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In life Nelson Mandela was called a rebel, a freedom fighter, a terrorist, Mr. President, a healer, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an inspiration to millions.
The world has joined South Africa this week in paying homage to Madiba — a title of respect and a tribute to his ancestral clan — who died on Dec. 5 at age 95.
A doctor who runs a nonprofit medical practice at multiple sites throughout Queens was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing approximately $373,000 obtained in the form of city, state and federal grants.
Dr. Dorothy Ogundu, who operates Angeldocs Inc., has been indicted on charges including second-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, according to the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
(BPT) - For years Dwight Nadig and his wife suffered through the cold winters in their York, Pa., ranch-style home, originally built in 1979.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
One of the victims of Sunday's train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse from Woodside who reportedly had only come to the United States this year.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four victims killed in the accident, which also injured dozens as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The cause is under investigation.
“I think we let Iran off the hook,” said City Councilman-Elect Rory Lancman, echoing similar reactions other Jewish leaders representing Queens had about the new nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran.
On Saturday, President Obama announced the Joint Plan of Action a deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) to greatly reduce Iran’s nuclear activity for the next six months. Iran will have to permit inspectors daily access to its facilities while the P5+1 countries will curtail its sanctions in certain areas including the auto industry, oil and gold exports.
(Family Features) There are important realities every American must know about long-term care. Long-term care is more expensive than most people think. And, most importantly, the cost of care is usually paid for out of savings and income.
The students of The Aquinas Honor Society at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates will honor the visit of President George Washington to Jamaica 223 years ago with the dedication of a bronze plaque at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10 during a ceremony at the school
During research for their book “Images of America: Jamaica,” the students were delighted to learn that the first president of the United States visited Jamaica in 1790 during a presidential tour of Long Island. They learned that Washington dined and spent the night in an inn that once stood at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard Washington made a notation of it in his diary on April 20, 1790: “I crossed to Brooklyn … thence through Jamaica where we lodged in a tavern kept by one Warne … a pretty good and decent house.”
Forty-seven million Americans, including approximately one million in Queens, are now seeing a reduction in food stamp benefits, after a temporary boost implemented by the 2009 stimulus package expired.
Half of those in Queens who depend on the program are children, according to the social service organization The River Fund, which is based in Richmond Hill.
Queens residents who are tired of loud airplanes flying over their homes too frequently are actually happy about Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have required the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study — if an identical measure passes in New Jersey — because he doesn’t want to wait.
Instead, he’s taking executive action.
Community Board 9’s internal issues came to a dramatic climax Tuesday night when the board voted not to remove one of its longtime members, leading another to resign and walk out of the meeting, and two others to follow him.
Sam Esposito had been in hot water with the board’s leadership over emails he sent that were considered anti-Semitic by at least three other members. Those members, Wallace Bock, Evelyn Baron and Jan Fenster, had called for Esposito to be expelled from the community board.
Five area veterans were honored last week for their military service by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
The men received state resolutions during a ceremony and celebration in the senator’s Bayside office.
(NAPSI)—According to the Caregiver Action Network, more than 65 million Americans care for loved ones with chronic illnesses, disabilities and frailty. Among their many responsibilities, caregivers are often tasked with helping their loved one understand Medicare and make coverage decisions. By following a few tips, caregivers can feel more confident about their ability to help their loved one navigate Medicare.
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.
On Oct. 6, 1995, Pope John Paul II touched down onto Aqueduct Race Track via helicopter. With a multicolored cross above him to symbolize the diversity of Queens, he delivered a Mass to a crowd of 75,000. His trip to the United States was one among the journeys he made to 129 countries during his papacy, an attribute that helped him be known as “The People’s Pope.”
When Pope John Paul II began his 26-year papacy, cardinals were ready to kneel before him and kiss his ring as tradition required. Instead, the pope told them to stand so he could hug them. At 58, Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla of Poland became the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. Soon after he assumed the role, he began his travels, using his ability to speak eight languages to draw out millions wherever he went.
Medicare’s open enrollment period began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. To help alleviate any confusion seniors may have with the new insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the AARP has posted a detailed question-and-answer article, written by Marsha Mercer, on its website. Excerpts are below.
To read the full article, go online to aarp.org, click on “Medicare & Medicaid News” in the left column and then, when the new page opens, click on “Medicare Open Enrollment Q&A,” which is in the center of the page under “In the Spotlight.”
A second arrest in less than a month for illegal trafficking of contraband cigarettes was made in Flushing last week.
This time, the seller allegedly used an electric bicycle to peddle his wares of Asian and American smokes from his home.
While thousands of people lined up in schools, churches and synagogues to cast their votes for city offices and state proposals, another group stood huddled together in Jackson Heights to conduct an election of their own.
The New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights conducted a mock election complete with mock voting booths, ballots, poll workers and ballot boxes in Diversity Plaza.
Following a contentious head-to-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year and did not seek re-election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes.
The 106th Precinct welcomed 16 new officers to its command last week, as the communities covered by the precinct saw a spike in auto thefts and grand larcenies last month.
The precinct’s commander, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, said he is glad to have the officers to bolster his crime-fighting efforts.
Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is urging the United States Department of Homeland Security to end the practice of placing immigrant detainees in solitary confinement — an act he says does not coincide with the charges these people face in most cases.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detention is supposed to be a civil, nonpunitive measure to ensure a detainee attends immigration court hearings and complies with court orders.