The residents of Glendale and Middle Village have stepped up their efforts to prevent the planned Cooper Avenue homeless shelter from coming to fruition.
A group called the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has formed this month, with the goal of taking legal action against the Department of Homeless Services and the City of New York in mind.
Law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced the indictment of 31 alleged members of violent Southeast Queens street gangs.
In a joint statement, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the defendants, ranging in age from 15 to 22, are suspected members of the affiliated SNOW, Loyalty Over Everything and Young Bosses street gangs.
Two Queens men were sentenced to 25 years to life in two separate homicide cases on Sept. 11.
Andrew Caballero, 39 of Flushing, was convicted of second-degree murder last month.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Tuesday that a Queens man, who had thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child sex abuse on his home computer and data storage drives, has been sentenced to two to six years in prison.
“Child pornography strikes at the heart of innocence — sexually victimizing the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society,” Brown said in a written statement. “The videos and images on the defendant’s computer and portable hard drives were vile and extremely disturbing.”
A Richmond Hill man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the August 2011 beating death of a homeless man.
Nermal Singh, 52, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
In her final act as district manager, Community Board 9’s Mary Ann Carey honored three people whom she said have been exceptional in helping the board do its job.
Steven Cangelosi, a former Sanitation worker and staffer for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, was honored along with Debby Kuha, the administrator of Forest Park, which CB 9 covers, and Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, a member of adjacent Community Board 10 and staffer for the city Department of Transportation, whom Carey said has been instrumental in helping the board in transportation issues.
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?
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated beleaguered seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
“The people made a difficult choice; but they chose decisively,” Comrie said before throngs of supporters at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club. “The people of the 14th District said they wanted a representative they can be proud of, a representative who will get results from Albany.”
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year from a combination of drugs including heroin exemplifies the startling statistics recently released by the city Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, which indicated that the rate of unintentional overdose deaths involving heroin among Queens residents has more than doubled from 1.9 per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 4.3 per 100,000 residents in 2013.
So distressing are the numbers that in February, the department urged the state Legislature to approve legislation that would increase access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse heroin overdoses. That was done, and some police officers are now carrying the antidote under a program funded by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
The fervor and passion that can attach to people’s politics may, in New York State, succumb to cold, hard numbers on Tuesday.
And the most important numbers may well be in Democratic primaries in Queens’ 11th and 14th Senate districts.
A Yonkers, NY man has been arrested in connection with the Aug. 24 attack on a mother and her three children outside the Boulevard Family Residence, formerly the Pan American Hotel, in Elmhurst.
Pedro Vargas, 48, has been charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and operating a vehicle for hire without the proper license after he allegedly drove the family from Manhattan to Queens before allegedly assaulting the 26-year-old woman and her children, ranging from 1 to 5 years old, after a dispute with the mother.
Ask what is at stake in the Sept. 9 primary for the 14th Senate District and most will say the political future of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Ask Smith, and he says what is at stake is the immediate and long-term future of funding, programs and representation for the people of Southeast Queens when Democrats go to the polls.
An alleged member of the Jamaica branch of the MS-13 gang has been indicted in federal court for the murder of a fellow gang member in Suffolk County this past February.
Byron Lopez, 23, was arraigned in Brooklyn on Aug. 28, according to a statement released by the office of Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
The Queens Chapter of the National Action Network had numerous representatives on Aug. 23 during a march in Staten Island to protest the death of Eric Garner while he was being arrested in July.
On Monday, the Rev. Phil Craig, president of the chapter, asked more than 60 members what should come next.
Queens Village attorney Munir Avery at first embraced being an underdog when he decided to challenge state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District.
And while Smith still has the benefits of incumbency and former Councilman Leroy Comrie has money, support and name recognition, Avery, 36, said he does not know that the underdog status still applies.
Chris Moss, running for lieutenant governor with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, headlined the list of statewide and Congressional candidates speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club.
And the Chemung County sheriff said he and Astorino feel quite at home in New York City.
The NYPD nabbed the suspect in several auto thefts in South Queens this week.
In an email sent out to residents in the community, 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Jeremy Schiff said the arrest of Richard Hobbs, 27, of Lindenwood occurred after his officers responded to the theft of an unattended running vehicle in Ozone Park Monday morning. Officers soon apprehended Hobbs, whom Schiff said police are familiar with.
A Long Island man has been charged with grand larceny after he allegedly was caught selling counterfeit Long Island Rail Road tickets.
Michael Wright, 27, of Rockville Centre, sold the tickets to passengers between March and June, the authorities said.
A 40-year-old cold case murder of a Flushing teen in Bayside is being fired up anew by the NYPD.
Police are asking the public’s help in solving the murder of Leslie Zaret, 17, whose body was found on the PS 203 playground on Springfield Boulevard in Bayside on Aug. 17, 1974.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s pending retrial on federal corruption charges were never very far from the surface during an Aug. 14 candidate forum for the 14th Senate District.
But the forum did give Smith (D-Hollis), former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery the opportunity for a freewheeling discussion on education, jobs, economic development, funding for the district and a host of issues that will be confronting the person sworn into office in January.
Incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella relishes his label as a maverick and is hoping it will carry him through to victory on Sept. 9.
That’s when the Democratic primary for the 11th state Senate District seat will be held. He will face former Comptroller John Liu and since no Republican is running in November, the primary victor will go to Albany for the next two years.
A 55-year-old man from Suffolk County is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a Sikh man in Ozone Park last month before intentionally running him over with his car.
Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, LI was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.