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Diplomacy officially dead in ICCC dispute

In 2013, the state Inspector General’s Office used terms such as “disingenuous” when describing the process by which the Indian Cultural and Community Center obtained state land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital campus.On Tuesday, opponents of the proposed four-story apartment complex used terms including “fraudulent” and “lie” in discussing the ICCC’s acquisition of the property and its ongoing hearings before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

Penn State U. won’t release hazing report
Posted: October 23, 2014

Officials at Penn State University told the Chronicle on Monday that they will not be releasing the results of an internal investigation into alleged hazing on its Altoona, Pa., campus that was initiated after the suicide in March by student Marquise Braham of Rosedale.

Braham, 18, was home on a break from school when he jumped from the roof of a hotel in Nassau County.

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Small details get big results in 113th Pct.
Posted: October 23, 2014

The 113th Precinct Community Council had been planning to honor NYPD Officers Daniel Pelan, Derek Webber and Joseph Algerio with their Cop of the Month award on Monday night for a routine, quality-of-life stop the plainclothes trio made on Oct. 5 that resulted in the seizure of a loaded .32 -caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.

But Webber and Algerio still had a shift to work on Sunday.

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113th Pct. Council welcomes new CO
Posted: October 23, 2014

The new commanding officer of the 113th Precinct was formally introduced to the community at a meeting of the precinct’s Community Council on Monday night.

Capt. Frederick Grover, a 16-year veteran, was transferred two weeks ago from the 107th Precinct.

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A rite of Autumn returns to Jamaica
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Enjoy the photos from the 13th annual Harvest Festival sponsored by the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

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Largest Jamaica site sold for $22 million
Posted: October 23, 2014

The largest property sold in Downtown Jamaica in 10 years has been bought — for $22 million cash — by the Flushing-based company Jamaica Tower LLC.

Massey Knakal Realty Services, whose New York City offices are in Forest Hills, Manhattan and Brooklyn, oversaw the transaction.

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Fari–a ousts superintendent
Posted: October 23, 2014

The superintendent of Schools in Community District 28 was replaced on Tuesday following a citywide review instituted by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.

Beverley Ffolkes-Bryant was one of eight superintendents replaced on Tuesday. She was replaced by Mabel Muniz-Saduy. The Chronicle could not reach either one at the district office, and calls to a handful of the members of Community Education Council 28 were not returned.

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Abandoned pooch needs a new home
Posted: October 23, 2014

Blackie the dog is in need of a home. Abandoned last August when his family moved, he was left behind in his Brooklyn backyard. Now a former neighbor is hoping to find someone to adopt him.

Cathy Pantaleno, 70, lived across the street from Blackie’s family until she moved to Jamaica three years ago. She kept in contact with the dog, frequently going back to her old neighborhood to play with Blackie and bring him food and water. Pantaleno came to care for the dog as if he were her own, but was unable to adopt him herself because she lives in a small apartment and has cats.

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High hopes for the Red Storm in ’14-15
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 1:24 pm

In 2010, first-year St. John’s men’s basketball head coach Steve Lavin led a team with no postseason experience to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine years.

At the core of that team was a close-knit group of seniors, including play-making shooting guard Dwight Hardy, do-it-all forward D.J. Kennedy and athletic point guard Paris Horne.

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York men’s soccer wins in a rout
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Rachidi Amadou tallied three goals and three assists last Saturday as the men’s soccer team at York College traveled to Brooklyn to trounce Medgar Evers College 9-0.

The visiting Cardinals (5-11) scored all nine goals in the first half as they took 20 shots. Medgar Evers fell to 4-9.

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Man killed by police after attacking cops with hatchet in Jamaica
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 10:16 am

Two police officers were injured, one critically, after a 32-year-old suspect attacked a group of four uniformed cops with a hatchet on Jamaica Avenue around 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

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Specialized HS tests debated in Flushing
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:20 pm

For many prospective New York City high school students, getting into one of the specialized schools is like winning the lottery, except with years of preparation.

To get into Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences, Brooklyn Latin School, High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College or High School of American Studies at Lehman College, there is just one door — a test: three hours of 45 multiple- choice verbal questions, 50 multiple-choice mathematics problems, using a formula the city Department of Education keeps under heavy wraps.

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NYC library reform bills due at Council
Posted: October 23, 2014

Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Wednesday introduced a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.

The legislation would require:

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The sound of silence: Qns. on McCray aide
Posted: October 23, 2014

When it comes to the controversy surrounding Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to Mayor de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, the vast majority of city lawmakers from Queens have nothing to say.

Asked on Monday whether they support Noerdlinger’s continued employment as McCray’s top aide, only three of the 14 City Council members from Queens would answer the question.

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DOT, district managers discuss new slow zones
Posted: October 23, 2014

A number of additional neighborhood and arterial slow zones will be implemented throughout the borough in the final two months of the year, according to the Department of Transportation.

In a presentation to community board district managers from all across Queens and Borough President Melinda Katz at Borough Hall on Tuesday, the agency presented findings on the effectiveness of slow zones as well as plans for additional ones, to the surprise of some in attendance.

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James, Council call MTA ads anti-Muslim
Posted: October 23, 2014

Public Advocate Letitia James and 32 members of the City Council have sent a letter calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to reject a series of ads that they say are anti-Muslim and could provoke violence.

The ads were purchased by the group American Freedom Defense Initiative, which claims they tell the truth about the dangers of radical Islam.

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DHS head facing tough challenges in first year
Posted: October 23, 2014

Some communities in Queens, such as Glendale and Elmhurst, view the Department of Homeless Services as an enemy, degrading their neighborhoods one homeless shelter at a time.

DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, in a sitdown interview with Chronicle staff on Thursday, said he and the agency are both proactively and reactively dealing with the city’s homelessness crisis the best it can in their first year in office.

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Spending soared at Rikers Island: report
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 2:13 pm

New York City taxpayers paid more than $92,200 for each of the 11,408 inmates at Rikers Island between July 2013 and June 2014 — double the amount spent per inmates in Los Angeles, which has the country’s largest prison population at 18,710.

These findings were highlighted in a report released last week by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The audit found that the city spent a record $1.1 billion dollars for the 2014 fiscal year, even though the inmate population has declined by 18 percent since 2007.

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Women’s conference Oct. 31
Posted: October 23, 2014

The Center for the Women of New York will hold its annual World of Working Women’s Conference on Friday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing.

The major topic of discussion at the free program will be identifying opportunities for employment.

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Inclusive language retracted by Vatican
Posted: October 23, 2014

A seemingly progressive document released last week by an assembly of bishops at the Vatican was rendered irrelevant Saturday by the final draft of the document.

The preliminary report contained softened language regarding same-sex marriage and divorce. It suggested that the Catholic Church would become more welcoming to those with alternative lifestyles. The official document contained none of that warm language.

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29 Queens subway stops going wireless
Posted: October 23, 2014

Gov. Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week announced the addition of 29 subway stations in Queens to the MTA’s Transit Wireless Program.

The stations include major transportation hubs, such as Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue; Jamaica Center; Court Square Station in Long Island City; 63rd Drive in Rego Park; Forest Hills-71st Avenue; Grand Avenue-Newtown; Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike; Queens Plaza; Steinway Street, Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.

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Vote yes on Prop 1 to start reforming Albany
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Despite making big population gains, minorities in Queens continue to be underrepresented in the state Legislature, with the number of white lawmakers far outpacing those from Asian and Hispanic communities. After 2010, when the Census showed the three groups were nearly equal in population, this gap should have narrowed significantly.

Yet minorities are even worse off today, largely because of New York’s broken redistricting process that diminishes the influence of minority communities and allows Albany lawmakers to carefully engineer voting blocs to protect incumbents. Today, lawmakers in office win re-election an astonishing 97 percent of the time, which could lead voters in Queens and throughout New York to wonder why we bother holding elections in the first place.

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‘Boo at the Zoo’ weekend
Posted: October 23, 2014

The Wildlife Conservation Society will host its annual “Boo at the Zoo” weekend at the Queens Zoo, at 53-51 111 St. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An afterschool Halloween party will take place on Friday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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Weekend closures on the No. 7 line continue
Posted: October 23, 2014

The weekend closure on a segment of the No. 7 subway line will continue for four more weeks after beginning last Friday night.

Service will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.

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Community group celebrates
Posted: October 23, 2014

Queens Library is celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week with the creation of two new chapters. The Friends of Arverne Library and the Friends of Briarwood Library were chartered on Tuesday.

The week-long holiday is a “national recognition celebrating the people who volunteer their time to advocate for and raise funds for their local libraries,” and is going on now through Oct. 25.

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J train attack
Posted: October 23, 2014

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for an assault that took place on Sept. 14 on a J train platform at the Parsons Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station.

Police said the suspect, a black male in his 30s, punched a man at about 10:20 a.m. and sprayed an unknown substance in his face. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for treatment.

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LIRR: Tracks can be deadly
Posted: October 23, 2014

Thirty-five people were struck by Long Island Rail Road trains in 2013, and 28 of them died, both increases over 2012.

The LIRR says all were trespassing when hit, and it unveiled a new ad campaign last week with the theme of “Don’t Shortcut Your Life.”

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Chancellor chimes in on parenting
Posted: October 23, 2014

The 2014 Parent Empowerment Summit took place on Saturday at IS 25 in Flushing and, at least for a few minutes, all eyes were focused on a grandmother who popped in during the middle of the day-long event.

As soon as she arrived at the school, city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a became the center of attention, briefly joining one of the afternoon workshops.

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