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Sometimes even a fur coat is not enough to allow a dog to cope with icy winter weather.
So on Saturday, the ASPCA and New York Cares joined forces with the NYPD to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a pilot program with the aim of helping dog owners keep their pets just a little bit warmer in the winter.
Though the contracts have been signed and the variance has been approved by the City Council, business owners in Willets Point are not giving up. They want action to be taken by the city, and they want it now.
A handful of owners told their stories while supporters sat with melancholy looks on their faces, somberly nodding when their peers pointed out the hardships they all face.
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.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Feb. 27 that the cause of Avonte Oquendo’s death could not be determined.
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.
Officials eye higher fines, lower fines for not shoveling snow
The cost to property owners of not removing snow from sidewalks would go up under a bill before the City Council — and down, but only for some people, under a separate proposal.
In the last two weeks, Mayor de Blasio has taken two giant steps toward fulfilling his campaign promise to change the makeup of and the culture at the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.
Two weeks ago it was the appointment of new managers in three key housing positions, the most prominent being Shola Olatoye, tapped to replace the embattled former NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.
Community Board 10 got its first briefing last Thursday on Gov. Cuomo’s plan to reconstruct Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach to create a better flood barrier and a more user-friendly greenspace, and members had a laundry list of questions for representatives from the state Department of Environmental Conservation for what it would mean on the quality of life in the neighborhood.
The parkland, which frames the western and southern parts of the “new side” of Howard Beach, is underutilized, unkempt and inadequate as flood protection, according to the DEC and reconstruction work, which will be funded by Sandy relief money, would reconstruct it to allow for better flood protection and make it a more usable space for parkgoers.
The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying the two suspects wanted for a robbery in South Ozone Park earlier this month.
On Feb. 4, at 4:10 a.m., the victim, a 25-year-old man, picked up the suspects in his livery cab at the intersection of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Fulton Street in Brooklyn. The suspects requested to go to 133rd Street and Linden Boulevard in South Ozone Park. When they reached the destination and the victim was making change for the suspects, the male suspect reached into the victim’s pocket, removed an undetermined amount of money and the two suspects fled the taxi.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
The City Council on Tuesday passed a bill requiring the New York City Police Department to report information concerning vehicle collisions in which a driver left the scene.
The bill would require the NYPD to submit to the City Council and post online a quarterly report on hit-and-run data, specifically the number of such incidents involving critical injury, as determined by medical personnel at the scene; and the number of cases closed, whether an arrest was made or not. The data would be separated out by police precinct and by cross street.
Mayor de Blasio gathered community members in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Thursday to announce that he has reached an agreement with the civil rights lawyers who challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, allowing some of the reforms ordered by federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin last summer to be carried out.
The reforms including the appointment of a federal monitor were appealed by former Mayor Bloomberg when Scheindlin found that the city’s policies were unconstitutional and often led the NYPD to resort to “a policy of indirect racial profiling.”
UPDATE: Below this article is a transcript of an interview about the snow with Mayor de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, issued by the Mayor's Office at 4:11 p.m.
Today Mayor de Blasio gathered with press and community members in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to announce that he has reached an agreement with the civil rights lawyers who challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, allowing some of the reforms ordered by federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin last summer to be carried out.
The Queens Library is one of our borough’s most important institutions, its 62 locations vital to children learning to read, people seeking jobs, immigrants looking for material in their native language and just about everyone else, in one way or another.
That said, it is, like any human institution, imperfect. And some of its imperfections were revealed this week by the Daily News, sparking an oversight hearing by the City Council and an audit by the city comptroller.
After one of the largest searches in New York City history and the discovery of their child’s remains, Avonte Oquendo’s family and their attorney are turning to the courts for some answers.
“This should never have happened,” David Perecman, the attorney had said when Oquendo’s remains were found in College Point. “I for one am good and angry. When you look at the videotapes, at what happened, the sheer chaos that went on in that school and to think they are taking children like this every single day, telling their parents that they’re safe, when indeed they’re not.”
During one of his first visits to Queens since entering office, Mayor de Blasio announced his “Vision Zero” initiative to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the city to zero within 10 years.
The project was announced just days before a study reported Queens having the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the city.
Are black and Latino students in New York City schools disciplined at a higher rate than their classmates because of their ethnicity, or because they break the rules more often as a whole?
That’s a question on which good people may differ, and one the city may find itself having to address head-on sooner rather than later, because of new federal guidelines issued last week.
The Obama administration has announced new federal guidelines to decrease the racial disparity in school suspensions, expulsions and arrests.
The guidelines were laid out by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder in Baltimore last week. The new recommendations ask schools to create a climate with high expectations and rewards for good behavior, keep tabs on data concerning disciplinary actions, create student codes of conduct that spell out specific punishments for specific infractions, offer staff training on conflict resolution, provide adequate counselors and social workers and define appropriate roles for police on campus.
The New York City Police Department has a community-participation initiative called the Block Watcher Program. It is open to all members of the community and is free of charge.
The Block Watcher Program establishes an informal network for concerned citizens to report emergencies and non-emergencies to the New York Police Department and other agencies.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
In a city the size of New York, politics and crime are often the biggest newsmakers, as was the case in 2013.
There was no shortage of political headlines this past year, an election year at that. Queens elected a new borough president while Forest Hills and Rego Park opted to bring back Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) for another term. Area politicians made their collective voices heard throughout the year, filling the Chronicle’s pages for months.