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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst hero tapped for Queens Library board

The longtime head of an African-American-focused community library in Corona has been appointed to the Queens Library board of trustees by Borough President Melinda Katz. Comments (3)
Ridgewood

Ridgewood Savings Bank employees offer aid to non-profits

Ridegwood Savings Bank employees volunteered 2,400 hours and collectively raised over $67,000 to donate to various charities throughout the city over the course of 2016. Comment
Environment

Queens shines is survey of solar growth

Queens is really letting the sunshine in, with the fastest-growing solar-power supply in the city, according to an industry research group. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Better Tomorrow CEO heads for greener pastures

The head of a nonprofit youth-support organization with programs in Jamaica and Mott Haven is leaving the organization. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Richmond Hill

Preparations underway for the 2017 Phagwah Parade

Preparations are underway for the upcoming 29th Annual Phagwah Parade in Richmond Hill. Comment
Transit

Borough’s streets rated mostly ‘good’ by IBO

Kew Gardens has the worst streets in the city, according to an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Two con artists sentenced for scamming elderly Queens woman

Two admitted con artists have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to bilking an 88-year-old Queens woman out of more than $10,000 in what police called a ”found money” scheme. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Moya introduces new worker safety bill

Dozens of elected officials and union leaders joined state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) last week on the steps of City Hall as he unveiled proposed legislation to substantially increase criminal penalties on employers and supervisors who put their workers’ lives at risk. Comment

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Flushing

Avella doubles-down on opt-out option for bioswales

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) upped the ante on his opposition to bioswales in his northeast Queens district in a letter addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the acting commissioner of the Dept. of Environmental Protection Vincent Sapienza. Comments (14)
Flushing

City fines Liu for campaign finance violations in 2009 comptroller run

Former mayoral candidate John Liu, who began his political career as a city councilman representing northeast Queens, was fined more than $15,000 for violations related to his successful 2009 run for New York City comptroller by the city’s Campaign Finance Board. Comments (3)
Government

Housing commissioner next to leave de Blasio administration

A high stakes game of musical chairs is playing out at City Hall as another key member of the de Blasio administration heads for the exit. Less than two weeks after Carl Weisbrod, the mayor’s chairman of City Planning, announced he was leaving his post, Housing Commissioner Vicki Been elected to return to teaching at New York University. Comments (2)

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

Elmhurst

Hospital bedside arraignment for mother charged with murder of baby

An Elmhurst mother who confessed to killing her 15-month-old daughter earlier this month was arraigned at her hospital bed on a murder charge, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
Flushing

Man busted with thousands of illegal prescription pills; DA

FLUSHING -An Elmhurst man was busted last week by narcotics officers while illegally parked in front of a Flushing driveway, police said. Comments (3)
Ridgewood

Ridgewood grandmother’s death ruled homicide by medical examiner

The mysterious death of a Ridgewood grandmother has been ruled a homicide, according to police. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

Springfield Gardens

NYPD kills man for attacking mother with screwdriver

A Springfield Gardens man was shot and killed by NYPD officers after he allegedly attacked his mother with a screwdriver in the home where they both lived early Saturday morning, according to police. Comments (1)
Education

Cuomo wants 3-year mayoral control extension

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 budget for education includes a call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to retain mayoral control over New York City’s schools for the next three years. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Transit

Coalition of LIRR riders circulates petition pushing for third track

A group petitioning to expedite the construction of a third track along a corridor for the Long Island Rail Road known as the main line gathered signatures from 4,542 commuters last week. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC warehouse quarantine hundreds of cats exposed to avian flu virus

A MASH unit for cats has been set up in recent weeks in a Long Island City warehouse, located at 47-32 Austell Place near the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sent a team of first responders to set up a temporary quarantine for more than 500 felines who were exposed to the avian flu virus at three Animal Care Centers of NYC shelters across the city. Comment
Astoria

Simotas urges immediate redesign of dangerous Astoria intersection

A temporary fix was not good enough at a notorious Astoria intersection and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) is calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to take immediate action to improve the crossroad at 32nd Street, the Grand Central Parkway’s Exit 45 ramp and Astoria Boulevard North. Comment
Flushing

Flake recalls Queens College student killed in Mississippi on MLK Day

At Queens College, the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered for his struggles and sacrifice for the fight for equality on what would have been his 88th birthday Sunday, at the Colden Auditorium in the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Boyhood House of Trump sold to mystery bidder

President- elect Donald Trump’s childhood home in Jamaica Estates was sold at auction just days before his inauguration. Comments (2)
Education

De Blasio launches mentoring program to increase grad rates

Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the NYC Youth Initiative to expand opportunities for high school students to receive guidance across the city Jan. 12 and earned the approval of Queens elected officials. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica legal clinic holds Inauguration Day event

A Jamaica nonprofit specializing in legal assistance will offer concerned community members the chance to learn more about the benefits of New York’s status as a sanctuary city. Comments (9)

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Sunnyside

City to share Sunnyside Yards study in a few weeks

The mayor’s vaunted plan to build affordable housing atop Sunnyside Yards has been in the dark for nearly two years since its proposal, but that could finally change soon. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing lawmakers demand apology from comedian Steve Harvey

Flushing elected officials are taking issue with a recent segment on comedian Steve Harvey’s talk show that implied Asian men are not dateable. Comments (9)
Astoria

Mayor touts increased AP exam participation in city

The city marked big increases in the rate of students taking Advanced Placement exams in 2016, while an even greater percentage of students saw boosts in their performance on the exams. Comments (1)
Astoria

New hope for Astoria’s Hallets Point as Cuomo pushes 421-a replacement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday a push for legislation to create a new housing program that will replace the 421-a tax abatement to allow developers to move forward with mega-developments such as the Hallets Point project in Astoria. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside’s Dinette & Furniture Center to close after 40 years

The Dinette & Furniture Center Inc. at 21621 Northern Blvd. will be closing its doors after 40 years in Bayside. Comments (4)
Astoria

Evicted tenants begin to leave Christian non-profit residence in Astoria

More than a dozen low-income residents of the New York School of Urban Ministry dormitory residence in Astoria have moved out ahead of a Jan. 31 eviction date after the building was sold to a provider to turn the dormitory into a shelter. Comments (2)
Jamaica

City Council passes commuter van regulations

The City Council passed several pieces of legislation regulating the commuter van industry throughout the city, an industry with a prominent role in public transit-starved areas in southeast Queens. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Pols say King’s legacy holds lessons for facing Trump

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and direction is as pertinent as ever, elected officials said during a celebration of King’s life held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center Monday afternoon. Comments (1)

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Kew Gardens

Thousands set to attend Women’s March on New York City

New York City is holding its own Women’s March this Saturday. Comments (13)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows woman killed in house fire: Cops

A fire in Fresh Meadows Friday night took the life of one resident, while hospitalizing another, according to police. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

Springfield Gardens

NYPD shoots and kills man in Springfield Gardens after threatening mother

Police shot and killed a 28-year-old man in Springfield Gardens early Saturday morning after he was found threatening his mother with a screwdriver, according to the NYPD. Officers from the 113th Precinct answering a 911 call arrived at 137-64 Westgate Street around 3 a.m. when they heard the screams of a woman from the rear of the home. Comments (4)

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Bayside

Bayside’s Atlantic Bank robbed

The Atlantic Bank on Bell Boulevard in Bayside was robbed by an unknown suspect at about 10:30 a.m., police said. Comments (1)

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