It may have taken more than 35 years, but the city has finally approved funding for the long-awaited HWQ411B project in the Centreville section of Ozone Park.
According to a Dec. 1 letter from Stephen Malmberg, assistant director for the Office of Management and Budget, close to $50 million will be distributed to several city agencies for the decades in the making road reconstruction project, with about $7 million in contingency funds being pledged.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
The same week Mayor de Blasio announced a decrease in civilian police complaints, a grand jury announced the officer accused of killing Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold was not guilty.
More than three dozen community leaders and members of various organizations and civil rights groups gathered last Friday at the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst to pray for those they said have been “betrayed by our criminal justice system.”
The move came in response to a Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The man’s death triggered hundreds of protests nationwide, conversations about race relations and police use of excessive force.
The deaths of unarmed African-American men who were killed by police, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York City, have led to protests across the country, where disturbed and upset people expressed their anger about the outcomes of the cases.
Officer Darren Wilson resigned after shooting and killing 18-year-old Brown in Ferguson. Garner was killed during his altercation with NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who, like Wilson, was cleared by a grand jury.
On Monday West Maspeth civic leader Charlene Stubbs called to our attention some graffiti on a box containing the Q54 schedule at a bus stop on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. Its simple, sickening message:
“N-----s go home.”
A federal judge has denied a motion to postpone the Jan. 5 retrial of former Deputy Queens Republican Chairman Vincent Tabone due to his lawyer being unable to participate because of a difficult pregnancy.
Tabone is scheduled to be tried beginning Jan. 5 along with outgoing state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) as part of a government corruption case centered on the lawmaker.
New York City has taken a step toward decriminalizing marijuana. Starting Nov. 19, NYPD officers will be handing out summonses instead of making arrests when they apprehend someone in possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana.
“This is an example of another important step, both for keeping the people of New York City safe and building a closer relationship between the police and community in this city,” Mayor de Blasio said at a press conference Monday.
A blizzard was making its way through Queens in March of 1983 as Mary Ann Carey waited for Community Board 9 to take a vote on whether or not it would hire her as the new district manager for the area.
“Everyone kept leaving because of the blizzard,” she said. “I kept saying, ‘Oh no, that was one of my supporters’ as they left.”
On a night when Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and held it in the House, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) had to wait until the late hours of Tuesday to find out he would stay in the Legislature for another two years.
“This has been a journey for me,” Addabbo told his supporters at the Woodhaven House in Rego Park.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and four Latino city lawmakers sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton last week outlining their “deep concern” with the large number of low-level marijuana possession arrests that they said “unfairly” target black and Latino youths.
The letter came in response to a recent report from the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York-based advocacy group that promotes policy alternatives to the drug war. The report concluded that in the first eight months of the de Blasio administration, the Police Department exceeded the number of low-level marijuana arrests made during the same period last year, under the previous administration of Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.
“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.
A recent mugging in Forest Park, a new residential home in the area and restoration of a collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue were among the top issues on the table as the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association held its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, announced that the neighborhood experienced a “pretty good summer,” then addressed an incident that occurred around 6 p.m. in Forest Park on Sept. 16.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
Just nine months into his first term, it appears likely that the legacy of Mayor de Blasio will largely rest on an important issue: his ability to improve relations between the Police Department and the city’s communities of color.
A panel discussion titled “Broken Windows ... Broken Theory?” held at St. John’s University on Monday delved into race relations.
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
In a letter to his supporters, Liu, a former city councilman and comptroller, said the campaign was about “holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire when we as voters put our faith in them and expect that commitments made on the campaign trail are not abandoned in the halls of government.”
Several sources say MLS is looking to build a permanent stadium for the team, which is slated to begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium, at Aqueduct Race Track.
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate primary race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
A group of 50 or so people erupted into cheers as the newly re-elected state Sen. Toby Stavisky stepped out of the elevator in the Good Kitchen restaurant on Tuesday.
“I’m sure all of you have heard by now, but if you haven’t heard, let me be the first to tell you Sen. Stavisky defeated her opponent by a landslide,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), said.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
The fervor and passion that can attach to people’s politics may, in New York State, succumb to cold, hard numbers on Tuesday.
And the most important numbers may well be in Democratic primaries in Queens’ 11th and 14th Senate districts.
Experience, experience, experience. That’s what embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Hollis says he brings to the table above all else, along with the results that experience and knowing the ways of Albany gets for the people of Southeast Queens.
But Smith’s major opponent in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, former City Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie also has years of experience in government. As Comrie says, he would not go to Albany as a typical freshman if elected. He’s been tested, he knows the issues and he has a lot of support among the people of the 14th Senate District.
Ask what is at stake in the Sept. 9 primary for the 14th Senate District and most will say the political future of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Ask Smith, and he says what is at stake is the immediate and long-term future of funding, programs and representation for the people of Southeast Queens when Democrats go to the polls.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
With less than a week before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, the race for the 11th District State Senate seat couldn’t be hotter.
Facing off Tuesday will be the incumbent, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), and former city Comptroller John Liu.