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Oakland Gardens

Pedestrian killed while crossing LIE: NYPD

Police from the 111th Precinct responded to the scene of a collision involving an SUV and a pedestrian on the Long Island Expressway late Tuesday night. Published Feb 23, 2018

Generators come to Astoria Houses as Council members call for state intervention on NYCHA

Astoria Houses received new rooftop generators for surge protection from storms on Feb. 14 purchased with FEMA funds awarded to NYCHA following Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which affected up 60,000 residents living in homes managed by the city agency. Published Feb 22, 2018
Middle Village

Pols support ‘Malcolm X’ student at Christ the King rally

Activists and elected officials are not letting Christ the King High School off the hook after a black student was told he could not use the name “Malcolm X” on a school sweater. Published Feb 22, 2018

Two sentenced in 2015 Whitestone slashing: DA

Two men were sentenced to “lengthy” prison terms after pleading guilty to slashing a teenage girl’s face in Whitestone as she walked to school in 2015, according to the Queens DA. Published Feb 25, 2018

Community, officials celebrate change to bus service route on Cross Bay Boulevard

Elected officials and a neighborhood grocer celebrated a change to the city Department of Transportation’s Select Bus Service route on Cross Bay Boulevard, which will restore roadside parking during certain hours to quell the negative impact the November launch of the controversial bus lane has had on commerce. Published Feb 16, 2018

Christ the King student speaks at Sharpton’s rally in Harlem

Rev. Al Sharpton’s weekly rally in Harlem brought to the podium a senior at Christ the King High School in Middle Village who was told he could not put the name Malcolm X on a school sweatshirt. Published Feb 16, 2018

Vallone reintroduces bill to put animal shelters in every borough

Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) reintroduced a bill to City Hall which will mandate an animal shelter be built in Queens as part of the advocacy work he began in 2016 to bring relief to overburdened receiving centers and reduce euthanasia. Published Feb 21, 2018

QNS Rail study shows feasibility at low cost: DOT

The results of a city-funded feasibility study shows that reactivation of the LIRR’s Lower Montauk Branch, commonly known as the QNS Rail, could see 5.6 million riders annually, as well as provide service as a freight line, at an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. Published Feb 18, 2018

Chirlane McCray visits Flushing Muslim center for domestic violence campaign

First Lady Chirlane McCray toured the city last Saturday as part of her “Weekend of Faith in Action Against Domestic Violence” to promote NYCHope, an online portal for communities to educate themselves on abuse, seek help or learn how they can help someone they know who may be a victim. Published Feb 19, 2018

Assembly passes bill to curb PD sexual misconduct

A Bayside lawmaker’s bill passed unanimously in the state Assembly that would make any sexual activity between peace officers and those in their custody a felony due the “power dynamic” distorting what it means to consent in that situation. Published Feb 19, 2018

AG investigation convicts Queens construction companies of ripping off employees

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the conviction of three Queens construction companies after they pleaded guilty to misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime. Published Feb 20, 2018

Flushing murder likely the result of gang activity: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police said a man murdered in Flushing on Feb. 2 was shot to death in what the 107th Precinct called a gang-related crime. Published Feb 8, 2018
LeFrak City

LeFrak City girl, 8, dies from flu-like symptoms

An 8-year-old LeFrak City girl died early Monday morning from the flu, according to multiple reports, after physicians visited her home because she was having trouble breathing. Published Feb 5, 2018
LeFrak City

City warns public to watch out for flu after LeFrak City girl dies from disease

The Monday death of an 8-year-old Corona girl from the flu spurred a reaction from the city Dept. of Health on Tuesday to inform the public on the disease as it is the second pediatric fatality in the city thus far. Published Feb 8, 2018

CB11 approves variance for Lowe’s in Douglaston

Members of Community Board 11 narrowly passed a variance on Feb. 5 that will allow owners of Douglaston Plaza to oust a MovieWorld from the shopping center and replace it, along with a recently closed Macy’s, with a Lowe’s home improvement store. Published Feb 9, 2018

Derelict property in Flushing rankles residents

Residents outraged over a long-abandoned Flushing home gathered at a news conference hosted by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) on Jan. 26, at which he called on the city to consider demolishing the house that one neighbor referred to as an “attractive nuisance.” Published Feb 9, 2018

Report on congestion pricing shows NE Queens will be most affected

Non-profit advocacy group Tri-State Transportation Campaign reinforced the assessment from the Fix NYC panel that congestion pricing would only affect around four percent of outer borough drivers in a new report. Published Feb 10, 2018

Hollis man faces 50 years on murder, firearm charges: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown charged a Hollis man with the murder of two individuals after a firearm linked him to the shootings through ballistics tests. Published Feb 14, 2018

De Blasio’s preliminary budget excludes MTA funding

Mayor Bill de Blasio released his preliminary budget for FY2019 on Feb. 1 with no mention of providing funding toward public transportation, even as commuters face an ongoing crisis on the city’s subways. Published Feb 12, 2018

Woman struck by train at Bayside LIRR station

Train service was suspended on the Port Washington line for over two hours on early Thursday morning after a woman was fatally struck by a train. Published Jan 25, 2018

Katz envisions better recourses for Queens in State of Borough address

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s State of the Borough address, on Jan. 26, spoke of heavy investment and goals for education across Queens, affordable housing in Willets Point and public transportation. Published Feb 1, 2018

Civic leader argues airplane noise damages historic district at LGA meeting

The LaGuardia Airport committee meeting at the Adria Hotel in Bayside on Jan. 25 brought one civic leader’s report that the Federal Aviation Administration may have overlooked rules pertaining to historic districts when creating flight patterns over northeast Queens. Published Feb 2, 2018

St. Mary’s to host Valentine’s Day blood drive

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside will be holding a Valentine’s Day “Have A Heart” blood drive for the benefit of the New York Blood Center. Published Feb 7, 2018

NYPD attends 105th birthday of retired sergeant

New York native Louie Schlifstein, a former police sergeant, reflected on a life of public service as he celebrated his 105th birthday with members of NYPD’s 111th Precinct on Jan. 25. Published Feb 5, 2018
Oakland Gardens

DSNY incentive program could include fee for garbage pickup

The city Department of Sanitation has hired a consultant to draft a proposal to offer incentives for homeowners to recycle garbage and while possibly including a nominal fee. Published Feb 5, 2018

NYPD detective faces seven years for fake drug bust: DA

A Queens Supreme Court judge has found an NYPD detective guilty of making a fake drug arrest involving two counts of perjury, two counts of official misconduct and one count of a written false statement in a criminal complaint. Published Feb 4, 2018
East Elmhurst

Alley Pond tortoise thief sentenced to six months in prison: DA

The East Elmhurst man responsible for lifting a rare tortoise from its Douglaston habitat was sentenced to six months behind bars Thursday on charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Published Jan 19, 2018

Fix NYC panel releases congestion pricing proposal

The recently released Fix NYC panel report to enact Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s congestion-pricing proposal calls for sweeping change to how cars are charged to enter Manhattan’s most gridlocked sections while keeping historically toll-free East River bridge crossings gratis. Published Jan 25, 2018

Former City Council hopeful goes to trial for campaign finance fraud

A unsuccessful City Council candidate went on trial Jan. 10 on charges that she submitted fraudulent campaign contribution reports in order to cash in on the city’s matching-funds program. Published Jan 25, 2018
Bay Terrace

Gas leaks make repeated appearance in Bay Terrace

One Bay Terrace resident raised concerns about the gas infrastructure in her neighborhood as the Fire Department and ConEd were at work repairing the gas main near her home Tuesday for the second time in 12 months. Published Jan 26, 2018

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