City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) marched his two great Danes into Bowne Park Monday afternoon and declared his run to for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comments (1).
State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring a spring blood drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center. The drive will take place April 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Long Island Rail Road Bayside station on Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue. Comment.
A young father was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the Astoria Houses building where he had lived, and his neighbor has been charged with murder, police and tenants said. Comments (28).
A former Wyckoff Heights Medical Center chief financial officer is suing the medical center to obtain severance pay, saying he had nothing to do with an account set up to bribe late state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, according to court documents. Comment.
BOROUGHWIDE — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for robbing food cart vendors earlier this month in Elmhurst and Rego Park, as well as in Astoria and Ozone Park. Comment.
On March 24, 25 and 31 and April 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 77th Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 160th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic due to a crane operation at 158-40 76th Road. Comment.
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) formally declared her run for Congress Thursday afternoon, ensuring a three-way scramble for Democrats hoping to snag the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
As gang violence in southeast Queens grows, a member of the NYPD’s gang division visited the 113th Precinct Monday evening to educate the precinct’s community council on how to identify gang members. Comment.
Four federal court appointees have until April 12 to make their recommendations to a Brooklyn judge as to how to mete out approximately $128 million the city was ordered to pay to a pool of more than 2,000 minority candidates who were discriminated against by the FDNY. Comment.
A Queens Village man was indicted Monday on hate crime charges in the New Year’s Day firebombing of four buildings, including the borough’s largest mosque in Jamaica, the Queens district attorney’s office announced. Comment.
An Ozone Park woman allegedly told police she kidnapped her infant daughter from Queens Hospital Center because she did not want her baby to live with African-American foster parents, a Queens district attorney’s office spokeswoman said. Comments (3).
SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for allegedly stealing a pair of popular headphones from a teenager on Liberty Avenue in South Ozone Park. Comment.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) wove stories from his youth and more than 30 years as a New York lawmaker into an explanation as to why he abruptly decided to leave office at the end of his term last Thursday. Comment.
The developer for the RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing maintains he has enough cash to put a shovel in the ground and is not selling the property, but Patrick Thompson also owes the city nearly $400,000 in unpaid taxes and faces a possible tax lien from the city. Comment.
The contentious redistricting process that changed political representation in Queens came to a close Monday when a federal judge signed off on the new congressional lines, days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo did the same at the state level. Comment.
The courts have taken the next step in foreclosure proceedings against the owners of a vacant Whitestone property, but a lawmaker hopes to intervene before the lot hits the auction block. Comments (31).
The New York Civil Liberties Union has criticized Queens District Attorney Richard Brown for interrogating people accused of crimes before they are arraigned or have consulted a lawyer, saying it is unethical and unconstitutional. Comment.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) convened a meeting of his colleagues from the Queens delegation last Thursday in Forest Hills, where they called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drop his plan to close eight borough high schools at the end of the academic year and open new schools in their places for 2012-13 school year. Comment.
An Astoria man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to beating his wife to death with a baseball bat in their 30th Street apartment, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Long Island City hosted a forum Tuesday to get the word out about legal options for immigrants who have been victims of human trafficking, abuse or domestic violence. Comment.
A man pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment last Thursday for throwing his Chinese Shar-pei, Brooklyn, out the window of his third-story Astoria apartment in September, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
These teens loved books so much that they decided to share over 1,500 of them with orphans in the Philippines. Chris Wren and Maggie Cash looked to their former Bayside school to help collect books for “Reading Rocks the World,” a donation campaign they helped start. Comment.
ARVERNE — Police and city Department of Buildings officials were seeking answers in the collapse of the third floor of a Rockaway home during a 13-year-old’s birthday party Monday. The Breaking News Network first reported the collapse around 11 p.m. Comment.
Democrats across the borough were left scratching their heads over the whirlwind of political activity centered around U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) retirement announcement last week and the ensuing political clamor that ended in the announcement of at least three campaigns. Comments (3).
A problematic intersection in Bayside was brought to light this week when City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) announced the lowering of a traffic signal near 35th Avenue and the Clearview Expressway. Comments (1).
A normally tranquil street in South Ozone Park was dotted with yellow tags Sunday afternoon, marking the bullet casings left behind after two men opened fire and killed a mother of two in front of her home following an altercation earlier that morning at a nearby bar, police said. Comment.
A circle of black women over 70 enjoys a day at the spa, and as the steam opens their pores they lay bare their true selves to each other in an original play set to premiere this weekend at the Black Spectrum Theatre in St. Albans. Comment.
The driver of a delivery truck who ran into some exposed electrical lines at Vaughn College last week did more than cause a small explosion and fire — that driver may have also destroyed spring break. Comment.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) addressed reporters during a Tuesday afternoon conference call after maintaining radio silence in the wake of his abrupt retirement announcement last Thursday evening. Comments (1).
The Queens Democratic Party endorsed state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in the race for the congressional seat left vacant after U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) unexpectedly announced his retirement last week, but she already has some competition. Comment.
The political world of Queens is buzzing with possibilities about who will run for Congress in the wake of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s surprising announcement Thursday evening that he will retire after his term ends in January, but by Monday the political storm should settle. Comments (1).