A hastily called meeting of the Queens Library Board was hastily canceled last Thursday under pressure from some of the elected officials seeking to reform the embattled institution, led by Borough President Melinda Katz.
A faction of the divided board was plotting to work out a new deal with President and CEO Tom Galante in advance of tighter restrictions on their governing capabilities that were about to be signed into law by Gov. Cuomo. It is the same faction that recently voted, by a narrow majority, to continue defying City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s demands for all the library’s financial records for an audit he is conducting.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the indictment of 17 members of a criminal drug ring who allegedly flooded New York City, as well as other parts of New York State and parts of Massachusetts and Ohio, with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines. The 215-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn Supreme Court charges that the defendants obtained khat from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia; shipped it to the United States through countries including the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium; and trafficked it around New York City and several other New York counties, as well as Massachusetts and Ohio.
A St. Albans man who pulled a gun as the car he was in attempted to cut a line at a gas station in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has been convicted of menacing and weapons possession charges.
Sean Bailey, 37, faces seven to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 3, according to a statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The 106th Precinct tackled one of its biggest quality-of-life issues last weekend, using social media to connect with residents making noise complaints directly.
Operation Silent Night, the initiative that allows residents to report noise complaints via Twitter, conducted last Friday through Sunday, was touted by police brass as a success.
He’s got a lot of nerve!
The NYPD said it has caught the alleged graffiti tagger “Nerve,” identified as Juan Baez, 37, of the Bronx.
A Jamaica man has been charged with breaking into five homes in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park over the last month and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other items.
Queens DA Richard Brown identified the defendant as Harry Garcia, 48, of 134th Avenue in Jamaica. Garcia was arraigned last Saturday on five separate criminal complaints charging him with five counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of resisting arrest.
A St. Albans woman is facing up to 25 years in prison after her 19-month-old foster son was found to have been scalded in a bathtub of hot water back in January.
Shirley Verneus, 35, of 203rd Street, was arraigned on June 3 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Donna Golia on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
A former North Carolina man was sentenced to 110 years in state prison on Thursday for a 2010 armed robbery spree during which two men were shot.
Shawn Peace, 26, also a former Jamaica resident, was convicted in February of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Continuing to defy the city comptroller and insisting on adhering to an agreement reached with one of his predecessors in 1997, the Queens Library again decided last Thursday to withhold documents that are being sought for an audit.
The library administration has refused the requests of Comptroller Scott Stringer to provide all financial records for the audit, which was prompted earlier this year by revelations about library spending and operations, brought to light primarily by the Daily News.
Continuing to defy the city comptroller and insisting on adhering to an agreement reached with one of his predecessors in 1997, the Queens Library again decided last night to withhold documents that are being sought for an audit.
A Jamaica man was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for having sexual contact with two 7-year-old girls in May 2013.
Lee Samuel, 26, formerly of 174th Street, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse. He had been held without bail since his arrest last year.
Cops say an alleged knife-wielding robber has been taken off the street with the arrest of a man who police claim held up a South Richmond Hill resident and took his cell phone and cash.
Police identified the alleged bandit as Cloyd Clark, 23 of Jamaica.
A Howard Beach man was arraigned last week on charges that he sent a dozen stolen cars to be scrapped and raked in hundreds of dollars for himself, according to Queens DA Richard Brown.
John Brew, 35, was arraigned last Friday on a criminal complaint charging him with 12 counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, 12 counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, 12 counts of first-degree falsifying business records and 12 counts of third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a time when Jews over the world remember the six million Jews who died during World War II. It also honors the survivors, most of them elderly, whose numbers decrease every year.
Their testimony serves as a reminder of what they endured and is an attempt to prevent such atrocities from happening again.
The Queens Library has not yet turned over all documents the city comptroller is seeking for an audit, despite what the Queens Chronicle reported last week based on a public statement and information from a source familiar with the tug of war between the two.
The library, which has been under fire since late January for its spending and operations under President Tom Galante, and is the subject of both city and federal criminal probes, is refusing to hand over some records the comptroller seeks because in the 1990s, it reached an agreement with then-Comptroller Alan Hevesi that said it would not have to provide them.