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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Felony charges for NYS Assemblyman Bill Scarborough
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 9:42 pm

State Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with felony grand larceny, filing false campaign documents and fraud.

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NYS Assemblyman Bill Scarborough of Queens arrested
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 9:43 pm

State Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) was arrested Wednesday morning and will be transported to Albany for a court appearance, the New York Post reports.

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Friday 09/26/2014
Ridgewood man arrested for stabbing livery cab driver
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Authorities are on the hunt for Kenneth Suden, 41, of Ridgewood, who they say nearly stabbed a livery cab driver to death in his car early Thursday morning.

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NYPD promotes 113th Precinct commander
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Deputy Inspector Milt Marmara, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct since Summer 2011, was reassigned as of Monday, being promoted to the Investigations Unit of Patrol Borough Queens South.

Capt. Rod Dantini has been named acting commanding officer for the precinct.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
Man exposes himself to young girl in Queens mall
Posted: September 25, 2014

Nearly one month after a man in his 30s groped two women inside the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst and exposed himself to two Chronicle employees at this paper’s office, police are searching for another suspect wanted for public lewdness.

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Muni ID program to be more ‘cultured’
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:11 pm

The announcement of 33 city cultural institutions partnering with the municipal identification program is considered a major victory for Council members in support of the bill.

The citywide identification card will be made available to every New Yorker, regardless of resident status. Because of the universal availability, it had been dubbed as the “illegal immigrants card,” a name many people, including the bill’s sponsor Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) ,have been fighting to shake off.

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Climate march makes an impact
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Sometimes showing up is all it takes to make a difference. When 310,000 people showed up for the People’s Climate March on Sunday in Manhattan, they showed that climate change matters to the masses.

Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, linked arms with marchers in solidarity, two days before the United Nations summit began on Tuesday. The summit’s goals are to mobilize global politicians to forge a universal climate agreement in Paris by December 2015.

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Queens parents fight tenure laws
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Nina Doster of Jamaica is one of several parents from throughout New York State hoping to bring about education reform by challenging the state’s tenure laws.

She is part of a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, Patience, 10, and son, King, 6, who attend PS 140 in Jamaica.

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Varied attitudes given on ISIS ‘war’
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:13 pm

There have been skepticisms and bipartisan disagreements on Capitol Hill, even among Queen’s congressional members, after President Obama’s congressional authorization for the country to train and arm the Syrian Free Army to combat the Islamic State militant group, ISIS.

Some lawmakers argued that the Muslim extremist group, who released videos of two American journalists they recently beheaded, poses an extremely high threat to the United States. Opponents like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) said action has to be taken to degrade the terrorist group, but the country is repeating previous history in Middle Eastern conflicts when they armed rebels who later joined terrorist groups.

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House passes Meng’s first bipartisan bill
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) legislation that aims to stop scammed calls that trick people to obtain their personal and financial information was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The freshman Democrat introduced the bipartisan bill, Anti-Spoofing Act (H.R. 3670), after receiving complaints from seniors and the Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET), a civic organization in her district.

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Queens celebrates its new U.S. citizens
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:11 pm

The most diverse county in the country last week celebrated with 62 people from 17 countries as they became Americans.

All gathered under a large canopy on Sept. 17 at the King Manor Museum in Jamaica and took the Oath of Allegiance making them this country’s newest citizens.

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Street artist decorates Queens
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Artist SinGh, a Michigan-based artist, brought his work to New York over the weekend.

But unlike most street artists, Artist SinGh, whose real name is Gurmej Singh, got permission to put his work in storefronts and on buildings throughout the city.

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Cure pediatric cancer one dribble at a time
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:07 pm

The St. John’s University men’s and women’s basketball teams don’t begin play for another month, but fans are urged to descend on Carnesecca Arena on Saturday to take part in Dribble for the Cure, the school’s fourth annual pediatric cancer fundraising event.

After a brief welcome ceremony at the arena at 11 a.m., both hoops squads, men’s coach Steve Lavin, women’s head man Joe Tartamella, university officials and “Dribble Teams,” made up of interested attendees, will dribble basketballs around the school’s Jamaica campus in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

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County fair a sure-fire winner at museum
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:07 pm

There’s still a little bit of country in Queens. Just ask those thousands of visitors who went to the annual county fair at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park last weekend.

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Mass transit to see security upgrades
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Gov. Cuomo recently met with officials from New Jersey as well as the federal government to discuss pre-emptive security measures at mass transit sites in the New York City region.

Cuomo says the security upgrades are merely a precautionary measure given the recent increase in terrorist activity abroad.

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The Derek Jeter of Queens
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Derek Jeter has nothing on my pal Al, who has delivered packages for UPS now for 24 years, nine months, two weeks and three days, give or take. Al’s counting down to retirement, too.

No disrespect to Jeter. His stats over the last 20 years are so consistent as to be spectacular. He tops the Yankees all-time in at-bats and games played, among other categories, leaving Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle in his dust. He’s the definition of solid and reliable.

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With new stadium must come new transit options
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Recent discussion of a new Major League Soccer stadium at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park has sparked conversations throughout Queens and across the city. While many believe we may have an opportunity to create quality local jobs, increase economic development and boost our local small businesses, we must first ensure the channels of communication are open and the process is collaborative, inclusive and respectful of the concerns of every family.

A new soccer stadium has the potential to improve our economic outlook, create good jobs and make our neighborhoods stronger. While MLS can be a huge asset, we cannot overlook the challenges our community already faces that will be further compounded by increased development, most notably access and transportation. Queens residents are severely underserved by public transportation and our roadways are stretched to capacity. We must invest in reliable, affordable transportation infrastructure, like the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, to serve our current population and open up development possibilities.

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Cuomo must ban fracking to protect the environment
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 12:07 pm

When discussing cities prone to natural disasters the most commonly named ones tended to be San Francisco or New Orleans, New York usually being far from the realm of thought. Of course that’s not to say New York didn’t have its problems; it just seemed that Mother Nature didn’t routinely knock on our door.

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