St. John’s board of trustees said the Rev. Joseph Levesque, the former president of Niagara University, has been elected interim president of the nation’s second-largest Catholic University to replace the Rev. Donald Harrington, who announced his retirement in May. Comments (1).
Federal wildlife agents removed hundreds of geese thought to be a hazard to air safety at Kennedy Airport last week, but an animal-rights activist who filmed them said the government is setting the fowl up as a red herring. Comments (12).
Queens Republican City Council hopefuls gathered outside Borough Hall Wednesday to back southeast Queens candidate Scherie Murray, who voiced her opposition to two NYPD reform bills the Council passed two weeks ago. Comments (1).
NORTH HILLS, L.I. — A Woodside man was arrested last week after he allegedly drove 100 mph on the Long Island Expressway while intoxicated and ignored police who tried to pull him over, Nassau County police said. Comment.
The number of complaints filed with the independent body investigating allegations of police misconduct dropped slightly in the borough last year, with areas of southeast Queens continuing to account for the lion’s share. Comments (1).
A group of NYPD narcotics officers stopped to help two fellow cops with a College Point arrest Wednesday night until they realized the plainclothes duo were imposters in the middle of a possible drug robbery, the head of the 109th Precinct Council said. Comment.
A new state bill would force private companies that set up shop on parkland to replace the greenspace somewhere else at three times the size, which could make Flushing Meadows Corona Park less enticing for development projects. Comments (1).
State Assembly members David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) earned six-figure salaries last year from their jobs outside Albany, recent filings aimed at shedding light on state officials’ outside incomes show. Comments (2).
The state Liquor Authority ruled against granting a liquor license to the operators of a proposed bikini bar in Astoria last week, a decision that was lauded by elected officials who oppose the establishment. Comment.
A pair of South Asian community groups last week filed a federal lawsuit against the city Board of Elections for failing to provide voters with Bengali-language ballots as it has been required to do since 2011 under the Voting Rights Act. Comment.
Three students at LaGuardia Community College helping to put Sunnyside on the map were honored by the college and community organizations last week as top finalists in the Sunnyside map project. Comment.
Lawmakers kept a promise this week to give out earmarks to nonprofits and schools on behalf of embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), but this year his share of the pot was greatly diminished. Comments (1).
A crew of the Bonnano crime family was busted this week on charges of running a multi-million-dollar gambling scheme out of Costa Rica, among other allegations, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.
A group of Breezy Point and Rockaway Beach residents has filed suit against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid, alleging the utility providers were responsible for the fires that engulfed their homes immediately after Hurricane Sandy. Comment.