Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Catalina Cruz and advocates for more women in office rallied in Diversity Plaza Sunday. Photo courtesy of Amplify Her.

Jackson Heights Event ‘Amplifies’ Voices of Women Running For Office

With just a few left before Thursday’s primary election, women candidates from Queens joined more than 100 supporters at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday to demonstrate their support for progressive women running for office.

The event was hosted by Amplify Her, an organization created to address women’s underrepresentation in the New York City’s elected offices.

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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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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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State Sen. Michael Gianaris // Photo courtesy of Michael Gianaris

Gianaris, Barnwell Partner to End MCI Rent Increases

A new bill could be a major improvement — and a relief — for tenants whose landlords are considering renovations.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assembly Member Brian Barnwell (D-Woodside), a pair of Queens lawmakers, have partnered up to end current rules related to major capital improvements, or MCIs, which enable landlords to raise rent based on a percentage of the total cost of renovations.

“Too many tenants are priced out of their homes because of MCIs whose only improvement seems to be the landlord’s bottom line,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “All New Yorkers deserve high quality, affordable homes and our proposal brings us closer to that goal by ensuring repairs are made without burdening tenants with unreasonable costs.”

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Hon. Joseph A. Zayas // Photo Courtesy of NYS-UCS

‘Varied Experiences’ Help Hon. Zayas Thrive In Different Worlds

Over a span of a few decades, Hon. Joseph A. Zayas ascended from the park benches outside his childhood public housing complex to the bench inside Queens’ highest criminal court.

Though his path from the projects to the judge’s chambers are not typical, his experiences have enabled him to thrive in various settings and given him a unique perspective that he says reflects the importance of empathy.

“Empathy is the characteristic of a judge that is most important, but people confuse it with sympathy,” Zayas said. “They think you’re going to sympathize with the David in every David and Goliath story but that’s not what empathy is. Empathy means that you’re going to put yourself in the shoes of the litigant before you — that may be a cop, it may be a victim.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District, high-fives a voter on primary election day in June. Photo Courtesy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez Stumps, Fundraises Across the U.S.

Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying.

The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York’s Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives.

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A shih tzu like the one killed in Broad Channel. Photo by Vladyslav Dukhin

Shih Tzu Hits the Fan for Latest Alleged Dog Killer

He’s in deep Shih Tzu.
A Woodside man has been hit with an aggravated cruelty to animals charge after allegedly killing his girlfriend’s Shih Tzu last month.

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The Queensbridge Houses, a NYCHA development in Long Island City//Metro Centric

Smoking Ban Begins Monday in Queens’ 21 NYCHA Complexes

In six days, New York City Housing Authority tenants can breathe a little easier.

Starting July 30, smoking will be banned inside all NYCHA developments, including the 21 complexes in Queens, from Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses — the largest public housing development in North America — to a 20-tower complex in Woodside.

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Rep. Joe Crowley, left, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez // photos courtesy House.gov and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Election Law Quirk Holds Crowley Captive to WFP Party Line

By David Brand The race for the 14th Congressional District resumed with a tweet. On Thursday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee

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