A janitor contracted to work at LaGuardia Community College got the boot earlier this year after he tried to pay a high school student more than $100 to suck on her toes, according to documents from the Department of Education’s special commissioner of investigation for the city school district’s office. Comment.
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make Brinckerhoff Cemetery a landmark in a move that will protect the historic Fresh Meadows burial ground from development. Comment.
In the sport of track and field, years of training often come down to a few tenths of a second, which was the case for Liberia’s Phobay Kutu-Akoi, a St. John’s alumna as she ran an 11.52-second 100-meter dash in her heat at the 2012 Olympic Games, less than 0.4 seconds behind the last semifinal qualifier in her group. Comment.
One would think Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, mandate would be a win-win for both parties. After all, it was the Republicans’ concept and championed by the Heritage Foundation, an American conservative think-tank based in Washington, D.C. Comment.
Summer interns from City Comptroller John Liu’s office brightened smiles on a rainy day last week when they stopped by South Jamaica to donate some much-appreciated sports equipment to the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center. Comments (1).
With the rapid increase in online communication, especially through social networking websites, cyberbullying is a growing problem that has gone largely unaddressed in our society today. More then 85 percent of teenagers have been a victim of cyberbullying and more than 90 percent of these victims will fail to report it. Comment.
In the wake of the recent mass shootings at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has introduced a package of bills aimed at making New York state’s gun laws the strongest in the country. Comments (5).
City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) thought Union Turnpike was in pretty bad shape. People were complaining about litter on the streets and garbage cans were overflowing, so he decided to allocate $30,000 to keep the commercial heart of Fresh Meadows looking clean. Comment.
As it commemorates its 150th birthday, Flushing Town Hall has gotten its artist members joining in on the celebrating. Dozens of members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the Town Hall, have contributed works to this year’s members’ exhibition, all tied to the theme of “celebration.” Comments (1).
Although the process often benefits worthy causes, the tradition of handing out millions of dollars in “discretionary funds” to be disbursed by City Council members calls to mind the days of Tammany Hall. Comment.
An investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has determined that the City Council rubber stamped the Bloomberg administration’s Willets Point plan after it had been illegally lobbied by the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corp., led by former Borough President Claire Shulman. Comment.
The same traffic problems have plagued College Point since the 1980s, an old study shows, yet civic leaders said continuing development and a lack of capital improvements are making gridlock even worse. Comments (2).
As the number of stop-and-frisks the NYPD conducted in 2011 rose 14 percent over the previous year, the number of complaints dropped by 10 percent, according to a new report by the city Civilian Complaint Review Board. Comments (1).
The public comment period on a proposal to extend a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport closer to Idlewild Park closed two months ago, and one open-space group is calling on the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to halt its plans until its voice is heard. Comments (1).
At first glance, the newly opened bike and walking path in the borough’s largest park might seem like just another pedestrian thoroughfare, but the underlying science behind its construction will alleviate chronic flooding along the eastern edge of Meadow Lake. Comment.
Thousands of revelers braved the heat and soaked up the fun as the cultural diversity of southeast Queens spilled out onto the streets at the 16th annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival Saturday. Comment.
FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the fatal July 2010 assault of a Good Samaritan who attempted to halt an attack on a transsexual woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie has taken on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on soft drinks of more than 16 ounces. He’s right when he says there ought to be a more effective way to limit the amount of calories children consume. Comment.
On June 22, students at Flushing’s PS 242 closed out the school year by teaming up with the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association for a Love Your Block event under a grant received by the MLCA from the Citizens Committee of New York City. Comment.
The NYPD is offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of John Thomas, wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a Queens anti-gang sergeant who was shot Wednesday night in South Jamaica. Comments (7).
Democratic District Leader and longtime Flushing resident Martha Flores-Vazquez officially announced her campaign last week after collecting enough signatures to get on the ballot for the downtown state Assembly seat. Comment.
Standing proudly in front of one of the area firehouses he said he helped save in the past, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) accepted an endorsement from the Uniformed Fire Officers Association Tuesday for his bid for re-election to the Senate. Comment.
FOREST HILLS — According to the Queens district attorney, a Massachusetts resident was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing death of a Forest Hills man in June 2009. Comment.
On June 12, Bernie Diamond was honored at a dinner at Hillcrest Jewish Center for his 35 years of service as a member of Community Board 8. Comments by people at the dinner and my conversation with Bernie have developed a picture of a man who has devoted his life to community service. Comment.
As 2012 moves along, our national economy is not moving at all. We continue to hear reassurances from President Barack Obama that the economy will begin to improve, but he has been telling the American people this for the last four years. Comment.
An NYPD sergeant assigned to an anti-gang unit was recovering from non-life-threatening wounds Thursday after he was shot in the leg several times the night before by a suspect he was chasing in South Jamaica, police said. Comments (8).
An Astoria musician who has two parents with Alzheimer’s disease is holding a citywide drive to collect iPods. Caregivers have used the MP3 players as therapeutic tools to spur the memories of those with dementia. Comments (1).
Controversial plans to build a 12-story hotel on a narrow residential street in Fresh Meadows have stalled because the application for the building has been disapproved by the city Department of Buildings. Comments (3).
The Q line offers the best service in the subway system, including fewer delays, clean cars and a good chance of getting a seat during rush hour, according to the Straphangers Campaign’s 15th annual State of the Subways report. Comment.
City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) announced last week he had picked up the endorsement of the influential spiritual and political leader the Rev. Floyd Flake in his bid to replace state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) in Albany. Comment.
John Messer announced Tuesday that he was dropping a Queens Supreme Court case that alleged his Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), got on the ballot through fraudulent means. Comments (1).
Critics of the city Department of Education’s plan to phase out Jamaica High School say a recent state report confirms their worst fears that the city has abandoned the students at the embattled institution. Comments (1).
The Republican candidate in the congressional race based around Flushing is calling on his Democratic opponent to release the names of people who collected her campaign donations in the wake of the arrest of former state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng. Comment.
A young Jamaica man who allegedly fired at some other teenagers earlier this year on a block not far from Long Island City High School and hit the wife of a Sudanese diplomat while her children were standing by has been indicted on attempted murder, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2).
Amid the blazing heat of summer in the city, the 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival launched Saturday and Sunday on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with more than 180 teams vying for cash, prizes and the honor of claiming this year’s U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship. Comment.
A week after torrential rain caused major flooding in several areas of Fresh Meadows, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) was scheduled to meet with the city Department of Environmental Protection this week to discuss how area sewers can be improved to prevent similar problems in the future. Comment.
The head of the Queens GOP said Tuesday he had not spoken to Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith about a possible run for mayor as a Republican, but he did give his prospects a slim chance. Comments (1).
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has asked federal officials to tighten rules on the sale of laser pointers that people on the ground have been pointing into aircraft cockpits aloft, imperiling all those aboard. Comment.
Representatives at the U.S. Postal Service have agreed to continue negotiating with Bayside leaders before making any final decisions on the relocation of the post office next to the Long Island Rail Road station, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said Monday. Comment.
The Sikh community in Queens reacted with shock and mourning in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., that killed six people, including the uncle of a leader of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill. Comment.