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The developer of a planned hotel near JFK Airport say their project will not do the community any harm, but a cautious Community Board 10, mindful of its lack of input on other hotel projects along the Belt Parkway and the situation at the former Skyway Motel, now a men’s homeless shelter, are not rushing to approve a zoning variance to allow it.
The hotel is planned for a triangle zoned for manufacturing between 149th and 150th avenues and 132nd Street in South Ozone Park. The location at 132-10 149 Ave. is directly across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn, JFK Sheraton and the Skyway men’s shelter, where a number of registered sex offenders live. Because of the manufacturing zoning, the hotel’s developer would need a variance to construct the building. The location is one block south of the Belt Parkway and about a quarter of a mile west of the main entrance to JFK Airport.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
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A Queens public school teacher has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing five of former students over a three-year period from 2007 to 2010.
The NYPD is looking for the man wanted in connection with a criminal sex act in Richmond Hill last weekend.
On Sunday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the suspect, described as a black man in his 20s driving an SUV, approached a 12-year-old girl near the corner of Lincoln Street and 116th Avenue, got outside of his vehicle, engaged her in conversation and had her enter his vehicle.
Last weekend, Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, and his wife went to Forest Park for one of their daily early morning walks.
But as the days grow shorter, their walks have featured less and less daylight. Now, when they get to the park before dawn, the sun has not yet risen.
A typical late summer day in Forest Park doesn’t look the least bit threatening. Joggers and bikers scurry along Forest Park Drive with little care. Casual strollers take in the last of the mild summer air, while workers in business suits cut through the park to get home, enjoying the last days of late sunsets that make such a commute safe.
But signs that all is not well under the green canopy can be seen at every corner. Cop cars, with their multicolored dome lights flashing, sit at every entrance to the park and cops lean against the vehicles, holding sheets of paper with a sketch of a man they desperately want.
Although Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, the commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, opened the first meeting of the community council since June with an update on the Forest Park rape case, the meeting’s main focus was general quality-of-life issues in the community, from noise to parking problems.
Sautner was unable to give too much of an update on the rape case, which is still an open investigation, but he did say that police are not completely sure the suspect wanted in the Aug. 26 case is the same person wanted in past sex attacks dating back to 2011, but he noted that the police are looking at the similarity of the incidents.
The man wanted in the rape of a woman in Forest Park last month is also wanted for the attempted attack on a jogger there in March and four other sex attacks in and around Forest Park dating back to 2011 and police said Thursday authorities are offering a $22,000 award for his captur
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.
De Blasio, Lhota at top in latest mayoral primary poll results
With primary elections now less than a week away, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has widened his lead over the other Democrats running for mayor while former Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota remains the favorite of Republicans, according to the latest survey.
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.
The man who assaulted a woman outside a Woodhaven laundromat was sentenced to seven years in prison last week.
Richard Kassebaum, 42, who last lived in Lindenwood, was found guilty of following a 40-year-old woman out of a laundromat where he worked on Woodhaven Boulevard on March 31 around 4:30 a.m., grabbing her from behind as she walked along 86th Avenue and choking her.
Daniel Reilly, the former sixth-grade English teacher at IS 237 in Flushing, was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl.
The 36-year-old Forest Hills resident, who was sentenced on Monday, will also be on probation for 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender. He has already had his teaching license revoked.
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.
Failed terrorist living in Jamaica gets 30 years for bomb plot
A 14-year-old boy was charged Aug. 8 with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at a McDonald’s in Jamaica.
The alleged assault occurred at 8:25 p.m. Aug. 6 inside a “tubular play structure” in the children’s play area of the fast-food joint at 181-25 Hillside Ave., the NYPD said.
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at a McDonalds in Jamaica.
Prevailing Wage Law ruled invalid by court
A man who served 18 years in prison for manslaughter for fatally stabbing his aunt was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in March on a Woodhaven street near a laundromat where he worked.
Richard Kassebaum, 42, who had lived in Lindenwood, was found guilty of first-degree sexual abuse, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and two counts of forcible touching. He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 15.
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!
The City Council’s passage last week of the inaptly named “Community Safety Act” is a reckless action which will handcuff the police, lead to more drugs and guns on our streets, and particularly victimize the poor and minority citizens the Council claims to protect. Queens Council members must vote to sustain Mayor Bloomberg’s promised veto of this dangerous measure.
The act would open the door for countless lawsuits against police anticrime strategies under a broad and unclear definition of “bias-based profiling,” and would also create an inspector general to second-guess police tactics. The profiling provision would empower judges to issue orders blocking law enforcement practices said to have a “disparate impact” based upon race or a host of other factors including sex, age, disability and “housing status.”
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, PBA President Pat Lynch and others have warned that the profiling bill is so vaguely and poorly written that it could:
bar police from even identifying the race (or sex or age) of suspects;
force the removal of anticrime security cameras from housing projects and high-crime areas because they disproportionately recorded members of racial or ethnic minorities;
bar deployment of officers to a minority community in response to a spike in crime in the community; and bar monitoring of gang members because of the disparate impact based on sex and age, since nearly all gang members are males under 30 years old.
The act was brought to the Council floor under an unprecedented “discharge vote” engineered by Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Democrats that bypassed the normal committee process — the first time this has been done since the establishment of the current City Council structure in 1989. This maneuver, which choked off debate and prevented any testimony by Kelly, Lynch and other police and union officials, highlights the shortsightedness of what the Council has done.
While the act is apparently aimed at crippling the Police Department’s “stop, question and frisk” program, it goes far beyond that in allowing for lawsuits against a vast array of NYPD policies and tactics. Even if it were limited to stop and frisk, however, it would still be unacceptable, for that program has been an important part of drastically reducing the city’s crime rate over the last 20 years. Of course stops must be courteous and civil. But the bottom line is that they get guns off the street and save lives — typically the lives of poor and minority children. Those fighting to end stop and frisk are imperiling the very communities they claim to be, and ought to be, protecting.
The Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted for a sex assault in Flushing.
A man armed with a gun in his waistband sexually assaulted a 46-year-old woman in the vicinity of Union Street on Saturday, June 22, at 4:50 p.m. The victim was transported to Queens Hospital Center in stable condition.
While they differ on the details, and some are more inclined to see a glass as half-full and some to see it as half-empty, state lawmakers from Queens largely agree that this year’s legislative session, which wrapped up last week, was largely productive but came up short in certain key areas, according to an informal canvass done this week by the Queens Chronicle.
“I think overall we had a very good session,” said state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). “It was the third straight year we passed an on-time budget, with no new taxes and more money for education and healthcare. We accomplished a lot for the state, but we could have done better.”
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.