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Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018


Mayor signs Lancman’s bail bonds bill into law

City Councilman Rory Lancman’s (D-Hillcrest) legislation requiring bail bond businesses to provide customers with a bill of rights and to disclose information about financial charges was signed into law last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (2)

Vallone law requires senior center report

City Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) bill requiring the city Department for the Aging to report data on senior centers was signed into law last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (2)
Long Island City

More than 20 charged in Queensbridge drug bust: DA

A group of 22 men and women from Long Island City, Jackson Heights and South Ozone Park have been charged with weapons and drug offenses following a year-long investigation of their operations in and around Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing facility in North America, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Long Island man charged with selling drugs, stolen motorcycles: DA

KEW GARDENS — A Nassau County resident was charged last week with selling drugs and a dozen stolen motorcycles, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

LIRR falling short

Recent news that the Long Island Rail Road will fail to meet the Federal Rail Road Administration December 2018 deadline for completing 100 percent systemwide installation of Positive Train Control comes as no surprise to those of us who worked in the transit industry. Comments (1)

Monday, Aug. 20, 2018


Meng warns chemicals in food may harm kids

Following a July report from the American Academy of Pediatrics citing chemicals in processed food, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to address the threat food additives pose to infants and children. Comments (1)

DOT terminates Clear Curbs initiative along Roosevelt Avenue

City Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) has announced the city Department of Transportation will terminate its Clear Curbs initiative along Roosevelt Avenue early after business owners told elected officials that the program to ban street parking for personal and commercial vehicles was killing their profits. Comments (2)

Woodside man allegedly killed girlfriend’s dog: DA

A Woodside man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal after allegedly killing a Shih Tzu last month belonging to his girlfriend and her family, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Jamaica man arraigned on charges of prostituting 16-year-old girl: DA

Tyquan Henderson, 21, is expected back in court Aug. 22 after being arraigned last week on a 13-count indictment of prostituting a 16-year-old girl he met in May, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Important information about some city rules, regulations and programs

Since Jan. 1, 2015, electronic equipment can no longer be disposed of in the trash we put out each week. Comments (2)

Corruption, wasted taxpayer money has become the norm in Albany

As Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly Speaker was sentenced to seven years for kickbacks, I was appalled by the state that the Albany legislative body is in today. All the corruption and wasted taxpayer dollars seems not to anger the incumbent elected officials. I know there are some that are upset, but not enough politicians are speaking out on the rampant corruption that Albany is faced with. Comments (5)

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Richmond Hill

Alphapointe’s move to Richmond Hill on track

Alphapointe, one of the largest employers of the legally blind, is less than one month away from completing a move of its headquarters to Richmond Hill from Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Espinal touts established record in bid for re-election

State Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) is touting her presence in the communities within her district as an activist and her track record providing constituent services in a bid for re-election. Comments (2)

Rozic, Stavisky share resource guide with Queens seniors

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s (D-Fresh Meadows) Senior Resource Guide is the complete package to better serve seniors, their families, and caregivers in Queens. Comments (1)

August 1935: From Gustav Lindenthal to Will Rogers

Welcome to August 1935. Comments (1)

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

Large wage gap in city harms black women: Report

City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report last week on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and revealed that the wage gap for this group compared to better paid white men in 2016 was the highest in the country. Comments (5)

Sklarz pushing Barnwell in Democratic primary

As transgender activist Melissa Sklarz campaigns to challenge freshman state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth), she looks at the diversity of her district in search of universal concerns and values. Comments (1)

Bay Terrace blood drive helps curb seasonal shortage

More than 150 donors signed up for the Bayside Community Summer Blood Drive, sponsored by state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), to help offset a seasonal blood shortage affecting the New York area. Comment
Middle Village

Photos: St. John’s Cemetery to demolish ’50s-era chapel

The only weekly pre-Vatican II mass in Queens is coming to an end at the home it has had since 2004. Comments (1)


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