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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Politics

Espinal running unopposed in Tuesday’s special election to fill District 39 Assembly seat

As New Yorkers head to the polls Tuesday for a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the state Legislature, only one office representing Queens is open. Corona resident Ari Espinal, 30, is running unopposed for the District 39 Assembly seat vacated by her old boss and mentor Francisco Moya when he won election to the City Council last year. Comments (1)
Hollis

Chase banker milks dead sisters’ estates: DA

A 27-year-old bank employee from Far Rockaway, was accused last week of grand larceny for allegedly siphoning more than $650,000 of estate funds from two deceased sisters’ who were his private clients at the JP Morgan Chase bank in Hollis where he was employed, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan urging an 18-month extension for the Temporary Protected Status designation of Nepali New Yorkers. Comment
Long Island City

Renovations to basketball courts, playground at Queensbridge Houses are underway

The basketball courts and playground at the Queensbridge Houses are about to get a complete overhaul. Comment
Letters

We need to make sure our trees are safe

As the summer season approaches, more and more people fill the sidewalks and parks of our city. There are the thousands of trees that line those sidewalks and fill those parks. Are they safe to walk under? Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Springtime theater promises to delight in Queens

Try to put those recurring thoughts out of your mind because, hey, it’s spring, it’s warming up, and local theater is in full bloom. Here are three productions to put on your list. Comment
Political Action

Changing the terms of office for federal executives

Our president is restricted to two four-year terms in office. It was the tradition in the U.S. government before it became law with the 22nd Amendment. Comment

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hundreds from the Hindu community showed up to get colorful by tossing rainbow-hued powder at one another and to celebrate the beginning of spring at the 30th Annual Phagwah Festival Saturday in accordance with tradition. Comment
Astoria

Senate passes Gianaris bill that would enforce harsher penalties on drivers who kill, injure pedestrians

Almost a half decade has passed since state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) first introduced legislation that would toughen penalties on drivers without valid licenses who kill or injure pedestrians, cyclists or other motorists and the measure was approved unanimously Monday by the state Senate. The bill now awaits action in the state Assembly, where it sits in the Codes Committee. Comments (2)
Transit

MTA announces major overhaul of Astoria Blvd. station will include four elevators

After decades of complaints from the Astoria community about the lack of accessibility at subway stations along the N/W line, the MTA announced Tuesday that four elevators would be installed at the Astoria Boulevard station, beginning this summer. Comment
Corona

Peralta rallies for DREAM Act at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) joined Dreamers and their advocates last week at a rally held at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to call on the New York State Senate to pass the Dream Act and expand the Tuition Assistance Program to undocumented college students. Comments (2)
Cambria Heights

Stringer town hall focuses on better education, transportation and improved senior centers

City Comptroller Scott Stringer spelled out his priorities for Cambria Heights residents last week, holding a civic association meeting at Community Bridge Home to address and find potential solutions to quality-of-life issues in that neighborhood and in the city. Comment
Jackson Heights

NYPD: 4-month-old girl found dead in Jackson Heights home

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD is investigating the death of a 4-month-old baby girl in Jackson Heights. Police, responding to a 911 call around 10:50 a.m. Monday, discovered the little girl unconscious inside her family’s home on 35th Avenue. Zeyrep Kocaman was unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma, police said. Comment
Letters

Put money back into the hands of people

The property tax system in this city has been broken for decades. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets’ starting rotation is dealing, but can the pitchers stay healthy?

The Mets finally have a chance to see what the team — and fans —have envisioned for years: all five of their vaunted starting pitchers in the rotation at the same time. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Thursday, April 19, 2018

East Elmhurst

ICE agents arrest 40 in Queens as part of six-day operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal teams arrested nearly 200 people in New York City — including 40 in Queens — during a six-day sweep the agency called “Operation Keep Safe.” Comments (8)

Meenakshi Srinivasan resigns as head of Landmarks Preservation Commission

Meenakshi Srinivasan, the head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, announced her resignation following recent citywide backlash over a proposed rule change within the agency to remove public input from decisions regarding approval of work on designated property, the LPC confirmed Thursday afternoon. Comments (1)
Crime

Oakland Gardens man charged with possession of illegal firearms: DA

An Oakland Gardens man shocked the city after he was charged with possession of a massive collection of over 65 illegal firearms, consisting primarily of assault rifles, and up to 50,000 rounds of ammunition, which he admitted to police his intent to sell, according to the criminal complaint. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Little League kicks off new baseball season

The Bayside Little League parade drew families out to the sidewalks of Bell Boulevard Saturday to kick off the new season with elected officials and businesses sponsoring teams from around northeast Queens. Comment
Bayside

Bayside’s 111th Precinct celebrates official launch of neighborhood policing

Residents within the 111th Precinct will now be able to text or email an officer assigned to their area after the full launch of the much-awaited Neighborhood Policing Program. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Veterans get housing area of their own at Rikers Island

The city Department of Correction has opened the first housing area exclusively for military veterans at its Rikers Island prison complex, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced city jails will house inmates according to their gender identity as a safe housing option for transgender prisoners. Comment
Flushing

Flushing-born Barbara Bush dead at 92

Flushing-born Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday following a battle with an unspecified illness. She was 92. Comments (3)

Flight from LaGuardia Airport turns deadly due to blown engine

A Southwest Airlines flight from LaGuardia Airport to Dallas turned deadly Tuesday when a blown jet engine shattered a window that left a woman hanging halfway outside a twin-engine Boeing 737. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Meet the ‘Hidden Figures’ of the fashion industry

Women fashion designers have been turning heads for more than a century. Comment

‘Wicked Frozen’ pokes fun at theater classics

Have you ever heard of a mash-up? It’s when a producer puts the vocals to a popular song on top of the beat and melody of another. Comment
With weather wreaking havoc on this year’s softball season, Saturday’s great spring weather enabled the St. Francis Prep softball team to get out and work off their rust against Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. Comment

Rerouting the LIRR

Out with the old and in with the new. Comment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunnyside

Corona cyclist remembered as bike lane plan continues to divide Sunnyside

Street safety advocates marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Gelasio Reyes Sunday with a ride and rally at the Sunnyside intersection where the Corona father of three and an active member of the Queens cycling community was killed by a drunk driver while he cycled home from work. Comment
Education

Dromm urges DOE to inform parents of right to opt out of state exams

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) rallied with parents, students, teachers and education advocates Monday in Jackson Heights to demand that the city Department of Education inform parents of their right to opt their children out of state exams. Comments (2)
Arverne

Far Rockaway to get expanded health center while losing transit option

Elected officials and community leaders joined Denham Wolf Real Estate Services Tuesday to break-ground for the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center expansion project in Averne. Comment

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