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Municipal ID bill introduced in Council

Jackson Heights is one of the most diverse areas of Queens, where a significant number of those living and working are undocumented and, according to immigrant advocates, unable to achieve the American Dream.“I’ve been here five years and my children have been here their entire lives,” Rosa, a Jackson Heights resident and undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, said. “I would like to have better rights here and have opportunities. If not for myself, at least for my children.”

Avella wants more library restrictions
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Not to be outdone by other Queens elected officials, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a bill Monday that would not only limit pay for the Queens Library president, but also call for an entire new board of directors by January.

“The other bill, initiated by Borough President Melinda Katz, doesn’t go far enough,” Avella said. “My bill limits outside employment [for the director] and reduces the number on the board.”

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Katz meets parents at first advisory meeting
Posted: April 17, 2014

There was hardly a seat open at the long table in the second-floor conference room in Borough Hall last Thursday night.

Parents, retired educators and members of the borough’s community education councils sat around the table and discussed issues concerning public schools in the borough including overcrowding, co-locations, new school construction and Common Core.

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Fireworks to come back to East River
Posted: April 17, 2014

Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display will return to the East River this year, a change he pushed for as public advocate, after several years in the Hudson.

The pyrotechnics will not be fired off near the Queens shore, however. The show will instead be centered in the lower part of the river around the Brooklyn Bridge, but will be viewable from much of the borough. Macy’s said the fireworks will be launched directly from the 131-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.

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A hero’s goodbye for Rockaway cop
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:43 am

Next to the sea of blue, another sea of blue gathered to say goodbye to one of their own.

Thousands of cops from around the city, and even from other states, descended on the Rockaway Peninsula Monday for the funeral of Police Officer Dennis Guerra, who died April 9 from injuries he sustained in a fire in Coney Island that was allegedly started by a bored teenager.

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Fifty years ago a fair opened in Queens
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 1:29 pm

It was 1964, the height of the Cold War and Americans were still reeling from the loss of their young president a year earlier. The perfect antidote was a World’s Fair.

Although not a financial success, the two-year event at Flushing Meadows buoyed spirits in a time when that was much needed.

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No means no!
Posted: April 17, 2014

Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.

The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.

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Christ the King star chooses St. John’s
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Adonis Delarosa is staying home after all.

The Christ the King High School boys basketball star revealed last Wednesday at a press conference at the Middle Village school that he will continue his playing career at St. John’s University in the fall.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded

In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.

 

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Catsimatidis fined for mailer against Ulrich
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis was fined more than $11,000 by the city’s Campaign Finance Board April 10 for a mailer against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during the latter’s re-election campaign last year.

The CFB fined him $1,473 for not including a “paid for by” notice on a mailer attacking Ulrich during Ulrich’s re-election campaign last year.

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CB 6 hears ideas for a safer boulevard
Posted: April 17, 2014

Several items were on the agenda as Community Board 6 held its monthly meeting on April 9, but it was clear that the unusually large crowd of spectators was on hand out of concern for the high number of traffic accidents along Queens Boulevard.

Despite additional parking lanes, fences to discourage jaywalking and other changes made in an effort to cut down on fatalities along the so-called “Boulevard of Death,” the thoroughfare remains among the deadliest in the city.

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Plastic bag tax would suffocate New Yorkers
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:24 pm

New legislation proposing a 10-cent plastic bag tax would further suffocate middle-class New Yorkers already gasping for relief from the highest housing, transportation, food and education costs in the country.

Isn’t it expensive enough to live in the city already?

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Cops seek information on violent robber
Posted: April 17, 2014

The suspect wanted for a string of violent robberies throughout northern Queens last November is still wreaking mayhem on the borough’s streets.

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Cops say they found jerk who threatened teen girl
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 9:35 am

A man accused of spitting on and menacing an teenage girl on a bus while making anti-Muslim statements has been picked up by police.

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DA keeps eye on tax season
Posted: April 17, 2014

April is also tax season at the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Brown on Thursday announced the filing of tax-related complaints against two Queens businesses and their owners.

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MDs give economy first-aid too
Posted: April 17, 2014

New York State’s physicians generated more than 570,000 jobs — nearly 10 jobs apiece — in 2012, according to a new study released Wednesday. The report, announced by the American Medical Association, also showed that economic activity by New York’s physicians generated $5.6 billion in state and local taxes, and over $57 billion in wages and benefits for New Yorkers.

Nationwide, the study said, patient care physicians contributed $1.6 trillion in economic activity and supported 10 million jobs in 2012. The efforts of New York’s physicians generated nearly $100 billion in economic activity, with each doctor here supporting nearly $1.7 million in output.

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Soccer team finds a home
Posted: April 17, 2014

After plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park fell through last year, the New York City Football Club, the league’s new expansion team, was left homeless, until now.

Instead of playing their inaugural season in Queens, NYC F.C. will call Yankee Stadium home for three years, beginning in 2015.

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Fraxel DUAL Laser — your path to clear skin
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:38 pm

With summer just around the corner, we all want beautiful, blemish-free skin to enjoy. For some of us, that means a clear complexion without freckles or dark spots. For others, it means getting rid of those acne scars or wrinkles we’ve had forever. The good news is that there is a single laser device that can help with both: Fraxel DUAL.

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At Better Medical, a focus on preventive treatments
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Finding a specialist in the borough who deals with allergies and asthma can be a chore just because there are so many to choose from. The discerning patient will want the attention and care that comes with finding an experienced expert. To get the best, you need to look no farther than Better Medical Care in Bayside.

Since 2000, Dr. Warren Hsu has been treating and helping patients with all types of allergies, ranging from seasonal to environmental. He also provides flu shots and treats patients with asthma and other ailments with immunology. And beyond just treating those who are ill, he emphasizes preventive medicine whenever possible.

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Spring can literally put you in a good mood
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Now that winter is finally over — despite that surprise dusting of snow that greeted folks Wednesday morning — don’t be surprised to find a little extra spring in your step. It’s only natural, and according to psychologists, is at least partly based in changes in body chemistry brought on by exposure to more light.

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Monday 04/14/2014
Pretty in pink
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 5:04 pm

The weeping cherry trees in full bloom in Flushing Meadows Park.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
UPS keeping 250 'fired' employees
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:31 am

The six week war between United Parcel Service and its 250 fired employees is finally over.

UPS and Teamsters Local 804 agreed to a compromise late Wednesday night, and the delivery company announced it will re-hire the 250 employees it fired from its Maspeth facility in response to a walkout the workers organized in protest of a colleague’s firing on Feb. 26. 

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Workers cross boro to fight for higher wages
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

A cold, raw drizzle did not keep more than 100 airport workers from marching clear across Queens demanding higher pay last Friday.

Sporting ponchos and carrying signs in both English and Spanish, the workers marched 10 miles from JFK Airport to LaGuardia.

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Electeds introduce library reform bills
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

In the wake of the Queens Library scandal surrounding embattled CEO Tom Galante’s questionable salary and spending practices, area lawmakers have introduced legislation to reform the library’s structure and add oversight measures.

“This is not about whether or not the Queens Library is a good system. It is,” Borough President Melinda Katz said at a press conference last Thursday. “This is about the public trust and public accountability to a system that is funded 85 percent by public funds.”

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Four drown after birthday celebration
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Darius Fletcher, Jada Monique Butts, Crystal Gravely, Andrew Gramm and Jaleel Furtado were on their way home after celebrating Gravely’s birthday.

Gramm was driving them along 19th Avenue, traveling west, when he hit the curb, careened through a 3-foot-high chain-link fence and rolled over into Luyster Creek, also known as Steinway Creek in Astoria. The car began filling with water and the 20-year-old driver broke out of the vehicle as his friends struggled.

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Putting together the last minutes of Avonte
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Despite his remains having been found, there is still an air of mystery as to how Avonte Oquendo managed to escape from his class and leave the building unnoticed.

But footage obtained by the Chronicle shows that there were several instances that, had they taken place in a slightly different way, may have prevented the escape of the 14-year-old Avonte.

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CB gives Pulaski lane change a thumbs up
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Cyclists and pedestrians will each get a lane of their own when the Department of Transportation implements its plan to make the Pulaski Bridge safer.

Nicole Garcia, the DOT Queens deputy borough commissioner, and Nick Carey from the DOT Bike program gave Community Board 2 an update on the plan during its April 3 meeting. The board voted to approve the DOT’s recommendations.

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Tie vote saves Galante from forced paid leave
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

In a 12-hour period on April 3, state senators introduced a bill to change oversight of the Queens Library system; Borough President Melinda Katz reiterated her call for library CEO Tom Galante to be placed on temporary leave; the Library Board of Trustees issued a list of changes it intends to vote on to improve oversight; a board measure to place Galante on paid leave was defeated when the vote ended in a 9-9 tie; and the board reissued the list of changes intended to improve oversight.

Now what?

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Jewish Council aids poor for Passover
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

More than 500 packages of free Passover food were given this past Sunday at the Queens Jewish Community Council offices.

Each person received five pounds of apples, as well as onions, carrots, cooking oil, grape juice, boxes of matzah and matzah ball mix.

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CWNY to hold luncheon
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

The Center for the Women of New York will hold its annual luncheon on April 26 at noon at Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Cheryl Wills, anchor at NY1, will receive Women of Distinction awards.

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