City Councilmen Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) met on the border of their districts last week to tout the installation of new traffic lights as the kind of results the two members of the Progressive Caucus will deliver over the next few years. Comments (1).
The NYPD was searching for a driver who allegedly lost control of a white Mazda SUV and crashed into several people near a stop for the Q66 bus in Sunnyside Saturday night, authorities said. Comments (1).
Elected officials converged on Douglaston this week, calling on the federal government to provide funding that would allow the MTA to increase bus service to parts of northeast Queens that residents contend are being ignored by public transportation. Comments (2).
Supporters of a bill that would increase paid sick leave for part-time workers are celebrating after Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) announced an agreement that will likely expand the legislation by its inauguration in April. Comment.
SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police released surveillance footage of a man they suspect attempted to break into a garage near 132nd Street and 101st Avenue Jan. 17, before a house alarm scared him off. Comment.
ELMHURST — A Westchester County woman, who formerly was a bookkeeper for an Elmhurst building management company, pleaded guilty to stealing $177,000 in rent payments from the company’s tenants, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD released a photo of a man they believe lives within the 106th Precinct and allegedly used a stolen credit card to shop at a Brooklyn Walgreens Dec. 28, police said. Comments (1).
City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) came up empty-handed when the Council speaker was doling out committee chairmanships last week, but the Queens Democratic Party loyalist did get a seat on all three public safety committees, a vantage point he said puts him in a unique position to ensure the city’s safety. Comment.
Two Queens lawmakers have introduced a pair of state bills to make prison time part of the penalty for unlicensed drivers who injure or kill others while behind the wheel and to immediately take away unlicensed drivers’ vehicles. Comments (1).
REGO PARK — Officers from the 112th Precinct responding to a noise complaint came to the rescue a man having a heart attack after he collapsed near Austin Street and 63rd Drive Saturday afternoon. Comment.
KEW GARDENS — Police arrested 28 suspected johns in Queens during a citywide prostitution bust last weekend, the NYPD said. Authorities said Queens’ tally of arrests was the highest of all five boroughs, with 21 nabbed in the Bronx for the second-highest number, police said. Staten Island had the lowest number of arrests with six. Comments (2).
When the city Department of Education announced plans for a new annex at Woodside’s PS 11, the news was well-received, but with construction set to begin in June a new problem has arisen: What will they do with the children? Comment.
Federal officials plan to start paying for voluntary tracking devices for autistic children who escape their caregivers following 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance from a Long Island City school that ended in his death. Comment.
A 28-year-old father was arraigned on charges of killing his wife and two young daughters a day after the mother and children were remembered as princesses during an emotional funeral in South Jamaica, authorities said. Comment.
A union leader who spearheaded the recent fight for better wages and working conditions for airport workers is pleased that the head of the Port Authority has come out with his own call for higher wages. Comment.
Elected leaders joined union members to call on the Jackson Heights community to boycott the new Global Supermarket during a rally and news conference Wednesday, but the store did not open as planned. Comments (1).
Long Island Rail Road trains had been scheduled to arrive in Grand Central Terminal in 2019 at a cost of $8.l3 billion, but transit officials now say it is going to take more time and money to finish the gargantuan East Side Access project. Comment.
About a year after it floated a plan to convert an underused building on its Jamaica Hills campus into supportive housing, Queens Hospital Center is now considering tearing down the T Building, though a group of preservationists wants to see the historic structure stay. Comment.
ASTORIA — A Jamaica man is one of two suspects each facing more than 200 charges for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to high-profile football games, including Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played this weekend in New Jersey, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Police charged a 33-year-old man with crashing his van into a parked vehicle in Astoria while allegedly under the influence of heroin and with a suspended license, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said. Comments (9).
A federal lawmaker plans to introduce a $10 million bill to create a voluntary tracking program and expand support services for children with developmental disorders in response to the death of a 14-year-old autistic boy whose remains were found in College Point three months after he ran out of his Long Island City school. Comment.
A 14-year-old boy who went missing in October from his Long Island City school was remembered as a courageous child for dealing with autism during his funeral mass in Greenwich Village Saturday morning. Comments (2).