Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Tuesday announced that his office is in the process of collecting tens of thousands of signatures from people opposed to parole applications made by the men who murdered NYPD Officer Edward Byrne in South Jamaica in 1988.
Scott Cobb, Philip Copeland, David McClary and Todd Scott all were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing Byrne on an early February morning as he guarded the house of a witness in a criminal drug prosecution.
The City Council Committee on Higher Education is slated to hold an oversight hearing on how city private and public colleges address cases of sexual assaults.
The move came in response to growing concerns nationwide, as women advocacy groups and sexual violence victims criticize college officials for their failure to investigate sexual assault cases.
With a recent holdup at the Queens Zoo and hot rodders speeding at a Meadow Lake parking lot, crime at Flushing Meadows Park has been in the spotlight lately.
But talk to Parks Department and NYPD officials and you’d never know that Queens’ premier greenspace has been rated the worst for crime out of 30 parks throughout the city.
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice has announced that it may launch a probe into the Police Department’s “broken windows” policy, which civil rights advocates say targets minorities for petty crimes.
The DOJ’s announcement came in response to a joint letter that six New York Congressional members sent to Washington in August. They urged the department to launch an investigation into the caught-on-camera chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner and the broken windows policy they said Garner was a victim of.
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.
A retired NYPD officer has been convicted of second-degree murder after shooting and killing his wife inside their Briarwood home in 2011.
Clarence Cash, 52, shot his wife, Tracy Young, 42, multiple times after an argument between the two on the night of Dec. 10.
The 109th Precinct will host a Family Fun Day for the Whitestone community on Saturday, Sept. 27 from noon to 4 pm. The event will be held at Francis Lewis Park on 3rd Avenue between the Whitestone Expressway Service Road and 147th Street.
Whitestone Family Fun Day is a free event meant to strengthen the relationship between the officers of the New York City Police Department and the communities they serve.
When area residents were invited to a community town hall meeting at the Pomonok-Electchester Public Library on Monday evening to discuss issues of concern, they arrived in droves, filling the makeshift meeting space to beyond capacity and showed little inhibition in letting the elected officials in attendance know their displeasures.
Hosted by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), in conjunction with state Sen.Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), who was unable to attend, the event also featured brief presentations by city Comptroller Scott Stringer and several city agencies.
Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) legislation that aims to stop scammed calls that trick people to obtain their personal and financial information was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The freshman Democrat introduced the bipartisan bill, Anti-Spoofing Act (H.R. 3670), after receiving complaints from seniors and the Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET), a civic organization in her district.
Gov. Cuomo recently met with officials from New Jersey as well as the federal government to discuss pre-emptive security measures at mass transit sites in the New York City region.
Cuomo says the security upgrades are merely a precautionary measure given the recent increase in terrorist activity abroad.
Law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced the indictment of 31 alleged members of violent Southeast Queens street gangs.
In a joint statement, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the defendants, ranging in age from 15 to 22, are suspected members of the affiliated SNOW, Loyalty Over Everything and Young Bosses street gangs.
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.
A convenience store in Ozone Park was left in shambles after a scuffle broke out inside late Friday afternoon that might have stemmed from an attempted robbery gone awry.
Police have arrested and charged a Queens man almost a month after he allegedly attempted to rape a 23-year-old woman in Elmhurst.
(An open letter to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton)
You may not need any words of encouragement at this point, but it will make me feel better to give them to you! We’re glad to have you back and know a great many others feel the same. After 50-plus years as an NYPD volunteer, I remember criminal efforts to “kill” New York City. The Police Department put together all kinds of programs, including community policing, that defeated that attempt. That can happen again.
Now, with many areas experiencing fear of authorities (my own neighborhood included), I try to tell folks to obey all laws — even ones usually thought to be “little ones” so that when you see an officer, you can go to him and say, “Hi! I’m glad to see you. I hope you’ll stay safe.”
As far as complaints that the department has become too militarized weapons-wise, I’m glad the NYPD has them at their disposal, especially now that the federal government has confirmed urgent threats from ISIS. This is a crazy world and we may need all the help we can get. May God protect you, the Department, the United States of America and the world!
The 103rd Precinct in Jamaica will be one of five NYPD precincts that will have a limited number of officers wearing on-duty body cameras in a pilot program scheduled to begin before the end of the year.
The cameras are being tested in compliance with a court ruling in Floyd v. The City of New York, which required that a pilot camera program take place in precincts with the highest number of stop-and-frisk encounters in 2012.
For the fifth time in 10 years, a motorcyclist has been killed on the Cross Island Parkway, where it bends toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway, which has been labeled “deadman’s curve.”
Police report that John Barrett, 49, of Middle Village, was killed on Aug. 30 around 10 p.m. The preliminary investigation determined that Barrett was operating a motorcycle and was ejected from it while traveling southbound.
Police say a verbal dispute led to a murder-suicide in Downtown Flushing Monday evening.
The NYPD is looking for the man who attempted to kidnap a 7-year-old girl on Monday.
The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year from a combination of drugs including heroin exemplifies the startling statistics recently released by the city Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, which indicated that the rate of unintentional overdose deaths involving heroin among Queens residents has more than doubled from 1.9 per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 4.3 per 100,000 residents in 2013.
So distressing are the numbers that in February, the department urged the state Legislature to approve legislation that would increase access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse heroin overdoses. That was done, and some police officers are now carrying the antidote under a program funded by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
When Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez took an informal poll of the audience at last Thursday night’s meeting on the City Line pedestrian plaza, the results required a recount.
First he asked supporters to stand, then he asked opponents. The end result? Almost a tie, roughly a dozen on either side.
Seeking to achieve in court what it could not get in arbitration, the United Federation of Teachers last week filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that teachers do not have to show their lesson plans to school administrators.
The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, grows out of an arbitrator’s ruling in May that while all teachers must create lesson plans, what they contain will be left up to them, according to multiple published reports. The arbitrator refused a union bid to also rule that principals and other supervisors would not even get to review the plans, prompting the suit.
Events of recent weeks show that we New Yorkers have reason to be proud of our city, and of ourselves. That does not mean we don’t also have cause for concern.
A tragedy occurred July 17 on Staten Island when Eric Garner died, apparently of a heart attack, while resisting arrest for an alleged petty crime. Police and emergency service personnel stood idly by and let him die, when there was a chance he could have been saved.
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.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.