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Queens on Congressional Primary Day


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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018

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THE LEDE: Welcome to Congressional Primary Day. Check out our voter guide before you head to the polls. 



Queens Residents Head to the Polls Today for 3 Contested Congressional Primaries

After months of campaigning, competition and controversy, Queens residents head to the polls today for several Democratic Congressional primaries. In District 14, longtime US Rep. Joe Crowley, the head of the Queens County Democrats, faces off against progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders organizer whose insurgent campaign has generated grassroots support nationwide. Meanwhile, District 12 Rep. Carolyn Maloney seeks to fend off a challenge from hotel executive Suraj Patel and District 5 Rep. Gregory Meeks takes on Mizan Choudhury and Carl Achille. Polls are open from 6 am to 9 pm. Visit to locate your polling place and see who is on the ballot in each district in our Primary Guide.

Ocasio-Cortez and Patel Discussed What ‘Abolish ICE’ Really Means

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Suraj Patel have a few things in common: Both are, of course, looking to oust longtime incumbents in today’s primary election. And throughout their campaigns, both have championed the growing movement to abolish the Immigration and Customs and Enforcement agency. Immigrants rights advocates say ICE has received carte blanche from the Trump administration to harass and detain noncitizens as well as permanent residents and citizens. The two Democratic hopefuls spoke with the immigration news site Documented to discuss what abolishing ICE really means beyond the catchy slogan.  “In a similar way where we have law enforcement enforce legitimate crimes of violence, crimes of harm, mass, large fraud, I think that there is a role for enforcement there, but I do not think that it in any way is equivocal to what we are seeing with ICE right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said. For his part, Patel said he would advocate defunding and scaling back ICE operations so that the agency does “what it’s supposed to do, which is be at the border, be a customs enforcement agency, but not operate with impunity across our country.”

Architects and Activists Discuss the Future of Queens and Sunnyside Yards

“At Sunnyside Yards, we envision a plan that incorporates what diverse and dynamic neighborhoods need,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his 2015 State of the City Address. Tonight from 6 pm to 9 pm, activists, architects and community residents will discuss whether the plan has lived up to de Blasio’s lofty rhetoric and examine the state of the projects throughout Queens. The panel includes Dr. Andrew A. Beveridge, President and CEO of the urban planning organization Social Explorer; Bettina Damiani, a member of The News Guild of New York; Ifeoma Ebo, an urban designer informed by social justice; Daphne Lundi, an urban planner focused on climate change adaptation and flood resiliency; and Rafael Herrin-Ferri, an architect and artist who lives in Sunnyside. The panel will convene at the Syracuse University Fisher Center at 19 East 31st Street in Manhattan.

2 Astoria Subway Stations Re-Open — Just in Time for 2 More to Close

After eight months of construction, the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue subway stations are back open in Astoria. During the closure, at least one local business — a Greek restaurant — closed due to a decrease in customers, the Astoria Post reported in February. Though the stations feature new artwork, neither has been outfitted with an elevator to provide accessibility, Curbed reports. Beginning on July 2, the Broadway and 39th Ave. subway stations will shut down for the next round of station repairs.

Man Charged with Crashing Car into Pedestrians Heads to Queens Criminal Court

This was road rage gone berserk. Prosecutors say a parallel parking mishap drove Adrian Harry, 22, to stab two people before crashing his car into six pedestrians walking on the subway outside a Richmind Hill bar. One person died. Now Harry heads to Queens Criminal Court to answer for his alleged crimes. Harry was initially charged with murder, two counts of assault, six counts of reckless endangerment and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, NBC4 reported in December.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Led a March to Protest Family Separation in Woodside

Last night, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer organized a march to protest the Trump administration’s policy for separating children from their families at the border. The Queens Daily Eagle sent a photographer to cover the scene on the ground where hundreds of activists gathered to voice their opposition to family separation and other policies that punish undocumented immigrants, including asylum-seekers escaping domestic violence and deadly gangs.

Sunnyside Shines Presents ‘Beats in Bliss Plaza’ Tonight at 4:30 pm

Join the Queens Music Academy this afternoon under the 7 train for ‘Beats in Bliss Plaza,’ a weekly program designed to provide arts access through local musical, dance, and literary  performances. Tonight’s set begins at 4:30 pm in Bliss Plaza, located at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 46th Street. Get ready to dance.

Catch Futbol Fever at Jamaica’s Central Library

We’ll let you in on a local secret: Jamaica’s Central Library is of one of the best places to watch the World Cup this summer. The viewing party is free AND you have unlimited access to books and magazines when the final whistle blows. Tomorrow at 10 am, the library will air the match between Peru and Australia. Make sure to bring your library card so you can check out a book to read on the subway ride home.


Photo credits: Crowley and Maloney —, Ocasio-Cortez — Jesse Komer, Patel — Suraj Patel

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