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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bayside

Bayside teen wins national skating competition

Between doing her schoolwork, hanging out with friends and being a member of a championshp-winning synchronized ice-skating team, Emma Estrada leads a busy life. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

Van Bramer rallies for stop sign at dangerous Hunters Point intersection

Community leaders and students from PS/IS 78 joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) last Friday in calling for the city Department of Transportation to erect a stop sign at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. During the rally, protesters raised a homemade “People’s Stop Sign” to bring attention to needed traffic safety improvements that Van Bramer has been calling for at the intersection since 2012. Comment
Glendale

Crowley pushes FDNY on ambulance response times

City Ambulances are taking longer to respond to life-threatening medical emergencies and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is not happy about it. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Long Island City

City plans new development for Long Island City waterfront

The city is planning to bring a massive mixed-use development to the Long Island City waterfront. The city Economic Development Corp. is currently seeking proposals from qualified developers for two parcels of land, totaling more than 4½ acres, just north of Anable Basin at the western end of 44th Drive. Comments (4)
Astoria

Costa’s bill encouraging solar energy passes Council unanimously

Legislation encouraging the use of solar energy on city-owned buildings passed by unanimous vote in the City Council last week. Comment
Astoria

Electeds request paint job for Hell Gate Bridge

The iconic Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria will mark its centennial in September and a host of elected officials in western Queens are calling on its owner to give it a face-lift. U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), along with state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), and City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) drafted a letter calling on Amtrak to repaint the bridge for the first time in 20 years. Comments (1)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Flushing

Aviation roundtable structure still being debated ahead of March meeting

Members of the New York Community Aviation Roundtable, formed to address the airplane noise around Queens’ two major airports, are still at odds over the roundtable structure and have yet to vote on bylaws. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

New GOP office coming to Ridgewood to expand party’s reach

In an effort to build the Republican Party’s base in New York City, the Republican National Committee is opening a new office in Ridgewood this spring, describing it as a central location that will enable it to reach out to more minority groups. Comments (2)
Pomonok

Man sentenced in killing of Flushing woman: DA

A 25-year-old Fresh Meadows man has been sentenced to 23½ years in prison for fatally shooting a nurse and wounding her son as they sat in a car parked outside the Pomonok Houses during the July 4th weekend in 2011, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Astoria

Kaufman Astoria Studios installs massive solar panel system

Kaufman Astoria Studios is going green. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

Woodhaven fire house to get renovations

More than a century after it was built, a Woodhaven firehouse will be undergoing major reconstruction later this year, officials from the FDNY said01. Comment
Ridgewood

Another new development planned for Ridgewood

The Brooklyn development boom continues its march into Queens. Comments (1)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fashion

Former assemblywoman to pen book on love and money

A former New York State Assemblywoman and Bayside native is trying her hand as a financial adviser for unhappy couples. Comment
Flushing

Easter Bunny coming to Shops at SkyView Center

Kids of all ages will get the chance to meet the Easter Bunny at The Shops at SkyView Center from March 11 to March 26. Easter falls on March 27. Comment
Government

Schumer nominated for fourth term in Senate

The Democratic State Committee has nominated U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for a fourth term Monday. Schumer will likely become the Senate Democratic leader if re-elected in his race against the expected Republican nominee Wendy Long. Comments (4)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Transit

LIRR report shows more late trains in 2015

The Long Island Rail Road says its problem with late trains last year was the worst since 2000, and that a variety of events from winter storms to massive construction projects were among the causes of the delays. Comment
East Elmhurst

Corona and East Elmhurst among most crowded in city: Report

Several neighboring communities in Queens are bursting at the seams with overcrowded housing units, according to a new report from the real estate listings site StreetEasy. Comments (3)
Glendale

Ballot set for Crowley’s participatory budgeting campaign

An eight-item participatory budgeting ballot has been decided upon in Elizabeth Crowley’s City Council district. A team of about 25 budget delegates worked with city agencies to determine the final projects. The projects are as follows. Comment
Jackson Heights

Arrest made in Jackson Heights transgender beating

There has been an arrest in a case that sparked outrage in the Jackson Heights LGBT community this winter. Comment
Jamaica

Woman, son charged with jury tampering in attempted cop slay trial

A Long Island woman and her son have been indicted on charges of trying to influence the jury, through telephone calls to jurors and a meeting with a juror in a McDonald’s, during the son’s trial for the attempted murder of two policemen who were trying to arrest him for a home invasion, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Woodside

Woodhaven mother charged with stealing from daughter’s medical malpractice settlement

A 31-year-old Woodhaven mother has been charged with stealing more than $65,000 from her pre-teen daughter’s malpractice lawsuit settlement and then using the money for plastic surgery on herself and numerous other personal expenses, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

College Point

Health Dept. shuts down Spa Castle pools after near-fatal drowning incident

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ordered a College Point spa to close all of its pools after a 6-year-old girl nearly drowned in one of the spa’s pools last month. Comments (1)
Elected officials praised the appointment of former city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott as the new president and CEO of the Queens Library. Walcott succeeds former CEO Thomas Galante, who was ousted from his position in December 2014 for allegedly misusing library funds. Comments (1)
Government

Firefighter’s union says city is underreporting response times across the board

The city’s firefighters union released what it calls a “bombshell analysis” Monday which claims the FDNY is underreporting emergency response times in some cases by as much as 92 percent. In Queens, the average time for a medical emergency was said by the city to be 4:37 minutes, but in reality the elapsed response time in the borough was 8:03—a difference of 74 percent. Comment
The mayor found his way to Queens Monday evening—and seemed to enjoy it. Comments (9)
Sunnyside

St. Pat’s for All set for Sunday in Sunnyside

Mayor Bill de Blasio will march for the third straight year in the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside Sunday. The inclusive event gets underway with speeches from elected officials and community leaders at the Queen of Angels Church at 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue beginning at 1 p.m. Comment
Flushing

Single family home with 15 bedrooms ordered by Buildings Dept. to vacate

Residents were seen removing their belongings from a single-family home in Flushing last weekend that real estate agents had advertised as having 15 bedrooms, but the real estate company claims it was not aware of anything illegal occurring on the property. Comments (6)
Flushing

Boro residents guilty in Medicaid fraud scheme: US Attorney

Three Queens residents were among the four medical professionals and a clinic owner who received prison sentences in a million-dollar Medicare fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Robert Capers announced. Comments (10)
The man who is accused of crashing into an off-duty rookie cop stationed in Far Rockaway as he stood at an accident scene on the New Jersey Turnpike turned himself in, police said Monday. The crash, which occurred Sunday morning, capped off a series of hit-and-run crashes throughout Queens and the tri-state area which left two people critically injured and four dead. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Late Assemblywoman Barbara Clark honored at Jamaica church before hundreds

At the funeral for late state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), her daughter said she had a long battle with cancer but did not suffer as she continued working and fighting for her constituents. Comment

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The mayor came to Queens--and he seemed to enjoy it. Comments (11)
Former city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Queens Library, the chairman of the board of trustees announced. Comment

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

More than 500 relatives, elected officials and prominent southeast Queens leaders paid tribute to the late state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), who served the area for nearly three decades, at a funeral service ceremony Monday at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comments (5)
A series of hit-and-run crashes throughout Queens and the tri-state area left two people critically injured and three dead Sunday evening, including an off-duty rookie cop stationed in Far Rockaway. Comments (3)

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Jackson Heights

Arrest made in Jackson Heights transgender beating

The suspect wanted in the vicious attack on a transgender woman in Jackson Heights was arrested Tuesday in Knoxville, Tenn., brought back to New York City and charged with two counts of assault, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Basketball

Brooklyn/Queens girls’ hoops coaches frustrated with changing Catholic state format rules

Pick something and stick with it. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Ridgewood

GOP opening office in Ridgewood this spring to build base

The Republican National Committee is opening a new office in Ridgewood this spring to build the Republican Party’s base in New York City. Comments (1)
Bayside

Wind damage causes havoc in Bayside

High winds caused minor damage throughout Bayside during a blustery storm that hit the tri-state area Wednesday night. Comment

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