With the passage of Local Law 129 in 2005, the City Council created the Minority and Women-owned Businesses Enterprise Certification Program, which at its core was designed to encourage a bit more fairness for businesses owned and operated by women and people of color in their dealings with the city. It was supposed to give minority businesses a more level playing field to compete for city contracts, and in so doing promote their own businesses while contributing to the city’s economy. Comment.
FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said Sean Mack, a Rockaway Beach resident, was found in Far Rockaway early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to his lower torso and was later pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Comment.
Although the crowds in Queens could not hold a flame to the thousands who were marching up and down the streets in Lower Manhattan Thursday, borough members of the Occupy Wall Street movement tried to rally more people to their cause. Comment.
Southeast Queens residents vented their frustration last Thursday with the city over the chronic flooding problems that have bedeviled the area over the years and pushed the city Department of Environmental Protection to get a move on with a solution. Comment.
Nearly 48 hours after he sealed his future in City Hall, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) ended the 15-year-old misdemeanor case against him at Manhattan Criminal Court last Thursday by admitting to his past wrong doings, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment.
A jury could not come to an agreement Monday about the fate of a Jamaica livery cab driver who assaulted a woman over a Manhattan parking spot, but prosecutors said they will try to make their case again. Comment.
EDGEMERE — Fernando Mateo, of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, is offering a $1,000 reward for the murder of a livery cab driver in Edgemere which he believes was an illegal street hail that went bad. Comment.
RICHMOND HILL — A motorist was killed early Sunday morning after crashing into a tree at a high rate of speed at the corner of Van Wyck Expressway State Road West and 91st Avenue, police said. Comment.
Everyone at Hillcrest High School should be proud of our most recent accomplishment. We were officially informed that the city Department of Education has designated Hillcrest HS as an “A” school on the 2010-11 Progress Report. Comment.
Pat Dolan, a longtime Queens activist who was president of the Queens Civic Congress, head of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and involved in numerous other civic activities, died Tuesday night after she was struck by a car on her way to a transportation meeting, police said. She was 72. Comments (3).