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DEP’s Lloyd: Action on flooding underway

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) fought for years alongside others to get city officials to pay attention to flooding that has plagued some portions of Southeast Queens for decades.But in recent months, he has been fighting instead to convince flood-weary residents that action finally has begun to replace words.

Tunnel of no love from the city’s DOT
Posted: July 24, 2014

A pedestrian tunnel that connects both sides of Bellerose beneath the Cross Island Parkway at 88th Road has fallen into disrepair, and community leaders were out in force on July 17 to get the city to do something about it.

“It is clear that this tunnel is not being maintained,” said state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside), who led a group of more than 30 residents and civic leaders at a rally by the tunnel’s eastern end.

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Capt. Judith Harrison takes over 112th Pct.
Posted: July 24, 2014

Attention Forest Hills and Rego Park. There’s a new sheriff in town.

After two years under the watch of Capt. Thomas Conforti, command of the 112th Precinct has been handed over to Capt. Judith Harrison after Conforti took the same job at the 109th Precinct in Flushing.

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Arts at Rufus King Park
Posted: July 24, 2014

Dancers and drummers from the Brooklyn-based Ifetayo Youth Ensemble performed traditional African musical numbers before more than 300 children and their families at Rufus King Park in Jamaica.

The performance, some of which was interactive, was sponsored by City Parks Foundation’s Summer Stage for Kids program, presented in cooperation with Disney and Cultural Collaborative Jamaica.

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Donating clothes is a phone call away
Posted: July 24, 2014

Looking to donate used clothing but don’t trust that those street-corner bins actually help the needy? There are alternatives and you don’t even have to leave your home.

Last week, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced he wanted to enact legislation in Albany banning for-profit bins that would also allow the city to remove them immediately.

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Water rate hikes were needed — DEP’s Lloyd
Posted: July 24, 2014

Commissioner Emily Lloyd of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection probably was anticipating the loud grumbling she elicited Monday night when she discussed water rate increases at a town hall meeting in St. Albans.

“Rates have gone up 181 percent in 12 years,” Lloyd acknowledged before a crowd of more than 150 in the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center.

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South Jamaica man held in Bklyn carjack spree
Posted: July 24, 2014

nd weapons charges in Brooklyn after he allegedly carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint on Saturday and shot at the owner of a car that he struck.

Clinton Lawson, 30, of 141st Street, was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery, assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed operating a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Rufus King Spark
Posted: July 24, 2014

All things metal at the northern end of Rufus King Park, from manhole covers to the park’s fence, have been cordoned off on the southern side of 89th Avenue in Jamaica between 150th and 153rd streets as Con Edison looks to address a leak of electricity.

Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury said the condition was discovered on or about July 15 by a utility crew trained to identify such leaks, which can occur when insulation around underground wires gets old or is corroded by things like road salt.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Queens electeds unite in support of Israel
Posted: July 24, 2014

When state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and her husband rented a car and traveled through Israel to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary years ago, they decided to see the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip for themselves, she said.

“The minute we got to Gaza, we saw the rocks and the stones being thrown at our car,” Stavisky said. “Why? Because the car had an Israeli plate.”

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Sandy recovery shows signs of real progress
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 11:46 am

Last Thursday was the type of the day that is the reason people live in Roxbury, the small hamlet on the western Rockaway Peninsula between Breezy Point and Riis Park. The warm summer sun illuminated the beige sand that scattered along the narrow walkway “streets” of the gated community.

A crowd of neighbors gathered in front of 402 Seabreeze Ave., where Lorraine and Doris Gresser anxiously waited to climb the steps to her front porch and walk into their home.

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NYC comptroller slams Homeless Services
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 11:58 am

For weeks, community leaders opposed to a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and plans for another in Glendale have been urging residents to call city Comptroller Scott Stringer to make their opinions known.

Well, it’s working.

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Crowley says bill can help Citi Bike, Queens
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.

The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.

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Critics slam NYPD over ‘broken windows’ theory
Posted: July 24, 2014

Civil rights organizations, including some who prodded the city to reduce the searching of individuals police deem suspicious, are now demanding the NYPD abandon the broken windows theory of crimefighting, which they say unfairly targets minorities — the same argument they made against stop and frisk.

The criticism against broken-windows policing — which involves strict enforcement of minor crimes in order to deter, prevent or uncover bigger ones — follows the death last week of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in police custody after resisting arrest. Garner was allegedly selling single cigarettes. Many, including Mayor de Blasio, said it appears as if one officer used an illegal chokehold on the overweight, asthmatic man, who told the police he couldn’t breathe before dying.

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Mets host a sleepover at Citi Field
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Diehard Mets fans pitched tents and unrolled sleeping bags last Saturday to take part in the second annual sleepover at Citi Field.

About 200 men, women and children enjoyed a meal, followed by watching the Mets play the Padres in an away game on the Jumbotron while on the field. The home team lost 6-0 to the Padres.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 11:42 pm

City task force to aid illegal alien children; 3,300 brought here

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Child pornography sentence
Posted: July 24, 2014

A registered sex offender from Hollis has been sentenced to three and a half to 7 years in prison for sharing and promoting child pornography on the internet.

Eduardo Medina, 36, was sentenced by Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron on Friday, according to a statement issued by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

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Summer photo contest!
Posted: July 24, 2014

The Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Summer in the Borough Photo Contest is underway, and you’re invited to join in!

Take your best shots of children playing, workers working, lovely landscapes — whatever you think best says “summertime in Queens.”

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Wanted
Posted: July 24, 2014

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man wanted for a July 21 robbery at Cookie’s Kids, a store at 166-21 Jamaica Ave.

The suspect, described as a black male, 26 to 30 years old, is between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. Police said he tried to leave with stolen merchandise, and stabbed two security guards with an ice pick when they confronted him.

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Buildings, CCRB heads named
Posted: July 24, 2014

Mayor de Blasio last week named Rick Chandler as the Department of Buildings commissioner, Richard Emery as chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Barry Cozier as chairwoman and vice chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, respectively.

“From protecting New Yorkers inside our buildings to protecting their rights as they walk on our streets, the leaders joining our administration today have the skills and experience to deliver for the people of this city,” de Blasio said in a prepared statement. “These folks know the city and know how things operate, are committed to serving New Yorkers in every community, and will work to build a stronger, safer, and fairer New York.”

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Summer carnival
Posted: July 24, 2014

The Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care on July 17 hosted a carnival for its residents, staff and family members.

Arcade games, food, music and a few clowns provided a festive atmosphere.

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Goldfeder again eyes limits on advertising
Posted: July 24, 2014

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is urging the city Department of Consumer Affairs to more closely “monitor” advertisements that could be offensive to families and young children.

The ad that raised Goldfeder’s ire is one that recently was flown over the beach in Rockaway and featured two swastikas. It was not an advertisement related to Nazism, however, but one from the International Raelian Movement, a group that believes the human race was started on Earth by aliens from outer space.

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Attempted robbery
Posted: July 24, 2014

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for an attempted robbery in Jamaica on July 14.

Police said the man entered the Sunshine Grocery at 87-60 Parsons Blvd. about 8 p.m., then brandished a black firearm and demanded money from a worker. He fled on foot without receiving any money.

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James wants school bus AC rule enforced
Posted: July 24, 2014

Last summer, Belinda Barnett-Andrea began noticing a problem with her son Frankie when he came home on a school bus from his District 75 program at a school in Bayside.

“He comes home ill,” she said. “He comes home late sometimes, flushed, turning all kinds of colors.”

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Katz, de Blasio sack eight on Queens Library Board of Trustees
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 5:20 pm

In what can only be described as a Wednesday afternoon massacre, Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor de Blasio axed nearly half of the Queens Library Board of Directors. 

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Friday 07/18/2014
State Sen. Avella gets boost from Rep. Israel endorsement
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 11:21 am

Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
LIRR contract accord reached; strike averted
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 11:16 am

The MTA and Long Island Rail Road employee unions have reached a contract agreement, averting a strike that had been set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Gov. Cuomo, agency Chairman Thomas Prendergast and labor leaders announced today.

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