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Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is urging the United States Department of Homeland Security to end the practice of placing immigrant detainees in solitary confinement — an act he says does not coincide with the charges these people face in most cases.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detention is supposed to be a civil, nonpunitive measure to ensure a detainee attends immigration court hearings and complies with court orders.
Hoping to raise awareness about human trafficking, a gathering was held at Genesis Mission in Corona on Saturday.
The event featured four people from various nonprofit organizations who are trying to stop trafficking as well as help the victims of such exploitation.
On the city’s darkest day, as most eyes were naturally focused on the stunning human tragedy resulting from the destruction of the World Trade Center, Deputy Mayor for Operations Joe Lhota was busy trying to get the city government up and running again.
The result of his management and the efforts of others, as he recalled in a recent interview with the Queens Chronicle, was that everybody north of Chambers Street in Manhattan had garbage pickup the next day, Sept. 12, 2001, paychecks went out to city employees that day and schools were up and running again the following week.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is running for borough president as the most “accessible” advocate for Queens with experience in both the business and public service worlds.
“We all bring government service backgrounds to this position — thank God I don’t have any Albany experience — but what I bring that no one else does are two things: I was a small business person for 10 years before I was elected ... and the second thing is a background of keeping people safe,” Vallone, who is term-limited out of the City Council this year, said during a sitdown interview with the Queens Chronicle editorial staff last week.
The placing of fliers, signs and posters around the city is an easy — and often free — means of advertising. Taping up signs for a missing pet or stapling a sign on a telephone pole pointing passersby in the direction of a garage sale is seemingly harmless but the line is fine.
“Forest Hills, south of Queens Boulevard has a long tradition of garage sales in the warmer weather,” Jon Torodash, a community activist and candidate for City Council, said. “These are often advertised by what are probably illegally posted but generally well-tolerated signs. Often we’ll also see fliers about missing pets.”
Nearly 12 years after the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office is sifting through debris two blocks from Ground Zero in a renewed search for any human remains, however minute.
The new inspection was prompted by the discovery of what appears to be a piece of wreckage from one of the hijacked aircraft used to destroy the Twin Towers and kill nearly 3,000 people in the worst terror attack ever made against the United States.
About 12 years ago Five Omar Mualimmak — who says his unique numerical name is the subject of a whole other article — was arrested on drug trafficking, possession of an illegal weapon, money laundering and tax evasion charges and sent to Rikers Island. Those charges were changed and dropped and then a few reissued, Mualimmak, 38, said, keeping him in the system for 11 years.
Once he was put in prison, a fight landed the Bronx man in solitary confinement.
A St. Albans couple have been indicted on charges that they kidnapped two young women, beat them, forced them to take drugs and made them perform sex acts for money, according the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Candidates in the 31st District City Council race tackled tough questions about job creation, education and crime at a debate held Feb. 7 at St. Luke’s Church in Laurelton.
The event, sponsored by the Federated Blocks of Laurelton, was the second of its kind to be held before the Feb. 19 special election. The winner will fill the post vacated by James Sanders Jr. after he won a bid for state Senate, and will serve out the rest of his term, which ends on Dec. 31.
Queens politics in 2012 brought new districts, a historic election in the 6th Congressional District and enough cloak-and-dagger intrigue to fill a Robert Ludlum novel.
But when Hurricane Sandy struck in October, killing 12 people in Queens and more than 40 in the city, devastating the Rockaways, Howard Beach, lower Manhattan and Staten Island, the people of central Queens, who were largely spared the storm’s wrath, rallied to the cause of those worst hit.
A Long Island City woman filed the city’s second transgender discrimination case this year against the New York City agency that handles food stamps and other benefits on Nov. 20.
Jolie Estrella, 25, who wished to keep her born name anonymous, brought an official change of name form in November 2011 to the Human Resources Administration East River Job Center.
Eleven Queens residents were among 19 people indicted last week for their alleged connections to a prostitution-based money laundering operation.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced the indictments on Nov. 21, saying they are the result of a 16-month investigation that focused on an advertising firm that placed ads for prostitution services in print and online publications in New York City.
Two men each were sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison for forcing a 14-year-old South Ozone Park girl to work as a prostitute for a week earlier this year and turn over 100 percent of her earnings to them.
Shaquan Gould, 21, of South Ozone Park, and Evan Harrington, 21, of the Bronx, were sentenced Tuesday, a few weeks after they plead guilty to charges of sex trafficking.
There were many different “uniforms” displayed in the pews last Friday at the Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona for the funeral of Noel Polanco, the unarmed Army National guardsman killed by a police detective on the Grand Central Parkway on Oct. 4.There were those uniforms of the Army; those of Center of Attention, the car club he was a member of; there was the traditional black funeral wear as well as many sweatshirts and T-shirts reading “RIP Sparkxx,” the nickname Polanco’s friends affectionately called him.
Although many tears were shed, the funeral had a celebratory tone. The Rev. Theresa Gaskin spoke of not asking God why, but instead thanking him for “this wonderful life.” People raised their hands up as they passionately sang songs of praise and spoke of heaven and seeing Polanco, 22, there.
Mourners gathered today at the Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona for the funeral of Noel Polanco, the unarmed man killed by a police detective on the Grand Central Parkway last week.
Six of the candidates vying to replace Grace Meng in the state Assembly’s 40th District gathered at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library on Thursday night for a candidate forum sponsored by the MinKwon Center.
More than 200 residents packed into the library’s auditorium to hear discussions on issues including taxes, small business and immigration.
An NYPD vehicle sat conspicuously on the corner of 118th Street and 97th Avenue in Richmond Hill as the sun rose Monday morning. On the front steps of the ornate building on the corner, uniformed cops stood guard, glancing to their left and to their right.
There was no specific threat to the building which houses the city’s largest gurdwara — the name Sikhs give to their houses of worship — but the day after a gunman opened fire at a gurdwara outside Milwaukee, Wis., the police were taking no chances.
The streets of Jamaica are becoming increasingly unsafe with the 113th Precinct ranked fifth worst citywide for shootings this year, and the other two precincts that cover Southeast Queens — the 103rd and the 105th — also reporting an increase in killings. It has gotten so bad that the borough president is shelling out $50,000 to have a one-day gun buyback program along with the NYPD at a church within the 113th’s area.
Even though there were two men shot dead last week in Jamaica, and one assault victim who later succumbed to his injuries, residents of Southeast Queens are mixed on whether they feel safe to walk the streets, if the police are doing all they can to curb crime and whether the stop-and-frisk policy is effective or simply glorified racial profiling.
Misinformation. That’s the problem causing public misperception of the New York Police Department’s policies on issues such as stop and frisk, the monitoring of locations where some individuals could be fomenting terrorism and the clearing of protesters from Zuccotti Park, according to Commissioner Ray Kelly.
The department’s policy on detaining suspicious people and searching them for weapons or drugs is nothing new, Kelly says. Its investigations into potential terror hot spots, many in the Muslim community, is not blanket surveillance and is perfectly legal, he insists. Officers did not wantonly manhandle journalists as they emptied Zuccotti Park in Manhattan of the Occupy Wall Street protesters last November, he asserts.
About 100 people turned out Monday night to hear all six candidates running for the 6th Congressional District race offer their views on everything from same-sex marriage to military spending during a two-hour forum at the Flushing Library.
Sponsored by the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing and supported by several other groups, it was moderated by Steve Choi, its executive director.