NEW YORK – Today the Kew Gardens Hills rezoning moved forward with a key hearing before the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. The proposed rezoning will allow affected homeowners to expand their homes as their families grow.
Formally applied for by Queens Community Board 8, the Kew Gardens Hills rezoning is supported by the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association and is being shepherded through the City Council by Council Member Rory I. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman and Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal announced that the Board of Elections has officially designated P.S. 164 in Kew Gardens Hills as a poll site, and will be open for the June 2019 primary election.
P.S. 164 has not been used as a polling site since 2012 because the school was not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, today introduced legislation requiring the NYPD to submit quarterly reports on the clearance rates of index crimes broken down by precinct. The bill also requires the NYPD to continually update previous clearance reports to reflect any crimes in which arrests were made following original publication. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement on the passing of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown:
“I am saddened to learn of Judge Brown’s passing. Judge Brown dedicated his life to public service, and he was deeply committed to the people of Queens. My thoughts are with Judge Brown’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Queens Sends More Pre-trial Misdemeanor Defendants to Rikers Island Than Any Other Borough, and More Defendants on Bail Less Than $1,000
New York Daily News: Queens leads the city in lockups for minor criminal infractions, city data shows
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, issued the following statement in response to new City data, required by Local Law 86 of 2015, showing that in the final six months of 2018, Queens sent more individuals awaiting trial on misdemeanor offenses to City jails than any other borough. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement after the so-called “Glendale Middle Village Coalition” protested outside the Long Island synagogue of Michael Wilner, the synagogue’s president, who owns property in Glendale that the Coalition demands be developed into a school, according to the Queens Courier.
“Protesting outside a person’s synagogue on the Sabbath because they might not develop their private property the way you want is a grotesque act of antisemitism and fully deserves our unqualified condemnation. READ MORE
KEW GARDENS HILLS – Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, Council Member Rory Lancman, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) hosted an electronic waste recycling event at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills earlier this week. Hundreds of Queens residents dropped off over 10,000 pounds of old electronics, including computers, televisions, printers, keyboards, and more, to be recycled.
The E-Waste Recycling event was organized in response to a 2015 New York State law, which prohibits electronic waste from being included with normal curbside collection. READ MORE
NEW YORK – The New York City Council today passed Council Member Lancman’s legislation, Intro. 944, to require the Department of Correction (DOC) to notify eligible incarcerated individuals and their legal representatives when such individuals are detained solely because of $1 bail, or a total bail amount lower than $10.
Lancman’s legislation mandates that DOC produce a list of incarcerated individuals who are held solely due to a bail amount lower than $10 once before noon and once after noon every day of the week. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman issued the following statement today to mark the two-year anniversary of the Spectrum Strike. IBEW Local 3, which represents 1,800 Spectrum workers and is headquartered in Council Member Lancman’s District, went on strike against Charter Communications on March 28, 2017 after the company refused to offer its workers a fair contract.
“I am proud to support IBEW Local 3 today and every day as they fight for their families and their livelihoods. READ MORE
NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System and the author of legislation that made ‘revenge porn’ a crime in New York City, issued the following statement after the State Legislature today passed Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s legislation to criminalize ‘revenge porn’ in New York State.
“I commend Senator Martinez, Assemblyman Braunstein, and the State Legislature for taking action today to make ‘revenge porn’ a crime in New York State and sending a strong message that this vile behavior will not be tolerated. READ MORE