Court officer brass hold the street sign designating 29th Street and 21st Avenue in Astoria “Lt. Theodore Leoutsakos Way.” // Photo courtesy of NYSUCS

Court Officers Honor Colleagues Who Died on 9/11

By David Brand Seventeen years ago, court officers working out of the Manhattan criminal courts complex and the Beaver Street

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Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Chair Cesar Perales. // Photo courtesy of nyc.gov

Charter Revision Commission Chair Talks CB Term Limits

In addition to deciding who will serve on the state Supreme Court bench, in the state legislature and at the governor’s mansion, Queens residents face three other choices when they head to the polls in November.

The Mayoral Charter Revision Commission voted last week to include three ballot questions that would limit campaign contributions in city elections, establish an agency tasked with civic engagement and impose term limits on community board members.

Two days after the decision, Commission Chair Cesar Perales, the former New York secretary of state, spoke with the Eagle about the process for deciding on the ballot questions and the community response to the proposals.

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Emily Wexler, a singer and keyboardist, performs in "It Can Happen Here." // Photo courtesy of Judith Sloan

Queens Dramatist Asks Provocative Questions In New Play

By Clarissa Sosin When Queens-based playwright Judith Sloan finished reading Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” she knew she

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Workers’ Rights Violations Plague Home Care Industry

Investigations into home care agencies across New York City have uncovered widespread violations surrounding wages, sick leave and a lack of transparency around wage parity.

The enforcement initiative, led by the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs involves 42 home care agencies and 50,000 affected home care workers of the city’s estimated 200,000 home care workers.

There are at least 817 home health care providers operating in Queens, according to a state department of health database.

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Pedestrian safety advocates say Northern Boulevard is the borough’s new “Boulevard of Death.”// Google Maps

Death and Injury Persist On Queens’ Most Dangerous Streets

Despite the many successes of the New York City’s Vision Zero initiative, preventable deaths and injuries continue to plague Queens’ streets.

A few in particular stand out.

At least 32 have been injured or killed on Northern Boulevard and 22 more have been injured or killed on Jamaica Avenue, according to city data on traffic accidents.

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The West Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the natural areas that Stringer believes will be threatened by the pipeline.// AP photo

Stringer Questions Notion That Pipeline Will Help Gas-Thirsty City Meet Environmental Goals

A $1 billion natural gas pipeline that would cut across 23 miles of lower New York Bay has pitted those with environmental concerns against the Williams Company, which says the new pipeline would provide much needed natural gas capacity to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday voiced his opposition to the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline.

“The 23-mile pipeline would extend from New Jersey, along the Staten Island coast, past Coney Island and into the Rockaways,” Stringer said in a statement. “Allowing the construction of the pipeline risks damage to many of New York’s most precious habitats and natural assets, including New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay, and the Rockaway’s many beaches.”

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