The state Assembly planned to authorize the city to raise income taxes to fund an expansion of pre-K, but in the state Senate, where Democrats do not hold the reins, the body was split on how to fund the expansion. Comment.
As the war over horse-drawn carriages continues to divide New York City, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is standing firm on his position to ban the industry despite comments made by movie star Liam Neeson this week backing the carriages. Comment.
The fates of a dozen new schools planned for Queens next year are up in the air as Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing legal challenges to his decision to reverse and continue a number of co-locations approved under the Bloomberg administration. Comment.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has successfully obtained visas for a group of family members of two Queens teenagers who died in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway last month. Comments (2).
JAMAICA — A New Jersey woman was charged Tuesday for allegedly performing a botched butt enlargement procedure that caused the death of a 22-year-old Jamaica college student in July, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Several elected officials met with parents and educators of School District 26 last week as the district’s presidents’ council hosted a legislative breakfast in Bayside to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing education today, including school safety and Common Core standards. Comment.
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A court officer assigned to the Civil Supreme Court in Jamaica was convicted of sexually abusing two young family members and possessing child pornography, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3).
Bob Mackey exited the locker room with his collar open and a look of exhaustion on his face. The Christ the King girls’ basketball coach and his team had no answer for Nazareth star guard Bianca Cuevas in a battle of the McDonald’s All-Americans between Cuevas and the Royals’ Sierra Calhoun. Comment.
Advocates for several northeast Queens nonprofits gathered at a participatory budget meeting last week to present their ideas for community projects in hopes of securing funding for the work in the city budget. Comment.
An activist in eastern Queens’ South Asian community is eyeing a seat in Albany, and while it may seem like an opportune time for the Glen Oaks resident to take a shot at either his state senator or assemblyman, one insider suggested it may just be a move to raise his profile. Comments (1).
A Flushing model is suing a trendy Astoria nightclub and two of its bouncers after one of them allegedly struck her during a March 23 melee outside of Don Coqui at 28-18 31st St. in Astoria. Marilyn Reyes, 21, says her career is threatened after she needed five stitches to close what the police called a laceration over her right eye. Reyes’ attorney said they are asking for an unspecified amount in the civil suit filed in Queens Supreme Court but would settle out of court for $1 million. Comment.
A family in the property management business, with several apartment buildings in Queens, has found a way to showcase the artwork of military veterans and decorate the lobbies of their apartment buildings at the same time. Comment.
The owner of a Flushing seafood trading company was found guilty last week of storing fish at his College Point warehouse without having the proper permits, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Woodhaven residents channeled their inner Gipper over the weekend when they called on the city to demolish a partially collapsed building they say is waging a cold war on the neighborhood’s volunteer ambulance corps. Comment.
This letter is in regard to my investigations with the Office of Special Investigations in the city Department of Education and my still pending investigation and charges from a school-based investigation. Comments (1).
LaGuardia Community College was named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen College Excellence Program Tuesday, so the Long Island City school is eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds. Comment.
Recent disputes between the management of the Burger King, at 120th Street and Liberty Avenue, and the senior citizens who occupy the limited seating space at the restaurant has led to the enforcement of a 20-minute seating policy. Comments (7).
In response to a Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Bayside Times letter by Bob Friedrich (“Don’t give political parties labels”), about the “bad” Republicans and the “good” Democrats, the Democrats want to extend unemployment, the Republicans do not. They want to pay for it. Comment.
A Richmond Hill man fatally mowed down by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in Long Island City Friday night had been headed to his second day of work, police and heartbroken relatives said. Comment.
U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) met with members of New York City’s Ukrainian community on Saturday to discuss the American efforts to support the fledgling government of Ukraine in their crisis with Russia. Comments (4).
MASPETH — Officers released photos of three men they believe robbed Sensational Livery Cab Leasing Services, at 69-20 48th Ave. on the border of Woodside, of $16,000 at gunpoint Feb. 25, the NYPD said. Comment.