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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Astoria

City Council wants climate change education

The New York City Council is calling on the state Department of Education to include lessons on climate change in the curriculum of the state’s public K-12 schools. Comments (6)
Government

Schumer calls for Congress to pass Zika emergency spending bill

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pushing for federal emergency funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus. Schumer said more than 800 Americans have already contracted the mosquito-born virus, with 60 confirmed cases in New York state. Comment
Woodside

Irish Easter Rising remembered in Wooside with tree dedication

U.S. Representative Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) honored the role played by Irish-Americans in the Easter Rising on its 100th anniversary with a pear tree dedication ceremony in Sabba Park Saturday. Comments (1)
Flushing

Bklyn man convicted in sexual abuse incidents on 7 train: DA

FLUSHING — A registered sex offender living in Brooklyn has been convicted of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman on the 7 train on the same day in 2013, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Flushing

Pedestrian triangle to be put at Mitchell-Linden intersection

The city Department of Transportation will install a pedestrian island at the intersection of 138th Street and 31st Road in Mitchell-Linden at the request of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment
Flushing

New computer center available for Flushing residents

Flushing residents will become more technology-savvy thanks to a new computer center recently opened at the Chinese-American Planning Council’s site in downtown Flushing. Comments (4)
Government

Mayor touts funding for Queens first animal shelter

Dogs, cats and other animals of all shapes, sizes and stripes will soon have a new city shelter in Queens—the first of its kind in the borough. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Stavisky announces re-election campaign

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) formally launched her re-election campaign in Forest Hills Monday afternoon as U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and community leaders from Flushing and Forest Hills praised the senator’s work. Comment

Monday, May 2, 2016

Politics

Stringer plans to audit Board of Elections following primary problems

City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office is launching an audit of the city Board of Elections following Primary Day problems in the five boroughs, including the dropping of 120,000 voters from the rolls in Brooklyn. Comments (4)
Maspeth

Markey pushes for passage of Child Victims Act

In her push to eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes, state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) and supporters of the Child Victims Act will lobby the Legislature in Albany for passage of the reform bill. The CVA has been adopted in the Assembly four times in various forms since 2006, but has never made it to the floor of the Senate. Comments (5)
Jamaica

Katz touts Jamaica plans at community board meeting

Borough President Melinda Katz visited Community Board 12’s April meeting to tout the $7 million she has allocated for renovations and expansions to the Baisley Park Community Library. Comments (3)
Far Rockaway

City revokes RFP for foster care group

An organization that has previously contracted with the city to help place children in foster care lost the opportunity to open a new center in Far Rockaway after the city revoked its request for proposals to develop the site. Comment
Softball

Maturing Mary Louis tops Fontbonne

The Hilltoppers are finally true believers. Comment
Letters

Co-ops are the enemy of affordable housing

A recent StreetEasy analysis of all types of rentals has shown that the median rent-to-income ratio averaged 65.2 percent in New York City in 2016—two-thirds of renters’ income spent on rent. Although lagging income growth contributes to rent affordability, the problem is an effect of the depletion of rent-stabilized apartments due to co-ops, which have abolished a large population of rental units from the 1980s onward upon conversion of buildings to cooperatives. Comments (14)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jamaica

York alum named graduate school dean at Brown

Andrew Campbell, member of the York College Class of 1981, has been appointed the next dean of the graduate school at Brown University. Comment
Baseball

Cabrera’s walk-off double clinches win for Cardozo

Benjamin Cardozo was eager to get another crack at Construction and battled until dusk to get their payback. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Police looking for Richmond Hill burglarer

RICHMOND HILL - Police were asking the public to help them in identifying a suspect in a burglary that occurred late last month. Comment

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bayside

Avella fumes over missing fire hydrant caps

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) made the observation over the summer that many of the fire hydrants in his district were missing caps. Comments (3)
Briarwood

Briarwood artist’s life celebrated

After viewing an exhibition of Ida Piller-Greenspan’s monoprints and hearing the artist relate her tale of escaping from the Nazis, an editor suggested she put her story down in book form because it was, “so haunting.” Comment
Baseball

McClancy miscues waste Follenius’ strong suit

David Follenius picked up for teammate Ryan Neuweiler with an excellent spot start, but the Monsignor McClancy bats couldn’t do the same for the senior left-hander. Comment
Letters

Who decides when a student is college ready?

I’d like to address the current policy of Bayside High School with regard to students and Regents. Comments (3)
Astoria

Man sought in Astoria shooting incident

ASTORIA - Police from the 115th Precinct in Astoria are searching for a man who was involved in an April 16 shooting incident near 37th Avenue and 74th Street. Comments (1)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sunnyside

Van Bramer and CB2 want sound barriers along LIRR in Sunnyside and Woodside

Frustrated residents and community leaders in Sunnyside and Woodside joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) Tuesday as he called on the MTA to “stay true to its promise” to provide noise barriers along the Long Island Rail Road tracks as part of the massive East Side Access project. They say the MTA promised Community Board 2 in 2007 it would build a barrier similar to those alongside the Long Island Expressway and other highways. Comments (2)
Woodside

Queens raises money for earthquake victims

Hundreds turned out for a benefit Sunday afternoon that raised money for victims of the earthquake that hit Ecuador April 16. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights woman charged with animal cruelty: DA

A Jackson Heights woman has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty and other charges for allegedly keeping more than 50 animals in an unsanitary living environment that veterinary professionals said caused extreme health problems from malnutrition to respiratory infections and many other painful conditions. Comment
Bayside

Building permit revoked for historic Bayside house: Vallone

The Bayside home that formerly belonged to federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis has been nearly demolished in violation of the work permits issued by the city Department of Buildings. Comments (19)
Basketball

Former Francis Lewis Coach James dead at 68

Longtime Francis Lewis boys’ basketball and baseball coach Randy James died of leukemia April 25 in Charlotte, N.C., according to his former players. He was 68. Comment
Jamaica

Elected officials address possible hate crime at Jamaica Muslim Center

Members of the Jamaica Muslim Center, along with elected officials and others from the Muslim community in Queens, held a rally Friday at the center in the wake of a recent attack on its premises. Comments (5)
Bayside

Korean Community Service looks to Bayside

After the plan to turn the Bayside Jewish Center into a high school was scrapped over traffic issues, the building attracted attention from the Korean Community Services. Comments (11)
Government

Homeowners to get credit on water bills

Nearly 277,500 private homeowners in Queens will receive a $183 tax credit this summer as Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to no longer request a rental payment from the city Water Board, saving $244 million next year and $268 million in fiscal year 2018. He announced Monday that the fees New Yorkers pay will be dedicated solely to the operation, maintenance and expansion of the water and sewer system. Comment
Bayside

Little Neck performer brings one-man show to Bayside

If you’re looking for an antidote to the vitriol and acrimony that inflict us today, especially prevalent in the endless political campaigns, and if you’re appalled by the general lack of civility – you would be wise to seek out Mitchell Robert Glazer and his “Simply Me” one-man show. Comments (1)
Opinion

Queens on a roll

Queens sometimes feels like the forgotten borough—an afterthought in the city’s public mind with Manhattan and Brooklyn grabbing the spotlights. But no more. Comments (2)
Block Shots

Stepinac duo are Red Storm’s next local targets

Chris Mullin and St. John’s made recruiting locally a priority from day one. They backed up that talk by landing the likes of Jefferson’s Shamorie Ponds and former Kennedy star Bashir Ahmed for the coming season. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

What the elephants and donkeys left behind in New York

I’ve always found the image of the lonely sanitation man cleaning up in the wake of the circus an apt one for presidential campaigns. Comments (1)
Letters

Problems with participatory budgeting

This is in reference to your story in the April 22 Bayside Times on participatory budgeting. Comment

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Crime

$70M allocated toward new police precinct in SE Queens

When Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his executive budget this week, it included a major victory for Councilmen Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens)—$70 million allocated to fund a new police precinct to relieve the overburdened 105th Precinct. Comment
Politics

Queens primary results match national trends

The preferences of Queens voters mirrored city and statewide trends in the April 19 New York presidential primaries, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump claiming dominant victories throughout most of the borough. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Supermarket slapped with fines after moving an MTA bus stop: DOT

An elected official is crying foul on her neighborhood supermarket after an MTA bus stop was moved to allow customers to park in a vacant lot. Comments (4)
Government

Guardian Angels founder to run for borough president against ex

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa says he is definitely running for Queens borough president, a position his ex-partner Melinda Katz currently holds. Comments (4)
Flushing

Organizations ask community for Pavilion design ideas

A collection of organizations sponsored an event outside the Flushing Queens Library Sunday that encouraged the Flushing community to engage their imaginations on how best to use the New York State Pavilion site in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Bratton defends cops involved in S. Ozone Park shooting

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton gave a robust defense of the police officers who shot and killed a man in South Ozone Park April 17, as others continued to call for a special prosecutor to investigate the incident. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Airlines using LaGuardia and JFK should pay sales tax on fuel: Stringer

On Earth Day last Friday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted a tax giveaway that allows airlines at LaGuardia and JFK airports to avoid paying city sales tax on airline fuel. Comments (3)
Astoria

APAC closes out its season with trip to ‘Putnam County’s Spelling Bee’

Take a half dozen sixth-grade students with strange characteristics, mix in three quirky adults, send the bunch to a competition, and then set the whole thing to music. Comment
Baseball

Late-inning rally gives Molloy victory over Xaverian

Like Archbishop Molloy, Ruben Jimenez could have gone down quietly. Neither did. Comment
Opinion

Is there really an app for every occasion?

New apps the world is awaiting! Comments (1)
Letters

Homeowners should have a say in landmark designations

I have lived in Flushing for over 30 years and have supported the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association’s efforts to improve and enforce zoning and building codes, as well as the Rickert-Finlay Covenant. I cannot, however, support its quest to permit an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy to usurp a portion of our property rights—that is, to impose landmark designation. Comments (1)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Woodside

Community raises money for victims of Ecuador quake

Hundreds turned out for a benefit Sunday afternoon that raised money for victims of the earthquake that hit Ecuador April 16. The event, which was held at La Boom Restaurant in Woodside, raised more than $10,000 for UNICEF to assist quake survivors. Comments (3)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bayside

DOB revokes work permit at Garaufis house: Vallone

The city Department of Buildings has revoked the building permit obtained by the owner of Judge Nicholas Garaufis ‘ former Baysided home after the historic house was mostly demolished, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said Thursday. Comments (3)
Politics

Correction

The TimesLedger Newspapers erroneously reported that U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara told the Queens Civic Congress Sunday that his crusade against corrupt politicians would make news “in the next couple of weeks.” After listening to an audio tape of his remarks, the reporter who covered the story realized that Bahara was referring to the sentencings of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos “in the next couple of weeks.” Comments (1)

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