Activists hold signs that say “Children Are Going to Die” during a speed camera demonstration outside a school in Woodside. // Photo courtesy of TransAlt

Van Bramer Is Latest Lawmaker to Clock School Speeders

The site of local lawmakers gripping radar guns to clock drivers outside Queens schools has become a familiar one for motorists cruising through Queens school zones this summer.

Ever since the State Senate allowed the school speed camera program to expire last month, Assembly Members, Senators and Council Members have united with advocacy organizations to keep the issue front and center in the minds of senate Republicans, constituents and drivers

With schools set to open for classes in less than three weeks, District 26 Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer headed to the Razi School on Queens Boulevard yesterday.

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Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez joined Queens ADA Robert Ciesta, other NYC prosecutors and street safety advocates to call upon Albany lawmakers to reinstate “life-saving” speed cameras in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn DA’s Office

Queens ADA Joins NYC Prosecutors to Call For Speed Cameras

Prosecutors from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan joined Queens Assistant District Attorney Robert Ciesla on Tuesday for a rally to call on lawmakers to reinstate speed cameras before the upcoming school year.

The message from Ciesla, Queens DA Richard Brown, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to politicians — do your job.

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An angry constituent confronts State. Sen Jose Peralta over his defection to the IDC at a town hall meeting in 2017//Eagle photo by David Brand.

Court and Election Board Demand Queens IDC Members Return Campaign Cash

The New York State Board of Elections has instructed members of the Independent Democratic Conference, including two Queens senators, to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations they received ahead of the September 13 party primaries.

The group of eight Democrats, included State Sen. Jose Peralta and State Sen. Tony Avella from Queens, agreed to caucus with the Republicans starting in 2011. Their collaboration with the Republicans shifted the balance of the 63-member chamber and ensured a GOP majority.

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Council Member Francisco Moya//Courtesy of Francisco Moya's office.

Queens Lawmakers Demand Speed Cams 1 Day Before Program Expires

David Brand Queens Daily Eagle With school speed cameras set to disappear Wednesday, Queens lawmakers have kept their foot on

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Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi introduced the bill to create “culturally competent” safe houses for survivors of human trafficking. Hevesi joined survivors and their advocates at City Hall on Friday. // Photo courtesy of Andrew Hevesi

Hevesi, Survivors Call for Safe Houses in the ‘Apex’ of Sex Trafficking

By David Brand On Friday, State Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) joined survivors of human trafficking and their advocates on

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