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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The National Weather Service of New York inflated a weather balloon to test atmospheric data related to Hurricane Florence. Photo by NWS New York.

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued For Southern Queens

Yesterday, the National Weather Service for New York issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for southern Queens until 1 p.m. today.

The NWS said tides were expected to reach one and half feet to two and a half feet higher than the normal level.

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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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It’s Lancman vs. Quinn at Civic Association’s Rikers Debate

The debate over what to do with Rikers Island has roiled Queens and one community in particular stands to experience the biggest impact from the city’s plan to close the massive jail complex.

Kew Gardens, home to the now-vacant Queens House of Detention, would absorb more than 1,500 Rikers inmates, according to the city’s proposal — a notion that has encountered split reactions from residents.

Thus, with community members divided and uncertain about the plan, the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association will host a debate featuring two prominent voices on either side of the issue at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills on Sept. 5.

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Preparing to start the race. From left: Mirjam Grunenfelder, Kevin Suhey, Michael White, Travis Shannon, Brittany Pavon, Frank Reig, Paul Suhey. Eagle photos by Andy Katz.

Revel Transit Stages Rush Hour Race for the Future of NYC Transportation

The day was a fairly typical late-August weekday—traffic snarled early on the BQE; heat advisories from Albany and City Hall warned residents to move about with caution, and a thin, smog-like pall covered Manhattan Island. Nevertheless, something unusual was taking place in front of a small, Bushwick storefront. Billed by sponsor Revel Transit as a “Rush Hour Race,” the idea was simple: seven people would travel from Revel’s Cypress Avenue headquarters to Long Island City’s Court Square Diner using Uber, Uber Pool, a Citi Bike, the MTA subway, a traditional taxi, buses and, of course, one of Revel Transit’s recently unveiled electric mopeds.

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Main Street in Flushing. Photo by Chun Yip So

Free Flushing Tours Demonstrate Neighborhood’s Diverse Charm

More than 500,000 visitors from every corner of the world converge on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center each year for the U.S. Open. This tournament, one local organization plans to show them that Flushing is more than just a tennis hub with a baseball stadium nearby.

Starting today, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce will host Discover Flushing, a free walking tour series that takes place for throughout the tournament, which ends Sept. 9.

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A Department of Sanitation garbage truck. Photo by Jason Lawrence.

Trash Law Treasured In Southeast Queens

The smell of trash and the rumble of garbage trucks are all too common experiences for residents of Southeast Queens.

For years, Community District 12 — which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village and South Jamaica — has been a literal dumping ground for the rest of New York City, but starting next year, the trash burden will lighten.

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Law school graduates take the bar exam. Photo by Pixabay.

CUNY Law Class of 2021 Hits the Books

The CUNY School of Law Class of 2021 officially embarked on their journey toward a career in public interest law when classes began Wednesday. First-year students and a crop of talented new professors face a challenging and exciting mission.

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Katz and Coalition Help Homeless Go Back to School

The Coalition for the Homeless is holding its annual “Project: Back to School” drive to collect backpacks and other school supplies for children in need until Aug. 30 and they are getting an assist from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Katz has encouraged Queens residents to stop by Borough Hall in Kew Gardens to drop off donated items.

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The DeKalb Ave. L train station is one of several stops along the Brooklyn-Queens border. // Eagle photo by David Brand

Queens Ignored As Mayor Discusses L Train Shutdown

“This is truly on the minds of Brooklynites,” de Blasio said at a press conference Wednesday. “I have talked to a lot of Brooklynites and obviously a lot of Manhattanites as well about what this is going to mean for them, and people are really focused. They’re really nervous . . . I’m here today to say, we got you.”

But Queens residents say they question that support. The borough, they say, has received little attention.

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