When New York City children shuffle into the cafeteria on Sept. 9 most probably won’t notice any changes at that first back-to-school lunch until they roll their trays up to the cash register. Comment.
Police have connected the Aug. 26 rape of a woman in Forest Park to five other sexual attacks in the same area dating back to 2011, authorities said Thursday afternoon. The NYPD said all six cases are part of a pattern. The victims range in age from 13 to 69, and attacks have taken place as early as 9:15 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m., cops said. Comments (1).
Gus Prentzas hopes to use his experience from the now-defunct school board to push for dramatic changes to the city’s education system if he is elected to succeed City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment.
If there was any district in New York City where a Green Party candidate, independent of the political machine system, had the potential to get elected, it is in Astoria’s 22nd District, Lynne Serpe said. Comment.
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Three contenders have thrown their hats in the ring for the Democratic primary in southeast Queens to determine who wins the party spot for the City Council seat now held by Donovan Richards. Comments (2).
The family of a Japanese student who police say was run down by an NYPD cruiser in Long Island City six months ago is pleading for witnesses who are willing to testify about what they saw to come forward, their lawyer said. Comments (1).
Mujib Rahman wants to end what he calls the double standard between longstanding residents and new immigrants in City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) district, should he replace the term limited lawmaker next year. Comments (2).
ASTORIA — An Astoria landlord allegedly pocketed $44,050 from prospective tenants looking to rent unlivable apartments that the city Buildings Department had ordered vacated, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Several western Queens residents are praising police from the 114th Precinct who they said teamed up with the city Sanitation Department to remove more than one dozen shopping carts stuffed with garbage around Dutch Kills. Comment.
Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner is running a campaign of ideas, including mass transit fixes for Queens, and is soldiering through the primary despite the political fallout from his sexting scandal. Comments (1).
Jesse Friedman celebrated a small victory in his ongoing fight to clear his name, but will still have to wait after years of professing he was wrongly coerced into pleading guilty to child molestation charges in 1988. Comment.
An independent law firm’s investigation into the case of a late St. John’s University dean and fund-raiser who killed herself during her embezzlement trial found former President the Rev. Donald J. Harrington and Chief of Staff Rob Wile made “errors in judgment,” which “led to conflicts of interest,” but no criminal wrongdoing. Comments (1).
When asked which city agency most needed to mend its relationship with their community, candidates in the race to succeed City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said they would set their sights on the city Department of Education and the NYPD. Comments (1).
Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened a new waterfront park in Long Island City Wednesday two days after City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced the allocation of $2.5 million for the restoration of Queensbridge Park. Comment.
WOODSIDE — A city correction officer said it was a case of mistaken identity that led him to shoot his son, but the teen called the incident an out-of-control example of tough love, the New York Post reported. Comments (1).
An insurgent faction of Queens Republicans is orchestrating a power grab by remaking the borough’s Board of Elections office in its image following a successful political coup earlier this year. Comment.
Candidates who want to make inroads with Mandarin-speaking voters must tread carefully when translating their names into Chinese, and strategies differ on how to be effective while avoiding unwanted connotations. Comment.
An MTA electrician who worked out of a storage yard in Richmond Hill allegedly caused more than half a million dollars’ worth of damage across the Nassau County border early Tuesday when he tore through the town of Elmont, L.I, in a stolen boom truck, leaving a path of downed utility poles, trees and traffic signs in his wake, police said. Comment.
If the City Council’s decision to forge ahead last week on a pair of NYPD oversight bills was, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed, nothing more than “election year politics” and “political pandering,” Queens politicians on both side of the debate certainly provided plenty of fodder. Comments (1).
QUEENS VILLAGE — Police arrested a suspect on theft charges Tuesday, a day after he allegedly shot and killed a Queens man during an attempted armed robbery in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD and the New York Post. Comments (1).
The Bloomberg administration Tuesday asked the federal judge who earlier this month ruled the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional to temporarily suspend her appointment of an independent monitor and her order to reform the practice, claiming the broad-sweeping directive is likely to cause “irreparable harm” to public safety. Comment.
Authorities are hunting for a man who allegedly harassed and followed a 52-year-old woman in Rego Park, before throwing her down a flight of stairs and raping her Friday evening, police said. Comments (7).
Police identified a suspect who allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen pickup truck in Astoria Thursday after cops tried to pull him over in connection with a purse snatching in East Elmhurst earlier in the day, the NYPD said. Comment.