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Sunday, May 8, 2016

On Point

Council’s ‘Fair Chance Law’ is unfair to employers

Regrettably, it is not an understatement to point out that passage of the Fair Chance Act by the New York City Council has put families living in co‑op and other residential housing communities at risk. Our progressive Council, that just voted themselves a 35 percent increase in a year in which seniors saw a zero percent increase in their Social Security payments, are moving full speed ahead in a dangerously wrong direction with this law. Comment

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Flushing

Flushing supermarket updates inventory to include more grocery options

The New York Mart supermarket in downtown Flushing is expanding its inventory to meet the diverse needs of area residents. Comments (6)
Bayside

Baysiders criticize auto shop glut at land use hearing

Several Bayside residents testified at a land use hearing last week to express their displeasure about an auto dealership being proposed for Northern Boulevard. They also decried the overabundance of shops and stores dealing with automobiles in the neighborhood. Comments (6)
Event

Center for Women of New York holds awards luncheon

In honor of its 29th anniversary, the Center for the Women of New York is holding a celebration April 16 at Douglaston Manor at noon. The event will be held to recognize “Women of Distinction,” who fill leadership roles in the community, and “Good Guys,” men who make a difference in a woman’s world. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Singer from Fresh Meadows inspired by religion

A young man from Fresh Meadows who is embarking on a musical career influenced by a variety of genres says religion is what has inspired his path. Comments (4)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

South Jamaica

Success Academy plans two new schools in Queens

A charter school network that operates 34 schools throughout the city is planning to open two new elementary schools in southeastern Queens. Comments (1)
Astoria

Van Bramer bill requires on-time pay for freelancers

Nearly a third of the American workforce, close to 54 million people, now freelance instead of getting regular paychecks and over 71 percent experience late or non-payment at some point in their career. Comments (2)
Whitestone

Whitestone man pleads guilty to stabbing girlfriend to death

A Whitestone man who fled to Virginia after fatally stabbing his Queens Village girlfriend and hiding her body has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Astoria

Astoria street co-named for newspaper serving Greek community

A street in Astoria was co-named last week to honor a newspaper that three days later turned 101. The National Herald has served the neighborhood’s Greek community since 1915 and is considered to be one of the oldest continually published dailies in the country. Comment

Several precincts crackdown on biker-wilding on borough streets

Several of the borough’s police precincts took part in an NYPD crackdown on roving groups of motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bike riders who become a nuisance on city streets during the warm weather months. Officers from the 110th, 115th, 111th and 109th precincts issued 83 summonses to unlicensed operators and confiscated six motorcycles Saturday for violations. Comments (1)
Government

Gianaris, Rozic want state review of train security

In the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks worldwide, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), called for passage of their legislation which would implement advanced security measures at transit networks. Comments (3)
Woodside

Woodside artist’s work is as good as gold

In the world of art, Woodside resident Karen Fitzgerald is something of an anomaly. Most painters prefer to work on rectangular canvases, but Fitzgerald feels more comfortable working with the tondo, an Italian Renaissance term for “round panel.” Comments (2)
Elmhurst

R train self-fondler arrested: Police

ELMHURST - A 20-year-old New Jersey man was arrested for masturbating on a Manhattan-bound R train last month, according to the NYPD. Comment

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Government

Cuomo calls budget deal ‘revolutionary’ for middle class

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation enacting a statewide $15 minimum wage plan and a 12-week paid family leave policy Monday morning before appearing at a celebratory rally of more than 1,000 workers, labor leaders, advocates and elected officials at the Javits Center. Comments (5)
Flushing

Bklyn man arrested in connection with pedestrian fatality in Flushing

A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged after he fatally struck a 57-year-old man in Flushing Tuesday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Storm rollng into Big East play

The only thing that could stop the St. John’s baseball team heading into Big East play was 25 to 30 miles per hour winds and near freezing temperatures. Comment
Political Action

Early voting primaries and their aftermath

As the primary season progresses, the term “early primary” has increasingly come into use. The primary election format has changed in various states. Comments (1)
Astoria

Man wanted in attempted robbery in Astoria: NYPD

ASTORIA —The NYPD was looking for a man in connection with an attempted robbery in Astoria. Comment

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Glendale

Art and culture coming to Evergreen Cemetery in Glendale

From tap dancing to landscape painting, a wide variety of events devoted to artistic and historic topics will take place at the Evergreens Cemetery in Glendale this spring. Comment
Flushing

Lockwood boutique to open its third location inside Queens Museum

Lockwood, the Astoria-based lifestyle store, will open its third location Sunday at the Queens Museum. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man arrested in connection with Toronto house fire: Police

A Richmond Hill man was arrested and charged Monday night with arson and a slew of other charges after he allegedly set an ex-girlfriend’s Toronto home on fire last weekend, according to the Toronto Police Service. Comments (2)

Inexperienced Construction feeling early growing pains

The Red Hawks are green. Comment
QueensLine

When Shea Stadium was the newest game in town

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the TimesLedger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment
Letters

Condos need to exercise transparency

I attach a letter from my condo board (informing condo owners at the Baybridge Condominiums of assessments they must pay to fund repairs). Comments (1)
Flushing

Man sought for burglary in Flushing: Police

FLUSHING—The NYPD is searching for a man involved in a commercial burglary in Flushing. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Police looking for four robbery suspects in Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD — Police were asking for the public’s assistance on information concerning the identities of four people who were seen in video footage beating and robbing a 52-year-old man before 10 p.m. March 31. Comment
Ozone Park

Police looking for suspected Ozone Park shooter

OZONE PARK—The NYPD was looking for Brandon Ford in connection with a March 11 shooting, police officials said. Comments (1)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Glen Oaks

Crowd at Frank Padavan Campus celebrates new sports complex

A ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the opening of a new sports complex at the Frank A. Padavan Campus in Glen Oaks was moved inside Saturday morning due to downpours, but the spirits of the students, teachers and parents in the auditorium were not dampened. Comments (1)
St. Albans residents who grew up with the late Phife Dawg, a member of renowned hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, braved the rain to show their respect for him at a public memorial hosted by the group at St. Albans Memorial Park Monday morning. Comment
Standing behind a counter full of baked goods with a tray of cannolis close at hand, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) endorsed former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi in the Democratic primary for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York). Comments (1)
Jamaica

Pakistani businessman eyes Meeks’ congressional seat

Elmont businessman Ali Mirza, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) for his seat, says he is the best person to serve the diverse communities in the district. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Arrests made in Skillman Avenue acid attack

Members of the 108th Precinct Detective Squad, the Queens North Homicide Squad and the Queens district attorney “worked tirelessly since August of 2015” to solve a crime that stunned Long Island City and Sunnyside last year, according to Capt. John Travaglia, the commanding officer of the 108th. Comment
Flushing

CB7 committee tackles Flushing West proposal

Members of Community Board 7 voiced concerns last week about the city’s plan to develop Flushing West, with a debate about whether cranes involved in the project would potentially interfere with airspace. Comment
Kew Gardens

Moseley, Kitty Genovese’s killer, dies at 81

Winston Moseley, 81, the South Ozone Park business machine operator by day and murderous prowler by night whose savage slaying of Kitty Genovese led to an exaggerated reputaton of city dwellers as reluctant to help a neighbor in distress, died March 28 after after 52 years in prison. Comments (2)
Transit

Man hit by train in Woodside after trying to steal boy’s cell phone: Cops

A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged after he was hit by a Queens-bound F train south of the 65th Street station in Woodside Tuesday morning when he fled from a subway car after allegedly trying to steal a boy’s cell phone, the police said. The incident snarled travel on the E, F, M and R lines. Comments (5)
Bayside

Worth the wait: Dozo’s Coburn shines at Mayor’s Cup after commitment

Just minutes prior to tipoff at the Mayor’s Cup all-star game, Benjamin Cardozo’s Tareq Coburn sat in street clothes on his team’s bench, watching the rest of the participants warm up. Comment
Briarwood

Documentary shows worldwide struggle to educate girls

While many American students spend their days dreaming of summer vacation and not going to school, plenty of young people around the world, particularly girls, struggle to receive an education. Comments (3)
Editorial

Remaking Rikers

He’s a reformer but not a New Yorker. Comment
Opinion

North Carolina ‘bathroom bill” causes uproar

North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill” is causing quite a stir—pitting defenders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities against folks who think only ladies should be allowed in the Ladies’ Room and only men should be allowed in the Men’s Room. Comments (3)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sunnyside

Transit chief visits No. 7 subway town hall meeting in Sunnyside

The new transit chief and several of her top staff took part in a town hall meeting in Sunnyside Tuesday night to discuss years of weekend shutdowns and frequent service disruptions on the No. 7 subway line. Comment
College Point

Electeds blast possible plan to put jail in College Point

Elected officials whose districts include College Point are speaking out against a possible plan by the de Blasio administration to put a new jail in the neighborhood, although the administration says nothing is set in stone. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Queens residents have city’s longest commuting times: Report

Residents of Jamaica and the Rockaways who commute to work have longer average traveling times than the residents of any neighborhood in the five boroughs, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Dromm supports parents opting out of state tests

The city Department of Education should alert parents about their right to refuse to let their students take the high-stakes tests that have inspired the opt-out movement, Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) last Sunday. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

MTA begins study to revive Rockaway rail line

The Rockaway Beach Rail Line has sat defunct since 1962. Declining use led to the ultimate abandonment of the elevated LIRR tracks by the MTA, but the rusting steel with overgrown weeds has been the center of debate since demand for public transportation to the Rockaways has grown. Comments (4)
Bayside

Longtime Board 11 member’s application not renewed

Members of Community Board 11 expressed frustration that a longtime board member’s appointment was not renewed by the Queens borough president’s office at the board’s monthly meeting Monday. Comment
Politics

New York has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in nation: Stringer

In recent years, New York City election laws have been shown to have a negative effect on voter turnout. In fact, New York City has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the nation with only 58 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls in 2012.A study, put together by City Comptroller Scott Stringer and a coalition of elected officials and community leaders, shows a gradual decline in voter participation, with the 2014 midterm general election only seeing one in four registered voters showing up at ballot boxes. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Stringer tours Jax Hgts small biz to discuss red tape report

City Comptroller Scott Stringer took a walking tour of small businesses in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst with the 82nd Street Partnership, community leaders and advocates after releasing the findings of his Red Tape Commission. Comments (3)
Basketball

All-Queens Boys’ Basketball Honors

The playoffs weren’t as favorable to Queens’ boys’ basketball squads as might have been expected, after some tremendous regular seasons from its power programs. Comments (1)
Flushing

Look out Queens Kathy Griffin is coming

She’s coming for Queens. Comments (2)
Opinion

All school and no play makes Jack a dumb boy

This week, Lenore tackles schools — and how they are ruining our kids’ lives. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Standing behind a counter full of baked goods with a tray of cannolis close at hand, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) endorsed former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi in the Democratic primary for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York). Comment

Monday, April 4, 2016

Donald Trump’s front-running presidential campaign is set to name two political hopefuls -- one from Jamaica, the other from Maspeth -- to head his campaign in Queens. Comments (7)
Jamaica

Jon Stewart rescues runaway bull in Jamaica

For the second time this year, a runaway animal took to the streets of Jamaica in an attempt to escape his fate at a slaughterhouse. The bull was eventually recaptured, but he had a surprising guardian angel in the form of comedian Jon Stewart, who helped transport the bull to his new home upstate. Comment
It took more than 200 firefighters from 45 units nearly five hours to knock down a stubborn four-alarm fire in Long Island City Sunday afternoon, according to the FDNY. The blaze appeared to break out on the rooftop of DDK Pro Cleaners at 38-68 13th St. at 3:40 p.m. and eventually spread to a neighboring furniture store. Comment
Despite the rainy weather, nearly 200 fans of the late Phife Dawg, a member of renowned hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, braved the rain and came out to a public memorial hosted by the group for the musician at St. Albans Memorial Park Monday morning. Comment
Basketball

TimesLedger to announce best in Queens boys’ and girls’ basketball

It is awards time again. Time to recognize the best of the best in Queens basketball. Comment

Friday, April 1, 2016

College Point

Queens pols oppose sending Rikers inmates to College Point

Two Queens lawmakers called a possible plan by the de Blasio adminstration to build a jail in College Point to house Rikers inmates “outrageous.” Comments (5)
Flushing

Man hit by car in front of Flushing supermarket

An elderly Asian man was hit by a car in front of the New York Mart supermarket in downtown Flushing Friday afternoon. Comments (8)
Government

Albany reaches deal on $15 minimum wage

The state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a budget deal Thursday night that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in New York City by 2018. Comments (6)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Whitestone

Whitestone man pleads guilty to stabbing girlfriend to death

A Whitestone man who fled to Virginia after fatally stabbing his girlfriend, a Queens Village woman, and hiding her body has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

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