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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Flushing

Swastika removed from Flushing BID booth

A swastika found written on the Flushing Business Improvement District booth, located on Main Street and Kissena Boulevard, was immediately painted over within an hour after a constituent notified City Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) office. Comments (3)
Politics

Cuomo signs Weprin’s anti-hazing bill after death of Oakland Gardens student

Nearly five years after the death of a Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens in 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-hazing bill into law Monday to reduce the dangerous hazing death incidents that occur in New York state each year. Comments (2)
Woodside

Slain officers honored at Dragon Boat Festival

Leading one of the NYPD teams that raced during the festival was Brittany Hawkrigg, a police officer from Manhattan. Comments (1)
College Point

Man found dead in water near College Point Yacht Club

COLLEGE POINT — A man presumed to be in his 40s was found dead floating in the water near the College Point Yacht Club last week, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
Crime

Four suspected MS-13 gang members detained pending trial

A federal judge has granted a request by Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the permanent detention of four alleged MS-13 gang members charged with crippling a Jamaica man in 2016. Comments (7)

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Springfield Gardens

Rebuilding Together NYC repairs Springfield Gardens home

Rebuilding Together NYC, a non-profit housing organization that rehabilitates homes and revitalizes communities, assisted in repairing longtime Springfield Gardens resident Jill McCoy’s house last week with the city’s Workforce Training Program trainees. Comments (1)
Education

Queens’ tax dollars go farthest among five boroughs: Study

SmartAsset, a financial technology company, released a study last week comparing counties across the United States by measuring local crime rates and school quality relative to their effective property tax rates. Among the city’s five boroughs Queens homeowners fared the best in terms of value. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Nonprofit study examines ways to protect Jamaica Bay

The Rand Corporation, a global non-profit think tank, released a recent study that examines potential ways to reduce persistent tidal flooding in Jamaica Bay while improving water quality and restoring the area’s habitat. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

St. Albans

Electeds call out city Parks Department over condition of St. Albans playground comfort station

On the eve of LL Cool J’s 14th annual basketball camp in St. Albans, elected officials from southeast Queens and Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation at a news conference for failing to fix a comfort station for three years. Comments (1)
South Richmond Hill

South Richmond Hill graduate receives scholarship to finish pursuing engineering degree

Earlier this month, the New York Water Environment Association, a non-profit organization made up of water quality management professionals, awarded a $3,000 scholarship to South Richmond Hill resident and graduate student Fazena Bacchus. Comments (2)
College Point

Man found dead at Powell’s Cove Park: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT — A 25-year-old man was found with a single gunshot wound to the head in a College Point park last week, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point activist announces City Council run

Civic leader Brent O’Leary announced he will run for office in the seat currently held by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who will be forced to give up his seat by term limits in the 2021 citywide elections. Comments (3)

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Jamaica

Former Jamaica resident pleads guilty to supporting ISIS

Ali Saleh, 25, a former Jamaica resident, pleaded guilty to two counts of providing material support and resources to a terrorist organization, according to federal prosecutors and the NYPD. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens resident aims to launch fair trade campaign in Queens

Atiya Raja is taking on a big task to transform Queens into a fair trade borough. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Cruz announces plan to keep housing affordable

Catalina Cruz, a Democratic candidate for the seat held by state Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights), has released her initiative for making neighborhoods more affordable while providing tenants with the resources they need when meeting their landlord in a courtroom. Comments (3)
Crime

Woman struck by vehicle at Jamaica intersection

An 88-year-old woman struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard last week is in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
Bayside

Queens native is new chief division head of the western division of American Lung Association

Lewis Bartfield, a Queens native, was named the chief division officer for the western division of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin late last month. Comments (1)

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Forest Hills

112th Precinct launches Neighborhood Policing Program

The NYPD’s 112th Precinct in Queens has become the latest command to receive the Neighborhood Coordination Officer program in New York City. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Health Department commissioner resigns from post

City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett is stepping down from her position with the de Blasio administration in favor of an opportunity with Harvard University. Comments (2)
Bayside

Woman charged in fatal Bayside crash: NYPD

BAYSIDE — A woman from Hempstead was arrested and charged with being an aggravated unlicensed operator of a vehicle Monday morning in Bayside after allegedly striking a motorcyclist who had been ejected from his motorcycle moments earlier, according to the NYPD. Comments (5)

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018

Flushing

Flushing Hospital recognized for breastfeeding initiatives

After receiving its official Baby-Friendly USA designation, Flushing Hospital Medical Center celebrated National Breastfeeding Week Tuesday by educating members of the community about the importance of breastfeeding and demonstrating proper techniques to new or expectant mothers. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Alliance for Positive Change launches Summer of Testing campaign

Diane Delph-Tinglin was 23 years old when she was diagnosed with HIV in 2009. After feeling distraught about her diagnosis, she found her purpose and passion in life was to help educate others about HIV and the importance of testing through The Alliance for Positive Change. Comments (2)

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Bayside

Stringer endorses Liu in challenge to Avella

Former City Comptroller John Liu picked up an endorsement for his Senate run from his successor Wednesday when Scott Stringer came to the Bayside LIRR station on Aug. 8 to campaign alongside him. Comments (9)
Whitestone

Whitestone car break-ins prompt resident to take action

Frustrated over attempted vehicle break-ins in Whitestone, one resident wants the 109th Precinct to address the issue and put more patrol cars on the streets. Comments (7)

Moya hits the pause button on rezoning negotiations with de Blasio

City Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) is putting on hold any further negotiations with the de Blasio administration about rezoning plans after the approval of the controversial Inwood rezoning fanned fears that vulnerable residents could be displaced in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Revealing the Secret Summer party at the Foundry

Secret Summer, billed as the country’s only farm-to-bar cocktail festival, gave a sneak peek into the party, which will be held Aug. 12 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Foundry, in Long Island City. Comments (2)
Corona

Peralta hosts annual back to school giveaway

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) hosted his Ninth Annual Back to School Giveaway last week with community organizations and volunteers distributing some 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children on a first-come, first-serve basis. Comments (3)

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018

Bayside

Avella ready for primary challenge from Liu

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is touting his record in his bid for re-election and hopes to continue with his work on quality-of-life issues in the northeast Queens district as he faces fellow Democrat John Liu for the second time in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (3)
Sunnyside

Man who ripped Nazi symbols from Sunnyside lobby ‘unapologetically guilty’

After months of talk about property manager Neal Milano’s decision to festoon the lobby of a Sunnyside building at 47-55 39th Pl. with Nazi and Confederate imagery, Jeff Orlick of Jackson Heights bit the bullet and ripped the decorations down. Comments (3)
Flushing

Rozic, Stavisky recognized for environmental record

The New York League of Conservation Voters released its scorecard of state elected officials rating them on their work to pass environmental legislation and gave state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) a score of 100 percent. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018

Maspeth

Barnwell to get primary challenge from activist Melissa Sklarz

Melissa Sklarz, who is challenging freshman state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in the September Democratic Primary, has gathered endorsements from two city officials July 27. Comment
Business

Opportunities abound with JFK’s $10 billion redevelopment

As representatives from the Port Authority laid out their Vision Plan to bring Kennedy Airport into the 21st century at community outreach meetings in Far Rockaway and St. Albans, state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) focused on encouraging minority and women entrepreneurss to take advantage of the airfield’s $10 billion redevelopment. Comment
Long Island City

LIC clinic helps immigrants apply for citizenship

About 50 registered immigrants attended a naturalization workshop clinic Saturday to receive free legal assistance with their naturalization applications at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City despite some anxiety that this is a perilous time to seek citizenship because of the Trump administration’s attitude toward immigrants. Comments (5)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man sentenced in execution-style shooting: DA

A Richmond Hill man was sentenced to life in prison last week without the possibility of parole following his retrial in the execution-style death of a fellow Richmond Hill man, who was bound with electrical cords, robbed of his bank card, and then shot several times in the head before his apartment was set on fire to cover up the crime scene, the Queens DA said. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018

Glendale

Pols slam possible homeless shelter plan for Glendale

Lawmakers in Queens are speaking out against a new shelter that may possibly be slated for Glendale that will accommodate 200 single men in one location. Comments (3)
Maspeth

Maspeth trio sentenced for series of Queens burglaries: DA

Three Maspeth residents were each sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for a series of burglaries that victimized Queens seniors in their homes, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)
Astoria

Constantinides calls for safety improvements after cyclist’s death

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is urging the Department of Transportation to launch a study of the corridor on 23rd Avenue between 33rd and 36th streets after a cyclist was struck and killed by a van July 23. Comment
Jamaica

Feds apprehend Queens mom in Alabama

Phyllis Reinoso, a woman who lived in Jamaica and was a suspect in the death of her son, was arrested in Alabama, brought back to New York and arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Scott Dunn last week to face charges of assault and manslaughter, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

Douglaston

Avella speaks out against Douglaston bike lanes

A year after their completion, bike lanes on Northern Boulevard still are a topic of debate. Comments (6)
Richmond Hill

Richard Pruss, 75, was a true Samaritan

Richard Pruss, president and CEO of Samaritan Village from 1974-2008, who was known as a pioneer in the field of substance abuse treatment, died July 14 at the age of 75. Comments (2)
Astoria

Four killed in Astoria shooting spree

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea has released the names of two out of four victims in an Astoria shooting massacre that left a young boy and three others dead. Comment
Flushing

Micro Center Flushing announces STEM contest for students

Micro Center Flushing, located at 71-43 Kissena Blvd. between 71st and 72nd Avenues, is inviting students ages 13 and older to enter a fun contest designed to encourage ingenious ways for students to use 3D printing and robotics in the 2018 Micro Center Maker Student Contest, which runs through Sept. 16. Comments (2)

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

Politics

Three Democratic clubs endorse Peralta for re-election

In his bid to fend off Jackson Heights activist Jessica Ramos in the Sept. 13 primary, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) received endorsements from three different Democratic clubs across the city. Comments (1)
Education

St. John’s graduate earns Fulbright Scholarship

Mohammed Jagana is a recent graduate of St. John’s University in Jamaica, a former intern for state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), and in March he learned that he was a recipient of the coveted Fulbright Scholarship. Comments (2)
Politics

Velázquez bills to aid small businesses in Puerto Rico receives bipartisan support

The U.S. Senate decided to proceed to vote Wednesday on two pieces of legislation that was drafted by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) to support small businesses in Puerto Rico by incentivizing federal agencies to award them contracts. Comments (3)

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

Sunnyside

Sunnyside arch shines with fresh sign, new lights

The late Lily Gavin remained on the minds of civic leaders last week as a new sign with fresh lighting illuminated the 46th Street arch in Sunnyside. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica father, 77, has been missing for three years

January 2015 was the last time Sameeah Muhammad of Jamaica saw her father, Ghulam Muhammad, who has been missing for the past three years. Comments (1)
Crime

Far Rockaway man pleads guilty to killing his cat: DA

A cat killer from Far Rockaway pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and intimidating a witness last week after murdering his own pet and trying to cover it up, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office. Comments (2)
Flushing

House passes Meng’s feminine hygiene bill

The House of Representatives passed U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) provisions that would allow menstrual hygiene products to be purchased with money from health flexible spending accounts. Comments (2)

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

Bayside

Avella, Holden stand against mayor’s plan to abolish SHSAT

Dozens of community groups stood in resistance on the steps of City Hall against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to change the method of admittance to eight specialized high schools Wednesday. Comments (2)
Bayside

Avella calls on state to investigate Liu’s finances

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) slammed John Liu, his Democratic primary opponent, for alleged campaign violations by calling on the state Board of Elections and attorney general’s office to investigate his contributions in the current race. Comments (8)
St. Albans

LL Cool J’s hoops summer camp returns to St. Albans

Rapper, actor and philanthropist LL Cool J will hold his 14th Annual Jump & Ball Summer Camp Experience at Daniel O’Connell Park in St. Albans for southeast Queens kids ages 8 to 18 every weekend in August for free. Comments (1)
Bayside

Braunstein looks to fend off Republican challenger

As state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) looks toward a fifth term in Albany, he plans to stick to his track record of tackling education issues, gun possession and airplane noise for his northeast Queens constituents. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Phase one of emergency room expansion complete at Queens Hospital Center

Phase one of a $2.5 million emergency room expansion project at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica has been completed as demand for care rises following the closure of several hospitals in the borough. Comments (1)

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