The streets of Flushing were abandoned just after midnight on Tuesday as the snow fell fast and heavy.
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Old Man Winter's wrath will be unleashed on Queens and the rest of the New York City metropolitan area tonight and Tuesday.
A blizzard warning is in effect the five boroughs, Long Island, Connecticut and most of New Jersey ahead of a potentially historic Nor'easter that could drop up to 30 inches of snow on the area through Tuesday night.
On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first tate of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board today approved increasing fares and tolls by 4% over the next two years, fulfilling a promise to keep fare and toll increases as low as possible. The new fares and tolls will take effect March 22, and will ensure the MTA can continue providing quality service even as ridership continues to climb.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was arrested Thursday morning on a five-count federal indictment charging him with taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as outside income from a private law firm for the last 15 years at least.
Silver was charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Borough President Melinda Katz was scheduled at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 22, to give her first State of the Borough speech at Queens College. We believe she’ll report the state of the borough to be strong.
And while there’s always room for improvement, and many challenges are on the table, we agree.
The Mets have taken a lot of heat for their penny-pinching ways, and if you’ve been a reader of this column you know I was a frequent critic of their ways of doing business way before most had ever heard of Bernie Madoff. Nonetheless, I take pride in being tough but fair.
A story broke last week that a number of Mets players were paying out of their own pockets to take part in organized workouts at the team’s Port St. Lucie, Fla. spring training facilities. Needless to say, the blogosphere quickly fired up with snarky comments about the Mets’ cheapness. A few columnists from the dailies even got in on the fun.
Community Board 5 didn’t support a rail tunnel underneath New York Harbor when it was first proposed a decade ago, and it sure isn’t going to support it now.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed five waterborne and five rail alternatives to the current system of moving 90 percent of the New York City metropolitan area’s freight by truck, something officials say is no longer efficient.
A new report by the Migration Policy Institute found that New York City is home to more than a half-million undocumented immigrants, with the largest concentration of that population living in Queens.
“I think that Queens, to many people, symbolizes opportunity,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who was unsurprised to learn of the figure. She cited the large amount of small businesses in Queens, many of them immigrant-owned, as a potential reason.
“There could not have been a Gregory Meeks if there wasn’t a Malcolm X,” the congressman who represents Southeast Queens on Capitol Hill said.
Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) was looking directly at Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of the slain civil rights leader, when he said that, citing the deep effect her father had had on his early life.
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art,” Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.
The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.
Within a few days, Senate confirmation hearings will be held on Loretta Lynch concerning her nomination to the post of U.S. attorney general. Lynch is a seasoned U.S. attorney and highly professional, and she ought to be confirmed. Her hearing, however, must not ignore one very hard question.
The “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal reaches to the highest levels of the government. It is essential that, before the Judiciary Committee agrees to confirm her, Lynch must first promise to arrange for the appointment of a truly authentic independent investigation to get to the bottom of the matter. Since the independent counsel statute lapsed in 2000 (it did so after AG Eric Holder testified against its reauthorization before the committee), the question is, what legal mechanism exists to create such an authentically independent probe?
Our answer comes from the study of history. In the summer of 1930, the City Bar Association contacted Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, informing him that there was something rotten going on in the magistrates’ courts in New York. Could the governor figure out a way to probe the internal mechani
sm of the courts? FDR then wrote a letter to the chief judge of the First Department, Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, asking the court to appoint a referee — an independent counsel — to probe the alleged corruption. The counsel was, of course, Judge Samuel Seabury, “the man who rode the tiger,” and his probe snowballed to eventually topple the Tammany Hall underworld. Note that there was no statute in New York authorizing or mandating the appointment of the Seabury commission; this was an ad hoc arrangement.
Similarly, today, there is no federal statute mandating the creation of a probe to investigate “Fast and Furious.” But there is no law preventing the creation of an ad hoc probe either. The Senate Judiciary Committee must ask Ms. Lynch: If we vote to confirm you, will you imitate FDR, will you write a letter to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and ask him to ask the entire nine justices to select an independent counsel to probe this gun-running scandal?
The independent counsel must be appointed by the high court, not the Justice Department. Since Mr. Holder has surely done nothing illegal, he will undoubtedly welcome this suggestion, for he will, one presumes, be exonerated.
How about it, Ms. Lynch?
Relocating is a chaotic and overwhelming experience for most people, but for those who move regularly, it becomes a calculated and familiar process, often mixed with a tinge of sadness.
Since the 1990s, artist Jewyo Rhii constantly displaced herself from her native South Korea to study and work across Europe, in London and Amsterdam, and the United States.
Community Board 8 has included the use of union construction labor and the free use of planned public space in return for its endorsement of plans to convert the old T-Building at Queens Hospital Center into 205 units of housing.
The board on Jan. 14 directed Chairman Alvin Warshaviak to include the conditions in a letter to Ramanathan Raju, president and chief operating officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., which owns the building.
MillionTreesNYC, the initiative that aims to plant that many across the city in a 10-year period, is well on its way to achieving its goal, representatives from the Department of Parks and Recreation said at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s monthly meeting on Saturday.
The project, which was kicked off in 2007 by then-Mayor Bloomberg and entertainer Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project, has already led to the planting of an estimated 938,000 trees in the five boroughs, Parks representatives said.
A third-world facility, no more.
In a move that would surely please Vice President Joe Biden, who compared LaGuardia Airport to a third-world country last year, a new AirTrain may be shuttling commuters back and forth between the airport and an area near Citi Field by the end of the decade.
Residents in the Beach 41st Street Houses in the Rockaways have for years been told to be patient and wait for the installation of security cameras. Last Friday, the wait was over.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said that while previous attempts to get the security cameras put in would be stalled for years, the Beach 41st system is an encouraging sign, coming as it does on the heels of recent installations in the Hammels and Ocean Bay developments.
Community Board 3 residents can now know the purpose of peculiar green sidewalk markings that have appeared in the last year.
At CB 3’s January meeting last Thursday at IS 227 in East Elmhurst, Mikelle Adgate, from the city Department of Environmental Protection, spoke about the upcoming construction of 11 bioswales, a planter-like infrastructures designed, built and maintained to absorb excess rainwater.
City taxpayers just received an unexpected gift.
City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is declining to accept his annual stipend bonus — also called a lulu — this year. It was a personal choice, a representative from the councilman’s office explained.
The de Blasio administration last week was calling Vision Zero a success in its first year, calling 2014 the safest year for pedestrians in New York City history.
And the mayor and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said Queens Boulevard will now come under study in the coming months for safety improvements of its own.
Want to travel, but don’t want to leave your pets behind?
You won’t have to now that a real estate company has leased space at John F. Kennedy International Airport for the transportation of animals ranging from household dogs and cats, horses, livestock and birds.
The effort to connect Flushing and Jamaica via bus rapid transit is starting to draw criticism from elected officials who believe it would have a negative impact on their constituents.
But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is saying those officials are by far in the minority on the matter, and supporters think a new bus route could cut commute times by 20 percent between Northern and southern Queens.
Two former New York City Republican county chairmen told a jury last week that former state Sen. Malcolm Smith freely offered to bribe them for their support in getting the party’s 2013 mayoral nomination.
The New York Post reported that former Bronx Chairman Joseph Savino, testifying as a condition of his guilty plea in the case, admitted taking $15,000 to provide career Democrat Smith with one of the three county Republican organizations he needed per state law to change parties.