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When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
There were a lot of things the public and even city lawmakers wanted to hear from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when he sat before the City Council on Monday.
What is going to happen to the officer who allegedly killed Eric Garner? Is the NYPD racist? How will cops be trained to handle escalated situations without excessive force? What are you going to do?
It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.
The monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association drew a high-energy crowd to the Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue Saturday morning.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) that would make the desecration of cemeteries overseas a violation of religious freedom punishable by sanctions was passed last week in the House and now goes to the Senate.
The legislation would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include vandalizing of cemeteries as one of several crimes against freedom of religion.
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a time when Jews over the world remember the six million Jews who died during World War II. It also honors the survivors, most of them elderly, whose numbers decrease every year.
Their testimony serves as a reminder of what they endured and is an attempt to prevent such atrocities from happening again.
An alleged cockfighting ring that was holding the bloody fights in a Woodhaven basement was busted this past weekend, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Sunday.
When Helen Reddy sang, “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore,” on her 1971 debut album, the words became a call to arms for women everywhere.
Although women have come a long way since then in achieving parity with men, they are still fighting for an equal place in society, a point driven home loudly at last Saturday’s panel discussion, “Standing with Women,” at Temple Beth Shalom in Flushing.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
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.