Winning projects for this year’s participatory budgeting

Last Friday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced the winners of this year’s participatory budgeting process. In total, six projects were funded for a total of $2.05 million. Thousands of residents ages 11 and up voted for their favorite projects from March 30 to April 7. Here are the winning projects: Tech Upgrades for Schools ($400,000) 3,484 votes Laptop carts, computers, projectors and interactive boards for PS … Continue reading Winning projects for this year’s participatory budgeting

LIC resident steps up to challenge Cathy Nolan

  Long Island City resident Mary Jobaida has filed to run against longtime Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan in 2020. Nolan has been in office since 1984. She represents District 37, which includes parts of Long Island City, Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. Jobaida, a mother of three, says she wants to run because Nolan has not received a primary challenge in over a decade. If she wins, … Continue reading LIC resident steps up to challenge Cathy Nolan

Two LaGuardia students selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Two students from LaGuardia Community College have been selected as 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars. Matthew Wilson and Sukhrob Abdushukurov are two of only 61 community college students across the country to receive the scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 per year, up to three years, for the completion of a bachelor’s degree. With Wilson and Abdushukurov’s selection, LaGuardia now has had 11 Cooke scholars since … Continue reading Two LaGuardia students selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Cushman & Wakefield named leasing agents for “The Mill LIC”

Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has been tapped as the exclusive leasing agent for “The Mill LIC,” a 56,000-square-foot brewery in Long Island City. Located at 46-24 28th Street, near LaGuardia Community College, the building has a mezzanine, three floors, lower level with elevator access and outdoor communal space. The floors can be leased separately or combined, which gives the tenant the ability … Continue reading Cushman & Wakefield named leasing agents for “The Mill LIC”

LaGuardia to host Black Lives Matter Summit

LaGuardia Community College is hosting the 5th annual Black Lives Matter Summit. On Thursday, April 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., LaGuardia students, faculty and staff will discuss issues of inequity faced by people of color and the fight for social justice. The keynote speakers at the conference will be Shaun King, a writer, activist and co-founder of the Real Justice PAC, and Talib … Continue reading LaGuardia to host Black Lives Matter Summit

Ribbon-cutting for new playground at P4Q@Skillman

On Wednesday afternoon, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will join the staff, faculty and students at P4Q@Skillman to unveil a new sensory playground. P4Q@Skillman is a K-8 school that serves children on the autism spectrum and those with special needs. The new playground will have customized equipment for children fo all abilities. The $250,000 in funding came from the councilman’s participatory budgeting process. It received the … Continue reading Ribbon-cutting for new playground at P4Q@Skillman

Pick your favorite local projects for Participatory Budgeting 2019

From March 30 to April 7, residents ages 11 and up in the 26th Council District (Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria) can vote for their favorite projects in this year’s participatory budgeting. After months of community engagement, the ballot has been narrowed down to 13 final projects: Technology Upgrades for Libraries ($450,000) Location: Sunnyside, Woodside, Broadway, LIC and Court Square Libraries Description: Technology upgrades … Continue reading Pick your favorite local projects for Participatory Budgeting 2019

Chip NYC raises $10K for Variety Boys and Girls Club

Last month, wildly popular cookie bakery Chip NYC teamed up with the Variety Boys & Girls Club’s Young Professionals Board to raise $10,000 for the club. Chip NYC set up a pop-up shop at the club, sold 1,000 cookies and 50 oven mitts, and donated all of the proceeds to the club. The proceeds will directly benefit the club’s after-school programs, which serve over 4,000 … Continue reading Chip NYC raises $10K for Variety Boys and Girls Club

Enter this Earth Day poster contest

Help celebrate our world this Earth Day by participating in State Senator Michael Gianaris’s Earth Day poster contest. Submissions to the contest, meant to raise awareness on environmental issues, can be made on Gianaris’s website here: www.gianaris.nysenate.gov. The deadline is April 17, 2019. “Protecting our environment for the next generation is critical, and it’s best to involve them in raising awareness,” Gianaris says. “The New York State … Continue reading Enter this Earth Day poster contest

Riding the rails with State Senator Gianaris

On Tuesday, members of the transit advocacy group Riders Alliance is kicking off a series of subway ride-alongs with state lawmakers. Their goal is to document the serious crisis afflicting the New York City subways, and build momentum to pass congestion pricing. Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., they will be riding the rails with State Senator Michael Gianaris at Queensboro Plaza. If you support congestion pricing … Continue reading Riding the rails with State Senator Gianaris