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If changing demographics and the longer elapsed time since the era of John Gotti and Jimmy Burke meant Ozone Park was losing its notoriety as a mob epicenter, the arrival of men in FBI shirts and the sound of jackhammers under a blue tent in a driveway may serve to jog the memory.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation popped up Monday at the home of Catherine Burke, daughter of mobster Jimmy Burke, at 81-48 102 Road in Ozone Park and have been working on the site all week.
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.
Mets fans have not had much to cheer about in recent years, and it’s fairly safe to say that even the most optimistic can’t picture the boys in Flushing competing for a post-season berth this year.
A former mobster and drug dealer will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of two murders in South Queens during the 1990s.
Western Queens as a whole weathered Hurricane Sandy without too much damage, residents said.
A few trees and lots of branches came down; Gantry Plaza State Park was flooded, but the water subsided by Tuesday afternoon; LaGuardia Airport also filled to the brim and didn’t open until 7 a.m. on Thursday; but nevertheless most of the lights stayed on and no fatalities were reported in the area.
Following a four-week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn today found John Burke, a long-time associate of the Gambino organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (the “Gambino family”), guilty of a racketeering conspiracy spanning 1980 through 2008. As part of the racketeering conspiracy, the jury found that Burke had participated in four out of five racketeering acts alleged in the indictment, including the 1991 murder of Bruce Gotterup and the 1996 murder of John Gebert, drug trafficking involving cocaine and marijuana, and an attempted robbery. The jury also found Burke guilty of the murder of John Gebert in aid of racketeering, murdering John Gebert as part of a continuing criminal enterprise, and a firearms charge.
Kew Gardens Hills was primarily developed by the Wolosoff Brothers, starting in 1937. After the breakup of the Arrowbrook and Queens Valley golf courses, a floodgate of development occurred all at once.
The problem was the community had everything but a school. With much pressure placed on politicians for one, a school was approved by the planning board in 1946. A site had to be found and developed as much of the best land was already bought for home development. A sand pit that had been overlooked by the developers was found at 77th Avenue and 137th Street and purchased by the city.
Legislators and healthcare workers are making a last-ditch effort to keep Far Rockaway’s Peninsula Hospital open after MediSys, the institution’s parent company, told the board of directors that it no longer wants to be involved with the hospital, according to several officials affiliated with the facility.
MediSys told the board it will no longer be Peninsula’s sole corporate member as of Aug. 22 — a decision made after MediSys officials allegedly were angered by the hospital board of directors’ recent vote to rescind their parent company’s letter of closure to the state, according to Mary Burke, a registered nurse at Peninsula since 1981.
The impending closure of Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway has cast a long shadow on the future of healthcare in a borough that doctors and legislators say already has dangerously few hospital beds and emergency rooms that are bursting at the seams.
“God forbid there’s a catastrophe, like an accident at Kennedy Airport or with the trains, because they keep closing hospitals and there’s no hospital beds to accommodate people in a disaster,” said Dr. Jay Tartell, president of the Queens County Medical Society.
Tornadoes and a macroburst tore through parts of Queens on Sept. 16, leaving structural and arboreal damage on a massive scale. Streets and sidewalks in some areas, such as Middle Village, were also littered with tattered, downed power lines, highlighting what some elected officials and residents on Monday called a vulnerability with a clear, long-overdue remedy: putting overhead wires underground.
Rodell Roberts, a Vietnam veteran, served in the Marine Corps from 1970 to 1981. He has held a number of odd jobs over the years and become homeless several times, something he attributes to a crack addiction, which began in 1988.
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FBI officials arrested John Gotti Jr. at his Long Island home Tuesday morning on charges linking him to the murders of three New York men and other charges that could land him in jail for life.
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