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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

College Point

Police searching for alleged wallet snatcher in College Point

Police were searching for a woman suspected of committing grand larceny in College Point. Comments (5)

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens man demands apology from Garrison Keillor for maligning Queens

A lifelong resident of Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill is calling out author and radio personality Garrison Keillor on behalf of over 2.3 million of his fellow Queens residents not named Donald Trump. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Taser guns will help speed reforms at Rikers: Mayor

Since a series of reforms were implemented to change the culture of violence on Rikers Island last March, assaults on correction officers are down 20 percent and serious assaults on officers are down 44 percent compared to the same period last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters last week. Comment

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Government

Oysters returning to Jamaica Bay

Jamaica Bay will soon be populated with 50,000 new oysters, thanks to a plan announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city Department of Environmental Protection. Comment
Rosedale

Alicia Hyndman runs for re election in district 29

State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) is facing re-election after only a few months on the job and campaigning to retain her seat in District 29, which covers most of southeast Queens. Comments (2)
Rosedale

Gittens-Bridges hopes to replace Hyndman in primary

As the September Democratic primary nears, Lorraine Gittens-Bridges is vying to replace state Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) as is Linda Guillebeaux. Comments (1)

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Politics

Sabine French stresses community ties in Assembly race

Sabine French’s role as a community advocate for southeastern Queens has extended into the political arena, and she is one of five candidates running to fill the seat left vacant by the death of state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark. Comments (1)
Bayside

Candidates for Congress, state Senate speak at Bayside forum

With election season in full throttle, the Bay Terrace Community Alliance hosted a candidates forum last week at the Clearview Golf Course clubhouse, which drew Democratic candidate for Congress Tom Suozzi and his Republican challengers, Philip Pidot and state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Nassau). State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), his Republican opponent Mark Cipolla and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), who is not facing an opponent, also took part. Comment
Corona

Cyclist killed on Grand Central Parkway

CORONA - A cyclist was killed early Monday morning after riding along the left shoulder of the Grand Central Parkway in the vicinity of 111th Street, according to the NYPD. The man, whose identity was not released pending family notification, was struck by a Mazda MPV minivan and died at the scene, police said. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Cambria Heights

Vanel wants more jobs for SE Queens

Clyde Vanel, a Democratic candidate in the race to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, said he was fighting to keep a robust middle class in southeastern Queens. Comments (2)
Bayside

Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming to Bayside

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting its Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Bayside Sept. 17 at Little Bay Park and is inviting residents of Queens to get involved in the cause. The group advocates for enrollment in clinical studies to support programs and services for patients. The walk will also honor those affected by the disease. Comment

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Flushing

Stavisky discusses progress in her district before primary

Seven-time incumbent, state Sen, Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) is running again and says the issues which bring her back this time around are affordable housing, campaign ethics, making higher education more accessible and alleviating congestion along the No. 7 train. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Man arrested in murder of New Jersey teen in Jamaica

A Jamaica resident has been charged with murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man from New Jersey Saturday night in Jamaica, according to police. Comment
Flushing

Dromm, Kim and LGBT activists voice opposition to Jung statements

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) stepped out of his district last week to openly oppose anti-LGBT statements made by Democrat S.J. Jung, a candidate for state Senate. Comments (1)
Crime

Queens Public Library ordered to pay legal fees for ex-CEO

A Brooklyn federal judge ordered that Queens Public Library must pay for the defense of the former president and CEO, Thomas Galante. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Adrienne Adams challenges Sanders for state Senate seat

Adrienne Adams, who is challenging state Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) in a Democratic primary race to represent parts of southeastern Queens in the state Senate, said her experience in the community is one of the best tools to help her represent constituents in the district. Comments (1)
Crime

St. John’s student shot dead hours before West Indian Parade

Despite fliers from police telling carnival attendees “Do not shoot anyone. Do not stab anyone,” two people were shot and killed, including a St. John’s University graduate, in Brooklyn at the J’Ouvert Festival. Comments (6)
Sunnyside

Van Bramer launches third season of participatory budgeting

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) kicked off his third year of participatory budgeting in which residents of Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Dutch Kills and parts of Astoria will decide how $1 million will be spent. Last year more that 3,600 people took part in the process that ultimately allocated $1.8 million to the six most popular projects. Comment
Bellerose

Former City Council candidate accused of forging campaign donations

A young, aspiring Queens politician has been charged with falsifying documents during her failed City Council campaign for the seat now held by City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens). Comments (2)

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Sunnyside

Van Bramer remains opposed to Phipps Houses plan after discussion with mayor

It took nearly three weeks, but Mayor Bill de Blasio finally had his “polite but firm conversation” with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) Tuesday over his opposition to rezoning to allow the Phipps Houses to build 209-units of affordable housing just outside the Sunnyside Gardens historic district. Comments (3)
Jamaica Hills

Bangladeshi Muslim community stunned by stabbing

A neighbor was arrested and charged this weekend in the Aug. 31 murder of a 60-year-old Muslim woman in Jamaica Hills, police said. The man, who admitted to fatally stabbing her, lived half a block from where the killing occurred, according to police. Comments (7)

Student homelessness in Queens varies by district

School districts in Queens varied in terms of the numbers of students who experienced homelessness in the 2014-15 school year, according to a new report released by a nonprofit. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

City to keep beaches and pools open through weekend

As temperatures head into the 90s this weekend beaches and public pools will remain open after City Council funding allowed the city Parks Department to extend the summer swimming season an extra six days. Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of summer, was spoiled by Tropical Storm Hermine, which never reached shore but created life-threatening rip currents along the Queens shoreline. Comments (1)
Corona

Queens Museum closes for duration of US Open

The Queens Museum abruptly closed on Saturday, Sept. 3, and will not reopen until the Sept. 11 conclusion of the US Open at the U.S. Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. The parking lots on either side of the museum are being used as a staging area for the NYPD and the plaza in front on Meridian Road is being used as a checkpoint where police officers inspect cars bringing fans to matches. Comments (6)
Bayside

Bayside woman injured in Thailand

A 23-year-old Bayside woman was hospitalized after she was allegedly sexually assaulted while on vacation in the town of Krabi, Thailand, The Phuket News reported. Comments (6)
Flushing

Community rallies to upgrade charges against Vincent Tse’s assailant

Flushing residents and lawmakers marched together last week seeking justice for Vincent Chun Man Tse, the 68-year-old who was brutally attacked and killed after a parking dispute in Flushing in July. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Health

City to spray again tonight in Queens to combat Zika

The city Department of Health is continuing pesticide spraying all over the city, including Queens Wednesday night, in an attempt to stop the Zika virus from spreading. Comments (2)
Maspeth

Maspeth shelter opening postponed by city: Markey

The city has postponed the Oct. 1 opening for the homeless shelter in Maspeth, according to state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth). Comments (3)

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Crime

Man arrested and charged with Jamaica Hills stabbing

A suspect was arrested and charged this weekend with the Aug. 31 stabbing murder of a 60-year-old Jamaica Hills Bangladeshi Muslim woman, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Event

Your Queens Weekend: Sept. 2-5

If Hurricane Hermine makes her way up the Atlantic seaboard as quickly as some think she might, the hardest worker in sports this weekend may well be the new roof at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. But if the weather cooperates, the coming days promise a stellar, high-stakes round of matches as a bumper crop of stars—from Andy Murray and Novak Djokivic to the Williams sisters—try to move a step closer to snagging a title at the US Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. And who knows? There may still be tickets available. For more inf Comment
Jamaica Hills

NYPD releases video of person of interest in Muslim stabbing

Police have released a video of “a person of interest” wanted for questioning in the fatal stabbing of a Bangladeshi woman who was the aunt of an NYPD officer in Jamaica Hills Wednesday evening. Comment
East Elmhurst

Some guards on Rikers Island will soon carry tasers to combat violence

Taser guns will be used on Rikers Island beginning next month as part of new safety measures to protect staff Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. The Department of Correction has ordered 20 of the controversial weapons and they will only be provided to captains supervising the Emergency Services Units charged with responding to violent incidents at the jail. Comment
Astoria

Empty van kills woman and injures souvlaki cart worker in Astoria

An elderly woman was killed and a man was injured Wednesday when an unattended van struck them on an Astoria street corner, according to the NYPD. A 29-year-old man parked a white Ford van at the corner of 32nd Street and Broadway and got out of the vehicle, according to a preliminary investigation. Comments (2)

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