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‘No confidence’: Embattled Assembly Member Ardila slammed in Queens Community Board 2 vote over sex abuse allegations, no-shows
‘No confidence’: Embattled Assembly Member Ardila slammed in Queens Community Board 2 vote over sex abuse allegations, no-shows

June 2, 2023 By Christian Murray

Queens Community Board 2 dealt Assembly Member Juan Ardila another political blow Thursday night by passing a “no confidence” resolution in the wake of two sexual abuse allegations that surfaced in March.

The board, by a near-unanimous vote, said that Ardila, a first-term Democrat, is unable to represent his western Queens district effectively. For instance, the board said that Ardila’s colleagues in Albany refuse to work with him given the sexual abuse allegations, which pertain to his actions at a college party in 2015.

The non-binding resolution, approved by a 34-1 vote, stated that the board has “no confidence in Assembly Member’s Ardila’s ability to represent his constituents within Community Board 2. CB2 is deeply concerned that constituents are not receiving the representation they are due.”

LaGuardia’s new Terminal B wins major awards from two leading environmental organizations

Jun. 2, 2023 By Bill Parry

Not only is the finished product aesthetically pleasing to the eye that presents a vast improvement for traveler experience, the new $4 billion Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport is also a model of sustainability for such large-scale construction projects in the future. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the developer and manager of Terminal B, on June 2 announced that the completed project has won prestigious awards from two leading international environmental institutions.

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New York Hall of Science awarded federal funding for project on artificial intelligence

New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will play a key role in the future of artificial and natural intelligence after U.S. Rep. Grace Meng announced that the institution in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has been awarded nearly a half-million dollars in federal funding from the National Science Foundation over the next five years.

NYSCI will be part of a $20 million initiative led by Columbia University to establish an AI Institute for Artificial and Natural Intelligence (ARNI), an interdisciplinary center that will bring together several top research institutions to focus on a national priority: connecting the major progress made in AI systems to the revolution in understanding the brain.

Op-Ed: Why I’m voting for Melinda Katz

May. 13, 2023 By Councilman Shekar Krishnan

Melinda Katz and I haven’t always seen eye to eye. In the contentious 2019 Democratic primary election for Queens District Attorney, I publicly supported Tiffany Cabán, the public defender candidate, over Katz, then the borough president. After Katz won and took office, I opposed her prosecution of a Guyanese immigrant who was wrongfully jailed as a young teenager on a coerced confession.