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Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
The New York Mets will once again host a winter coat drive for the poor, this year on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Citi Field.
Join the Mets, SNY, and New York Cares for the seventh annual event.
The heavy rain and high winds did not dampen the holiday spirits at Resorts World Casino New York City on Nov. 26.
Celebrating its third holiday season in business, the casino held its annual tree lighting. The tree stands 40 feet tall inside the casino’s main entrance foyer. It is fully decorated with 1,500 ornaments, 5,400 feet of ribbon and 6,500 LED lights. Festive decorations, including gift boxes and oversized Christmas ornaments, surround the tree.
Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The new facility, opened in coordination with the Port Authority, which operates the airport, was established to combat illegal activity by drivers of livery cars, so-called “dollar vans” and other drivers looking to make a buck off of fares from the airport.
Twist and Smash’d, a new fast casual restaurant, opened its doors at 72-06 Austin St. in Forest Hills on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
Twist and Smash’d was created by chef Robert Cano and his daughters while on a family vacation to Ecuador in 2010. There they found a small cafÈ that sold twisted potatoes. Enchanted by the idea of a potato on a stick, they brought it back to New York, and Twist and Smash’d was born.
If you turn on an NBA basketball game this season, you will see commercials featuring the league’s best participating in some form of community outreach program, leaving ear-to-ear grins on the faces of starry-eyed children.
On Sunday, it was Brooklyn Nets superstar Brook Lopez’s turn to give back.
Demographics are not always destiny, as proven by two men whose unlikely friendship has been at the heart of their efforts to bridge religious chasms in the United States since the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001.
Now the pair are bringing their mutual understanding to Forest Hills, where they will discuss their new book, “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims,” on Dec. 15.
High school seniors in the city saw their average SAT scores rise by eight points this year, while students nationwide saw a three-point decline, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Tuesday.
More city students are taking the SAT, as well as advanced placement exams, than ever before, and the improvements are seen across all ethnic groups, the two said, asserting that the results prove the administration’s 12 years of education reforms are working.
Several months after its first residents moved in, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens officially cut the ribbon the Peter J. Striano Residence in Howard Beach at the former Bernard Fineson Developmental Center.
The residence, located at 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd., offers 96 units of affordable housing to seniors and persons with developmental disabilities. It is named for Peter Striano, a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens
How disappointing to learn that “Council OKs school at Keil Brothers site” (Domenick Rafter, Nov. 21, multiple editions). Keil Brothers Inc., established in 1930 as a flower shop, grew into a well-respected, full-service garden center.
The owners of Keil Brothers had annual revenue in the millions and they provided gainful employment to over a dozen people. Many are our neighbors. Both the owner and employees pay taxes like the rest of us. They also generate employment for many suppliers, along with gardeners and landscapers who purchase their products. With 8 percent of residents out of work, 7 percent who have given up looking and many more looking to upgrade from minimum-wage or part-time jobs, the last thing we need is to drive more stores such as Keil Brothers out of business.
Many residents oppose construction of a school on this site for good reasons. It is primarily a residential neighborhood with two other schools located only blocks away.
The site rests along two major bus routes, and is next to a large thoroughfare in an area made up mostly of narrow residential streets. These capacity-constrained streets will be negatively impacted by both school buses and parents dropping off their kids during rush hour taxing strained city resources. Street crossing for students could be dangerous.
The City Council approved this new school by a vote of 36-2. Only aspiring candidate for Council Speaker Mark Weprin and outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. voted no. Weprin was unable to convince 49 other Council members to protect a thriving business and residential neighborhood. How effective would he be as the next Council speaker? Perhaps there are better candidates for than Weprin, ones who can protect small businesses and the residential neighborhoods which make up the heart of New York City.
Representatives of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation on Monday provided some holiday cheer for the FDNY, making two donations during a visit with the “Hillside Hurricanes” at Engine Co. 298/Ladder Co. 127 on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica.
James Vaccaro, center left, director of security and quality control at GJDC, and Angela Mohan, manager of the Harvest Room, presented Capt. Robert Fenty with $1,000 checks for both the FDNY’s Widows and Orphans Fund and the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation.
A public watchdog group is raising questions about how embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) is spending his campaign money.
The New York Public Interest Research Group, citing documents filed by members of the state Legislature, said Smith charged more than $100,000 to his campaign fund to offset the cost of leased cars, bridge tolls and related expenses.
On Wednesday, the Fund for the City of New York announced the recipients of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and three out of the seven winners are from Queens.
The fifth annual Sloan Awards recognize creative math and science teachers who achieve superb results and inspire young people to pursue carers in math and science.
Three men, Redinel Dervishaj, Besnik Llakatura and Denis Nikolla, have been charged with extorting money from an Astoria restaurant owner.
“The defendants told their victims they offered ‘protection,’ but in reality, they peddled fear and intimidation through the Albanian community — their community — of Queens,” said United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch. “When one victim turned to law enforcement for help, he was betrayed again by a corrupt officer on the take, who turned his back on his badge, his oath, and his friend in exchange for extortion money in his pocket.”
Things sure looked a lot brighter for the Jets a month ago when they went into their bye week with a 5-4 record, as they had just knocked off one of the NFL’s best, the New Orleans Saints. The conventional wisdom was that the two-week break would give Rex Ryan’s troops much-needed rest and a chance for some injured players, such as their best wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, a chance to fully recuperate.
Sadly for the Jets and their fans, things have not gone that way. Gang Green lost badly on the road to both the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. Still, there was no sense of panic because historically the Jets have always had trouble winning in those places. The common thinking was that the Jets would right the ship when they would take on the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium to begin December. A win over Miami would put them in a strong position to earn a playoff berth.
One-way residential side streets like 84th Street in Middle Village could be subject to lower speed limits if the City Council can convince New York State to go along with a bill to adopt a 25 mile-per-hour proposal.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, while Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
Of all the accomplishments of Mayor Bloomberg’s three terms in office, which this page will be examining over the next several weeks, along with his shortcomings, the most profound is the remarkable reduction in violent crime that he has achieved.
The cut in the murder rate over the last 20 or so years has been nothing short of a miracle. In 1990, homicides in the city peaked at 2,262. They began dropping the next year under Mayor David Dinkins, and continued falling under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But it was under the leadership of Mike Bloomberg that New York became, as he would be the first to point out, the safest big city in the United States, with murder rates far below comparable municipalities such as Chicago and Los Angeles.