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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. Comment
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. Comment
Bayside

Bayside’s 111th Precinct fights against mailbox fishing epidemic

Fishing has rules and regulations. Mailbox fishing is illegal. Comment
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. Comment

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. Comment
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. Comment
Flushing

Ecological upgrades clean up polluted Flushing Bay

Flushing Bay no longer stinks. 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 (4)
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

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. Comment
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)

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 (3)
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

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. Comments (1)
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)

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)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Politics

James scores Queens endorsements in run for state attorney general

City Public Advocate Letitia James was endorsed by 19 Democratic clubs based in Queens from both the progressive and mainstream sides of the political spectrum in her run for state attorney general in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (5)
Little Neck

PS 221 named borough’s best recycling elementary school

An elementary school in Little Neck has a big heart for recycling. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Late Steely Dan musician to have Forest Hills street sign named in his honor

Walter Carl Becker, co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Steely Dan, will be honored with a street sign ceremony unveiling in Forest Hills Oct. 28. The “Walter Becker Way” street sign will be installed at the corner of his childhood home at 112th Street and 72nd Drive, according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). Comment
Briarwood

Daughter fulfills late mother’s dream with Haiku children’s book

A new book by a late Queens teacher gives a career’s worth of poetry life with Haikus accompanied by vibrant illustrations. Comment

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen earns prestigious award

The sky’s the limit for a smart, socially conscious Jackson Heights teen celebrating two really big wins. Comment
Richmond Hill

Founder of Richmond Hill substance abuse nonprofit retires

Kathleen Riddle, the founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit and substance abuse treatment center Outreach in Richmond Hill, officially stepped down Saturday after coming up with the idea for the organization 39 years ago. Comment
Far Rockaway

Alleged van thieves face multiple charges: DA

Chukuweike Emeni, also known as Emzie Snipes, was accused of being the ringleader of two separate criminal enterprises last month that involved stealing commercial vans, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Monday, July 9, 2018

Jackson Heights

Ramos challenges Peralta’s record on rent reform

Tenants of the Westleigh building in Jackson heights have been moving out of their community in large numbers, according to residents who stood beside Democratic dtate Senate candidate Jessica Ramos at a Monday news conference. Comments (3)
Education

Flushing, Maspeth schools crowned clean-up champions

PS 32 State Street School of Flushing has won a citywide clean-up contest in the elementary school division and Maspeth High School clocked in as a runner-up in the high school division. Comments (2)
Flushing

Wealthy Queens woman pleads guilty to welfare fraud: DA

A wealthy Queens woman pleaded guilty last week to charges of stealing more than $167,000 in welfare benefits by concealing her annual household income that was close to $225,000, the Queens district attorney and the state inspector general said. Comments (9)
Broadway-Flushing

Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association welcomes new president

The Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association welcomed a new president in Kevin Morris, who will be a familiar face after the many years he has served in the neighborhood organization. Comments (3)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Jackson Heights

DOT’s Clear Curbs Pilot Program crippling businesses along Roosevelt Avenue

A city pilot program to ban curbside deliveries in Queens has small business owners warning that they may have to close their doors because customers unable to find parking have fled. Comments (5)
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall rolls out its summer schedule

Flushing Town Hall, as a part of the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, announced its vibrant and cultural summer activities last week at a news conference. Comment

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Richmond Hill

South Ozone Park community activist launches campaign for Democratic district leader

Richard David, a community activist, public sector worker and former candidate for City Council District 28 in Jamaica, officially launched his campaign as the male Democratic district leader of the 31st Assembly District Part B for Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside street co-naming of “Frank Skala Way” will honor late teacher, activist

When it came to Frank Skala fighting for his community, you knew that he had to have it his way - the Frank Skala Way. Comment
Politics

Crowley’s primary defeat sends shockwaves through Queens Democrats

The cataclysmic defeat of Queens County political boss and powerful Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in the Democratic primary has left a question mark above heads across the borough. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Volunteers build new playground for Merrick Academy students

At Merrick Academy, a charter school in Springfield Gardens, a playground was built in six hours by more than 200 volunteers from the non-profit KaBoom!, Delta Airlines’ employees, parents and teachers from the school. Comments (1)
Community Service

South Asian Council for Social Services received $700K grant

The South Asian Council for Social Services has received a $700,000 grant from the OneCity Health Innovation Fund to have the ability to implement the Culturally Responsive Collaborative of Queens project. Comment

Friday, July 6, 2018

Rochdale Village

Rochdale Village wins $1M in energy rebates for co-op

The co-op community of Rochdale Village was recognized last week for being the first National Grid customer in New York City to receive $1 million in energy-efficiency rebates thanks to its high-tech power plant, which provides energy for its 25,000 residents, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing doctor sentenced in botched abortion death

A Flushing doctor was sentenced to jail time last week after pleading guilty to medical malpractice and negligence in the death of a woman who died as the result of a botched abortion. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Van Bramer takes heat from bike advocates

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is facing criticism from cycling advocates after he reversed his support of a bike lane system on 43rd and Skillman avenues in Sunnyside in late June, due to the division it has caused in the communities he represents. Comment
Crime

106th Precinct detective forced to retire over falsified reports: DA

Thomas Rice, a New York Police Department detective with the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, was demoted to a police officer, suspended and forced to retire after it was discovered that he filed false police reports for three months in 2013, the Queens district attorney said Comments (1)
Technology

Katz unveils plan for western Queens tech hub

Along the East River waterfront, a technology boom is expanding in Long Island City and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz wants it to spread in waves to other parts of western Queens. Comments (2)
Flushing

Meng bills would improve conditions for children separated from parents under Trump’s immigration policy

After visiting the border separating the United States and Mexico, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced two bills last week to improve conditions for children who have been separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Comments (4)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Long Island City

Queens pols rally for Guatemalan woman who was torn from children

When Guatemalan national Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia was apprehended by ICE agents crossing the Arizona border from Mexico sometime in May, she, like many other immigrants, was separated from her three children. Comments (2)
Bayside

Funeral held in Bayside for Flushing teen fatally struck by elderly driver

An emotional funeral was held in Bayside for a 17-year-old girl who was killed when an 88-year-old woman allegedly ran a red light and struck her as she was crossing the street. Comments (1)

City files two housing discrimination lawsuits

The city filed two lawsuits last week against landlords of two property management companies alleging discrimination against prospective tenants who use vouchers to help them pay their rent in a move that brought a swift reaction from Queens lawmakers, according to the Department of Social Services. Comments (1)
Bayside

Snowdays to bring shaved cream to Bell Boulevard

A new ice cream store is coming to Bayside - just in time for summer. Comment

Avella proposes bill to regulate Airbnb

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) may have a solution to an ongoing residential issue. Comments (1)
People

Christ the King secretary named Catholic Woman of the Year

Dolores St. Louis, the secretary of Christ the King High School’s board of trustees, was honored as 2018’s Catholic Woman of the Year by the Brooklyn Diocesan Council of the National Council of Catholic Women at St. Therese of Lisieux in Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bayside

Photos: Sparks fly at neighborhood fireworks shows

Macy’s fireworks show is great, sure. But Queens’ homegrown celebrations in Astoria and Bayside are not to shabby, either. The borough celebrated Independence Day early and we’ve got photos of the two neighborhood specatcles. Comment
Flushing

Flushing musician cherishes her Puerto Rican roots

SONI withanEYE is an artist from Flushing who is mixing genres of hip-hop, rock, funk, soul, new wave and more in her debut album “Rebel,” which was released in April. Comment
Late music titan Louis Armstrong has been gone for nearly half a century, but his legacy is remembered every summer in Queens. Comment
Transit

Queens Taxi Committee for Safety opposes Uber’s hardship fund

The Queens organization or The Committee for Taxi Safety is denouncing Uber’s proposal of a “hardship fund” to help bail out struggling yellow medallion taxicabs in New York City, amid a spate of driver suicides in the past six months. Comment

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Education

Teacher’s union wins paid parental leave

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced that mothers, fathers and non-birth parents who are public school teachers as well as other city Department of Education employees will be granted six weeks of paid parental leave at 100 percent of salary starting Sept. 4, according to the United Federation of Teachers. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows resident calls on city to take better care of trees

A Fresh Meadows man is advocating for better maintenance and removal of trees under the purview of the city Department of Parks and Recreation by highlighting individual trees which lean at dramatic angles and showing signs of decline. Comments (1)
Corona

Louis Simeone Park in Corona gets unveils $3M renovation

The city Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon on a face-lift for Louis Simeone Park in Corona last week. Comment

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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