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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015




Tales of Broken Trains, Signal Malfunctions and Long Delays Will be Compiled for Governor Cuomo and Lawmakers to Show Urgent Need for MTA Capital $$ The Riders Alliance, as part of a weeklong drive to collect subway riders’ “horror stories” of delays and malfunctions, came to Queensboro Plaza this morning to


ask N, Q and 7 train riders to share their experiences. The stories will be compiled and presented to Governor Cuomo and members of the state legislature, who have to decide in the coming months whether to fund the MTA’s proposed $32 billion five-year capital program…or whether to let service continue to deteriorate for subway riders. The Riders Alliance is collecting stories at www.ridersny.org/

horror-stories through Friday, March 20th. This Tuesday morning, Riders Alliance members approached subway riders at the Queensboro Plaza Manhattanbound N/Q/7 train platform to ask them to share their experiences. Stories contributed online and in person will be presented to Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to underscore the urgency of funding the MTA’s capital program. (continued on page 5)

If you see a pothole anywhere within the CB 2 district, please call or email the exact location to CB 2 at (718) 533-8773 or qn02@cb.nyc.gov CB 2 has reported many potholes throughout the district and they are being repaired. The crews are out and about. CB 2 would like to submit a comprehensive list to DOT as soon as possible to make sure all of them are repaired.


Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Western Queens) announced the Assembly passed her bill (A.3870), which would implement paid family leave benefits for injury or sickness, pregnancy or to care for a family member. Providing workers with paid time off to care for their families is not only good for their economic security but also benefits the overall economy and society as a whole. “The lack of paid family leave is holding New York back” said Assemblywoman Nolan. “It adds to pay inequality and keeps women out of the work force, which negatively impacts our families and our economy as a whole. This legislation would help families maintain financial security and provide the flexibility they need

while caring for loved ones.” While the federal Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave to some workers, paid family leave is out of reach for too many in our city and our borough. The loss of income or a job can take a huge financial toll and puts families at risk. This bill would begin to alleviate these issues and ensure that all workers are able to take paid family leave when the health or well-being of a loved one is at stake. Businesses would be required to offer a paid family leave benefit and employers could have workers contribute up to 45 cents per week to the policy. This small employee contribution would ensure up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, cover two-thirds of the

worker’s salary and guarantee both job and financial security during the absence. “No one should have to choose between caring for a family member or newborn and making ends meet,” said Assemblywoman Nolan. “Hardworking New Yorkers must be given the flexibility of being able to care for their loved ones when they’re needed the most. The Assembly Majority’s Families First agenda means exactly that – putting our families first.” Unexpected medical emergencies, childbirth and care of aging relatives are issues all families face, yet only about 12 percent of private-sector workers currently have access to paid family leave, Assemblywoman Nolan noted. (continued on page 2)

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Free Book Giveaway


On March 17th, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined renowned Queens comedian Des Bishop and the Irish Arts Center to give out hundreds of free books at the 61st Street Station in Woodside. Council Member Van Bramer has participated in the annual St. Patrick’s Day event for the last five years helping the Irish Arts Center hand out thousands of books written by Irish and Irish American authors. “Each year the Irish Arts Center does a wonderful job of sharing the Irish experience with New Yorkers,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. (continued on page 4)

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