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St. Albans

Department of Education allocates $32.6 billion budget for 2018-2019

Community education council leaders, School District 29’s budget director and its deputy superintendent were at Lorraine Hansberry Elementary School (PS 118) last week at 190-20 109th Road in St. Albans to discuss the $32.5 billion 2018-2019 fiscal budget for New York City’s 1.1 million students, as well as pensions for teachers. Published Feb 22, 2018

Attorney General sues anti-choice protesters

Anti-choice protesters who allegedly harassed women who approached the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica between 2012 and 2017, were in federal court in Brooklyn for the past two weeks, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said. Published Feb 23, 2018

Appeals court favors Sandy victims’ lawsuit

The New York State Court of Appeals handed down a favorable decision for dozens of Rockaway residents and business owners on their lawsuit against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid, LLC, according to lawyers representing the plaintiffs. Published Feb 25, 2018

Jamaica man sentenced in kidnapping, rape of teen girl: DA

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced last week to 16 years in prison for second-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape of a 15-year-old Canadian girl, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Published Feb 24, 2018

‘Black Panther’ actor screens film for 200 Jamaica kids

More than 200 kids will get the chance to go to a screening of the “Black Panther” film Tuesday at the Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, thanks to the contributions of Jamaica actor Shomari, who stars in the superhero flick. Published Feb 25, 2018
St. Albans

Elderly St. Albans woman missing: NYPD

An elderly woman was reported missing Friday within the confines of the 113th Precinct, according to the NYPD. Published Feb 13, 2018

Katz recommends approval of 116th Precinct site

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz recommended approving last week the rezoning and site selection of the NYPD’s new 116th Precinct station house. Published Feb 15, 2018
Kew Gardens

Community rallies against Far Rock school closure

Rowdy attendees disrupted a Feb. 8 School Construction Authority meeting at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, protesting against one school’s closure and a lack of funding for repairs and additions at others. Published Feb 18, 2018

Graduation rates rise, dropout rates decline

The mayor’s office announced last week that out of the five boroughs, Queens had the largest improvement in terms of graduation and dropout rates. Published Feb 19, 2018

Jamaica, Ridgewood sites assessed for environmental contaminants

Residents in Jamaica and Ridgewood were invited to comment on Brownfield Cleanup Programs in their area, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says. Published Feb 20, 2018

Pols must do more to improve USPS

Complaints by Queens Congress members Joe Crowley, Grace Meng and Gregory Meeks to Postmaster General Megan Brennan concerning problems with delivery of mail to constituents offer no solutions (“Queens pols fight for better USPS service” Naeisha Rose, Feb. 2). Published Feb 18, 2018

Five-borough police summit concludes in Queens

Queens served as the last leg of the five-borough “Still We Rise NYC Human Justice Summit,” which featured the NYPD’s top brass at the New Jerusalem Worship Center in South Jamaica last Wednesday. Published Feb 8, 2018

Trump extends Syrians’ protected status — for some

As January came to a close, the Department of Homeland Security announced an extension to the Temporary Protected Status for nearly 7,000 Syrians that came to the United States before Aug. 1, 2016, but the remaining 2,000 recipients will have to find immigration relief through other channels and no new Syrian applicants will be accepted into the program. Published Feb 9, 2018

DACA deadline looms

Two mayoral agencies have joined forces with a Latino advocacy coalition to discuss impending federal action that will have a major impact on immigrant communities in New York and beyond. Published Feb 9, 2018

Jamaica man charged with pimping 16-year-old girl

Richard Trantham, a 34-year-old Jamaica man, is facing a 16-count indictment for pimping a 16-year-old girl for three months in 2017, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Published Feb 11, 2018
Springfield Gardens

Two Queens men re-arrested at court house for sex-trafficking: DA

Two Queens men were re-arrested on additional counts of kidnapping and sex trafficking young women while at the Queens Criminal Courthouse in Kew Gardens on prior such charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Published Feb 11, 2018

Jamaica man faces 25 years in prison for kidnap, rape of teen girl: DA

A Jamaica man was convicted last week of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl that he convinced through social media to run away from home, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Published Feb 10, 2018
Far Rockaway

Rikers escapee faces 16 to life for Queens burglaries: DA

A Far Rockaway man from Eggbert Place was sentenced to 16 years to life as a persistent felon for burglarizing two Queens homes, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Published Feb 11, 2018

Mayor’s office expands funds to combat domestic violence

The city’s First Lady and the head of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence have announced that $3.3 million in new funding will be allocated to Family Justice Centers citywide. Published Feb 14, 2018
Forest Hills

Department of Correction ends package restrictions program

The New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision has ended a pilot program that restricted prison packages earlier last month, which Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Forest Hills) and families of inmates considered flawed. Published Feb 13, 2018

City joins lawsuit against Sessions to fight for police funding

New York City has joined 22 other “sanctuary” cities and organizations across the country in a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney’s office in response to the Trump Administration’s attempt to cut off funding to the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program. Published Feb 12, 2018

Chipotle Mexican Grill to open Friday in Jamaica

Chipotle Mexican Grill will have its grand opening Friday in Jamaica, at 160-02 Jamaica Ave., and its first 25 customers will have a chance to get a T-shirt and get a buy-one-get-one coupon for a future visit. Published Feb 1, 2018
Jamaica Estates

Mayor’s office slams White House over refugees’ access to health care

City officials are up in arms about President Donald Trump’s health care policies toward unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Published Feb 2, 2018

Jamaica woman accused of bilking Medicaid of nearly $70,000

A married mother of four from Jamaica could face 15 years in prison for taking nearly $70,000 in Medicaid funds over the course of three years despite her family’s earning more than $1 million from 2012 to 2016, according to Welfare Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. Published Feb 7, 2018

Queens College kicks off its Black History Month series

Queens College was to kick off its Black History Month celebration this past Thursday with an interactive exhibition titled “Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action,” which was organized by the American Friends Service Committee at the school’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Published Feb 7, 2018

QCA ArtHotel Residents announced

Kamille “OGMillie” Ejerta from Jamaica and A. King McCarty from Astoria Park were announced as the winners for the Queens Council on The Arts’ ArtHotel Residency program Monday. Published Feb 4, 2018

Meeks, Crowley, Meng work together to fight poor USPS service

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) wrote some fiery words last week in a letter to Megan Brennan, the postmaster general of the United States, in regard to his constituents’ receiving late mail or mail meant for someone else. Published Feb 6, 2018
Queens Village

Queens Village youth competes for Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen

Competing in Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen on April 7 in upstate New York will be Queens Village resident Cayla Kumar, the local titleholder of Miss Bronx’s Outstanding Teen, which represents downstate New York. Published Feb 3, 2018

Report: Queens College a top value for future educators

Queens College was among the top 20 schools for teaching degrees on the annual Best Value Schools’ 2018 list last week and was also named the most affordable school overall. Published Feb 5, 2018

Man robs Investor’s Bank in Maspeth: NYPD

The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery that occurred Monday in Maspeth. Published Jan 19, 2018

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