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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Astoria

Maloney pushes Justice official on Census

The acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has agreed to testify -- again --about adding a controversial question on citizenship to the Census after U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) demanded that he appear following his decision to skip an earlier hearing. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica’s William Wordsworth Elementary School set to graduate five pairs of twins

Principal Patricia Mitchell of William Wordsworth Elementary School in Jamaica will have a bittersweet moment this spring when five sets of twins she has watched over for the last four to six years — from pre-school to fifth-grade — will graduate from the school. Comment
Politics

Crowley urges TSA to elevate Sikh turban protocols

After an incident in which a Sikh government official from Canada was forced to remove his turban by TSA, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) issued a letter to the federal agency asking them to re-assess their protocol for screening members of the Sikh community. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges: DA

Reagan “Flex” Conception, a Jamaica resident, was sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to sex trafficking, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Monday, May 21, 2018

Photo Galleries

Unsung heroes honored at 5th Annual Queens Impact Awards

TimesLedger Newspapers, once again recognized the people in Queens who make a difference behind the scenes. Comment
A 47-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Northern Boulevard from north to south, between 100th Street and 101th Street, in Corona Monday at around 12:30 a.m., according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
When the Independent Democratic Conference was dissolved and its members reunited with the mainline Democrats in April after seven years of aligning with Republicans in a power sharing arrangement, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) declared it to be a historic moment that put the party in position to take over the majority in the Senate for just the second time in more than 50 years. Comment
St. Albans

Miller’s taxi legislation would expand definition of ‘for-hire vehicles’

City Councilmen I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) introduced legislation last week that would close a loophole that prevented the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission from regulating large for-hire vehicles and commuter vans. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Three sentenced for conspiracy to commit murder: DA

A South Jamaica woman was sentenced to prison earlier this month for plotting the assassination of three witnesses in her lover’s armed robbery trial, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
Economy

Electeds believe legalized sports betting could benefit Queens

Queens’ elected officials at the state level are looking forward to a potential windfall from sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of overturning the federal ban Monday as well as the opportunity to eliminate a revenue stream for organized crime. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ridgewood

Grover Cleveland High School wins International Bridge Building Contest

Ridgewood’s Grover Cleveland High School beat its competitors, taking first place in the International Bridge Building Contest at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Comment
Long Island City

LIC spring street fair brings out the best of the neighborhood

The fifth annual Long Island City spring street fair brought out the memorable goods and innovative art found in the neighborhood Saturday and set the stage for the following week’s event, the LIC Arts Open, according to one of the organizers. Comment
Event

See what Queens has to offer this summer

Rockaway Beach will open to swimmers beginning May 26 and outdoor pools will open June 27, according to the city Parks Department, but if you are looking for more than the sun and surf this summer, Queens has something for everybody. Comment
Flushing

Koo to host rain barrel giveaway at Queens Botanical Garden

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), along with the city Department of Environmental Protection and Queens Botanical Garden, will be will be giving away 250 rain barrels to Flushing residents who reserve one next month. Comment

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bayside

Bills to create School Security Task Force introduced in City Council

A legislative package in City Council, sponsored by various members from Queens, would create a task force to examine the best methods for preventing violence in schools which will be led by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill if passed. Comment

Gianaris pulls out of process to appoint new attorney general

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced last Friday that he would not participate in the Legislature’s process for appointing a new attorney general ahead of November’s general election. Comment
South Ozone Park

Queens schools sweep DOT’s “We’re Walking Here” competition

Six Queens schools swept the Department of Transportation’s “We’re Walking Here” competition that encourages students to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle while learning about street safety. Comment
Music

Children’s Orchestra Society will celebrate its 49th Year with Hunter College performance

Fresh Meadows resident Yeou-Cheng Ma has been playing the violin since she was 2 years old and the piano since she was 3. Comment

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