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30 The Queens Courier • MAY 18, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com 30 THE QUEENS COURIER • MAY 18, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM sun THE QUEENS editorial WWW.COURIERSUN.COM PUBLISHER & EDITOR CO-PUBLISHER ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF VP, EVENTS, WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA ART DIRECTOR ARTIST SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER STAFF REPORTERS CONTRIBUTING REPORTERS ASSISTANT TO PUBLISHER CLASSIFIED MANAGER CONTROLLER PRESIDENT & CEO VICE PRESIDENT VICTORIA SCHNEPS-YUNIS JOSHUA A. SCHNEPS BOB BRENNAN ROBERT POZARYCKI AMY AMATO-SANCHEZ NIRMAL SINGH RON TORINA EMILY DAVENPORT KATRINA MEDOFF, ANTHONY GIUDICE, ANGELA MATUA SUZANNE MONTEVERDI CLIFF KASDEN, SAMANTHA SOHMER, ELIZABETH ALONI DEBORAH CUSICK CELESTE ALAMIN MARIA VALENCIA VICTORIA SCHNEPS-YUNIS JOSHUA A. SCHNEPS Schneps Communications, 38-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361 718-224-5863 • Fax 718-224-5441 www.qns.com editorial e-mail: editorial@qns.com for advertising e-mail:qns.com Entire Contents Copyright 2017 by The Queens Courier All letters sent to THE QUEENS COURIER should be brief and are subject to condensing. Writers should include a full address and home and offi ce telephone numbers, where available, as well as affi liation, indicating special interest. Anonymous letters are not printed. Name withheld on request. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, AS WELL AS OP-ED PIECES IN NO WAY REFLECT THE PAPER’S POSITION. No such ad or any part thereof may be reproduced without prior permission of THE QUEENS COURIER. The publishers will not be responsible for any error in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Errors must be reported to THE QUEENS COURIER within fi ve days of publication. Ad position cannot be guaranteed unless paid prior to publication. Schneps Communications assumes no liability for the content or reply to any ads. The advertiser assumes all liability for the content of and all replies. The advertiser agrees to hold THE QUEENS COURIER and its employees harmless from all cost, expenses, liabilities, and damages resulting from or caused by the publication or recording placed by the advertiser or any reply to any such advertisement. MOUNTIES ON BELL BOULEVARD // PHOTO VIA TWITTER @NYPD111PCT Send us your photos of Queens and you could see them online or in our paper! To submit them to us, tag @queenscourier on Instagram, visit our Facebook page, tweet @QNS or email editorial@qns.com (subject: Queens Snaps) Railroad fi x would ease Queens commuters’ pain If you’re a Queens resident who uses the Long Island Rail Road daily to get around, you had a lousy fi rst week of May -- and that’s an understatement. According to the LIRR’s own statistics, between May 1 and May 5, the system had 391 delays and cancellations -- an average of 78 such events a day, or about 3 per hour. One one branch servicing Queens, the Port Washington through the northeast, there were seven cancellations and 62 other delays. As most everyone now knows, the problems that beset the LIRR last week were largely the result of track and signal problems emanating out of Penn Station, otherwise known as the poster child of everything wrong with America’s infrastructure in the 21st century. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand want the federal government to invest $50 billion toward rail upgrades. Th e federal government should honor their request to not only fi x Penn Station but also complete the East Side Access project, which would connect the LIRR to Grand Central Station. As with Penn Station improvements, completion of the East Side Access has been delayed for years due to funding constraints and other issues. Th e LIRR serves numerous Queens neighborhoods where subways don’t run, and where bus service is infrequent and unreliable. It also supplements subway service in areas such as Flushing, Forest Hills and Woodside, easing the congestion on subway lines through those neighborhoods. Anytime the LIRR cancels or delays trains, the impact on Queens commuters is terrible. Th e subways become more crowded than usual. Th ose who can aff ord it opt to hail a cab or use a ride-sharing app to go where they need to, at far greater expense. And those who can’t aff ord it are stuck using slow buses -- or become so frustrated by the situation that they simply stay home. Even so, there are plans in the works to boost LIRR usage throughout Queens. South Queens lawmakers want the MTA to create a “Freedom Ticket” program that would allow residents to pay one price to use subways, buses and the LIRR in Queens. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s looking to create a new transit hub at Willets Point to connect the coming LaGuardia AirTrain with the LIRR and the 7 line. Something’s gotta give. If Queens residents are to rely on the LIRR more and more in the years to come, then the investments to upgrade Penn Station and the entire system must be made now. STORY: Bayside bar & restaurant will see new ownership, look and name this summer SUMMARY: Sullivan’s on Bell Boulevard in Bayside will get a new look and name after it goes under new ownership this summer. REACH: 26,331 people (as of 5/15/17) Publisher & E ditor Victoria Schneps-Yunis Co-Publisher Joshua A. Schneps Associate Publisher Bob Brennan E ditor-In-Chief Robert Pozarycki VP, Events, Web & Social Media Amy Amato-Sanchez Art Director Nirmal Singh Artist Ron Torina S ocial Media Manager Emily Davenport S taff Reporters Katrina Medoff, Anthony Giudice, Angela Matua Suzanne Monteverdi Contributing Reporters Cliff Kasden, Samantha Sohmer, Elizabeth Aloni Assistant to Publisher Deborah Cusick Classified Manager Celeste Alamin Controller Maria Valencia President & CEO Victoria Schneps-Yunis Vice President Joshua A. Schneps Schneps Communications, 38-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361 718-224-5863 • Fax 718-224-5441 www.qns.com editorial e-mail: editorial@qns.com for advertising e-mail: ads@qns.com Entire Contents Copyright 2017 by The Courier Sun All letters sent THE COURIER SUN should be brief and are subject to  should include a full and home and office telephone numbers, where available, as well as affiliation, indicating special interest. Anonymous letters are not printed. Name withheld on request. No such ad or any part thereof may be reproduced without prior permission of THE COURIER SUN. The publishers will not be responsible for any error in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Errors must be reported to THE COURIER SUN within five days of publication. Ad position cannot be guaranteed unless paid prior to publication. VIctoria Media Services assumes no liability for the content or reply to any ads. The advertiser assumes all liability for the content of and all replies. The advertiser agrees to hold The Courier SUN and its employees harmless from all cost, expenses, liabilities, and damages resulting from or caused by the publication or recording placed by the advertiser or any reply to any such advertisement.


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