The Queens Chronicle reports on the public hearing held in regards to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close down and overhaul Bryant High School, which drew a great deal of protest.
The rumblings started low at first — emanating from the football players in the middle of the room, the student government leaders perched closer to the stage and the parents dispersed throughout Bryant High School’s auditorium —and grew until loud boos drowned out a deputy schools chancellor, whose voice was no match for the hundreds of people protesting the city’s plan to shutter the institution established in 1889.
The New York Daily News discusses flawed reporting by the U.S. Census Bureau, which came to light after recent population statistics for Queens showed a much larger population increase than the numbers reported by the Census.
Recent Queens population statistics show the borough is growing despite a lackluster showing in the 2010 Census.
Officials say the new numbers boost their claim the Census count was flawed.
From April 2010 to July 2011, the population of Queens grew by 17,126, according to data released last week but the U.S. Census Bureau.
The new figures place the population of Queens at 2,247,848.
The Times Ledger talks about JetBlue's move to a new office located in Long Island City's Brewster Building. Senator Gianaris joined other elected officials at the ribbon-cutting of the new corporate office.
Two long-awaited changes came to Queens Plaza last week as the recently completed park near 29th Street was named “Dutch Kills Green” and airline company JetBlue opened its new Long Island City office a few blocks away.
“What a terrific day in the ongoing renaissance in the Queensboro Plaza area,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.
The New York Daily News talks about the lawsuit challenging the Senate Republicans' proposal to add a 63rd state Senate seat and describes how the addition of a seat is flagrantly biased. Although a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice called the Senate Republicans' proposal "disturbing," he declared there was not enough evidence to prove that the scheme was illegal. Senator Gianaris says that State Democrats maintain the proposal is unconstitutional, which is why they have appealed the judges ruling.
Congratulations to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun for boiling everything that’s wrong with New York’s poisonous politics down to the essence.
The Times Ledger reports on the rally held outside Long Island City High School, where students, parents, teachers, and elected officials gathered to protest the proposed closure and "turnaround" of the school.
More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution.
“This is not something that we want and we’re not going to let it happen without a fight,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), an alumnus of the school.