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The collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. last April. The structure still has not been fixed and now Woodhaven residents say they have had enough.
The head of the company that owns the Woodhaven building that partially collapsed last year appeared in Queens Criminal Court last Friday and was ordered to immediately hire an architect and file for a work permit for the corner structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave.
George Kochabe, the head officer of 78-19 Jamaica LLC, appeared in court after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A judge told him he must retain the architect and file for the work permit before his next court date on April 10 — almost a year to the day after the collapse occurred.
During a briefing at the 104th Precinct, Capt. Christopher Manson, left, seen speaking at last week’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting with two other officers, announced the capture of an alleged mass robber targeting Ridgewood over the last two weeks.
A mass robber terrorizing Ridgewood over the last few weeks is finally off the streets after being arrested in Brooklyn last Wednesday, according to 104th Precinct Capt. Christopher Manson.
At a media briefing held at the precinct last week, Manson announced that he believes Bryant Aguilar, 21, of Menahan Street in Bushwick is the man behind the string of five knifepoint robberies within the 104th Precinct between Feb. 21 and Feb. 24.
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.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.
Chief Philip Banks III
Firefighters on the roof of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Saturday after its president reported creaking noises. Fire officials say a leak caused by melting snow from an adjacent collapsed building may have affected the structural integrity of the ambulance corps headquarters.
Assistant Chief David Barrere, the new commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, paid a surprise visit to Community Board 12 on Feb. 19.
Nearly three dozen people have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into Social Security and Disability insurance fraud, among them a prominent member of Community Board 9 and his father, who is one of the principal defendants.
Saverio “Sam” Esposito, 48, a longtime member of CB 9 from Ozone Park, was among 32 people arrested in an ongoing sting headed by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance alleging millions of dollars in fraudulent claims against the federal Social Security Disability Insurance program. Espos
ito’s father, Joseph Esposito, 64, is one of four principal defendants, along with Raymond Lavallee, 83, Thomas Hale, 89, and John Minerva, 61, accused of directing SSDI applicants including many retirees of the NYPD, which the younger Esposito was a member of, and FDNY, to lie about their psychiatric conditions in order to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled. The operators of the scam allegedly received cash payments in return for coaching the applicants, who claimed that they suffered a psychiatric condition that prevented them from working, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. Some of the defendants allegedly used their association with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as the ostensible cause of their psychiatric condition. Vance said the average annual payment per applicant was between $30,000 and $50,000 a year.
NYPD Chief Philip Banks III last week was named as the 13th recipient of the William Tucker Garvin Award, an honor given out every year by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The award is presented during Black History Month to an individual of African-American heritage in recognition of outstanding public service.
Woodhaven residents and civic leaders have had enough of the problems caused by a vacant building that collapsed on Jamaica Avenue last April.
It’s been more than 10 months since the structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. partially imploded after heavy rains, destroying a minivan and damaging the recently-renovated Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps next door.
Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle, commanding officer of the NYPD’s 105th Precinct, told the public at Monday’s meeting of Community Board 13 that there are 77 numbered precincts in New York City.
“And this year, so far, the 105th is number one in crime reduction,” he said, rapping his knuckles on a wooden table top.
Three weeks into his new post as commanding officer of the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South, Assistant Chief David Barrere dropped into the regular monthly meeting of Community Board 12.
It was probably the smallest surprise the chief delivered all night.
The federal case over the Police Department’s use of stop and frisk went before a new judge last week.
District Judge Analisa Torres will now rule on the lawsuit brought against the city by civil rights groups and people who say they were wrongly stopped by cops, in violation of their constitutional rights.
Officials eye higher fines, lower fines for not shoveling snow
The cost to property owners of not removing snow from sidewalks would go up under a bill before the City Council — and down, but only for some people, under a separate proposal.
MTA representative Joe Raskin speaks to Community Board 6 about the 71st/Continental Avenue elevator project at its Feb. 12 meeting.
State Sen. Greg Ball and Councilman Danny Dromm.
It’s somewhere you wouldn’t want to bring your kids after dark.
That’s what one mother said as her young daughter raced from one side of the 67th Avenue pedestrian bridge to the other in Forest Hills on Monday to watch the trains race by on the tracks below.
State Sen. Greg Ball (D-Patterson) slammed Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID card legislation during a debate with Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on “Up Close with Diana Williams” on Sunday morning.
The bill, which will be drafted by Dromm — a big advocate for immigration reform — was briefly discussed by the mayor during his State of the City Address two weeks ago.
In the last two weeks, Mayor de Blasio has taken two giant steps toward fulfilling his campaign promise to change the makeup of and the culture at the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.
Two weeks ago it was the appointment of new managers in three key housing positions, the most prominent being Shola Olatoye, tapped to replace the embattled former NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.
The estate of the late Cecilia Chang is still up for grabs, with federal authorities working on a settlement that could soon give them up to $1.2 million.
Chang, 59, committed suicide in her Jamaica Estates home on Nov. 8, 2012, a day after implicating herself in court for recruiting foreign students and making them do chores around her house and embezzling more than $1 million from St. John’s University, where she worked as dean of the Asian Studies Center and vice president of international relations.
The snow keeps falling on the city and slushy corners on local streets continue to be a thorn in the side of Community Board 6, which discussed that and other issues at its monthly meeting on Feb. 12.
“One of my major concerns is the bus stops,” said CB 6 Chair Joseph Hennessy, also noting that snow removal was “not happening” due to the extreme cold.