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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Opinion

Dishing with Dee: State Conservative Party backs Lazio for guv

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Apparently we have survived another winter. There are unmistakable signs of our spring flowers coming back to life so we can all rejoice in that good feeling. Comment.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Crime

Glendale man guilty of Jamaica murder

On March 22, 2008, Omo Deokoro, 32, of 834 Central Ave., got into an argument with Nomar Anderson, 30, outside Loretta’s West Indian American Cuisine at 109-24 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, the DA said. Deokoro shot Anderson multiple times and police who heard the shots saw the Glendale man duck inside the restaurant where he discarded the gun and his shirt. Comment.
Ridgewood

CB 5 approves new school at Rite Aid site

A new elementary school in Ridgewood at the site of a former Rite Aid is the right way to go, Community Board 5 decided last week. Comment.

Boro cleaners remove stains from Phagwah

After the fun of spraying colorful liquids, powders and dyes on other celebrants during Phagwah, the Hindu celebration of spring, comes the hard part: removing those stubborn stains. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Little Neck students score big win at Lego robotics contest

Little Neck’s MS 67 won one of four top prizes at a citywide Lego robotics competition during which it faced off against a total of 80 schools from across the five boroughs. Comment.

Bellerose homes need to be examined: Civics

Two Bellerose civic leaders are claiming the city Department of Buildings is dragging its feet to enforce what they contended were violations on two two-family homes being constructed in the neighborhood. Comment.

Man pleads guilty in stab of 86-year-old

A Flushing man pleaded guilty this week to second-degree attempted murder after viciously attacking an 86-year-old retired correction officer in her Springfield Gardens home last year, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Comrie, parents protest plans for school at IS 59

Leaders and advocates for keeping IS 59 as it is in Springfield Gardens rallied Tuesday morning to condemn the city’s proposal to place a separate all-boys campus within the same building. Comment.

Bloods gang member convicted of shooting at Queens officers

A reputed Bloods member who led police on a wild chase on the streets of Jamaica last year was convicted last week of firing at the authorities. Comment.

Addabbo Center filling hospital void in Jamaica

Southeast Queens may still be lacking in providing the health care needs for residents since Mary Immaculate Hospital closed last year, but the administrators of a revamped medical center in the neighborhood say they are working hard to fill the void. Comment.

Crowley slams city for proposals to cut up to 42 firehouses

The first hearing is out of the way, but the City Council Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, headed by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), is no closer to learning which engine companies the city has on the chopping block amid looming budget cuts. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Corona man admits to owning child porn

A Bronx man has admitted to possessing child pornography after being arrested last year on charges he was impersonating an enforcement agent outside a karaoke club in Corona, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Ex-cop Castro wins lawsuit

The ex-police sergeant and former chief of staff for Hiram Monserrate during his City Council days has won his civil case against the city after a jury found the city had discriminated against him by excluding him from the Sanitation Department’s hiring process. Comment.

Richmond Hill fish has will to live

You can take your pick of any fish at Cameo Pet Shop in Richmond Hill, just not this one. Comment.
Jamaica Times

Man arrested in St. Helen’s chalice burglary

Police have recovered two chalices stolen from St. Helen’s Church in Howard Beach, including one worth $10,000, and have arrested a 20-year-old man in the theft. Comment.

City to remove two unused water towers in Jamaica Estates

A pair of decrepit water towers in Queens have been eyesores for the community for more than 10 years, but within a month residents will not have to put up with them anymore. Comment.

Queens Hospital Center braces for loss of docs, care

Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica faces losing physicians and a decrease in services because of the city Health and Hospital Corp.’s projected $1 billion operating loss, Community Board 8 officials said last week. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Hevesi bills would fix housing issues

Queens residents living in rent-regulated apartments could soon receive more accurate energy bills and reductions in housing payments should the state Senate approve two bills recently passed by the state Assembly, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said. Comment.
Flushing Times

Flushing seniors use webcam to socialize

Six homebound city seniors have begun to use innovative video-conferencing technologies to connect with the world beyond their windows, thanks to a program being offered through a public-private partnership between a Flushing senior center, Microsoft and the city Department for the Aging. Comment.
Flushing Times

Kissena Corridor parking lot to become meditation garden

A section of land in Flushing’s Kissena Corridor Park used in recent years as a makeshift parking lot for New York Hospital Queens is reverting to parkland and civic and conservation groups in the area are working to bring a meditation garden to the space. Comment.

City projects 36% traffic increase in Flushing

The developer of the $800 million mixed-use Flushing Commons project planned for downtown Flushing has released data it gathered with the city Department of Transportation estimating the “worst-case” impact that anticipated construction could have on downtown traffic. Comment.

Flushing electeds slam MTA over plan to cancel X51 bus

The MTA is aiming to take out one of Flushing’s express buses, but commuters said they are being unfairly targeted. Comment.

Keith’s owner has his bank closed by feds belongibenefit RKO Keith’s

The landmark RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing has fallen into disrepair following decades of movie palace glory, but organizers of a comedy fund-raiser Friday night hope it will once again return to its palatial past. Comment.
Crime

Man chased down street by armed men: DA

Kevin Avalos, 19, of the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows and Nolan Lopez, 20, of Jackson Heights began chasing the other man around 4 p.m. March 6 at the intersection of 82nd Street and 37th Avenue, the DA said. Comment.

Peralta trounces Hiram in Senate race

So long, Hiram. Comment.

Liu plans to scrutinize school report card data

City Comptroller John Liu has embarked on an initiative to audit the city Department of Education’s annual school progress reports in the wake of the department’s January decision to close 19 low-performing city schools. Comment.

Cut back on gambling in budget: Padavan

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), the state Legislature’s leading opponent on betting, took Gov. David Paterson’s proposed budget to task for what he said contained a rise of gambling initiatives he said would harm New York in the long run. Comment.

Teen stabbed in Newtown HS

Police have arrested a 16-year-old Woodhaven student who attends Elmhurst’s Newtown High School after he allegedly stabbed another teenager during school last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Little Neck super pup awarded for heroism

A 9-year-old Little Neck pup was named as one of the top 10 national finalists by the Humane Society of the United States as a 2010 “dog of valor” after he saved an 89-year-old neighbor’s life in August. Comment.

JFK runway work prompts airlines to seek penalty relief

Queens-based JetBlue Airways, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have asked the federal government to exempt them temporarily from a new rule limiting how long passengers may be held in an airliner on the ground. Comment.

Baysiders slam empty houses built by Huang

Bayside community leaders said they planned to fight the completion of several homes that were constructed in the neighborhood several years ago by controversial developer Tommy Huang but have been sitting vacant ever since. Comment.

Ex-Caffé owner plans restaurant in Whitestone

The former owner of Bayside’s Caffé on the Green said he plans to open a new restaurant and catering hall in Whitestone in the near future. But there is still no date set for the opening of Valentino’s on the Green, the city’s replacement for Caffé, along the Cross Island Parkway. Comment.

Tea Party protests Ackerman

A group of Queens and Long Island residents associated with the national Tea Party movement protested outside U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s (D-Bayside) Northern Boulevard-based office last week, blasting his stance on health care. Comment.

109th Pct. crime down, but burglaries on rise

The crime rate in the 109th Precinct is down 21.51 percent over this time last year, but a number of distinct criminal patterns have contributed to a 9.2 percent increase in burglaries, Deputy Inspector Matthew Whelan said. Comment.

Subway rider advocates report deteriorating weekend service

Weekend subway service keeps getting worse, according to a new report by a transit advocacy agency. Comment.

Vantage tenants to wait months for settlements

The tenants of more than 80 buildings owned by Vantage Properties in Queens are riding high after their landlord settled with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office over allegations of harassment. Comment.

Memory of Triangle Shirtwaist fire lives on in Queens

The 10-story building in Greenwich Village where 146 garment workers died in a fire that changed the political landscape of the state and the nation still stands. Comment.

St. John’s workers offered buyouts

About 1,700 full-time employees at St. John’s University have been offered voluntary buyout packages and college officials said they will know next week how many individuals at the school will accept them. Comment.

Budget ax threatens county senior centers

Proposed city and state budget cuts may force six Queens senior centers to close, eradicating a crucial system of support for a vulnerable population susceptible to loneliness and depression, officials said. Comment.

Queens College hosts Def Jam founder, renowned rabbi

The black and Jewish communities in the United States need to promote the goodwill that formed between the two groups during the civil rights movement to combat prejudice, especially against Muslims, hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and Chairman of the World Jewish Congress United States Rabbi Marc Schneier said at Queens College this week. Comment.

Rosasco joins GOP with dramatic gesture

In a move that would surprise few who heard him on the campaign trail last fall, former City Council candidate and Woodside resident David Rosasco has renounced the Democratic Party and joined the Republicans. Comment.

Queens pols high-five Ravitch’s budget

Queens legislators said they were impressed by Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch’s proposal to reform the state’s budget process, although they had their doubts about how many of his recommendations would see the light of day. Comment.

Con Edison to dole out $7.9M for green projects

Nearly four years after the blackout that left western Queens in the dark for days, seeds sown by activists are about to bear fruit in the area. Comment.

Peralta defeats Monserrate

So long, Hiram. Comment.

Mayor urges boro to fill out Census forms

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and an entourage of city and borough officials urged Queens residents to fill out the census forms coming their way this week in order to land more federal funding for a borough that has experienced a population increase in the past decade. Comment.

Hevesi staffer pleads in pension fund case

Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi’s chief investment officer pleaded guilty last week to charges stemming from state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s investigation into corruption of the state pension fund during Hevesi’s tenure. Comment.

Federal court upholds Monserrate expulsion

A federal appeals court on Friday denied former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s request to restore his position in the state Legislature and cancel Tuesday’s election for the 13th Senate District. Comment.

Going Green in Queens offers pruning workshop

The borough will be seeing green March 27 at an annual conference on green initiatives that will be hosted by the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces at Flushing’s Al Oerter Recreational Center. Comment.

ERDA brings free tax prep to western Queens

Tax time has come again to Queens and with a special urgency for Long Island City’s public housing complexes, where a free tax prep service is closing a month earlier than last year. Comment.

Former sex slave details life at Kew Gardens event

During her teenage years, Somaly Mam said she had to live through the toughest hell as a sex slave in a Cambodian brothel. Comment.

Pols push wage law for utility

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on the state to enact laws that would guarantee good wages, health care and other benefits to cleaners and security guards at Con Edison and other public utilities that serve Queens. Comment.
Astoria Times

Arris Lofts tenants upset at sign change

After complaints from residents and calls from the community board, the city is removing the “no standing” signs it installed along Court Square in front of the Arris Lofts about a month ago. Comment.

State criticizes AEG biz practices

Gov. David Paterson hopes to solicit new bids for the Aqueduct video lottery terminal project in one month after the deal between Aqueduct Entertainment Group and the state collapsed last week because the consortium was not granted a gaming license from the state Lottery Division. Comment.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Business

Lebanese eatery opens in Greek Astoria

Astoria foodies have a new cause to celebrate following the opening of a Lebanese eatery with affordable prices under the N and W lines on 31st Street. Comment.
Crime

Brooklyn rapper slain after concert in Jamaica

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Gregory Brown, 22, who went by the stage name G Baby, got into a fight outside the club Amazura at Archer Avenue and 143rd Street, police and MTV News reported. Brown was shot multiple times in the torso and a 23-year-old man was shot once in the leg. Comment.
Crime

Would-be robber first laughed off by victim: DA

At 3:27 p.m. March 7, Brady Hollenquest, 46, entered the mall, approached a booth and demanded money from the cash register, according to a criminal complaint filed by the DA’s office. Comment.
Editorial

What a Waste

Although we had reservations about the state’s plans to open a video lottery casino at Aqueduct Race Track, we conceded in this time of financial crisis it was an acceptable way to raise money for the city and state. It beats taxing soft drinks both in its fairness and potential to raise revenue. Comment.
Crime

Man hit fellow bar patron with mug: DA

Marcelo Moreno, 23, was charged with assault and weapon possession, the DA said. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return April 20. Comment.
Crime

Glendale man guilty of Jamaica murder

On March 22, 2008, Omo Deokoro, 32, of 834 Central Ave., got into an argument with Nomar Anderson, 30, outside Loretta’s West Indian American Cuisine at 109-24 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, the DA said. Deokoro shot Anderson multiple times and police who heard the shots saw the Glendale man duck inside the restaurant where he discarded the gun and his shirt. Comment.
Crime

Teen dies in wreck on Grand Central Parkway

Elaine Galindo, 17, of South Ozone Park, was in a 1997 Honda Civic traveling east on the Grand Central Parkway at 49th Avenue around 10:30 p.m. when it slammed into the rear of a flatbed tow truck assisting a disabled car in the right lane, police said. Comment.
Letters

Let state conduct better traffic study

On behalf of the Northeast Queens Community Action Network, I am writing to join with the National Resource Defense Council as well as other concerned citizens and groups in expressing concern over discrepancies in study results that could mean greater effects on traffic mobility, noise and air pollution and congestion than anticipated. Comment.
Letters

Interstate buses must have seat belts

As legal counsel to the Middle Village Property Owners/Residents Association at the time, I was able to get signatures from a number of the organization’s members on a petition supporting seat belts on such buses. At a meeting of the association, Weiner said he supported such a proposal to protect people on such buses. Comment.
Letters

Bloomberg, Klein must stop running schools like businesses

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein sits as chairman on the board of directors of the Eli Broad Foundation. Eli Broad is a billionaire and philanthropist who wishes to throw a lot of money at schools — not just public schools. He believes in the privatization of schools and that schools must be run like businesses in order for them to succeed. Comment.
Letters

Do not combine two boro bus routes

This is incorrect. Did he ever study Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus maps? If so, he would know the Q76 starts at the Jamaica bus terminal, serves two Hillside Avenue subway stations and seven schools and finishes at the College Point shopping center. The MTA estimated travel time is 50 minutes for this route. Comment.
Letters

Raw data can be misleading in report on Queens’ health

As a surgeon dedicated to improving patient care here in Queens, I have taken the liberty of adding some context to the statistics used in the article in the hopes that this can help further educate the public. Comment.
Letters

Discount factory outlets offer more torture than fun for Dad

Just over an hour’s drive, with cars zipping by me at speeds approaching 100 mph, we arrived at the congested parking lots where our first stop was Coach. The line inside to purchase an exchanged purse was long. Oh, what fun it is to stand on a rigid line all day. Comment.
Letters

MTA must not eliminate the student MetroCard pass

For the sake of my constituents, I oppose these proposed cuts and funding reductions proposed by the MTA, especially eliminating the student MetroCard passes, which targets a half-million schoolchildren. MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said “the MTA can no longer afford to subsidize this free service,” a reference to the 1995 agreement it made with the city and state splitting the cost, each paying $45 million. During this fiscal year, the state paid $6 million and the city $45 million. Comment.
Editorial

‘The Heartland of Unfitness’

Last Tuesday’s special election should be the nail in the coffin for the political career of former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s political career. The embattled politician was convinced the people who elected him first to the state Assembly and later to the Senate had been disenfranchised by the decision of his fellow senators that he was unfit to hold office. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Bayside’s ‘Gentleman Jim’ left boxing for acting career

Though James John Corbett’s pugilistic history as a world champion in boxing was short, it was one full of honor and acclaim. Born in California, he later made his home in Bayside. His house, only a few blocks from my own home, is still extant. Comment.
Opinion

Political Action: Primaries often prove damaging to Queens Dem candidates

In the 19th Council District, Kevin Kim entered the Democratic primary against five other candidates, all of whom had more name recognition. When the final vote was spread out over six candidates, however, anything can happen and did. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Issue of boro GOP leadership continues to remain unclear

Of course, deny, deny was the mantra of the day. Unfortunately, there were numerous people who also heard the remarks, but Commissioner Judith Stupp owes her job as well as her son’s job to Phil Ragusa — the same Ragusa who almost secured the executive director’s position on the city Board of Elections for her husband, Herb Stupp, who was not selected. Comment.
Opinion

Berger’s Burg: Spring cleaning has nothing on having to paint the house

E.B., add painting to your list. Comment.
Business

NYC PaintBall and LaserTag a city first

“High techs,” a man yelled in a darkened Long Island City warehouse on a recent Thursday night, attracting a crowd of advanced marksmen to a makeshift battleground. Comment.

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