Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

Siena College poll sees dead heat between Maltese, Addabbo

The race between state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) could not be any tighter, according to a Siena College poll released last week. Comment.

Parkway can remain open: Judge

A Queens Supreme Court judge upheld a temporary restraining order Monday filed by Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills in a move to keep the facility open after the state Department of Health ordered it to close Sept. 30, the hospital said. Comment.

LaGuardia Community College’s worker re-education program meets with protests in Willets Point

Anger and respect collided Wednesday at Willets Point, where LaGuardia Community College was greeted with bullhorns and protest chants as they attempted to begin outreach to the area’s 1,700 member workforce. Comment.
Bayside Times

News Room open mic

Following a long intermission, “Up Front News presents” returns to The News Room with a performing arts open mic event on Sunday, September 28. The News Room, formerly on Gerard Avenue, is in a more spacious venue at 141 East 149th Street. Tom Weiss who is also the publisher of Up Front News produced the open mic. The event was set up in a lounge with an interesting set of performers. Although the lighting was dim for an open mic, it retained the atmosphere of the lounge. Comment.
Astoria Times

Zabb: Roosevelt Thai stalwart moves to Astoria

When Zabb was in its former digs below street level on gritty Roosevelt Avenue, straddling the Jackson Heights/Woodside border, it was already one of our favorite Thai restaurants. Despite the less than chic location, the owners managed to turn out admirable Isaan Thai food in attractively appointed surroundings. They have since sold that location to another Thai restaurant (which we haven't tried) and moved on to two locations, one in Manhattan and the other on 30th Avenue, one of Astoria's prime restaurant districts. Comment.
Astoria Times

Two cars stolen from valet parking lot: Cops

BAYSIDE — A pair of brazen thieves broke into a valet parking key box and each stole a car from a Northern Boulevard parking lot last week, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thieves made off with cash, laptop: Cops

BAY TERRACE — An unknown thief or thieves pilfered several items from a 202nd Street home Sunday evening, according to police. Comment.
Astoria Times

South Ozone Park man dies in house fire

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A retired man died last Thursday when a fire ripped though the home that he had lived in for more than four decades, neighbors said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Robbers stole $2K from Bayside house: Cops

BAY TERRACE — The owners of a 207th Street home returned to their house to find it ransacked and robbed last Thursday, according to police. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man shot during drug deal in Jamaica: NY Post

JAMAICA — A drug deal gone bad ended with one man arrested and another seriously injured, police told the New York Post last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man robbed of wallet, cell phone: Cops

AUBURNDALE — Police said a man was walking home from a bar early Sunday morning when he was jumped from behind by two unknown men. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man critical after collision with bus

RICHMOND HILL — A man was in critical condition Tuesday morning after his bicycle was struck by an MTA bus Monday afternoon, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

E. Elmhurst hit-and-run claims life of man, 57

EAST ELMHURST — A 57-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run incident Monday when he was run over by a car while attempting to cross the Grand Central Parkway, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Construction worker stole cell phone: NY Post

OZONE PARK — A construction worker was arrested after allegedly swiping a teenager's cell phone on Lefferts Boulevard Sept. 17, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Letters

Obama statement questionable

A prominent supporter of U.S. Sen. and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and member of the Democratic National Platform Committee has just jumped ship and will help U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate John McCain (R-Ariz.). Comment.
Letters

Monument in Capitol should remind people of slaves’ sacrifices

The following is a letter to U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Comment.
Letters

Let teachers keep parking permits

I never thought I would agree with anything Bob Friedrich would have to say ("City should not reduce number of teacher parking placards," Sept. 18). Teachers in areas without close public transportation should be granted whatever parking privileges they need. Comment.
Letters

Financial meltdown hurts the little guy

The nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" begins, "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall/Humpty Dumpty had a great fall...." That is what has happened to Wall Street and our financial institutions. Comment.
Letters

Developers contribute to Gennaro’s Senate campaign

The political season is upon us once again. It always interests me as to who the major contributors are of the various candidates. To me, it gives an indication as to where allegiances may lie. Comment.
Editorial

Springfield Gardens’ ‘Real Heroes’

Congratulations to City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and his constituents who succeeded in blocking the construction of a controversial motel just a stone's throw from Springfield Gardens High School. Comment.
Editorial

Showdown at Willets Point

Last Wednesday, the mayor's plan to redevelop Willets Point got the go-ahead from the City Planning Commission. The ball is now in the City Council's court. It has 60 days to cast the decisive vote on this incredibly important project. Comment.
Editorial

Highway Robbery at the MTA

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted — narrowly — last week to revoke thousands of E-ZPass privileges from nearly 100 agencies. Most of the passes are used in cars belonging to the City of New York. A few belong to Nassau and Suffolk counties. Comment.
Astoria Times

Zoning issues about houses cause concern for boro civics

On Sept. 11, the Bayside Hills Civic Association observed the anniversary of the day at its memorial at Bell Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tudor Civic holds vigil to remember victims of 9/11

Sept. 11 marked the seventh anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. The Ozone Park Tudor Civic Association held a candlelight vigil in Addabbo Park in Tudor Village honoring the 2,974 who were lost in the attacks. Comment.
Astoria Times

People should make community involvement a priority

Sometimes we forget how important we can be in our community. Recently, in the north end of the 105th Precinct, someone played an important role in the community by being observant and reporting to the police the licence plate of a car belonging to a group of suspicious people. Comment.
Astoria Times

Koo campaign could prove challenging in state Senate race

In Queens this year, where much effort is being spent to defeat incumbent veteran state Sens. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale), the opposite is true in the 16th State Senate District, which includes Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows and Rego Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

Douglaston loses one of its finest, a football Giant

Dick Lynch, all-pro football player, Giants color commentator, wonderful husband, father, grandfather (of 11), brother and a Giant among men, passed away Sept. 24, 2008. Comment.
Astoria Times

Not a buyer’s market yet

The general consensus in the Queens area is that housing prices have dropped and that you can find a buyer for your home. However, that is still a difficult task to accomplish. Why? Comment.
Astoria Times

Bayside grill caters to every age

The Brews Brothers bar and restaurant may derive its name after a wild and crazy R-rated movie, but its owners say their place is open to serve Baysiders of all ages. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vandals burn Bayside memorial of firefighter killed in 9/11 attack

A Bayside woman said Tuesday she was outraged after vandals set fire to a memorial on Jordan Street that was dedicated to her son, a firefighter who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Comment.
Astoria Times

5 stabbed in brawl at Steinway St. nightclub

Five men were stabbed — two critically — when a fight that broke out in an Astoria nightclub spilled out into the street early Sunday morning, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sleeping woman shot after Hollis gun fired

A 58-year-old Hollis man was arrested after a gun he kept under his pillow discharged, hitting his sleeping girlfriend in the chest, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Safety calls cite death of Corona man

After a Corona man was killed last month in a construction site plunge, state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and Latino labor activists came together to call for more stringent enforcement of work site safety. Comment.
Astoria Times

Residents make stink over trash

Middle Village and Glendale residents are reeling from the reek of rusting rail cars loaded with refuse from Long Island. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens women’s group helps job seekers get into careers

For Ann Jawin, knowing what options are available to you is just as important as landing a job. Comment.
Astoria Times

Photo courtesy of the Queens District Attorney’s office

A Queens Supreme Court judge upheld a temporary restraining order Monday filed by Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills in a move to keep the facility open after the state Department of Health ordered it to close Sept. 30, the hospital said. Comment.
Astoria Times

One-way decision looms for 254th St.

Community Board 11 could decide whether to make a busy Little Neck roadway one-way at its monthly meeting next week as residents plea with the board to alleviate traffic problems on the street. Comment.
Astoria Times

New York pols fume over vote

A group of angry New York Democrats returned from Washington, D.C., Monday evening after Congress failed to pass a $700 billion financial bailout bill expected to help avert a total meltdown on Wall Street. Comment.
Astoria Times

New York Giants broadcaster Dick Lynch dead at 72

Dick Lynch, who played as a defensive back for the New York Giants from 1959 to 1966 and was a longtime radio analyst for the team, died last week in his Douglaston home. He was 72. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA may cut service to save money

Transit officials facing monumental debt are looking for ways of saving money and have raised the specter of reduced service on buses, subways and commuter railroads as a last resort. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mets ‘Shea’ goodbye to stadium, playoffs

It was bittersweet in the most literal of senses. Comment.
Astoria Times

Merciful journeys

It was the first day at the clinic in El Castaño, Honduras, and the medical mission team from Flushing had already served more than 200 people. Comment.
Astoria Times

Men admit running sex ring in Jamaica

Jonathan "NY" Kelly, 23, pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to operating an under-age illegal business at 91-11 182nd St., in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, DOJ said. His business partner, John "Pop" Ramirez, 24, pleaded guilty 10 days earlier to violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the interstate transport of individuals for prostitution. Comment.
Astoria Times

Meeks, Fossella urge bipartisan bailout

U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island) called Tuesday for bipartisan congressional approval of a Wall Street bailout in the name of preserving the American economic system in an unusual joint appearance by two city politicians from opposing sides of the political spectrum. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayor expected to announce bid for third term in office

In the wake of this week's economic turmoil, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was expected to announce Thursday that he would seek a third term in office, according to published reports. Comment.
Astoria Times

Liu questions MTA on rider complaints

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority official explained at length to a City Council committee last Thursday how the agency responds to complaints from riders, but some committee members said the MTA failed to show instances where anything is actually done about grievances. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC CUNY dorm site greenlighted by BSA

It's official: After months of meetings between the developer and a skeptical community, a Long Island City block will get grad students from the City University of New York and an arts organization as part of a mixed-use development. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jalal Talabani ends Ramadan fast at boro Islamic center

For the second time in three weeks, the largest mosque in Queens opened its doors last Thursday to a special guest as it celebrated the Muslim religion's holiest holiday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Historic Jamaica chapel reopens after restoration

When Nicholas Ludlam built the Chapel of the Three Sisters in Jamaica in 1857, he wanted to create a lasting memorial to his three deceased daughters, his descendant Cate Ludlam said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Harrison emerges as primary winner

A familiar face has returned to the Flushing political stage. Comment.
Astoria Times

Giuliani backs Maltese in state Senate election

State Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) got a boost to his campaign Tuesday when former mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani endorsed him during a visit to the Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center in Ridgewood. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gennaro, Padavan at odds in Floral Park

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) contended the city would benefit if he were elected to replace state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) because its interests are not looked after by the 90 percent of Senate Republicans who come from outside its borders. Comment.
Astoria Times

Five accused of raking in $1K on illegal deals to undercovers

Five men — including two from Ozone Park — were indicted last week for allegedly selling more than three dozen guns to undercover officers posing as buyers on the black market, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fate of Willets Pt. rests with Council

The future of Willets Point is in the City Council's hands. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ex-boyfriend of victim tried to hire hitman while in jail: DA

A Flushing man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to raping his ex-girlfriend and plotting her murder while in custody on Rikers Island, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ex-Bayside attorney’s casino suit thrown out

A former Corona and Bayside attorney who sued several Atlantic City casinos after a gambling addiction cost her her practice has run out of options. Comment.
Astoria Times

‘Crying Game’ actor coaches students at Queens College

Academy-award nominated actor Stephen Rea will serve as an artist in residence at Queens College in October as he coaches drama students ahead of their upcoming production of the classic Irish play "The Playboy of the Western World." Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley slams development

After two years of conflict with their local councilman, the Juniper Park Civic Association is anticipating the election of sympathetic elected officials from the upcoming municipal and state elections. Comment.
Astoria Times

Con Ed ponders wind farm off coast of Rockaways

Con Edison and a Long Island utility are considering whether it is feasible to create wind energy by placing a wind farm at least 10 miles off the coast of the Rockaways, Gov. David Paterson said last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Condo worker says he will keep job, buy house and car

A 44-year-old Astoria man took home $14 million and two other borough residents netted $1 million each last week after winning the state Lottery and celebrating their win at a 35th Street diner where they were handed their checks. Comment.
Astoria Times

City workers to lose free E-ZPasses: MTA

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has narrowly approved taking away free E-ZPasses from all city employees, including firefighters and police, in a move to save $10 million a year. Comment.
Astoria Times

City names Kew Gardens playground after judge

The late Queens Supreme Court Judge Moses Weinstein put his heart and soul into helping make the Kew Gardens community the homey neighborhood it is today, according to civic leaders. Comment.
Astoria Times

City eyeing landmark bid for Jamaica HS

Jamaica High School may just be in the earliest stages to be officially designated as a city landmark, but the news has already excited the school's students and administrators. Comment.
Astoria Times

City body OKs Hunters Pt.

Hunters Point South is one step closer to completion after the city Planning Commission gave a thumbs-up to the plan last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cardholders’ bill of rights passes

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) that would regulate credit card industry practices by creating the first cardholders' bill of rights, the congresswoman said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro residents favor govt’ relief for Wall St.

Queens residents said somewhat reluctantly that they thought Congress should pass a financial bailout bill to prevent further crisis on Wall Street, but many of them believed partisan politics had so far stalled negotiations. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro man pleads to dumping in Jamaica Bay

A Broad Channel man pleaded guilty last week to using the environmentally sensitive Jamaica Bay as his personal dumping ground — literally, the state attorney general said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro home values stablest in city: Report

Although the foreclosure crisis has been hitting Queens homeowners, home sales in the borough recorded the lowest decline and most stable values compared to the rest of the city in the first half of 2008, a study by a real estate company found. Comment.
Astoria Times

Board does not want city DOT to replace structure

Community Board 11's Transportation Committee is calling on the city to repair a Bayside footbridge near the neighborhood's Long Island Rail Road station rather than follow a proposed city Department of Transportation plan to replace it with a new structure, board members said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Beep, Queens Chamber launch business Web site

With the economic downturn threatening to worsen, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Borough President Helen Marshall unveiled a plan to increase the amount of commerce between borough businesses at the Bulova Corporate Center Monday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Beep OK’s Whitestone rezoning

Borough President Helen Marshall approved plans for a large luxury development on Whitestone's north shore last week, which would rezone a large swath of land set aside for manufacturing use to make way for dozens of single-family homes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria man goes ‘Mad’ for walk-on television role

A 30-year-old out-of-work actor from Astoria has scored a bit part on the Emmy Award-winning television show "Mad Men" after winning a competition during which he dressed up in women's clothing and delivered a monologue in the style of one of the show's feistiest characters. Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo takes on Maltese

Although state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) are running against each other in a hotly contested election, the two lawmakers were civil during a candidates' forum last week in Howard Beach. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bayside’s big moment

After spending six weeks in a Los Angeles studio recording the follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed release, "The Walking Wounded." the members of the rock band Bayside are set to kick off their Involuntary Movement tour at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 7 Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro-bred hip-hop actor Hoch takes on gentrifying NYC

Renowned triple-threat writer, actor and director, biting social critic, founding father of hip-hop theater, the illest, the thrillest, whom no stereotype is safe from, Danny Hoch will be performing his latest show, "Taking Over," at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Oct. 6, 7, 9 and 10. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian gumshoe returns in fourth mystery novel

Husband-and-wife writer team Lori and Tony Karayianni, who write under the pen name Tori Carrington, have just churned out their fourth novel in the Sopie Metropolis series, entitled "Working Stiff" and starring the pert and fiercely independent Greek-American gumshoe from Astoria, where the books are set. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

One lane of Midtown Tunnel to close for weekend

Construction work will bring a shutdown of one lane of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel much of this coming weekend. Comment.

Queens Dems say Republicans voted no to bailing out Bell Boulevard

A group of angry New York Democrats returned from Washington Monday evening after Congress failed to pass a $700 billion financial bailout bill expected to help avert a total meltdown on Wall Street. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman survives burning building in Astoria

ASTORIA — Quick thinking by neighbors of an Astoria building helped save the life of a woman escaping a two-alarm fire Sunday, eyewitnesses said. The blaze took place around 2 p.m. at 30-36 41st Ave., firefighters said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thieves break into Bayside home

BAYSIDE — A home was burglarized by unknown suspects Sunday, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police search for Bayside robbery suspect

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for a suspect who broke into a woman's car Friday evening and robbed her belongings. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police chase bull down Jamaica Avenue

WOODHAVEN — A runaway bull turned Jamaica Avenue into Pamplona Sept. 17. Comment.
Astoria Times

L.I. tow truck driver stole boro vehicles: DA

KEW GARDENS — A Long Island tow truck driver was indicted last week for allegedly making money by stealing 22 vehicles off the streets of Queens and delivered them for destruction, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica man awaits murder sentencing: DA

KEW GARDENS — A Jamaica man is set to be punished for killing a friend over an argument over a borrowed SUV, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Willets Pt. affects city, not only CB 7

An open letter to Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty Jr.. Comment.
Letters

Whitestone Woods residents should get notification of events

The small area of Whitestone Woods should be called the "Lost Woods." We generally have very little police activity and do not often see officers cruising the neighborhood, accept for Sunday, Sept. 14. Comment.
Letters

Student reading scores declining in District 26 middle schools

My 10-year District 26 longitudinal statistical study of English Language Arts reading test scores indicates the number of the top middle school reading students is in decline. In each middle school grade, 6 through 8, less than 10 percent of students exceed ELA reading standards (Level 4). Comment.
Letters

Padavan cares about conservation

As someone involved in local environmental issues, I believe City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) is letting his ambition get the best of him when he asserts that state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) is flip-flopping on an environmental bill to protect the watershed. Comment.
Letters

Padavan aids local student

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) comes to the rescue of those in need. This time, it was for PS 94 (the David D. Porter Elementary School) in Little Neck. Comment.
Letters

Looking back on good life of Steinway family scion

The Greater Astoria Historical Society reflects on the life of Henry Z. Steinway, the great-grandson of the founder of Steinway & Sons, died last Thursday at the age of 93. He was a friend, benefactor and mentor. Comment.
Letters

Homeland Security grants should go to big cities

Driving over the Brooklyn Bridge or through the Holland Tunnel, you can only tip your hat to the brave men and women of the NYPD standing guard. Day in and day out, they are there on watch, protecting our city. Sadly, the way we give these officers the tools they need to protect us deserves more ire than respect. Comment.
Letters

Go online to view Willets Pt. videos

The recent article about a video that questions Community Board 7's handling of the historic Willets Point redevelopment proposal ("Willets Point business coalition slams CB 7 in video," Sept. 11) has piqued many readers' interest. Comment.
Letters

Blood drive participants deserve gratitude

An open letter to the Bayside community. Comment.
Editorial

The Myth of Affordable Housing

In all the discussion about the subprime mortgages that triggered the nation's financial crisis, little has been said so far about on the root causes of this crisis. In Queens, as in many other cities, there is a shortage of affordable housing for the middle class. Comment.
Editorial

The Limits of Term Limits

After 15 years, there is good reason to question whether term limits has added value to city government. The law that was put into place in 1993 with the best of intentions allowed a whole new generation of Council members and other city officials to try their hand at city government. It weeded out those who had grown overly comfortable, but it also eliminated some excellent leaders who knew how to get things done in New York City. Comment.
Editorial

Did Hospital Pay to Play?

Just how far did Jamaica Hospital go to win the support of state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill)? According to U.S. attorney for the Southern District, an unnamed hospital in Queens funneled as much $310,000 to a dummy company run by Seminerio. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political world beyond Queens is a small one after all

This tidbit has to be listed as an item for the It's a Small World Department. Comment.
Astoria Times

Learn financial responsibility by playing the stock market

If God had intended for us to be rich, he never would have given us the stock market. Comment.
Astoria Times

Law prohibits the creation of basement living areas

Every once in a while, along with an increase in the number of requests for charitable donations, this time of year we receive ads telling us it is time to start thinking about improving our living spaces by upgrading our kitchen, bathroom or basement in time for the holidays. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gennaro runs aggressive campaign for state Senate seat

The state Senate race in the 11th District is moving into high gear with City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) running an active campaign against state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment.
Astoria Times

Change must come to U.S. in next presidential election

A dear friend of ours, who died young, was a Flushing political district leader. One of his favorite remarks was, "Never believe what politicians say about themselves. Always believe what they say about their opponents." Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 8 involved in local outreach in many different ways

Kenneth David Cohen II recently became a member of Community Board 8. He follows the tradition of Kenneth Cohen Sr. and Valerie Littleton-Cohen, who had also been on CB 8. He has a younger sister, Courtney, who attends Queens College. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cape Cod town plays role in telecommunications history

This summer, while on vacation at my "retreat" in Orleans, Mass., a town I have known for years, I became interested in a story that played a part in history: the laying of the transatlantic cable. Some historians say Orleans is named after the town of Orleans in France because of the help the French gave its citizens during the War of 1812. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bayside biz turns people from gym

A new Bayside business is turning up the heat on getting borough residents back into shape through workouts that will prevent its customers from spending long hours at the gym. Comment.
Astoria Times

Avoid the Wall Street fallout

You live in Queens and you hear the names Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers and you say to yourself, "This doesn't affect me. I don't work on Wall Street or in finance and I'm not an investor." Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets Pt. biz move hits snag

The city struck an important deal with one Willets Point property owner last week but may be in jeopardy of losing another, the TimesLedger learned. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone, Gianaris criticize Con Ed fine

Western Queens elected officials blasted the state's decision to fine Con Edison $9 million for not meeting reliability standards last year, calling the fine a "drop in the bucket." Comment.
Astoria Times

Turmoil ups calls for four more years of Bloomberg

As the Wall Street crisis continues, so too does talk that the economic turmoil supports the argument for extending Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term, which runs out next year. Comment.
Astoria Times

Subprime woes haunt boro

The economic downturn on Wall Street is going to make the subprime crisis in Queens even worse over the next year, housing and economy experts said. Comment.
Astoria Times

State orders Parkway to close doors

The state Department of Health is ordering the New Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills to close next week after it rejected the hospital's reconfiguration plan Friday. Comment.
Astoria Times

SE Queens marches for rape victims

Southeast Queens residents, business leaders and community activists marched down the streets of Liberty Avenue Saturday to send a message to two sexual predators who have been attacking women in the area. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens faces fallout from meltdown on Wall Street

As Wall Street entered its second week of market turmoil and federal lawmakers negotiated the largest bailout in American history, Queens residents struggled to make sense of the changing financial landscape and how it would affect them. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens experts tell investors not to panic

Queens investment specialists said borough investors should focus on reviewing their portfolios rather than allowing fear to dictate their decisions despite recent ongoing turmoil on Wall Street. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pre-trial probes dental slay

The man accused of gunning down a Forest Hills dentist in front of his daughter, allegedly tried to offer investigators alibis that heavily conflicted with police evidence, a Queens detective testified Monday at a pre-trial hearing in State Supreme Court. Comment.
Astoria Times

Owner to develop Jamaica site

A faltering economy may have killed plans to create new commercial space at the old Merkel Meat plant on Sutphin Boulevard last month, but the area is far from being abandoned, the site's developer told TimesLedger last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

NYRA emerges from Chapter 11

The New York Racing Association has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after using $75 million in state funding to fulfill its credit obligations. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA unveils boro flood fixes

A year after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority issued a report detailing much-needed fixes in the wake of the August 2007 storm that crippled the city's mass transit system for eight hours, transit brass gathered in Jamaica to announce the progress on their plan. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA ponders buying 2 East River bridges

Should the Metropolitan Transportation Authority buy the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges and turn them into toll bridges as a step toward relief from its worsening financial straits? Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayor’s bill would ease disclosure rules for pols

A City Council hearing on legislation that would lessen financial disclosure requirements for elected officials and citizens who volunteer for public positions was canceled last week, but advocates of the bill said it could spur people to become involved in public service. Comment.
Astoria Times

Little Neck Chabad welcomes all Jews

A Little Neck rabbi said his congregation has grown exponentially each year since he began giving High Holiday services in the neighborhood due to the fact that his Cullman Avenue-based Chabad welcomes Jews of all affiliations. Comment.
Astoria Times

100 LIC workers fall ill from gas leak

More than 100 people were sickened after gas fumes were reported two days in a row at a Long Island City office building last week, leading the state to shut down construction at Sunnyside Yards. Comment.
Astoria Times

LaGuardia graduates 1,500 in class of 2008

Darys Estrella Mordan told a story that had to have been familiar to many of the hundreds of LaGuardia Community College graduates who accepted their diplomas last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lafayette takes job with state agency

Former state Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette has been named the state Insurance Department's deputy superintendent for community affairs, Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo announced Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

JFK raises curtain on futuristic new terminal

A host of elected officials, JetBlue executives and the world famous Rockettes were on hand at John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday to officially unveil its newest and most anticipated terminal. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica, Nassau temples merge 330 families

The idea of combining Temple Israel of Jamaica and Temple Emanuel of New Hyde Park was a little difficult to grasp for the congregants of the two synagogues, Emanuel worshiper Merel Fishkin said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica Bay marshes washing away with tides

For years, lifelong Broad Channel resident Dan Mundy has seen the once lush marshland in Jamaica Bay rapidly deteriorate into nothing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Grease plant eyes expansion

A Long Island City business with a unique pedigree in the city is preparing to quadruple the size of its operation, which may mean more grease trucks in the largely industrial neighborhood. Comment.
Astoria Times

Girl clings to life after hit-run

An 11-year-old girl was fighting for her life at Jamaica Hospital after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Ozone Park, police and witnesses said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gennaro, Padavan spar at St. John’s forum

It may not have been formatted as a debate, but it appeared no one attending a candidates forum at St. John's University Monday night informed state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) or City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comment.
Astoria Times

Feds may probe claims China played role in Flushing attacks

The federal government may be looking into allegations by spiritual group Falun Gong that the Chinese consulate general orchestrated attacks on its members in downtown Flushing earlier this year. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ex-piano-maker Steinway dies at 93

Henry Z. Steinway, who ran the Astoria-based piano company started by his family more than 150 years ago and was known as the honorary mayor of Long Island City, died last Thursday in his Manhattan home. He was 93. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ed Dept. says District 26 gets best grades in boro

The grades are in and schools in northeast Queens showed mixed results over last year's scores in the second annual rating of the city's public schools. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dutch man indicted in spray painting of No. 7 train

A Dutch man may face prison time after being indicted for allegedly spray painting graffiti on a No. 7 train subway car and leading an officer on a foot chase along the elevated train tracks near Shea Stadium, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cuomo probes reports of LIRR disability fraud

New York State Attorney Andrew Cuomo's office has begun an investigation into published reports that since 2000 nearly $250 million in federal occupational disability payments has been paid to retired Long Island Rail Road employees who claimed disability, although some of them congregate at a golf club. Comment.
Astoria Times

Civic wants 104th Pct. to step up

The president of the Glendale Civic Association slammed the 104th Precinct for not sending a representative to a town hall meeting last week sponsored by state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) and City Councilman Anthony Como (R-Middle Village). Comment.
Astoria Times

City seeks to put Pavilion on registry of historic sites

The weather-battered New York State Pavilion may soon be listed on the National Historic Registry, city Parks Department officials said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cigarette DNA IDs ‘03 Bellerose killer

A used cigarette butt was the key piece of evidence that helped to convict a Jamaica man last week who killed a Queens Village resident during a robbery, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Center for the Women of NY hosts annual dinner, job fair

The Center for the Women of New York will host a "coming of age" birthday celebration Thursday in Flushing featuring a list of prominent city government and business leaders as the organization turns 21. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 13 against moving impound lot

Contending there would be no benefits to the community and that city projects are consistently being dumped in southeast Queens, Community Board 13 unanimously voted down a plan to relocate the Police Department's tow pound from College Point to Springfield Gardens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Burglars hit two Bayside churches

The operators of two Lutheran churches in Bayside and another in Flushing said they have been forced to undertake expensive security measures after the sites were broken into and robbed earlier this month. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bocce brings out bowlers

Sports fans of all ages gathered at Juniper Valley Park Saturday as dozens of people took part in the city's annual bocce tournament. Comment.
Astoria Times

Biz school grads face uncertain job market

The collapse on Wall Street stemming from the financial troubles of the nation's largest financial giants will hit college business majors hard, but with the right planning, they can ride out the downturn, a St. John's University professor said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bellerose groups want tree prune job completed

Bellerose civic leaders were scratching their collective heads after they said a company hired to prune neighborhood street trees never finished the job. Comment.
Astoria Times

Beech Hills rages over fee increase

More than 200 angry Beech Hills shareholders turned out last week for a raucous meeting at which they demanded answers after the Douglaston co-op's board of directors recently announced it would raise monthly maintenance costs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bayside car left on blocks

In a scene more reminiscent of New York City 20 years ago, a Bayside woman was shocked last week when she found her boyfriend's hapless car on wooden blocks, stripped of wheels valued at more than $5,000. Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo claims state hurts boro’s small biz

A state program designed to keep businesses in the city is hurting small businesses by disproportionately doling out tax breaks to large chains, City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said Friday. Comment.

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