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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Queens Village

Mail thefts hit 300 in Queens Village: Resident

Residents on 105th Avenue in Queens Village should not be the only ones concerned about identity theft after one homeowner discovered that stolen mail has affected 300 homes in the area. Comment.
Queens Village

Three muggers kill young wife

Police were searching for the people responsible for killing a woman who was shot during a mugging on a Hollis block Sunday night and casually strolling away from the scene. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Halloran leads fight over insurance fraud

A team of Queens politicians and community leaders has joined together in opposing auto insurance fraud that leads New Yorkers to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra insurance costs each year. Comment.
Ridgewood

Dist. 24 slams DOE at forum on funds plan

At an education meeting last Thursday, the representative from the city Department of Education could barely be heard over the boos and hisses of parents in a Maspeth auditorium. Comment.
Crime

Stolen EMS vehicle found in S. Ozone Park

SOUTH OZONE PARK — An EMS unit that was stolen from Williams Avenue in Brooklyn was found in South Ozone Park at 113th Street and Liberty Avenue, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.
Crime

Nine years in prison for woman who hit 2 men: DA

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A Long Island woman who smoked crack, drove and hit two men in a construction zone in Spring Gardens has been sentenced to nine years in prison and five years supervision post-release, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Two men threatened with meat cleaver: Brown

JAMAICA — A 35-year-old Jamaica man was arraigned last week on charges of menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of harassment after he allegedly waved a meat cleaver at two other males at his residence, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Crime

Man attacked with coffee cup in Bellerose: Brown

BELLEROSE — A Bellerose man was arraigned last week on charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment after he allegedly pushed another man to the ground and hit him over the head with a ceramic coffee cup, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Laurelton

Killer found after search

The Rosedale man who initially asked the public to help find the person responsible for kidnapping and killing the mother of his child admitted that he committed the deed himself, the Nassau County district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Laurelton

Filmmaker explores Jamaica revitalization

When filmmaker Dale Schierholt was asked to create a documentary on the development of downtown Jamaica since the 1970s, the Maine resident said he had certain preconceptions about the neighborhood — since his sole exposure to it was from negative media coverage. Comment.
Laurelton

Jamaica HS hits quarterfinals in city mock trials

Jamaica High School students will be showing the city that the future of their campus is worth fighting for by taking their school spirit to a court room scenario and to the steps of their institution. Comment.

Man found dead in Hollis apt. in possible homicide

A man who had recently moved into a Hollis basement apartment was found dead Monday night in his home, police said. Comment.
Laurelton

Police round up 20 suspects on drug charges in SE Queens

Nearly a month after the authorities rounded up more than five dozen members of a major drug operation in southeast Queens, the police and Queens district attorney’s office arrested 20 more suspects who they contend were inundating the streets with the contraband. Comment.

Holy man turns 100 years old

A group of Dawoodi Bohra Shiite Muslims, whose tradition is centered in India, marched down Springfield Boulevard to the tune of bagpipes Sunday in celebration of the birthday of their spiritual leader. Comment.
Laurelton

Five caught in car thefts: DA

Less than a month after purchasing a Jamaica demolition lot that was owned by a member of the Gotti family was sold, a group of Queens auto workers used the business to rake in hundreds of dollars for providing stolen cars for scrap metal, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Southeast Queens legislators encourage black youth

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and others in the education and criminal justice fields urged young black men to stay in school and their parents to keep a close watch on them at a panel focused on how to help black male youth improve in school. Comment.
Editorial

A Modern-Day McCarthy

City Councilman Daniel Dromm knows what it is like to feel the sting of prejudice. Before becoming a Council member, he was a leading gay rights activist. Last week, Dromm took issue with hearings to be held in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Rep. Peter King intended to examine “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” Comment.
Jackson Heights

Guilty plea for man who scalded infant

A 21-year-old Jackson Heights man who deliberately burned his girlfriend’s 11-month-old daughter by placing her under a hot shower pleaded guilty to assault last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. He is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in prison for his crime, which left the baby permanently scarred, the DA said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst town hall covers drugs, heath and immigrants

About 40 residents of Elmhurst raised concerns ranging from law enforcement to potholes at a town hall meeting held by City Council members Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), whose districts cover the neighborhood. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm targets jobs, healthcare and fair taxes

In a State of the District speech last Thursday, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) not only touted his accomplishments in 2010, but outlined what he wants to do in the coming months. Dromm said his three main goals are to create a place where immigrants can get jobs, open a primary health-care center and change how the city’s wealthiest residents are taxed. Comment.

Forest Hills driver killed in Jersey bus crash

A Forest Hills driver was behind the wheel of a Chinatown bus which crashed in New Jersey Monday night, killing him and another passenger and injuring 41 people. Comment.

City accepting proposals to build Willets Point sewers

Sewers are finally coming to Willets Point, though many business owners there will have little opportunity to use them as they will be the first construction work on the city’s $3 billion redevelopment plan for the neglected area. Comment.

MS-13 pair convicted in Flushing gang slay

Two men were convicted Monday of murdering 21-year-old Flushing native Maurice Parker, who was mistaken for a gang member, on the streets in Flushing May 18, 2007. Comments (1).

Woman stole $220K from Flushing dementia patient: Brown

A Cambria Heights woman who was the former director of social work at a Flushing medical facility was indicted Monday on charges that she stole about $220,000 from an elderly patient who was suffering from dementia, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).

Boro biz speak with Fed on how to grow economy

The Fed came to Queens last week for a series of discussions with business owners to determine what the economy needs to get back on track. Comment.

Judge approves Corrigan 9/11 memorial listing

The city has dropped its opposition to allowing the name of Fire Department Capt. James Corrigan, who retired from Bayside’s Engine Co. 320 in 1994, to be listed on a 9/11 memorial wall at Ground Zero. Comment.

CB 7 approves Flushing biz rezone

Community Board 7 voted overwhelmingly Monday to support a downtown Flushing auto shop owner’s proposal to rezone his property to allow for it to be redeveloped as a mid-sized, mixed-use building. Comment.
Editorial

A Victory for Common Sense

From the get-go, it struck us as bizarre and sad that anyone would oppose the renovation and expansion of a Bayside hospital that provides cutting-edge care to children suffering from terrible illnesses. And yet, the Weeks Woodlands Association asked the city to block the expansion of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Comment.

Fatal beating in Woodhaven may be anti-gay case

A Long Island teenager was brutally stomped outside a party in Woodhaven Saturday night and later died in an apparent hate crime that brought strong condemnation from Queens officials. Comment.

Silver calls for expanded rent regulation

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) have issued a report on what they call a housing crisis precipitated by the shrinking number of rent-regulated apartments in New York City.. Comment.

Qns. College hosts music talk

Women from the world of music discussed the difficulties of breaking into the business and the progress women have made since during a forum Monday at Queens College. Comment.

Legalizing livery cab hails will benefit Queens: Yassky

City Taxi & Limousine Commissioner David Yassky did not take a cab to the Community Board 6 meeting last week. Comment.

Boro bank sets up Japan quake relief fund

Queens County Savings Bank is offering its customers a way to help out earthquake-ravaged Japan. Comment.

Bayside Muslim draws praise at King’s hearing

One of the most emotional moments at U.S. Rep. Peter King’s hearing on radical Islam in the United States was about a Bayside resident who gave his life on Sept. 11, 2001, but fell under suspicion of helping with the attacks because of his religion. Comment.

Weprin, co-ops reject 50% lid on city taxes

After borough co-ops saw their tax assessments rise between 50 percent and 150 percent late last month, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said he was able to get the city Department of Finance to limit the cap on property taxes for co-ops at 50 percent. Comment.
Crime

Long Islander burned Woodsider’s clothes: DA

WOODSIDE — A 53-year-old Long Island man was arraigned last week on charges of arson and criminal mischief, the Queens district attorney’s office said. James Millbrandt, of Lincoln Road in the hamlet of Franklin Square, L.I., allegedly set fire to clothes in another man’s apartment in Woodside in December, the DA said. Comment.
Crime

Man dies in motorcycle crash on LIE: NYPD

MASPETH — A man lost control of his motorcycle and was killed in a crash early Monday, the NYPD said. Comment.
Crime

Corona woman abused her pet dog: ASPCA

CORONA — A 47-year-old Corona woman was arrested Saturday on charges of neglecting her dog so much that it was left weak and unable to stand, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said. Comment.
Letters

Partisan politics does not solve problems of Social Security

Before David M. Quintana gives his opinion on the issue of Social Security (“Protect Social Security from GOP,” Feb. 24), it would do his position better to not rely on the same old deceptive arguments that are based on misleading emotional scenarios and focus more on real facts. Comment.
Letters

EDC skirts Van Wyck ramps issue by using eminent domain excuse

An integral part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s misguided Willets Point project is the use of ramps to and from the Van Wyck Expressway to handle the expected huge increase in vehicular traffic the project will cause. This is so that even without the project the Van Wyck Expressway and Grand Central Parkway are often clogged. Comment.
Letters

Help the middle class, not wealthy

An open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment.
Letters

Do not lay off city teachers

The mayor is still insisting that teacher layoffs in the city public school system are going to take place. Yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his budget address that it would not be necessary at all to lay off any teachers. Also, the mayor, in his Feb. 17 news conference on the city budget, said there was an additional $2 billion in funds. Comment.
Letters

School in Maspeth needs funds from DOE

An open letter to city School Chancellor Cathleen Black. Comment.
Editorial

A Question of Fairness in Willets Point

The redevelopment of Willets Point will be a good thing for Queens. It will create middle-income housing and hundreds of jobs. It will generate tax revenues for a city still reeling from the recession and turn a junkyard into a thriving commercial area. Comment.
Opinion

Our History: Benjamin Franklin made many contributions to society

If Benjamin Franklin walked up High Street in Philadelphia in October 1723, he would have noted a city busy with a population of about 10,000 people. Hard for us to imagine for that period in our history. Comments (3).
Opinion

Political Action: Queens GOP club honors Padavan at annual dinner

On Feb. 27, the Queens Village Republican Club held its annual Lincoln’s Day dinner, but this year it had an additional reason for having it since it was also designated as a testimonial for former state Sen. Frank Padavan. For many who attended this event, Padavan is revered as an icon who has served our community in the Senate during the last 38 years. The reaction of the guests was overwhelming in their expressions of support for his achievements and efforts on their behalf. Comment.
Opinion

I Sit And Look Out: Unlike DOE, Parks Dept. helpful in Rego Pk. inquiry

In an e-mail to City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, I told him I was planning to write columns about PS 174, the William Sidney Mount school, in the Crescents section of Rego Park, and about the adjoining Painter’s Playground. The response was prompt and informative, both from the Arsenal and Dorothy Lewandowski, the Queens Parks commissioner. Comment.
Opinion

Dishing with Dee: Man behind renovation of boro eatery unfairly criticized

In last week’s column, we promised to give you the skinny on the current attacks on Joe Franco’s plans to modernize the White House Restaurant in Whitestone into a new, fabulous restaurant/catering hall. But as we started to delve into the situation, it appeared there was much more to it than met the eye. Due to the importance of the situation, we believed it would require a little more time to check everything out, which would be fair to everyone involved. Remember, the devil’s in the details. Comment.
Business

Pizzeria strives to serve people of Whitestone

Opening a small pizzeria in Whitestone and keeping it successful for the last two years was not a hard task for the Graci brothers. Comment.

Boxing gym finds success after leaving Iron Triangle

K2 Boxing Club gets busy most weekdays around 5 p.m., when fighters start filing in from all corners of the city to work with some of the best trainers in town. Comment.

Weiner urges banks to branch out, help the poor

Low-income neighborhoods in the borough suffer from a lack of banks, and it is up to the federal government to coax more lending institutions into opening offices in underserved areas, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said in Forest Hills Monday. Comment.

World-class waterfront on city’s horizon: Bloomberg

Revamped parks, housing along the water in both Long Island City and the Rockaways and ferry service to Manhattan are some of the major projects listed for Queens in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $3.3 billion plan to reintroduce residents and tourists to the city’s waterfront. Comments (2).

Maltese collects tales of 1911 Triangle fire

It has been 100 years since the horrific Manhattan fire that killed 146 people at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and launched the labor movement in the United States as well as the push for safety in the workplace, but a former borough lawmaker has been discovering more stories about the victims than ever before. Comment.

Mayor rejects Council’s snow removal proposals

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration does not support any of the City Council’s suggestions for legislation proposed in response to the city’s mishandling of the Dec. 26 blizzard, which Bloomberg himself described as “inadequate” and “unsatisfactory.” Comment.

Seminerio wiretap key to current case

Disgraced former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin and the two Queens hospital executives charged last week with bribing two state legislators may have no connection, but they do share a common link: the late Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio. Comment.

Rosen out over Kruger corruption charge

A shake-up is underway at Jamaica Hospital and its parent company, MediSys, after the entities removed President and Chief Executive Officer David Rosen from the two posts following federal allegations that he paid bribes to two state legislators. Comment.

Boro kids win big with Legos

Armed with magnets, models and mounds of Legos, middle and elementary school classes throughout Queens participated Sunday in a citywide robotics competition held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, with some taking the No. 1 spot or top five honors. Comment.

Seniors rally to keep centers open

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) joined senior citizens at the Jacob Riis Settlement House Friday in Queensbridge to rally against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to shutter the senior center and a similar facility in Ravenswood. Comment.

Literacy director wins Sloan prize for library work

As many people spoke about Queens Library Adult Literacy Programs Director Susan Dalmas’ myriad accomplishments upon her winning the 2011 Sloan Public Service Award last Thursday, they all had one message: She deserves it. Comments (1).

Aquino indictment clouds revival effort

An advocate for reopening Parkway Hospital is retooling his public campaign after Robert Aquino, the former CEO of the shuttered medical facility, was charged Friday with bribing a Brooklyn state senator in order to receive favorable treatment. Comment.

Willets sticks with Lipsky

The fallout over the arrest on corruption charges last week of prominent lobbyist Richard Lipsky swept across Queens and the city. Comment.

LIJ, St. Vincent’s team up for Village center

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is partnering with St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and the Rudin family to create a $110 million health center in Greenwich Village to fill the void created by the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital. Comment.

SE Queens leaders worry Jamaica Hospital will suffer

Community leaders in southeast Queens said they hope David Rosen’s federal indictment on bribery charges and his removal as head of Jamaica Hospital will not negatively affect the future of the medical facility, which is grappling with an overcrowded emergency room and a crush of other patients. Comment.

Pia’s voice carries from Howard Beach to Hollywood

Memphis built a statue of Elvis and Hollywood captured the handprints of John Lennon in concrete, but Howard Beach, a small insular community in southern Queens, is paying tribute to its newest star with food. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gianaris bill would boost terror defense

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has introduced legislation to have the director of the state Office of Homeland Security keep an eye on all facilities owned by the MTA, making sure they are prepared for a terrorist attack. Comment.

Con Ed pushes efficiency at Hispanic Chamber

For Cynthia Suarez, who owns the restaurant La Casa del Gaucho in East Elmhurst, electric bills can be around $3,000 a month, but she is hoping Con Edison’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program will allow her to keep more in her wallet after she turns on the lights. Comment.

Rikers won’t be home to jail barge: Vallone

The city Department of Corrections nixed a plan Friday to relocate the Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center prison barge from the Bronx’s Hunts Point to Rikers Island, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) office said in a statement. Comment.

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