About 80 were displaced from their homes after a five-alarm fire ripped through the roof and upper floor of a four-story apartment building just off of Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park Thursday, city Fire Department officials said.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) last week dismissed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) assertion about gender discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are simply not interested to become firefighters or aren’t fit for the job.
Savino made those comments in a Facebook post, moments after a City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice hearing, chaired by Crowley, grilled Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro about the lack of female representation in the department. The state senator dismissed Crowley’s claims that the FDNY is using “excessive testing” and rigorous exercises which cause women to drop out of the academy.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that just might inspire. You may even want to treat yourself!
Columbia University dismissed Lions football head coach Peter Mangurian this past Friday. Ironically, the fact that the Lions are in the midst of a 21-game losing streak had little to do with the dismissal; rather it was reports that Mangurian was verbally abusive to players, and even worse, ignored their concerns about having incurred concussions, that spurred Columbia president Lee Bollinger to act.
Not to belittle the players’ concerns, but not firing this guy just based on his win-loss record reminds me of how the feds could only put Al Capone away for income tax evasion instead of for any of his hardcore gangster activities. But the important thing is that Columbia finally got rid of “the Vince Lombardi of losing.”
A South Ozone Park house spontaneously exploded on Thanksgiving Day, causing the back side of the structure to collapse, according to officials.
At about 1:45 p.m., fire personnel were called to 107-55 108 St. in South Ozone Park, where the rear of the first floor of a house had collapsed due to an explosion, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.
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.
A South Ozone Park house was leveled following an explosion on Thanksgiving Day, according to a city Fire Department spokesman.
At about 1:45 p.m., fire personnel were called to 107-55 108th St. in South Ozone Park, where a house had spontaneously exploded.
Even the frigid temperatures weren’t enough to numb the passions of the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition, which held a press conference in front of the controversial site of a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. Wednesday morning.
Although the group that assembled —representing the coalition’s civic groups, local businesses and residents — was small compared to past gatherings expressing anger over the proposal to convert the former factory into a 125-family shelter, they had a big message.
A Nassau county man was indicted last Friday on charges that he promised to sell people government-seized cars at a reduced price, while posing as a captain of the New York City Fire Department near John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Maurice Knight was indicted on charges of third-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree scheme to defraud and second-degree criminal impersonation. He faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.
Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.
If the Olympics had an event for stupidity, our mayor would win a gold medal.
Bill de Blasio topped off a string of dumb decisions by hiring and defending a key staffer who’s lived with a convicted killer and drug dealer for the past 6 years — a thug who called cops “pigs” on Facebook. “You don’t fire someone for something her boyfriend said,” de Blasio told reporters. Wrong, you fire her if she’s a $170,000-a-year city employee responsible for improving police-community relations, and one who failed to mention her criminal companion in a Department of Investigation background check.
Bumbling Bill fired his campaign press secretary for dating Eliot Spitzer. But client No. 9 didn’t have a 20-year rap sheet. Rachel Noerdlinger also lied about her child’s health to get exempt from a rule that all appointed city employees must live in New York. She claimed her 17-year-old son needs medical treatment for severe injuries, requiring her to live in New Jersey. Really? Then how does her son play linebacker for his high school’s football team, a fact disclosed by the New York Post?
Keeping Ms. Noerdlinger on the payroll insults taxpayers, police and all honest city staffers. If de Blasio doesn’t fire her, voters must deny him a second term in office.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.
Absent a last-minute extension, the emergency suspension of alternate-side-of-the-street parking around the Queens Supreme Courthouse in Kew Gardens will end on Monday morning, giving residents and businesses the first full taste of life without the condemned Borough Hall parking garage.
The garage, where the city’s Department of Transportation had about 400 spaces used by people going to the court house and Borough Hall, was shut down last week, about seven months after published sources claimed the city determined it to be unsafe.
On Saturday, the International Association of Fire Fighters held its annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo. to honor the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, including one from South Queens.
More than 1,200 firefighters from across the United States formed the honor guard as the families of 168 fallen firefighters were presented with the ceremonial union flag. This is the 28th year that the IAFF has conducted this ceremony. It is a time of reflection for many families as they remembered their loved ones who answered their last alarm.
Police say a verbal dispute led to a murder-suicide in Downtown Flushing Monday evening.
After the Department of Correction’s use of solitary confinement came under fire during a recent Council hearing, a new bill to force Rikers Island administrators to publicly release statistics on inmates thrown into segregation was approved by the City Council on Aug. 21.
According to the bill, drafted by Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) — an avid opposer of solitary confinement — the department would have to publish four reports a year detailing how many inmates are placed in solitary, why they are sent and for how long, whether they attempt suicide or are physically or sexually assaulted.
When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.
If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.
As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.
Residents of the communities near LaGuardia Airport were infuriated when the Port Authority unilaterally decided to split the combined aviation roundtable into three separate groups: one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the leadership of Queens Quiet Skies challenged the Port Authority to allow a democratic vote and refused to move forward and establish the divided roundtable.