Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

East Elmhurst

Solitary confinement on Riker Island to end for prisoners under 21

New York City will no longer use solitary confinement for all prisoners under the age of 21 in its prisons. The policy change was announced by Mayor de Blasio Tuesday following a vote by the Board of Correction.. Comment

Cuomo taps Floyd Flake for Public Service Commission spot

Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated influential Rev. Floyd Flake to serve as a member of the Public Service Commission, the agency that regulates the state’s utilities. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015


Elmhurst resident keeps her life spicy

When Evelyn Banker arrived in Elmhurst more than 20 years ago, she brought part of her native India with her in the form of the flavorful, pungent and exotic spices she was raised on. Comment

Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

Prevention can save lives. Comment
Howard Beach

Build it Back plans workforce expansion

In mid-December Build It Back announced it was increasing construction capacity in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn and stepping up local hiring for recovery construction, which was issued by the city Department of Design and Construction and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery. Comment

Ferreras brings new cleanup crews to Corona

The streets of Corona are starting to look cleaner with the introduction of new cleaning crews as part of a new City Council Initiative. Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) announced the start of Cleanup NYC at La Brisa Del Ciabo restaurant on 103rd Street. Comment

Molloy softball star Yule heading to Columbia

Alexandra Yule understood she had to make the most of her opportunity with a chance to play softball at Columbia University, her dream school, on the line. Comment
South Ozone Park

Opinions on police must be balanced

I felt compelled to respond to the TimesLedger’s current edition with an article titled, “Time to end the war on NY police” by columnist William Lewis. Comments (2)

Cuomo’s history shows his fallibility

There is more to the recent passing of former Gov. Mario Cuomo. Comments (1)

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Given Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to postpone the annual State of the State address, the Independent Democratic Conference will need another two weeks or so to get back on schedule, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said. Comment
Queens’ business improvement districts praised Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new tax reform proposal for the city’s small businesses and manufacturers. Comments (1)
College Point

College Pt. woman sentenced for larceny

A College Point woman who formerly worked as a bookkeeper for a College Point truck parts company was sentenced to up to four years in prison for a $1.2 million grand larceny, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last Thursday. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Haitians respond to slow recovery five years after earthquake

It is the five-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that changed the lives of Haitians everywhere around the world when the 7.0 magnitude temblor’s epicenter rippled from the capital of Port-au-Prince across the impoverished island nation. Comment

Royals rebounding from tough December

So far, 2015 has been good to Christ the King after a tough end to 2014. Comment

Eric Holder: From East Elmurst to the White House

Eric Himpton Holder is the 82nd attorney general of the United States and the first African American to hold the post. Comments (2)

Misplaced blame for economic troubles

I am absolutely amazed that Ed Konecnik (TimesLedger, Jan. 9) continues to blame the poor for wanting to do something as outrageous as “eating and surviving.” Comments (3)

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015


First-ever Korean American Day held at City Hall

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Korean-American community groups celebrated the first Korean American Day on the steps of City Hall Tuesday morning. Comments (4)

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act passes as top priority of new Congress

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate last week and will head to President Barack Obama’s desk where it is expected to be signed soon. The reauthorization of TRIA through 2020 is essential to New York City’s economy providing crucial federal insurance for the owners of skyscrapers and other large projects that could be a target of terrorist strikes, elected officials said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Civic leaders unhappy with little punishment for building and zoning violators

The punishment for developers and builders who violate the zoning and building laws is miniscule so they are not discouraged from doing illegal building. An illegally built room can endanger the lives of firemen if they go in to put out a fire in such a room or basement where the zoning code has not been followed. Comment
Fresh Meadows

United Federation of Teachers not defending members

The United Federation of Teachers has long been perceived as a powerful union in New York City. So, why would so many of its members find themselves in need of legal representation when they find themselves unfairly targeted by an unethical principal when members pay so much in dues? Comments (8)

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015


Leroy Comrie begins new chapter as state senator

State Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis) had a busy week. The newly elected lawmaker was sworn-in during Albany’s first day of session Jan. 7 and then had his official inauguration at the York College campus Sunday. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens man guilty of tax fraud: DA

A Queens man has pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failing to pay more than $185,000 in taxes due to New York City in case a that the Queens district attorney’s office pursued for one year. Comment

Former MLB pitcher Watson says steroid users deserve HOF nods

For Queens native Allen Watson, the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame class should have included two of his former teammates, Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza. Comments (1)

Identifying Marks

Hundreds of people waited outside the library in downtown Flushing this week to be among the first to obtain the new municipal ID that would identify them as New Yorkers. The faces in the crowd confirmed Queens’ reputation as the most diverse county in the country as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the details of the program at a news conference inside. Comments (2)

For the Bruson Building, think big

It is not every day that renovating a building presents a major opportunity for an entire community. But the effort by the Joseph Bruno Trust to bring back the fire-damaged Bruson Building in Jackson Heights is just that — a moment rife with possibility. Comment

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Just as the new year gets under way, TimesLedger Newspapers takes a look back at the best of the borough’s theater scene in 2014. Comment
Jackson Heights

Town Hall meeting planned on Bruson Building’s future

Several elected officials are convening a town hall meeting in Jackson Heights to discuss the future of the Bruson Building. Comment
Jackson Heights

DOT Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall reassigned

The city Department of Transportation is making a change. Dalila Hall, the Queens Borough commissioner since April 2013, has been reassigned to another role at the DOT. Comments (3)

Families of loved ones killed in traffic accidents rally at City Hall

Asif Rahman was killed on Queens Boulevard by a truck while riding his bike. He was 22. Comments (1)

Astoria loses one of its great civic leaders

Astoria’s Greek community is mourning the loss of one of their greatest civic leaders. Comments (1)

Tons of e-waste gets new life at Queens Botanical Garden

Elmhurst resident Tom Harrison drove to the parking lot of the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing to drop off a broken DVD player and a non-functioning wireless keyboard. Comment

Katz appoints two more trustees at Queens Library

Borough President Melinda Katz appointed two more trustees to the Queens Library’s board after firing six of them last summer for failing to oust its then president, Thomas Galante. Comment
Queens Village

Boro GOP factions mum on future

Chivalry appears to be coming back in style in the borough’s Grand Old Party. Comments (1)

Supporting cast stars as Christ the King downs Dozo

Rawle Alkins was sick heading into Christ the King’s much anticipated game with borough rival Benjamin Cardozo, but he was going to do whatever it took to be on the court. Comment

South Asians in Queens still waiting for police reform

South Asians have long assailed the post-9/11 system of surveillance and profiling that has left many of the Muslims in the borough especially wary of their thoughts and actions in the wake of pervasive surveillance. Comments (6)

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Kew Gardens

Pro-police rally draws hundreds to steps of Boro Hall

Nearly 400 police supporters rallied for unity in front of Borough Hall Tuesday, the first of several such events planned citywide during the coming weeks. Comments (1)

CB7 tables vote on proposed mosque in Flushing

After nearly three hours of intense debate marked by cultural differences between the East and the West, Queens Community Board 7 tabled a vote on whether to approve the construction of a mosque in Flushing. Comments (4)

Lancman seeks support for chokehold bill

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) said Mayor Bill de Blasio’s threat to veto his bill outlawing the use of chokeholds by police officers does not come as a surprise. Comments (4)

Hundreds line up for new identification card

New York City residents who want to get the new municipal ID will now have to sign up for an appointment in response to the high demand for the card since it was formally launched Tuesday. Residents have to make an appointment at the closest enrollment center by going online at‌IDNYC or by calling 311. Walk-ins can also schedule appointments. Comments (4)

Most Precious Blood school to close in June

After 58 years of serving the Astoria community, Most Precious Blood School will be closed permanently in June due to lack of financial resources to repair and continue the school. The announcement came as shock for parents, students, parish, alumni and community members. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

New Immigrant Affaris Office to protect boro communities

Help is on the way for borough immigrants. Comments (6)

Ring in the [Lunar] New Year at Flushing Town Hall

The weather outside may be frightful, but the lineup at Flushing Town Hall remains delightful. Comment
A luxury Astoria apartment was turned into a crime scene Monday when an 18-year-old was arrested and charged with the murder of his roommate, authorities said. Comment

Astoria dancer produces commercial for Super Bowl contest

A professional actor and dancer from Astoria has a shot at fame and a million dollars, but he’s going to need your vote. Comment

Holy Cross takes first round of ‘Battle of the Boulevard’

Holy Cross used a big third quarter to earn bragging rights in the first chapter of this year’s “Battle of the Boulevard.” Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

An 18-year-old man was arrested and charged in the murder of another man in his Astoria home, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015


The city officially launches municipal ID program

On a rainy Tuesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) formally launched the municipal ID, known as IDNYC, at the Queens Public Library in downtown Flushing. Comments (11)

Man struck, killed by Q train in Astoria: FDNY

A man was struck and killed by a northbound Q train in Astoria Friday evening, according to the FDNY. The man, who was in his 30s, was seen stumbling on the platform at the Broadway station just before 7 p.m. fire officials said, but it was not known how he ended up on the tracks before he was hit by the train. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

I Sit and Look Out

Kowald Blog: Wars never end

Even though we are now in the second decade of the 21st century, my thoughts are going back centuries and perhaps millennia. They are thoughts about war. Comment



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