The recent spate of arrests and criminal investigations involving public officials has ensnared a high percentage of minorities in the state Legislature, leading some in the community to ask if black and Hispanic lawmakers are being targeted. State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica) decided last week that the question of conspiracy or corruption was far better-suited for an open, frank and free-wheeling debate before nearly 200 people at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica.
People who live near the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Howard Beach’s only Orthodox synagogue, have a message for its rabbi:
This is a residential neighborhood, not a place for nightclubs.
If published reports are right, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and seven others were taped in former Sen. Shirley Huntley’s home either at the request of the FBI, or at Huntley’s recommendation to the bureau.
In an interview following Huntley’s sentencing to prison last week, Peralta said he is at a loss to explain why either would consider him a possible target for a corruption probe.
The recent arrest of a man charged in connection with a string of burglaries in Forest Hills was announced by Captain Thomas Conforti, commander of the 112th Precinct, at the May 8 meeting of Community Board 6.
But a couple of attempted robberies targeting taxi drivers in the area marked a new cause for concern, Conforti indicated.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn,Queens) came to the May meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance, in the Fairfield Arms Co-op, to meet some of his new constituents.
Jeffries told the audience that he was concerned with resolving any issues that residents had with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding Hurricane Sandy.
Last Thursday a man allegedly terrorized his home neighborhood of Long Island City, stealing cars and money while wielding a gun that wasn’t all that it seemed.
Police briefly closed down part of Borden Avenue in their pursuit of the suspect. About eight hours later they arrested Nicolas Almonte, 27, who lives on Borden Avenue.
An Astoria man faces several charges for allegedly bringing what were described as two BB guns to a crowded park May 7, loading one of them with plastic pellets, firing at a tree and then handing them to his children so they could shoot too.
His 5-year-old daughter allegedly ran around the park waving one of the loaded guns at other children.
A man died after police found him bleeding from stab wounds on Liberty Avenue early Sunday, and police are looking for the suspect in his murder.
Stephen James, 21, was found by police at 3:50 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street in South Richmond Hill.
Members of the 112th Precinct Police Explorers program and students from Forest Hills High School cleaned up the community last Saturday by painting over graffiti in several locations.
The spots hit by the volunteers, above, with police officers and 112th Precinct Community Council President Heidi Chain, fourth from right, were the Forest Hills Little League facility on Fleet Street; the nearby trestle for the abandoned Long Island Rail Road tracks to Rockaway; the LIRR trestles over 63rd Drive near Austin Street and over Woodhaven Boulevard at Eliot Avenue in Rego Park; and a few other locations on Alderton Avenue and 60th Road.
At the most recent Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol meeting, held last Thursday, there was mention that Woodhaven residents may join the group in the future.
“I have spoken with people from Woodhaven to possibly get them to join the group and include Woodhaven in the patrols,” Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) said at the meeting.