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Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Flushing man busted on drug, gun charges

FLUSHING — A Flushing man is behind bars after police from the 107th Precinct found firearms and drugs in his home March 6, a criminal complaint said. Comment
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Victim cut with razor during fight over money

LITTLE NECK — A fight over money erupted on a Little Neck block Sunday that led to the victim being cut with a razor, police said. Comment
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Driver sought in fatal hit−and−run in Flushing

FLUSHING — Police were searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed an Oak Avenue resident last week and fled the scene. Comment
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Credit cards, hearing aids stolen from car

BAYSIDE — A burglar broke into a car parked on a Bayside street, police said. Comment
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Bayside family seeks aid during rough economic climate

Larry and Maureen Hilsdorf have spent their entire lives in Bayside and a fund−raiser to aid the couple and their six children this weekend is a reminder why they have stayed in the neighborhood. Comment
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Vallone leads in fund−raising for Bayside Council seat

City Council hopeful Paul Vallone leads a c0rowded field of contenders in fund−raising in the race for Councilman Tony Avella’s (D−Bayside) District 19 seat, which includes four other Democrats and two Republicans, according to records filed with the city Campaign Finance Board. Comment
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Willets biz challenge city as job training advances

Nearly two dozen property owners at Willets Point filed a legal challenge to the city’s redevelopment plans in State Supreme court last week, while a city−funded workforce retraining program showed its first signs of progress after a stumbling start. Comment
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Hindus rejoice at Richmond Hill’s Phagwah parade

Thousands of revelers lined the streets of Richmond Hill and Smokey Oval Park Sunday, dousing each other with powder and spraying colorful liquid through Super Soakers to mark Phagwah, the Hindu celebration of spring. Comment
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Plane engine fails over Queens

Investigators were trying to figure out what caused an American Airlines flight to suffer an engine failure last week over Flushing, sending hundreds of pieces of shrapnel raining down on a plumbing business. Comment
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Heavy borrowing, cuts in aid led to MTA’s woes

The MTA is the fifth−ranking debtor in the United States, a predicament that means that by 2015, its debt payments will take a quarter of its income. Comment
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Madoff cops to Ponzi scheme, faces 150 years in prison

Laurelton native Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty last week to running a Ponzi scheme that duped investors out of $65 billion, but federal prosecutors said they were continuing to investigate the fraud to determine how the former Nasdaq chairman perpetrated the scheme and whether members of his family were involved. Comment
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Avella tops colleagues in attendance: Report

City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) has perfect marks when it comes to attending City Hall meetings, while colleagues James Sanders (D−Laurelton) and Tom White (D−South Ozone Park) were among the worst in the city, according to a report compiled by the Gotham Gazette. Comment
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Waste site plan creates LGA risks: Crowley

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D−Jackson Heights) and civic leaders urged the Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider plans to build a 100−foot marine transfer station near LaGuardia Airport on the grounds the garbage would attract seagulls and make planes susceptible to bird strikes. Comment

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Bloomy touts child care tax credit in Jackson Heights

Families struggling to make ends meet in New York City made copious use of the city’s first day care tax credit last year, with more than 50,000 getting rebates up to $1,733, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Jackson Heights Monday. Comment

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Flushing prepares for landmark battle

If residents of Broadway−Flushing are indeed preparing the war on the Landmarks Preservation Commission they have promised, then Sunday morning they began marshalling their troops. Comment
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Bayside activists protest lack of security at Fort Totten

Dozens of residents and community leaders descended on the security gates at Fort Totten Saturday morning to protest the recent termination of private security services in the historic park — a move they say could lead to a spike in crime in the area. Comment
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Avella slams East River tolls

Queens elected officials and civic leaders have expressed what City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) called a “resounding no” to tolls on East River bridges as a way to rescue the financially beleaguered MTA. Comment
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Air study could have impact

Findings from a community air survey launched this winter by Queens College and the city Health Department could prompt legislation to mitigate traffic congestion and provide important data about air pollution in neighborhoods throughout Queens and the city, officials involved in the study said. Comment
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CB 7 approves special zone

With eight under its belt in the last five years, Community Board 7 is getting the knack of pushing through rezoning plans. Comment

Our Kids in Albany’s Hands

The state Legislature must soon decide whether or not to extend the landmark legislation that for eight years has given Mayor Michael Bloomberg control of city public schools. It would be unfortunate if the debate focused solely on city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who has ruled the city Department of Education with an iron fist. Comment

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