Flushing Times

Monday, July 30, 2012

Letters

Keep Flushing Meadows open for all

When the United States Tennis Association opted to move out of Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, an unprecedented usurpation of public parkland, it promised it would never seek more parkland. That promise had as much credibility as a dead tennis ball, and it thereafter demanded and was given space that almost doubled its presence in the park. Comments (1).

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Flushing

Messer makes Stavisky rematch official

John Messer, an Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer, officially kicked off his challenge to state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) Sunday, touting his multicultural credentials in a redrawn, more diverse district. Comments (1).
Flushing

Meng backs bill making state gov’t use flags made in America

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced legislation July 18 that would require all American flags used by the state government be home grown. Comment.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Flushing

State probes Flushing school

The only way for the state to recoup money from a Flushing-based education company is to give it more. Comments (1).
Flushing

Grace Meng’s father charged with wire fraud in FBI sting

Jimmy Meng, a former Flushing state assemblyman and father of current Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested on charges of wire fraud in an FBI sting operation after he accepted a fruit basket containing $80,000 in bribery money Tuesday afternoon at his Flushing-based company, according to federal prosecutors. Comments (3).
Flushing

Chen kicks off run for Meng state seat

Ethel Chen, a longtime Flushing Democrat and retired librarian, kicked off her campaign last week for the Flushing state Assembly seat currently represented by Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s Hardy could have shot with Miami Heat

Now this is on-the-job training. Comment.
The Civic Scene

City should uphold zoning against Mormon church

Several decades ago, when the City Charter was revised, the city Board of Standards and Appeals was created. The old city Board of Estimate was eliminated and a five-member BSA was created. The BSA hears appeals from concerned landowners if they believe the zoning resolutions passed by the City Planning Commission and the City Council are unfair. Comments (3).

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flushing

Inspectors let Con Ed edit gas leak file

Members of a state agency assigned to investigate the role Consolidated Edison played in a deadly 2008 Queens gas explosion were secretly passing their findings onto a consultant for the utility, a report from the state inspector general alleged. Comment.
Flushing

Ex-Flushing HS principal busted on meth charge

The former principal of Flushing HS was busted and charged last week with possession of methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, less than a block away from the school, police said, although he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Comments (1).
Flushing

USTA expansion means spoils for Queens park

The United States Tennis Association’s plan to expand its 42-acre facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park could mean more perks for the borough’s largest green space, although it is unclear whether a state law will require the USTA to foot the bill. Comment.
Flushing

Dead woman’s name on Flushing petition

Democratic candidate John Messer accused the Queens Democratic Party, which is backing state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) in the race, of using forged signatures to get contenders on the ballot, but the Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer did not take the opportunity to alert the city Board of Elections. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flushing

Jimmy Meng, father of Assemblywoman Grace Meng, charged with wire fraud

Jimmy Meng, a former Flushing state assemblyman and father of current Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested on charges of wire fraud in an FBI sting operation after he accepted a fruit basket containing $80,000 in bribery money Tuesday afternoon at his Flushing-based company, according to federal prosecutors. Comments (2).
Willets Point

Man found dead in Willets Point identified by police

A 39-year-old auto worker whose nickname was Frijol, or bean in Spanish, was found dead in Willets Point late Saturday night, the NYPD and neighborhood workers said. Comments (1).

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