Monday, Feb. 19, 2018


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

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 (1)

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. Comment

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

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)

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 (1)

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)

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

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

College Point residents have been treading water for long enough. Comments (2)

Community comes together to honor boy who died saving friend in Forest Park

Friends and family celebrated the life of Anthony Perez, the 11-year-old who died saving his friend after he fell into a frozen pond in Forest Park Feb. 6. Comment
At the John F. Kennedy Jr. School — just off Junction Boulvard in Elmhurst — on a rainy Saturday morning, 15 kids give up a perfectly good Saturday to take a test. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights gang member sentenced for killing Elmhurst man

A reputed Sureno 13 gang member was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for fatally shooting a 38-year-old Elmhurst man in 2015, the Queens DA said. Comments (3)

Cuomo needs to consider early voting to improve voter turnout

Thank you to state Senators Michael Gianaris, Joseph Addabbo, and Leroy Comrie for their efforts to improve voter turnout by making it easier for New Yorkers to register to vote. Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Christ the King student speaks at Sharpton’s rally in Harlem

Rev. Al Sharpton’s weekly rally in Harlem brought to the podium a senior at Christ the King High School in Middle Village who was told he could not put the name Malcolm X on a school sweatshirt. Comments (2)

Flushing parade kicks off Lunar New Year

The Flushing community is preparing to kick off the Year of the Dog with Lunar New Year celebrations. Comments (5)

Report: Queens Museum heads misled Board of Trustees

A new report has determined that former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich and deputy director David Strauss used poor judgement and knowingly misled the board when they cancelled a historic recreation of the 1947 vote that established the state of Israel last August. Comments (1)
Elected officials and a neighborhood grocer celebrated a change to the city Department of Transportation’s Select Bus Service route on Cross Bay Boulevard, which will restore roadside parking during certain hours to quell the negative impact the November launch of the controversial bus lane has had on commerce. Comment

Week in Pictures: Ash Wednesday and beyond

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the six-week period of sacrifice and reflection that leads up to Easter. But you don’t have to give up anything to get a good look at the week in pictures. Comment

DA’s disparity

There are many ways that Queens gets the short end of the stick when it comes to city funding, and the allocation of resources to the Queens District Attorney’s Office is no exception. Comment
High Heat

New York Mets: Biggest Spring Training storylines

Pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training marks the official start of the 2018 baseball season. Every team has its storylines, but let’s take a look at some of the more important narratives for the Mets as the team embarks on its 2018 journey. Comment


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