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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.
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.
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.”
When Pastor Stephen Roser saw the damage that Hurricane Sandy did to his church, he was devastated.
“I thought it was over,” the Rev. Roser recalled feeling. “I thought of all the years this building has stood here and all the sacrifices that had been made to build this place. It was heartbreaking.”
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) that would put unarmed peace officers in Resorts World Casino New York City has cleared a key Senate committee.
The bill was approved by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee last month and now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.
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.”
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.
Talk about a bad scratch.
A retiree from Middle Village who loves spending time at Aqueduct and Belmont has been banned from the racetracks because, he alleges, he’s a whistleblower who has called out the New York Racing Association in several areas where it has come up short.
The Cross Bay Diner reopened its doors last week almost seven months after Hurricane Sandy flooded the neighborhood favorite.
The popular eatery at 160-31 Cross Bay Blvd., which sits on the banks of Shellbank Basin, was flooded in the storm and had been closed ever since. Even as other restaurants and stores along Cross Bay were reopening, the diner remained closed.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, left, Rob McKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, Albert Pennisi, president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Councilman Leroy Comrie in front of Borough Hall on Tuesday calling for Gov. Cuomo to include Resorts World Casino New York City in his plans to allow table games at some new casinos.
Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.
On a Saturday afternoon at Kissena Corridor Park, Field 10 plays host to a good old American softball game. On one side is the Mets and their opponents are the Yankees. There are pre-game stretches and the Star-Spangled Banner.
But you won’t see David Wright or A-Rod wielding a bat. Instead of high-paid athletes, Randy Novick is giving an opportunity to developmentally disabled adults to put on an exciting game of America’s pastime.
Gov. Cuomo announced last week that A train subway service will be restored to the Rockaways on May 30, just over seven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed tracks across Jamaica Bay and seriously damaged two stations.
“Superstorm Sandy devastated the entire MTA network like no other storm, but the MTA did a remarkable job of restoring service following the storm and at the end of this month, the A line to the Rockaways will be up and running,” Cuomo said in a statement issued Thursday morning.
Elected officials and community leaders are looking to make Forest Park safer and they may have found their answer: horses.
“Installing permanent stables for police horses would be a great thing for the park,” J. Richard Smith, secretary of the 102nd Precinct Community Council, said. “We just need the funding for it which is going to be tough.”
Resorts World Casino New York City has hit another big milestone.
The casino, which opened in October, 2011, announced last week that it raked in $67 million in April, putting total revenue since opening at over $1 billion.
For Catholic Charities’ Howard Beach Senior Center, the past year has been one of ups and downs, and the theme at last Thursday’s volunteer party seemed to be a simple one — survival.
More than 100 people turned out for the center’s annual party honoring the volunteers who help out. The party featured pizza donated by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., left, Ann Gulluscio and her son, Democratic district leader and Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio.
Pat McCabe, left, representing state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.; Lorraine Grillo, president and CEO of the School Construction Authority; Councilman Eric Ulrich; Maryann Maltese, representing Assemblyman Mike Miller; and Monica Gutierrez, SCA community relations manager, break ground at the site of PS 316 Tuesday.
The recent arrest of a man charged in connection with a string of burglaries in Forest Hills was announced by Captain Thomas Conforti, commander of the 112th Precinct, at the May 8 meeting of Community Board 6.
But a couple of attempted robberies targeting taxi drivers in the area marked a new cause for concern, Conforti indicated.
Ten blocks west of Resorts World Casino New York City, a billboard over Rockaway Boulevard advertised casino table games less than two hours away in New Jersey.
To anyone with even the slightest knowledge of marketing, the ad seems to make sense — targeting gamers leaving Resorts World perhaps disappointed that New York City’s first casino lacks real roulette wheels and craps tables.
More than 20 nonprofits, including the branch of Goodwill aimed at helping people find temporary work, have come together to sponsor a job fair geared toward victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The job fair will take place on Tuesday, May 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Resorts World Casino New York City’s Central Park events floor.
Rose Guida, a chairwoman of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, celebrated her 95th birthday on April 14.
A Richmond Hill resident for most of her life, Guida attended PS 108 and John Adams High School. She has been involved in a number of charities. She has also been an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, volunteering for numerous church events. She joined the RHSCA in 1974.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., left; Susan Brown, the first female member of the Old Mill Yacht Club; Sal Mossa, past commodore; Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; and Jeffrey Dudalao, current commodore.