The city Department of Education has reached a seven-figure settlement with five former employees, including three from Queens, who admitted to defrauding the agency of hundreds of thousands of dollar, according to the DOE. Comment.
City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Whitestone) introduced legislation last week that seeks to expand U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) “Avonte’s Law,” which will provide tracking devices for autistic children. Comment.
A North Carolina man has been convicted in the 2010 robberies of several Queens fast-food restaurants as well as the attempted murder of a cab driver during the seven-month crime spree, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
When it comes to Black History Month, there is no one more celebrated than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose adult life has been depicted in photographs and documentary movies many times, but one film that captured him at home was tucked away until recently. Comment.
A Woodhaven business owner welcomed the arrest of a neighborhood real estate agent on charges of participating in a cockfighting ring in the basement of a vacant Jamaica Avenue storefront. Comments (2).
CEDARHURST, L.I. — Metropolitan Transportation Authority police arrested a Far Rockaway teenager who authorities said allegedly scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a Long Island Rail Road station while in the neighborhood where his Jewish yeshiva school is located. Comment.
The city is disciplining two Department of Sanitation employees after authorities said a plow they was operating struck a trash can Thursday night and launched the bin through a Forest Hills café window, injuring two people. Comments (1).
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) unsuccessfully railed against $39 billion worth of food stamp cuts written into the Farm Bill, but the two managed to guarantee that food aid allotted under the legislation would include kosher and halal options. Comment.
JAMAICA — A woman from southeast Queens was among six people arrested earlier this week and charged with operating a phony lottery that bilked seniors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, authorities said. Comment.
The death of a Baruch College freshman from Oakland Gardens during a fraternity hazing ritual in the Pocono Mountains two months ago has been ruled a homicide by the coroner’s office for that area of Pennsylvania. Comments (1).
State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) has taken the Little Engine that Could’s approach to the 11 freight locomotives stationed in Glendale, striving to secure funding to green the engines bit by bit. Comment.
A 30-year-old Kew Gardens man is facing attempted murder, assault, weapon possession and tampering with evidence charges after authorities alleged he shot his girlfriend in the head Sunday and then lied about how she was injured, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3).
Borough President Melinda Katz rubbed shoulders with Queens’ movers and shakers during a meet-and-greet breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Tuesday, when she said tackling the borough’s unemployment rate and luring a big-name retailer to Far Rockaway will be some of the keys to driving the borough’s economy. Comments (1).
Make Queens Safer hosted a town hall meeting Sunday evening to discuss a growing number of pedestrian deaths with elected officials, police and a representative from the city Department of Transportation. Comments (2).
Community Board 9 Chairman James Coccovillo and District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced they had put their differences aside with help from the borough president’s office during the board’s Tuesday meeting. Comment.
Beatlemania became a full-on frenzy 50 years ago with the arrival of John, Paul, George and Ringo at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and last week the group’s fans gathered inside the iconic TWA terminal to mark the anniversary. Comment.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and a number of park advocacy groups and Queens businesses slapped the city and Willets Point developers with a lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of their plan to build a megamall on parkland. Comments (2).
With just two weeks to go before the MTA begins suspending weekend service on the western portion of the No. 7 subway line for signal upgrades and tunnel repair, anxiety levels are rising among business owners in Long Island City. Comment.
The recent escape by a patient from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital in Queens Village has surrounding residents calling for a full review of the incident as well as an in-depth look at improvements they believe can be made to the facility’s security procedures. Comments (1).
New York City has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed National Guardsman who was shot and killed by an NYPD detective as he was driving late at night on the Grand Central Parkway in 2012, according to the family’s attorney. Comments (2).
Former southeast Queens City Council candidate Ricardo Brown has racked up an unusually large — and just plain unusual — campaign debt that one expert said could run him afoul of the city’s campaign finance laws. Comments (1).
Pressure mounted on the head of the Queens Library this week as one state lawmaker called for the nonprofit executive’s resignation days after he was questioned by a special City Council oversight committee at a hearing on the library’s finances. Comments (1).
Commuters in northeast Queens will be offered an alternative route by the MTA intended to soften the impact of upcoming track work that will shut down parts of the No. 7 train for nearly two dozen weekends in 2014. Comment.
Christian Doran, a co-founder of People for the Pavilion, who died suddenly from an asthma attack Saturday, was remembered fondly by friends as a passionate and talented musician on his way to much bigger things. Comments (3).
Mayor Bill de Blasio came to LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City Monday to deliver his first State of the City address and present his progressive plan to attack income inequality. Comments (4).
A 30-year-old man was arrested on charges of attempting to murder his 22-year-old girlfriend after he allegedly told investigators initially that three masked robbers invaded his Kew Gardens apartment and shot her, authorities said. Comments (41).
Investigators raided a cockfighting ring in the basement of a vacant storefront in Woodhaven this weekend as part of the largest bust of its kind in New York State history, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Comments (3).
Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged an investigation into the beating death of a 2-year-old girl in the Rockaways and a broader probe into the policies and practices of the Administration for Children’s Services during his remarks to reporters Thursday in the Bronx. Comment.