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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Courts

Lancman praises landmark court decision on excessive bail

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is praising a landmark decision that determined that judges should consider a defendant’s ability to pay before setting bail. Comment
Health

After young girl’s death, Peralta urges residents to get flu shots

The city’s health department confirmed that an 8-year-old LeFrak City girl’s death last week was flu related, but it was unclear if Amely Baez had received a flu shot. Comment
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) reintroduced a bill to City Hall which will mandate an animal shelter be built in Queens as part of the advocacy work he began in 2016 to bring relief to overburdened receiving centers and reduce euthanasia. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Astoria’s elected officials said they believe the MTA is tone deaf to the community’s needs during a rally in opposition to the $22 million plan to reconstruct the Ditmars Boulevard subway station last Thursday. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Jamaica, Ridgewood sites assessed for environmental contaminants

Residents in Jamaica and Ridgewood were invited to comment on Brownfield Cleanup Programs in their area, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says. Comment
Bayside

AG investigation convicts Queens construction companies of ripping off employees

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the conviction of three Queens construction companies after they pleaded guilty to misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime. Comment

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Bayside

Assembly passes bill to curb PD sexual misconduct

A Bayside lawmaker’s bill passed unanimously in the state Assembly that would make any sexual activity between peace officers and those in their custody a felony due the “power dynamic” distorting what it means to consent in that situation. Comment
Education

Graduation rates rise, dropout rates decline

The mayor’s office announced last week that out of the five boroughs, Queens had the largest improvement in terms of graduation and dropout rates. Comments (2)
Flushing

Chirlane McCray visits Flushing Muslim center for domestic violence campaign

First Lady Chirlane McCray toured the city last Saturday as part of her “Weekend of Faith in Action Against Domestic Violence” to promote NYCHope, an online portal for communities to educate themselves on abuse, seek help or learn how they can help someone they know who may be a victim. Comments (2)

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Rowdy attendees disrupted a Feb. 8 School Construction Authority meeting at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, protesting against one school’s closure and a lack of funding for repairs and additions at others. Comment
Astoria

Simotas introduces new family-friendly legislation

Parents and caregivers with small babies and toddlers would have easier access to places of entertainment under legislation written and introduced by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) which will make spaces more accommodating and family friendly. Comments (1)
Transit

QNS Rail study shows feasibility at low cost: DOT

The results of a city-funded feasibility study shows that reactivation of the LIRR’s Lower Montauk Branch, commonly known as the QNS Rail, could see 5.6 million riders annually, as well as provide service as a freight line, at an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. Comments (3)
Letters

Pols must do more to improve USPS

Complaints by Queens Congress members Joe Crowley, Grace Meng and Gregory Meeks to Postmaster General Megan Brennan concerning problems with delivery of mail to constituents offer no solutions (“Queens pols fight for better USPS service” Naeisha Rose, Feb. 2). Comments (1)
Astoria

New web series focuses on food-obsessed Astoria couple

A lot of cool stuff happens in Astoria. So why not a comedy web series about a struggling, food-obsessed real-life Astoria couple? Comments (2)

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

College Point residents have been treading water for long enough. Comments (2)
Glendale

Community comes together to honor boy who died saving friend in Forest Park

Friends and family celebrated the life of Anthony Perez, the 11-year-old who died saving his friend after he fell into a frozen pond in Forest Park Feb. 6. Comment
At the John F. Kennedy Jr. School — just off Junction Boulvard in Elmhurst — on a rainy Saturday morning, 15 kids give up a perfectly good Saturday to take a test. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights gang member sentenced for killing Elmhurst man

A reputed Sureno 13 gang member was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for fatally shooting a 38-year-old Elmhurst man in 2015, the Queens DA said. Comments (3)
Letters

Cuomo needs to consider early voting to improve voter turnout

Thank you to state Senators Michael Gianaris, Joseph Addabbo, and Leroy Comrie for their efforts to improve voter turnout by making it easier for New Yorkers to register to vote. Comments (3)

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Christ the King student speaks at Sharpton’s rally in Harlem

Rev. Al Sharpton’s weekly rally in Harlem brought to the podium a senior at Christ the King High School in Middle Village who was told he could not put the name Malcolm X on a school sweatshirt. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing parade kicks off Lunar New Year

The Flushing community is preparing to kick off the Year of the Dog with Lunar New Year celebrations. Comments (3)

Report: Queens Museum heads misled Board of Trustees

A new report has determined that former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich and deputy director David Strauss used poor judgement and knowingly misled the board when they cancelled a historic recreation of the 1947 vote that established the state of Israel last August. Comments (1)
Elected officials and a neighborhood grocer celebrated a change to the city Department of Transportation’s Select Bus Service route on Cross Bay Boulevard, which will restore roadside parking during certain hours to quell the negative impact the November launch of the controversial bus lane has had on commerce. Comments (1)
Event

Week in Pictures: Ash Wednesday and beyond

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the six-week period of sacrifice and reflection that leads up to Easter. But you don’t have to give up anything to get a good look at the week in pictures. Comment
Letters

DA’s disparity

There are many ways that Queens gets the short end of the stick when it comes to city funding, and the allocation of resources to the Queens District Attorney’s Office is no exception. Comment
High Heat

New York Mets: Biggest Spring Training storylines

Pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training marks the official start of the 2018 baseball season. Every team has its storylines, but let’s take a look at some of the more important narratives for the Mets as the team embarks on its 2018 journey. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Transit

Nolan demands action after concrete falls from 7 train viaduct in Sunnyside while MTA says structure is safe

One Queens lawmaker and a group of straphangers are urging the MTA to perform an immediate survey and review of the 7 train viaduct in Sunnyside after a chunk of concrete loosened and fell to the ground at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard last Friday. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Ridgewood Reservoir added to the National Register of Historic Places

“Having the Ridgewood Reservoir recognized on the New York State Historic Register back in December, and now having it listed on the National Register of Historic Places is an amazing achievement,” state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said. “I am pleased to see that the National Park Service moved so quickly to place the Ridgewood Reservoir on the list, officially preserving its natural beauty, its historic context to Brooklyn and Queens, and its educational importance for future generations.” Comment
Art

Judge rules in favor of 5Pointz artists

The leader of the 5Pointz artists is hailing the federal judge in Brooklyn who ruled in their favor Monday, forcing developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. Comments (1)
Rosedale

Katz recommends approval of 116th Precinct site

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz recommended approving last week the rezoning and site selection of the NYPD’s new 116th Precinct station house. Comments (2)

Mayor pushes for better policing in State of City address

Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined his goals for New York City at his fifth State of the City address Tuesday. Comment

Borough-based prison coming to Kew Gardens as plan to close Rikers moves forward

Less than a week after a Rikers Island prison guard was viciously attacked by six alleged gang members and hospitalized with a fractured spine and bleeding on the brain, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an agreement Wednesday to move forward with the closing of the notorious prison complex by creating a borough-based jail system. Comments (6)
Opinion

Richmond Hill residents to receive tax-prep help

Richmond Hill is underserved by government agencies, while community organizations struggle under a dearth of funding. Yet, despite this benign neglect, the neighborhood has swelled in population, sustained by immigration that has increased the Indo-Caribbean and South Asian community. The neighborhood features a robust variety of small businesses, with a high level of homeownership. However, the need for services has never been higher. Comments (1)
Letters

New York City must make smart decision regarding commercial waste

Every day, it’s no small miracle that the 12,000 tons of waste, recyclables, and organics generated by the city’s businesses and industries are managed by a small, efficient, and resourceful cadre of companies. Comment
Bayside

Bayside actress makes silver screen debut

The future looks brighter than ever for Bayside actress Elyse Price, who says 2018 “started off strong!” Comments (2)
The St. John’s men’s basketball team continued its surprising turnaround, defeating Marquette, 86-78 Saturday after shocking No. 1 Villanova, 79-75 just three days earlier. The impressive victories come after the Red Storm defeated then-No. 4 Duke to snap an 11-game losing streak and bumped up their record to 13-13 (2-11 in conference) on the season. Comment
See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Astoria

Man pulls knife on subway rider in Astoria: NYPD

Police were searching for a knife-wielding man who menaced a straphanger in Astoria last month. Comment
Jackson Heights

Woman fights off knife-wielding man at Jackson Heights apartment building: NYPD

Police were looking for a man who followed a 39-year-old woman into her Jackson Heights apartment building, in the vicinity of 76th Street and 35th Avenue, and threatened her with a knife early Monday morning. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled in favor of the 5Pointz artists Monday, ordering developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. Comments (3)
Flushing

Man wanted in string of robberies in downtown Flushing: NYPD

Police were searching for a man wanted for questioning in connection with a grand larceny pattern in Flushing. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Elderly St. Albans woman missing: NYPD

An elderly woman was reported missing Friday within the confines of the 113th Precinct, according to the NYPD. Comment

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Selma, Birmingham, and Little Rock — names of the most famous battlegrounds of the civil rights movement. Comments (1)

Classifieds

Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
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