Thursday, May 1, 2003

Conviction overturned for College Pt. man

The murder conviction of a College Point man accused of slaying his former business partner and father figure 14 years ago in Astoria was thrown out last week by a Queens judge because of jury misconduct. Comment

Queens group plans to open autistic home in Whitestone

A Queens organization for the autistic plans to move one of its group homes from Rego Park to 12th Avenue in Whitestone. Comment

City Council may demand MTA hold transit fare hike

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) has called an emergency meeting Thursday for a vote on a resolution demanding that the MTA postpone the transit fare hike in face of two audits that concluded the agency manipulated its books to justify the biggest increase for subway and bus riders in the city’s history. Comment

New school staff slammed at meeting in Little Neck

The role of parent coordinators in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's restructuring of city schools received special scrutiny Tuesday night at a public meeting with Judith Chin, superintendent-designate of Region 3, the new instructional division that will cover School District 26. Comment

Forest Hills gym offers fitness fixes

Ellena Kesisian may be over 60 years old, but the former gymnast from Romania can still make a human Y by holding one leg up by her head. Comment

How’s Business?: Shoe Shopping

No doubt about it, after a difficult 2002, businesses are bracing for what looks to be a tough 2003 encompassed by a shaky economy and an existing war. It has always been believed that it is the food business that will always do well because people must eat. Comment

Business Calendar

May 6 - Jamaica Chamber holds Legislative Breakfast, Double Tree Club Hotel-JFK Airport, 9 a.m. Featured speaker is DOT Commissioner Iris Winshall. 718-657-4800. Comment

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Douglaston, 57-32 17 Ave., Coop, Garden Apt., $209,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, , Construction: Brick Comment


Friday, May 2 - The White Community Volunteer Ambulance Service is giving its annual dinner dance to honor its members at Verdi Caterers & Ristorante in Whitestone. For information call 718- 767-1000. Comment

Conviction overturned in ‘89 Astoria killing

The murder conviction of a College Point man accused of slaying his former business partner and father figure 14 years ago in Astoria was thrown out last week by a Queens judge because of jury misconduct. Comment

Link to JFK tops Pataki’s plans for lower Manhattan

Gov. George Pataki has announced plans to revitalize Lower Manhattan including direct rail service to John F. Kennedy International Airport, a La Guardia Airport ferry and a station to include N and R trains to Queens. Comment

Hard-up Astoria ‘sultan’ bilked $ from women: DA

He told them he was a sultan with a cash flow problem, claiming to be a member of the Kuwaiti royal family whose $10 million fortune was stuck overseas, authorities say. Comment

St. John’s Spanish professor receives royal award

A St. John’s University professor of Spanish studies who has written more than a dozen books on Spanish and Latin-American writers was recently honored with an award from Spain that recognizes people who have made exceptional contributions to the arts, literature and sciences. Comment

Memorial sundial stolen from Bayside LIRR station

The sundial outside the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station, built as a memorial to the former publisher of the Bayside Times, has been stolen, said Bayside Historical Society Executive Director Geraldine Spinella. Comment

Boro education community to protest budget in Albany

A coalition of more than 25 education, labor and community groups is organizing a march with buses leaving from six different Queens locations to head to Albany Saturday to protest Gov. George Pataki’s proposed $1.4 billion cut to the state education budget. Comment

Queens plagued by series of ‘unarmed’ bank heists

Over the course of just two weeks this spring, a Ridgewood Savings Bank in Laurelton lost more than $15,000 in three separate robberies. Comment

Alley-gator spotted near Oaklands Gardens park

Mike Georgatos walked into his house Tuesday with an armful of newspapers a day after he discovered an American alligator shuffling through the trees across from his house in Alley Pond Park. Comment

Hyacinth to close after two decades on Bell Boulevard

The Hyacinth gift shop is set to close its doors and move its business to the Internet after more than 20 years on Bell Boulevard, taking its inventory of exotic gifts, jewelry and pottery into cyberspace for good. Comment

Bayside’s first female driver marks century of life

In a century of living in Bayside, Hazel C. Gilmore has seen fields of flowers turn into houses, a lake replaced with a gas station and a penny candy store become a CVS pharmacy. Comment

Boro history on display during Bike Week ‘03

Most people in Queens have heard of John Bowne — the Bowne of Bowne Street and John Bowne High School — but how many know of his legacy securing religious liberty for the settlers of what was then New Amsterdam by sheltering Quakers in the 17th Century? Comment

Two boro hospitals debut new heart surgery device

Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park and New York Hospital Queens in Flushing are the only two hospitals in the borough to offer a newly approved device that doctors say can significantly reduce the likelihood that a patient will have to return for a second angioplasty. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment

Take a walk back in time in hidden Bayside ‘Alley’

“On this discovery walk we will examine how Alley Pond was formed and visit Alley Creek, a tidal creek that allowed access to this early settlement,” said Aline Euler, APEC education director and tour leader. “We will visit the site of the house of the first inhabitant, Thomas Foster, who built his home on land given to him by a land grant. The village also contained a mill and Buhrman’s General store. We will trace the names and the lives of the people of the Alley and discuss what happened to this beautiful place in the 20th Century and why it happened.” Comment

Ang Lee series set for Astoria’s AMMI

Highlights of the series include a Pinewood Dialogue with Ang Lee and his key collaborative partner, James Schamus, on Saturday, June 7, following a screening of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the most successful subtitled movie ever released in the United States. On Thursday, June 19, the museum will present a special members preview screening of Lee’s eagerly awaited summer blockbuster movie “The Hulk,” starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly. Comment

Local historian shows off ‘New York: Year By Year’

In his new book “New York: Year by Year-A Chronology of the Great Metropolis,” Astoria-based historian Jeffrey Kroessler delivers just that, offering up a cornucopia of the familiar and forgotten, the historic and the ephemeral, the heroic and the banal. Comment

‘X-Men II’ release just in time for Queens comic guru’s show

Organized by Queens native and area comic legend Mike Carbonaro, BigAppleCon, as it is known, is timed to hit Manhattan the same day the “X-Men II” hits the theaters. In honor of the coincidence, Carbonaro will have the first 100 issues of the “X-Men” comic on display throughout the event. Comment

Bike Week comes to boro

Bike Week event calendars are available at local bike shops, Transportation Alternatives and online at and Look out for the beautiful orange Bike Week posters at bus stop shelters throughout the borough. Comment

Ah, the sweet, mindless innocence of the ’60s

To those of us who remember the early ’60s, the years from 1960 to 1963 were filled with a silly sweetness and material comfort as we sailed through life without a thought of the troubles fomenting right within our country and around the world. Comment

Possible violations found in donations to boro pols

Eleven state lawmakers representing Queens received a total of $14,000 in donations from corporations that may have violated campaign finance law limiting the total gifts they can give in a single calendar year, open government advocacy groups said last week. Comment

Kaplan, I-2-3 College.Com to hold free planning class

Parents are invited to attend a free, no-obligation financial aid seminar on Monday starting at 7 p.m., at the Kaplan location at Queens College Student Union. Comment

Northeast Queens Community Calender Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment

Latin jazz reverberates through Flushing’s halls

April 11th marked the much anticipated return to Flushing Town Hall of the sensuous and vibrant Latin jazz sound so familiar, and loved by the Latino communities at large and so many jazz aficionados. Comment

Artists explore themes in ‘States of the Union’

Katherine Parker and Leah Jacobson share an improvisational, hands-on approach to confronting and manipulating material. By allowing for accidents and appropriating the unknown, they subject their work to an evolutionary process, coaxing and editing, building and eliminating until the essential, true form emerges. Each piece represents a journey in which both psychological relationships as well as specific artistic decisions are resolved. Comment

Queens College camp gets ready for summer fun

“Fun” is the operative word for participants. In the education and sports program, kids sign up for two creative classes and a sports activity. The choices include classes in art, music, theater, literature, and science. Remedial lab classes in reading and math are available, but overall, the classes emphasize the sheer “joy of learning,” according to education director Karen Ponzo. “We deal with everything the kids could possibly love,” she said. “We cover all the basic subjects, plus we offer computers.” Comment

Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ unites boro groups as one

Now completing its 75th anniversary year, the Oratorio... Comment

Police Blotter: Auburndale woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

AUBURNDALE - A woman stabbed her boyfriend during a domestic dispute at 194-02 Station Rd. last Thursday, police said. Comment

Editorial: The unthinkable

Could it be possible in a country where children wear $150 Nike Air Jordans and pay $50 a piece to collect a library of the latest video games that there are children in Queens who will go to bed hungry tonight? Advocates for the borough's 175 soup kitchens and food pantries warn that Queens is on the brink of a disaster. Comment

Editorial: Spike the hike

On Sunday, May 4, the MTA will raise fares on all city subways and buses from $1.50 a ride to $2. The cost for riding the Express Bus will jump from $3 to $4. Until last week, we were inclined to accept the fare hike as bitter but necessary medicine. We are now no longer confident that the fare hike is necessary to keep the MTA out of the red. Comment

Editorial: Some good news

Hey, we needed this. Comment

Buses growing more packed: Straphangers study

Passengers are enduring more and more crowding on New York City Transit buses because service has not keep pace with riders and the Q59 bus between Rego Park and Williamsburg is the prime example in Queens. Comment

Berger’s Burg: May salutes military, moms, Mets, maypoles

And all through Sept., he kept admiring her charms, Comment

Dishing with Dee: Republicans’ meeting evokes strong emotion

Passover and Easter claimed most of the week’s activities, and, understandably, not many public events were scheduled. So I guess this will be a compilation of bits and pieces of the week’s slim pickings. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: SE Queens can benefit from flood preparation

Although the calendar gave us notice that winter is behind us, temperatures have been more than a little unpredictable. Comment

The Civic Scene: Joys of home ownership prove difficult in Queens

Most of us buy houses so we can enjoy the space and greenery they provide, although a few people buy homes mainly because the value of the property grows over the years. Well, there are aggravations associated with a house. A couple of weeks ago we experienced one of those bad happenings. Comment

To The Point: Cardozo student leaders arrange AIDS conference

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Easter was a beautiful sunny day and everyone celebrated the beautiful holiday with family and friends. Comment

The Plant Doctor: Gardeners find solutions to boro space constraints

A friend of mine identified himself as “the typical Flushing gardener” in terms of his particular gardening style. Comment

Belmont Fair to host arm-wrestling competition

Registration and weigh-in begin at noon and the start time is 1:30 p.m. There are 10 weight classes for men, including the Masters 45+ and the seniors 60+. There also will be three weight classes for women. Entry fee is $15 for NYAWA members and $20 for nonmembers. General admission is $6 for adults and children. Parking is $4 at Gate 5. Comment

Bayside L.L.: R. Klein, CPA sneaks by Monahan & Fitzgerald

R. Klein, CPA 4, Monahan & Fitzgerald 3. In a classic pitching duel, R. Klein CPA survived with a 4-3 victory. The game ball for R. Klein, CPA went to George Yiantselia, who had a base hit and an RBI. Thomas DeCicco was on base three out of four times and had great defensive put-out at second base. Jordan Manuel continued his hot batting and also snagged a line drive to end. Monahan Fitzgerald was led by a splendid pitching performance by Ed O’Doyle, who registered five Ks. Salvatore Salamone added a double and an RBI, and William Holden was solid at the plate with a sharp Comment

Cambria Heights group hands out hoops trophies

The four divisions are the Bantams, ages 5 to 9; the Biddies, ages 10 to 11; the Midgets, ages 12 to 13; and the Juniors, ages 14 to 17. All the divisions play each other for 16 Saturdays after a four-week instructional period. Comment

DAC Baseball: Prudential L.I. Realty Yanks defeat St. Anastasia No. 3

Sparkling defensive plays were turned in by Anthony Samela and Alex Ligas, who fielded a deflected ball off a teammate’s glove just in time to throw the runner out at first. Also, Teddy Lampropoulas played a great all-around game. Comment

Forest Hills-based JetBlue expands fleet of planes

The Forest Hills-based discount airline JetBlue, flourishing at a time of financial distress for the airline industry, has ordered 65 new Airbus A320 jetliners along with options for 50 more planes. Comment

Flushing Y gymnasts win YMCA state championship

On the women’s championship team was Liz Kotler-Albert, Angela Krsikapa, Alisa Krsikapa, Cassie Yue, Victoria Cannon, Janet Delgado and Alex Guiliani. The championship level is the highest level of competition in the YMCA. Comment

Gjoa/Istria tops Sachem, 4-2

Rilwan (Rex) Salawu scored a hat trick with a goal and a penalty kick in the first half and a beautiful goal in the early minutes of the second half, set up by Michael Ryan and a nice pass by Willmer Barona. Comment

Glen Oaks LL: Modells Lions roar past Gregs Tire and Auto, 14-3

The Lions got things started early when they scored five times in the first on hits by Steven Leccese, a home run by Kristopher Lim and an RBI single by Michael Labrada. They added two more in the fourth on walks to Leccese and Joseph Feisel and a two RBI triple by Labrada. Comment

Midville Dodgers schedule tryouts

The team is expected to travel to several tournaments and compete in the Long Island Baseball Association and Westchester Baseball Association. Players should report at 2 p.m. on May 4 to Juniper Valley Park, field No. 1 (Juniper Boulevard South at 76th Street). Comment

OLS PeeWee girls open with win

OLS displayed a balanced and potent offensive attack with all 14 girls getting a hit. The offensive standouts for the game were Caileigh O’Rourke and Shannon Vetack, who had two hits apiece. Comment

Metro Star Cafe Bulldogs top Consolidated Carpet

Metro Star Café “Bulldogs” 11, Consolidated Carpet 3. Comment

St. Gregory’s wins Diocesan crown

During the regular season, the team compiled an extraordinary record of 52 wins and just two losses. No matter what the situation was, the girls always found a way to pull it together. Comment

Whitestone Wanderers drill Douglaston, 20-9

John Massa crushed a three-run homer over the right field fence and banged a single off the center field fence. Massa also walked twice and had 5 RBIs .Vincent Florido also had 5 RBIs on four hits, including a double. Mike Lowrey had three hits, Nick Zavattieri had two hits, three walks and 2 RBIs, Mike Dinoto had a triple that knocked in two runs, Anthony Polito had a hit, two walks and two RBIs and Johnny Liquori was 1-for-1 with three walks. Comment

Free citywide youth baseball league begins enrollment

More than 1,400 young athletes will participate on 95 teams in 10 parks throughout the city. The free program runs from June 21 through the end of August. Registration for the league will be held at 11 sites citywide on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Tomahawks make return to gridiron

I don’t know exactly how thrilled I am about it, but the Long Island Tomahawks are back. The one-time youth football powerhouse is returning to the gridiron this week with a spring workout schedule for six teams the organization is hoping to field for the 2003 season. Comment

Doug. clinic provides mental health therapy

When your name is Pride of Judea and your next door neighbors are an Episcopal church and a Catholic school, you know a lot of people are going to get the wrong idea. Comment

The straw that stirs the Storm: Rozema fifth in the nation in batting

Mike Rozema is 8 years old again. He’s back on the Fair Lawn Little League infield, anticipating his post-game ice-cream cone. Comment

McEvitt shuts down Molloy in two-hit shutout

Moments before taking the mound in the crucial CHSAA league softball match-up between St. Francis Prep and Archbishop Molloy, Terriers starter Kristen McEvitt was visibly ill. Comment

Ayhan’s Shish Kebab: Go kebab krazy at Ayhan’s in Port Washington

The small storefront at 263 Main Street doesn't begin to tell what's inside. Ayhan's (named after the owner), runs very deep, with a series of rooms with a distinct Mediterranean feel. The buffet table runs on and on along the right wall. It certainly looks like a buffet with 100 items. Neither of my brunch companions could be coerced into taking inventory. So, I'll leave that up to you, especially if you decide to be seated alongside. Comment

St. John’s Spanish professor receives royal award

A St. John's University professor of Spanish studies who has written more than a dozen books on Spanish and Latin-American writers was recently honored with an award from Spain that recognizes people who have made exceptional contributions to the arts, literature and sciences. Comment

Kenyan priest acquitted of abuse in Woodside church

A Catholic priest visiting from Kenya was acquitted last week of charges he had molested a Woodside boy during a day trip to the Rockaways last year. Comment

Zoning plan to encourage housing in Hunters Point

Pietro Mignano owns a prime piece of Long Island City real estate, but he can't do anything with it. Comment

Conviction overturned in ‘89 Astoria slay

The murder conviction of a College Point man accused of slaying his former business partner and father figure 14 years ago in Astoria was thrown out last week by a Queens judge because of jury misconduct. Comment

Juniper Civic heads push ‘zero tolerance’ of graffiti

In the lexicon of the average Middle Villager, fires will "burn" and dogs may "bite," while "throwing up" is best reserved for the privacy of a porcelain throne. Comment

Richmond Hill edges Francis Lewis, 6-4

It was one of those games Ted Riofrio was looking forward to, another chance for the Richmond Hill baseball team to earn respect against a traditional Queens powerhouse. Comment

Three killed in car accident in industrial Maspeth

An early morning accident claimed three lives Saturday when a car ran off the road and crashed into a building in an industrial section of West Maspeth, leaving a fourth passenger in critical condition, police said. Comment

West Side Tennis Club to host pro tournament

The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills will be hosting its first professional tennis tournament in 14 years next month, club officials announced Tuesday. Players seeded among the top 200 in the world, including Michael Chang, will compete in the tournament. Comment

Addabbo marks springtime with Sept. 11 daffodil bloom

Borough and city officials joined residents of South Ozone Park and Ozone Park Friday at Lefferts Playground to celebrate the "blooming" of the Daffodil Project - a living memorial for victims of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

Gateway Park to receive $1M for athletic facilities

A borough congressman said Frank Charles and West Hamilton Beach parks in Howard Beach will get tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts and an exercise path as part of renovation projects in Gateway National Recreation Area. Comment

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Kristen McEvitt

Name: Kristen McEvitt Comment

Tottenville shuts out Cardozo  at PSAL Girls’ Soccer Classic

Just as the opener did five hours earlier, the main event of the first annual PSAL Girls’ Soccer Classic Sunday featured one of the top teams from Queens against Staten Island’s best. Comment

Richmond Hill walking tour offers links to boro history

Not many people are aware that the first car phone was actually invented in 1919 by Alfred H. Grebe at his radio production factory in East Richmond Hill. Comment

McLaughlin decries ed cuts in state budget

State Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) joined parents and residents at an early childhood center in Richmond Hill Monday to protest against Gov. George Pataki's proposed $1.4 billion cuts to the state education budget. Comment

Southeast Queens schools need more security guards

Schools in southeast Queens may face an acute shortage of crossing guards and safety officers in September as new schools and heavy cuts in the city budget stretch thinning resources, police officials told a District 29 safety meeting Tuesday in Rosedale. Comment

New York Freedoms fall to visiting Reading, 2-1

A week after a season-opening 4-1 thumping of the Westchester Flames, New York Freedoms general manager/head coach David Price proclaimed his soccer team to be an improved club Saturday night. Comment

Ex-convict nabbed for fake bomb

A Rosedale ex-convict was charged last week with planting a fake pipe bomb in the backseat of a Brooklyn cop's car to help a jail house acquaintance beat his conviction for detonating an explosive outside the female officer's home two years ago, the Brooklyn district attorney said. Comment

Downtown Jamaica BID still on the table

A plan to create a business improvement district on Sutphin Boulevard in downtown Jamaica is moving forward, but the nine-block strip was shortened by three blocks after a property owner pulled out of the project. Comment

Cops pursue armed rapist wanted in 3 Hollis attacks

Police were searching for an armed rapist who assaulted at least three middle-aged women in Hollis in early morning attacks in April. Comment

Queens makes preparations for returning Iraq vets

While Queens troops are still stationed in the Middle East, veterans' groups and government offices are preparing for their return to ensure service members have the support and information they need to rejoin the community. Comment

Queens plagued by series of ‘unarmed’ bank heists

Over the course of just two weeks this spring, a Ridgewood Savings Bank in Laurelton lost more than $15,000 in three separate robberies. Comment

Sanders, anti-gun activist mom announce ammo bill

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) has sponsored a bill that would require people buying ammunition to show a gun permit, an idea spawned by the founder of a Queens-based anti-violence group. Comment

Haitian bakery still cooking after 25 years

If you are looking for yucca-flavored cookies in Cambria Heights, there is really only one place to go. Comment

College Round-up: QC softball’s Santoro no-hits Bloomfield in 16-0 win

Christ the King alum and Ozone Park native Stephanie Santoro tossed a no-hitter Sunday for the Queens College Lady Knights softball team in non-league action against Bloomfield College in a 16-0 blowout win on the Flushing campus. Comment

Bayside’s first female driver marks century of life

In a century of living in Bayside, Hazel C. Gilmore has seen fields of flowers turn into houses, a lake replaced with a gas station and a penny candy store become a CVS pharmacy. Comment

When cars were part of the family

Anyone who believes man's best friend has four furry feet and a tail that wags has never seen a grown man snuggle up against a chrome-trimmed body on rubber tires. Comment

Holocaust commemorated in NE Queens synagogues

Children from three Little Neck synagogues listened intently Monday to a man who described how he survived under the Nazi occupation of a Polish village during World War II as part of a commemoration on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Comment

Board 13 approves new garage at LIJ

Community Board 13 approved the construction of a seven-level parking garage for Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, but it attached several important conditions reflecting the concerns of neighborhood residents. Comment

Pitching to blame as SJU drops rubber match

Ed Blankmeyer’s reoccurring nightmare, the one where the St. John’s baseball team falls behind early, then rallies only to lose late, haunted the Red Storm coach again Monday at The Ballpark at St. John’s. Comment

Avella leads demonstration for open tax legislation

It was the Boston Tea Party all over again on the steps of City Hall Tuesday as Queens civic leaders joined their counterparts in the other boroughs and City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in a rally for "no taxation without representation." Comment

Ft. Totten historian readies for Parks Department work

Fort Totten historian Jack Fein has begun packing up thousands of pieces of military memorabilia in the fort's museum in anticipation of a city Parks Department site safety and improvement project slated to begin in earnest this fall. Comment

Jamaica HS student from Pakistan spared deportation

Jamaica HS basketball star Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain, 18, who overstayed his visitor’s visa after coming from Pakistan as a boy, has been given a reprieve by the INS to remain in the United States while his green card application is processed, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced Tuesday. Comment

LGA workers allegedly stole tiny liquor bottles: DA

Police smashed a liquor-theft ring that operated out of LaGuardia Airport, arresting 11 airport workers who allegedly "stole to order" miniature bottles for local grocery stores, Port Authority police officials and the Queens district attorney announced last week. Comment

Flushing branch outlasts panicked run on reserves

A Flushing bank branch that caters to Chinese immigrants has survived a dramatic run on its reserves triggered by the firing of one of its managers at its headquarters in Chinatown, the manager said this week. Comment

Gennaro, Weprin condemn series of anti-Semitic acts

A rash of vandalism targeting Jews in the 107th Precinct united religious and political leaders from all faiths Sunday on the steps of the Hillcrest Jewish Center, where they preached solidarity and called for the prompt arrest of the perpetrators. Comment

Fund pushes for museum at Latimer House

By all accounts, the travails of the Lewis Latimer House, the historic Flushing home that belonged to the 19th century black inventor who developed the carbon filament for lightbulbs, have made a compelling saga. Comment

Two boro hospitals debut new heart surgery device

Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park and New York Hospital Queens in Flushing are the only two hospitals in the borough to offer a newly approved device that doctors say can significantly reduce the likelihood that a patient will have to return for a second angioplasty. Comment

Queens Finance Fair offers bullish outlook to investors

So are you bearish or bullish? Comment

4 boro high schools record top Regents scores: Report

Four Queens high schools achieved better than an 80 percent passing rate on the state’s Regents exams, state Education Department statistics revealed last week, while the 35 borough high schools as a whole posted a 57 percent passing rate on the tests. Comment

Katz takes on MTA chief over token booth closings

In a letter to MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow, Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) has asked the transit boss to halt the planned closings of 12 subway station booths in Queens that have some public officials and riders worried underground crime may rise. Comment

City okays water rate increase for Queens

First an 18.5 percent hike in property taxes. Then the 17 percent jump in bus and subway fares. Now Queens residents are facing a 6.5 percent rise in water use fees, the second such increase in as many years, and many of the borough’s public officials and community leaders have taken stands against it. Comment


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