Will former Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante sue the Board of Trustees for terminating him last Wednesday?
It depends on which of his attorneys you ask. Or maybe which newspaper you’re representing when you ask.
Thank you. Margaret Finnerty receives a citation from Daniel Brown, a representative for Borough President Melinda Katz. Finnerty reflected on her time as family advocate for School District 27 before her retirement later this month.
Sheldon Lobel, left, attorney for the struggling Torah Haim Ohel Sara synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills, is questioned by Borough President Melinda Katz at a land use hearing at Borough Hall last Thursday.
Just in time for Hanukkah, Borough President Melinda Katz heard explanations from the representatives of an illegally operated synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills at last Thursday’s land use hearing at Borough Hall.
According to Sheldon Lobel, the attorney for Torah Haim Ohel Sara at 144-11 77 Ave., the synagogue’s owners are seeking an extension from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to give themselves more time to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
A recent report in the Daily News by Juan Gonzalez, whose exposÈ of some Queens Library spending late last January sparked the public controversy that has surrounded the institution since then, says that President and CEO Tom Galante could be out of a job by the time you read this.
The Library Board of Trustees was set to meet Wednesday night, after the Queens Chronicle went to press. According to Gonzalez, the members will be receiving a report on Galante’s spending that will include a recommendation that he be fired, but that could not be confirmed by this newspaper.
Members of Community Board 7 voted 24-9 on Monday night in favor of a zoning change that will allow developers to build an 11-story mixed-use building on Northern Boulevard.
Chris Xu and his brother, George have modified their plans over the years, scaling back on the original 18-story proposal. The location is at 137-61 Northern Blvd., which now houses a supermarket but is best remembered as a Sears store.
The Board of Trustees of the Queens Library voted unanimously on Wednesday night to oust embattled CEO Tom Galante for cause.
The Department of Transportation on Monday began to fix fences near MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and parents said two weeks ago that schoolchildren were using gaps in them to cut across Conduit Avenue.
“I commend Queens DOT and Borough Commissioner Hall for recognizing this dangerous situation and quickly acting to make the required repairs,” Goldfeder said in a written statement announcing the start of the remediation of the fence. “These repairs will go a long way in keeping students out of harm’s way.”
The many empty seats in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a hearing Dec. 3 on proposed fare and toll hikes set to take effect in March, did little to deter those in attendance from expressing their views.
Most of the speakers who did show up shared common concerns: rising financial burdens from the rate increases and dissatisfaction with various aspects of the transit system.
With Santa are Dominick Bruccoleri, left, Councilman Paul Vallone, Borough President Melinda Katz and Rep. Grace Meng.
Queens has more branch libraries than any other borough — with 62 — and, therefore, a special interest in helping celebrate their role in the life of our city. That’s exactly what the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards do, and they are accepting nominations from the public through Dec. 12.
The Queens chapter of the National Action Network, the organization headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced shortly after 3 p.m. today that it will march “Plaza to Plaza” starting at 5 p.m. to protest alleged police mistreatment of the people, especially minorities.
Meanwhile other groups are planning what is expected to be a large protest that will start 30 minutes after the NAN rally just a couple blocks away in Foley Plaza. A number of activist groups with Queens members, including Communities United for Police Reform, were involved in planning that protest.
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
Officer Chris Stavropoulos, center, was honored by the Jamaica Rotary Club as Cop of the Month from the NYPD’s Highway Unit 3, which covers all of Queens, on Nov. 26 at a luncheon held in Richmond Hill.
NYPD Officers Joseph Algerio, second from left, and Derek Webber, third from right, were honored as Cops of the Month by the Jamaica Rotary Club at a luncheon held on Nov. 26.
The plainclothes officers were selected based on a recent string of stops they have made, which resulted in multiple arrests and the seizure of loaded illegal handguns.
Situated on California’s Golden Coast it is not, but Glendale and Hollywood may soon have more in common than one might think.
The owners of Broadway Stages, the Brooklyn-based television and film production company, has purchased the Atlas Terminal site next to The Shops at Atlas Park for $19.5 million, according to city documents.
Carl Weisbrod, director of the Department of City Planning, was born and raised in Queens.
But he did not come to Monday’s Borough Board meeting to tell members about Queens’ past, but rather to tell them about what his department is doing to prepare the borough for its future.
Tom Conforti, the commanding officer of the 109th Precinct in Flushing, was promoted to deputy inspector at a ceremony held last week in Manhattan.
Conforti was assigned to the 109th in July after its commanding officer, Inspector Brian McGuire, was transferred to the Narcotics Bureau for Patrol Borough Queens North.
NYPD Officers Nicholas Ruiz, second from left, and Richard Mann of the 102nd Precinct were honored as Cops of the Month on Nov. 26 at a luncheon hosted by the Jamaica Rotary Club.
The officers were working an overnight shift on Oct. 18 when they responded to a call about a stolen motorcycle.
The city is preparing to fix a stretch of 104th Street in Hamilton Beach, the Queens Chronicle has learned.
After the Chronicle last week reported on the poor condition of the road and the residents’ long wait for answers from city officials on when it will be fixed, a Department of Transportation spokesman last Wednesday said in an email that the street was determined to have been damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2011 by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Members of the 106 Precinct’s highway patrol team were honored as some of the top cops of the month last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Jamaica Rotary Club, because of their diligence in stopping motorists from speeding on major roads.
Receiving the award are Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer; Patrol Borough Queens South Assistant Chief David Barrere; officer Matthew Steiner; officer Thomas O’Brian; officer Charles Witcoski; Jamaica Rotary President Joe Iaboni; officer Luis Acvedo; Captain John T. Ganley, Precinct’s executive officer and Patrol Borough Queens South Deputy Chief Galen Frierson.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club on Monday donated a $500 check to the Queens Chronicle for the paper’s 20th annual Toy Drive to benefit needy children.
Club Vice President Bobby LoCascio, left, and Club President John Spagnuolo, right, presented the check to Queens Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler.
The newly formed South East Queens Chamber of Commerce is hoping to revitalize the Downtown Jamaica area and turn it and other neighborhoods into shopping destinations.
The group’s motto is “Together, we can!” and the Rev. R. Simone Lord, who founded the chamber last July, has faith the community will come together to support her efforts.
Nice try, folks: Borough President Melinda Katz decided that a bloc of Queens Library trustees was not serving the public interest, worked to get a law passed allowing her to remove the members, did so, and then saw a federal court rule on her side twice when they sued to reverse both the law and the removals.