It has been more than seven years since American journalist Bob Woodruff suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq, but his wife Lee said that was only the beginning of a new journey. Comment.
A mother who watched her 18-year-old son gunned down on surveillance video last year as he ran through the South Jamaica Houses trying to escape his cold-blooded killers told her son’s shooter at his sentencing earlier Tuesday she hoped he would spend the rest of his life in prison. Comments (13).
The Jazz Committee/Midtown Arts Common in the Manhattan Saint Peter’s Church, “The Jazz Church,” continued its annual Prez Fest Celebration last week by honoring the historic contributions of the late and iconic former St. Albans, Addisleigh Park resident Milt “The Judge Hinton,” a jazz bassist, educator, jazz photographer and NEA jazz master. Comment.
State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) honored City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and two other Queens women Friday for International Women’s Day. Comment.
City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) threw his support behind a local union Tuesday in its labor negotiations with the Queens supermarket chain Trade Fair, going so far as to visit one of the Jackson Heights stores and speak to the employees facing loss of full-time work. Comments (4).
Community Board 7 is entitled to whatever information and conditions it deems necessary to aid it in making a decision on the United States Tennis Association’s current application that involves a significant structural expansion of its facilities in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (“CB 7 wants more info on USTA expansion,” TimesLedger Newspapers Feb. 22-28, 2013). Comments (1).
A firm advocate of increased policing, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) applauded the city Parks Department’s hiring of more parks enforcement patrol officers come the 2014 fiscal year. Comment.
Protecting our most valuable resource — children — is any society’s most sacred duty, but it is a mission that we too often fail to accomplish. And that failure, whether it is in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Ariz., or a classroom in Newtown, Conn., is a continuing tragedy that should offend us all and shame us into immediate action. Comments (29).
The Queens state Assembly delegation is set to weigh in on a mixed-martial arts bill that passed the state Senate last week, although three of the borough’s lawmakers have already co-sponsored similar legislation in the past. Comment.
After recently celebrating the state’s commitment to securing a partial tax abatement plan for co-op and condominium owners, Bay Terrace’s Warren Schreiber said he was disappointed to see the city potentially complicating the process. Comment.
Dr. Geoffrey Westrich, an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Fresh Meadows, has seen many patients in his life, but one that stands out is a Queens man who was confined to a wheelchair because his hip arthritis was so severe. Comment.
Although Hurricane Sandy forced a shutdown of the New York City transit system and caused monumental damage, the number of riders using subways, railroads and buses increased by more than 0.5 percent last year, including the highest number of weekend subway riders since 1946. Comment.
It was March 1955 when the city announced plans to inject 250,000 tots with the polio vaccine. The city public health commissioner explained that the effort to eradicate polio would involve all first- and second-grade school kids. Comment.
The City Council has passed legislation that would stop the city Department of Correction from handing over undocumented immigrants to U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement if they are youthful offenders, do not have significant criminal records, have been accused of low-level offenses or have been convicted of some types of misdemeanor offenses. Comment.
The heartbroken husband of a woman crushed by an MTA bus in Oakland Gardens last week is pleading for witnesses to the incident to come forward so he can understand the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. Comment.
Queens welcomed the news that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would include co-op and condominium owners in its housing grants for Hurricane Sandy relief, but U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) said there was still more to be done. Comments (1).
A Jamaica Hills nonprofit dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities is worried it may have to lay off some of its staff and scale back its programs if cuts Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in his budget go into effect. Comments (2).
Seven people were arrested last week in connection with a tax fraud ring partially operating in Queens who are suspected of stealing more than $500,000 from the federal government, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.
The boozed-up driver who killed a highway worker on the Grand Central Parkway early one morning last year will spend at least 28 months in prison after he was sentenced Tuesday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
The horn blew and Amani Tatum slumped over, hands at her knees, head down. The Archbishop Molloy senior guard had fouled out of her final high school game with her team seconds away from ending its season. Comment.
Soon after a judge struck down the so-called soda ban Monday — just a day before the new rule was expected to go into effect — some in Queens’s restaurant community said they supported the court’s decision and railed against the ban. Comments (4).
Community boards voted this week on the United States Tennis Center’s proposal to expand its footprint in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and attempted to put their mark on the possible end result, while a lawmaker with legislative power has demanded the lost parkland be replaced. Comments (1).
In an attempt to set the record straight as he runs for re-election to a second term, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has blamed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for distorting his claims about a Sanitation Department slowdown in the aftermath of the 2010 blizzard. Comments (1).
It was just after 1 a.m. Tuesday — inside a Brooklyn high school auditorium that seemed all the more cavernous due to its mostly empty seats — that a city education panel approved what most presumed had been decided months ago. Comment.
The City Council said it had received notice from the MTA that the agency would not be able to stop the scheduled No. 7 subway line work for the Manhattan St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday. Comments (2).
Flushing activist Michael Chu joined with more than a dozen concerned members of the community Sunday to protest outside the 109th Precinct after he said police ignored a missing person report for a woman who was later found dead. Comments (2).
Police charged a Brooklyn man with murder in connection with the deaths of two men who had been shot and beaten and whose bodies were stuffed inside plastic bags and set on fire in an undeveloped section of Howard Beach, police and the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
It took a Manhattan federal jury less than three full days to return a guilty verdict for Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer from Forest Hills charged with plotting online to kidnap, kill and eat a number of women. Comments (2).
A block away from where an 11-year-old boy was run over by a dump truck in December, about 100 people attended City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) forum Tuesday centered on improving traffic in Jackson Heights. Comment.
After former Flushing state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng was sentenced to a month behind bars Tuesday for taking an $80,000 bribe, his daughter, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), said her family was ready to move on. Comment.
WOODSIDE — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a forcible touching that happened earlier this month at the Woodside-61st Street subway station, police said. Comment.
Police said they have arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with the deaths of two men whose bodies the Queens district attorney believes may have been dumped in an undeveloped section of Howard Beach after being murdered elsewhere. Comment.
Jimmy Meng, the father of U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside), was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to one month in prison and fined $30,000 after pleading guilty to wire fraud in Brooklyn federal court. Comments (1).
A city panel voted in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday to approve the closures of two high schools at the Campus Magnet complex in Cambria Heights and place new schools in the buildings currently occupied by Newtown and Flushing high schools. Comments (1).
Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal a ruling Monday by a State Supreme Court judge that struck down the so-called soda ban Monday on the grounds that it was “arbitrary and capricious.” Comments (5).
Even though Hurricane Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage to the New York City transit system, the number of riders using subways, railroads and buses increased by more than one half percent last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported Monday. Comment.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and other city officials have appealed to transit officials to reinstate service on the No. 7 subway line for the Manhattan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. Comment.