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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Astoria

Queens pols oppose Trump’s budget proposal

Members of Congress from Queens slammed the Trump administration’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year, saying it neglected the needs of programs which serve the poor and disabled. They also said the blueprint stripped funding from vital agencies that protect the city, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and NYPD counterterrorism. Comments (4)

Monday, March 27, 2017

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More hateful graffiti found outside Gianaris’ office in Astoria

It has happened again. Comments (3)

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Corona

Overcrowded Louis Armstrong School in Corona to get new annex

Students at one Corona school will finally get relief from years of chronic overcrowding. Comments (2)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jackson Heights

Police search for Jackson Heights robbery suspect

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of robbery in Jackson Heights. Comments (1)

Friday, March 24, 2017

East Elmhurst

Baby girl struck and killed by pickup truck driver in East Elmhurst: NYPD

A 1-year-old baby girl was struck and killed by a pickup truck in East Elmhurst Thursday night, according to the NYPD. The toddler, identified as Skylar Perkins, was in a stroller being pushed by her mother across 23rd Avenue just before 9 p.m. when a white Dodge Ram made a right turn off 94th Street crushed the stroller, police said. Comment
Sunnyside

City arts community to rally against Trump’s proposed budget cuts

The majority leader of the City Council is calling on the arts community to rally against President Donald Trump and his proposed budget cuts to the arts and humanities. Comments (1)
Astoria

Homophobic graffiti targets Astoria elected officials

For the second time in a week, homophobic graffiti has been discovered on buildings housing the offices of Astoria lawmakers. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City housing inventory will double this year

The unprecedented growth in Long Island City is evident to anyone in western Queens with views of the rapidly changing skyline, especially in the Court Square and Queens Plaza sections. Comments (2)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Long Island City

Workers rally at LIC bakery after threat of firings over immigrant status

A group of 50 workers and their advocates from immigrant rights groups rallied outside the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City Wednesday morning to protest the threatened mass firings of dozens of immigrant workers following a U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigation. Comments (7)
Corona

CB4 delays decision on 111th Street safety improvements

Community Board 4 voted to table the Department of Transportation’s latest proposal for safety improvements on 11th Street in Corona along the western edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The 24-12 vote sparked outrage among the nearly 200 residents and safe streets advocates who packed the VFW post on 108th Street Tuesday night. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jackson Heights

Moya celebrates STEM funding

A national organization of pharmaceutical firms throughout the country granted $2,000 to a Jackson Heights charter school to help bolster the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Woodside

Officials announce removal of classroom trailers at PS 151 in Woodside

Borough President Melinda Katz joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides in Woodside Monday to announce that all 11 classroom trailers will be removed at the end of the year from the PS 151 playground, which will be updated to bring increased recreational space for students and the community. At its April policy meeting, the Panel for Educational Policy will vote to approve the resiting of PS Q255, which serves autistic students between the ages of 5 and 17, which is co-located at PS 151’s building but occupies the trailers in the playground. Comment

Monday, March 20, 2017

Astoria

Hate graffiti discovered at elected officials’ office building in Astoria

Hate graffiti was discovered scrawled on the wall outside the district offices of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and at two other locations in Astoria Monday morning. The two, along with City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) have been vocal critics of the Trump administrations executive orders and have taken actions towards uniting the community after numerous anti-Muslim incidents since Election Day. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Man arrested in Jackson Heights transgender attack: Cops

A Long Island man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking two transgender women outside a Jackson Height’s McDonald’s Friday, according to the NYPD. Comments (4)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Woodside

Retired prison guard shoots estranged wife in Woodside: DA

A 54-year-old retired city correction officer has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his wife in their Woodside home last Sunday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. According to the charges, Victor Guzman was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with his wife, Maria Guzman, 52, inside their apartment on 59th Street near Laurel Hill Boulevard when he pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and fired one round while their 7-year-old grandson was in the home. Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017

Corona

Police look for suspects in chain of robberies in western Queens

Police were searching for a group of men suspected of more than 20 robberies in western Queens. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

NYPD retakes Travers Park from alleged drug gang

The NYPD has smashed a notorious street gang that has terrorized a Jackson Heights park for years following a long-term investigation. Comments (4)
Long Island City

Gianaris calls for Long Island City strip club to be closed down

With reoccurring criminal activity and alarming reports revealing dozens of public safety concerns, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling for the closure of Aces New York, a strip joint located at 31-10 37th Ave. in Long Island City. Gianaris is demanding the State Liquor Authority deny a renewal of the club’s cabaret license. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College president wins prestigious education award

Dr. Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College, won the 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence Monday, one of the most prestigious awards in American academia. Comment

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Elmhurst

Meng holds immigration town hall meeting in Elmhurst

Calling the last few months “uncertain times for our country,” U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) opened an immigration town hall at the new Elmhurst Community Library Saturday to discuss President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration. A panel of experts including attorneys from the Legal Aid Society and advocates from the New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York and the Black Institute were on hand to share information and advice about the so-called Muslim ban and the rights of undocumented and documented immigrants with more than 10 Comments (8)
Woodside

Queens open for business again after Stella sweeps through

Life was returning to normal in Queens Wednesday as subways and buses resumed full service, but LaGuardia and Kennedy airports were jammed with travelers trying to make up for the day lost to Winter Storm Stella. Comments (2)

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