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Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017


Countdown clocks arrive in Astoria, other MTA stations in western Queens

Countdown clocks have been installed at subway stations along the W line in Astoria and M lines in Middle Village, Ridgewood and other stations in western Queens. They were scheduled to go live last week, according to the MTA. Comments (1)

JFK International Airport to get new high-speed taxiway to speed operations

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners last week approved a $215 million project to construct a new high-speed taxiway at JFK International Airport. The new taxiway, on a key arrivals runway, will help make operations at one of the nation’s busiest airports more efficient, reduce delays and save travelers time. Comment
Ozone Park

Richmond Hill man gets up to seven years for manslaughter: DA

A 59-year-old Richmond Hill motorist driving with a suspended license has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison on manslaughter charges arising from an incident in Ozone Park last year when he sped past a stop sign and smashed into another vehicle, causing the death of a woman and critical injuries to her 9-year -old daughter, the Queens DA said. Comment

We’re learning so much from this president

The GOP senators who failed in their attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare should be ashamed. Due to the fact that they were unable to enact the Graham/Cassidy bill, millions of Americans will now be forced to ... LIVE!!! Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017


Jewish facilities in Queens get federal funds to improve security

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has announced Jewish facilities in Queens will be getting $450,000 in federal funds to improve security. Comment

Constantinides introduces legislation to combat asthma

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) represents an area of Queens known as “Asthma Alley” where residents suffer a high rate of respiratory ailments due to power plants in Long Island City and Astoria that produce over 50 percent of the entire city’s electricity. Pollutants caused by these power plants, combined with pollution from jets taking off and landing at LaGuardia Airport contribute to the risk of asthma. Comment
Bay Terrace

Electeds celebrate new left turn signal in Bay Terrace

City Department of Transportation leaders and elected officials Monday celebrated the installation of a left turn signal at the corner of Corporal Kennedy and 26th Avenue and showcased the new technology, which will make the intersection safer and more efficient. Comments (2)

Queens Collegiate celebrates 10th anniversary in Jamaica

Students, teachers, faculty and elected officials gathered in Jamaica last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Queens Collegiate: A College Board School. Comment
Political Action

SCOTUS a bit too powerful

The time has come to examine the power of our federal government, particularly the Supreme Court of the United States. Comments (3)

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp., an economic improvement group, announced a joint venture last week between BRP Companies and Wharton Properties for a 500,000-square-foot development that will have over 300 mixed-income residential units in Jamaica. Comment

Bike lanes on Northern Boulevard continue to cause division

At its meeting this week, Community Board 11 was still grappling with the city Department of Transportation’s choice to push through their protected bike lane proposal. Comments (6)

Jamaica health clinic renamed to honor Matilda Cuomo

The Brightpoint Health clinic in Jamaica was renamed the Matilda Raffa Cuomo Health Center late last month as it underwent renovations for an expansion. Comment

Flushing gets new green playground

Flushing’s PS 120 students can now enjoy the new environmentally friendly playground they helped design. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Tune in to these upcoming theatre productions in Queens

Now that I’m back at sea level after nearly two weeks in the state of New Mexico, it’s time to resume my comments and musings on the state of our local theater. Comment

Property tax system makes no sense

Property Tax Reform for Class 2 properties (co-ops and condos) is desperately needed in New York City. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017


Sunnyside Arch to be renovated with modern lighting system

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Tuesday he had allocated $15,000 in funding for Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, which administer the Sunnyside Arch, for a brand new lighting system. Comment
Kew Gardens

Homeless man admits church break-ins motivated by hatred of God

A homeless man who broke into several of the borough’s houses of worship because he was “mad at God” pleaded guilty last week to burglary as a hate crime and other charges, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced last week. Comment

Low-level offenders get warrant forgiveness

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday that his office is co-sponsoring “Second Chance, the first-ever summons warrant forgiveness event in the borough, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comment

Rising musician honors iconic jazz luminaries with eclectic mix of original songs

In the 1940s and ’50s, many folks who lived in Addisleigh Park in St. Albans made up a virtual Who’s Who of African-American celebrities and music legends: Singer Ella Fitzgerald, jazz musicians John Coltrane and Milt “Judge” Hinton, singer and actress Lena Horne, and jazz great Fats Waller, to name a few. Comment

Queens College to honor legendary coach Lucille Kyvallos with court dedication

Lucille Kyvallos has been a name associated with the pioneering of an initiative that eventually became the WNBA. Her legend as a former Queens College women’s basketball coach is now and forever printed on the college’s basketball court. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

Jackson Heights

Late Jackson Heights school principal remembered with street co-naming

Jackson Heights honored the life and legacy of a beloved school principal who died one year ago. The corner of 80th Street and 34th Avenue has been co-named Dr. Dolores Beckham Way in tribute to the late leader of IS 145, the Joseph Pulitzer School, who began her stint in 1999. Comment
Howard Beach

Joel Miele remembered with Howard Beach bridge renaming

Family and city officials paid tearful homage to the late Joel Miele with the renaming of the 163rd Street Bridge in Howard Beach, just steps from where Miele lived with his wife and children. Comment

Queensboro Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra comes to Mary’s Nativity Church on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. It will be joined by guitarist Kenneth Kam in a rare New York appearance. Ham will perform the U.S. premier of the guitar concerto Hachiko, by Fabrizio Ferraro. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets can finally kiss 2017 season goodbye

The end of the 2017 MLB season has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon for the Mets. Comment

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Jackson Heights

DACA recipients nervous as key deadline passes

Thursday was a very significant date on the calendar for thousands of Dreamers in Queens. It was the deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to renew their status as the Trump administration dismantles the DACA program, which provides protections for 800,000 young adults who were brought to the United States as young children. Comments (1)

Two Queens high schools among top 10 in NYC: Report

Townsend Harris and the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College in Queens are among the top 10 high schools in the city, scoring above all but one of the selective high schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 annual list. Comment

Avella pulls endorsement for Holden

Since winning a Wilson Pakula certificate to run on the Republican line last week in the race against City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Bob Holden has in turn lost the support of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the November general election. Comment

CB4 to hold annual Youth Fair in Elmhurst

Community Board 4 will host its second annual Youth Fair Saturday in Elmhurst. The area along 58th Avenue between Hoffman Drive and Seabury Street will be closed off to traffic between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Comment
Last week’s election within the Queens County Republican Party saw former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner unseated as chairman by Joann Ariola, a district leader from Lindenwood. Comments (3)

Subway delays pinch city for $389M loss: Stringer

A new report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office claims that subway delays are not simply a frustration for New Yorkers, but carry a heavy burden for the economy. Comments (2)

Lancman bill requires parental consent for minors to be used in lineups

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) has announced new legislation that would require NYPD officers to get parental consent before using minors as “fillers” on police lineups. Comment

Victims seek justice for former Maspeth priest’s sex abuse

A former Maspeth priest is under investigation for the sexual assault of up to 15 girls between 1973 and 1994 with the help of Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who was depicted in the film “Spotlight. Additional women are coming forward. Comment

Dine in Queens kicks off in Glendale

At least six local restaurants will offer free food and drink samples at the annual Dine in Queens 2017 kick-off event Tuesday at 12 p.m. at The Shops at Atlas Park’s common area in Glendale. Comment
See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Our PR Disaster

We could have done better. Queens prides itself on being the world’s borough and seeing the names of our born-and-bred on lists of people making a difference in fields across the globe. Comment
New Voices

Ongoing ICE raids put us all at risk

A surprise meeting between senior congressional leaders and the president raised hopes that there could be a bipartisan compromise on immigration. At stake was the status of “Dreamers” – undocumented persons brought into the country as children who had previously been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Comments (1)

Fight to curtail domestic violence carries on

Every October, our nation comes together to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made, and acknowledge difficult truths in order to move forward — particularly here in New York City. Comment

Christ the King falls to Iona Prep and more football results in Queens

It has often been said that experience is a great teacher. If that is true, the underclassmen of Christ the King’s varsity football team learned a great deal from its 42-0 loss to Iona Prep Saturday afternoon in New Rochelle. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017


Pending construction at Macedonia AME Church in Flushing breeds controversy

In the midst of the $1 billion Flushing Commons project on Union Street in Flushing, community members are worried about the fate of the Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church and the human remains they believe are buried on the property. Comments (1)

Old Kosciuszko Bridge demolished in controlled explosion

Hundreds of spectators along the banks of Newtown Creek watched the remains of the old Kosciuszko Bridge come down in a controlled explosion Sunday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined city and state officials on the Brooklyn side to watch the implosion just after 8 a.m. using a process called energetic felling, part of the $873 million project to replace the 78-year-old dilapidated crossing with two new state-of-the-art, cable-stayed bridges. Comment

Homeless sheltered in Sunnyside, Kew Gardens hotels

It was nearly a year ago when Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks told a room full of City Council members and community board leaders at Borough Hall that he understood the challenges it creates for local leaders not to have prior knowledge when the Department of Homeless Services rents rooms in commercial hotels to shelter the homeless, and he promised that would change. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens electeds offer Kew Gardens site for community jail as part of plan to close Rikers Island

Nearly a dozen Queens City Council members want the city to use an old jail facility in Kew Gardens as part of its plan to close down Rikers Island. Comments (1)

Dahlia buses seventh worst in IDC study

The Independent Democratic Conference conducted a study of the deadliest private bus companies following the deadly September bus crash that killed three in Flushing. Comment

New York politicians ask Trump for additional resources for Puerto Rico

New York elected officials are announcing their efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Comment
What is a dwelling? Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

China syndrome: Whose kids get a better education?

In China, they force kids to eat eggs. Here, we don’t learn our times tables. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Comment

Why protecting tenants is our top priority

The districts that we represent have the largest concentration of rent-regulated apartments in New York City. Between our two districts, we have more than 123,500 units of vital affordable housing stock. In theory, the families living in these apartments should be afforded more protection from rising rents and less fear of being displaced. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday he is ready to ship supplies and deploy medical personnel to Puerto Rico through his Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for the island. Comments (1)
Jamaica Hills

Police arrest two teens in Jamaica Hills cell phone mugging

Police have arrested two teenagers in connection to the robbery of an elderly man in Jamaica Hills. Comment

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Ozone Park

Police arrest boyfriend in murder of Ozone Park girlfriend

Pender, 49, was found unconscious and unresponsive in her apartment on Centerville Street, the NYPD said. Comment
The NYPD is searching for two armed men who allegedly robbed three gas stations in three Queens neighborhoods in the same morning last week. The two suspects entered a BP service station at 59-36 Maurice Ave. in Middle Village just after 1:30 a.m. Sept. 24 and displayed a small firearm to the employee inside before making off with $500 in cash, police said. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village boy reported missing: NYPD

A boy from Queens Village went missing Friday around 7:20 a.m. within the confines of the 105th Precinct, according to police. Comment

Off duty paramedic killed in Kosciuszko hit-and-run: NYPD

An off duty paramedic was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Saturday night as he rode his motorcycle across the new Kosciuszko Bridge. Comment

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017


Queens ready with a helping hand for Puerto Rico, other devastated areas

As Puerto Rico struggles to recover from Marias brutal blow, the NYPD, elected officials, individuals and churches throughout Queens are doing their part to help the island and other areas devastated by powerful hurricanes. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

The Holy Cross Knights traveled to the Bronx with intention on grabbing the top spot in the CHSAA “AA” football league as they battled the Fordham Prep Rams at Jack Coffey Field on the campus of Fordham University. Comments (1)



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