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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Courts

Lancman praises landmark court decision on excessive bail

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is praising a landmark decision that determined that judges should consider a defendant’s ability to pay before setting bail. Comment
Health

After young girl’s death, Peralta urges residents to get flu shots

The city’s health department confirmed that an 8-year-old LeFrak City girl’s death last week was flu related, but it was unclear if Amely Baez had received a flu shot. Comment
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) reintroduced a bill to City Hall which will mandate an animal shelter be built in Queens as part of the advocacy work he began in 2016 to bring relief to overburdened receiving centers and reduce euthanasia. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Astoria’s elected officials said they believe the MTA is tone deaf to the community’s needs during a rally in opposition to the $22 million plan to reconstruct the Ditmars Boulevard subway station last Thursday. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica, Ridgewood sites assessed for environmental contaminants

Residents in Jamaica and Ridgewood were invited to comment on Brownfield Cleanup Programs in their area, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says. Comment
Bayside

AG investigation convicts Queens construction companies of ripping off employees

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the conviction of three Queens construction companies after they pleaded guilty to misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime. Comment

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Astoria

Dead infant discovered in trash at Dutch Kills playground: NYPD

The body of a newborn baby was discovered inside a garbage can at the Dutch Kills Playground in Astoria Saturday morning. Comments (1)
Bayside

Assembly passes bill to curb PD sexual misconduct

A Bayside lawmaker’s bill passed unanimously in the state Assembly that would make any sexual activity between peace officers and those in their custody a felony due the “power dynamic” distorting what it means to consent in that situation. Comment
Education

Graduation rates rise, dropout rates decline

The mayor’s office announced last week that out of the five boroughs, Queens had the largest improvement in terms of graduation and dropout rates. Comments (2)
Flushing

Chirlane McCray visits Flushing Muslim center for domestic violence campaign

First Lady Chirlane McCray toured the city last Saturday as part of her “Weekend of Faith in Action Against Domestic Violence” to promote NYCHope, an online portal for communities to educate themselves on abuse, seek help or learn how they can help someone they know who may be a victim. Comments (2)

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Rowdy attendees disrupted a Feb. 8 School Construction Authority meeting at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, protesting against one school’s closure and a lack of funding for repairs and additions at others. Comment
Astoria

Simotas introduces new family-friendly legislation

Parents and caregivers with small babies and toddlers would have easier access to places of entertainment under legislation written and introduced by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) which will make spaces more accommodating and family friendly. Comments (1)
Transit

QNS Rail study shows feasibility at low cost: DOT

The results of a city-funded feasibility study shows that reactivation of the LIRR’s Lower Montauk Branch, commonly known as the QNS Rail, could see 5.6 million riders annually, as well as provide service as a freight line, at an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. Comments (3)
Letters

Pols must do more to improve USPS

Complaints by Queens Congress members Joe Crowley, Grace Meng and Gregory Meeks to Postmaster General Megan Brennan concerning problems with delivery of mail to constituents offer no solutions (“Queens pols fight for better USPS service” Naeisha Rose, Feb. 2). Comments (1)
Astoria

New web series focuses on food-obsessed Astoria couple

A lot of cool stuff happens in Astoria. So why not a comedy web series about a struggling, food-obsessed real-life Astoria couple? Comment

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