Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In the spacious garage of her Laurelton home, Department of Correction Officer Tina Booker has established a new calling in addition to her work with inmates and fellow corrections staff and her role as the head of Radikal 4 Kidz, a non-profit organization. Comments (5)

Meng passes employment provisions to Veteran Affairs Bill

The House has passed U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) provisions to the Veteran Affairs Bill that open up employment opportunities at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Comments (3)

Vallone shoots to protect homeowners from deed fraud

A Bayside elected official is taking a swing at deed fraud a month after the Queens DA’s office indicted two real estate development companies, one of which headquartered in Bellerose, and 11 individuals for allegedly scamming poor and elderly residents out of their homes. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Sax player spreads love of music to southeast Queens

Ashley Keiko Chambers, a jazz saxophonist and classical pianist, is going to live out her dream to have space for a full-fledged music school in Queens Village. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The city’s senior population is rising fast with an imbalance of programs and services in neighborhoods where aging populations live, according to a new report by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)

City will update public on SE Queens flooding fixes

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection will be required to consistently update communities in southeast Queens on the progress of improvements to reduce the frequent flooding in the area, according to legislation sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio last Tuesday. Comment

Community frustrated by DOT public meeting

Jamaica residents railed against Department of Transportation representatives at a public meeting Monday evening, saying community members had offered city officials input on how to improve transit conditions in downtown Jamaica for years to no avail. Comments (3)

Queens pols oppose Trump’s budget proposal

Members of Congress from Queens slammed the Trump administration’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year, saying it neglected the needs of programs which serve the poor and disabled. They also said the blueprint stripped funding from vital agencies that protect the city, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and NYPD counterterrorism. Comments (4)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Queens Village

Queens Village Republican Club hosts annual Lincoln Dinner

The Queens Village Republican Club held its annual Lincoln Dinner on Sunday night, honoring the president who freed the slaves for the 142nd year in a row. But a set of quotes falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln himself managed to find its way into an address delivered to the hundreds in attendance by City Council candidate Joseph Concannon. Comments (3)

DOE affirms that ICE agents will be kept at school doors

School staff will not allow federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into New York City public schools or provide them with any information unless it is absolutely required by law, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. Comments (1)

Overcrowded Louis Armstrong School in Corona to get new annex

Students at one Corona school will finally get relief from years of chronic overcrowding. Comments (2)

Kim adds $3 million in state budget to help nail salons, dry cleaners

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has helped add $3 million in funding to the New York State Assembly budget to assist dry cleaners and nail salons. Comments (13)

Maspeth sewer upgrades get fast-forward by DDC

The city Department of Design and Construction has agreed to expedite a sewer upgrade project in Maspeth which has been the cause of mounting concern for the past three years. Calamus Avenue is now the site of potholes, uneven sidewalks, flooding and disruptions in bus service now that the work has begun. Comment

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The city Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Department of Small Business Services are touting the January completion of the SBS’s Storefront Improvement Program in Downtown Far Rockaway, which renovated 18 storefronts on business corridors in the area. Comment

Avella bill to make St. Patrick’s Day school holiday passes in Senate

A bill that would make St. Patrick’s Day a school holiday in the state of New York passed the Senate chamber Monday. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

Police search for Jackson Heights robbery suspect

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of robbery in Jackson Heights. Comments (1)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Richmond Hill

Hate crimes discussed at 102 community council meeting

The 102nd Precinct held its monthly community council meeting last week to inform Richmond Hill’s diverse residents what makes a crime a hate crime. Comments (1)

Sanders to hold forum on women in business

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway) will be holding a symposium detailing the struggles and challenges facing women in the business world in honor of Women’s History Month. Comment

Woman shot in Jamaica home while asleep

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking a man who shot through the window of a Jamaica home Saturday evening, striking a woman in her right leg. Comments (2)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Queens veterans are being left in the cold. Comments (1)

City arts community to rally against Trump’s proposed budget cuts

The majority leader of the City Council is calling on the arts community to rally against President Donald Trump and his proposed budget cuts to the arts and humanities. Comments (1)

Braunstein proposes budget to restore funding to senior programs

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the passage of a budget resolution in the Assembly to challenge the one presented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in February that cut vital funds to seniors. The proposal is also aimed at improving the lives of families and focuses on education. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Queens pols remember Helen Marshall at Borough Hall memorial

Several hundred people attended a memorial Sunday for former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in the cultural center at Borough Hall dedicated in her honor just months ago. Elected officials, both serving and retired, delivered remarks remembering Marshall’s qualities of leadership and friendship. Comments (2)
For the second time in a week, homophobic graffiti has been discovered on buildings housing the offices of Astoria lawmakers. Comment

Massachusetts man indicted in hate crime at JFK

A Massachusetts man who allegedly attacked and told a Muslim Delta employee “Trump is here now, he will get rid of all of you” has been indicted on hate crime charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Long Island City housing inventory will double this year

The unprecedented growth in Long Island City is evident to anyone in western Queens with views of the rapidly changing skyline, especially in the Court Square and Queens Plaza sections. Comments (2)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A group of 50 workers and their advocates from immigrant rights groups rallied outside the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City Wednesday morning to protest the threatened mass firings of dozens of immigrant workers following a U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigation. Comments (7)
Richmond Hill

Jimmy Breslin, 88, dies

Unlike the vast majority of household names who were born and raised in Queens, Jimmy Breslin — who died last Sunday at the age of 88 — never ever had to tell anyone where he was from. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Gotti and associates charged with violent crimes

John Gotti, the grandson and namesake of the notorious Gambino crime boss, has been indicted on more charges following his eight-year prison sentence earlier this month for peddling prescription drugs. Comments (1)
College Point

Spa Castle owners charged with tax fraud

Spa Castle’s owners are facing 11 felony charges for tax evasion. Comments (3)

Whitestone basketball league holds fundrasier for first-grader with leukemia

The Whitestone community is coming together in support of a young Whitestone girl with leukemia at an annual basketball league game. Comments (2)

CB4 delays decision on 111th Street safety improvements

Community Board 4 voted to table the Department of Transportation’s latest proposal for safety improvements on 11th Street in Corona along the western edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The 24-12 vote sparked outrage among the nearly 200 residents and safe streets advocates who packed the VFW post on 108th Street Tuesday night. Comments (1)
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided not to run for mayor. Ulrich announced his decision just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides were cleared of criminal charges in campaign fund-raising probes by federal and state prosecutors last week. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Woman faces prison for fatally stabbing aunt: DA

South Jamaica

Woman faces prison for fatally stabbing aunt: DA

JAMAICA — A 30-year-old woman was charged with attacking her aunt with a meat cleaver March 16, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Man wanted in connection with Ozone Park burglaries

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man suspected of burglary in Ozone Park. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ozone Park

Ulrich rules out run for mayor

Ozone Park

Ulrich rules out run for mayor

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided against running for mayor. The 32-year-old announced on NY1 that he will instead seek re-election representing the 32nd Council District, which covers the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park, where Ulrich was born and raised. Comments (2)
The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the city’s Department of Small Business Services are touting the January completion of the latter’s Storefront Improvement Program, which renovated 18 storefronts on business corridors in Downtown Far Rockaway. Comment

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hate graffiti was discovered scrawled on the wall outside the district offices of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and at two other locations in Astoria Monday morning. The two, along with City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) have been vocal critics of the Trump administrations executive orders and have taken actions towards uniting the community after numerous anti-Muslim incidents since Election Day. Comments (3)
A Long Island man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking two transgender women outside a Jackson Height’s McDonald’s Friday, according to the NYPD. Comments (4)
A 30-year-old woman was arrested and charged with fatally stabbing her aunt last Thursday inside the South Jamaica home where they both resided, the Queens DA said. Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017


Police look for suspects in chain of robberies in western Queens

Police were searching for a group of men suspected of more than 20 robberies in western Queens. Comments (1)

Weekend Calendar for Queens: March 18-19

Your weekend calendar: March 18-19 Comment

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides will not face criminal prosecution in connection with his campaign fund-raising, prosecutors announced Thursday. While Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim made his announcement in a brief statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. sent a 10-page letter to the state Board of Elections concluding that de Blasio and his associates acted with “advice of counsel” that channeling donations was legal and had no provable criminal intent. Comments (2)


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