The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 affected all of us, but survivors and the brave first responders, many of whom risked everything to provide emergency aid, have suffered incomparable health problems and financial loss in the years following this tragedy. Comment.
St. John’s board of trustees said the Rev. Joseph Levesque, the former president of Niagara University, has been elected interim president of the nation’s second-largest Catholic University to replace the Rev. Donald Harrington, who announced his retirement in May. Comments (1).
Two weeks ago, South Asian and Indo-Caribbean activists met in South Ozone Park to discuss a wide range of topics pertinent to the Indo-Caribbean community at the first Indo-Caribbean Convene, a space provided for activists and community leaders from Queens to discuss matters of faith, culture, justice and community. Comment.
The City Council’s passage in June of the inaptly named Community Safety Act is a reckless action which will handcuff the police, lead to more drugs and guns on our streets and victimize the poor and minority citizens the Council claims to protect. Comment.
Federal wildlife agents removed hundreds of geese thought to be a hazard to air safety at Kennedy Airport last week, but an animal-rights activist who filmed them said the government is setting the fowl up as a red herring. Comments (12).
Queens Republican City Council hopefuls gathered outside Borough Hall Wednesday to back southeast Queens candidate Scherie Murray, who voiced her opposition to two NYPD reform bills the Council passed two weeks ago. Comments (1).
NORTH HILLS, L.I. — A Woodside man was arrested last week after he allegedly drove 100 mph on the Long Island Expressway while intoxicated and ignored police who tried to pull him over, Nassau County police said. Comments (1).
The year 1952 will be remembered as the summer of UFOs on the East Coast. Since the 1947 sightings of unidentified flying objects over Roswell, N.M., Americans from various parts of the country had been reporting seeing strange phenomena in the night skies. Comment.
The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground is in Flushing on 46th Avenue between 164th and 165th streets. It is a 19th-century cemetery where approximately 1,000 souls rest. Many of the dead are children, victims of epidemics. Most of the interred are African Americans or indigenous Americans. Comment.
The number of complaints filed with the independent body investigating allegations of police misconduct dropped slightly in the borough last year, with areas of southeast Queens continuing to account for the lion’s share. Comments (1).
Mary Louis varsity softball Coach Ginny Peiser has retired from the bench to devote more time to the G.O.A.L.S. youth softball league she founded in 2009. Junior varsity Coach and former TMLA all-city player ToniAnne Campuzano will take over next season, according to school Athletic Director Joe Lewinger. Comment.
I don’t care to go back to the bad old days of New York City, when crime was rampant, city streets were filled with folks thinking it was acceptable to sleep on sidewalks, squeegee men assaulted drivers stopped at red lights and our town was headed down a long spiral of despair. The City Council’s short memory is about to drag us back to those days with the passage of Intro 1079 and 1080, which end stop-and-frisk and creates an NYPD inspector general. Comment.
Queens has a starring role in the Muni-Meter meltdown bedeviling the city. There is a constant stream of complaints to community boards across the borough from motorists trying to appease the temperamental meters so they can perform simple tasks such as buying a newspaper or having a cup of coffee. Comments (2).
A group of NYPD narcotics officers stopped to help two fellow cops with a College Point arrest Wednesday night until they realized the plainclothes duo were imposters in the middle of a possible drug robbery, the head of the 109th Precinct Council said. Comment.
A new state bill would force private companies that set up shop on parkland to replace the greenspace somewhere else at three times the size, which could make Flushing Meadows Corona Park less enticing for development projects. Comments (1).
State Assembly members David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) earned six-figure salaries last year from their jobs outside Albany, recent filings aimed at shedding light on state officials’ outside incomes show. Comments (2).
The state Liquor Authority ruled against granting a liquor license to the operators of a proposed bikini bar in Astoria last week, a decision that was lauded by elected officials who oppose the establishment. Comments (1).
A pair of South Asian community groups last week filed a federal lawsuit against the city Board of Elections for failing to provide voters with Bengali-language ballots as it has been required to do since 2011 under the Voting Rights Act. Comment.
Three students at LaGuardia Community College helping to put Sunnyside on the map were honored by the college and community organizations last week as top finalists in the Sunnyside map project. Comment.
Lawmakers kept a promise this week to give out earmarks to nonprofits and schools on behalf of embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), but this year his share of the pot was greatly diminished. Comments (1).
A crew of the Bonnano crime family was busted this week on charges of running a multi-million-dollar gambling scheme out of Costa Rica, among other allegations, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.
A group of Breezy Point and Rockaway Beach residents has filed suit against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid, alleging the utility providers were responsible for the fires that engulfed their homes immediately after Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
James Southerland’s quest to make an NBA roster is still alive even though he didn’t hear his name called at the Barclays Center or get to shake Commissioner David Stern’s hand on draft night. Comment.