A Queens Village man is facing up to three years in prison after he admitted to scamming more than $100,000 from the charity-matching program offered to employees at the Long Island Home Depot where he worked, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comment.
Police detained a 23-year-old man leaving the Burlington Coat Factory Monday afternoon and were investigating whether he was behind several small fires set in the Rego Center and Queens Center malls over the past few days, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is supporting a plan to construct a $2.2 billion transmission line to import cleaner electricity to the Con Edison facility near 20th Avenue in Astoria from Canada. Comment.
State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comment.
A group of New York City firefighters came to the rescue of a woman and two children who were allegedly being attacked in Long Island City last Friday, the FDNY said. The half dozen Bravest of Ladder 115 were on their way back to their firehouse on 47th Avenue when they saw a young boy waving towards their truck, according to the Fire Department. Comment.
Huddled on a damp sidewalk in Queensbridge a little after midnight Friday, more than one dozen mourners gathered to remember a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser last year. Comment.
A South Ozone Park man is still under investigation by police in his brother’s death following a brawl between the two siblings in their home but no charges have been filed, the Queens district attorney’s office said Friday. Comment.
The Queens Library’s board announced it will take a new look at library CEO Thomas Galante’s salary after the borough president called on the trustees to review the embattled executive’s compensation. Comments (1).
A Manhattan hospital should have taken better care of a 12-year-old Sunnyside boy who was given IV fluids and pain relievers, sent home and later died of sepsis in 2012, a state Health Department report concluded. Comment.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Vince Tabone, the former vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party, are both asking that their federal corruption trial be delayed until later this year, arguing the proceedings could possibly coincide with this year’s elections. Comments (1).
City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) called on the city Department of Education to fire the principal of Far Rockaway’s PS 106 after a city investigation concluded the school administrator cashed a full pay check while frequently showing up to work either late or not at all. Comment.
Two state lawmakers from Queens had mixed reactions this week to news of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative that would allow inmates to earn a college degree while serving their prison sentences. Comments (2).
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling for an extension to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed renters’ tax relief that would allow owners of small homes within New York City to be included in the tax credits. Comment.
With help from Department of Transportation staff, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept debris out of a pothole, shoveled in asphalt and pounded in the filling on a Maspeth street corner Thursday morning. Comments (1).
Borough President Melinda Katz delivered a list of recommendations to the Queens Library’s board of trustees in response to the ever-growing controversy enveloping library President Thomas Galante over executive compensation. Comments (1).
More than three years after contracts were signed to outsource plowing of the city’s tertiary streets, some City Council members say they have received complaints this winter claiming that small streets in many neighborhoods are still not being cleared after snowfall. Comments (1).
A group of women with limited English-speaking skills and a nonprofit that often works with immigrant clients are claiming in a federal lawsuit that police routinely fail to help abuse victims because of language barriers, a suit that brings to mind the murder of a Guatemalan woman found fatally stabbed in her Jamaica apartment with her young daughters. Comments (2).
A popular thrift shop in Astoria, which raises money for the rehabilitation of drug addicts and alcoholics, is closing next month and currently selling its inventory of restored furniture, antiques and clothing for 50 percent off. Comment.
The Luzerne County coroner’s office in Pennsylvania ruled the death of Baruch College student Chun Michael Deng, 19, a homicide last week in a case that recalls a similar incident involving the death of a Flushing student several years ago. Comment.
Police and the Queens District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday the sexual assault of a 40-year-old disabled woman first reported to have occurred at Resorts World actually happened in the bathroom stall of a women’s restroom on the Aqueduct Racetrack’s property. Comments (4).
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.
Dropping the citywide speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph is one of 63 items in the Vision Zero action plan to curb pedestrian fatalities that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration released Tuesday afternoon. Comments (2).
A 26-year-old man who was being sought by police in connection with the city’s first murder of 2014 was apprehended in Long Island and charged in the South Jamaica shooting death, the NYPD said Monday night. Comments (19).
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).