News

Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Whitestone Times

Pair attacked man during rainstorm: DA

FLUSHING — A Jamaica woman and a Queens Village man were arrested after they attacked and robbed a man as he stood under a tree during a rainstorm in Flushing, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Man took wallet from shopping cart: Police

LITTLE NECK — Police said they were searching for a man who took a woman's wallet from her shopping cart at a supermarket on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck last Thursday. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Man stole wife’s personal information: Cops

BAYSIDE — Police said they were looking for a Bayside man who allegedly used his wife's personal information to open a bank account and made numerous charges. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Jax Heights man drove drunk, hit house: DA

COLLEGE POINT — A 20-year-old Jackson Heights man was arrested after he crashed his car into a College Point home and fled the scene in early September, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Whitestone mall reopens after city shutdown

Business owners at a newly opened Whitestone shopping center said they were distressed that the city had shut them down following a recent inspection. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Pollution at planned hotel site worries neighbors

Fresh Meadows residents said they were deeply concerned about a contaminated Horace Harding Expressway site where plans are in the works to develop two hotels and new homes after state investigators recently began testing for toxic substances in the air and water. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Open MRI machine installed at North Shore-LIJ

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System used to have to turn away obese and claustrophobic patients needing MRIs. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Meng vows party unity following bitter race

After a divisive state Assembly race, Grace Meng said she expects Democratic leaders in Flushing to move forward as a unified front following her upset of incumbent Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) in the Democratic primary last week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Liu aids firehouse upgrade

The building that houses Engine Company 273 and Ladder Company 129 on Union Street in Flushing may be approaching its centennial anniversary, but City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) took a major step last week to make sure it does not look its age. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Little Neck barrier work will exceed $1M: LIRR

The Long Island Rail Road has estimated that a project to install gates at a Little Neck railroad crossing where residents have been plagued by blaring horns will cost more than $1.4 million, the agency said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Free Synagogue gets globe-trotting rabbi

Throughout his career, Rabbi Michael Weisser has intellectually prospered by studying religious faiths while traveling the globe. Now he may be able to do it while walking around the block from his new synagogue. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Ex-Flushing violin whiz keeps striving for excellence

Few will ever achieve the level of talent and expertise possessed by violin-virtuoso Christopher Wang. For the former Flushing resident, however, that is by no means an invitation to slow down. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside activist demands respect for Martin’s Field

A Bayside community activist who said he believes the city Parks Department is maintaining the historic Martin's Field African-American burial ground in Flushing as a park and not a cemetery slammed the city's upkeep of the site. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Flushing’s fall elections put Asians in spotlight

From afar, Flushing’s Main Street looks much like any other New York City community headed into an election season. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman snatched purse at McDonald’s: DA

ELMHURST — A 63-year-old Elmhurst woman was arrested after surveillance cameras allegedly caught her stealing another woman's purse, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teen menaced with razor, robbed at mall: DA

ELMHURST — An 18-year-old Corona man was arrested after he attacked a teenager and stole his iPod earlier this month at the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ridgewood man beat, robbed cabbie: DA

RIDGEWOOD — Police arrested a 20-year-old Ridgewood man in early September after he beat a livery cab driver during a robbery, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man stole Red Bull drinks from supermarket: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 40-year-old Long Island man was arrested last month after he allegedly stole cans of Red Bull energy drink from a supermarket in Long Island City, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIC woman threatens another with lye: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 24-year-old Long Island City woman was arrested earlier this month after she threatened to throw lye in the face of another woman who was walking toward her apartment building, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Letters

9/11 should make us look toward the future

I was in the laundromat this past Sunday in Little Neck. The TV was on and a news broadcast announced that on the anniversary of Sept. 11 the victims' names would be read again this year. Comment.
Letters

Learn about parrots

This letter is in response to the "Parrots invade boro neighborhood" letter in the Sept. 4 edition of TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment.
Letters

Green parrots appear in Bayside

On the corner of 33rd Avenue and 200th Street, there is a big city tree. For the last couple of days, there has been a lot of chirping coming from it. Comment.
Letters

Eminent domain bad for Willets Pt. businesses

Your columnist Bob Harris is right in questioning the fairness to Willets Point businesses in the city's threat to use eminent domain to take their private property and turn it over to a real estate developer ("Eminent domain unfair to Willets Point businesses," TimesLedger, Sept. 4). The use of eminent domain involves serious and lasting negative implications for the people of Willets Point and this city's residents. Comment.
Letters

City should not reduce number of teacher parking placards

Your Sept. 4 editorial, "Less is Less," regarding the reduction in teacher parking placards was on target. Most teachers work in schools in neighborhoods not easily accessible to mass transit commutes. Many teachers arrive early and leave late, often at night, when walking alone might be dangerous. As a result, they depend on the placards. Comment.
Editorial

The Albany Snake Pit

The criminal case against Queens state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio on bribe-taking charges, coming as it does less than a year after the conviction of former Flushing Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin on similar charges, casts a dark cloud over the entire state Legislature. Comment.
Astoria Times

Take time to volunteer and improve your community

Are you proud of your community? Many people and groups have been working hard to make improvements to theirs. Comment.
Astoria Times

September chock full of holidays and remembrances

Everyone knows I am the world's greatest holiday man. Each month, I try to devote a column about most holidays that occur during the month on or close to the date the holiday falls on. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Republican leaders have admiration for Palin

There seems to be a new political equation developing based on the addition of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the Republican Party national ticket. It has seemed to energize the GOP in terms of increasing its chances of winning the presidency and vice presidency and improving its chances at the local level. Comment.
Astoria Times

Incumbents, challengers gear up for general elections

Primary Day has come and gone. In Queens, there were only three primaries. In southeast Queens, the 10th State Senate District contest was between incumbent state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) and challenger former City Councilman Allan Jennings. Comment.
Astoria Times

DOB should tighten grip on inspecting developers

After those cranes fell in Manhattan due to undiscovered safety problems, the then-city Department of Buildings commissioner was fired or had to leave and the first deputy commissioner, Robert LiMandri, was made acting DOB commissioner. Commissioners come and go as do inspectors. Comment.
Astoria Times

Emergency funds help

During my networking travels through Queens, I listen and learn about different areas of business and finance, which I pass on in my column. This week, I am going to talk about having an emergency fund. Comment.
Astoria Times

Avli ready to get some fresh air

Most Baysiders probably will not know the meaning of the name "Avli," but the Greek restaurant at 38-31 Bell Blvd. is currently in the process of living up to its definition: "backyard garden." Comment.
Astoria Times

Volunteers build child play area in Howard Bch.

More than 150 volunteers hammered and drilled Saturday as they put together a new playground featuring four new pieces of equipment within a period of eight hours at an early childhood center in Howard Beach. Comment.
Astoria Times

VFW in liquor license war

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 551 in Middle Village is embroiled in a domestic war all its own over plans to serve liquor and food in its side yard. Comment.
Astoria Times

Timeline of the case against Anthony Seminerio

April 2000: Seminerio sets up Marc Consulting, a sham consulting firm, through which he took more than $500,000 from clients, including $310,000 from a hospital. (Source: criminal complaint from U.S. attorney in Southern District of Manhattan) Comment.
Astoria Times

Stray bullet wounds Far Rock boy, 8

An unidentified 8-year-old boy was in stable condition at St. John's Episcopal Hospital after being shot by a stray bullet on a Far Rockaway street Saturday night, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sentencing delayed in McLaughlin trial

The sentencing of former Queens legislator Brian McLaughlin was delayed indefinitely Friday, one day after sources identified him as the cooperating witness cited in the federal government's criminal case against state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill). Comment.
Astoria Times

Seminerio Sting exposes tale of albany intrigue

Disgraced former state Assemblyman Brian McLauglin was an FBI informant in the federal government's case contending that Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio's (D-Richmond Hill) took bribes from those seeking the legislator's influence in Albany, sources familiar with the investigation said Friday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man found guilty in ‘01 Jax Heights gay murder

A former Jackson Heights man who fled to England following the beating death of a 35-year-old gay Jackson Heights man in 2001 was convicted of murder last Thursday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Kelly celebrates Ramadan during Jamaica mosque visit

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly took the time to get to know the city's Muslim community better Friday by visiting Queens' largest mosque and taking part in the feast that marks the religion's holiest days. Comment.
Astoria Times

John McComb, 71

John McComb, a Forest Hills Gardens resident, died Sept. 10 at the age of 71 of complications from a stroke. Comments (1).
Astoria Times

Hero receives overdue honors

Marines and elected officials gathered at Woodside's Calvary Cemetery last weekend to honor a Civil War hero from Manhattan by giving him a headstone after he had laid in an unmarked grave for more than a century. Comment.
Astoria Times

Given a second chance, accident survivors say thanks

Pedestrian motor vehicle accident survivors, some weeping with emotion, came to Elmhurst Hospital Center last week and thanked the surgeons who rebuilt their shattered bodies. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gioia protests for affordable housing units in west Qns.

Affordable housing advocates joined City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) along Long Island City's waterfront last weekend to call for cheaper units in the neighborhood as the city awaits the end of an approval process before moving forward with a massive development project. Comment.
Astoria Times

Election cash flowed from hospital

Jamaica Hospital's ties to state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill) were established well before the corruption case against the 30-year lawmaker was unveiled last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dutch Kills projects out of control: Gioia

As work appeared to continue at a Dutch Kills construction site where the wall of an adjacent building collapsed two weeks ago, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) called on the city Department of Buildings to prevent developers from cutting corners as they race to finish jobs before the City Council potentially approves a rezoning after an Oct. 2 hearing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council shouldn’t decide term limits: Queens Civic

The Queens Civic Congress' general membership said it wants voters, not the City Council, to decide whether term limits should be overturned during its monthly meeting Monday at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

Council hopeful objects to exclusion by Briarwood civic

A grudge between a City Council candidate and the head of the Briarwood Civic Association has created a controversy over a town hall meeting scheduled this week. Comments (1).
Astoria Times

City to hold public hearing before Far Rock homeowners get pier

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services told 18 homeowners on the Beach 84th Street pier in Far Rockaway that a public hearing and other steps would be taken before the city transfers ownership of the pier to them, state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) said Friday. Comment.
Astoria Times

City plans bike shelters to help Astoria, Jamaica traffic

The city will soon construct new bicycle shelters in Astoria and Jamaica in an attempt to cut down on borough traffic and pollution, a spokesman for the city's Department of Transportation said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Borukhova denied murdering husband shortly after slay: Cop

The head investigator into the murder of Daniel Malakov testified Friday that even though he did not initially suspect the Forest Hills orthodontist's estranged wife as having a role in the shooting, she pleaded her innocence just hours after his death. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro soldiers go to Kuwait

Soldiers from the 27th Finance Battalion were given a send-off by their families Sunday at a Whitestone American Legion Hall as they prepared to be shipped off to Kuwait, where they will conduct financial support operations for the Iraq war. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro Haitians gather relief for homeland

A Haitian group in Cambria Heights is asking the public to give money and supplies to help the country's hurricane-ravaged communities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Avella bill to give voters sole voice on term limits

Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced a bill in the City Council last Thursday that would require a voter referendum to take place before a bill abolishing or altering term limits could be passed by the legislative body. Comment.
Astoria Times

Arrest surprises those close to assemblyman

Waves of shock and disbelief made their way throughout the borough's political establishment after state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill) was arrested last week on federal corruption charges. Comment.
Astoria Times

Activists decry health costs

Health insurance industry contributions that fuel political campaigns in Albany help keep Queens residents struggling to pay for health care, a statewide advocacy group said last week. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Whitestone Times

Mets relief pitcher charged with assaulting girlfriend

FLUSHING — A relief pitcher for the Mets was charged with assault after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend in a Flushing hotel, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Rosemary Zoeller, 82

Rosemary Zoeller, a longtime Bayside resident, died Sept. 2 at the age of 82 after a long illness caused by an accidental fall. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Police search for clues in Pomonok shooting

POMONOK — Police said they were searching for suspects who killed a 25-year-old man last week outside the central Queens housing project. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Parks Dept. seeking to replace glitzy Bayside eatery

The city's Parks Department said it is seeking a replacement for Bayside's Caffé on the Green when the popular catering hall's license expires in January. But the owner of the concession, accused of shoddy recordkeeping in an audit earlier this year, said he still plans to either remain at the site or move into another neighborhood locale next year. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Nora McAtamney, 76

Nora Brady McAtamney, a 38-year Bayside resident and Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church parishioner, died Aug. 21 at the VITAS Inpatient Care Facility in Winter Park, Fla. She was 76. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Meng upsets Young in primary

Grace Meng soundly defeated state Assemblywoman Ellen Young (D-Flushing) in the Democratic primary Tuesday, an upset that put her within reach of the Flushing seat her father was elected to just four years ago. Comment.
Whitestone Times

LIJ breaks ground on new center

Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped break ground last Thursday on a $300 million, 10-story women's hospital at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center campus. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Keep footbridge: Baysiders

Some Bayside residents said they were concerned that the city could remove a footbridge near the neighborhood's Long Island Rail Road station that has been in the community for nearly 100 years. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Former teacher takes helm at Bayside High School

Athy, who previously taught English at Jamaica's Hillcrest High School, became Bayside High School's 14th principal this fall following the recent retirement of Judith Tarlo, who presided over the school's 3,900 students for seven years. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing Moon Festival celebrates friendship

FLUSHING — The eighth annual Moon Festival will take place this weekend, bringing a colorful display of dancing and fireworks to Flushing's Main Street. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing man admits killing roommate: DA

A Flushing man was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly using a nearly foot-long knife to stab his roommate to death outside their apartment building , police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing gets safer signals for seniors

The city Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that new safety measures for senior citizen pedestrians have been installed in Flushing as part of a pilot program being introduced citywide. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing blast tenants take woes to law firm

More than 20 residents of Fairmont Hall in Flushing, still reeling from an explosion that tore through the building in July, have hired a lawyer to explore legal action against the building's owners in the coming weeks after spending nearly three months without gas service. Comment.
Whitestone Times

CB 11 strikes down warehouse proposal

Community Board 11 voted down a proposal this week to allow a Bayside company that specializes in fire extinguishing products to develop a one-story warehouse with storage space for commercial vehicles at its site on 215th Place. Comment.
Editorial

An End to the Big Chill

Congratulations to the 21 Queens City Council members who authored a bill that purports to solve a problem that almost no one knows exists and fewer care about. The new law, Introductory Number 264-A, requires commercial establishments to keep their doors closed when operating air conditioning systems. Comment.
Whitestone Times

The Civic Scene

73rd Avenue a bone of contention for Fresh Meadows Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman, 81, dies crossing Queens Boulevard

FOREST HILLS — A Forest Hills woman was killed Friday afternoon when she was struck while crossing Queens Boulevard, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Wife hired bouncers to break husband’s nose: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Long Island City woman faces criminal charges after allegedly trying to hire men to break her husband's nose and severely beat him, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Crime

US Open employee busted for making bomb threats: DA

FLUSHING — An Elmhurst teenager has been charged with making phony bomb threats to the Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open tennis championship Sept. 2, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Drunk driver rear-ends cop in S. Ozone Park: DA

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A Brooklyn man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Sept. 1 after he crashed into the rear of a police cruiser, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Letters

Time has come to reform mayoral control of public schools

As children go back to school, think about mayoral control of city public schools. In a few months, it will be up for renewal in the City Council and, if passed, the state Legislature. Comment.
Letters

Texting ban should get axed

City Council Finance Committee Chairman and 2009 city comptroller candidate David Weprin (D-Hollis) made headlines with a proposed piece of Council legislation. His latest idea is a bill banning texting while driving. He believes this regulation is worthwhile, even if it saves one life. Comment.
Letters

St. Francis team gets morale boost

Aug. 29 was the last summer practice for the Saint Francis Preparatory School varsity football team. They concluded their final three practices a day for the week and were exhausted. Comment.
Letters

Bring all hit-and-run drivers to justice

Hit-and-run drivers have killed and injured many across this nation. It was reported last year that 1,038 people were killed and 70,636 people were injured. Comment.
Editorial

‘The Mayor of the Block’

By all accounts, Nicholas Nowillo was the kind of neighbor everyone wants to have. He was the first to show up at community events and never hesitated to volunteer. In the end, it was that willingness to help that led to his untimely death last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queensline

Railroad in Hunters Point gives rise to Long Island City Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action

Lancman sponsors state laws on national security Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit And Look Out

Build Ground Zero memorial now without politics Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee

Boro primary races hotly contested, lead to general election Comment.
Astoria Times

Bergers Burg

Everyone should make Sept. 11 a day of remembrance Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?

How to create a resumé Comment.
Astoria Times

Forest Hills vet makes house calls

Anyone who has tried to cram a recalcitrant cat into a carrier to go for a checkup has likely wondered why veterinarians do not make house calls. Comment.
Astoria Times

Willets Point business coalition slams CB 7 in video

A coalition of Willets Point businesses released a video last week blasting Community Board 7's approval of the city's plan to redevelop the northern Queens industrial enclave, contending the group's vote should be overturned and accusing its leaders of influencing the decision. Comment.
Astoria Times

Whitestone couple expecting to add sextuplets to family

FLUSHING — A Whitestone family is about to get much bigger with a mother of one expecting six more in the coming weeks. Comment.
Astoria Times

St. Michael’s 9/11 memorial honors first responders

The threat of Tropical Storm Hanna hastened the proceedings at St. Michael's Cemetery in East Elmhurst Saturday during its annual ceremony memorializing the emergency responders who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.
Astoria Times

Stavisky defeats primary challenger

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) was victorious in Tuesday Democratic primary, fending off a surprisingly strong showing by her low-profile competitor Robert Schwartz, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections. Comment.
Astoria Times

SE Queens insulted by Palin remark

Southeast Queens activists and leaders are fuming over what they called a dishonest jab from Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin aimed at community grassroots campaigns. Comment.
Astoria Times

Samaritan slay stuns community

Long Island City gathered to say goodbye Sunday to a beloved longtime resident who was slain outside his home as he helped a frightened neighbor and confronted a homeless veteran later charged by police with his murder. Comment.
Astoria Times

Raid on Borden Ave. shelter left slay suspect to roam

Just hours before police arrested 43-year-old homeless veteran Eric Cherry in the beating death of a Long Island City activist 15 blocks away, the Department of Homeless Services raided his former shelter mates at the Borden Avenue Veterans Residence. Comment.

Queens teen pleads guilty to Flushing Meadows murder

An Elmhurst teenager involved in a series of robberies in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in 2006 that left one man dead and another in a coma pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder and attempted murder, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens has most ZIPs with job growth

In a decade that included the World Trade Center attacks and the crash of the dot-com computer industry, the city nevertheless gained a quarter of a million new jobs, with Queens taking a leading role. Comment.
Astoria Times

Palin convention speech energizes Queens GOP

The phone calls from borough residents buzzing about the GOP national convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul came to Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa before he returned home. Comment.
Astoria Times

Padavan denies flip-flop on natural gas drill bill

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) disputed a claim by his opponent, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), that he flip-flopped his position on drilling for natural gas upstate near the city's watershed. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pace killer tried robbery first: DA

The Ridgewood man accused of murdering a Pace University student in his Chelsea apartment last month almost walked out the door with a few stolen items before turning around and strangling the young man, prosecutors said. Comment.
Astoria Times

New Select Bus service for Hillside Ave. delayed

The debut of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's long-promised super-express buses to Queens may be years off, but Bronx straphangers have been flocking to the new pay-before-boarding buses in their first week of operation. Comment.
Astoria Times

McLaughlin to be sentenced Friday

Former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin is expected to be sentenced to at least eight years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to federal racketeering and fraud charges earlier this year. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maspeth residents honor victims of 9/11

Seven years have passed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which destroyed the World Trade Center and killed 3,000 people — a long time for many. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lefrak City worker’s killer gets 18 to life

A Corona man who was a high school student when he killed a Lefrak City electrician four years ago was sentenced last week to 18 years to life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

JFK bag handlers stole diamonds: DA

Two John F. Kennedy International Airport baggage handlers are facing robbery charges after they allegedly tried to steal more than a quarter of a million dollars in diamonds that were bound for the West Coast, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Homeless man arrested in Woodside slay

A woman is dead in Woodside and a homeless man is behind bars on charges of killing her Saturday night, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Guv dodging Aqueduct choice: Pols

The state is losing $1 million a day in revenue for every day it stalls on choosing a vendor for video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track, state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) and state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) told Community Board 10 last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gioia sues concrete company for Newtown pollution

An environmental watchdog group and City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) announced last week that they will seek legal action against a major concrete manufacturer on Newtown Creek for violations of federal environmental laws. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gennaro urges scrutiny of senior cuts

Recent city budget issues and a restructuring of senior services have left Queens' elders in a dire predicament, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) warned Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Employee stole from Rich Hill biz: Brown

A Howard Beach woman has been accused of manipulating her 401K retirement savings plan to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from the electrical firm where she worked, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cops recover missing Kew Gdns. Hills Torahs

Eight Torah scrolls will be returned to the Kew Gardens Hills Jewish Center in time for the High Holy Days later this month following the arrest of a custodian and another man, who police have accused of snatching the $500,000 religious artifacts last month. Comment.
Astoria Times

Center for Women of New York holds annual dinner, conference

The Center for Women of New York is holding its annual dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Sheraton LaGuardia Hotel in Flushing followed by its World of Working Women Conference the next day. Comment.
Astoria Times

CB 10 nixes S. Ozone Park group home

Community Board 10 unanimously voted down a plan to construct a group home in South Ozone Park last week, contending that the community is oversaturated with such facilities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Canadian company buys LIC power plant

A Canadian company that transports and markets natural gas recently announced it had purchased a Long Island City power plant that is one of the city's largest polluters. Comment.
Astoria Times

Borukhova’s health status deteriorating in jail: Lawyer

The attorney for the mother accused of ordering her estranged husband's murder in a Forest Hills playground said he is mulling a plea to the judge to post bail for his incarcerated client. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro educators back renewing mayoral control

Some Queens educators and lawmakers tentatively agreed Friday with findings of a new report calling for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to retain control over city schools, but state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said the 2002 law should be amended to provide "more available access by parents to their local school districts." Comment.
Astoria Times

Bloomberg backs Maltese after courting Addabbo in ‘06

Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) Monday in his re-election bid against City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), whom the mayor had preliminary discussions with to challenge Maltese two years ago. Comment.
Astoria Times

Along the route of remembrance

In some Queens neighborhoods, paying tribute to those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, can be as simple as driving down the street that bears one of their names. Comment.
Astoria Times

Addabbo wants dead fish inquiry

City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) called on city and state environmental agencies Monday to find out why thousands of dead fish have been washing up on the shores of Shellbank Basin. Comment.

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