State Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise will take over Lasak’s calendar. // Photo courtesy of nycourts.gov

Judge Aloise Will Take Over ‘Mr. Murder’s’ Court Calendar

Fellow State Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise will take over the calendar of Justice Gregory Lasak starting today, Administrative Judge Joseph Zayas told the Eagle Wednesday.

Zayas said that Aloise will be able to take over Lasak’s calendar with little interruption.

“He’s familiar with the cases,” Zayas said. “Every time a judge resigns, if that judge is in the middle of a hearing, there is some inherent delay [but] it won’t be anything significant.”

Unified Court System spokesperson Lucian Chalfen also confirmed that Aloise will take over the calendar in an email.

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Queens Borough Hall//NYC.gov

Community Board Term Limits On the Ballot This November

After months of public hearings and feedback, the Mayoral Charter Revision Commission voted to put three questions on the November ballot that have big implications for city government, especially at the local community board level.

One ballot question asks voters whether they support the establishment of term limits on community board members — an issue that has encountered pushback from community boards themselves.

The commission said community board term-limits can help ensure that the boards reflect the changing demographics of the districts they serve.

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Assembly Member Ari Espinal (left), Council Member Francisco Moya (center) and car wash worker Ernesto Salazar called on the Department of Labor to end the tip credit. // Photo courtesy of Francisco Moya

Moya, Workers’ Rights Advocates Demand End to Tip Credit

Workers’ rights advocates and labor unions joined Council Member Francisco Moya at City Hall Tuesday to demand an end to the “tip credit” system, which enables employers in various industries to pay less than minimum wage.

“The livelihoods of restaurant servers, car wash workers, nail salon employees or any tipped worker should not be dependent on tolerating sexual harassment and discrimination but our two-tiered minimum wage system incentivizes silently suffering these indignities,” Moya said. “It’s time for New York to join the seven other states that have eliminated the tipped credit and provide tipped workers with the stability that comes from being guaranteed a living wage.”

A tip credit is the amount of tips earned by an employee that the law allows his or her employer to count as a credit against the minimum wage requirements for that industry, according to the New York State Department of Labor.

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Vireo Health in Elmhurst. // Google Maps photo

Unions Take a Hit — With Help From A Queens Weed Dispensary

A Queens medical marijuana dispensary is sweetening the pot for current and former union members.

Vireo Health of New York, the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Queens, will extend discounts to more than 2.5 million members and retirees of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW.

Starting on Labor Day, qualifying union members past and present will get $25 off their first purchase and a 10 percent discount on each subsequent purchase from any of Vireo’s four dispensaries — including the shop located on Queens Boulevard next to the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst.

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Council Member Robert Cornegy coaches a constituent as she test-drives an electric scooter. // Photo by Andy Katz

Bird Scooters Flock to Queens and Brooklyn

Compared to residents in cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv,  New Yorkers have been a little late to embrace the electric scooter as an alternative to pokey buses or perpetually delayed subways.

New Yorkers have encountered one big obstacle — the vehicles are not yet street legal.

That could change soon, however. And one company is betting that Queens and Brooklyn residents — especially those affected by the looming L train shutdown — will flock to the new mode of transportation once it becomes widely available.

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Volunteer attorneys from the law firms of Arnold & Porter, Cleary Gottlieb, Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher, as well as volunteers from Goldman Sachs, assists immigrants with naturalization forms. // Photo Courtesy of NYLPI

LaGuardia Naturalization Clinic Served 65 Immigrant Clients

A July naturalization clinic at LaGuardia College served 65 immigrant New Yorkers and helped clients save $21,580 in filing fees, say New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. It was just the beginning of a long process for clients and a lasting commitment for the attorneys who assisted them.

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