RICHMOND HILL — A Bronx man pilfered money out of a church collection box for months before repenting Christmas Eve when confronted by a priest, according to the criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment.
A northeast Queens wetlands expert is calling on the city to dredge out some of the boat yards along College Point as part of its plan to clean up the environment and stop sewage from spilling into Flushing Bay, a problem that is all too apparent to one yacht club in the area. Comments (9).
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) have introduced legislation into both houses that Peralta said could help fight crimes that begin in Queens and spread throughout the tri-state area. Comment.
The furniture inside the 75-year-old library at the Campus Magnet Complex in Cambria Heights used to be in such poor condition the librarians would record videos of themselves rocking back and forth in wobbly-legged chairs when applying for grants. Comments (1).
KENNEDY AIRPORT — A Rego Park woman was slapped with tax evasion charges after she attempted to smuggle 50 cartons of cigarettes into the country from Uzbekistan, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney. Comment.
After Shanta Merritt’s son was shot in June, she took the police report to the city and requested a transfer out of South Jamaica Houses to protect her family, but the New York City Housing Authority told her she needed at least two police reports before it could take any action. Comments (23).
Leaders of veterans’ organizations in the borough said they are being crippled by permits and violations from the city, which have put one Queens post’s parade in jeopardy and caused another to cut down on events. Comment.
The LGBT marchers at Sunnyside’s St. Pat’s for All Parade are still not welcome at other celebrations around the city, but they were recognized by a government official from the Emerald Isle who joined prominent city officials and marched with the diverse crowd. Comment.
FRESH MEADOWS — An employee of a dental clinic allegedly forged papers from her boss and lied about her salary to try and rent a 171st Street residence, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Robert Moses coached Darryl Adams for two years as a point guard in a youth basketball league, and he said the young man from Jamaica, who was shot and killed last week, was a good kid who was trying his best despite growing up in a rough area. Comments (1).
Just as the Long Island Rail Road will one day bring commuters into Grand Central Terminal, Metro-North Railroad trains could join the LIRR in serving Penn Station, according to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota. Comment.
State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) visited the scene of the crime on Commonwealth Boulevard Friday to build support for a bill he introduced last year, which aims to strengthen the penalties for staging car accidents for insurance purposes. Comment.
United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew may have just gone through a rough few days following the publication of teacher data reports, but on Leap Day he said there were only 22 months and one day left in the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom he criticized for 10 years of mismanagement of the city’s schools. Comments (2).
A Jamaica man who was arrested after appearing on “America’s Most Wanted” was sentenced last week to 50 years to life in prison for the murder of a Queens man and the attempted murder of another in 2002, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
KENNEDY AIRPORT — A Florida man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after trying to board a JetBlue flight with a 9 mm Glock handgun, according to the criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
A mother is grieving and 13 youths have been arraigned following a fatal South Jamaica shooting Friday that sparked an outpouring of support from the community and a call for oversight hearings in City Hall. Comments (6).
The city Department of Education has announced plans to close two struggling Queens high schools, and more of the same was expected for the borough’s other six lowest performing high schools. Comments (1).
A spokesman for North Shore-LIJ Health System said the hospital was committed to improvement after Consumer Reports released a ranking of New York City area hospitals that put Forest Hills Hospital at 62 percent below the national average in hospital safety. Comments (1).
Amid a struggle with its teachers union, the city Department of Education has announced plans to close Astoria’s William Cullen Bryant High School, a move western Queens lawmakers have criticized as politically motivated and destructive. Comments (26).
It has been almost five months since former Gibbons’ Home bar owner George Gibbons Jr. died in a wrong-way car crash, and even though the bar has since reopened under new family management, there are still reminders throughout the spot of the man who created it. Comments (4).
City Comptroller John Liu has not stopped attending events or City Council hearings in the week after his campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou was charged with funneling illegal donations to his mayoral war chest even as Democratic insiders are questioning how a bid for Gracie Mansion could possibly take place. Comment.
America’s founding fathers are often conjured from the past to bolster various political arguments, but Sunday in Jamaica a soldier from Bangladesh’s war for independence was there in the flesh, speaking about the bloody fight and how there are always two sides to history. Comments (1).
The federal judge chosen to redraw New York state’s congressional district lines released her preliminary map Tuesday, which if approved would set up a showdown between U.S. Reps. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) and Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) in a battle for southern Queens. Comment.
A 21-year-old alleged gang member has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of three suspected MS-13 members in the parking lot of a Wendy’s in Jamaica last Thursday afternoon, police said. Comments (2).
State Sens. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said despite a report that new Senate lines would be drawn that would not put their homes in the same district, they had not been notified about any change. Comment.
Flushing Library Director Donna Ciampa-Lauria and the city Human Rights Commission invited two South Korean officials to a discussion on human rights for immigrants last month at the Flushing Library. Comment.
On Sunday morning, two days after 19-year-old Darryl Adams was murdered outside South Jamaica Houses, his mother was methodically placing candles outside the door to their apartment complex. A makeshift memorial had sprung up and friends and family members dropped by to give her hugs and write messages on a poster. Comments (74).
The NYPD released a transcript of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly speaking at a breakfast Saturday morning where he defended the police department’s surveillance of Muslim student associations and other groups beyond of New York City’s borders. Comments (4).