When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.
Others believe it is far more important.
Following the controversial felling of five trees on 48th Avenue near 211th Street in Bayside Hills last month — an act many see as angering arborcide — State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) led a press conference last Thursday to address the issue.
Standing beside the remnants of 30-year-old trees on what is now a much sunnier sidewalk, Avella called the situation “a very significant quality of life issue for the community.”
The sausages were smoldering, the inflatable fun houses were bouncing and local residents were meeting and greeting some of New York’s Finest as Cabbell Park in Cambria Heights joined in the celebration of the annual National Night Out on Tuesday evening.
Among those on hand to help kick things off was NYPD Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South.
Lawrence Byrne, the oldest brother of a slain New York City police officer and a former federal prosecutor, had been appointed deputy commissioner for legal matters at the NYPD.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the appointment on Thursday.
Despite promises of reduced crime and a friendlier atmosphere, many Jackson Heights business owners and residents simply do not want the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District in their neighborhood.
In a town hall intended to create a line of communication between BID supporters and business owners, many people were not shy when it came to airing their issues last Thursday in Corona.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being given a police escort out, a crowd of an estimated 300 area residents, concerned about conversion of the Westway Motor Inn into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families, filled the auditorium for a town hall meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, but in the end many questions were left unanswered.
Civil rights organizations, including some who prodded the city to reduce the searching of individuals police deem suspicious, are now demanding the NYPD abandon the broken windows theory of crimefighting, which they say unfairly targets minorities — the same argument they made against stop and frisk.
The criticism against broken-windows policing — which involves strict enforcement of minor crimes in order to deter, prevent or uncover bigger ones — follows the death last week of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in police custody after resisting arrest. Garner was allegedly selling single cigarettes. Many, including Mayor de Blasio, said it appears as if one officer used an illegal chokehold on the overweight, asthmatic man, who told the police he couldn’t breathe before dying.
Normally, anger at Community Board 5 meetings comes from residents who attend.
This month, it’s the board itself that is letting its emotions flow, both verbally and on paper.
An Elmhurst woman has been charged with killing her 11-month-old son, police announced Tuesday.
Supporters of the police tactic stop, question and frisk are getting ready to say “I told you so,” now that new statistics show a spike in shooting incidents.
According to the NYPD, shootings jumped 11 percent compared to the same time last year and this past weekend, there were 21 shootings alone, causing some to second-guess Mayor de Blasio’s decision to drop the city’s appeal against amendments added to stop and frisk.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the indictment of 17 members of a criminal drug ring who allegedly flooded New York City, as well as other parts of New York State and parts of Massachusetts and Ohio, with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines. The 215-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn Supreme Court charges that the defendants obtained khat from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia; shipped it to the United States through countries including the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium; and trafficked it around New York City and several other New York counties, as well as Massachusetts and Ohio.
By all indications, Steven Frosch was a man who cared more about his family than anything else.
He even left his job as an NYPD officer in 1999 after five years for another city position in a safer line of work.
Hundreds of irate residents gathered in the cafeteria of St. Helen School Tuesday night to sound off at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for what they believe is shoddy maintenance of Lindenwood’s catch basin, which they blame for the neighborhood’s flooding issues.
Many homeowners have had to deal with sewage backup in their houses in addition to flooding, rendering many basements disaster zones and health hazards, most notably after five inches of rain fell on April 30, flooding more than 2,700 homes in Lindenwood and adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods were inundated with water. The DEP said the flooding occurred because the Spring Creek facility did not function the way it was designed to, causing the sewers in Lindenwood to backup.
A crowd of about 1,000 concerned area residents brought a stretch of the service road of Queens Boulevard to a standstill on Tuesday evening while staging a protest against the opening of a homeless shelter in the now-shuttered Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst.
The redesignation by the Department of Homeless Services on June 6 caught elected officials, community board members and the public at large off guard.
A Fresh Meadows resident has been sentenced to up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to disseminate indecent material to an individual he believed was a 14-year-old girl but who actually was a New York City Police Department detective.
The defendant is Tariq Alam, 30, of 75th Road. Alam, who pleaded guilty on May 14 to first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to minors, appeared Thursday before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt, who imposed an indeterminate sentence of one and one-half to three years in prison. At the time of his release, Alam will also be required to register as a sex offender.
A number of high-profile crimes in Brooklyn have been grabbing headlines in the last week or so.
This past Sunday a man stabbed and killed a 6-year-old boy in an elevator in East New York, and seriously wounded a 7-year-old girl in the process.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) wasn’t satisfied with speaking at a City Council oversight hearing on the city’s 911 Unified Call Taker system.
She took to the outside of City Hall beforehand to press for change, too.
A new state law will at least temporarily keep ex-officio members of the embattled Queens Library Board of Trustees from participating in matters involving audits, conflict of interest and whistleblower matters.
And in a related matter from Thursday’s board meeting, a proposal from Public Advocate Letitia James to give her representative and other ex-officio board members a vote on board matters might not be voted on until the fall if it is included in an overall reassessment of the board’s structure and composition.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said police work and public safety are a partnership between the department and the community at the 47th annual Meeting of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
In his talk, which took place at the Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts, Bratton addressed head-on issues of distrust of the NYPD in several of the city’s minority communities.
Police will carry an antidote for heroin overdose victims
Nearly 20,000 police officers across the city will soon be equipped with a substance known to reverse heroin overdoses instantly.
Before Community Board 6’s May 14 meeting ended, Sara Demartino of Rego Park stood up and described a problem she said is plaguing her community: the constant cacophony of barking dogs in Yellowstone Park, across the street from her Forest Hills home.
“It’s a quality-of-life issue that me and my neighbors are experiencing on a daily basis,” Demartino said. “It’s impossible to have a conversation, there’s so much noise.”
Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36, was released Monday afternoon from Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan where she had been recovering from injuries resulting from a fire in a Coney Island high rise on April 6.
The plan for Select Bus Service along Woodhaven Boulevard and the epidemic of domestic violence in South Queens both sparked blunt discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of Community Board 9 in Kew Gardens.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), a supporter of the Select Bus Service proposal, defended it in front of a skeptical audience.