Thursday, June 11, 2009

Whitestone Times

Padavan wants probe into Staviskys, Parkside

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) said he believes the state Legislative Ethics Commission should conduct a probe to determine whether it is “inappropriate” that a Queens firm in which state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D−Whitestone) son is a partner lobbies her Higher Education Committee. Comment
Whitestone Times

Far Rock man dies in battle

Army Spc. Roberto Hernandez may have had a deep family history in the military, but according to the Far Rockaway man’s mother, his decision to fight and ultimately die for his country was one of personal honor. Comment
Whitestone Times

Flushing family flees from home hit by car

Flushing neighbors of a block they claim is prone to accidents said they were lucky to be in one piece last Thursday morning after a sedan crashed into and exploded on the block. Comment
Whitestone Times

Douglas Manor Beach closed due to unsafe water

The city halted swimming at Douglas Manor Beach and Breezy Point in the Rockaways last weekend after water at the beaches did not meet acceptable safety standards, a spokeswoman for the city Health Department said. Comment
Whitestone Times

Avella, Willets biz protest seizure plan

Anger and confusion were dominant at Willets Point Monday afternoon when City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) and property owners railed against what they called city “hypocrisy” over the city Economic Development Corp.’s plan to begin moving toward eminent domain. Comment
Whitestone Times

Ron Kim drops bid for Liu’s Council seat

FLUSHING — Ron Kim, a legislative aid to Gov. David Paterson, announced Monday he has dropped out of the race for City Councilman John Liu’s (D−Flushing) seat to promote party unity as September’s Democratic primary approaches. Comment

CB 11 set to vote on Bell Blvd. rezone plan

Community Board 11 will vote next week on whether to approve a proposal by Bayside’s Briarwood Organization to rezone a portion of Bell Boulevard that would allow for the conversion of an existing home on the street into office space. Comment

Sanders debates opponents

Some of the candidates vying to challenge City Councilman James Sanders (D−Laurelton) this November took on the incumbent last Thursday night in a special candidates forum that focused on southeast Queens’ environmental issues. Comment

Killing of man sparks fear, vigil in Flushing

Two teenagers were arrested for the murder of a 49 year−old Woodhaven man after his body was found in a Flushing alley last weekend, police said. Comment

Chou touts broad experience

To many, Yen Chou is a newcomer to the political scene. But ask the longtime education advocate and she will tell you she has been working her way to prominence in northern Queens for the last decade. Comment

Maspeth church gutted by blaze

Close−knit members associated with a 102−year−old Maspeth church grieved over its loss as they salvaged what was left of their historic house of worship after it was seriously damaged in a fire Tuesday. Comment

Plunge from A train stuns onlookers

A man who robbed a Richmond Hill bank fell to his death Monday during a police chase as officers closed in on him on the A train platform on Liberty Avenue, the authorities and witnesses said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Maspeth civics to sue over planned school site

After a turbulent meeting with city School Construction Authority officials in April, the Juniper Park and Citizens of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together civic associations are preparing to file a lawsuit against the city over a planned high school in Maspeth. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Bayside life in ’39 on public display

Bayside residents interested in taking a glimpse into the past need look no further than the neighborhood’s historical society, which has kicked off an exhibit that gives an overview of the community in 1939 through the pages of a long−defunct local magazine. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Singh sees bias in sign steal

A debate between the three candidates vying to replace City Councilman David Weprin (D−Hollis) in November descended into chaos last week when one of the candidates publicly accused a community leader of stealing his campaign signs. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills teen convicted in crash

A pot−smoking, pill−popping and unlicensed Forest Hills teenager who killed a married Kew Gardens couple after plowing through a red light was sentenced to 2 1⁄2 to 7 1⁄2 years in state prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

I’m an outsider: Gagarin

As the youngest Democratic candidate in the bid for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D−Forest Hills) seat, 27−year−old Mel Gagarin knows he is an outsider in a crowded race — and he is hoping to use it to his advantage. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Speeding in Rego Pk. claims life of man, 22

Following an accident last week in Rego Park that claimed one life and sent two teenagers to the hospital, residents said they are concerned about speeding and crime in the area. Comment
Astoria Times

Odds are Queens woman had hand in race’s fabulous hats

Although most eyes were on Summer Bird as the horse surpassed Dunkirk and Mine That Bird for a first−place finish in the Belmont Stakes, there was another attraction at the Elmont, L.I., racetrack Saturday that commanded attention and, unlike the thoroughbreds in contention, was a sure bet. Comment
Astoria Times

Court OKs suit against LIC landlord

Tenants of a major property management company in Queens got one step closer to filing a lawsuit after a State Supreme Court judge in Manhattan ruled last month the allegations leveled against the landlord were violations of a city tenant harassment law. Comment
Astoria Times

Monserrate’s flip a bitter pill for constituents

Elected officials and community leaders in Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights reacted with a mixture of skepticism and disappointment to news that state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst), their representative in Albany, had sided with Republicans in the ouster of Democrats from the state Senate leadership. Comment
Astoria Times

Nocerino leaves race for Katz’s Council seat

The race for City Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D−Forest Hills) seat became a little less crowded last week, when Joseph “JR” Nocerino said he was leaving the race due to concerns about his health and work. Nocerino has thrown his support behind former rival and Democratic candidate Karen Koslowitz. Comment
Astoria Times

Officers shoot man with knife at 109th

A Flushing man was hospitalized and awaiting arraignment for attempted murder this week after being shot by police at the 109th Precinct station house for allegedly stabbing a man and lunging at an officer, authorities said. Comment
Astoria Times

Queensborough CC graduates revel in accomplishments

The specter of a national economic downturn and gloomy weather did not prevent the 1,600 graduates of Bayside’s Queensborough Community College from remaining festive at the school’s 48th commencement ceremony last week. Comment
Astoria Times

Swift coup will affect city budget: Boro Dems

As the shock from the Republicans’ surprise coup in the state Senate settled in Tuesday, Queens elected officials began to reassess the battlefield and what was potentially won or lost in Monday’s political ambush. Comment
Astoria Times

Live music, dancing returns to LIC park

Music and dance will return to the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City this summer. Comment
Astoria Times

Parking laws Web site to add west Qns. areas

A city−based Web site that informs drivers of parking regulations by neighborhood is expanding its operations further into Queens this year, the site’s chief executive officer and founder said. Comment
Astoria Times

Political ambush by GOP

Queens Democrats questioned the motives of state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst) and one of his colleagues after they voted to oust Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D−St. Albans) from his post Monday and put Republicans back in control of the upper house in Albany, while Republicans blamed Smith for the shocking shift in the balance of power. Comment
Astoria Times

City to reopen 12 shelters for homeless in borough

More than 100 homeless individuals may once again be able to find refuge from the cold winter months in about a dozen Queens shelters that the city shuttered last year, officials said. Comment
Astoria Times

O’Leary goes after Gioia seat

“Grassroots” is one of Brent O’Leary’s favorite words. Comment
Astoria Times

Gay marriage fight a focus at Queens Pride Parade

From the flamboyant to the restrained, hundreds lined up along 37th Avenue Sunday in Jackson Heights to exhibit gay pride and push for Albany to pass marriage equality during the Queens Pride Parade. Comment
Astoria Times

Hunters Pt. bar neighbors urge denial of liquor license

New owners may be preparing to take over, but neighbors of a noisy Hunters Point bar were not in a charitable mood last week as they urged Community Board 2 to side against the renewal of Lounge 47’s liquor license. Comment
Astoria Times

Battle of the Birds thrills Belmont crowd

Jason Goldberg was confident as to which horse was going to win the Belmont Stakes about two hours before racetime. Comment
Astoria Times

Democrats fell short on reforms: Padavan

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) defended his Republican colleagues Tuesday and the two dissident Democrats who voted to put the GOP in charge of the Senate, pointing to a list of reforms passed right after the Monday ouster vote. Comment
Astoria Times

Marshall opposes cuts to community boards

Borough President Helen Marshall and representatives from Queens community boards convened on the steps of City Hall Tuesday with groups from around the city to rail against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to carve $35,000 from each of the board’s budgets, saying the move would be devastating to panels that have not had a raise in funding for 19 years. Comment
Astoria Times

LIC construction company heads accused of underpaying workers

The heads of a Long Island City construction company were arrested last week and charged with bilking workers out of more than $600,000 in pay while repairing subway stations, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said. Comment
Astoria Times

MTA forum explores speedy buses

New York City is desperate for a solution to its ever−slower buses and Queens straphangers and transit activists gathered last week for a close−up look at Bus Rapid Transit, a super express bus system the MTA thinks could be the answer. Comment
Astoria Times

Boro religious leaders mixed on Obama’s Egypt speech

Queens residents’ reactions to President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo were divided this week, with some praising the American leader for what they said was an address that “set an unprecedented tone in the Middle East,” while others criticized his words as representing a shift toward a U.S. foreign policy that was less supportive of Israel. Comment



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