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A Manhattan man convicted of murdering a transgender Glendale woman in 2010 has been sentenced to 29 years to life in prison.
Two alleged illegal massage parlors, one in Flushing and the other in Fresh Meadows, were raided recently by police.
The Queens Chronicle wrote about one of the locations at 75-05 Parsons Blvd., in Flushing last August. Area residents have been trying to get it closed since it opened in March. The other operation is at 179-07 Union Tpke.
The 23rd Annual Trade Show and Luncheon took place on Wednesday and the Long Island City Partnership knew ahead of time it would be as successful as ever.
More than 130 businesses and 3,500 guests were expected to jam themselves into Terrace on the Park for a free morning of business networking.
A Manhattan man has been convicted of murdering a transgender Glendale woman in her apartment in 2010.
Rasheen Everett, 32, strangled Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, to death on March 27, 2010 and then poured bleach on her body in an attempt to hide evidence. After stealing some of her personal belongings, Everett fled the state on a bus bound for Nevada.
Representatives from major city agencies gathered in the basement of the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona last Thursday to discuss what is to be done about Roosevelt Avenue, the major corridor many refer to as the “old Times Square” because of the high crime and prostitution rates.
“Since the avenue is just a block or two away, I’m hoping that some of you took the train to get here and got to see firsthand what we’re dealing with,” Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) said.
After the recent stabbing of Ever Orozco and years of prostitution, violence and other crimes, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is demanding changes be made to end the violence on Roosevelt Avenue.
Orozco, who was allegedly stabbed by a 22-year-old man who thought the 69-year-old blew kisses and made sexual gestures at him as the two crossed paths at 90th Street in Jackson Heights. The police are calling the case a hate crime.
Police sealed off an abandoned home at 134-17 96 St. in Ozone Park last week after neighbors say they’ve been complaining about drugs and prostitution going on in the house for years. The city added concrete to block the door.
The spur of 96th Street in Ozone Park between Linden Boulevard and 134th Avenue seems like a serene, suburban block. Most of the houses are unattached, one-family homes along a turn in the road that resembles a cul-de-sac.
But there is one house on the block that has been the proverbial fly in the ointment for residents, and has even led to many fearing for their safety.
For an incumbent Democratic city Councilman to have a serious primary challenger is rare.
For that challenger to have outfunded him by more than $25,000 is practically unheard of.
Hoping to raise awareness about human trafficking, a gathering was held at Genesis Mission in Corona on Saturday.
The event featured four people from various nonprofit organizations who are trying to stop trafficking as well as help the victims of such exploitation.
“Everyone seems to be against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer except the voters, especially black voters.”
The words spoken by Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, sent shock waves through the city’s Democratic circles on Aug. 14.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer would be capping an improbable political comeback should he prevail against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary for comptroller on Sept. 10.
The two-term state attorney general was forced to resign as New York’s governor in 2008 after only 13 months amid scandals involving prostitution and using the state police to gather information on political enemies.
This was going to be the Scott Stringer endorsement for the Democratic nomination for city comptroller. The Manhattan borough president has served his constituents well, with integrity. He’d make a fine candidate to face Republican John Burnett in November, and if he were to win, a fine comptroller, we figured. He was certainly a safer bet than his primary opponent, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who had, after all, resigned in disgrace after doubtlessly committing illegal acts.
But then we met with both candidates, Stringer last Friday and Spitzer on Monday. And, after much deliberation, we changed our minds.
A Queens Village man who forced a 15-year-old runaway into prostitution and tortured her when she asked to leave was sentenced to up to nine years in prison on Tuesday on a sex trafficking charge.
Christopher Whitfield, 25, of 113th Avenue, pleaded guilty in July. He had been held on $200,000 bail since his arrest in April 2012, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Prevailing Wage Law ruled invalid by court
The city is on the cusp of a huge transition. Whoever the next mayor is, he or she will not be Michael Bloomberg, for better and for worse.
There isn’t a single city union with a current contract. The mayor and City Council are locked in a battle over how to manage the Police Department and how exactly it should be fighting crime. The school system seems to be perpetually taking a step or two forward and a step or two back. In Queens, the community is riven over plans to build on land in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The question of development vs. preservation is as controversial as ever. And then there are the skyrocketing pension and healthcare costs that are eating up the budget to the detriment of every service the city should be providing.
As the deadline to override Mayor Bloomberg’s recent veto of Intro. 1079 and 1080 — referred to as the Community Safety Act — looms over the city, Queens City Council members made a last minute push to ensure the bills stand.
“While people are attempting to make a heated discussion about a simple problem, we in the City Council are here to say that we are affirming our commitment to the CSA,” Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said at a CSA rally last Thursday. “We need to have a civil discussion about this and not have the hype and the vitriol going on by different entities that are either for or against this bill.”
It was one thing for former Rep. Anthony Weiner to seek a return to public office after resigning two years ago over a sex scandal that existed only in cyberspace, and, of course, lying to the public about it for weeks. It’s another thing altogether for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned five years ago after a real-life sex scandal involving actual crimes, to try the same.
Spitzer, who quit in order to avoid being charged with repeatedly hiring prostitutes, a violation of state law, and having them cross state lines to visit him, a violation of federal law, is running for city comptroller. He announced this week, apparently considering the office an easy target because only one other Democrat, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, was running. Also running are Republican John Burnett and Libertarian Kristin Davis, Spitzer’s old madam!
Queensborough Community College students involved in the Asian Internship Program had the opportunity to interview Korean Comfort Women — females who were kidnapped and forced into a prostitution corps created by the Japanese Empire during World War II — via video.
One would think some of the candidates for New York City comptroller came straight out of a Saturday Night Live skit.
Earlier this week it was reported that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is running. Spitzer, who stepped down from office in March 2008 after a prostitution scandal, could face his former madam, Kristin Davis, in the race as she is running on the Libertarian ticket.
For years, Walmart has tried to open a location in the five boroughs, but pushback from workers unions and the City Council have cast the superstore behemoth back to the suburbs.
Most recently, the retail giant intended to open shop in Brooklyn but was shot down by the Council in the fall of 2012, and it seemed as though the company had largely abandoned Operation: Get into New York City, for good.
The a head of a Manhattan-based ad agency and a Flushing pimp have been sentenced to up to three years in prison for their role in a prostitution-based money laundering operation.
A Whitestone woman pleaded guilty to taking part in a prostitution-and-money- laundering scheme.
Jay King, 53, pleaded on May 8 to one count of enterprise corruption for taking part in the ring operated with the help of a Manhattan-based ad agency. She is expected to be given a 3- to 9-year sentence.She will also be required to pay $100,000 in forfeiture. She will remain out of jail on $1 million bail until her sentencing.
A Jamaica man faces 25 years to life in prison following his conviction in a 2008 murder resulting from a dispute between two men over who controlled a 14-year-old prostitute.
Brandon King, 26, of 116th Street, was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on May 8, following a two-week trial, for shooting an unarmed man five times. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak on June 5.
Last year, approximately 21 million people were trafficked worldwide.
While the number is staggering, the process of human trafficking is full of misconceptions.