Author: michaeldorgan

Ulrich Wants Cuomo’s COVID-19 Nursing Home Policies Investigated

May 26, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Queens Council Member Eric Ulrich has called for an investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ulrich, who represents a district in southern Queens, says Cuomo’s ill-judged nursing home mandates contributed to the alarmingly high number of deaths at those facilities. The councilman penned… Read more »

Daily COVID-19 Deaths Fall Under 100 For First Time in 2 Months: Cuomo

By Michael Dorgan, May 23, 2020 The number of New Yorkers that have died from COVID-19 in a single day has dropped below 100 for the first time in two months, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today. The governor said that 84 people across New York died from the virus Friday – marking a significant milestone… Read more »

89 New York City Children Have Rare Illness Tied to COVID-19: Health Dept.

May 22, 2020 By Michael Dorgan The number of New York City children inflicted with a rare and potentially deadly illness linked to the coronavirus has risen to 89, according to the NYC Health Department. The illness, which doctors have labeled Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome or (MIS-C), can cause inflammation of organs, leading to organ failure… Read more »

City Council Should Oppose Funds for New Jails in Budget: CB9 

May 21, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Queens Community Board 9 has called on the city council to vote against the funding of borough-based jails in the upcoming 2021 budget. The executive committee for CB9, which represents Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, passed a resolution on May 15 opposed to the funding of… Read more »

178,000 NYC Students To Attend Summer School This Year: Mayor

May 20, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Schools not going to be out for summer for many New York City kids this year. The city has announced that around 178,000 students will be taking part in its summer learning program starting July. The extra teaching will be for students who failed to reach grade-level standards this… Read more »

COVID-19 Testing Site To Open in Flushing Thursday

May 20, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Flushing will open its first COVID-19 test site Thursday, Council Member Peter Koo has announced. The testing site will open daily at Chen Excelsior/East Sunrise Medical on 42-66 Kissena Blvd., from May 21 to May 26, Koo said in a statement Tuesday. COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing is available… Read more »

Man Killed After Fire Burns Through Elmhurst Home, Lit Cigarette Likely Cause

May 20, 2020 By Michael Dorgan A man was killed after a fire burned through his Elmhurst home Wednesday morning. Paul Agopian, 77, was inside his two-story wood-frame house at 90-17 55 Ave., when the deadly fire broke out. A preliminary investigation revealed that Agopian may have been smoking in his bedroom which led to… Read more »

New York Memorial Day Services Can Go Ahead With Max 10 People: Cuomo

May 20, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that Memorial Day services to honor those who have died while serving in the military will be allowed to go ahead this weekend – with restrictions. Ceremonies with a maximum of 10 people in attendance will be permitted, the governor said at a press… Read more »

Queens Neighborhoods Where Residents Work in the Restaurant, Retail and Tourist Industries Hit Hard: Study

May 19 2020, By Michael Dorgan Many Queens neighborhoods consist of residents who work in the restaurant, tourist and retail industries– and those areas have taken a financial hit, according to a recent study. The study, released by Center for an Urban Future, found that people who work in the four hardest-hit industries – restaurants,… Read more »

Major Sports League Can Plan to Reopen Without Fans: Cuomo

May 18, 2020 By Michael Dorgan  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York’s major league sports teams can get back up and running– although without spectators. The governor said the state will help sports franchises reopen if they can make it economically viable to do so under the condition. “Hockey, basketball, baseball, football, whoever… Read more »