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Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Government

House GOP tax cuts would hammer New York State, city leaders warn

New York’s Democratic leadership is appalled at the sweeping tax overhaul passed by House Republicans last week. The controversial measure to enact $1.5 trillion in cuts was approved 227-205 despite no votes from the five New York Republicans in the House. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta wants residents to know their rights when dealing with predatory towing companies

After a sudden uptick in complaints from his constituents who had to pay hefty fines to towing companies after their vehicles were removed from private parking lots, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) took action. Comment
Astoria

As national outcry over sexual harassment grows, Congresswoman calls for Fearless Girl statue to stay in place

As the body count of famous men accused of sexual harassment grows on a daily basis, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) believes the time is right to pass the federal Equal Rights Amendment as a commitment to equality for women and a tool to fight discriminatory laws. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Jackson Heights

Queens World Film Festival launches year-end fund-raising campaign

The Jackson Heights husband-and-wife team that created the Queens World Film Festival are preparing for the eighth annual event this winter which will screen more than 130 films from 25 countries, during an eleven night run beginning March 15. Comment
Government

Hundreds of cyclists call for Vision Zero action at City Hall on World Day of Remembrance

More than 300 New Yorkers, including the families of traffic crash victims, elected officials and community leaders, held a massive rally Sunday by bicycling from all five boroughs to the Hudson River Greenway, site of last month’s attack on cyclists and pedestrians, and into City Hall Park. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Former councilman pursuing $10 million lawsuit against city

Convicted former Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), who pleaded guilty to filing a false disclosure with the city’s Conflict of Interest Board Nov. 14, is also pursuing a lawsuit against the city for $10 million. Comments (15)

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Jamaica

Former bully becomes child advocate

Jamaica resident Keba Cairo wasn’t always an author or child advocate. In fact, she was a self-professed former bully growing up. Comment
Courts

City Council passes bill criminalizing revenge porn

So-called revenge porn is now a crime in New York City. Comment
The suspect in a triple shooting in Jamaica over the July 4 holiday was nabbed in Pennsylvania earlier month and after being extradited back to New York, he will have to face nine criminal charges in the death of two people and the wounding of a third, according to police. Comment
After 22 consecutive years of delighting neighbors with his Christmas display, Whitestone resident Kevin Lynch is taking a year off. Comment
Letters

BCA has not held meetings since June

In June 2017, the Briarwood Community Association held its last meeting at Melrose Credit Union. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

The borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to launch New York’s first-ever “Cyber Monday” sale of items purchased online. Comment
An 85-year-old Korean War veteran in Jackson Heights had his long lost medals replaced Monday after an intervention by two Queens lawmakers. Comments (1)
Letters

Reduce your lung cancer risk

We’ve come a long way in the battle against lung cancer. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, but fewer and fewer Americans are smoking and disease rates are declining. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Far Rockaway

Homeless man sentenced in Far Rockaway beating death

A homeless man who was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter after a three-week bench trial was sentenced to prison Nov. 16 for the beating death of his victim, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Art

Exhibit explores eclectic housing in the World’s Borough through photographs

Across the globe are cities, towns, villages and hamlets in which people live and raise families. Some of the dwellings are quite old and even historic, while others are more modern. But the architectural style differs from place to place. Comments (1)
Letters

Queens trees need to be regularly maintained

There are thousands of street trees here in Queens which need to have regular maintenance, such as pruning, to maintain existing health and vigor as well as pruning of dead and dying branches from many others. Dead and dying trees should be removed. Comments (1)
Fresh off a record-breaking campaign, the St. John’s softball program has added four names to its roster for the 2018 season, Comment

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

Vallo Transportation, a school bus company, and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) hosted an anti-bullying event at JHS 194 in Whitestone last week with speaker Tom Thelen as part of the company’s fifth annual awareness campaign known as the “No Bullying Zone.” Comments (1)
The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities reported that 30 private colleges and universities in New York have experienced a drop in enrollment rates this fall, the first semester that qualifying students at New York’s city and state colleges received free tuition under the Excelsior Scholarhip program. Comment
Robert Holden has been a busy man since he defeated two-term incumbent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) last week after the city’s Board of Election counted all absentee and affidavit ballots and found his margin in the race that was declared too close to call on Election Nights had increased by four votes. Comment
Ozone Park

Queens publisher indicted on witness tampering charges

Patricia Adams, the publisher of the The Forum newspaper in Howard Beach, was indicted Nov. 15 on four charges of witness tampering and obstruction of justice, according to a spokesman for the Brooklyn federal court. Comment
Transit

MTA investments are unwise and do little to improve subway crisis: report

A recent report on the MTA shows the state agency is not only a poor investor in its own transportation system and assets, it also allots the majority of funds for expansion projects to commuter trains, which only serve about 7 percent of the total ridership. Comments (1)
Flushing

A Night at the Opera

Like western opera, Kunqu — the oldest type of Chinese opera that dates back to the 16th Century — never saw a tragic story it didn’t like. Comment
High Heat

Mets should join the chase for Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani

The Mets have been rumored to be interested in one of, if not the most intriguing player expected to be available in free agency this winter. Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

The Port Authority agreed to provide $55 million towards the planned AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport connecting with the Willets Point station. The money will go towards technical planning, design and the environmental review process. Comment
Whitestone

Neighbors ask officials to deal with abandoned Whitestone home

Whitestone residents are calling on officials to deal with an abandoned home they say has plagued the neighborhood for over a decade. Comment
Cambria Heights

Queens’ Haitians lose protected status

Cambria Heights

Queens’ Haitians lose protected status

Haitians who came to the United States under a temporary protected status because of natural disasters in their home country will have to prepare to leave the United States in the next two years or face deportation. The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that Haitians would have 18 months to make arrangements before TPS expires for them on July 22, 2019. Comments (1)
Queens College has changed its policies regarding student groups recognition following a discrimination lawsuit filed by a pro-life group. Comment
Jamaica

Fighting the Tide of Fake Goods

Jamaica

Fighting the Tide of Fake Goods

Before there was fake news, there were fake goods. A big-time business, especially at holiday time. Comment
Guests will have an opportunity to support local artists, craftspeople, bakers, and performers at the Pop Up Shop Artist market in St. Albans—open for business three different weekends before Christmas. Comment
Editorial

A Queens Blessing

The tradition at Thanksgiving has always been to pause and recognize the good turns of fortune that have come our way. In these uncertain political times, it can be easy to forget that positive things are happening in Queens despite some strong head winds from Washington. Comment
Letters

We should pardon our own turkeys

President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Mueller investigation starts indicting his associates in the Russian election probe. This week, he planned to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys. Comment

Eagle Academy III drops quarterfinal contest to Brooklyn’s Eagle Academy II

A stingy Eagle II (Brooklyn) defense used penalties, turnovers, and a blustery wind to stymie the powerful Eagle III (Queens) offense during their 20-6 PSALfootball quarterfinal bowl victory at Springfield Garden High School. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Bayside

Renovations make historic Bayside home unrecognizable

Work on the historic home formerly belonging to federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis is nearly complete with none of the original features of the classic 19th century structure remaining and complaints continuing to mount. Comments (21)
New York City families are hungrier than ever following congressional budget cuts to the food stamp program, a new report from the Food Bank of New York said. Comments (4)
Riaz Talukder, an undocumented Bengali immigrant who lives in Jamaica and was facing deportation Monday, received a six-month reprieve to reseek asylum in the United States after nearly 75 people from immigration groups came out to support him at a press conference on the steps of the Federal Building in Manhattan. Comments (4)
In a sweeping effort to free up parking space and rein in car dealerships on Northern Boulevard, NYPD’s 111th Precinct led an aggressive towing campaign against Star Nissan and Bayside Imports, both known for using public parking on neighboring residential streets for long-term storage of vehicles. Comments (1)

Braunstein sponsors bill to reign in PD sexual misconduct

City and state officials got behind a bill introduced by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) which will prohibit law enforcement officers from engaging sexual conduct with those in their custody after the indictments of two NYPD detectives in Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Thanks to Amazon Studios, the legendary night-lighting of the Queens Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York has brought back the world’s largest scale model featuring the famous five boroughs to its former glory. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

We’re Biden our time until Joe runs for president

Our columnist can’t wait until 2020! Comments (1)
Letters

Thanksgiving holiday is one of America’s best

Of all major holidays, Thanksgiving Day has the least potential for being irksome, guilty of identity protectionism or driven by balkanized loyalties and passions. It’s the most inclusive of holidays. It’s not ideology-based and harbors no invidious implied comparisons with other nations, faiths or ways of life. Comments (2)
Basketball

Queens College men’s hoops drops two after winning season-opener

The Queens College men’s basketball team is off to a rough start to the season, compiling a 1-2 record in their first three games. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Seven businesses on Bell Boulevard in Bayside were hit in a rash of burglaries early Monday morning as the culprits worked their way from south to north and ended at Sterling Pharmacy, where two individuals made off with cough syrup and cash. Comments (3)
South Jamaica

Missing South Jamaica girl returns home: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A young girl from South Jamaica who was thought to have gone missing from in front of her school in South Ozone Park Nov. 8 is back home, according to the NYPD. Comment

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Astoria

Man forced to withdraw cash from ATMs in Astoria by knife-wielding suspect: NYPD

The NYPD released surveillance footage of a man suspected of robbing a 32-year-old man at knifepoint in Astoria in early October. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Man dies in Forest Hills car collision

A 68-year-old motorist is dead following a collision in Forest Hills. Comment
Flushing

Man wanted in forcible touching incident in Flushing: Cops

FLUSHING —Police were searching for a man suspected of forcible touching in Flushing. Comments (2)
Hollis

Three suspects wanted in attempted home invasion in Hollis: NYPD

The police were on the lookout for three suspects wanted in connection with an attempted home invasion that resulted in one victim being shot in Hollis Sunday. Comments (5)

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Corona

Man sought in Corona for sexually abusing 14-year-old girl: NYPD

CORONA — Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights were looking for a man who allegedly fondled a teenage girl in Corona in September. Comment
South Jamaica

Suspect arrested in stabbing death of Flushing resident

Police said they have been able to identify both a victim and a suspect in the stabbing that occurred at a residence on 147th Street and 116th Avenue in South Jamaica Monday. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

One of the more incendiary political races in recent borough history came to a quiet close Thursday as two-term incumbent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) conceded defeat to bitter rival Robert Holden. The political newcomer was declared the winner in District 30 by a slim margin of 137 votes after absentee ballots and paper votes were counted by the city Board of Election Wednesday. Comment

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