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(BPT) - Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up?
In an unusual show of discord, a Community Board 5 vote came down to the wire.
Members weren’t voting on a headline issue like a homeless shelter or an arts center looking for a liquor license. Instead, a longtime Italian-American street fair was the subject of debate.
The snow keeps falling on the city and slushy corners on local streets continue to be a thorn in the side of Community Board 6, which discussed that and other issues at its monthly meeting on Feb. 12.
“One of my major concerns is the bus stops,” said CB 6 Chair Joseph Hennessy, also noting that snow removal was “not happening” due to the extreme cold.
Mayor de Blasio’s press office is denying that he wielded any influence whatsoever this week when he called top NYPD brass following the arrest of a member of his transition team.
What is known is that the Rev. Bishop Orlando Findlayter, head of the New Hope Christian Church in Brooklyn, was pulled over after 11 a.m. on Monday night by officers in the NYPD’s 67th Precinct when he made an improper turn.
It’s that time of year again: the annual slicing of the state-issued parking placard by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
A major proponent of cracking down on the use of phony state-issued parking placards, Avella sliced a copy of his valid one on Friday at his office in Bayside to inspire action by the state and city governments.
The intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 121st Street in Cambria Heights has a park, traffic coming from five directions and a long history of motor vehicle mayhem.
Now it has a traffic light, and Councilmen Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) were calling it a victory for the neighborhood last Friday as the city Department of Transportation now has the light up and running.
As thousands of people rack their brains figuring out how a school could lose track of a student with special needs, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has decided preventative action is needed in the form of tracking devices.
On Monday, the senator announced that he would introduce legislation called Avonte’s Law that will create and fund a program to provide voluntary tracking devices and expand support services for families with children who have autism or other developmental disorders in which bolting is common.
The man wanted by police in the savage killings of a 21-year-old Jamaica woman and their two toddler daughters was arrested in Texas late Monday night a little more than 24 hours after the three were fund stabbed to death in their Jamaica apartment.
The NYPD confirmed that Miguel Mejia-Ramos — who was arrested by Texas authorities while using the name Alex Jiminez — surrendered without incident at a highway checkpoint on Interstate 10 manned by U.S. marshals, Texas state troopers and officers from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Schulenberg Police Department.
During one of his first visits to Queens since entering office, Mayor de Blasio announced his “Vision Zero” initiative to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the city to zero within 10 years.
The project was announced just days before a study reported Queens having the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the city.
Newly inaugurated Borough President Melinda Katz came to the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills to present her vision for Queens and to hear residents’ concerns at the recent precinct community council meeting.
“As borough president of 4.2 million people, the most diverse borough on the planet, with 160 languages spoken in schools and folks coming from all over the world to educate their children here,” said Katz, pledging to grow education and tourism, create programs celebrating traditions and cultures, address traffic issues and be hands on with constituent concerns.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
On Dec. 10, dozens of workers showed up to Trade Fair supermarket on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights for a normal day on the job, but when they arrived, they found that they had been unceremoniously locked out. Just two weeks before Christmas, more than 50 employees were out of work.
On Friday, three days after the announcement that the store had closed, scores of former employees, residents, community leaders and elected officials gathered in front of the grocery store giant to protest Trade Fair owner Frank Jaber and his sudden termination of the workers.
Political heavyweights from throughout Queens were on hand at LaGuardia Airport last Friday as Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) announced legislation that would require airlines to stock their fleets with quieter planes.
The Quiet Skies Act (HR 3650) will, if passed, give the Federal Aviation Administration until the end of 2015 to come up with regulations that would require all domestic airlines to phase in quiter aircraft, or those meeting the federal Stage 4 noise requirements.
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Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.