MASPETH — Police were looking for help in finding Pasquale “Lino” Canfora, who went missing within the 104th Precinct. He was last seen March 19 around 5:30 p.m. near 59-57 56th Drive, police said. Comment.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited the North Queensview Homes Co-Op in Astoria last week, taking the time to talk about the ongoing city budget process, the school system and a reported beef with Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment.
The quiet streets between PS 169 and the Bay Terrace Waldbaum’s were met with the sounds of nearly 70 little voices Monday as kindergarten students lugged bags of recyclable products to the supermarket. Comment.
AUBURNDALE — A Brooklyn man was accused of robbery in the first and second degrees last week after police said he stole more than 200 iPhones, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
In response to a community outcry and violations from the city Environmental Control Board, a Trade Fair supermarket on 75th Street in Jackson Heights removed its sidewalk enclosure Saturday, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said. Comment.
FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was accused of beating and robbing two other men within two different early March confrontations and was arraigned last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Developers for the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration this week to build a 16-story mixed-use building around the former movie house’s landmarked lobby. Comment.
The front entrance to Peninsula Hospital was shuttered Sunday afternoon, as it had been since the beginning of the month. A sign on the door of the Lillian and Ira Lechtman Pavilion said that after 104 years, the Far Rockaway hospital had closed its doors for good and the nearest emergency room, at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, wasn’t for another two miles east. Comments (2).
Before the city Panel for Educational Policy decided to close August Martin HS and six others in Queens, a representative from state Sen. Shirley Huntley’s (D-Jamaica) office blasted the panel for the way the city Department of Education removed the principal of Martin last month. Comment.
Even before the recent foreclosure crisis hit southeast Queens, predatory lenders took advantage of minority communities, according to fair-housing experts, who warned that many of those dangers still exist in the services now being offered to help distressed homeowners. Comment.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) formally announced Friday that she will run in the newly created Asian district centered around Flushing and she had members of the community on hand to tout her credibility. Comment.
U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) blasted a House Republican proposal to cut the Social Services Block Grant, saying the plan could mean senior centers in the city and across the country could be forced to close. Comment.
In order to start the state in the direction of pay equality, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) announced a legislative package that would work to end wage discrimination statewide. The legislation was accompanied by a resolution proclaiming April 17 as Equal Pay Day in the state. Comment.
JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced to 37 years to life in prison for the August 2006 drive-by shooting murder and attempted murder of two other local men, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Several candidates vying for the new congressional seat centered in eastern Queens were knocked off the ballot after some of the signatures they collected were ruled invalid, but court challenges could reverse their fortunes. Comment.
Negotiations have heated up at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall nursing home as more than 400 members of the UFCW Local 342 union accused management of unfair working conditions and the employees reached out to the community to share their stories, distributing leaflets to visitors at the home. Comment.
Grover Cleveland High School was saved from the chopping block with only hours to spare last week before the city Panel for Educational Policy was set to vote on the city Department of Education’s plan to close 26 city schools, including eight from Queens. Comment.
Despite early concern from Community Board 2 members, the airline company JetBlue received unanimous approval from the City Council Monday to build a 40-foot backlit sign on top of its new headquarters in Long Island City. Comment.
In a city auction nine years ago, a man put up hundreds of thousands of dollars for what he thought was waterfront property, but it turned out to be a parcel of land in the middle of a College Point boat yard and now the Department of Citywide Administrative Services is attempting to pawn off the parcel once again. Comment.
City Comptroller John Liu was the guest of honor at two headline-grabbing fund-raisers this week, but he also schmoozed at a less-publicized dinner with Flushing’s Chinese community days the night before his former campaign treasurer was indicted on federal wire fraud charges. Comment.
As construction equipment cleared debris along Hempstead Avenue Monday afternoon, Fire Department investigators searched for clues as to what set a Queens Village bodega ablaze earlier in the morning. Comment.
The City Council passed a bill Monday to raise the minimum wage for employees of private companies receiving large sums of city funds, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, but three Queens councilmen said no. Comment.