazine

VIRAL: That long Trump-Kim handshake

YUM: As Queens gears up for the World Cup kickoff on Thursday, check out the best spots to watch the monthlong tournament


NATIONAL NEWS: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump earned at least $82 million from commercial deals last year via BBC . . . Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer got worst rating in new crash test via CNN

INTERNATIONAL DISPATCHES: Trump and Kim issue joint statement light on details via The New York Times . . . South Koreans react to Trump-Kim summit: ‘I can’t believe it’s happening in my lifetime’ via The Independent     



2:00 PM to 3:30 PM: Learn to Code for $25 at Queens College

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Nonprofit Startup and Grant-Writing Mixer at 6 pm

6:00  PM: Rally to End Violence Against Trans and Queer Communities in Jackson Heights

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Free Waterfront Zumba in Hunts Point

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM: America’s Boating Course

7:00 PM: Community Board 6 Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting

7:15 PM Community Board 6 Consumer Affairs Committee Meeting

7:45 PM Community Board 6 Meeting

7:30 PM: Community Board 5 Meeting

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM: 2nd Annual NYC Kizomba Mini-Festival


QUEENS SPORTS: The US Open comes to Shinnecock so expect a surge of LIRR riders . . . In 1998, The New York Times explored soccer culture in Queens ahead of the 1998 World Cup. Twenty years later, soccer is even bigger in the borough . . . Queens hoops legend Kenny Anderson talked with WFAN’s Bart, Maggie and Chris about his 2014 trip to North Korea

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