MORNING BUZZ (1/28): Galante defends high salary, Body found on Astoria shore & Tuesday events

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Tuesday, January 28th

Weather
• Partly cloudy with a high of 18 and a chance of snow later in the evening.

Top Stories
• President Obama is expected to discuss wage increase plans for federal contractors at his 2014 State of the Union address tonight.

• Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov offered his resignation for “social and political compromise” after Parliament repealed a controversial anti-protest law.

• The U.S. will allow tech companies like Microsoft and Google that sued to disclose government surveillance data to release more information.

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Queens News
• Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante says his $391,594 annual salary is “average” compensation for a nonprofit of its size.

• Senator Chuck Schumer presents plans for “Avonte’s Law,” a $10 million initiative to equip autistic kids with tracking devices.

• Longtime Labor Commissioner James Hanley retired after more than 40 years of dealing contract negotiations with NYC unions.

 

• Investigators are looking into why the unidentified body of a 50-year-old man washed up on the Astoria shore early Monday.

 

Entertainment

• American folk legend and activist Pete Seeger died of natural causes at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 94.

• Quentin Tarantino filed a lawsuit against Gawker Media for sharing a leaked copy of his now abandoned script for The Hateful Eight.

Opinion
• Find out why the Post says Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo are both wrong with their vision for universal pre-kindergarten.

• Join in on the discussion with the NY Times on who should be invited to Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight.

Scoreboard
• The Islanders unraveled late in the second period last night before losing 6–3 to the Boston Bruins. Watch the recap here. They face off against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

• The Nets lost 104–103 to the Raptors after a last-second inbound pass steal by Patrick Patterson. Watch the recap here.

• The Knicks look for three in a row against the Celtics at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Indie Essentials “25 Must-Play Video Games” Now thru Mar 2nd A playable exhibition featuring some of the most creative & significant games from the past decade. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria Call to purchase tickets 718-777-6800
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Real Estate
• Latest news – LES bakery Silk Cakes opened a takeout branch over the weekend at 98-14 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills.

• For sale – Glen Oaks – Just Listed – 68-07 Little Neck Parkway. Asking $645,000.
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• For sale – Forest Hills – Great studio co-op for sale. Located in the Alderton. Efficiency kitchen, living area and bath. Low maintenance fees. Asking $109,000

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• Sold - Five-bedroom, four-bath, 2,930-square-foot single-family home at 80-26 Grenfell Street in Jamaica for $1.2 million.

 

Technology

• In a new scientific essay, Stephen Hawking declared that there are no black holes in the universe.

 

• The NSA is apparently spying on mobile games like Angry Birds, as well.

 

Events

• Maspeth – 9 a.m. – Community groups rally for safety at the site of a deadly accident. Corner of Grand Avenue and 69th Place

• Middle Village – 7 p.m. – St. Margaret’s Boy Scout Troop 19 Meeting. St. Margret’s Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl.

• Kew Gardens – 7 p.m. – Community Board 9 Land Use and Housing Committee Meeting. 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 310-A.

• Astoria - 7 p.m. – 114th Precinct Community Council Meeting. Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 21-01 24th Ave.

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