Two Astoria men and a business owner there were charged with being part of an international heroin pipeline spanning from New York to Mexico that involved six other people, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said on Thursday.
Ajay Carter, 38, and Miguel Tormo, 42, were both charged with first- and third- degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for their alleged part in the international pipeline. Their bail was set at $5 million bond or $2.5 million in cash.
Somberly reflecting on the murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the 108th Precinct in Long Island City hosted a vigil Monday. The pair were shot while sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn by a Baltimore resident, Isaaiyl Brinsley, on Saturday.
The attack is alleged to be a response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown this summer.
A city bill regulating the use of drones has been proposed by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who is optimistic it will move forward quickly.
Another drone bill in the hopper has been proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan). His would completely ban private drones, with the only exceptions for police and law enforcement with a warrant.
Two Astoria men and an Astoria business owner were charged with being part of an international heroin pipeline spanning from New York to Mexico that involved six other people, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said on Thursday.
Leaders of Community Board 13 said Monday that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services wants to place a home for nonviolent youthful offenders in Queens Village.
But board members also said they want ACS officials to attend a meeting and discuss exactly what they have in mind.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said last Wednesday that the 106th Precinct has seen crime drop by 7 percent year-to-date, following a 5-percent decline in crime over the last month.
“The men and women of the 106th are doing are great job here, including transit officers,” Schiff, the commanding officer of the precinct, said at the monthly meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council.
Gov. Cuomo bears some blame for Eric Garner’s homicide. Despite pleas from more than a dozen state legislators, he refused to appoint a special prosecutor for this explosive case. Relying on Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan to prosecute cops he works with is like asking Kim Kardashian to wear a burka.
Cuomo also imposes a double standard for enforcing New York’s tobacco tax law, which led to Garner’s death.
Cops busted Garner for selling a few untaxed cigarettes, called “loosies,” on the street. But native American tribes avoid punishment for selling cartons of untaxed cigarettes at reservation smoke shops to the public.
Tribes such as the Poospatuck in Mastic, LI reap huge profits while breaking the law. A federal judge ordered them to pay $10.5 million in excise taxes after Cuomo refused to crack down on their illegal cigarette sales. He also allows the Seneca and Shinnecock tribes to sell untaxed cigarettes on their “sovereign” soil. Cagey Cuomo plays fast and “loosie” with the law while people die as a result.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
A third party has officially entered the battle between residents and the Department of Homeless Services over the planning or introduction of numerous shelters into communities such as Elmhurst and Glendale.
On Dec. 1, state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) introduced legislation co-sponsored by Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) requiring the New York City Planning Commission to hold a public forum before it approves or denies a location for a homeless shelter or social services center.
Mayor de Blasio issued the following letter to the people of New York City on Dec. 4:
Eric Garner's death was a terrible tragedy that no family should have to endure. For many across our city and our nation, yesterday's grand jury ruling compounds feelings of grief with dissatisfaction and anger.
As we reflect on the weeks leading up to yesterday's decision and prepare our path forward, I want to share a snapshot of our short- and long-term plans to improve the relationship between police and the communities they serve.
Fifty-four officers in six Police Department commands, including the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, are poised to begin a pilot program testing two different types of body cameras, the mayor announced Wednesday in College Point.
The 103rd and two other precincts in other boroughs will begin testing one type of camera Friday and three more precincts will begin testing the other next week.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Sunday called on the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Management and Budget to develop a strict policy on the use of unmanned drones near major airports, after pilots have reported almost crashing into them.
“With the three recent incidents of drones flying dangerously close to planes at New York’s JFK Airport, it’s clear that commercial drone use has crossed over from unregulated to potentially deadly,” Schumer said in a written statement.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) hopes teaming up with the Legal Aid Society will better protect victims of illegal towing.
At a press conference Monday in Flushing, Kim addressed ongoing issues with the Brooklyn-based company All About Automotive II, Inc., which faces 16 charges of illegal practices from the city Department of Consumer Affairs.
A Flushing doctor was charged with cheating six insurance companies out of more than $25,000 by billing the groups for services he never provided to patients, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said on Thursday.
“To a dishonest healthcare provider, a patient’s medical data is like having access to their credit card, and can be more valuable as most people scrutinize their credit card statements much more closely than they do explanations of benefits printouts,” Brown said in a statement announcing the charges.
With affordable housing becoming a focal point for Mayor de Blasio, the City Council issued a comprehensive report on another dwindling sector — industrial businesses.
On Nov. 19, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) announced the city’s commitment to keeping manufacturing areas and Industrial Business Zones from becoming strictly residential.
When asked in recent days if New York should legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that is supported by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx), six of Queens’ 15 Council members gave varied responses.
All 15, including Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), whose Brooklyn district also includes much of Ridgewood, were asked the same questions via email to their main spokespersons: Would you support the legalization of marijuana in New York? Why or why not? And how would how would it benefit or affect New York?
Monday night’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has filled up any openings in the Rev. Phil Craig’s normally busy schedule.
“I’ll be in Staten Island tonight,” said Craig, pastor of The Greater Springfield Community Church in Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be at the press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday.”
President Obama’s executive order to provide certain undocumented residents with deferred action in case of future reform legislation as a possible pathway to citizenship or deportations was debated over and over again on the news and in legislative offices around the country.
Many activist groups, including Make the Road New York, hosted viewing parties of the president’s speech and tweeted about being excited to hear Obama’s plan.
Thomas Weiner Jr.’s sister, Dolores, said the names of NYPD officers who died of attack-related illness should be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
Det. Thomas Weiner Jr. couldn’t so much as eat solid food or enjoy a cold beer on a warm spring day during the last few months of his life.
Like so many other members of the New York City Police Department, the Ridgewood transit detective spent 24 straight hours at Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack that brought down two iconic skyscrapers and killed almost 3,000 people.
When Eric Garner died from an apparent chokehold by a police officer in July, city officials and activists were riled up.
Since a video of Garner’s arrest and eventual death hit the internet, people from the Citizens United for Police Reform to City Council called into question the NYPD’s policy for apprehending an individual who is resisting arrest, as Garner was.
Mayor de Blasio signs two bills into law that would reject most deportation requests from Unites States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mayor de Blasio signed two bills into law last week that mandate the city to reject most requests from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to detain undocumented immigrants for deportation, except in limited circumstances.
Intro. 486-A bars the Police Department and the city Department of Correction from honoring detainer requests without a judicial warrant. Other exceptions include if the immigrant is on the U.S. terrorist watch list, has been convicted of a violent crime or has committed a serious crime in the past five years.