Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flushing imam admits lying in terror case

Flushing imam Ahmad Wais Afzali pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn court Thursday to lying to federal authorities who were investigating a terror plot involving a member of his mosque. Comment

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mary Louis wins emotional semifinal for coach

Just about every Mary Louis player did her part Saturday. Whether it was Karin Robinson’s fearless drives, Jackie Kresse and Kelly McNamee’s three-point shooting, the rebounding of Reana Mohamed and Avis Benjamin, Camille Romero’s steadiness or Christy Calderon’s game-sealing steal and free throws, Coach Joe Lewinger called it the Hilltoppers’ most complete performance of the season. Comment

Cardozo sees rewards from Brooks’ return

Malcolm Brooks listed his return to Cardozo this year at 50/50. Ron Naclerio, the zany longtime coach, didn’t expect him back. Comment

Boro man cheats Bank of America out of $13K: DA

JAMAICA — A Hollis man was arrested for allegedly cheating Bank of America out of $13,000 in funds, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Hollis man arrested on burglary charges: Brown

JAMAICA — A Hollis man was arrested last month for his alleged involvement in a violent burglary that injured two people, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Insurance worker lied on car crash report: DA

ST. ALBANS — A 26-year-old woman was arraigned last month for allegedly scamming her insurance company with false reports, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

DA toasts SE Qns.’ Walcott

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and dozens of members of his staff were on hand last week to honor one of City Hall’s top leaders for his work in helping the community. Comment

Comrie seeks alternate sites for new school

While the city waits for the final approval to move a new all-boys school into a Springfield Gardens middle school, city Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said he has asked the school’s chancellor to consider some other spaces he claims would be perfect for the community’s needs. Comment

St. Albans resident killed car thief: DA

A St. Albans man turned the tables on a criminal who was trying to steal his car by killing him Saturday night, police said. Comment

Get it Done

We have a message for the men and women representing the New York City area in Washington, D.C.: The American people are weary of the partisanship and political bickering that has blocked the way to health care reform. It became clear at the presidential health summit at the Blair House in Washington last week that there are serious problems in the American health care system that need to be addressed. Comment

City promises $115 million to preserve Jamaica Bay

After years of pleading and activism from the borough’s environmental groups, the city announced last Thursday that it would be taking significant steps to prevent Jamaica Bay’s marshland from going the way of the dodo. Comment

Temper Justice with Mercy

The growing problem of gang violence has led to cries for the harshest penalties for those involved in this behavior. The hope is if society punishes a select few harshly enough, the message will get out and discourage others from joining gangs and taking part in senseless violence. Comment

City plans new memorials for Flushing burial ground

The city is reworking plans for new memorials to 19th-century blacks and American Indian cholera and small pox victims who were buried in the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground, known as Martins Field until its renaming in December 2009. Comment

Queens Village man stabs N.J. resident after party: Brown

A Queens Village man is under arrest for allegedly stabbing a New Jersey man to death near a Bellerose house following an argument at a party early Sunday morning, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Bearak slams Friedrich’s criticism for flier

Corey Bearak, the former campaign manager for state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and a member of Community Board 13, said Monday it was inappropriate for failed Assembly candidate Bob Friedrich to ask CB 13 last week to condemn a controversial mailing sent out by the Weprin campaign. Comment

Halloran content with seat

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said he probably will not challenge U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) for his seat this fall despite support from the borough’s Republican and Conservative parties, while northeast Queens leaders were divided on whether they believed former Councilman Tony Avella could defeat longtime state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment

SJU students told recession hit young hard

Bakari Kitwana, a journalist and activist, last week urged St. John’s University students to mobilize around federal education and job creation bills with the same enthusiastic approach they used to rally around President Barack Obama’s campaign. Comment

Queens College students worried over CUNY cuts

For Queens College freshman Denisse Prudencio Jimenez, Gov. David Paterson’s proposal to cut CUNY budgets could dash her lifelong hopes of being the first in her family to graduate from college. Comment

Feds bust fake purse ring in Bayside area

Police have arrested 11 residents of Oakland Gardens, Bayside and Flushing, charging them with being part of a counterfeit handbag dealer ring that brought them millions of dollars in illegal profits, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment

LIJ doctor, patient recount lung surgery

The day after Eric Zapata went to Splish Splash water park in Suffolk County in August, he developed a pain in his back and had trouble breathing. Comment

Boro scientist finds pollution at Throgs Neck

A College Point scientist has found high levels of toxic lead and Tributyl tin below the Throgs Neck Bridge between Crider Point in northeast Whitestone’s Throgs Neck Bridge Park and Fort Totten in Bayside. Comment

Friedrich wants CB 11 vote on flier

Jerry Iannece easily won re-election as Community Board 11’s chairman this week, but a proposal by former state Assembly contender Bob Friedrich asking the board to condemn a controversial campaign flier which attacked him was met with more contention. Comment

Clergy give their blessing to Monserrate

Even as his legal team argues that the March 16 special election to fill his seat is invalid and unconstitutional, expelled state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) has mobilized his re-election campaign with the help of a bloc of churches in his district opposed to same-sex marriage. Comment

Church in Bellerose celebrates its 70th anniversary

The House of Hope Presbyterian Church has seen the best and worst of times in its 70-year-history, but the one thing congregants and leaders of the Bellerose institution said has remain stable is their sense of community. Comment

Flushing men indicted in subway bombing plot

Federal prosecutors charged two Flushing men last Thursday as participants in a plan to bomb the New York City subway system during rush hour under the leadership of admitted terror plotter Najibullah Zazi, who used to live in the same Queens neighborhood. Comment

CB 7 hears Commons parking plan

The developer of Flushing Commons, an $800 million mixed-use project, turned down the volume on a hot-button issue last week by allaying some community concerns over parking problemsthat the project may cause, but many still remain. Comment

Boro residents hit with false building code violations

The city Department of Buildings is compiling documents and records to hand over to the Queens district attorney’s office in hopes of building a criminal case against two city construction companies that are suspected of reporting more than 1,000 Queens homeowners in recent months for building code violations to generate more business, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said. Comment

Astoria site of physical morning assault: Brown

ASTORIA — Two men were arrested last month for allegedly assaulting a pedestrian on the street early in the morning Feb. 17, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Far Rock man arraigned on robbery charges

FAR ROCKAWAY — A 33-year-old man has been arrested on charges of holding up a pedestrian last month, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Camera caught woman stealing iPod: Brown

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A woman was arraigned last month for allegedly stealing an MP3 music player from the inside of another person’s pocketbook, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Man from N.J. busted in boro teen sex sting: DA

KEW GARDENS — A New Jersey man was charged last week with soliciting a teen girl, who in reality was an undercover male police officer, for sex online, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Crooks go on interboro bank heist spree: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — Police were looking for a pair of men they said were responsible for a string of robberies at Sovereign Banks in Brooklyn and Queens. Comment

Mayor, stop the MTA’s planned cuts

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Albany must pass domestic abuse bill

I applaud TimesLedger Newspapers for highlighting an important bill sponsored by state Sens. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn) and Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) after the recent murder of a woman allegedly by her stalker despite having an order of protection against him. Comment

Flier informed voters of Friedrich’s views on hate

Apparently, Robert Friedrich and the Republicans feel bitter following their overwhelming rejection by the voters (“Friedrich urges CB 13 to denounce mailing,” Little Neck Ledger, Feb. 25). That may explain their complaints about a mailing aimed at exposing Friedrich’s opposition to stronger criminal penalties for hate crimes. So let me pose this question: Is a neo-Nazi who paints a swastika on a synagogue, a school or the car or home of a Jewish family the same as a child who tags a subway car? Comment

Americans should be more patriotic

It was certainly interesting and exciting in Flushing with all the celebrations for Chinese New Year. Isn’t it wonderful that people from all over the world can come to this great country and live the American Dream? Comment

Common saying often misquoted

Regarding Alex Berger’s Feb. 18 TimesLedger Newspapers column “Money a very useful thing, but still the root of all evil,” the correct quote is “Greed is the root of all evil,” translated from the Latin “cupiditas radix malorum est.” Comment

Give city workers increases in pay

This really takes the cake. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said teachers must only accept a 2 percent pay raise due to budgetary problems. This from a man who gave pay raises to his staff. Comment

Life after Monserrate

Ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate will not go quietly into the night. Having been removed by his fellow senators, the embattled politician has gathered the 5,500 signatures needed to get his name on the March 16 special election ballot. Comment

I Sit And Look Out: Negative effects on government can come from ethnic politics

John Sabini, a former City Councilman, was elected to the state Senate in 2002 and won re-election easily in 2004. In 2006, former Councilman Hiram Monserrate, better known as Senator Slash, challenged him and came within 200 votes of replacing him. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Boro GOP recognizes 2 heads of party pending court hearing

Just whose ox is being gored here and why? You must have all noticed the proliferation of items in the newspapers about Mayor Michael Bloomberg giving money to the Independence Party and John and Bart Haggerty brothers. Comment

Political Action: Public meets GOP opponents who will challenge Ackerman

In a recent discussion with Queens County Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa, he expressed an optimistic view for the immediate future. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Berger family made good use out of old bed for many years

Sleep faster, we need the pillows. — Yiddish proverb Comment

Elderly find memory aid in Forest Hills

It is hard for Dr. Bruce Brotter, chief operating officer at the Memory Training Center of America, to count the number of success stories. Comment

TimesLedger wins 2 awards in North American news contest

The TimesLedger Newspapers won two awards in Suburban Newspapers of America’s annual editorial contest for 2009. Comment

Boro Chileans calm in aftermath of quake

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Chile over the weekend damaged homes and killed more than 700 people so far, but Chileans living in Queens said they were grateful it was not worse. Comment

Guv got advice from Aqueduct bidder lobbyist

A high-profile Democratic operative and lobbyist was giving free campaign advice to Gov. David Paterson at the same time he was hired to lobby Paterson on behalf of one of the losing bidders of the Aqueduct video lottery terminal contract. Comment

Clergy give blessing to Monserrate

Even as his legal team argues that the March 16 special election to fill his seat is invalid and unconstitutional, expelled state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) has mobilized his re-election campaign with the help of a bloc of churches in his district opposed to same-sex marriage. Comment

Queens man charged in Facebook spat

A Fresh Meadows man who allegedly hijacked his Kew Gardens girlfriend’s Facebook account and beat her while threatening to make sex tapes of them public will return to court next week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Corona rapist to spend decades in jail: Brown

The Corona man who raped two women in 2007 and 2008 was sentenced last week to 23 years behind bars, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

$10K chalice stolen from St. Helen’s

A Howard Beach church was broken into in a brazen burglary that netted two chalices worth $11,000, including one valued at $10,000 alone, police and a priest from the church said. Comment

Trust negotiates to sell Cavalier building site

The fate of a storied Jackson Heights commercial building emptied in recent months by rising rents is still in question nearly a month after the final hold-out, the beloved Cavalier Restaurant, closed its doors. Comment

Boro has most deaths in city from diseases: Study

Queens led New York City in deaths from seven diseases and other lethal causes in the latest statistical health snapshot of the city, but life expectancy in the five boroughs hit a new all-time high. Comment

Corona co-op’s dream of Dorie Miller stamp comes true

World War II hero Doris “Dorie” Miller has been honored by the military, Hollywood and the city that named a Corona co-op after him. Comment

Scammers arrested for skimming: DA

ATMs were convenient but security cameras were not for a Michigan man and two Romanians busted by police last week on suspicion of installing electronics on a Woodside bank’s cash machines to steal customers’ information, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Queens pols grim about governor’s future

Queens officials said Gov. David Paterson should resign if allegations he ordered members of his administration to pressure a woman into dropping her charges of domestic violence against one of the governor’s top aides prove true. Comment

Forest Hills contractor filed fake papers: DA

Police were on the lookout for a Forest Hills contractor who has been accused of filing documents with the city Department of Buildings that used forged seals of approval after he failed to show up for an August 2008 court date. Comment

Queens College upgrades labs

Queens College officials celebrated this week the completion of a $30 million renovation that brought 11 new labs and a three-floor mosaic of a nucleus collision to one of the main science buildings on campus. Comment

St. John’s student plans help for Haiti

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti Jan. 12 hit home for many New York City residents with roots in Haiti. Comment

Court orders Jax. Hts. woman to pay restitution to immigrants

The Jackson Heights woman who allegedly defrauded more than three dozen immigrant families to the tune of over $300,000 has been ordered to repay the money and pay millions more in penalties, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Comment

St. Patrick’s Day arrives early for Queens celebrators

Sunnyside is gearing up once more for the city’s gay-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Sunday. Comment

CB 5 members question city’s school plans

Residents of Maspeth and Ridgewood were skeptical but not outright hostile toward the city School Construction Authority’s plan to build a 600-seat elementary school next to Grover Cleveland High School. Comment

City presents Woodside, Sunnyside rezoning proposal

Taller buildings may be coming to Queens Boulevard as part of a proposed rezoning of Sunnyside and Woodside, but that would come in return for limited height for developments on residential side streets, city officials said. Comment

City passes Pop Tarts, flunks brownies as school snacks

It has come to this: Pop-Tarts and Doritos have trumped homemade brownies as acceptable foods allowed to be sold at bake sales inside the city’s public schools. Comment

Party raises Haiti relief cash

Long after many shops shut their doors in the face of last week’s snowstorm, customers at one Kew Gardens restaurant thumbed their noses at the slippery streets and danced the night away at a fund-raiser for Haiti. Comment

Preservationists present plans for St. Saviour’s site

Although state funding for the land acquisition is in doubt, a preservationist group has unveiled a new look for the former site of St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth. Comment

Forest Hills HS will give zoned students first dibs

Queens legislators announced Tuesday they successfully negotiated with the city Department of Education to ensure officials will give zoned students first crack at the 350 seats expected to open this fall in Forest Hills’ Metropolitan High School. Comment

Olympian speaks at SJU about breaking into volleyball

Misty May-Treanor is one of the top beach volleyball players in the world, but the Olympic gold medalist told St. John’s University she never feels like a superstar. Comment

Queens seeks new candidates to be borough’s poet laureate

Queens poets, take note: The search for works that inspire borough residents of all ages and cultural backgrounds has begun. Comment

Astoria straphangers want their W

Western Queens residents and community leaders lined up outside Astoria’s 30th Avenue subway station Tuesday morning to protest the MTA’s decision to cut its W train service to the community. Comment

From the Footlighs: Born into ‘Brothers’

Their family history is the stuff of a folksy and surreal novel you don’t quite believe but can’t put down. And never forget. Comment

Queens Fashion Week trains its focus on the local

Befitting the borough’s industrial roots, the inaugural three-day Queens Fashion Week kicked off Feb. 18 in the austere setting of Long Island City’s Standard Motor Lofts — a location geographically less than five miles away from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, yet worlds apart in character. Comment

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

FAA looks into case of boy who managed flights

Air traffic controllers at John F. Kennedy International Airport are under hot water for allowing a child to direct airplanes out of the airport. Comment

Boro residents voice complaints over planned MTA cuts at hearing

Hundreds of testy Queens straphangers vented their anger at MTA officials for nearly six hours Tuesday night, using words like “outrage,” “shame” and “disaster” in denouncing a plan to severely cut service on subways and buses. Comment



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