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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Long Island City

Education activists angry over funding

At the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City,Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a $25.8 billion education bill last week that left many public school education advocates in an uproar. Comments (1)
Crime

Jamaica man indicted on multiple charges: DA

A Queens County grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Jamaica man on multiple counts of sex trafficking, rape, promoting prostitution and other charges for allegedly forcing a 15-year-old girl into having sex in exchange for money, which the defendant allegedly pocketed, the district attorney said. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Queens Community House hosts annual Youth Leadership Conference

Queens Community House is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year. Registration is underway for the 18th annual Youth Leadership Conference set for Saturday, May 20. Comments (1)
Bayside

QEDC honors StartUP! business winners

Last week the Queens Economic Development Center, a non-profit that supports the growth of Queens-based businesses, announced the winners to its StartUP! Business Plan Competition at the New York Hall of Science during its annual QueensTaste event. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bayside

Dancing Dreams performs in Bayside

Dancers and parents filled seats in the auditorium of Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center for a different kind of dance performance last week. Comment
Cambria Heights

FDNY holds town hall on fire safety measures

A town hall for fire safety awareness was held last week at the Campus Magnet High School, just two blocks from Melody Edwards’ wake at Mount Moriah AME Church in Cambria Heights hours earlier. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Amtrak engineer will not be charged in derailment: DA

The Philadelphia district attorney will not be pressing criminal charges against the Amtrak engineer from Forest Hills who was at the helm at the time of a deadly derailment. Comment

New bill aims to protect New Yorker’s internet history: Rozic

State Assembly members are hoping to protect New Yorkers from exploitation after the passage of a law repealing Federal Communications Commission regulations. President Donald Trump signed the bill, allowing giant broadband corporations to sell the private information of their customers, including their browsing history. Comments (1)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Whitestone

Whitestone Bridge leak spurs MTA to action

Whitestone residents are calling on MTA Bridges & Tunnels to fix flooding problems on the back service road of the Whitestone Bridge. Comment
Flushing

‘Carwasheros’ strike for living wages in Flushing

Flushing car wash workers, frustrated with the owners’ refusal to negotiate a new contract, went on strike Sunday. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

Six alleged Latin Kings members indicted in Jackson Heights attack

Six reputed members of the violent Latin Kings street gang were charged last week with attempted murder and gang assault of a 24-year-old man in Jackson Heights in October because he wasn’t a member of their gang, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (3)
Whitestone

DOT converts 21st Road near PS 184

After years of request, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Whitestone) has secured one-way conversions around PS 184 in Whitestone. Comment
Event

York panel discusses new journalism era

York College hosted “Journalism in the Trump Era” April 27 to discuss how media reporting has changed since President Trump took office. Comments (2)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

St. Albans

A special Mother’s Day thanks to HelpUSA

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, some moms are beginning to celebrate their resiliency thanks to the guidance of HELP USA, a Manhattan-based nonprofit that aids individuals in transitional housing. Comments (1)
Flushing

Koo welcomes primary challenge from Assemblyman Kim’s wife

City Councilman Peter Koo (D- Flushing) will face competition from an unlikely candidate in the September primaries, and he said he welcomes a race against the wife of a Democratic colleague. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Government

Schumer says Comey firing could be ‘part of a cover up’

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) told President Trump he had a big mistake when he fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, sending shock waves throughout the political world. Comments (10)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man faces 30 years to life in prison for murder: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A Richmond Hill man faces 30 years to life in prison for the execution-style murder of a Queens man who was bound with electrical cords and repeatedly shot in the head before his apartment was set afire to cover up the crime, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Friday, May 12, 2017

Several Queens lawmakers lent their support to the movement to end the torture of solitary confinement in New York state prisons last week. Comments (1)
Government

Ponte resigns as commissioner of city jail system

Joe Ponte, who has headed the Department of Correction since 2014, announced he was stepping down Friday after he drove his official vehicle to Maine on numerous occasions and failed to report his employees had listened in on city investigators’ calls to Rikers inmates. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Mayor touts crime drop in borough

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill came to South Jamaica last week to discuss the overall drop in crime in New York City just days after the second anniversary of the shooting of Officer Brian Moore three miles away in the 105th Precinct. Comments (1)
Environment

Queens schools test high for lead: Report

Hundreds of schools across New York state are being tested for lead in over 100,000 drinking outlets and 12 schools in Queens were found to have some of the highest elevated levels, according to the state Department of Health’s website. The initial form of testing at the time involved running water for two hours the day before sampling. When the preliminary status report was released in July by the DOH, in cooperation with the New York StateDepartment of Education, less than 1 percent of schools seemed to have dangerous levels of lead in them, per the Environmental Protectio Comments (1)
Animals ►Video

Exotic bear cub takes Queens Zoo by storm

Queens Zoo has a new kid on the block. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta helps two immigrants get settlement checks after Ground Zero toxic exposure

Two Corona residents, who worked on the pile at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 attacks, recently visited state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) at his Junction Boulevard office to thank him for helping them secure long-awaited settlement checks. Comments (1)
With candidates dropping out, the options for voters are narrowing in the upcoming mayoral elections. The most recent is state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who suspended his campaign May 4, citing funding troubles and a formidable supply of “dark money” from the de Blasio camp. Comments (2)
Books

Yankee legend’s legacy lives on in ‘Dinner with DiMaggio’

“Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio spent 13 years making baseball history from center field in the Bronx and earning plaudits as an American hero. Comment
Astoria

N train service to Astoria will be shut down for eight weekends: MTA

Astoria residents will be without N train service for eight weekends this spring and summer, including Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, as the MTA replaces switches and does track work as part of a $12.4 million overhaul. Comments (1)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Port Authority issued a request for proposals to push the Cross Harbor Freight Movement Project along, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Comments (3)
College Point

Vallone teams up with harbor patrol to combat booze cruise noise

After months of complaints from the Whitestone and College Point communities, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) followed up on his promise to set up a task force to regulate the noise from booze cruises. Comments (3)
Crime

Safety data suggests minority students handcuffed disproportionately

Minority children are handcuffed disproportionately in crisis incidents in New York City public schools in 2016, according to school safety data. Comments (10)
Government

Gillibrand issues a call to action against Trumpcare

The U.S. Senate is waiting for an analysis of the American Health Care Act before it begins a review of the legislation approved by the House last week. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its findings the week of May 22. Comments (3)
Queens Village

Queens Village mourns for fire victims

Queens Village

Queens Village mourns for fire victims

Queens Village showed its support for family and friends of four young people killed in a recent house fire at a Saturday funeral that drew around 1,000 mourners, including Rev. Al Sharpton, FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro and various elected officials. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Firm hired to develop LaGuardia’s AirTrain: Cuomo

The engineering firm behind the Second Avenue Subway line has been awarded the $14.6 million contract to develop the initial plans for the AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

Closing date for Vivaldi set as Parks introduces new restaurant

A solid closing date for Vivaldi Ristorante has been set, with a new eatery moving into the space overlooking Little Neck Bay and Throgs Neck Bridge. Vivo’s Mediterranean Grille will open in its place May 24 without any break in service for the public, a city Parks Department spokeswoman said. Comments (2)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hillcrest

Lancman challenges Correction commissioner to tell the truth over growing scandal

Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted on defending the embattled head of the city’s prison system as a scandal over the commissioner’s improper use of official vehicles deepened. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Police search for man who placed skimming device in Ozone Park ATM

The NYPD was looking for a man who placed a skimming device in an ATM at an Ozone Park bank. The suspect entered the Astoria Bank branch, located at 63-72 108th St., Saturday morning and a surveillance camera captured him installing the device just after 9 a.m., police said. Comments (1)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Queens’ most popular dog names last year favor the Italians among us, according to the city Department of Health. Comment
Flushing

Police searching for missing Flushing teen

Police were searching for a missing Flushing teen Monday. Comment
Ridgewood ►Video

Man pulls knife in Ridgewood deli:NYPD

Ridgewood ►Video

Man pulls knife in Ridgewood deli:NYPD

The NYPD was searching for a knife-wielding man who entered a Polish delicatessen in Ridgewood Saturday demanding cash. The suspect brandished the weapon at a 41-year-old woman who works at Polskie Deli Krajan at 690 Woodward Ave. and told the suspect “we have no money,” according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Corona

Corona drugstore worker threatened with knife by suspect demanding drugs: Cops

The NYPD is searching for a knife-wielding suspect who demanded drugs at a Corona drugstore around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Comment

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jamaica ►Video

Man robbed at Laundryland in Jamaica: 113th Pct.

A man was mugged at the Laundryland dry cleaners located at 114-25 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica Wednesday, police said. Comments (10)
The NYPD has released new surveillance of a man suspected of scrawling anti-gay graffiti at least 16 times in locations all over Astoria since early December, police said. Comments (1)
Government

New York Democrats hammer House Republicans for passing ‘disastrous’ American Health Care Act

New York’s Democratic leadership is appalled at what President Donald Trump called “an unbelievable victory” after House Republicans narrowly passed legislation to repeal Obamacare Thursday. Comments (4)
South Jamaica

113th Precinct to give out suits and dresses for prom Saturday

Five lucky seniors from the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in South Jamaica are slated to receive suits and dresses for their senior high school prom Saturday . Comment
Your weekend calendar: May 6-7 Comment

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Another mayoral hopeful bowed out of the upcoming race for Bill de Blasio’s job Thursday. Comments (2)
Signs have gone up and money has changed hands as Korean Community Services makes a giant step toward opening its new center at the facility formerly occupied by the Bayside Jewish Center. Comments (9)

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