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Lanes, cameras and tickets — oh my!

Final warning.The Department of Transportation announced Monday that people caught driving in the bus lanes on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards when not permitted will be issued violations starting Tuesday.

DOT eases bus lane parking restrictions
Posted: February 15, 2018

The Department of Transportation will allow motorists to park in the curbside Select Bus Service lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard from Liberty Avenue to the Belt Parkway at all hours on Saturdays, area elected officials announced last Thursday.

“Today is a perfect snapshot of how government should work,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said in front of C-Town Supermarket located at 107-66 Cross Bay Blvd. in Ozone Park. “Business owners, residents and others complain to their elected officials about a Select Bus Service that started in November and wanting change and change occurs. And we’re thankful the DOT listened to our concerns and did the change.”

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CB 9 backs Hevesi’s homeless proposal
Posted: February 15, 2018

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said Tuesday he’s gotten multiple community boards, fellow Assembly members, state senators, city officials and more to support his $450 million plan to replace city and state rental supplements with a single statewide one.

But there is one, very important person who does not back it — Gov. Cuomo.

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Judge strikes down tax lawsuit amicus
Posted: February 15, 2018

A Manhattan state Supreme Court justice ruled Feb. 7 that five Council members, including two from Queens, cannot use a private attorney to file an amicus curiae brief backing a lawsuit challenging the city’s property tax system. Justice Gerald Lebovits said in a four-page decision that the members must use the city’s corporation counsel, who has already said he will not represent them, when acting in their official capacity.

“Because the proposed Amici are seeking relief in their official capacity, they may not use anyone but the Corporation Counsel to represent them,” Lebovits wrote.

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Trump’s plans could hurt bus, rail projects
Posted: February 15, 2018

President Trump’s proposed budget and infrastructure plans released Monday call for a drastic cut in federal dollars that New York City is seeking to fund the second phase of Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, the continuation of the Second Avenue Subway and other projects.

The budget would essentially call for the elimination of the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, known as New Starts.

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Trash piles up at SBS stop
Posted: February 15, 2018

Neither the Department of Transportation nor the Sanitation Department provided clear answers on when trash cans may be placed at median bus stops along Woodhaven Boulevard, after piles of litter were left behind last Friday.

Both agencies were sent the above photo — which shows mounds of garbage at the bus stop on the southwest corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue — and asked when cans would be placed there. A DOT spokesman said, “We’re looking into this matter” and the DSNY did not respond by press time.

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Illegal units in house where fatal fire occurred
Posted: February 15, 2018

The Richmond Hill house that caught on fire, killing one person, last Thursday has a history of illegal conversions and multiple failed attempts to vacate the people living in the units, according to the Department of Buildings and public records.

The DOB’s website states there are 37 open Environmental Control Board violations on the property, located at 86-81 102 St., and 29 complaints filed by residents or city officials.

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DOT eases bus lane parking restrictions
Posted: February 15, 2018

The Department of Transportation will allow motorists to park in the curbside Select Bus Service lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard from Liberty Avenue to the Belt Parkway at all hours on Saturdays, area elected officials announced last Thursday.

“Today is a perfect snapshot of how government should work,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said in front of C-Town Supermarket located at 107-66 Cross Bay Blvd. in Ozone Park. “Business owners, residents and others complain to their elected officials about a Select Bus Service that started in November and wanting change and change occurs. And we’re thankful the DOT listened to our concerns and did the change.”

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A doggone honor for Schiff
Posted: February 15, 2018

Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the Queens Village-based 105th Precinct, was honored at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 10 by the St. Rocco Foundation, an organization headquartered in Israel that advocates for animal rights.

The groups says Schiff, who previously led the 106th Precinct in South Queens, has the best record in the NYPD of getting his officers to respond to animal cruelty and missing dog cases.

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Richmond Hill man charged in fatal home invasion
Posted: February 15, 2018

A Richmond Hill man is one of five suspects charged with allegedly breaking into two Sonoma County, Calif. homes last Thursday and killing one person, reportedly in search of marijuana.

Jonathan Jackson, 19, was arrested last Friday and charged with murder, robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and conspiracy charges.

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Blood drive at PS 207
Posted: February 15, 2018

The New York Blood Center will host a blood drive at PS 207, located at 159-15 88 St. in Howard Beach, on Feb. 28 from 2:30 to 7 p.m.

Donors who have children or siblings at PS 207 will receive a No Uniform Today card that the student can use on March 1. The cards will be handed out even if a person is determined ineligible to donate.

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Monday 02/19/2018
Woman killed by car on Liberty
Posted: February 19, 2018

A driver failed to follow the rules of the road when he allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian on Liberty Avenue, cops  police announced last Wednesday. 

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Cardozo tops Construction to claim the Queens PSAL title
Updated: February 19, 2018 - 3:34 pm

With the Public School Athletic League’s Queens championship on the line, Hammond was simply too much for the Red Hawks to handle, as the Niagara commit dropped a game-high 25 points and eight assists en route to a 64-55 Judges win.

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Richmond Hill WW II veteran Anton Dietrich dies at 99
Updated: February 19, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Longtime Richmond Hill resident and wounded war veteran Anton Dietrich died on Friday. He was 99.

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Friday 02/16/2018
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Feb. 16-18
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 1:24 pm

It’s starting to feel a bit like spring out there, but of course it’s not, and in fact we may get 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight Saturday into Sunday. At least so sayeth the National Weather Service as of this writing. Regardless, you’ve got things to do and places to go! Maybe even one of these five things to do in Queens this weekend.

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Thursday 02/15/2018
Students from MS 297 celebrate 'Respect for All Week'
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 10:33 am

Every year NYC schools celebrate Respect for All Week.

It is a week set aside by Chancellor Fariña to recognize and highlight cultural diversity and maintain that every student has a right to attend school free of harassment and discrimination. At Hawtree Creek Middle School in South Ozone Park, students begin the week with mindfulness moments, led by the guidance counselor, Mrs. DeLuca. They start the day with breathing exercises and a clear head in order to approach their day with calmness and clarity. This week even the teachers practiced mindfulness during their professional development. Students are also encouraged to perform Random Acts of Kindness for each other — however small.

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Christ the King H.S. honors February 'Students of the Month'
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 10:54 am

Christ the King High School in Middle Village honored its Students of the Month for their efforts in school as well as grades for February. They were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their education. CK Principal Geri Martinez said, “We are proud of our Students of the Month for embodying the spirit of the mission of Christ the King.”

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New tax cuts a win for boro commerce?
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:27 pm

Many say the tax bill signed by President Trump is just a gift to the biggest corporations. But in Queens, it’s not only the largest companies that are seeing positive results.

Count borough native Tom Clarke as a big fan of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He’s a franchisee of Arby’s locations in Fresh Meadows and Middle Village, along with Burger Kings in Douglaston and Springfield Gardens.

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NYPD rolls out body cameras in the 103rd
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:45 pm

The NYPD’s 103rd Precinct is one of the first in the department to have its officers fully outfitted with body cameras.

Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 103rd, announced the move Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of the precinct’s Community Council.

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Queens cool to Trump infrastructure plans
Posted: February 15, 2018

President Trump’s long-awaited national infrastructure initiative delivers a lot less than promised, according to federal and local officials here.

A 55-page summary of a plan the president had been promising since he was a candidate would commit $200 billion in federal funds while seeking to leverage an additional $1.5 trillion from state and local governments and private investment.

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Business sector wary of trash pickup zones
Posted: February 15, 2018

Anyone opening a brick-and-mortar business in New York City must factor in the cost of selecting a private garbage collection service.

But the city and the Department of Sanitation are working on a five-year plan in which officials would divide all five boroughs into zones, each with a single, city-selected commercial carter.

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Activists, U.S. agency wary of FAA decision
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Like many other quiet skies advocates in northeast Queens, Maria Becce of Broadway-Flushing is far from a fan of the TNNIS climb flight procedure from LaGuardia Airport.

The noisy NextGen departure procedure, which was created to spare the US Open tournament in Flushing Meadows Corona Park of irritating airplane noise, became frequent in northeast Queens in 2012. It has led residents of Bayside and Flushing to heavily criticize the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Iconic SFP coach Tim Leary dies of cancer
Posted: February 15, 2018

New York State’s high school basketball history is long and storied, with many of the most iconic names in the history of the sport coming from the Empire State.

But men like St. Francis Prep head coach Tim Leary were few and far between.

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Georgia Diner set to close March 25
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:33 pm

The Georgia Diner in Elmhurst will be closing for good on March 25 after 40 years of serving hungry customers.

Management confirmed the pending closure to the Chronicle last Friday, one week after a demolition permit for the structure was filed with the Department of Buildings.

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Small details lead to big arrests in 103rd
Posted: February 15, 2018

Even in the most important police investigations, little things can mean a lot.

Speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council, Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, the precinct’s commander, said a little bit of shoe-leather police work and a relatively small number of arrests in the last few weeks have closed more than a dozen open cases; and in one case, defused a domestic situation with a man who allegedly turned out to be heavily armed.

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Jets honor Queens Metro for anti-bullying work
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Long before Long Island City resident Tony Richardson was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team or inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame, he was just a kid with an afro who changed schools every two years.

The son of a soldier, Richardson was born on a military base in Germany and frequently moved around the world with his family. And each move brought with it a new town, a new school and a new set of challenges.

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Transgender activist to primary Barnwell
Posted: February 15, 2018

Transgender activist and longtime city Democratic Party leader Melissa Sklarz says she will primary first-term Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth).

Sklarz announced her candidacy on her Facebook page last Thursday, saying she is one of the hundreds of Democrats around the country who have been at least partly inspired to run for office by the election of Donald Trump.

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Lancman tries again on youth lineup bill
Posted: February 15, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) this week told the Chronicle that he will reintroduce a bill that would prohibit the NYPD from using minors as fillers in criminal identification lineups without parental permission.

“It’s the same bill as last year,” Lancman said, referring to a measure he introduced last fall that simply ran out of time before the election of a new City Council.

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State of the city is a ‘fair’ to remember
Posted: February 15, 2018

Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City address on Tuesday did not have the level of splashy programs that he has unveiled in the past, but instead focused on what he believes defines fairness.

“Three years, 10 months and 15 days — that’s how long this administration has to ensure that we become the fairest big city in America,” de Blasio said. “And we will take on that mission and we will do it with speed and we’ll do it with urgency.”

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