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Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017


Queens men convicted in pimping of teen girl: DA

Two Queens men have been convicted of kidnapping, raping and pimping of a 14-year-old runaway girl, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3)

Port Authority announces record numbers for first half of 2017

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that the airports it operates set records with 63.5 million passengers the first half of 2017. Passenger levels jumped in the first half year by 2.4 percent. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017


Expanded sanitation begins in District 24

After allocating $200,000 in the fall budget, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) announced additional street cleaning and sanitation for his district. Comment

Dromm honored for years of service to homeless families in former Pan American Hotel

During the spring and summer of 2014, the Asian community rose up against the conversion of the 216-unit Pan American Hotel — located at 79-00 Queens Blvd. — into a shelter for homeless families. Several heated rally and one explosive town hall meeting at the Elks Lodge took place. Comment
Hillcrest ►Video

NYPD turns over video of arrest after Lancman requests records

The NYPD has turned over footage of an arrest after City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) threatened to subpoena the department if they refused to release records in a case that reportedly involved the banned chokehold technique. Comment
Rego Park

LGBT community advocate Morris Mones dies at 89

The borough’s LGBT community lost a towering figure when Morris Mones died Sept. 1 just before his 90th birthday. Mones was a founding member of the Queens Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, known as PFLAG, and he was a former board vice president and treasurer of the organization. Comment

Charter schools enjoy uneven playing field

As the 2017-18 school year starts, the supporters of public schools are saying nice things while the enemies say negative things. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

JFK’s Memorial Park honors those we lost

John F. Kennedy Airport will hold a ground-breaking ceremony Sept. 11 for the Memorial Park honoring those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center tragedy. Comments (1)

Brookville Park to get $2.2M face-lift

Ground was broken last week at Brookville Park , which is expected to reopen in 2018 with $2.2 million in new and updated features. Comment
St. Albans

Contenders battle for District 27, 28 seats

The Democratic candidates running City Council seats in the St. Albans and Jamaica districts came out swinging Tuesday night at the Majority Baptist Church in St. Albans. Comment

Peralta, Avella allocate $150K to Queens DA

A pair of state senators from Queens has allocated funds to the Queens District Attorney’s Office to support crime victims with special needs, such as children, the elderly and immigrants. Comments (1)

Astoria author tells all in moving memoir

Today, women are tougher and more empowered than ever, and they don’t take guff from anyone. So why is it that so many have found themselves embroiled in messy, sometimes abusive relationships with manipulative, controlling partners? Comment

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017


Cuomo endorses Queens candidates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come out in support of five Democratic candidates for City Council from his home borough in the upcoming September primaries. Comments (5)

Udalls Cove Preservation launches campaign against invasive species

Udalls Cove Preservation Committee, hopeful it can make the park more accommodating to native wildlife, is launching a fresh effort to minimize the number of invasive species in the wetlands. Comments (1)

United against divisive politics

We write this letter united with unequivocal support for City Councilman Paul Vallone. Comments (2)

Graziano responds to pro-Vallone critics

On Sept. 5th, 2017, a letter was released to the press and “signed” by 34 supporters of City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) describing his opponent’s “hate-ridden mail that contained hostile words, repugnant lies and shameful attacks” against him. It also conveyed their opposition to “negative politicking that has poisoned us nationally and now tries to permeate the fabric of our local communities…we stand united against those who want to divide us with outlandish smears, heinous hate and ludicrous lies.” Comment

Francis Lewis soccer standout takes game to Queens College

Queens College freshman Sarafina Smith likely had the best year of her soccer career in 2016. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017


Van Bramer tours new school annexes

Hundreds of Sunnyside and Woodside students began the new school year Thursday in two state-of-the-art annexes built to replace aging portable classrooms and reduce overcrowding. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) toured the new facilities at PS 11 in Woodside and IS 125 in Sunnyside last week. Comment

Sunnyside condo manager arraigned as multiple probes proceed

The property manager of a Sunnyside condominium, which is the target of three separate investigations for Nazi and Confederate displays in its lobby, is back in his apartment following his arrest Sunday on stalking and harassment charges, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Christ the King hoops star ready to take next step as a junior

Kaelynn Satterfield took a big step forward as a sophomore and now is planning to continue improving as she prepares to enter her junior season with Christ the King. Comment

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017


Katz views borough’s immigrants as top priority

Borough President Melinda Katz is looking to keep the ball rolling on what she describes as a successful first term with Queens now the fastest growing borough in the city. Comments (5)

DACA recipient dreams of a better future

President Trump’s decision to abandon the protections for 800,000 young people under DACA has been felt keenly in Queens. Comments (7)

In honor of 9/11 hero Michael J. Elferis

The College Point intersection of 130th and Ulmer Streets and 25th Avenue is named for fallen Firefighter Michael J. Elferis. Do Generation Z kids who play on the adjacent sports fields notice? Do drivers or pedestrians? Comments (1)

Sept. 11 events planned in borough

There are several events planned in remembrance of Sept. 11. Comment

Vallone hopes to continue building record

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) considers his office a unifying force in a district once left to its own devices when his predecessor, Dan Halloran, declined to run for re-election after being charged with corruption. He was later convicted. Comments (3)

Center for the Women of New York to hold annual walkathon

The Center for the Women of New York is holding its 9th Annual Fort Totten Walkathon Saturday to raise money for their organization. Comment

Southeast Queens rivals spar ahead of primaries

The Democratic primary is less than a week away and the candidates running for two City Council seats in southeast Queens have received endorsements from different organizations and other politicians. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Don’t be sorry

Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in November stunned Democratic circles across the country and put Queens on high alert. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum voters occupied on Nov. 9, 2016, few expected the GOP presidential candidate raised in Jamaica Estates to pull off the biggest upset in modern times. Comments (1)
On Point

Tolls coming to an East River bridge near you

A wakeup call to all New York City drivers asleep at the wheel: Hold on to your wallets, the Robber “toll” Barons are coming for you. Comments (20)
High Heat

Time for David Wright to hang up his cleats

It’s time for David Wright to hang up his cleats. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017


Crowley calls Holden dysfunctional, delusional

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) thanked the crowd of Democratic Party members for their unwavering support at her pre-election event at the Knockdown Center last week. Her well-financed campaign for election to a third term has captured high-profile endorsements from labor, city leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comments (3)

Schneiderman files suit against Trump administration to protect and preserve DACA program

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday where the legal battle to protect thousands of students from Queens will be waged. Comments (6)

Holden tries to unseat Crowley, citing her lack of representation and competence

In his 30 years of community service, Robert Holden remembers a time when old-school elected officials reached across party lines for the good of their constituents. Today, everything has changed and that is one of the main reasons he is running to unseat City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), who is seeking her third term representing District 30 covering Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale and Ridgewood. Comment

Moya in City Council race to stop Monserrate from returning to a seat he disgraced

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) loved his seven years in Albany leading the push to pass the Dream Act and fighting for workers’ rights, women’s rights and criminal justice reform. When City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) decided against seeking a third term, Moya decided to come home and fight controversial Hiram Monserrate for the District 21 seat. Comments (3)

Monserrate seeks second chance with City Council run

Hiram Monserrate is hoping to make an unlikely comeback. Comments (1)

Attorney General: Kickback scheme puts tenants at risk

Three-quarter tenants of Interline, an organization that provides substance abuse treatment and housing for addicts, rallied in Jamaica last week to fight the prospects of homelessness after the directors of the facility were charged with stealing over $2.3 million in a Medicaid kickback scheme, the state attorney general said. Comments (1)

Bill could bar convicted politicians from running

A Bronx councilman is responding to concerns about convicted felon Hiram Monserrate re-entering the political arena with a new bill to prevent this from happening again in the future. Comments (3)

Birds in the Boneyard takes pop-rock sound beyond Queens

Birds in the Boneyard is gaining traction beyond the realm of their home borough of Queens, as the three musicians perform in front of children at schools and at bars throughout the city. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

What’s so bad about making food easier to produce?

This week, our columnist wonders why we fear genetically modified food. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017


Daycare operator charged with child endangerment: DA

A Queens daycare operator, who allegedly endangered a 4-year-old boy in his care by losing him in Juniper Valley Park and failing to notify police or the child’s parent, has been charged with child endangerment and other charges, the Queens District Attorney said. The child was later found by a park police officer wandering the park. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

Queens officials speak out against Trump’s decision to drop Dreamers program

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era policy which allows young people who came to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country without fear of deportation. The move had an immediate impact on Queens, where elected officials spoke out on behalf of the young people who are affected among the borough’s large immigrant population. Comments (10)

Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz dies at 45

Elected officials expressed their condolences after state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) died Saturday after reportedly battling an unidentified illness for years. Comment

Sunnyside condo property manager charged with harassment and stalking: NYPD

The property manager of a Sunnyside condominium, which is under three separate investigations for Nazi and Confederate displays in its lobby, was arrested Sunday on stalking and harassment charges, according to the NYPD. Neal Milano, 70, was busted at JFK International Airport Sunday as he returned from an overseas vacation over a separate complaint that he stalked and harassed a former tenant at 47-55 39th Place between September 2016 to July 2017. The probes were launched following reports from City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) that tenants and condo owners were subj Comments (2)

Queens Beat: Video Roundup

City to stop sheltering at Corona hotel Comment

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017


Astoria man arrested in bank robbery down the street from his home: Cops

A 31-year-old Astoria man was arrested and charged last week with robbing bank just down the street from his Steinway Street home last week, according to the NYPD. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

Richmond Hill

Cops search for suspect in South Richmond Hill food truck burglary

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL – Police from the 106th Precinct were looking for an individual wanted in connection to a burglary of a food truck. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017

Jamaica ►Video

Suspect sought for stealing cell phone: NYPD

JAMAICA — The police were searching for a male suspect wanted for questioning in a grand larceny that occurred on the J-line platform within the confines in Jamaica. Comments (1)

Medical examiner rules Payne death a homicide

JAMAICA - A young man from Jamaica wearing women’s clothing died from a gunshot wound to the thigh Aug. 21, according to police. Comment

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017


Bayside comes together to host Hurricane Harvey support drive

A drive to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey will be held Saturday at the Bayside LIRR station, hosted by City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), along with Bob Reid and Bayside Little League, the 306 Fire Station and Bayside Live TV. Comments (1)

60-year-old on a scooter burglarizes Woodside apartment building: NYPD

Police were looking for a man in his 60s who allegedly broke into two Woodside apartments, stole jewelry, electronics and cash from one of them, and fled the scene on a scooter, according to the NYPD. The suspect entered a residential building in the vicinity of 41st Avenue and 66th Street through an open door Monday afternoon. Comment



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