Friday, July 17, 2009

Whitestone Times

Wheels, tires stolen off of SUV in Bayside

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for the people who stole the wheels of a new SUV early Tuesday morning. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Man slapped child in Flushing: Brown

FLUSHING — A Queensboro Hill man was charged with child endangerment after allegedly slapping a child in front of a police officer, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Man attacked, robbed by ex-girlfriend: Cops

BAYSIDE — A man was assaulted and three people were arrested in an apparent robbery July 8, police in the 111th Precinct said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

After escaping Nazis, Bayside man delivers on a promise

For more than 60 years, Bayside’s David Yager has striven to uphold a vow he made after being freed, at age 17, from a place of unimaginable horror. Comment.
Whitestone Times

College Pt. Blvd. prepares for extreme makeover

College Point Boulevard, a congested thoroughfare that has fallen into disrepair, is poised to get a major facelift that could make it the envy of Queens. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fire closes down Throgs Neck Bridge

The fire that closed the Throgs Neck Bridge for hours Friday and ensnarled thousands of drivers in major traffic jams throughout the borough was caused by a construction worker’s blow torch, the Fire Department said Monday. Comment.
Whitestone Times

For Liu, politics is means to finding new pizza joints

For City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), politics may be his profession, but pizza is his passion. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing Hospital nurses rally for raise

More than 400 nurses at Flushing Hospital are demanding pay raises they say they deserve after years of making concessions in previous contracts despite an increased workload. Comment.
Editorial

What a Disgrace

The state Senate standoff ended last week as shamefully as it began. The two senators who handed the state to the Republican minority have now returned to the fold, giving the Democrats the majority again. The Senate is back to work after 31 days, but at a great price. Comment.

All-city girls’ track honors: Cardozo’s Francis

The stars of the Benjamin Cardozo girls’ track team always seem to be front and center no matter the meet. No one stood out more than sophomore Claudia Francis, who won both Nike national and PSAL titles in the 800 meters. Sophomore Chamique Francis — no relation — won a city and state crown in the 400, running one of the state’s fastest times to do so. Freshman Latisha Philson is already a top hurdler in the state. The Judges again won the PSAL Outdoor title. Comment.

All-Queens PSAL girls’ soccer honors

Even in somewhat of a down year for Queens, there were plenty of impressive performances on an individual and team level. Comment.

Rhoomes performing well at All-American Camp

PHILADELPHIA — When New York Panthers director Gary Charles informed Ryan Rhoomes he was a late invitee to the Reebok All-American Camp at Philadelphia University, he was expecting a positive reaction. At least a smile. Comment.

On guard: CK’s Barrow sharpening up perimeter skills

Maurice Barrow knows his days living on the blocks will be coming to an end, something he is readying for. The Christ the King senior has played power forward the majority of his high-school career, but at 6-foot-3 he will most likely play a small forward at the college level. Comment.

Getting big: Queens native packs on muscle in Florida

PHILADELPHIA — David (Pepe) Joseph might have been listed as a rising sophomore and a member of the Class of 2012 in the Reebok All-American Camp pamphlet, but he sure didn’t look like it. Comment.

City approves variance for Fairway in Douglaston

The city Board of Standards & Appeals approved a variance this week that paves the way for the construction of a new Fairway Market chain store at the current site of a Waldbaum’s in the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center, a spokeswoman for the agency said. Comment.

Richmond Hill street to bear Cataldi’s name

The City Council voted to rename a Richmond Hill Street after Nancy Cataldi, the late president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society and historian for Maple Grove Cemetery who fought to landmark the community, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said last week. Comment.
Queens Village

Transgender woman attacked in SE Qns.

The transgender woman who was allegedly assaulted and harassed by two men on the streets of St. Albans last week may have been left humiliated and injured by her attackers, but that is not going to stop her from potentially taking the stand against them, according to her attorney. Comment.

Bellerose block blasts city for wasting water

Residents of 248th Street in Bellerose are complaining that it took the city Department of Environmental Protection one week to shut off a water hose that had been turned on on the block. Comment.

CB 5 rejects transfer station plans for LIC

Community Board 5 has come out against the proposal for expanding a garbage transfer station in Long Island City, echoing complaints from Maspeth that the plan would clog the neighborhood’s streets with additional truck traffic. Comment.

Baldeo photo clouds truth on endorsements

Ozone Park attorney Albert Baldeo, the self-proclaimed “frontrunner” in the race to replace former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, sent out a press release strongly suggesting he had the backing of City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach). Comment.

Lucky No. 7 is city’s best subway: Straphangers

The Straphangers Campaign has bestowed its best−of−all subway−lines distinction on the No. 7 train. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst shelter draws protests

Elmhurst residents took to the streets Saturday in an effort to keep the city from taking people off the streets and putting them in their neighborhood. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Crowley takes on health care

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) had plenty of advice to take back with him to Washington, D.C., after he held a round table at Elmhurst Hospital Monday, during which a bevy of health officials and community leaders addressed everything from the cost of insuring employees for small businesses to undocumented immigrants in the health care system. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Boro to host soccer tourney

When 16 soccer teams take to the pitch in Flushing Meadows Corona Park later this month, they may not have the talent brought to the table at the World Cup, but that does not mean the world will be any less represented. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. John’s teams up with feds to offer vets tuition

Veterans back from Afghanistan and Iraq could soon be going to St. John’s University for free now that the school has joined a new federal program that aims to improve financial aid for members of the military and their families, St. John’s and federal officials said this week. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Gennaro wants to make city green

A recent seven-hour hearing on a package of bills that would in part mandate large buildings to undergo energy upgrades and audits has inspired City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) to tweak the legislation he said would create numerous green jobs and provide city residents with energy savings. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Community House names new director

After serving as the executive director of Queens Community House for more than three decades, Oliver Lewis Harris has retired and relinquished his leadership position to former Associate Director Irma Rodriguez, leaving behind him an organization very different than the one he helped develop in the late 1970s. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Jamaica High School receives landmark status from city

Jamaica High School, with its tower reaching upwards and manicured grounds, has been landmarked by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission. On June 17, a ceremony was held in the school auditorium. Students and staff attended the event, including a number of officials and graduates. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Kew Gardens Vantage tenants still angry despite elevator fix

Residents of a Kew Gardens building owned by Vantage Properties said they were relieved in part when their landlord fixed one of the building’s two elevators after it broke last week. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Weiner gives $237K to Ridgewood Y project

There will be a hot time at the old courthouse come September when the Ridgewood YMCA unveils a massive renovation of its building, but in the meantime, workers continue to hammer away inside the structure’s gutted interior. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Council OKs Cord Meyer rezone

The City Council has approved the Cord Meyer rezoning plan for Forest Hills, a move some say will help to curb overdevelopment. But a lawyer representing Bukharian homeowners said the blueprint marks an assault on new immigrants. Comment.
Astoria Times

Aged: Classic steakhouse fare with a youthful touch

Recession? What recession? There was no belt tightening going on during a recent Wednesday evening at Aged, Forest Hills’ newest steak house. Without reservations, it would have been touch and go securing a table at 6:30 on a weekday evening. Comment.
Astoria Times

I’m a stranded customer, burglar said: Brown

WOODSIDE — A Woodside man allegedly burglarized a store and tried to pass himself off as a customer locked in overnight when an employee walked in on him, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man busted after cop spots him on roof: DA

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Corona man was arrested Friday after being spotted breaking into a store, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

California man guilty of vandalizing Citi Field

FLUSHING — A California man was arrested July 9 at Citi Field after he was caught vandalizing a foul pole, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Gregory Gaines, 50, was charged with making graffiti and possessing a graffiti instrument after a security guard caught him writing “Jack 7/9/2009” on the pole with a permanent marker. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man shot fireworks at 108th Precinct cop: DA

SUNNYSIDE — A Sunnyside man was arrested by police in the 108th Precinct after he allegedly fired a Roman candle at a police officer intent on citing him for illegal fireworks, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Letters

Universal health care system is birthright for all Americans

It is a birthright for Americans to have quality health care regardless of their status in society and circumstance of life. Anyone opposed to that should hang their heads in shame and not attend a house of worship where principles of human dignity are celebrated. Comment.
Letters

Carrozza has violated trust of voters

State Assemblywoman Ann Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) was elected to represent Queens, but is living on Long Island. This is an apparent violation of state law, which requires elected officials to reside in the districts they represent. The mortgage papers she signed on her house in June 2008 state she is using the property as her principal residence. Comment.
Letters

Fare increase unfair to commuters

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has increased fares on subways and city buses to $2.25, citing its ever-increasing deficit. Was it not too long ago the MTA had a huge budget surplusi What happened to all that moneyi Did it suddenly disappeari Comment.
Letters

Community boards show partiality by attending political fund-raisers

Shown in the Focus on Queens page in the July 2 edition of the Flushing Times was the fund-raising dinner for a City Council candidate. Comment.
Letters

Carrozza’s story about her house on Long Island hard to swallow

Now we know state Assemblywoman Ann Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) does not live in Bayside. She represents our community from her residence in Glen Head, L.I. that is, when she goes to Albany. Comment.
Editorial

A Question of Balance

It will take the wisdom of Solomon to resolve the dispute that has emerged between the Sikh community and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The Sikh Coalition has filed a lawsuit demanding the MTA abandon a seldom-enforced policy that requires Sikh men working for the MTA to put the MTA logo on their turbans. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Padavan lets loose on Albany Senate debacle at luau

There were two great parties Saturday night. The first was for Kristen Karoff, who graduated from Adelphi University cum laude with a bachelor’s in business administration by majoring in management and minoring in mathematics. Congratulations, Kristen, on a job well done, as you must have put a tremendous amount of time and energy into your education. Your parents, Carolyn and Bernie, also deserve a lot of credit for both supporting you and being there for you. More young people should be lucky enough to have such great parents. We now expect big things from you. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit and Look Out: City green group still at the forefront of caring for trees

Readers who were around in the 1970s will recall the city’s finances were in such bad shape the state in effect took over the city and pulled it out of near-bankruptcy. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Ognibene cites experience in bid to return to Council

The 30th City Council District in western Queens promises to be a competitive race this year, with incumbent Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) being challenged by former Councilman Thomas Ognibene. The recent political history of this district is unusual, since there have been two special elections for the seat during the past year. Crowley won the last election in November. Comment.
Astoria Times

QueensLine: Civil rights activist Goodman studied at Queens College

On June 24, 1964, newspapers reported on the disappearance of Queens College junior Andrew Goodman. Young people gathered on the college campus. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Hate and prejudice plagued the early days of baseball

Sport is one area where no participant is worried about another’s race, religion or wealth: and where the only concern is “Have you come to playi” — Henry Roxborough Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business? Avoid home work scams

With our economy still in disarray, more people are telling me they are considering work-from-home opportunities for two reasons. First, job security has become an issue and is on Queens residents’ minds. Second, with the Internet, work-from-home ventures can be a beacon of light for people getting laid off. Unfortunately, with home careers rising, there are lots of scams to watch for. Comment.
Astoria Times

Baysiders get kick out of school

Northeast Queens denizens who patronize Bayside resident Marcos Lagos’ new business had better come looking for a fight. Comment.
Astoria Times

Liu says comptroller race not about data

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) says he is out to prove the office of city comptroller is more than data and numbers — it is about the people they affect. Comment.

Ackerman seeks $500,000 for Rockaway wind study

A collaboration between Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority to discuss the feasibility of constructing a wind farm off the coast of the Rockaways may soon have a large infusion of cash blowing its way, thanks to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Astoria Times

LIRR-Citi Field adds trains for Paul McCartney shows

The Long Island Rail Road will provide extra trains to Citi Field in Queens for Paul McCartney’s three concert performances July 17, 18 and 21. Comment.
Astoria Times

Paterson’s MTA pick hails from Rockaways

Jay Walder, who grew up in the Rockaways and has already had what some transit advocates call a distinguished transit career in New York and London, has been appointed head of the MTA. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gioia, White earn perfect environmental marks

The New York League of Conservation Voters issued its annual environmental scorecard last week and handed out top scores to City Councilmen Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and Thomas White (D-South Ozone Park), both of whom received 100, while giving the least favorable marks to Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Beach) at 17 and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Maspeth) at 22. Comment.
Astoria Times

Longtime bachelor Weiner proposes to Clinton aide

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) is one step closer to giving up his bachelorhood. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria woman, 23, slain in bed

The family of a 23-year-old Astoria woman found dead in her apartment last weekend encircled the victim’s wailing mother Monday afternoon as the body was removed from the apartment that the two women shared for many years on 30th Avenue. Comment.
Astoria Times

Unemployment worst for NYC blacks: Thompson

The rise in unemployment among African Americans in the city has outpaced by more than four times the jobless rate among white and Hispanic residents, a new report issued by city Comptroller William Thompson’s office found. Comment.
Astoria Times

JFK opens hydrogen fuel station

John F. Kennedy International Airport is getting major additions that will benefit New Yorkers who want to travel in green style and for passengers who are looking for a good meal before they head to the skies. Comment.
Astoria Times

Avella to protest ahead of vote on Corp. Park move

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he will once again rally College Point, Whitestone and Mitchell-Linden residents later this month to protest the city’s plans for the College Point Corporate Park, which include moving five Willets Point businesses to the area. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica Hospital mum after Seminerio plea

As former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio awaits sentencing in October after setting up a fake consulting company that took in nearly $1 million in corrupt payments, it remains unclear whether an investigation into Jamaica Hospital, which paid him $400,000, is underway. Comment.
Astoria Times

SUNY should release $115M to suffering schools: Stavisky

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) demanded more than $100 million in emergency funding be released for state colleges and universities this week, with public schools suffering budget cuts during a weakened economy. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside’s graffiti girl gets 6 months

The Woodside woman who spray-painted her tag on subway cars throughout Queens was sentenced last week to six months in jail, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Noshwalks provide Queens culinary tour

To nosh it is to love it. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone praises bill about easy graffiti cleaning

Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Queens last week to announce legislation that would make it easier for the city to remove graffiti in neighborhoods and to praise the addition of several new trucks to existing graffiti clean-up fleets. Comment.
Astoria Times

Whirlwind of divinity sweeps through Flushing

For a brief series of moments on Monday, a small slice of Queens was bathed in Hindu ritual and pageantry courtesy of a frenetic collection of sights, sounds and an elephant named Minnie. Comment.
Astoria Times

Reunited Dems talk change

As the state Senate shakily returned to business last week after a month of accusations and stalemates, the Queens senator who helped incite the chaos June 8 defended his actions. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lynne Serpe is Green choice

Astoria’s Lynne Serpe said she will focus on environmental issues in her bid for City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) seat this fall as a Green Party candidate, but will also give equal weight to a proposed rezoning of the community, the economy and expanded library service. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Astoria restaurateur’s film snags Obama in supporting role

An Astoria restaurant owner managed to snag one of the nation’s most familiar faces for a new short film in which he acts and makes his debut as a producer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Finger-lookin’ good

Poultry can be as high-maintenance to photograph as the world’s most demanding supermodel. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing: Journeyman Michael Wolf a big man with a big heart

“This December,” Michael Wolf proudly proclaims, “will mark my 33rd year in a mental institution.” And who can blame him for being proudi Thirty-three years is a long time for anything, especially on the same job, this one at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village as the last surviving academic teacher in its Department of Client Education. Comment.
Astoria Times

White Box Theater Festival offers bite-size plays

In putting on the White Box Theatre Festival, a series of one-act plays by new playwrights, both the Long Island City-based Queens Players and the literary journal Ampersand Review had to step our of their comfort zones. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Whitestone Times

Jewelry, camera stolen from Bayside home

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for a suspect who broke into a home Friday. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Police search for minivan stolen from parking lot

BAYSIDE — A minivan was stolen from a parking lot Sunday around 12:30 p.m., police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Woman victim of sexual assault, robbery: Police

FRESH MEADOWS — Investigators were looking for a man who they claim sexually assaulted and robbed a woman Friday night. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Alley Pond golf course becomes scene of fight

DOUGLASTON — A man and woman were arrested Friday after they got into a heated argument during a golf game, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Tolls on the Throgs Neck, Whitestone bridges to rise

Tolls will go up at 3 a.m. Sunday for nine bridges and tunnels operated by the MTA. Comment.
Whitestone Times

MTA turban logo requirement discriminatory: Sikh workers

Turban-wearing Sikh employees of the MTA are calling on the agency to reverse its policy requiring them to brand their turbans with the MTA logo. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Hollis corner renamed Run-D.M.C. JMJ Way

After earning major accolades among the music world’s finest, Run-D.M.C. will be memorialized on the Hollis streets where they got their start. Comment.
Whitestone Times

7 Queens students to attend prestigious military schools

Seven northeast Queens high school students were recently accepted to attend two of the nation’s most prestigious military academies after being nominated by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.
Whitestone Times

Jamaica Funk slims down acts to reach bigger audience

When the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. began planning this year’s Jamaica Funk concert series, its organizers decided to put quality over quantity. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Liu dismisses Yassky’s claim he has slowed down bike bill

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) flatly rejected claims by Councilman David Yassky, a Democratic opponent running for comptroller, that he has held up a bill sponsored by the Brooklyn councilman to stymie political gain. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Carrozza moves back to Bayside during tax flap

The Queens County Republican Party has called for an investigation of state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) after she admitted in late June that she had been living out of the district since March. But the assemblywoman said Tuesday that she had moved back to Bayside last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Boro dad, son rescue man in Jamaica Bay

Even though they jumped at a moment’s notice to save the life of an adrift fisherman Sunday off Jamaica Bay, Briarwood resident Cesar Menesees and his son Alex said they do not consider themselves heroes. Comment.
Whitestone Times

District funds jump 25% under Crowley

Freshman City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) brought home the bacon for the 2010 fiscal year, garnering $533,321 for organizations in her district. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Leroy to run for City Council

When Mireille Leroy looks out her campaign office window on Sutphin Boulevard, she does not like what she sees. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Five from Queens charged in vendor cart scheme: DOI

Five Queens residents are facing felony charges after the city Department of Investigation uncovered some allegedly shady dealings in the food vendor industry. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Kew Gardens apartment residents claim landlord abuse

Residents living in a Kew Gardens apartment building owned by Vantage Properties are railing against their landlord, accusing the company of taking too long to fix an elevator on which many disabled and elderly individuals and parents rely, being generally unresponsive to concerns and attempting to harass and evict rent-stabilized tenants. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Jewish music fest celebrates 20 years

The 20th annual “Jewish Music Under the Stars” concert series in Cunningham Park will give residents a much-needed break from the financial woes that have plagued borough families, Queens Jewish Community Council Executive Director Cynthia Zalisky said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

NYHQ centers open for bones and hearts

New York Hospital Queens officially unveiled a new orthopedics center in Fresh Meadows last week, a move it said will provide space at the main hospital and boost outpatient rehabilitation services. Comment.
Whitestone Times

July 4 weekend hit-and-runs claim lives of two men in Queens

Police were still searching for suspects in two separate hit-and-run incidents that took the lives of two Queens men during the July 4 holiday weekend. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Salvation Army needs X-mas generosity now

If you see bell ringers next to Salvation Army kettles on Queens streets next week, do not be fooled. Christmas is not for another five months, but the nonprofit is asking people for some early holiday generosity in hard times. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Muss seeks city variance for Flushing’s Sky View

Some confusion over whether federal authorities had approved the Sky View Parc’s 14-story residential towers near LaGuardia International Airport was cleared up this week and Muss Development said it was moving ahead with plans to open the first of the buildings this fall. Comment.
Editorial

Carrozza’s ‘Good Intentions’

Caught red-handed living outside her district, state Assemblywoman Ann Margaret Carrozza did not even flinch. Although state legislators are required to live in the district they represent, she said legislators are not breaking the rules as long as they intend to move back into their district. Comment.
Editorial

Bozo of the Week

It was a desire for a Coca-Cola that thrust state Sen. Frank Padavan into the center ring of the Albany circus. He says he was only passing through the Senate chambers to the soda machine when he accidently gave the Senate Democrats the body they needed to begin voting on 125 bills. The beleaguered governor was ecstatic. Comment.
Richmond Hill

South Queens Speaks: Boro nonprofit for handicapped experiencing growth

Every Saturday is softball season for the Achievers of America, a program for the handicapped and challenged of all ages founded 10 years ago by Queens resident Steve Biondo. Comment.
Queens Village

Qns. Village vet found dead

An 84-year-old retired U.S. Army veteran was found dead early Monday in his Queens Village home, police and neighbors said. Comment.

Littlejohn sentenced to life without parole in St. Guillen murder

Darryl Littlejohn, the Jamaica man who is already serving a lengthy prison sentence for kidnapping a York College female student nearly four years ago, will be spending the rest of his natural life behind bars for killing another co-ed. Comment.

Bayside DEP official gives upvacation for stealing city services

A high-ranking official in the city Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to forfeit 12 vacation days after using a city truck to pump water out of her flooded Bayside basement for free two years ago, a spokesman for the city Conflicts of Interest Board said. Comment.

Paterson appoints Ravitch lieutenant governor

After a month of Senate gridlock brought the legislative process to a grinding halt, Gov. David Paterson appointed former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor Wednesday night in an attempt to provide a tie-breaking Senate vote and a clear successor to Paterson. Comment.

Jamaica convenience store sells $133 million lottery ticket

Will the lucky shopper who purchased Tuesday’s winning $133 million Mega Million lottery ticket please stand upi Comment.

Paterson says Ravitch right man for the job

Gov. David Paterson introduced his appointment of former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor Thursday afternoon as the move was being challenged in court by Republicans and the stalemate in the state Senate continued. Comment.

Jackson Heights author pens teen girls’ bible on boys

Do girls just want to have fun? Well, yes, but they also want to know what guys are thinking. That is the main thrust of “Boyology,” a new guide to teenage boys written by Jackson Heights author Sarah Burningham. Comment.

Albany senators reach accord to unite Democratic party

The prodigal son has returned to the fold, and Malcolm Smith is happy to have him back. Comment.
Queens Village

Cambria Hts. questions shooting

The Cambria Heights community has raised many questions about an early morning standoff last week between law enforcement officials from various agencies and a fugitive who was shot during the confrontation. Comment.

Race for Katz seat heats up

City Council candidate Heidi Harrison Chain’s announcement last week that she will decline public matching funds has prompted others in the race for Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D-Forest Hills) seat to criticize the move, saying she is ditching a program meant to level the financial playing field and could now far outspend her opponents. Comment.

Some lanes reopen on Throgs Neck Bridge after fire

Interim Executive Director of the MTA Helena Williams said she expected the majority of the Throgs Neck Bridge’s lanes to be open by rush hour Friday evening after an early morning fire forced officials to close the major thoroughfare that connects the Queens and the Bronx for more than six hours, leaving thousands of drivers stuck in traffic and causing major delays on the Cross Island Parkway and Long Island Expressway. Comment.

AUDIO SLIDE SHOW: The Rescuers

When a pair of fishermen were swept away by the currents in Jamaica Bay, a pair of alert bystanders on the beach dove to their rescue. They saved one man but were unable to rescue the other. They told their story to TimesLedger Reporter Ivan Pereira and Photo Editor Christina Santucci. Comment.

Avella at odds with CB 7

A rift has emerged between City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Community Board 7 after years of working side-by-side with little squabbling. Comment.
Laurelton

Gioia slams price gouging

Though milk prices in the city have been higher than the national average, milk in Queens remained in the middle of the pack, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) said Sunday. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm touts activist past

When Daniel Dromm launched his bid for the City Council last year, he did not expect to be the underdog. But when Mayor Michael Bloomberg succeeded in extending term limits, the public school teacher and Democratic district leader found himself pitted against incumbent Councilwoman Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights). Comment.
Jackson Heights

Texas man swindled home from aunt in Corona: DA

A Texas man has been indicted on grand larceny and other charges after allegedly swindling his elderly aunt out of her Corona home, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Briarwood dad, son rescue man in Jamaica Bay

Even though they jumped at a moment’s notice to save the life of an adrift fisherman Sunday off Jamaica Bay, Briarwood resident Cesar Menesees and his son Alex said they do not consider themselves heroes. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City prepares Auburndale, Oakland Gdns. rezone

The City Planning Commission is readying a long-awaited and massive rezoning geared at protecting the communities of Auburndale, Kissena Park, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills, but community leaders said initial drafts of the proposal are far from adequate. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City cuts spare Queens Community House

Officials at Queens Community House said their Forest Hills-based nonprofit was spared cuts from the city that would have decimated programs and forced the group to curb services that benefit hundreds of youth throughout the borough. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Homeowners need more time to challenge building plans

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella group of about 100 Queens civic associations to give a unified and strong voice for members. The major issue concerning Queens homeowners is their quality of life. Comment.
Flushing Times

James Wu embraces change

To James Wu, leading a constantly changing community requires an elected official to move and react with it, not against it. Comment.
Bayside Times

Carrozza moves back to Bayside amid tax flap

The Queens County Republican Party has called for an investigation of state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) after she admitted in late June that she had been living out of the district since March. But the assemblywoman said Tuesday that she had moved back to Bayside last week. Comment.
Bayside Times

City prepares north Queens rezoning plan

The City Planning Commission is readying a long-awaited and massive rezoning geared at protecting the communities of Auburndale, Kissena Park, Oakland Gardens and Hollis Hills, but community leaders said initial drafts of the proposal are far from adequate. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bayside DEP official gives up vacation for stealing city services

A high-ranking official in the city Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to forfeit 12 vacation days after using a city truck to pump water out of her flooded Bayside basement for free two years ago, a spokesman for the city Conflicts of Interest Board said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Road rage in Rockaways leads to man’s arrest

ROCKAWAYS — An unlicensed motorist was arraigned last week on several charges after he allegedly went on a road rage tirade at the intersection of Shore Front Parkway and Beach 84th Street, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maspeth child almost drowned at N.J. camp

NEW JERSEY — A 5-year-old Maspeth boy was recovering at a Philadelphia hospital this weekend after he nearly drowned at a campground, New Jersey state police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pickpocket stole cell phone in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA — Police released the image last week of a man wanted in connection with a robbery. Comment.
Astoria Times

2 boro stores harassed by same man: Brown

ELMHURST — A Manhattan man was arraigned last week on charges of injuring a person inside a store and wrecking another nearby shop, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Padavan should not have voted against mayoral school control

I have seen state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) come to meeting after meeting over the years and rail against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s operation of the city school system with mayoral control. He is the sponsor, however, in the Senate of the mayoral control extension bill that passed the state Assembly with the mayor’s blessing. I was hoping he would support our community, not the mayor. Comment.
Letters

Senate destroyed mayoral control

June 30 has come and gone and the circus government filled with senators who are a bunch of clowns did not resolve their differences. Now we have real serious issues as a result, one of them being mayoral control of city schools being lost. Comment.
Letters

Smith continues delaying solution to Senate stalemate

In just six months, New Yorkers were pushed to the breaking point with a litany of broken promises and failed leadership by state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) and his conference colleagues. Time and time again, Smith and his colleagues proved they were more interested in political perks than standing up for New Yorkers and producing results. Accountability and responsibility were pushed aside for political expediency. Comment.
Letters

All-new representation needed in Senate

Last week, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) circulated a letter that appeared in local newspapers which attempted to distance herself from the ongoing outrage in Albany. A similar letter was printed and mailed by Sen. George Onorato (D-Astoria) to his constituents. Each letter blamed the Republicans for the stalemate in the Senate. Each ignored the fact it was Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) whose vote gave Republicans their claim to a majority. Comment.
Letters

Candidates should not post ads on any kind of public property

For over a quarter of a century, the East Bayside Homeowners Association has worked to prevent the annual blight that affects many neighborhoods each summer and fall: illegal political posters, signs or stickers placed on public property and a campaign that has been successful in the Bayside area with our civic organization loudly denouncing the occasional campaign that ignores the law and permits such violations, which has led to candidates losing. Comment.
Letters

City’s killing of geese unacceptable

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

Use common sense on the Internet

Last week, someone was murdered in Forest Hills. According to newspaper reports, the victim had met his killer on the Internet. This is at least the third such incident is recent months. Comment.
Editorial

Are You Watching, Albany?

For more than a year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been talking about renewing the governance law first enacted in 2002. The law gave him and city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein control of city public schools. At midnight July 1, that law was allowed to lapse by a state Senate mired in a partisan battle. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Seminerio resignation leads to special election for seat

With the fall of former Democratic state Assemblyman Tony Seminerio, who until his recent resignation represented the people of the 38th Assembly District in western Queens, a special election will be held. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Borough gets into patriotic spirit with July 4 barbecues

We hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. We attended two barbecues on the Fourth. The first was at 10 a.m. in Bowne Park in Flushing. It was billed as a post “Tea Party 4th of July Freedom Rally” to celebrate the birth of our nation. They had petitions to be signed protesting taxation without representation. The signed petitions were to be sent to both Albany and Washington. They were also protesting the mortgaging of their own as well as their children’s future. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History: City’s melting pot started back in Dutch colonial times

Our city history is difficult to chronicle. Historian Allan Nevins found its essence too elusive to capture: “Over its skyscrapers hangs some demon forever waving a wand and exclaiming, ‘Presto, change!’ At his command, the change comes — comes through growth, the successive waves of immigration from abroad and migration from within, the passion for rebuilding engendered by high land values, the want of reverence for the past.” Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Sleep-away camp becomes a learning experience for children

Summer affords many options for children. One could be spending part of their summer at a sleep-away camp, with its friendship and camaraderie, songs around a roaring campfire, overnight field trips and sobbing on a sagging bunk bed with a flashlight and picture of Mom and Dad. Comment.
Astoria Times

Young crowds flock to new Astoria beer garden

Studio Square co-owner Tommy Demaras knows Astoria. The 42-year-old New Jersey resident spent his first four decades living in the Queens neighborhood. He is the co-owner of the nightclub Cavo and The Rock Fitness Club. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gioia slams price gouging of milk products in city stores

Though milk prices in the city have been higher than the national average, milk in Queens remained in the middle of the pack, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) said Sunday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woodside man fronted vendor cart scheme: City

Five Queens residents are facing felony charges after the city Department of Investigation uncovered some allegedly shady dealings in the food vendor industry. Comment.
Astoria Times

Yankees allow fans to exit after Astoria man files suit

A federal judge has approved a settlement that would not restrict Yankees fans from moving around during the playing of “God Bless America” after a 30-year-old Astoria man was ejected from the baseball team’s park last summer, the New York Civil Liberties Union said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley backs creating private health-care reviewer

As the health care debate heats up, Congress is addressing a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) that would create an independent institute to study which health care treatments work. Comment.
Astoria Times

City removes hazardous tree

If a tree falls in Astoria and the city has not witnessed it, does it pose a threati Comment.
Astoria Times

Gioia brings home $396K in earmarks

With the City Council’s 2010 fiscal budget, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) trailed the pack in member item funding, though his office said the councilman made up for some of that by seeking private grants for constituent groups. Comment.
Astoria Times

Plane struck by birds lands safely at LaGuardia: FAA

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — An American Airlines flight landed safety June 30 at LaGuardia International Airport after suffering a birdstrike on its final approach from Miami, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Senate sees progress in breaking deadlock

As the state Senate deadlock approached the one-month mark this week, both sides of the aisle struck a few optimistic notes on hopes of a resolution after closed-door meetings with Gov. David Paterson while a Queens assemblyman failed in an attempt to coax the governor into further action. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jax Heights author pens teen girls’ bible on boys

Do girls just want to have funi Well, yes, but they also want to know what guys are thinking. That is the main thrust of “Boyology,” a new guide to teenage boys written by Jackson Heights author Sarah Burningham. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gianaris slams Con Ed for salary cuts

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) accused Con Edison last week of paying its maintenance workers low wages and few benefits despite the utility’s $1.2 billion profit last year. Comment.
Astoria Times

Immigrant women land on their feet with touch of Grace

Even as the current economic crisis shrinks the job market, immigrant women from Queens are getting a career boost from a century-old Manhattan nonprofit. Comment.
Astoria Times

City schools’ future in limbo

The embattled state Senate may be moving closer to approving a revised version of mayoral control, which ended last week after state lawmakers failed to renew the school governance law, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Yassky takes aim at government waste

City Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) started his political career crunching numbers in the city budget office more than 20 years ago, and although the post of head number cruncher may not be the most tantalizing to some, he begs to differ. Comment.
Astoria Times

Beating was hate crime: LGBT groups

Elected officials and nonprofits are rallying behind a transgender Jackson Heights woman who was severely beaten by a pair of men in Woodside last month after the Queens district attorney’s office did not initially categorize the attack as a hate crime. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cyclists expected at Tour de Queens in record numbers

More than 1,500 bicyclists will take to Queens streets Sunday for the second-annual Tour de Queens bike ride that has attracted more than double the number of riders than the inaugural event — a sign biking is becoming increasingly popular and convenient in the borough, according to one of the ride’s organizers. Comment.
Astoria Times

MTA Bus Co. receives award for improved rider conditions

Federal transit officials have cited the MTA Bus Co., made up of the formerly private bus lines serving much of Queens, for dramatically increasing ridership. Comment.
Astoria Times

July 4 weekend hit-and-runs claim lives of two men in Qns.

Police were still searching for suspects in two separate hit-and-run incidents that took the lives of two Queens men during the July 4 holiday weekend. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Sikhs press Klein to stop bullying in schools

Sikhs, many from Queens, rallied last week to protest what they said was the failure of school officials to enforce rules against bullying and harassment in schools, some of it by teachers, staff members and security guards. Comment.
Astoria Times

Blacks poorly counted in SE Qns.: Census

Census workers are facing a challenge next year in counting the people of Queens in the southeast part of the borough, in areas of Richmond Hill and southwest Queens, where some communities had fewer than 40 percent of households respond to the survey in 2000. Comment.
Astoria Times

From the Footlights: Spirit of ’67

You couldn’t blame a producer or theater devotee last summer for having doubts about the wisdom of mounting a revival of “Hair,” the iconic 1960s musical. Comment.
Astoria Times

Wandering revelers seek refuge at P.S.1’s Warm Up

Unleash your inner urban nomad this summer with a series of experimental musical performances housed under Bedouin-style tents, as part of the 11th annual Warm Up music series at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center through Sept. 5. Comment.

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