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Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Astoria

Maloney praises House leaders for giving Terrorism Insurance a priority

After months of debate and negotiation, the House of Representatives passed a bill to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act for an additional six years by a vote of 417-7 Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), the lead Democratic author on legislation to extend the law, and a key participant in the negotiation of the final bill, hailed the passage as essential to New York’s economy. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Astoria

Campaign finance reform bill penned: Gianaris

The state has no business repaying political campaigns in the wake of criminal case acquittals, state Sen. Michael Gianaris said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Boaters consider oyster reef in Flushing Bay

The Empire Dragon Boat Team, which consists of 32 breast cancer survivors, is exploring the possibility of establishing an oyster reef on the banks of Flushing Bay near LaGuardia Airport. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC Partnership awarded grant to pay for study on neighborhood’s future

The Long Island City Partnership, the non-profit local development corporation that has played a key role in the transformation of the neighborhood, has been awarded a $100,000 grant to create a plan for the future. The New York City Regional Economic Development Council is making the investment to fund a roadmap that would bolster economic productivity, help resident overcome barriers to economic opportunities, and strengthen social and physical infrastructure by working with local and regional stakeholders. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Korean chef raised in Jewish household now serves Japanese cuisine

You know how when all your friends tell you that you have to see this movie, it never turns out to be quite as transformative as they led you to expect? The thing is, if you discovered it on your own you would have loved it? Comments (1)
Flushing

Rediscover the lost art of self-reliance in America

Well intentioned people have misconstrued and transformed the meaning of equality. There is a big difference between the government treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. Unlike the signs in our national parks cautioning us not to feed the animals, Americans are being taught that distributing food to each other through the tax code is economically wise and socially just. Comment

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Flushing

Condos coming to RKO Keith’s Theater in Flushing

Developer JK Equities will start building condos at the RKO Keith’s Theater in downtown Flushing within the next few months. Comments (8)
Jamaica

Jamaica Bay’s $83 million project brings healthier waters

Jamaica Bay is taking a breather from the daily intake of nitrogen discharged into its waters. Comment
Sunnyside

Hit-and-Run driver could be first to face Vision Zero fines

A weekend hit-and-run collision in the Bronx has one city councilman in Queens reminding his constituents of stiff new civil penalties under a new Vision Zero law. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Children cook up a storm in Forest Hills

Chef competition reality TV shows are growing by the season. Comments (2)

2014 All-Queens football honors

Football continues to thrive in Queens. Comment
Political Action

End the war on police in New York City

It was during the period after Sept. 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked, that our New York City police and fire departments obtained the overwhelming gratitude of the citizens of our city. Comments (3)
Bayside

Religious leaders should be wary of mayor’s pro-secular apple

If New York City passed a law requiring all private religious schools to remove any references to the Bible from the curriculum, or demanded that parochial schools physically strip crucifixes or nativity scenes from the from their classrooms, such a law would plainly be in violation of the First Amendment, and would be struck down by the courts. Comments (4)

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Flushing

Macedonia apartments to be filled by February: HPD

By late February, residents are expected to move into about 53 remaining affordable housing apartments in Macedonia Plaza. Comment
Jamaica

Civic loses court battle to stop JFK expansion

A federal appeals court dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Eastern Queens Alliance, a nonprofit representing thousands of borough residents, seeking to stop the runway expansion at Kennedy Airport Comments (2)
Bayside

CB 11’s Andy Rothman dies at 56

Andy Rothman, a Community Board 11 member and active community leader, died Dec. 26 of heart failure. He was 56. Comments (5)
Elmhurst

Man sought in Elmhurst alleged rape attempt: NYPD

ELMHURST — Police were searching for a man wanted in connection with an attempted rape on 34th Avenue last month, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Opinion

Politicians should seek to reach Cuomo’s high standard

New York lost one of its native-born jewels recently: Mario Cuomo, a larger-than-life leader whose words inspired a nation and spoke truth to power, has passed. And with him goes an era of passionate liberalism, a credo he embraced while others ran from it. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Kew Gardens

Pro-police rally scheduled for Borough Hall

A retired police officer with an impressive resume has scheduled a pro-NYPD rally in front of Queens Borough Hall Tuesday at noon. It will be the first of a series of protests in each borough that will culminate with a final demonstration at City Hall next month. Comments (6)
Willets Point

Proposed Willets Point ramps under review

The Willets Point ramp project may have to undergo a re-evaluation in light of changes made to the $3 billion Willets Point Development plan. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s worn down by UConn at Maggie Dixon Classic

The St. John’s women’s basketball team hung right with national power Connecticut for a half before the Huskies’ depth and size became too much to overcome. Comment
Jackson Heights

Police release photo of suspect in Shimabuku murder

JACKSON HEIGHTS - The NYPD has released video and a photo of a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a young father. Comments (2)
Astoria

Boro vigils continue in honor of slain officers

More than 100 Astoria residents joined Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney and his officers in front of the 114th Precinct Dec. 30 for a candlelight vigil in honor of Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Clergy from the three major faiths spoke to the crowd. Comment
Opinion

Cuomo’s lasting legacy

They came by the hundreds to say farewell to Mario Cuomo at his funeral in Manhattan this week, including some who had been inspired by the three-term governor to go into public service. Others joined the mourners to pay their respects to a decent and brilliant man who demanded the best from government. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall ends 2014 on a high note

At Flushing Town Hall the old year rang out with the sounds of a new trumpet icon during the final performance of the cultural center’s 2014 Jazz series. Comment
Bayside

Remembering the late Mario Cuomo

The death of Gov. Mario Cuomo made me go back and listen to the keynote speech he gave at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. I watched that speech as a young college political science student and it shaped me politically into the person I am today. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Flushing

Vigil held for toddler hit by driver

The parents of a 3-year-old girl killed by an SUV joined lawmakers, members of Families for Safe Streets and Flushing residents to honor their daughter and 249 other victims of traffic violence at a vigil Tuesday night. Comment
Flushing

Korean groups boycott McDonald’s on Main Street

A video broadcast by CBS New York showing an alleged assault of a Korean senior by a McDonald’s at the end of December has prompted a boycott and calls for action from Korean-American community groups. Comments (8)
Jamaica

Build it Back goals exceeded: Mayor

After his first year in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration touted what it described as a complete revamp of the Build it Back program. Comment
Corona

Separate fires claim four Queens residents

Four borough residents lost their lives in two deadly fires that occurred within a week, authorities said. Comment
Corona

Electrical fire closes historic Corona church

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, the anchor for more than 12,000 parishioners in Corona, sustained serious damage after a fire tore through the balcony and spread through the facade and roof early Sunday morning. All eight masses for Sunday were canceled while Monsignor Thomas Healy greeted worshipers outside his church that has been his home for the last 25 years. Comment
Flushing

Queens College shows bright future while honoring past at MSG

The moment and what it meant didn’t pass Madison Rowland by. Comment
Forest Hills

Mystery novel told in 140-character chapters

Willum Mortimus Granger was beside himself. Comments (3)

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Jamaica

Former Gov. Cuomo laid to rest

When retired City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. took his seat at former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s funeral in Manhattan’s St. Ignatius Loyola Church Tuesday, he had a revelation. “I thought I was listening to Mario speak,” he said. Comments (2)

The family tree grew in Queens

Owning a house with a tree on the property thrilled Mario Cuomo’s immigrant father and inspired the late governor to write a book for children about the peril facing a tall blue spruce in their front yard. Comments (3)

Recalling Cuomo’s passion for sports

To call Mario Cuomo a sports fan, particularly when it came to baseball and basketball, might be an understatement. Comment
Politics

Crimes drops in borough as cops make fewer arrests

The borough was in sync with the citywide drop in crime registered last year compared to 2013, but the news came as Police Commissioner William Bratton admitted that police officers are making fewer arrests and issuing fewer summonses. Comment
Hollis

Smith, Tabone corruption trial begins

With fresh faces in the jury booth, federal prosecutors and defense attorneys resumed their places in White Plains federal court Tuesday, gestured toward two Queens political figures and recited familiar arguments. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica asks city to stop building shelters in area

Southeast Queens houses more than its fair share of homeless shelters. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Jamaica

Woman kidnaps 3-month-old baby from Jamaica home

An 18-year-old woman allegedly kidnapped a 3-month-old baby from a Jamaica home before leaving the infant outside the door of a Brooklyn Hospital, a police spokesman said. Comments (1)

Villanova hands struggling St. John’s third straight loss

The core of the Red Storm men’s basketball team continues to play inspired, passionate and gutsy basketball. Even with all of that, they haven’t been able to overcome the team’s lack of depth, size and a viable third scoring option. Comment

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Flushing

Bullet kills man in Pomonok Houses

A man was shot in the Pomonok neighborhood early Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man killed in morning blaze

A 64-year-old South Jamaica man was killed early Monday morning when a fire ripped through his home, police said. Comment

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