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Hochul’s Creedmoor Housing Plan ‘Not Acceptable’ to Locals Stripped of Land Use Review

New York State finally has a plan to turn the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center into thousands of units of housing. It will also have full power to approve the plan — angering neighbors who feel they’ll be sidestepped on a project that could transform the low-density neighborhood in eastern Queens with “tall monstrosities” up to eight stories […]

Posted inQueens

Who Wants Rep. George Santos’ Seat? A Candidate Guide

Rep. George Santos has “embellished” his resume, allegedly filed false campaign finance reports and improperly used campaign funds for OnlyFans and Botox.  But one thing he won’t be doing is running next year to keep his seat in New York’s third congressional district — where 17 candidates have already filed to run for the swing-district vacancy […]

Posted inEric Adams

Mayor’s Asian Affairs Liaison Raised Big Money — and Big Questions About Her Conduct

In March 2021, a 33-year-old tech worker from Flushing, Queens, joined Eric Adams’ mayoral campaign as a volunteer, working regularly with an effusive and understatedly powerful member of Adams’s inner circle named Winnie Greco.  Shortly after Adams got to City Hall, Greco, by then on the city payroll as the mayor’s $100,000-a-year director of Asian […]

Posted inQueens

Principal ‘Covered Up’ After Second Grader Brought Knife to Target Classmate, Say Parents

Parents are calling for the ouster of the controversial principal of P.S. 398 in Queens, who did not inform them on the day that a student brought a kitchen knife to school and told other kids he intended to use it at lunchtime to attack a fellow second-grader he may have considered a romantic rival. […]

Posted inTaxi & Limousine Commission

App Drivers Rush to Get Green TLC Licenses Before Judge-Ordered Stop Hits

An Uber driver makes a frantic phone call in Mandarin to gather information for paperwork. More than 20 staff members at Primetime Brokerage fields questions from swarms of anxious listeners that surround them.  Such was the scene at the taxi and rideshare service agency based in Sunnyside, Queens Thursday afternoon, as dozens of Uber and […]

Posted inElections

Bronx GOP Council Win Adds Historic Note to Otherwise Quiet Election Night

Republicans in the City Council got a surprise win in Tuesday’s election, as a progressive Democrat in a politically mixed area of The Bronx couldn’t hang on to her Throggs Neck seat. Elsewhere in the city, Democrats appeared to hold on to competitive southern Brooklyn seats and exonerated Central Park Five activist Yusef Salaam sailed […]

Posted inElections

Republican Council Candidates Hope To Pick Up Seats in Low-Turnout Election

There’s one more day to vote in New York’s off-year local election. So far, it’s been an off year for turnout, too: hardly 85,000 of the city’s nearly 3.5 million voters came to the polls during the early voting period, which ended on Sunday. With few people showing up to vote, there’s room for surprises, […]

Posted inImmigrants

Miss Immigrant USA, Whose Contestants Often Appear With Adams, Cancels Its Crowning

They’ve been photographed repeatedly with Mayor Eric Adams. They’ve volunteered their time at more than 100 government and civic events in the last three months. They are contestants in Miss Immigrant USA, where many traditional beauty pageant rules do not apply.  Here, contestants representing different countries of origin are judged not by their age or […]