To many Queens elected officials, Mario Cuomo was more than a governor — he was a political inspiration.
“A native of Queens, Governor Cuomo was an inspiration to me and to many borough residents who entered public service in the hope of following his example and building on his legacy of achievement,” Borough President Melinda Katz said in a statement.
Mario Cuomo, a three-term Democratic New York governor, a Queens native and father of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died on New Year's Day just hours after his son was sworn into his second term.
When asked in recent days if New York should legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that is supported by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx), six of Queens’ 15 Council members gave varied responses.
All 15, including Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), whose Brooklyn district also includes much of Ridgewood, were asked the same questions via email to their main spokespersons: Would you support the legalization of marijuana in New York? Why or why not? And how would how would it benefit or affect New York?
While the huge electronic marquee that informed northeast-bound motorists it is now illegal to make a left turn onto Queens Boulevard from Yellowstone Boulevard has been removed, leaving only a few less intrusive signs behind as reminders, complaints over the new traffic rule continue to reverberate.
The topic was given generous coverage during the Community Board 6 meeting on Nov. 12, with members of the Department of Transportation on hand to field questions and offer responses.
The story of Millie Dillmount, a small-town girl from Kansas who makes her way to New York City, first garnered widespread attention in 1967 in a motion picture musical called “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Some 35 years later, it resurfaced as a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, which featured a similar plotline but an almost completely new score.
Now, the show has made its way to the Queens community theater stage — its first time in the borough — courtesy of the F.S.F. Community Theatre Group.
Deputy Inspector Jose Severino, second from right, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Councilman Eric Ulrich for his service to the community on Tuesday night, with J. Richard Smith, secretary of the community council, left, Redmond Haskins representing Ulrich, 102nd Precinct Officer Andrew Goldenberg and Latchman Budhai, the community council's president.
Two Queens men were sentenced to 25 years to life in two separate homicide cases on Sept. 11.
Andrew Caballero, 39 of Flushing, was convicted of second-degree murder last month.
A Flushing man was convicted of second-degree murder Aug. 6 for stabbing an acquaintance and then throwing him off a roof back in 1995, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown reported.
Andrew Caballero, 39, formerly of 43-43 Kissena Blvd., the site of the killing, faces up to 25 years in prison for the slaying of 21-year-old Jason Kollman. Caballero is due to be sentenced Sept. 10.
Accessible only through the campus of York College, Prospect Cemetery in Jamaica has a storied history that less than 20 years ago was almost lost.
But on Tuesday, experts in historic preservation from Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn teamed with American and French college students to take the next step in Prospect’s remarkable comeback.
Cuomo strong but could lose edge if liberal runs — poll
Gov. Cuomo has a 57 to 28 percent lead over his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, but that lead drops to 37 to 24 percent if a more liberal or progressive candidate runs on the Working Families Party line,
After 18 months of Benghazi-Benghazi-Benghazi and 13 hearings by eight GOP House committees, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided to appoint a select committee to investigate — Benghazi! Why pay lawyers more tax dollars for another merry-go-round of political theatrics? Boehner said a new email smoking gun will reveal new light. I think not!
Just a side note. Under Bush-43 many embassies were attacked, with numerous killings. Why did the GOP Congress avoid hearings?
Folks, when you look past the smoke and mirrors, the Republican House plans reveal two political strategies.
1) Destroy Hillary Clinton’s chances to become America’s 45th president.
2) Revenge! Republicans want to link Obama to a new political scandal — Benghazigate!
This would allow, for the third time, a GOP House impeachment of a president. (Andrew Johnson and William Clinton). By removing Barack Obama from office, they would get even for what the Democrats did to Richard Nixon over his 1972 election: Watergate scandal!
Kudos to Congressional Democrats for their decision to not “partake” in Speaker John Boehner’s clever political ruse!
Patrolman John Kennedy of the 100th Precinct was killed in 1922, struck by a train while pursuing Prohibition era bootleggers.
Inspector Thomas Boylan died in 1952, hit by debris from a plane that crashed after missing the runway at Idlewild Airport.
Sixteen people, all employees of a Port Authority contractor in charge of taxi dispatching at JFK Airport, have been arrested for allegedly taking part in a scheme in which they took cash bribes in exchange for allowing taxi drivers to circumvent dispatching rules at the airport, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
The suspects have been identified as Franklin Andrews, 36, Jessica Augilla, 24, Jean Legerme, 30, Ana Hernandez, 33, Rasheeda Lewis-Gordon, 37, Andrew Mayers, 60, Steffany Persaud, 23 and Manuel Roman, 31, all of Brooklyn; Duwayne Bayliss, 34, Kevin Dean, 52, Lennox Ifill, 62, Jahreme Joefield, 33, and Jaccain Montauban, 30, all of Jamiaca; Wag Yum Ng, 56, of Bayside; Natasha Stoute, 30, of Far Rockaway and Keisa Munroe, 36, of the Bronx.
Barely three months after stepping down from the City Council, Peter Vallone Jr. is back, this time working under Gov. Cuomo as a special assistant to the state’s corrections commissioner.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
With a sunny, and mostly musical, community theater spring season in the forecast, and more than half a dozen shows scheduled to open between now and late April, it’s time to sing the winter blues away!
First up is the Parkside Players’ production of “The Uninvited,” a good old-fashioned ghost story which begins thrilling audiences Friday night. The play, by Tim Kelly, is directed by Bill Logan and features a cast headed by Laura Cetti and Nick Radu.
After all of the consternation about the weather and the first Super Bowl ever held in the New York metropolitan area, it was a pretty decent day by early February standards for all except the Denver Broncos. During Super Bowl week, perceptive lead Fox Sports voice Joe Buck told me that the weather was far worse in Dallas last year. He also pointed out that even though New York had a cold week, the conditions were far better than those in Southern cities as Atlanta and New Orleans.
Giants co-owner John Mara is one of the most accessible and likable sports executives you will ever meet. I was surprised that he wandered through the Super Bowl media party without any aides. “Even if you are not a football fan the energy and excitement of the Super Bowl raises the spirits of everyone living in the metropolitan area,” Mara told me. He concurred with my analogy of how even diehard Democrats enjoyed having the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004.
It looks like it will be a very good year for needy children at three Queens homeless facilities, thanks to Chronicle readers who donated new toys and accessories for the deserving youngsters.
So, instead of ending our story with a list of contributors, we will start off with those who so generously gave to our 19th annual toy drive in the last week. More than 300 children from the city’s Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst and the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, as well as Dove House, for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens, will receive the gifts in the next few days.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.