In a 12-hour period on April 3, state senators introduced a bill to change oversight of the Queens Library system; Borough President Melinda Katz reiterated her call for library CEO Tom Galante to be placed on temporary leave; the Library Board of Trustees issued a list of changes it intends to vote on to improve oversight; a board measure to place Galante on paid leave was defeated when the vote ended in a 9-9 tie; and the board reissued the list of changes intended to improve oversight.
The FBI is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who temporarily blinded a pilot of a Delta Air Lines jet by shining a laser into the cockpit as the plane was on landing approach to LaGuardia Airport on March 25.
The FBI said the green laser appeared to originate from Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, and was shone into the cockpit twice.
The FBI on Wednesday afternoon launched simultaneous raids on the Albany and Jamaica offices of Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica).
Paul Holstein, spokesman for the bureau’s Albany office, confirmed that agents executed two warrants. Scarborough said agents also searched his home and Albany hotel room.
(BPT) - Cybercrime is everywhere these days. It happens in the dead of night, in broad daylight, in homes, hotels, restaurants and airports.
Queens Library Executive Director Tom Galante may now be the target of a federal probe into his spending of taxpayer funds.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the city Department of Investigation came to the Central Library in Jamaica last Friday with subpoenas for both Galante and the library’s construction management consultant, the Daily News reported Wednesday.
The lawyer for state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) will ask a federal judge to postpone the senator’s federal corruption trial until after this year’s Democratic primary.
In a hearing in federal court in White Plans on Friday morning, Attorney Gerald Shargel told federal Judge Kenneth Karas that he will submit his request to the court in writing on Feb. 7.
The FBI and the NYPD are on the hunt for three men who robbed an armored car driver at gunpoint in the ATM lobby of the HSBC Bank located at 82-57 Broadway in Elmhurst on Saturday.
According to the FBI, a GardaWorld armored truck arrived at the bank for its regularly scheduled pick-up of deposits around noon when three men of either Hispanic or Asian descent pointed what are believed to potentially be .45-caliber semiautomatic handguns in his face.
A Flushing physician, with two clinics in the community, was sentenced last Friday to serve 12 months and a day in prison for a scheme that fraudulently billed Medicare more than $15 million.
Dr. Hoi Yat Kam, 59, who operated URI Medical Service PC and Sarang Medical PC, both in Flushing, was also sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to three years of supervised release and to pay $2.2 million in restitution.
A second co-defendant in the federal corruption case against state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has pleaded guilty.
Joseph Desmaret, former deputy mayor of upstate Spring Valley, admitted to accepting $10,500 to support the sale of village land to an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a developer. He signed the six-page agreement last Tuesday.
Vincent Asaro, 78, a reputed top member of the Bonanno organized crime family, was arrested by the FBI last Thursday in a pre-dawn raid at his Howard Beach home and charged with taking part in the 1978 heist of $6 million in cash and jewels at JFK Airport. He was also charged with murder for allegedly killing a man whom he believed to be an informant.
“[Asaro] devoted his adult life to the Bonanno crime family, with a criminal career that spanned decades,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a statement. “Neither age nor time dimmed Asaro’s ruthless ways, as he continued to order violence to carry out mob business in recent months.”
A Long Island City foundry owner has changed his plea to guilty on charges that he plotted to sell a fake sculpture of contemporary artist Jasper Johns’ famous 1960 “Flag” painting for $11 million.
The plea change comes five days after Johns himself testified in court that Brian Ramnarine never returned the mold after producing the wax cast.
Five men, including one from Howard Beach, were arrested Thursday in an FBI raid on alleged members of the Bonanno organized crime family.
A Ridgewood man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2012 home invasion and subsequent extortion attempts in Westchester County.
Bartek Zajkowski, a 23-year-old Polish national living illegally in the United States, barged into a couple’s Bedford Hills home on May 5 and tied up the husband with duct tape and plastic ties before shooting the wife in the stomach with a BB gun during a struggle, according to a press release from the Southern District of New York of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Director and screenwriter David O. Russell, who was the mastermind behind last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” has brought a good deal of his repertory company back (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro) for his new film, “American Hustle,” which is inspired by some of the events from the late 1970s Abscam scandal. Abscam was an FBI sting operation that caught a number of congressmen taking bribes in return for questionable favors.
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is that 30-something guy from the Bronx who owns a chain of dry-cleaning stores in New York City circa 1978. He is outwardly living the suburban dream married to a very attractive but somewhat neurotic woman, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), in a beautiful home 0n Nassau County’s North Shore.
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.
A key player in the alleged bribery scheme that has ensnared state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) pleaded guilty for his role in the alleged conspiracy on Tuesday.
Former Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud, in federal court in White Plains according to court records obtained by the Chronicle.
She was an outspoken, longtime representative of Southeast Queens in the state Senate. She displayed an increasingly disturbing pattern of public behavior before a highly publicized run-in with the law. And she lost her Senate seat in a primary even with the Democratic Party endorsement and a large fundraising advantage.
Her name was Ada Smith.
John Gotti was born into a poor Bronx family in 1940, the fifth of 13 children, the son of a laborer who wasted a lot of his money gambling. Growing up in East New York, Gotti was resentful that his father was a poor provider, and he and his brothers were soon drawn to the quick buck promised by a life outside the law.
By the time he was 16, he was leading a street gang and had dropped out of Franklin K. Lane High School. His activities caught the attention of Charlie and Danny Fatico, two mobsters with the Gambino crime family, and he got into the organization through them, according to Mafia expert Jerry Capeci, who co-authored the Gotti biography “Mob Star” and writes a weekly column on organized crime at ganglandnews.com.
(NewsUSA) - Ah, yes, the holidays. A time for celebrating with family, ripping into presents ... and getting burglarized?
Lights, camera, Howard Beach
The Cross Bay Diner played host to customers of a different kind this week.
A spate of recent laser incidents targeting aircraft and pilots are increasing in frequency in the New York area. In the same period year–to-date, reports of lasers directed at aircraft are up 17 percent. Injuries involving the same laser incidents have also increased. Lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot and crew.
The Flushing campaign treasurer and a New Jersey fundraiser for Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral run were sentenced last Thursday to several months in prison.
Jenny Hou, 27, received a 10-month sentence, while fundraiser Oliver Pan, 47, of Mendham, NJ was given four months in prison.
In a world where terrorists attack the innocent in the name of either religion or a political cause, there is something perversely refreshing about the Somali pirates who have become infamous for taking over ships and kidnaping crew members. It's just business to them and a profitable one at that, according to the new film “Captain Phillips.”
On the other hand, while the marauders may not have anything personal against their victims, they can be as bloodthirsty as the most hateful member of al-Qaeda if they don’t get the ransom that they are demanding.
The events of Sept. 11, 2001 will in all likelihood be the cataclysmic historic occurrence that will stay etched in the minds of anyone old enough at the time to remember them. The whole world irreversibly changed for the worse that clear blue morning.
But ask those who are now close to 60, or older, and they will tell you they had that same feeling on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.