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(BPT) - For years Dwight Nadig and his wife suffered through the cold winters in their York, Pa., ranch-style home, originally built in 1979.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
All that a 38-year-old Robert Giugliano wanted was to leave his city office by 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 1993 to see his daughter rehearse for a Christmas event. But, work kept him long, and so he ended up taking his usual 5:33 p.m. LIRR train to Hicksville, nodding to familiar commuters and taking his regular third seat on the third train.
And then at Garden City, Colin Ferguson stepped on, permanently and horrendously changing Giugliano’s life.
The New York Mets will once again host a winter coat drive for the poor, this year on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Citi Field.
Join the Mets, SNY, and New York Cares for the seventh annual event.
It’s time for the Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Holiday Photo Contest! Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen, joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Make sure your photos are taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be creative.
Also be sure to say whether you are an amateur or professional photographer.
The heavy rain and high winds did not dampen the holiday spirits at Resorts World Casino New York City on Nov. 26.
Celebrating its third holiday season in business, the casino held its annual tree lighting. The tree stands 40 feet tall inside the casino’s main entrance foyer. It is fully decorated with 1,500 ornaments, 5,400 feet of ribbon and 6,500 LED lights. Festive decorations, including gift boxes and oversized Christmas ornaments, surround the tree.
Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The new facility, opened in coordination with the Port Authority, which operates the airport, was established to combat illegal activity by drivers of livery cars, so-called “dollar vans” and other drivers looking to make a buck off of fares from the airport.
NBA All-Star Brook Lopez imparts some basketball wisdom on young ballplayers at the Citi Brook Lopez Basketball ProCamp at Queens College on Sunday. Lopez says that giving back to the community in this way mirrors the camps he attended as a child.
If you turn on an NBA basketball game this season, you will see commercials featuring the league’s best participating in some form of community outreach program, leaving ear-to-ear grins on the faces of starry-eyed children.
On Sunday, it was Brooklyn Nets superstar Brook Lopez’s turn to give back.
City Comptroller John Liu is not wrapping up his term in office quietly.
Liu announced on Wednesday that his office is suing the Bloomberg administration in order to access data on tax records that the city has denied even after being subpoenaed for it by the comptroller in October.
What started out as a routine round of blood tests has led a woman to sue two defendants in two separate incidents in one lawsuit.
Filed in March, the lawsuit by Debrahlee Lorenzana, who then lived in Little Neck, named Quest Diagnostics and Brian Olenick as the defendants, claiming that both had aggravated a rare condition known as “reflexive sympathetic dystrophy.”
High school seniors in the city saw their average SAT scores rise by eight points this year, while students nationwide saw a three-point decline, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Tuesday.
More city students are taking the SAT, as well as advanced placement exams, than ever before, and the improvements are seen across all ethnic groups, the two said, asserting that the results prove the administration’s 12 years of education reforms are working.
The city Department of Education informed parents of students in the gifted and talented programs at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens that they will not be given admission as a group to middle school and will have to reapply to stay in the program.
“The DOE blindsided the parents who have children currently in these gifted and talented elementary school programs,” said parent Sandie Santos. “The parents at PS 203 were just notified this past November, one month before the middle school applications were due, that they were no longer going as a group into their middle school, MS 74, as they did last year.”
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will host another public forum on the plans for the old Rockaway Beach rail line, which runs along 98th Street, abutting dozens of neighborhood homes.
The forum will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public, but only Woodhaven residents will be permitted to speak.
To promote the first Verizon “smart store” in Queens, foodies were taken around the borough to sample local eateries and using the latest technology to tweet, blog and post about it.
Sampling everything the largest borough has to offer would take days, if not, weeks but food critics and bloggers Joe DiStefano, Jonathan Forgash and Kelly Yen gave recommendations for the best places to grab a bite.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.
October was one of those months when the unemployment rate went up but analysts see good news behind the numbers.
The jobless rate in Queens for October was 8 percent, up half a point from September and just a tenth of a point below where it was in October 2012, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor, released last week.
For a fun afternoon that both kids and adults will enjoy, head to the Little Secret Theatre. Just next door to its parent Secret Theatre, in the arts epicenter of Long Island City, the Little Secret Theatre shows children’s musicals that are part performance, part interaction.
One of these musicals, “Pirate Pete’s Parrot,” tells the story of Polly the parrot, who is sick of eating boring bird food and longs for some pancakes.
How disappointing to learn that “Council OKs school at Keil Brothers site” (Domenick Rafter, Nov. 21, multiple editions). Keil Brothers Inc., established in 1930 as a flower shop, grew into a well-respected, full-service garden center.
The owners of Keil Brothers had annual revenue in the millions and they provided gainful employment to over a dozen people. Many are our neighbors. Both the owner and employees pay taxes like the rest of us. They also generate employment for many suppliers, along with gardeners and landscapers who purchase their products. With 8 percent of residents out of work, 7 percent who have given up looking and many more looking to upgrade from minimum-wage or part-time jobs, the last thing we need is to drive more stores such as Keil Brothers out of business.
Many residents oppose construction of a school on this site for good reasons. It is primarily a residential neighborhood with two other schools located only blocks away.
The site rests along two major bus routes, and is next to a large thoroughfare in an area made up mostly of narrow residential streets. These capacity-constrained streets will be negatively impacted by both school buses and parents dropping off their kids during rush hour taxing strained city resources. Street crossing for students could be dangerous.
The City Council approved this new school by a vote of 36-2. Only aspiring candidate for Council Speaker Mark Weprin and outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. voted no. Weprin was unable to convince 49 other Council members to protect a thriving business and residential neighborhood. How effective would he be as the next Council speaker? Perhaps there are better candidates for than Weprin, ones who can protect small businesses and the residential neighborhoods which make up the heart of New York City.
Representatives of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation on Monday provided some holiday cheer for the FDNY, making two donations during a visit with the “Hillside Hurricanes” at Engine Co. 298/Ladder Co. 127 on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica.
James Vaccaro, center left, director of security and quality control at GJDC, and Angela Mohan, manager of the Harvest Room, presented Capt. Robert Fenty with $1,000 checks for both the FDNY’s Widows and Orphans Fund and the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation.
The quarter-acre Plaut Triangle in Flushing will be getting a major facelift next summer with the addition of new pathways, a drinking fountain and a spigot for watering plants, new benches, additional plantings and gates.
Chrissy Voskerichian, vice president of the Station Road Civic Association, is delighted with the plans. Her group has helped maintain the site for five years. “Our civic and community members are very happy and excited that money was funded for the upgrades to Plaut,” Voskerichian said.
“Come to the cabaret,” Liza Minnelli famously sang. And now, courtesy of the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, cabaret is coming to you — for one night only, though the engagement could be the start of something big.
“We hope the cabaret will take off,” leading to other bookings in the future, said Martha Stein, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the event.