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Liu, Avella speak out during forum

During a low-key forum Tuesday night between Democratic state Senate hopefuls John Liu and incumbent Tony Avella, the only real sparks were provided by a handful of hot-headed members of the audience, who temporarily brought the proceedings to a halt.Throughout the 90-minute session at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, which drew about 200 mostly Asian-American constituents, Avella and Liu never came face to face. But each offered plenty of allusions — direct or indirect — to the other, making it clear that the competition between them for the 11th District seat is on.

Future of Klein farm remains murky
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Area civic leaders remain concerned about the future of the Klein farm property in Fresh Meadows following its recent sale to a convicted felon who illegally tore down trees on the protected site.

Ziming Shen of Manhattan, who runs a preschool on the historic Klein property at 194-15 73 Ave., remains under house arrest for stealing funds designated for poor children’s lunches from his chain of Red Apple preschools.

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Independent Avella is ready for battle
Posted: August 21, 2014

Incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella relishes his label as a maverick and is hoping it will carry him through to victory on Sept. 9.

That’s when the Democratic primary for the 11th state Senate District seat will be held. He will face former Comptroller John Liu and since no Republican is running in November, the primary victor will go to Albany for the next two years.

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Police resurrect cold murder case
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:30 pm

A 40-year-old cold case murder of a Flushing teen in Bayside is being fired up anew by the NYPD.

Police are asking the public’s help in solving the murder of Leslie Zaret, 17, whose body was found on the PS 203 playground on Springfield Boulevard in Bayside on Aug. 17, 1974.

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Jung vows push for reform if elected
Posted: August 21, 2014

S.J. Jung is a man on a mission. He wants to get elected to the state Senate and make campaign finance and ethics reforms in Albany.

That’s a tall order for the 50-year-old, who has never held elected office. He ran in 2009 for the City Council seat in Flushing, losing by 183 votes in the Democratic primary. Now Jung is opposing incumbent Sen. Toby Stavisky, who has represented the 16th District for 14 years.

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Neglect pointed to at Pomonok Houses
Posted: August 21, 2014

Flushing’s Pomonok Housing was once considered the crown jewel of the NYC Housing Authority, but some tarnish has accrued over decades of neglect, mismanagement and budget cuts, according to tenants.

Monica Corbett, president of the Pomonok Residents Association, guided elected officials through the development last Thursday to show them the unkempt grounds, flooded parking lot, broken doors and overall lack of maintenance.

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Road conditions an issue in College Point
Posted: August 21, 2014

The streets around the College Point Corporate Park are heavily used and, according to one elected official, have been neglected for years.

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Economic plan to help Queens readied
Posted: August 21, 2014

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Tuesday a six-point economic plan for Queens to increase employment and attract businesses to the borough.

The senator wants to reform the state Brownfield program for polluted areas. Under his plan, Empire State Development would purchase contaminated sites and finance construction. They would be sold for $1 with the stipulations that businesses provide a living wage and other requirements.

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Nadal out at Open; performers named
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:04 pm

The U.S. Tennis Association has announced the opening night program for the US Open on Aug. 25, while defending US Open champ Rafael Nadal said Mondayhe has dropped out of the competition due to a wrist injury.

The opening night ceremony entertainment will include Fitz and the Tantrums performing a three-song set and will be surrounded by a video and lighting spectacle with projections of great US Open moments.The national anthem will be performed by the three Winans brothers, BeBe, Marvin and Carvin.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Throgs Neck Bridge weekend lane closures
Posted: August 22, 2014

Ongoing paving work will result in some lane closures on the Throgs Neck Bridge this weekend.

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NYPD warns of hotel and E-ZPass scams
Posted: August 22, 2014

The NYPD is warning people of two scams they could possibly become a victim of. One of them is an EZPass phishing scam and the other a hotel credit card scam.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
The debate over broken windows
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.

According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.

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Democrats square off in 14th SD forum
Posted: August 21, 2014

State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s pending retrial on federal corruption charges were never very far from the surface during an Aug. 14 candidate forum for the 14th Senate District.

But the forum did give Smith (D-Hollis), former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery the opportunity for a freewheeling discussion on education, jobs, economic development, funding for the district and a host of issues that will be confronting the person sworn into office in January.

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New trustee named to Queens Library board
Posted: August 21, 2014

The new Queens Library board took further shape Tuesday, as Borough President Melinda Katz made her first appointment to the 19-seat body since she and Mayor de Blasio together purged eight members on July 23 in response to the controversy surrounding the institution.

The new member is Robert Santos of Sunnyside Gardens, who Katz said in a prepared statement “has had a long, wide-ranging career in higher education, cultural institutions, municipal government and construction.”

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Queens residents: Is your Council member going to work?
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.

The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.

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PA officials have riled-up roundtable
Posted: August 21, 2014

Residents of the communities near LaGuardia Airport were infuriated when the Port Authority unilaterally decided to split the combined aviation roundtable into three separate groups: one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the leadership of Queens Quiet Skies challenged the Port Authority to allow a democratic vote and refused to move forward and establish the divided roundtable.

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High heat and home runs
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Before squaring off with the division rival Washington Nationals on Thursday, a couple of New York Mets players helped make a day at summer camp at the Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose unforgettable for 31 area children.

The annual YMCA Jr. Mets clinic began with sprints in the infield before Amazins’ relief pitcher Josh Edgin took a group of eager ballplayers into the outfield to practice throwing while first baseman/outfielder Eric Campbell taught another group how to hit like a big leaguer at home plate.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Plan to shift Rikers cases to Queens DA is criticized by many

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New help in Queens for Alzheimer’s disease
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 2:09 pm

What do you do when a loved one says he or she wants to go home — while sitting in his or her own living room?

The natural reaction for many people may be to point out that the person already is home, to state it as fact and back it up by saying something like, “Look around, this is your couch, that’s your TV, that’s a picture of our family hanging on the wall.”

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Filming ‘The Blacklist’
Posted: August 21, 2014

For 24 hours on Wednesday, Aug. 13, the area in front of the Forest Hills LIRR station was transformed into a Polish crime scene as NBC crime drama “The Blacklist” filmed in Forest Hills Gardens.

According to Chronicle contributor Laura A. Shepard, the setting of the scene being filmed was a restaurant in a Polish city.

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High hopes for Queens students
Posted: August 21, 2014

For some students, summer is a time for unwinding, perhaps taking a family vacation or just hanging out with their friends. Edward Li, Cindy Pietrakowski, and Yulin Yang had different plans.

These three Queens students and two others were selected to be included in a Bank of America program called Student Leaders. The project is geared to 200 or more high school juniors and seniors who are also active in their school community.

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Rail to jail for alleged fake LIRR ticket dealer?
Posted: August 21, 2014

A Long Island man has been charged with grand larceny after he allegedly was caught selling counterfeit Long Island Rail Road tickets.

Michael Wright, 27, of Rockville Centre, sold the tickets to passengers between March and June, the authorities said.

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Glazier apprentices wanted
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for District Council #9 will conduct a recruitment from Sept. 19 to Oct. 2 for 50 glazier apprentices.

Applications can be obtained, in person only, from the DC 9 office at 45-15 36 St. in Long Island City from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the period.The sponsor will be distributing 500 applications beginning Sept. 19 and continuing for a period of 10 business days or until all applications have been exhausted, whichever comes first.

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Correction
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Aug. 14 article “Meet the FDNY’s new deputy commissioner” mentioned only one of two former African-American city fire commissioners.

The other, Augustus A. Beekman, served from 1978 to 1980.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
DC 37 endorses Malcolm Smith
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 11:51 am

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been finding endorsements hard to come by in his battle to hold his 14th District seat.

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Monday 08/18/2014
NYC Dept. of Health to spray for West Nile in Queens on Tuesday
Posted: August 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Health will spray a mosquito-killing pesticide throughout multiple Queens neighborhoods between 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 a.m. on Wednesday in order to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infections.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Cuomo signs city’s 25 mph bill into law
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:57 am

When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.

Others believe it is far more important.

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