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Avenue ax attack: Terror suspect was full of hate

Jamaica residents learned the hard way last Thursday that terrorism isn’t just the practice of international organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.A hatchet-wielding man brutally attacked four rookie police officers as they posed for a picture on Jamaica Avenue in what NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said was an act of terror.

Jamaica NAACP: No go on Proposition 1
Posted: October 30, 2014

A proposition on Tuesday’s ballot that could take electoral redistricting out of the direct hands of the state Legislature is coming under fire from the Jamaica branch of the NAACP.

Leroy Gadsden, the chapter president, was joined on Monday by civic and clergy leaders at a press conference outside the group’s St. Albans offices.

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Kids share dreams with photographs
Posted: October 30, 2014

”My hope is to be a soldier,” said six-year-old Shamir.

“My dream is to go to a restaurant with my family,” said five-year-old Elizabeth.

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Port Authority awards noise study contract
Posted: October 30, 2014

Neighborhoods around LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports will be studied with an effort toward noise abatement under a contract awarded Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The PA has hired Environmental Science Associates of San Francisco to conduct a federal Part 150 study, which they hope will come up with proposals to mitigate noise from large jet aircraft.

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Council seeks limit to Jamaica trash tonnage
Posted: October 30, 2014

Douglas Avenue in Jamaica is not featured in glossy real estate ads or in the tours or literature offered by the Queens Borough President’s Office or the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

The seven-block street, heading east between 168th and 175th streets, is uneven and seemingly is barely paved.

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Van Buren, Syracuse team up for credits
Posted: October 30, 2014

At Martin Van Buren High School, most of the headlines in the last year or so have been about the new B-Tech high school and its innovative take on computer science education.

But Community Board 13 found out Monday night that at Van Buren, Sam Sochet can boast of his own students as well as any principal in the city.

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York honors former president
Posted: October 30, 2014

York College last week honored its longest-serving president and a tireless advocate for the CUNY educational system with its naming and dedication of the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center.

Bassin served as president of York from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. He died in 2012 at the age of 88.

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CB 13 has hopes for shops
Posted: October 30, 2014

Members of Community Board 13 were optimistic Monday night regarding a developer’s proposal to renovate a small strip mall on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton.

The property is at 221-18 Merrick Blvd. between 221st and 222nd avenues. Richard Hellenbrecht, chairman of the land use committee said the primary use now is a flea market that operates out of the parking lot.

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Marines collect for Toys
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Members of Queens Detachment 240 of the Marine Corps League raised $2,000 on Sunday during the Queens County Farm Museum’s annual Children’s Fall Festival in Glen Oaks.

Money raised will go to the group’s Toys for Tots program.

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Street spam issue heats up in Bayside
Posted: October 30, 2014

Street spam is all over Northern Queens and there’s nothing appetizing about it.

Also known as vertical litter, street spam is illegal signs glued to utility poles, bridges and other public areas. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) wants something done about it.

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Borough Board gets informed about Ebola
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 12:29 pm

There is no need to panic, as the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States of America are miniscule.

The Centers for Disease Control, multiple other medical agencies and federal, state and city governments have made that declaration repeatedly over the last few months, citing this country’s advanced healthcare system and how the disease can only be transferred from person to person under certain circumstances.

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Residential project for Sunnyside Yards?
Posted: October 30, 2014

Another proposal for the Sunnyside Yards — which houses Long Island Rail Road tracks and a freight yard — has bubbled up to the surface, and residents are split on how it will affect the community.

Community Board 2 is in an exploratory phase to find a developer to build a massive residential space by constructing a deck to be placed over the Sunnyside Yards.

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New report analyzes shelter numbers
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 12:31 pm

As the homeless population continues to escalate, the Department of Homeless Services has had to rely on the use of emergency shelters.

The procedure, which allows DHS to move residents into a newly converted shelter — usually an old hotel — within seven days of notifying the local elected officials, has grown increasingly unpopular among councilmembers whose districts have been affected.

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New Ebola policy for JFK travelers
Posted: October 30, 2014

Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.

Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.

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GOP’s Albany hopeful touts economic ideas
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.

“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.

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Queens voters gear up for Election Day
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 1:15 pm

With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.

Statewide elections

In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.

Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.

Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.

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Voters to pick fate of school tech bond
Posted: October 30, 2014

Public and private schools across the city and state could be getting updated technology into the classroom, if a $2 billion bond referendum is approved by voters during the Nov. 4 midterm election.

The referendum, formally known as the Smart Schools Bond Act, is proposed to place advanced technology and high-speed internet connectivity in classrooms across the state, according to the ballot language.

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Gambino mobster charged in ’02 hit
Posted: October 30, 2014

An associate of the Gambino crime family was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas and will be brought back to New York to face racketeering charges that include the 2002 murder of a partner in crime, Martin Bosshart, in Howard Beach.

Gennaro “Jerry” Bruno, 41, was the triggerman who executed Bosshart off 155th Avenue near Lahn Street on the night of Jan. 2, 2002, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which announced the arrest.

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A tough call on Prop 1: Is half a loaf worth it?
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:17 pm

There are few things vaguer to New York voters than ballot propositions that are often as hard to understand as they are hard to locate on a ballot. This Election Day one such ballot proposal New York voters will be asked to decide on is a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to create a redistricting commission to establish state legislative and congressional districts.

Redistricting is the once-a-decade process in which the legislative districts are adjusted to reflect shifts in population. In New York, like most states, the Legislature has for years had primary control of the redistricting process and that has resulted in districts that tend to protect incumbents and produce noncompetitive elections.

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QUICK HITS
Posted: October 30, 2014

Top NYS court rules against Queens DA on Miranda rights

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JVB: My bills key to library’s future
Posted: October 30, 2014

They were several months in the making, but City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) says the six reform bills he just laid on the table are worth the wait and crucial to the Queens Library’s future as it recovers from the controversy over its governance and finances.

The scandal already had led Van Bramer, who is the majority leader and chairman of the main library oversight committee, to hold hearings on the issues, even as it also prompted an audit, state legislation tightening oversight of the system, a purge of the Board of Trustees, removal of the institution’s leader and a joint city-federal probe into any possible criminality.

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Goldfeder targets DMV form
Posted: October 30, 2014

A common Department of Motor Vehicles form used to sell cars to junkyards without a title has created a loophole that allows crooks to legally sell stolen vehicles for parts. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has proposed legislation to remove the MV-35 form.

“A simple change in the law will ensure that we are not providing criminals with the tools to steal cars,” Goldfeder said. “Closing this DMV loophole will help discourage car thefts in our community and make our families safer from crime.”

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Grieving mother pushed for CPR bill
Posted: October 30, 2014

In October 2009, just seven weeks after he started school at SUNY Farmingdale, freshman student Dominic Murray of East Elmhurst had a sudden cardiac arrest in the middle of a basketball game. None of his teammates or coach knew what to do. He died moments later.

Remembering the 17-year-old’s death was both devastating and ironic for his mother, Melinda Murray, given that October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

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Mayor signs 25 mph law; takes effect 11/7
Posted: October 30, 2014

Mayor de Blasio on Monday signed the city’s long-anticipated 25 mile per hour speed limit into law.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 7, all streets in New York City will have the new limit unless signs are posted saying otherwise. The law is considered the linchpin of de Blasio’s Vision Zero effort, aimed at reducing traffic-related deaths and injuries, particularly among pedestrians.

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Two charged in money order mail thefts at JFK
Posted: October 30, 2014

Two baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy International Airport have been arrested on charges that they stole or cashed money orders that were being mailed overseas.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a statement released by his office on Thursday, said three more people, one of them a baggage handler, are being sought.

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Queens Library adds 50 full-time positions
Posted: October 30, 2014

Thanks to a funding increase of $2.8 million for the 2015 fiscal year from Mayor de Blasio and the City Council, the Queens Library will be adding 50 full-time unionized workers to its staff by next year.

The nonprofit corporation announced last Thursday the financial boost enables the library to lift a hiring freeze and employ new custodians, librarians and clerks.

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Two new Trustees on Library Board
Posted: October 30, 2014

In the span of just two days last week, the Queens Library Board of Trustees has taken further shape.

One day after Mayor de Blasio’s naming of Forest Hills resident and litigation attorney James Haddad to the board of trustees — the mayor’s third appointee since he and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz expunged eight board members in July — Katz selected Lenore Gall, who most recently served as dean of students and academic services at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.

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