NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, left, shown with Officer Joshua Rivera and his K-9 partner Melo at the US Open
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton stopped by the US Open Thursday night, getting a first-hand look at security measures taken by the city to protect visitors who have come from around the world to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Police say this man allegedly attempted to sexually assault a woman in front of her children on Sunday.
The NYPD nabbed the suspect in several auto thefts in South Queens this week.
In an email sent out to residents in the community, 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Jeremy Schiff said the arrest of Richard Hobbs, 27, of Lindenwood occurred after his officers responded to the theft of an unattended running vehicle in Ozone Park Monday morning. Officers soon apprehended Hobbs, whom Schiff said police are familiar with.
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding the poor and hungry in the borough, voicing strong support for the state of Israel and fighting the stain of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.
“For members of the Jewish community, this is an incredibly important institution that provides so much assistance, but for so many members of the larger Queens community who happen to not be Jewish, it’s a place they turn to equally for help and an open door,” de Blasio said at the Jamaica Estates event.
Customers having a slice of pizza and a soda Monday afternoon were shocked and shaken as a blue Jeep slid by the window, sideswiped the building and crashed into the fence next to the shop taking with it the awning and some of the building’s bricks.
According to witnesses, the driver of the blue Jeep exited an auto maintenance shop where he works on DeSarc Road at 3 p.m. and allegedly going the wrong way on Gold Road before jumping the sidewalk and sliding into a fence next to the pizzeria.
The Queens Chapter of the National Action Network had numerous representatives on Aug. 23 during a march in Staten Island to protest the death of Eric Garner while he was being arrested in July.
On Monday, the Rev. Phil Craig, president of the chapter, asked more than 60 members what should come next.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
Last week several media outlets reported the story of Australian firefighters using CPR to save the life of a koala, and the same report mentioned that one of the firefighters, at one time, used CPR on a dog.
Now, contrast those efforts to save critters with the lack of effort to save Eric Garner. Even though all members of the NYPD and EMT learn CPR, no one present at that Staten Island incident used those skills to save the life of another human being. No wonder this case hits a raw nerve.
It was 1914.
The officers were beginning their first tour of duty at a time when in Europe, war was raging between monarchial powers. China was adapting to life for the first time without an emperor and Russia still had a tsar. Around the country, for the first time ever, candidates were vying for voters’ support in U.S. Senate elections — though not yet from women.
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.
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.
The NYPD is warning people of two scams they could possibly become a victim of. One of them is an EZPass phishing scam and the other a hotel credit card scam.
Kudos Chronicle, for saying what needs to be said, that no one else with any intelligence is saying (“No to Sharpton, yes to the law,” Editorial, Aug. 14).
Al Sharpton, who I am a fan of, is so, so wrong on this issue and needs to stay out of the politics of New York City. His job or his mission is not to dictate how the NYPD or the mayor should deal with a situation. He needs to step back. And this mayor, who has been a huge disappointment, needs to get some backbone and stand up to Sharpton, instead of letting him feed the fire with gasoline.
Where was Sharpton when many black people in Jamaica where killed by guns in the hands of other black people this year? I did not hear a peep out of him.
Does Sharpton feel that because a crime, such as selling single cigarettes, is a low-level crime, that it should just be ignored? Should any quality-of-life issue that is a low-level crime be ignored, as many are saying?
As one who lives in Jamaica, which is pretty much the Wild, Wild West of Queens, where anything goes — from illegal curb cuts to bodegas selling loose cigarettes to people drinking in public on apartment steps and blasting loud music into the late hours to all of the illegal dumping of garbage and every other quality-of-life issue — I know these types of low-level crimes need to be curbed, because Jamaica is the perfect example of how a community can go completely wrong when they are ignored. You end up with a community that most people do not want to live in, where anyone can do whatever they want, where the quality of life is horrible.
In other words, you end up with Jamaica — and how many reading this want to live in Jamaica?
All crimes, no matter how low level, need to be addressed and not ignored.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has said it is “absolutely ridiculous” that United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew “would waste his members’ dues to get involved with a march that has nothing to do with teachers or his union.” I wholeheartedly concur.
The UFT under Mulgrew will be co-sponsoring the march on Staten Island on Aug. 23, with three other groups. The email sent out to its members reads, “March for justice for victims of police brutality.”
This statement is a complete insult to every man and woman of the NYPD, who defend our streets from the criminal element. The efforts the UFT in this matter are just ludicrous. What are we teaching our children, that it is OK to disobey a cop’s order and to resist arrest?
Mayor de Blasio speaks at a recent NYPD event in Queens, joined by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, center, Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and Chief of Patrol James O’Neill, left. City Hall and 1 Police Plaza say they are sticking by their approach to crimefighting.
A 40-year-old cold case murder of a Flushing teen in Bayside is being fired up anew by the NYPD.
Police are asking the public’s help in solving the murder of Leslie Zaret, 17, whose body was found on the PS 203 playground on Springfield Boulevard in Bayside on Aug. 17, 1974.
Sorry to say, but all our students will be heading back to school!
In Woodhaven, we try to make it as painless as possible by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored annual “Back to School Sales Day” on Jamaica Avenue on Saturday. Aug. 30. The WBID will bring music, face painters and free giveaways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the strip.
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.
Tension between the Queensbridge Houses community and hotel owners has hit a boiling point.
At a rally held on Aug. 15 in front of the Center of Hope International, residents and community leaders called on Xiao Zhuang Ge, owner of the Howard Johnson Hotel in Long Island City, to keep what they say was his promise to hire members of the Queensbridge community.
The streets around the College Point Corporate Park are heavily used and, according to one elected official, have been neglected for years.
A 55-year-old man from Suffolk County is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a Sikh man in Ozone Park last month before intentionally running him over with his car.
Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, LI was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.
This is in response to the July 31 letter “Legalize loosies” by reader Larry Penner. The author believes “law enforcement authorities should pursue those who commit real crimes against citizens and property rather than enforcing insane laws outlawing the sale of individual cigarettes.”
Selling “loosies” is a violation of both NYC (unlicensed vending) and NYS (the sale of untaxed tobacco) laws designed to make regulated tobacco products less accessible and less attractive to youth. Every day nearly 3,800 kids try their first cigarette and 1,000 kids become daily smokers. Many will become addicted before they are old enough to understand the risks, and they will ultimately die of tobacco-related diseases.
Although law enforcement resources aimed toward drugs, gang violence and terrorism are obviously higher on the priority list, should the NYPD (and other combined enforcement resources) look the other way while kids continue to become addicted to tobacco products as easily as they can buy a bag of M&Ms?
A more efficient, combined agency effort is needed to stop the selling of loosies but more so is the next step up in the pipeline that illegally brings in cigarettes from Virginia and Missouri where taxes are minimal compared to NYC. The end result must be to remove kids from having easy access to smokes before they are 21 and become addicted, candidates for lung cancer and a lifetime of misery.
Restricting the sale of loosies is just one facet of an effective tobacco control program that is needed to denormalize smoking and cut down on the 480,000 smoking-related deaths per year in this country. To have an effective program, not only do you need to have a highly visible multimedia education campaign that will reach adolescents in a way to neutralize the $8.4 billion annual advertising campaign of the tobacco industry to recruit their next replacement generation, but a program that is designed to maintain and incrementally increase tobacco taxes on federal, state and local levels, and strictly enforce minimum purchase age and packaging of tobacco products (including the restriction of loosies).