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Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Flushing

Queens College veterans club renovated

Veterans at Queens College now have a new space to lounge on campus. Comments (4)

Avella earns low approval rating in mayoral primary: poll

A recent Quinnipiac University poll does not bode well for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the upcoming mayoral race. The Queens pol came in with only a 1 percent approval rating, landing him in below the four other candidates in the Democratic primary. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Jamaica

New development announced in downtown Jamaica

A parking lot in the heart of downtown Jamaica currently in use by the NYPD will be converted into a new mixed-use apartment complex, with more than 350 units of affordable housing. Comments (5)
Flushing

Flushing tutor charged with sexually abusing preteen student

FLUSHING - A Flushing after-school tutor has been charged with sexually abusing an underage female student between 2004 and 2006, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)
Woodhaven

Police investigating suspicious death of Woodhaven resident

Police have ruled the death of a 24-year-old Woodhaven man was a homicide. Comment

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

East Elmhurst

Safe streets advocate says DA Brown should have charged driver in baby’s death

The Queens district attorney’s office is pushing back against Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets after they announced their outrage that the DA declined to bring criminal charges against Armando Morales-Rodriguez, a 44-year-old unlicensed driver who killed an 8-month-old baby on an East Elmhurst sidewalk in October. Comments (5)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College loses EMT program but gains citizenship classes

A unique program at LaGuardia Community College may have come to an end last week with 30 graduates of SAVE-EMT received their diplomas at the Long Island City campus. Comments (2)
Flushing

DEP announces $34M project to clean up Flushing Bay

Flushing Bay is getting a major cleanup. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

Politics

CUNY union endorses de Blasio

A union representing 27,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election Monday, citing the administration’s support for higher education. Comments (4)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill priest post controvesial pro-Trump meme

A Richmond Hill priest is in hot water after sharing a meme that encouraged anti-Trump protesters to commit suicide on his personal Facebook page. Comments (2)

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017

Auburndale

Burglary suspect arrested in 12 northeast Queens heists

The NYPD said it has arrested the suspect wanted in connection with a string of 12 commercial burglaries within the 109th and 111th precincts. Comments (4)
Government

PBA receives tentative five-year conract from city

The city has reached a tentative five-year agreement with the union representing the majority of NYPD officers, bringing the entire uniformed union workforce under contract. Comment

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

Hollis

Hollis Muslim center advises green card holders not to travel

The travel ban issued by President Donald Trump for Muslims traveling from seven countries has Queens organizations on high alert to protect their members from what Asad Bajwa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center in southern Queens called a breach of the Constitution. Comments (2)

Katz delivers ‘State of Borough’ address

Borough President Melinda Katz outlined the accomplishments of the past year and the direction the borough is heading in her 2017 State of the Borough address last Friday. Comments (5)
Government

Forum is a clarion call for clemency

Advocates for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women vowed to continue pushing for clemency for women imprisoned on non-violent drug offenses despite the ‘law-and-order’ stance of the new presidential administration, according to speakers at a forum sponsored by the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Comment
Jackson Heights

Standing room only at Jax Hgts pedestrian safety town hall meeting

More than 150 concerned Jackson Heights residents packed into the Jewish Center on 37th Avenue for a pedestrian safety town hall meeting last week featuring elected leaders, NYPD officers from the 115th Precinct and officials from the city’s Department of Transportation. Comment
Jamaica

Massachusetts man charged in alleged JFK hate crime

A Massachusetts man has been charged with multiple hate crimes for allegedly attacking a Muslim Delta Airlines employee at John F. Kennedy airport last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrates Black History Month

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of exhibitions, performances and screenings at two venues in downtown Jamaica. Comment
Hundreds gathered in Astoria Sunday afternoon to speak out against President Trump’s decision to close the nation’s doors to Muslims from certain countries.. Comments (10)

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

Government

Pols spar on Trump’s immigration order

Government

Pols spar on Trump’s immigration order

Queens lawmakers responded to President Donald Trump’s Friday executive order barring immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations with outrage at its impact and vowed to fight it, but the chairman of the Queens Republican Party said the reaction to the orders was “political hysteria.” Comments (16)
Jamaica

Katz praises pro bono attorneys who helped detained travelers at JFK

The number of attorneys helping detained travelers at JFK’s Terminal 4 had dwindled to about 20 by midweek, but the numbers of individuals needing guidance grew from the original 41 held after President Donald Trump issued his executive order barring entry to refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim nations. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights-Corona BID expansion off the table: Civic

During her State of the District Address in march 2015, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) announced a community agreement that created a new way forward for the 82nd Street Partnership’s proposed expansion into Corona. The newly expanded and more diverse board of directors, including representatives of the LGBT community, street vendors and youth as well as commercial and residential tenants, brought Make the Road New York back into the fold as supporters of the Business Improvement District’s expansion. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside’s Hincapie free now that retrial has been dropped

After having spent 25 years in prison, Bayside native Johnny Hincapie gets to walk free and not face another trial after his conviction was overturned in the stabbing death of a Utah tourist in 1990. Comment
Springfield Gardens

City accuses JFK contractor of religious discrimination

Supervisors at a wheelchair assistance contractor servicing travelers through John F. Kennedy International Airport allegedly discriminated against their Muslim employees, according to charges filed by the New York City Human Rights Commission. Comments (1)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that he would guarantee a woman’s right to choose in New York by codifying the protections established by the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision into the state Constitution ensuring that protections remain in place in New York in the event the decision is overturned or altered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Cuomo vowed he would propose such an amendment during a Planned Parenthood Day of Action in Albany. Comments (6)

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

The TimesLedger Newspapers selected 25 immigrants living in the borough to honor at the Queens Ambassadors Awards gala last week at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel. Comments (4)

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

With America’s most enduring symbol of immigration as a backdrop, more than 10,000 people crowded The Battery to protest President Trump’s controversial immigration ban on Sunday, capping a weekend of demonstrations around the country against Trump’s measure. Comments (15)
A semblance of normalcy returned to Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport Monday morning where 41 travelers were detained over the weekend following President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry to refugees and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries. The only signs that more than 1,000 protesters rallied outside the terminal over the weekend were some anti-Trump graffiti and stickers on the sidewalk saying “We Are all Muslim,” while a group of volunteer attorneys continued their advocacy work inside. Comments (2)
The demonstrators who gathered outside Terminal 4 at Kennedy Airport this weekend to protest President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States were a strikingly diverse group made up of some home-grown New Yorkers and others from far-flung parts of the world. Comments (8)

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

More than 1,000 people from the tri-state area converged on John F. Kennedy Internation Airport and demanded travelers from Muslim-majority countries being detained there were set free. Comments (22)
Rallies at John F. Kennedy International Airport and on Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn ended happily for protesters who demanded President Trump let refugees being held at the airport be allowed into the country. Comments (9)

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Event

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Jan. 28-29

Your weekend calendar: Jan. 28-29 Comment
Bayside

Man disguised in hazmat suit steals $200K from Bayside house

Police were looking for a man who allegedly swiped $200,000 from a Bayside home while disguising himself in a hazmat suit. Comments (3)

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

The push back against President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration from New York’s Democratic leadership was immediate and combative Wednesday. Comments (11)

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