Jamaica residents learned the hard way last Thursday that terrorism isn’t just the practice of international organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
A hatchet-wielding man brutally attacked four rookie police officers as they posed for a picture on Jamaica Avenue in what NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said was an act of terror.
(BPT) - Cheryl Edwards was the host of her own radio talk show. But what she wants to talk about these days is how she made it through what she says was the darkest period of her life and how there’s hope for others to do the same.
(BPT) - Home Depot announced that personal financial information from 56 million credit and debit cards was at risk following a data security breach in September. Americans were still reeling from the Heartbleed bug, which compromised the security of some of the country’s largest companies in April 2014. Today cyber hacking – a crime that exploits technology to compromise personal information – is all too familiar.
For today’s generation, activism has become an act of observing, recording and sharing incidents on social media.
From the “Don’t tase me bro” incident in Florida back in 2008, to the alleged police chokehold on Eric Garner, tense interactions between the police and civilians have been brought to light through cell phone video footage.
Looking back on his first year as commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said he believed he and his officers’ proactive approach to reduce crime and quality-of-life violations in the past year have been successful.
And the latest NYPD crime statistics for the precinct seem to agree.
People United for Community Empowerment, an organization that aims to involve the communities of Southeast Queens in local and national political issues, had its second annual luncheon Saturday at the Astoria World Manor.
The event paid tribute to three honorees: Wilson Goode, Philadelphia’s first African-American mayor; Jestine Tina Brown, longtime community leader and founder of the Queens Community Cadet Corps; and Officer John Haynes of the 113th Precinct.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
The City Council has made it a priority to fund organizations that provide legal services to unaccompanied minors who enter the country, often from Central America, illegally.
With thousands of undocumented, unaccompanied minors facing possible deportation and the federal government not doing as much reforming as city officials would like, the City Council has taken it upon itself to assist the immigrant youth who are unable to pay for proper legal representation while in immigration court.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Community Trust announced the new Unaccompanied Minor Children Initiative last week — a $1.9 million public-private partnership that will provide funding to legal organizations to address the need for free legal representation and access to social, mental health and medical services.
After a summer hiatus, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association resumed its meeting schedule on Tuesday evening at St. Helen School cafeteria.
The more than 300 neighborhood residents who packed the meeting heard from elected officials and representatives of city agencies. Many expressed their concerns about area problems including rodents and traffic on residential streets.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, opening on Tue., Sept. 30, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
A recent mugging in Forest Park, a new residential home in the area and restoration of a collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue were among the top issues on the table as the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association held its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, announced that the neighborhood experienced a “pretty good summer,” then addressed an incident that occurred around 6 p.m. in Forest Park on Sept. 16.
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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.
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.”
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.
Queens Village attorney Munir Avery at first embraced being an underdog when he decided to challenge state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District.
And while Smith still has the benefits of incumbency and former Councilman Leroy Comrie has money, support and name recognition, Avery, 36, said he does not know that the underdog status still applies.
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.
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.
Jim, an English and science teacher, stands by the board, looking at his class expectantly.
“Does anyone know?” he asks. “What do we think?”
The 103rd Precinct went all-out for its celebration at Rufus King Park on Tuesday night.
There was a long line for burgers and hot dogs, which were distributed by the young “explorers,” children in a police-run community service organization. Children ran around with butterflies painted on their faces by Cupcake the Clown and played games, including nock-hockey and had some fun with hula-hoops. A DJ played music that carried throughout the park and some attendees danced to it. Several community organizations distributed flyers and information about services for residents.
Russell Simmons and LL Cool J came to Jamaica on Thursday to launch an initiative to stem youth violence in American cities.
Simmons, a Hollis native and a titan in the music and fashion industries, came to the Baisley Park Houses in Jamaica with the rap star and actor to announce the formation of RushCard’s Keep the Peace Initiative.
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.