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The Federal Bureau of Investigation popped up Monday at the home of Catherine Burke, daughter of mobster Jimmy Burke, at 81-48 102 Rd. in Ozone Park and were still working on the site today.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released its preliminary flood maps Monday which include much of coastal Queens that was flooded in Hurricane Sandy.
The new maps, the first change in New York City’s flood zones in 30 years, put nearly all of the Rockaway Peninsula, Broad Channel and Howard Beach into high-risk areas that will force residents to purchase flood insurance and follow new guidelines for home construction.
The long-awaited rezoning of Ozone Park is in motion.
More than 500 blocks of southern Queens, including almost all of Ozone Park and parts of Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Woodhaven, will be rezoned this year in what is likely to be the last major zoning project of the Bloomberg administration, and one of the largest.
Here’s the latest disgrace out of Albany: Ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who had to resign after it was revealed that he just couldn’t keep his hands off the pretty young things he liked to hire, has been fined $330,000 by the state Legislative Ethics Commission for his harassment of one young woman after another.
“Disgrace?” you ask. “What disgrace? Sounds like justice to me.”
With the Senate session winding down in Albany, and about a thousand bills left to debate, the hydrofracking moratorium bill may not even hit the floor for a vote. Most Queens lawmakers oppose allowing the drilling process in New York State without conclusive scientific evidence that it can be done safely, without contaminating groundwater.
The drilling process known as hydrofracking is used to obtain natural gas from rock formations, such as the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from New York’s Southern Tier to West Virginia. Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of water along with a slurry of sand and about 600 chemicals into a narrow horizontal pipe at high pressure to induce “mini-earthquakes,” which release the natural gas.
The New York State Court of Appeals has cleared the way for implementation of Mayor Bloomberg’s Outer Borough Taxi Plan.
The ruling, issued by the court on June 6, paves the way for livery car operators to get licenses that will allow them to accept street hails with the exception of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan and the city’s two airports.
Tracy Catapano-Fox of Howard Beach has been appointed the new executive director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Her appointment is the culmination of a national search, begun in September 2012, during which the board received over 200 applications and conducted three rounds of interviews, said Daniel Chu, the CCRB’s chairman. She will assume her post on June 20.
If Gov. Cuomo’s latest casino proposal comes to pass, Resorts World Casino New York City may never have table games, but potential casinos just over the border on Long Island may.
Under a bill proposed by the governor last week, downstate will be shut out of casinos with table games for five years to allow three casinos to be built upstate. Then, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley will be open for full gaming facilities, but still not New York City.
Community Board 9 adjourned for the summer Tuesday night, but not until after a two-hour, high-drama debate over the future of its longtime district manager, Mary Ann Carey.
Responding to complaints from some board members over her efficiency as district manager, CB 9’s Executive Committee put forward a motion to remove Carey from her position, which she has held for 30 years — the longest serving district manager among Queens’ 14 community boards. The motion sent CB 9 into a rarely called executive session at Tuesday night’s meeting at the Majestic Marquee in Ozone Park.
The Shops at Atlas Park, the indoor-outdoor mall that opened six years ago in Glendale, is being revamped — and this time, the owners say they are making it all about the community.
“We’re doing wonderful things, and I’m sure all of the community will be very happy,” said Liza Diaz, the property manager for the shopping center. “We have such belief that this property is going to do so well; it’s a hidden gem.”
The Richmond Hill South Civic Association’s most recent meeting, held at the United Methodist Church on 112 St. on May 30, included the reinstallation of its entire executive board and a special tribute honoring a local community leader, but the star attraction of the evening was unquestionably Margaret Finnerty, who was celebrating the 20th anniversary of her first installation as president, as a seemingly never-ending procession of local elected officials stopped by to sing her praises.
“It’s never about herself. It’s always about others,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), on hand to dismiss the outgoing board, to whom he added, “Don’t give up fighting for this neighborhood. Without you, it just wouldn’t happen.”
After living through Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, student filmmaker and Howard Beach resident Daniel Scarpati created an original short film entitled “Sandy Stories.” The film focuses on the post-traumatic stress caused by the storm and the relationships among the hurricane’s victims.
Scarpati’s family lost two cars and parts of their roof in the storm. “In the aftermath of Sandy there were 11 days of no power and heat,” he said. During those days Scarpati spent time working on his own house while also helping Red Cross relief trucks and American Legion efforts by unloading supplies and serving food.
Real estate broker Francine Hamill says she was born to serve the people of Broad Channel, and after a series of setbacks, including most recently Hurricane Sandy, she is ready to continue her work.
After the storm struck last October, Hamill was completely wiped out. When she returned to her office at 814 Cross Bay Blvd., there was a car lodged against the storefront window. She had put all the office equipment on higher ground, but the office was submerged nonetheless. All the contents of her business were destroyed with the exception of one wooden cross that Hamill, a devout Christian, had placed in the window the preceding day. The cross was intact, and she felt it was significant of her faith.
The FDNY has ruled out repairs carried out under New York City’s Rapid Repairs program as the cause of the explosion on Wednesday that sent a Howard Beach woman to a burn center and destroyed the home she shares with her husband.
Theresa Pepitone was taken to the burn center at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan on Wednesday after her house exploded at around 2 p.m.
Gov. Cuomo wants New Yorkers to be able to play traditional roulette, craps and baccarat — just not in the city.
Under the governor’s proposed plan should New York voters approve a referendum scheduled for this November to legalize full gaming, including tables games, casinos with those games would be limited only to upstate for the first five years.
In honor of Memorial Day, Resorts World Casino New York City helped a Howard Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars organization that was affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Representatives of Resorts World and local community leaders welcomed the Bernard J. Coleman VFW Post # 2565 of Howard Beach to the casino over Memorial Day weekend.
Since I decided to retire as of July 1, I have thought about how things have changed in pediatrics over the past half-century. Fifty years ago I became a board-certified pediatrician and after two years of caring for children of Army people as a captain/pediatrician I opened my first office in the Lindenwood part of Howard Beach.
So how are things different? An office visit was $6 and a house call was $10 (there was no insurance, and there were house calls). I remember on one house call to a sick child in Brooklyn, the neighbor was in labor and waiting for her husband — but the baby couldn’t wait, so I delivered the baby. Fortunately, the experience of delivering about 50 babies under a professor’s supervision at Metropolitan Hospital four years before had stayed with me.
A state appellate court has upheld a weapon conviction against Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who shot her abusive husband 11 times and killed him in 2008.
A jury in 2011 acquitted Sheehan of murdering her husband, ex-police officer Raymond Sheehan, in their home, but found her guilty on one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
As a member of Rockwood Park Jewish Center, I was offended and angered by the article and front page of the Chronicle of May 16 depicting the center hosting a raucous party (“Hava tequila — synagogue is a party place, neighbors say,” South Queens edition).
As the writer describes in his outrageous article, the synagogue had no knowledge of the event, which did not take place in the synagogue as suggested by the article. You should get your facts straight before printing anti-semitic remarks. We had always had a good relationship with our neighbors and regret the incident.