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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Flushing

Flushing rabbi charged in extortion scheme

A Queens rabbi and a Long Island man were arrested and charged with engaging in a scheme to extort $7 million from an individual in exchange for not providing incriminating information to law enforcement authorities last month in Brooklyn federal court, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District said. Comments (4)
Environment

DEP proposes $400 million plan to improve Jamaica Bay

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection, environmentalists and elected officials announced a $400 million proposal to improve the ecological health of Jamaica Bay, which has lost approximately 85 percent of its historical wetland coverage over the course of the last 150 years. Comment
Parks

Summer events flaunt Brookville Park’s transformation

Over a decade ago, Brookville Park was thought of as a place where a gruesome attack occurred. The last decade, however, has seen it become a place of community pride with the help of the volunteer park organization Friends of Brookville Park, which is led by President Kangela Moore. Comments (1)
A Queens program for LGBTQ youth has moved to a new, more accessible location in Forest Hills. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Transit

Transit advocates urge state candidates to adopt initiatives

Transit advocates are pushing for a set of agenda items to be adopted by candidates running for state office that will improve roads and fix the ailing public transportation system in the city. Comments (4)
Politics

Comrie talks taxes, housing and more in 2018 race

State Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who is running for re-election, hopes that with a possible Democratic majority in the Senate next year, he will be able to bring about more effective change to his district and New Yorkers as whole. Comments (10)
Bayside

Bayside’s 111th Precinct fights against mailbox fishing epidemic

Fishing has rules and regulations. Mailbox fishing is illegal. Comments (3)
Crime

Queens residents charged in healthcare fraud schemes

Thirteen individuals, including four from Queens, and two pharmacy owners have been charged with participating in fraudulent schemes in which Medicare and Medicaid programs were billed more than $163 million, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn. Comments (3)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Douglaston

Lowe’s ready to put its stamp on Douglaston Plaza

With Macy’s and MovieWorld out of the picture at Douglaston Plaza, as well as the nod of approval from the city Board of Standards and Appeals, Lowe’s Home Improvement is primed to make dramatic changes to the shopping center, which could redeem its relevance for shoppers. Comments (2)
Bay Terrace

Bressler aims to win Assembly seat from Braunstein in November election

Bay Terrace businessman David Bressler is currently fine-tuning his campaign to run against state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) for the second time. Comments (1)
Flushing

Ecological upgrades clean up polluted Flushing Bay

Flushing Bay no longer stinks. Comments (3)
Imagine what legendary artist and “Queens boy” Paul Simon must be thinking as he prepares for his historic farewell concert at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the final performance of his “Homeward Bound” tour, set for September 22. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Flushing

One Flushing Housing opens lottery for 231 affordable housing units

One Flushing Housing opened its lottery last week, accepting applications for its 231 affordable units up for grabs in the heart of downtown Flushing. Comments (6)
Politics

Liu plans to challenge Avella once again in rematch of 2014 primary

John Liu, the former city comptroller and city councilman from Flushing, is preparing for another challenge to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in a replay of the Democratic primary four years ago. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing bank has become staple of community

The National Bank of New York City in downtown Flushing is a small private commercial bank serving the community since 1963 by providing the highest level of customer service in a friendly environment, according to Richard Gelman, chairman of the board and CEO. Comment
Event

Rosedale comedian debuts stand-up act at Q.E.D. in Astoria

At least he didn’t lose his virginity at 40! Comment

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Howard Beach

Forum publisher pleads guilty to concealing felony crime

Patricia Adams, the former publisher of The Forum Newsgroup weekly newspaper in Howard Beach, is expected to return to court Sept. 13 after pleading guilty to one count of misprision, which is an acknowledgement of concealing information about a felony crime, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Espinal secures Working Families endorsement

The Working Families Party and Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano endorsed state Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) Monday in her bid to hold the seat she won in a special election less than three months ago. Comments (1)
Flushing

Meng calls for free feminine hygiene products in the House

U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) sent a letter July 6 to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan requesting that he allow House offices to be reimbursed for feminine hygiene products purchased for congressional staff and office visitors. Comments (2)
Letters

Loving your country a part of Muslim religion

My closest friend’s family, and even colleagues are first, second, or third-generation immigrants. I didn’t choose them for this reason, we just seemed to click this way. Comments (3)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Flushing

Flushing teen’s death sparks online petition to enforce stricter license requirements for senior drivers

After the tragic death of a Flushing teenager struck and killed by an elderly driver in Whitestone, Queens residents have signed an online petition amassing over 10,000 signatures demanding New York State impose stricter driver’s license requirements and frequent renewals for senior drivers. Comments (6)
Jackson Heights

Nixon, Ramos cross endorse one another

Democrat Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was in Jackson Heights Monday for a cross endorsement of state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos in their bid to move progressive legislation forward at the state level. Comments (4)
Astoria

Attorney general celebrates victory on census immigration question

State Attorney General Barbara Underwood celebrated a victory in her quest to prevent immigrants from having to declare their legal status in the United States census on the grounds that the Trump administration acted in bad faith in requiring that information. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Missing Rego Park girl returns home after missing for two days

A 14-year-old Rego Park girl who was missing for two days was found safe last week and is now home with her parents, police said. Comment
The City Parks Foundation SummerStage commenced a concert series July 5 in Springfield Park, where some music lovers relaxed on their lawn chairs, while others listened and danced along during the performances on a thick carpet of grass. Comments (1)
High Heat

Brandon Nimmo deserves to be an All-Star

Jacob deGrom is the only Met to be named an All-Star this season, but he’s not the only member of the team who deserved a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Midsummer Classic. Comment
Editorial

A call for change

A new petition calling for New York state to impose stricter driver’s license requirements and frequent renewals for senior drivers has picked up steam, collecting more than 10,000 signatures after the death of a Flushing teenager who was struck and killed by an elderly driver in June while crossing a street in Whitestone. Comments (4)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Elected officials call for extension of speed camera legislation

City and state officials condemned the inability of lawmakers to renew speed camera legislation at schools, citing the success of Vision Zero measures in reducing the casualty rates in a joint statement from the mayor’s office. Comment
Elmhurst

Cruz, Ramos fight against Elmhurst construction site

As the City Planning Commission recommended the approval of a ULERP application on Monday for a partial affordable housing structure in Elmhurst to rise higher than the zoning allows, activists and political hopefuls are planning their next move to oppose the building they see as a gentrifying force in their community. Comments (2)
Transit

New MTA app would provide timely updates for travelers

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has launched a test version of a systemwide ‘MYmta’ app and website designed by customers to deliver real-time arrival information, trip planning and more for subways, buses, Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall to feature story of Frida Kahlo

On Saturday, July 14, Flushing Town Hall will present two performances of “The Colors of Frida/Los Colores de Frida” by Teatro SEA (Society of the Educational Arts, Inc.,) a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The performance will combine storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets, and audience participation to convey the story of the famous artist. Comment
Flushing

Ozone Park man pleads guilty to aiding ISIS

An Ozone Park man pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court last month to helping the overseas terrorist organization ISIS, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Comments (3)
Middle Village

‘Man of La Mancha’ impresses at Maggie’s Little Theatre

Dreaming the impossible dream came true when a perfect show became a Broadway-quality reality for Maggie’s Little Theatre. Comment
Tennis

New York Empire to hold benefit for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

In an effort to raise money for Puerto Rico following last September’s devastating Hurricane Maria, Gigi Fernández — named the Puerto Rican Athlete of the Century in 2010 — and the New York Empire tennis team will host Play for Puerto Rico next week. Comments (2)
Rhymes with Crazy

How to win at soccer without really trying

Here’s a hint: Let the kids play by themselves! Comments (1)

DOT bike-sharing program set to hit Rockaways

A bike-sharing pilot program will kick off on a rolling basis later this July in the Rockaways, central Bronx, North Shore and Coney Island and each community will receive at least 200 bikes, some of which will include pedal-assist models, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Comments (1)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Letters

Human Trafficking Courts are making a huge difference in New York

Human trafficking is a horrifying reality in New York City. Comments (2)
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