Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Queens Village

Queens Village man gets 80 to life for robbery, violent police chase

A Queens Village man was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison last week for shooting at Nassau County police officers while he and three others led the officers on a high-speed chase through Nassau and Queens after they committed a home invasion robbery in Elmont, L.I., in 2009, the Nassau district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Maspeth sewer project completed

Rainy days in Maspeth should be a little less wet — at least along Maurice and 54th avenues. Comment.

Glenridge unveils solar panels

At a time when Queens senior centers have had to tighten their belts, Glenridge Senior Center in Ridgewood has found a way to keep on its lights at half the price. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Residents complain of loud customers having sex on cars at Floral Park eatery

Despite not having a liquor license, a Floral Park restaurant has been serving alcohol and rowdy customers have been seen having sex on top of their cars at night, residents complained last week at the 105th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment.

Bellerose civic leader criticizes city over tree

A Bellerose civic leader said a tree next to his property has been a thorn in his side after a branch fell into his backyard and he criticized the city Parks Department for saying it would take the agency 45 days to remove the branch. Comment.

JFK reclassifies stolen items as lost: Post

JAMAICA — Laptops and suitcases reported stolen by travelers through John F. Kennedy International Airport are routinely downgraded from thefts to lost luggage to keep crime statistics at the airports lower, the New York Post reported. Comment.

2 men wanted in robbery still on loose: Police

JAMAICA — Police said they were searching for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery on 185th Street in Jamaica May 18. Comment.

Boro man killed in car by unknown shooters: Cops

JAMAICA — Police were searching for suspects in a violent shooting that took place in Jamaica Friday morning. Comment.

Residents: Sin den on 221st

Laurelton residents complained about what they said was an illegal gambling operation on their block during a meeting of the 105th Precinct Community Council last week. Comment.

Provocative Rosedale billboard stripper covers up

The risqué lady who had been causing quite a stir for Rosedale homeowners and passing motorists has left the building. Comment.

Reggae series brings big acts to Jamaica

Jamaica streets have been filled with the sounds of lively reggae music and the organizers of the outdoor event are just getting started to jazz up the neighborhood. Comment.

Jamaica HS Saved from the Gallows

A state Appellate Court has upheld a ruling by a state Supreme Court judge that will keep Jamaica High School off the chopping block. The school, which has played such an important role in the history of southeast Queens, will remain open. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Always reserve hospital land in St. Albans for our veterans

Those of us who are civilians, grateful to those who have and are still serving in the military and NYPD, can only shake our heads at the risks these brave people take to protect us and the treatment they received after the fact. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Forest Hills cop settles for $80K in city lawsuit

A former Forest Hills-based police officer accepted a settlement of $80,000 last month from the city in a lawsuit alleging multiple incidents of discrimination. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Boro pupils proved themselves academically and volunteering

Our Queens high schools did many great things over the past academic year. Here are some of those activities. Comment.

Costco opens in Rego Park mall

Costco was expected to join other big box stores like Kohl’s and Century 21 at the Rego Center shopping mall this Thursday, when officials were slated to officially unveil the warehouse that will enable residents to buy discounted items like food and clothes. Comment.

Sasson vows to best Stavisky

Philanthropist, community activist and Democratic candidate Isaac Sasson is like the old New York Lottery slogan in it to win it this time in the race for state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Whitestone) seat. Comment.

Queens College’s first art festival ends

Bounding across the stage, snapping their fingers to high-energy pieces from international musicians and making many an audience member laugh in the midst of a flurry of color and dance, Queens College students parodied high fashion and explored the theme of identity as they wrapped up their first-ever summer arts festival last week. Comment.

Legislature OKs hospital bill

The closings of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals inspired a bill passed by the state Legislature last week that would require the state to hold a hearing about plans to shutter hospitals and issue plans for filling the gap in health care services in affected communities. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing’s Bland Houses have gas back after two months

The residents of the James A. Bland Houses in Flushing have been angry lately at Con Edison and the utility’s handling of their basic necessities. Comment.

2002 Porsche stolen in Bayside: Police

BAYSIDE — A 2002 Porsche was stolen from 211th Street in Bayside July 4, the 111th Precinct said. Comment.

Motorcyclist injured in MidVille accident

BAYSIDE — Police said a 2006 Honda motorcycle was stolen from the driveway of a home at 211th Street in Bayside July 5. Comment.

Burglars break into home without stealing: Police

FLUSHING — The 111th Precinct said burglars broke into a home on 188th Street in Flushing June 25, but did not steal anything. Comment.

111th police say victim stabbed while in his car

BAYSIDE — Police said they have arrested a 41-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed another man in Bayside with a knife multiple times. Comment.

The Lame Duck Roars

In the last week, Gov. David Paterson has demonstrated a courage rarely seen in Albany. While the state’s derelict legislators headed home for vacation, the governor sat with his aides and began vetoing the state budget. Comment.

Douglaston diner requires drainage work, CB 11 says

The city Board of Standards and Appeals will soon decide whether to grant a variance to the owner of the former Seville Diner’s property in Douglaston, but northeast Queens community leaders said the site needs to be cleaned up due to drainage problems. Comment.

Flushing woman netted in sex trafficking bust

A Murray Hill woman has been charged with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and conspiracy for allegedly coercing multiple Korean women who believed they were applying for nail salon attendant jobs into working as prostitutes at false massage parlors in Huntington Station, L.I., and Hicksville, L.I. Comment.

Padavan rule calls halt to soliciting by brokers

Real estate brokers and sales representatives will no longer be able to solicit property listings of residents from several northeast Queens neighborhoods, which will become cease and desist zones, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said. Comment.

Suspect admits helping failed JFK bombers

One of the Guyanese men arrested on charges of plotting to blow up the gas tanks and pipelines that feed into John F. Kennedy International Airport pleaded guilty last week in Brooklyn federal court for his role in the thwarted scheme, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District said. Comment.

Fort Totten pool saved from closure

The Fort Totten pool will remain an oasis from the summer’s sweltering heat after City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) announced last week that the historic Bayside site’s swimming hole had been rescued from the chopping block. Comment.

CB 11 committee supports plan for 2-hour meters

Community Board 11’s transportation committee has approved a plan to change meters along Bayside’s Bell Boulevard shopping district, but some board members say they are opposed to the measure. Comment.

Behar pushes Albany reform

Bayside attorney Steve Behar said he would focus on reforms in Albany’s dysfunctional state Legislature if elected this fall to replace state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside). Comment.

Man dies after receiving shot to head: Police

OZONE PARK—– An Ozone Park man was killed near his home Sunday after he was shot in the head, police said. Comment.

Resident of nursing home, 80, missing: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police said they were searching for a missing 80-year-old Jackson Heights man who was last seen at a nursing home on 20th Avenue. Comment.

Make commuter van lines succeed the Q75, Q79 buses

An open letter to city Taxi and Limousine Commission Commissioner David Yassky. Comment.

State must understand science behind the use of hydrofracking

An open letter to Gov. David Paterson, state Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Comment.

Cuomo the best candidate to serve as New York guv

The politics of Albany will never be the same again, especially with the entrance into the gubernatorial race by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. He is poised to help salvage Albany from political inaction and legislative stalemate never before witnessed in the Empire State. Comment.

Be creative to avoid more cuts to MTA

An open letter to MTA Chairman Jay Walder and other MTA executives. Comment.

BP must pay for oil spill in gulf

As oil continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico and efforts by BP to stop the leak seem not to be working, the ecological and economic damage to the gulf region continues to grow each day, which is not good at all. Comment.

A Fundamentally Broken System

Despite the noise from the Tea Partiers and radical right, we believe most New Yorkers will support President Barack Obama’s assertion that the nation’s immigration system is “fundamentally broken.” Comment.

QueensLine: New Astoria train caused a lot of headaches in 1917

On July 20, 1917, the first train ran from 57th Street in Manhattan to Ditmars Boulevard in Queens. The trip over the Queensboro Bridge took eight minutes. It carried only city officials and chamber of commerce members and made no stops. Its progress was a triumph as both bridge pedestrians and track workers cheered as it made its way along the 20-minute trip. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Food and fun with friends highlight this year’s July 4

It’s hard to believe this past weekend was the Fourth of July. The general consensus is that Memorial Day is the start of summer, the Fourth is the middle and Labor Day is the end. The fact that June 21 is the official first day of summer is an inconvenient detail. It’s easier to calculate summer’s divisions by the more popular way. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Living as a nudist has unsavory consequences

A lady nudist wanted a personal tattoo where it would not show, so it was put on her face. Comment.

Eatery gives Whitestone dash of Greece

When Michael Arapos and his business partner, Nick Condomanolis, decided to open up a new Greek restaurant, they wanted to go to a neighborhood where the Mediterranean menu was not common. Comment.

Boro fans of all stripes cheer for World Cup favorites

The 2010 World Cup Finals are growing closer and closer, and Queens residents of every nationality, background and level of interest in “the beautiful game” are going all out to root for their teams in bars, restaurants and other hangouts throughout the borough. Comment.

Token clerk claims assault at 36th stop

A 35-year-old Queens token booth clerk said he was beaten ferociously on the platform at Astoria’s 36th Street subway station last week after he attempted to help a woman being attacked by a man. Comment.

Family cries in anguish as Springfield Gardens brothers mourned

The friends and family of TyAnthony Duckette, 8, and toddler Daniel Wilson said the death of the boys in a house fire three weeks ago has devastated them, but they have found some solace in the bravery the elder brother showed when he rushed back into the burning building. Comment.

Feds pony up $400M for MTA’s East Side projects

The Obama administration has come up with another $400 million-plus for the East Side Access and the Second Avenue subway projects, even as the MTA diminishes regular transit service due to its monumental cash shortage. Comment.

DEP demolishes illegal housing to make way for Rockaway plant

A plot of partially developed land that sits between a school and a water treatment center has been an eyesore for the Far Rockaway residents who live nearby it, community leaders said. Comment.

State budget limits Queens symphony’s summer concerts

The state’s budget woes and a generally dismal economy have cornered the Queens Symphony Orchestra into holding just one free concert this summer, which will take place at St. John’s University July 28, QSO Executive Director Lynda Herndon said. Comment.

Parks Dept. says money for LIC seawall not available

While both Queens politicians and the city Parks Department agree the Queens Seawall along the East River in Long Island City is in desperate need of repair, the Parks Department maintains the money simply is not there. Comment.

Monserrate can see Giraldo

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who was forced to give up his Albany seat after slashing his girlfriend’s face, got a partial reprieve Tuesday when a State Supreme Court judge reduced the order of protection preventing him from having any contact with her. Comment.

JetBlue keeps its cool by painting LIC white

It may be JetBlue, but the airline company is helping to paint Long Island City white. Comment.

Queens imam leaves country following plea in terror case

Flushing imam Ahmad Wais Afzali left the country where he grew up and raised a family Monday as part of a plea deal for tipping off another Queens man who planned to carry out suicide bombings in the city’s subway system by telling him he was under federal investigation, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Comment.

Court tells city to keep Jamaica HS open

A state appellate court’s decision last week that saved Jamaica High School, Beach Channel HS and the Business Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship Magnet HS in Cambria Heights from closure cheered some Queens officials and union leaders but angered Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Comment.

Boro swelters in grip of heat

As Queens officially entered heat wave territory Tuesday, residents across the borough were doing everything they could to battle the high temperatures — from dousing themselves with water to jumping in the pool and eating ice cream. Comment.

Parkside co-founder Bill Driscoll leaves firm

A founding partner of the Parkside Group who has been involved in Queens politics for decades has left the political consulting and lobbying firm for Gotham Government Relations, a Long Island-based lobbying firm. Comment.

DiNapoli MTA audit finds millions lost and wasted

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has accused the MTA of losing mega-millions of dollars because of what an audit indicated was inefficient management of its vast real estate holdings. Comment.

Early retirement available at boro CUNY schools

The City University of New York board of trustees approved a plan last week to offer early retirement to full-time faculty and staff at senior and community colleges this summer and fall. Comment.

Cuts to Queens firehouses restored in ‘11 city budget

Queens residents can breathe a sigh of relief along with the rest of the city now that the City Council has passed by a vote of 48-1 a $63 billion budget last week that reversed many of the most feared cuts Mayor Michael Bloomberg included in his proposed budget. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone pushes city DEP to fix fan at wastewater plant to staunch stench

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he plans to make a stink about a sewage smell that has plagued parts of Astoria for the past three months until the city cleans up the problem. Comment.

Louis Armstrong’s birthday celebrated in Queens

Satchmo was alive and well again for his 110th birthday celebration Sunday in Queens. Comment.

Two Aqueduct bidders scratched from consideration for VLTs

Two of the three bidders for the video lottery terminal contract at Aqueduct Race Track were disqualified from consideration Tuesday for being “non-responsive” to the request for proposals that outlines how the bidding process will work, the state Lottery Division announced. Comment.

Challenger Turner eyes Anthony Weiner’s seat to repeal health-care law

After nearly 69 years of happily remaining outside politics, Rockaway Point resident Bob Turner has done something he never dreamed he would do: throw his hat in the ring for U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Forest Hills) seat. Comment.

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