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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Long Island City

LIC Industrial Business Zone gets increase in funding

The Industrial Business Zone in Long Island City is getting an increase in City Council funding. The $100,000 grant will allow the LIC Partnership to continue to help companies obtain financing, energy efficiency consultation, tax credits and abatements to grow their businesses and ultimately retain jobs. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Patchwork of personal stories stitched into art

A little girl in a dress with her knees turned in carries a bulky, bundle of books far too large for her, sewn in a square quilt with a red trim and tawny background. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Shopping

City Council bill would protect workers when groceries sold

A bill called the Grocery Worker Retention Act was recently introduced to the City Council seeking to provide a 90-day transition retention period to eligible employees following a change in ownership of a grocery store. Comments (1)
Astoria

Gianaris authors ethics reform package

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) joined Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and several Democratic Conference members to introduce a package of “common sense” ethics reform legislation in Albany Monday. Among the proposals are bills that would effectively ban outside income for legislators, take away pensions from elected officials convicted of felonies, create a public financing system for elections and strengthen financial disclosure laws. Comment
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park organizer meets with President Obama

Rishi Singh, 29, of DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center in Jackson Heights-- met with the president and affirmed the importance of relief programs such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents. He also pushed for relief for those who are currently excluded from the president’s executive action on immigration. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

St. Albans

St. Albans fights affordable housing on Farmers

Some community members in St. Albans are not giving up, at least not yet. Comments (2)
Maspeth

Middle Village street named after late Sanitation worker

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a law naming a street in Middle Village after city Department of Sanitation worker Steven Frosch, who died during the summer. Comments (8)
City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), whose district is home to about 20 percent of the horse-drawn carriage drivers, admitted he was surprised the controversial bill to rid of the industry “became the No. 1 question” at City hall. Comments (10)

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Former state Senate leader Malcolm Smith and former Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone plan to appeal their guilty verdicts after a federal jury convicted them of bribery and fraud last week in deliberating that lasted only four hours, their lawyers said. Comment
Belle Harbor

FEMA cancels debt for Belle Harbor seniors

The seniors at Belle Harbor Manor, an assisted-living facility in Rockaway, owed debt incurred after Hurricane Sandy, but their obligations have been canceled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comment
Elmhurst

Apple to open its first store in borough

Apple is coming to Queens. Comments (2)

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

Government

More funds for EMS set aside for borough

Mayor Bill de Blasio presented his preliminary 2016 budget of $77.7 billion for the city Monday at City Hall with a strong focus on public safety, social resources, education and income inequality while still managing a fiscally responsible approach. Comment
Bayside

Holistic group plans chamber in Bayside

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is coming to Bayside Feb 21 when it will host a Holistic Expo and Bazaar to celebrate the launch of its new chapter in Queens. Comment

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Jamaica

Sex offenders living in Queens shelters: Sen. Jeff Klein

A new investigative report revealed that four known sex offenders are currently staying in homeless family shelters in Queens, and almost a dozen sex offenders are housed in family shelters across the city. Comments (3)
City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) wants to make access to the East River possible where abandoned and dilapidated docks litter the shoreline. He is working with the city’s Economic Development Corporation to bring an Eco-Dock to the Hallets Point peninsula in the near future. Comment
The NYPD is looking for a suspect in a series of livery cab robberies that occurred after he got into the cars at John F. Kennedy International Airport and then robbed the driver after reaching his destination, police officials said. Comment
Jamaica

103rd Precinct tests body cameras for police

Since the outcry over the death of Eric Garner in a chokehold applied by an NYPD officer, police and community relations have under scrutiny and new policies are being tested out across the city. Comments (1)
Little Neck

MS 67 students to represent NYS in Future City nationals

Eighth-graders at MS 67 in Little Neck are scheduled to compete at the National Finals for the National Engineers Week Future City Competition in Washington Saturday. Comments (8)
Flushing

Looking to revamp Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Nonprofit Design Trust for Public Space, in conjunction with the Queens Museum and the city Department of Parks and Recreation, is working on a project that would engage local residents in the planning and design of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (3)
Crime

Crime drops sharply in Queens in 2014: DA

Queens County has played a significant role in the city’s historic drop in major crimes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Melva Miller named deputy borough president

Melva Miller, director of economic development for the Queens Borough President’s Office, will be the next deputy borough president, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday. Comments (2)
Flushing

Condos sell quickly at Sky View Parc

Private equity firm Onex Real Estate Partners announced it had sold out half of the condominiums in the first tower of Sky View Parc in Flushing. Comments (3)
Bayside

Police looking for suspects behind 7 Eleven robbery

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for two individuals who robbed a 7 Eleven in Bayside in January, the NYPD said. Comments (4)

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Springfield Gardens

Former Springfield Gardens, Knicks standout Mason in critical condition

Former Springfield Gardens and New York Knicks star Anthony Mason is in a fight for his life after suffering a massive heart attack, according to multiple reports. Comments (5)
Sunnyside

CB 2 keeps watchful eye on Sunnyside Rail Yards

The new chairman of Community Board 2 is urging his members, and residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the Sunnyside Rail Yards, to stay calm and wait for more information about Mayor de Blasio’s “game-changer” of a plan for a massive development of an affordable housing complex on the site. Comments (2)
Astoria

Protesters want city to remove homeless from Westway

Nearly 50 demonstrators rallied for the removal of the homeless families shelter at the Westway Motel in East Elmhurst Saturday, a day after a convicted child molester was removed from the facility. Comments (4)
Flushing

Aviation roundtables still not finalized: CB 7

Advocates and residents who are working to reduce jet noise and pollution around Queens’ two major airports are still at odds over the number of roundtables needed as well as membership. Comments (1)
Corona

Trailers to be removed for an addition to PS 19 in Corona

Relief is on the way for PS 19 in Corona, the largest elementary school in New York City. Decades-old rusty temporary trailers will be removed and a new addition constructed to help solve one of the worst overcrowding situations in the borough. Comments (3)
Bayside

NE Queens leaders renew calls for ferry service

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) has renewed calls for ferry service in northeast Queens after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan for a boroughwide ferry service. Comments (3)
Richmond Hill

Man charged in Richmond Hill graffiti spree: DA

A Queens man has been charged with making graffiti nearly 20 times in the Richmond Hill neighborhood. Comments (1)
Bayside

NE Queens scores high in childhood safety

In a new report released by the Citizens Committee for Children, Bayside and Astoria were ranked as being the safest for children in New York City, while Jamaica and Jackson Heights were among those ranked as “High Risk” Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing Bank, NYPD investigate bank hacking spree

FLUSHING — Flushing Savings Bank, the NYPD and the 109th Precinct are currently investigating a series of hacking incidents that have ensnared more than 100 bank customers since October. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Government

Melva Miller to become next deputy borough president

Melva Miller, director of economic development for the Queens Borough President’s Office, will be the next deputy borough president, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday. Comment

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Flushing

Flushing Bank, NYPD investigate bank hacking spree

Flushing Savings Bank, the NYPD and the 109th Precinct are currently investigating a series of hacking incidents that have affected more than 100 bank customers since October. Comments (50)

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Flushing

Flushing man arrested in Pomonok murder

The NYPD has made an arrest in the borough’s first murder of 2015. Flushing resident Shyron Kearse, 34, was busted in the shooting death of Troy Grant at the Pomonok Houses, according to police. He faces murder and weapons charges. Comment

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