Litter and trash in South and Southeast Queens has been compared to the weather — many complain but nobody does anything about it.
But government and civic officials are calling a program introduced on Monday a way to manage the problem on a borough-wide basis rather that just as an issue in isolated, individual neighborhoods.
The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down what it calls a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers.
Woodside resident and Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Gene Kang, center right, was honored for his dedication to the prosecution of DWI cases at Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s seventh annual New York Metro Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon on March 27.
Kang has prosecuted more than 400 DWI cases as part of Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice’s, left, efforts to keep streets safe from drunk drivers.
The new law requiring most businesses in the city to give their workers paid sick leave took effect Tuesday, and the de Blasio administration began an advertising campaign to inform both employers and employees about it. City Hall also issued a press release detailing some aspects of the law.
Under the Earned Sick Time Act, companies with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours a year must provide them with up to five paid sick days annually. Employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work, up to the 40 hours, or five days.
New York City’s law enforcement community lost a leader last week when Lawrence Festa, chief investigator for the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, died suddenly at age 64.
Festa served 27 years with the NYPD, retiring as a lieutenant in 1997 to join Brown’s staff as an investigator. His assignments in the NYPD included the Organized Crime Control Bureau. He became chief investigator for Brown in 2003.
The FBI is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who temporarily blinded a pilot of a Delta Air Lines jet by shining a laser into the cockpit as the plane was on landing approach to LaGuardia Airport on March 25.
The FBI said the green laser appeared to originate from Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, and was shone into the cockpit twice.
Police in Nassau County and Altoona, Pa., are continuing to investigate the March 14 suicide of 18-year-old Rosedale resident Marquise Braham, whose family believes he may have killed himself in connection with alleged college fraternity hazing incidents.
Marquise, a student at Penn State Altoona, was an officer in the campus chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.
(BPT) - Driverless cars, delivery drones and smart buildings: they all seem like things you’d see in a sci-fi movie. But all those futuristic developments could soon roll onto American roadways, and many Americans overwhelmingly support the changes.
The FBI on Wednesday afternoon launched simultaneous raids on the Albany and Jamaica offices of Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica).
Paul Holstein, spokesman for the bureau’s Albany office, confirmed that agents executed two warrants. Scarborough said agents also searched his home and Albany hotel room.
Don’t double-park and don’t jaywalk.
The 102nd Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, delivered that warning to people at the precinct’s monthly community council meeting on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill library.
The members of Community Board 13 long have been asking the city and the NYPD to consider safety and geography in their decades-long request to split the 105th Precinct in two and create a new 116th Precinct in its southern environs.
“We’ve been asking for this for more than 20 years,” CB 13 Chairman Bryan Block said on March 10, when Borough President Melinda Katz presented her budget priorities for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.
Instead of demanding that smartphone makers put a kill switch on their devices, legislators and law enforcement officials should demand that smart phone users put a kill switch on their own stupidity. They ignore police warnings not to display hand-held electronic gadgets in public. That’s like wearing a sign saying: “Please rob me.”
Phone theft victims are as much to blame as the thieves. Keep your high-tech toys out of sight. If not, your intelligence is more limited than your phones’ minutes.
Community Board 9 elected a new slate of leaders on Tuesday night in Ozone Park in what ended up being a rather anticlimactic vote after weeks of rumors of a brawl between incumbent chairman Jim Coccovillo and his opposition on the board.
Coccovillo opted not to seek a second term as chairman, instead nominating Ralph Gonzalez of Ozone Park — whose name had been mentioned by several members as a potential opponent of Coccovillo’s. Gonzalez won the chairmanship unopposed. Raj Rampershad, the board’s executive secretary, was elected first vice chairman unopposed.
“Forest Hills has become ‘Deforest Hills,’” a man shoveling snow remarks about the community he’s lived in for years. Pointing to his windows, the man says they remain constantly shut. Trees that used to absorb exhaust fumes along the road have been largely cut down, in apparent violation of city laws requiring greenery.
Despite his concern of the lack of trees, the man says he doesn’t complain to the Department of Buildings over the violations and chooses to remain anonymous when voicing his opinion.
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.
Anyone who has watched the evening news over the last month has seen the dramatic images of the civil unrest sweeping through Ukraine.
Since the protests, known as Euromaidan, over now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to stop Ukraine from entering on the path to potentially joining the European Union in the future began last November, over 100 protesters and a dozen law enforcement agents have been killed.
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.
(BPT) - Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up?
The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct said on Monday that the one crime that is greatly increasing over last year also is one of the mos preventable.
Grand larceny auto, better known outside law enforcement circles as car theft, has more than doubled in the 113th this year, with 20 reported as of Sunday, up from nine in the same period in 2013.
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.
Although no one has been charged yet, the Luzerne County Pa. coroner’s office said earlier this week that the death of Bayside resident Michael Deng, 19, has been ruled a homicide.
Deng, a freshman at Baruch College, was being initiated into a fraternity during a hazing weekend at a rented house in the Poconos. As part of the ritual, he was allegedly made to wear a heavy backpack and was blindfolded while he was repeatedly tackled by fraternity members. He suffered major brain trauma.
(BPT) - Diving beneath ships. Parachuting out of aircraft. Clearing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Navy Explosive Ordnance (EOD) Technicians control weapons and render safe explosives on land, in the water or wherever perceived threats may lurk. Protecting others by handling situations with steady hands and even steadier nerves.
The Jamaica man accused of stabbing his wife and toddler daughters to death before attempting to flee to Mexico has his next scheduled court date on Friday — St. Valentine’s Day.
A schedule provided by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Miguel Mejia-Ramos is scheduled for a return date, technically the time at which his lawyer has an opportunity to answer his client’s charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and their daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1.