News

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

Whitestone Times

$9K, jewelry stolen from Bayside home:

BAYSIDE — Friday the 13th was an unlucky day for those living in a Bayside home on 209th Street. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Man causes scene at restaurant: Police

FLUSHING — A Flushing man was arrested after allegedly harassing a waitress at a Flushing restaurant Feb. 8, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Cops say man hit another with BB gun

BAYSIDE — A Bayside man was arrested Friday after allegedly hitting a man in the face with a BB gun at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and 201st Street, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Thieves break into, rob Bayside house: Police

BAYSIDE — About $6,000 was stolen from a Bayside home on 33rd Avenue sometime Saturday afternoon or evening, police said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Nurses nix planned strike at NYHQ to resume talks

Further strain on the Queens hospital system may have been averted Friday as nurses from Local 1199 SEIU at New York Hospital of Queens agreed to call off a strike planned for Monday and return to negotiations with the hospital administration. Comment.
Whitestone Times

St. Ann to close at year’s end

St. Michael’s School in Flushing was granted a last−minute reprieve by the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese this week and will not close next year as initially planned. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Padavan sworn in after epic election

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) outlined a bevy of ambitious goals at his swearing−in ceremony Sunday afternoon, including alleviating the state’s fiscal woes, bettering the health care system, cutting costs of living for Queens’ middle−class residents and developing a comprehensive alternative energy plan. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Willets repave shocks biz owners

In the warped reality of Willets Point — where the sight of roosters prancing through mangled auto parts is not out of the ordinary — little shocks the business owners and workers of the area. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Fingerprints place accused dentist killer at scene: Detective

The Georgia man accused of gunning down a Forest Hills orthodontist in front of his daughter was further linked to the murder in Queens Supreme Court not only by police forensic experts but also by testimony from a family friend who said the accused shooter spent the night before the killing in his apartment. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Schleicher tenants await DOB nod to return home

The 14 tenants of a College Point mansion may finally be nearing the end of a long, arduous journey that has left them without a permanent home for more than eight months due to an unsafe wiring system. Comment.
Editorial

Save the Schools

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, head of the Brooklyn Diocese, is caught between a rock and a hard place. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed converting some of the parochial schools in Brooklyn and Queens into charter schools. If this does not happen, the bishop will have to close as many as 14 schools. Comment.
Ridgewood

CB 5 delaying vote on new high school

The official Community Board 5 opinion on a new 1,100−seat high school proposed for Maspeth will have to wait until next month after the board decided to table a recommendation vote pending the outcome of a meeting between City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D−Middle Village) and city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Comment.
Ridgewood

Juniper civic takes look at initial plan for rezoning

The Juniper Park Civic Association got its first glimpse of the rezoning plan for parts of Middle Village, Maspeth and Glendale at its monthly meeting last week. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood traffic stop nets heroin bust of L.I. duo: DA

A man and a woman from Long Island were arrested in Ridgewood earlier this month after police found 200 envelopes of heroin during a traffic stop, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Seniors offer lessons for lifelong love

Couples married for 50 years and longer were honored by state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D−Little Neck) Friday at the SNAP senior center in Queens Village, where they offered their advice on how to take a marriage into the half−century mark. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dixon hopes ethics land him win in 21st CD race

A Queens native from the north of the 21st City Council District hopes his campaign ethics will carry him to victory in Tuesday’s special election to replace newly minted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst). Comment.
Jackson Heights

Giraldo focuses on jobs in bid for 21st CD seat

Count on the businessman to tout economic development initiatives as the cure to Corona and East Elmhurst’s ills. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Corona man faces 25 years in nursing home sex abuse

A Corona man was convicted of sexually abusing a patient suffering from the late stages of Alzheimer’s at a Flushing nursing home while working as a porter in the building, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

CB 8 fears closing of boro hospitals

Community Board 8 members unanimously passed a resolution last week against shuttering St. John’s Queens Hospital in Elmhurst and Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica at the end of February, saying the closings would overburden other area medical centers. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

72nd Drive named for rabbi

Family and friends of Rabbi Avraham Schechter said the late community activist has a place in the hearts of a countless number of residents throughout his former Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood, and now the name of the longtime civic leader who died in 2006 has an even more permanent home in the area. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Sikhs raise $7,000 for Singh campaign

Members of the Sikh community rallied behind Bellerose resident Swaranjit Singh Sunday evening, bolstering his City Council campaign coffers with $7,000 and another $5,000 in committed monies at a fund−raiser held at Richmond Hill’s Royal India Palace, a restaurant. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Minor fire damages Queens Village apartment

Four people were taken to Queens Hospital Center after sustaining minor injuries in a fire that severely damaged one apartment in the second section of the Hilltop Cooperative in Queens Village Monday afternoon, fire officials and residents said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

DOB must become more accountable for its actions

After the debacle over not stopping the use of poorly welded cranes which led to the deaths of two workers last year, city Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster resigned and was replaced by Robert LiMandri. During a meeting of the Queens Civic Congress last year, civic leaders spoke favorably of LiMandri. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Groups break bread, barriers at Forest Hills luncheon

In the basement of King David’s Restaurant in Forest Hills, a group of about 30 people, mostly women, ate course after course of Bukharian Jewish food — heaping plates of rice and lamb last week. They spoke of food, of politics, of war, of family. As the hours went by and stomachs grew full, those who attended the luncheon said barriers were broken and a dialogue opened. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Inferno destroys 11 houses

Fire officials had yet to determine the cause of the blaze that engulfed 11 homes on a Woodhaven block last week and cast clouds of thick smoke over the neighborhood for hours. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Four candidates vie to replace Addabbo in 32nd District

Voters in south Queens will go to the polls Tuesday to choose their next City Council member in a special election after state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) vacated the seat. Comment.
Flushing Times

Afghanistan vice consul beat wife in Flushing: DA

An Afghan diplomat was arrested and charged Friday with allegedly beating his wife repeatedly over a 15−hour period in their Flushing home earlier this month, the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Bayside Times

Tickets have Baysiders seeing orange

Bayside residents said they were fed up with costly parking tickets after continuously getting slips for leaving their cars in unmarked spaces, which they contend are not illegal. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bayside kids bag $800 in pennies for charity

A group of 13 students on the student council at Bayside’s PS 159 have realized the value of helping others at an early age after they handed off more than $800 in pennies to a neighborhood bank last week in an effort to aid people afflicted with leukemia and lymphoma. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bayside contractor gives back to community with free projects

At least several times per year, longtime Bayside contractor Mitchell Kersch can rightfully boast that his Clearview Expressway−based business offers the lowest prices. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boy, 7, left on school bus in Rego Park: Cops

REGO PARK — Two Corona residents were arrested after police said they allegedly left a 7−year−old boy alone on a bus for 20 minutes in Rego Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

FDNY searches for cause of Ozone Park fire

OZONE PARK — A two−alarm fire damaged two homes but injured no one Monday morning, the FDNY said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man flees after crashing car on highway: Cops

EAST ELMHURST — Police arrested an Astoria man driving with a suspended license after he allegedly fled a crash on the Grand Central Parkway Feb. 13 that left his passenger injured, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

DNA ties Brooklyn man to Ridgewood robbery: DA

RIDGEWOOD — Police caught up with a Brooklyn man accused of robbing a Ridgewood home after investigators matched his DNA to a juice carton he left in the house, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police search for suspect in LIC bank robbery

LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a man wanted in connection with the robbery of a Sovereign Bank in Long Island City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police search for suspect in bank robbery

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A man donning a black wig and a hot pink jumpsuit robbed a TD Bank in Jackson Heights Jan. 13, police said. Comment.
Letters

Not all stores should sell wine

Gov. David Paterson’s proposed budget would give stores that sell beer the ability to sell wine. This may sound good to the consumer, but it will close the independent retailers and consumers will be left with less choice. But far worse is that passage of this budget will result in more alcohol−related auto fatalities. We state voters and taxpayers have to tell the governor and our state representatives that we do not want this change. Comment.
Letters

No matter what, always count every vote

I have been following the ballot counting, lawsuits and letters being published in various Queens publications surrounding the race for the 11th Senate District seat. Now that all the legitimate ballots have been counted, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) is the winner. Comment.
Letters

Teachers who have experience must resist forced retirement

It is official. Canada geese have been implicated as the cause of the nearly disastrous plane landing on the Hudson River recently. The pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, saved more than 150 lives by pulling off a miracle made possible through the application of judgment developed over 40 years of professional experience. Comment.
Letters

MTA fare hikes and service cuts unfair to the city’s working class

I was upset to learn of the cuts in transit service and the possible fare increases the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning in the city. How did things get to this point? Comment.
Letters

Options exist to pay for transit

Last month, Keep NYC Free testified before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and declared, “No need exists to raise any fare on our buses and subways.” The resources exist to hold the line on the fare at current levels and ensure that the MTA maintains and improves existing service levels. Comment.
Letters

Electeds must review stimulus package before passing it

I believe it no more appropriate to become alarmed four weeks into President Barack Obama’s administration than it would be to become alarmed four weeks into a bad start of a Yankee or Met season. I voted for Obama, purposeful and sensible change, intelligence and honesty, innovation and new ideas, integrity and hope. Comment.
Letters

Change must come to the running of city’s public school system

At a recent press conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that people who want to change the school governance law are either irrational or putting their own interests ahead of students. On his radio show, he said that there would be riots in the streets if his control over schools is not continued. Comment.
Editorial

Time Is Running Out

The likely closing of St. John’s Queens and Mary Immaculate hospitals is a disaster that will affect the borough for years. The hospitals have already closed their emergency rooms and Elmhurst and Queens Hospitals felt the impact immediately. Comment.
Astoria Times

Swearing−in of Padavan yields large, colorful turnout

This week’s big event that was long overdue was the official swearing−in ceremony of state Sen. Frank Padavan of the 11th Senate District. The swearing−in was conducted at Holy Cross High School on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Flushing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Women fast becoming new face of American politics

In recent years, we have seen the number of women achieving college degrees and college graduate degrees increasing. That is particularly true in law schools. This means more women are becoming candidates for high public office, as exemplified by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand as New York’s newest U.S. senator and former Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. Comment.
Astoria Times

Find dignity in growing old and losing a head of hair

Three stages in the life of hair: hairdo, hair did, hair done. Comment.
Astoria Times

Keep an eye on your nest egg

The other night I attended a networking function in Queens and a topic that kept coming up was how to protect nest eggs. One of our biggest fears is not having retirement monies left after working for many years. Comment.
Astoria Times

Cremona has a thing for strings

Gi Hyuk Park says business is not as good as he would like, but you would not know that looking around his store. Comment.
Astoria Times

Family mourns Corona man dragged 19 miles under van

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Corona to pay their respects to an Ecuadorian construction worker who was mowed down by an SUV in Corona last week and then caught underneath a van whose unsuspecting driver dragged him 19 miles through Brooklyn and Queens, police and family said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Faux mourners fear G train’s death by many cuts

To the plaintive bagpiping strains of “Danny Boy,” elected officials and transit activists held a mock funeral Tuesday for the G train, imploring the MTA to rescind the massive cuts on the line if heavy financial aid never comes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bloomberg unveils grim environmental report findings

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a wastewater treatment plant in the Rockaways Tuesday to roll out a report from his office on climate change, which projected more days of temperatures 90 degrees and above, rising sea levels and more heat waves by the end of the century. Comment.
Astoria Times

Candidates for 21st Council seat promise local jobs

In a surprisingly civil two−hour session, the four remaining contenders for the 21st City Council District seat vacated by state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst) debated the issues and touted their platforms at the Langston Hughes Library last Thursday. The special election takes place Tuesday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Monserrate fined by city for election overspending

He may have won the election, but state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst) will have to pay the city $30,102 in penalties for overspending during his 2005 campaign for re−election to the City Council. Comment.
Astoria Times

Crowley, NY Democrats defend Citi Field naming

After two congressmen from Ohio and Texas joined calls for financial giant Citigroup to nullify its $400 million naming rights contract for the Mets’ new stadium, House representatives from Queens and the rest of the metropolitan area criticized the idea. Comment.
Astoria Times

Vallone’s bill would limit number of power plants

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D−Astoria) is calling on the state Legislature to amend state laws that would prevent communities from being burdened with an over−saturation of power plants following recent speculation that Astoria’s notorious Charles Poletti Power Project might remain open past January 2010, when it has been scheduled to shut down. Comment.
Astoria Times

$36M hole too deep for city, state help

If it had received $36 million from the state, the parent company of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals said it would have been able to continue operations at the financially troubled facilities. Comment.
Astoria Times

SE Queens fears void left by Mary Immac

Southeast Queens residents are facing wrenching decisions over where to seek medical treatment following the shutdown of Mary Immaculate Hospital’s emergency room and its pending closure Comment.
Astoria Times

City plans Willets Point business move to College Point

In a meeting with Community Board 7 members Tuesday night, the city Economic Development Corp. announced that it plans to move five Willets Point businesses to the College Point Corporate Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tuskegee Airman recounts experiences at Jamaica Library

When Cambria Heights resident Doris Bodine talks about her father, former Tuskegee Airman Roscoe C. Brown Jr., her eyes light up. Comment.
Astoria Times

TimesLedger honored for explosion coverage, Bell

TimesLedger Newspapers’ coverage of a gas explosion in Flushing and the Sean Bell case landed the company two awards in the 2008 Suburban Newspapers of America Editorial Contest. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hundreds flock to Woodside for taste of Filipino fast food

Never underestimate the power of good buzz. Comment.
Astoria Times

Staff, leaders rally to keep St. John’s open

As the final hours ticked away before the emergency rooms at St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals closed, staff and civic leaders gathered in front of St. John’s Hospital in an unsuccessful bid to get Gov. David Paterson to intervene and the board of parent company Caritas to step down. Comment.
Astoria Times

Riders approve of announcements despite giving C− grade to R train

Straphangers accorded the R train the same C−minus as in 2007 in an MTA survey, but expressed a high overall satisfaction level, particularly on directional signs, announcements and comfort in subway cars. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens hospitals get ready to pull the plug

Preparations are underway for the shuttering of Mary Immaculate and St. John’s Queens hospitals, where emergency and elective admissions patients have been turned away and employees are being let go on a daily basis, Borough President Helen Marshall’s office said this week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Other hospitals see growing wave of displaced patients

Emergency rooms around the borough are already experiencing “significant” spikes in incoming patients this week as Queens hospitals brace for the impacts of the impending closure of St. John’s Hospital Queens and Mary Immaculate Hospital. Comment.
Astoria Times

Study finds speeding at Northern, Junction blvds

Nearly 40 percent of city motorists violate speed limits, including those at a Queens intersection where drivers routinely roar past a school and a police precinct. Comment.
Astoria Times

LIRR gets commuters’ thumbs up

Riders have praised service on the Long Island Rail Road in a survey that included particularly high satisfaction ratings for employee courtesy and on−time performance. Comment.
Astoria Times

Developer sheds light on LIC studio plans

A Long Island City developer said he believes the new movie and television studio he helped create in the former space of a longtime motor products factory will eventually rival western Queens’ two major studios. Comment.
Queens Village

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Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Whitestone Times

Flushing woman accused of ID theft

FLUSHING — Police arrested a 35−year−old Flushing woman after she allegedly purchased a $32,000 car in another person’s name, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Padavan wins seat after battle

Although state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) officially became the victor in the protracted 11th Senate District race last week, he and his opponent, City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows), have continued to trade insults over the contest that was decided more than three months after Election Day. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bayside kids show love to veterans for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is usually meant for lovers to show their appreciation for a special someone, but a group of Bayside schoolchildren decided to use the holiday to give back to the men and women who fought for their freedom. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Cleanup at Whitestone Bridge draws fire

Representatives from three western Queens unions protested a lead paint removal project being conducted on the Whitestone Bridge last week, accusing the company of using non−union workers for the job and not taking proper safety precautions to protect neighborhoods near the bridge. Comment.
Whitestone Times

New Queens College bank branch offers path to finance

The opening of Queens County Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank, at Queens College could be good news for students hoping to land jobs in a souring economy, bank and college representatives said last week. Comment.
Letters

11th Senate District needs representation

Three months have passed since Election Day and no winner has been certified in the 11th Senate district. We citizens who live in the district have no representation in Albany. Enough is enough. State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) is leading his opponent, City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows), by over 500 votes. Padavan has been leading since election night. Comment.
Editorial

Same Old Malarkey

At last week’s City Council hearing on the horse−drawn carriage industry, city stable owners and carriage drivers were subjected to nonsense. If Councilman Tony Avella and PETA have their way, 293 drivers will lose their jobs. This must not happen. Comment.
Ridgewood

Residents get first look at Glendale rezoning proposal

After years of delays, a long−awaited plan to downzone areas of Glendale and Middle Village was unveiled at a Glendale Property Owners’ Association meeting last Thursday, earning general approval from the three dozen or so residents who attended. Comment.
Ridgewood

Man killed on Greene Ave.

A man was killed in his Ridgewood home Tuesday afternoon in a savage assault neighbors said may have been a landlord−tenant dispute but authorities declined to characterize. Police were searching for a suspect Wednesday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Gulluscio off ballot in race for Addabbo’s Council seat

The field of seven candidates competing in the race to succeed state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D−Howard Beach) in the City Council was whittled down to five after two contenders were removed from the ballot while the fate of another is up in the air. Comment.
Queens Village

Hotel developer tries again

Springfield Gardens parents will be joining City Councilman James Sanders (D−Laurelton) at a meeting in Manhattan later this month to implore the city not to grant special permission for the construction of a controversial motel. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Mary Immaculate, St. John’s to close in next 30 days

Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica and St. John’s Queens Hospital in Elmhurst will no longer be taking emergency room patients as of Saturday after its parent corporation failed to secure urgently needed funding and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for creditors Friday. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Shoppers rally to save supermarket

A group of more than 75 riled−up borough residents marched along Hillside Avenue in Queens Village last weekend to call for a renewed lease between a neighborhood supermarket and its landlord. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Bellerose hotel put on hold

The construction of a controversial three−story hotel on the site of a former Bellerose ice cream shop was temporarily put on hold after the developers’ plans were disapproved by the city Department of Buildings. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Future of Atlas Park worries area residents

As time grows short until the Hemmerdinger family ends their involvement with the Shops at Atlas Park, residents and business owners continued to fret over what the future holds for the Glendale mall. Comment.
Jackson Heights

E. Elmhurst Council seat candidates to hold debate

At least three of the remaining five candidates vying for the City Council seat vacated by state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D−East Elmhurst) will face off in a debate at the Langston Hughes Library this Thursday. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Eyewitness ID’s dentist slay suspect

Cheryl Springsteen was at the wrong place at the wrong time on the day a Forest Hills orthodontist was killed at a playground in 2007, but what she saw could be crucial in the case against the Uzbek immigrant’s accused killers. Comment.
Jackson Heights

MidVil teen hit−run victim mourned

Tears flowed for a Middle Village teen at an emotional funeral led by his broken−hearted uncle who recalled the life of the talented 16−year−old killed last week by a suspected drunk driver in a stolen car. Comment.
Jamaica Times

CB 10 denies cabaret license

Community Board 10 voted to deny a cabaret license to a renovated Ozone Park catering hall last week, claiming such a license would be inappropriate and would cause a nuisance in the community. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fort Totten Tram may not need new tank

A new tram at Fort Totten that will be introduced later this spring will have greater fuel capacity, which could likely head off the construction of a natural gas station at the Bayside park’s site, City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Flushing’s Animal Haven to close its doors in March

Dismal fund−raising prospects are forcing Flushing’s Animal Haven, a no−kill shelter for cats and dogs, to close its doors in March, leaving the nonprofit’s employees scrambling to find homes for the 60 remaining cats, according to one of the group’s executives. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Documentary with Gennaro premieres

City Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows) joined the likes of Larry David, co−creator of “Seinfeld,” and actress Julia Roberts and appeared in the documentary “Fuel,” which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and had its city premier last week at the Gerald Lynch Theater in Manhattan. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens can learn from Manhattan how to landmark areas

Several e−mails and the bulletin of the Historic Districts Council told of many inappropriate developments stopped in Manhattan this past year. The message to the outer boroughs is that if preservation−minded people can stop developers from destroying historic property in Manhattan, then it can be done in Queens. Many civic leaders have attended meetings sponsored by the preservation−minded HDC and Queens Civic Congress in Queens the past two years. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Officials back zoning change for Cord Meyer

Residents and officials say a proposal by the Department of City Planning to rezone the 32−block Cord Meyer area of Forest Hills would help to retain the neighborhood’s charm that some individuals contend has been maligned by large homes with little greenery. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills HS students put history chops to the test

Thirty AP Government Forest Hills High School students will make their way up to Albany to show off their knowledge of history at the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in March. Comment.
Bayside Times

PS 31 to honor aide for Heimlich rescue

An aide at Bayside’s PS 31 will be honored by the school’s Parent Teacher Association chapter this week after she saved the life of a 5−year−old boy who was choking on a sandwich, the school’s principal said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man attacked by 3 from Richmond Hill: Brown

ELMHURST — Three Richmond Hill men were arrested on assault charges after they allegedly attacked a 27−year−old man at the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst earlier this month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Electronics stolen from Ridgewood home: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 30−year−old Brooklyn man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a Ridgewood home and stole a number of pieces of electronic equipment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Manhattan man punched Queens resident: Boro DA

ASTORIA — A 42−year−old Manhattan man was arrested last month after he punched a 26−year−old Queens man in the face and broke his jaw, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

2 men burglarized 3 Queens homes: Brown

FLUSHING — A 29−year−old Brooklyn man was arrested after he and another man allegedly stole a refrigerator and a stove from a Flushing construction site, a microwave from a Jamaica home and a refrigerator and gas stove from a Ridgewood house, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Far Rockaway man stole hot water heater: DA

JAMAICA — A 48−year−old Far Rockaway man was arrested after he allegedly stole a hot water heater from a building on 122nd Avenue in Jamaica, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Increase income tax for wealthy to shrink the city’s budget gap

As city comptroller, I recognize that times are tough for all New Yorkers. At a time when people are losing their jobs, homes or health care and they require more assistance from our great city, we face a shrinking budget and sharp cutbacks in state support. Comment.
Letters

Americans must help Obama

It was with great pride that I stood watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama Jan. 20. It was a historical event as I watched it unfold along with millions of other Americans. Comment.
Letters

We should all give to those in need

It has been reported that Mayor Mike Bloomberg is the ninth−highest giver in America. He truly walks the walk and talks the talk. And he has done it with his wallet and donated $235 million. Comment.
Letters

Change nation’s immigration laws

I hope U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D−N.Y.) will grow into her new position, learn the needs and wishes of her constituency and earn my vote in the 2010 election by changing her position on immigration. Comment.
Letters

Senate Dems working hard to change state government

The late financier J.P. Morgan once said, “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” In light of the fact that Democrats are in the majority in the state Senate for the first time in 43 years, and given the efforts we are undertaking to reform Senate operating rules, Senate Democrats are taking those first steps to get away from where we have been to create a transparent and an accountable state government. Comment.
Letters

Theater column gets applause

I write in praise of Ronald B. Hellman’s column “The Play’s the Thing.” Not only does he present relevant and interesting information about off−off−Broadway, but discusses critical issues affecting theatrical productions in Queens. Comment.
Letters

Mayoral control of city schools does harm to students, parents

Having been a teacher for over 33 years, I am concerned about the issue of school governance and, in particular, I take issue with the extent mayoral control of the city public school system has affected our children’s education over the past several years. Comment.
Letters

Ravitch commission proposes plan for MTA funding

At public hearings held across the city, I have heard strong objections from hundreds of Metropolitan Transportation Authority customers about the fare and toll increases and service cuts the MTA has been forced to propose. Comment.
Editorial

Hate Crime Confusion

Two crimes in January shocked Queens residents and caused us to question the efficacy of asking police to “focus” on “hate crimes.” Comment.
Astoria Times

Everyone should have a helping of love during their lives

You must remember this, a kiss is still … an oscillatory apposition of the orbicularis oris and levator labii muscles with posterior involvement of the sternocleidomastoids, commonly in a dexterous orientation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Iannece has support of many district leaders for Council seat

Jerry Iannece, a northeast Queens resident for over 20 years, is currently a leading Democratic candidate for City Council in the 19th Council District, which includes Bayside, College Point, Whitestone, Douglaston, Little Neck, Bay Terrace and parts of Flushing. Although he has run unsuccessfully twice before for the seat, in 1997 and 2001, this time he has stronger support, having been endorsed by various district civic leaders. Comment.
Astoria Times

Washington once made headquarters in Bayside

February is known to us for celebrating the birth of two of our most famous presidents: Washington and Lincoln. Did you know that George Washington actually for a time had used a local house for his headquarters and commanded for a time in “Bay Side”? That was the original spelling in early times. Comment.
Astoria Times

Economy can bounce back with restoration of fiscal order

In November, I attended a hearing of the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct, held in a large conference room at 90 Church St. in Manhattan. I am a public member of the board and have served on it since its inception in 1975. Comment.
Astoria Times

Padavan wins hotly contested race for state Senate

Just as everyone was becoming resigned to the fact that the Padavan−Gennaro debacle would never end, surprisingly it did. There is no point in rehashing all the details, as that has been done “ad infinitum” in every media outlet in Queens and beyond. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bakery makes its own Valentines

Gill Kumer toils around the clock to ensure that his Bayside bakery is always serving up the freshest bagels, muffins and cakes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Do whatever it takes to work

Are you worried about being laid off or has it already happened? Are you rattled because of how the future looks and unsure of how to take control of your situation? Let’s talk about surviving this tough economic time. Comment.
Astoria Times

Digital subway track maps keep L train riders behind yellow line

For more than a century, straphangers have been squinting down subway tunnels to determine if a train is coming, but now 21st century technology offers a safer alternative. Comment.
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Congress OKs June delay on digital TV changeover

Queens couch potatoes will now have extra time to make sure their TVs are ready for future broadcasts. Comment.
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Former Flushing arts head stole from group: City

Harvey Seifter, the former executive director of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, was arrested and charged with grand larceny last week for allegedly bilking nearly $5,000 from the cultural institution, according to the city Department of Investigation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens leaders fear impact from closing of hospitals

As St. John’s Hospital in Elmhurst and Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica filed for bankruptcy protection last week and prepared to start the closing process, community leaders agreed the strain on nearby hospitals would be immense. Comment.
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Beep backs waterfront access rule amendment

The City Planning Commission pushed a text amendment to the Queens Borough Board Monday it said would vastly improve the aesthetic of public waterfront areas across the city without dramatically altering the current requirements on developers mandated by city law. Comment.
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Boxers pay tribute to long−gone Sunnyside Garden

The smell of blood, sweat and cigarette smoke on one corner in Sunnyside has long been replaced by fryer oil and car exhaust, but the boxers who once cut their teeth there still fondly recall the last major amateur boxing venue in Queens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teachers will stay: Gianaris

Economic issues and proposed cuts to the state budget dominated an Astoria Town Hall meeting hosted last week by state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D−Astoria), but residents also said they were concerned about the quality of services for seniors in the community and a proposed rate hike by Con Edison. Comment.
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Talk of Q26 bus cut worries St. Francis Prep

The possible elimination of the Q26 bus line would prove disastrous for many students at St. Francis Preparatory in Fresh Meadows, said Elaine Recker, a spokeswoman for the school. Comment.
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Islanders’ move to Queens floated

Could the New York Islanders be Queens−bound? Stranger things have happened, says Jack Friedman. Comment.
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Queens bakery jobs saved by Schumer deal

Hundreds of Queens bakery workers can have their cakes and eat it, too, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D−N.Y.). Comment.
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You need more green to live in Queens

New York City’s notorious cost of living is driving out thousands of the middle class in an exodus fueled not only by the exorbitance of Manhattan but Queens, too. Comment.
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Queens culture groups feel crunch

Queens’ cultural institutions, often among the most vulnerable in a recession, have trimmed payrolls and programs as funding declined, but the economic downturn could pose an even tougher challenge in the next fiscal year. Comment.
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Ridgewood murderer gets 25 to life for slay

The Ridgewood man convicted last month of murder in the 2006 shooting of two men outside a controversial Woodside nightclub was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Kosciuszko Bridge upgrade nears approval: State

Although construction on a new and improved Kosciuszko Bridge will not begin until the next decade at the earliest, the state told Community Board 2 last Thursday that the bridge’s development has been moving quickly on the fast track. Comment.
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Silvercup, Kaufman sweat end of tax break

Western Queens studio heads said they hope to keep the cameras rolling after a tax credit that has brought movies and television productions back to New York City in droves recently ran out of money. Comment.
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Qns. Vill. GOP hosts Bloomy, toasts Abe

The city’s struggling economy and the birthday of one of the nation’s most revered presidents were the orders of the day as Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to the Queens Village Republican Club last weekend during the group’s Lincoln Bicentennial Dinner. Comment.
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Tougher prosecution helped cut Queens crime: DA

Crime in Queens has dropped dramatically over the last decade thanks to tougher prosecutions and new laws, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told elected officials late last month. Comment.
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Drug raid snares 54 in Queensbridge

Police arrested 54 people on suspicion of dealing drugs at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City last week, capping off a six−month undercover investigation in the massive 3,000−unit complex, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

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