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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Flushing

Flushing rabbi charged in extortion scheme

A Queens rabbi and a Long Island man were arrested and charged with engaging in a scheme to extort $7 million from an individual in exchange for not providing incriminating information to law enforcement authorities last month in Brooklyn federal court, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District said. Comment
Environment

DEP proposes $400 million plan to improve Jamaica Bay

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection, environmentalists and elected officials announced a $400 million proposal to improve the ecological health of Jamaica Bay, which has lost approximately 85 percent of its historical wetland coverage over the course of the last 150 years. Comment
Parks

Summer events flaunt Brookville Park’s transformation

Over a decade ago, Brookville Park was thought of as a place where a gruesome attack occurred. The last decade, however, has seen it become a place of community pride with the help of the volunteer park organization Friends of Brookville Park, which is led by President Kangela Moore. Comment
A Queens program for LGBTQ youth has moved to a new, more accessible location in Forest Hills. Comment

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Transit

Transit advocates urge state candidates to adopt initiatives

Transit advocates are pushing for a set of agenda items to be adopted by candidates running for state office that will improve roads and fix the ailing public transportation system in the city. Comment
Politics

Comrie talks taxes, housing and more in 2018 race

State Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who is running for re-election, hopes that with a possible Democratic majority in the Senate next year, he will be able to bring about more effective change to his district and New Yorkers as whole. Comments (5)
Bayside

Bayside’s 111th Precinct fights against mailbox fishing epidemic

Fishing has rules and regulations. Mailbox fishing is illegal. Comments (2)
Crime

Queens residents charged in healthcare fraud schemes

Thirteen individuals, including four from Queens, and two pharmacy owners have been charged with participating in fraudulent schemes in which Medicare and Medicaid programs were billed more than $163 million, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Douglaston

Lowe’s ready to put its stamp on Douglaston Plaza

With Macy’s and MovieWorld out of the picture at Douglaston Plaza, as well as the nod of approval from the city Board of Standards and Appeals, Lowe’s Home Improvement is primed to make dramatic changes to the shopping center, which could redeem its relevance for shoppers. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bressler aims to win Assembly seat from Braunstein in November election

Bay Terrace businessman David Bressler is currently fine-tuning his campaign to run against state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) for the second time. Comment
Flushing

Ecological upgrades clean up polluted Flushing Bay

Flushing Bay no longer stinks. Comments (1)
Imagine what legendary artist and “Queens boy” Paul Simon must be thinking as he prepares for his historic farewell concert at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the final performance of his “Homeward Bound” tour, set for September 22. Comment

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Flushing

One Flushing Housing opens lottery for 231 affordable housing units

One Flushing Housing opened its lottery last week, accepting applications for its 231 affordable units up for grabs in the heart of downtown Flushing. Comments (4)
Politics

Liu plans to challenge Avella once again in rematch of 2014 primary

John Liu, the former city comptroller and city councilman from Flushing, is preparing for another challenge to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in a replay of the Democratic primary four years ago. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing bank has become staple of community

The National Bank of New York City in downtown Flushing is a small private commercial bank serving the community since 1963 by providing the highest level of customer service in a friendly environment, according to Richard Gelman, chairman of the board and CEO. Comment
Event

Rosedale comedian debuts stand-up act at Q.E.D. in Astoria

At least he didn’t lose his virginity at 40! Comment

Classifieds

Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
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