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Your primer for the Queens DA race

The seven candidates have been campaigning all over the borough for months. And now, the Tuesday, June 25 Democratic primary for Queens district attorney is just five days away.Voting sites are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find out where yours is located at nyc.pollsitelocator.com.

Coming through: lane on Fresh Pond
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:37 pm

The Department of Transportation, last Wednesday at Community Board 5, shared its plan for a bus lane on the southbound side of Fresh Pond Road between Metropolitan and Putnam avenues effective from 2 to 8 p.m.

A DOT spokesperson said in an effort to address concerns of businesses, parking will be permitted in the bus lane before 2 and after 8 p.m. and more parking is being installed to add more opportunities for customers shopping on the road to find spaces.

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What the new rent laws mean for you
Posted: June 20, 2019

They’re being called the most pro-tenant protections the state has ever passed.

Gov. Cuomo signed a sweeping rent regulatory overhaul last Friday, two days before the expiration date of the older rules that the new legislation strengthened and expanded. The agreement represents a political defeat for New York’s powerful real estate lobby.

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NY makes two major transportation moves
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 1:22 pm

Joining 12 other states and the District of Columbia, New York on Monday legalized driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

With Democrats having won control of the state Senate last year to make Albany a blue trifecta, immigrant advocates had made winning the policy a major priority for this year’s legislative session. It became known as the Green Light campaign.

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‘We need you to lock your doors’
Posted: June 20, 2019

Crime is on the uptick in the 104th Precinct, and grand larcenies and car thefts are the reasons why.

“The unattended property, which I stressed last time at the Community Council meeting, us leaving our property unattended and it being taken is a big factor,” said Capt. Victoria Perry, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, at Tuesday’s Community Council meeting.

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Crime down in the 112th Precinct
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 12:01 pm

A wide variety of topics made up the agenda at the Community Board 6 meeting of June 12, the last before summer break.

The meeting got off to a somber start as Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, paid tribute to NYPD Deputy Chief Steven Silks, the executive officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, who took his own life a few days earlier.

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Council members call out Carranza
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:35 pm

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and City Councilman Robert Holden (D-Middle Village) are both relative newcomers to the mixed-martial-arts world of city politics.

Carranza was hired only 16 months ago, when Holden had been in office barely four months.

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An unlikely race for a seat on the bench
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:40 pm

For decades, the Queens County Democratic Party would select a candidate for a civil court opening and that person would run unopposed in the primary. Not anymore.

The party selection this year is Wyatt Gibbons, a defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience in criminal and civil courts, including time as assistant district attorney. He has been with the Jefferson Democratic Club since 1992 and has helped collect signatures and make phone calls for the club. Five years ago, he let it be known that he had interest in becoming a judge.

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Fire safety lessons at PS 19 in Corona
Posted: June 20, 2019

In case of a fire, wake everybody up. Crawl down low to avoid smoke. Touch doors to see if they’re hot or cold before opening them. And once out of the house, don’t go back in, no matter what.

These were the lessons given to more than 200 students at PS 19 in Corona who were deputized as part of The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshals program last Friday, during an event, which also featured the Mets’ J.D. Davis and popular mascot Mr. Met.

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Monday 06/24/2019
Ex-JFK Airport official pleads guilty to taking bribes from diplomats
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 4:13 pm

Authorities announced last Friday that former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official Marlene Mizzi, 55, pleaded guilty to taking bribes from diplomats in exchange for granting them exceptions to parking rules at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Friday 06/21/2019
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! June 21-23
Updated: June 21, 2019 - 4:48 pm

Today, June 21, is the longest day of the year — meaning the one with the longest amount of sunlight — but it’s kind of a dreary one. Fear not! The weekend should be sunnier, and there’s plenty to do here in Queens. Here’s our weekly list of five possibilities.

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Lancman quits Queens DA race, backs Katz
Updated: June 24, 2019 - 4:02 pm

Four days before the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) suddenly dropped out of the race Friday morning and threw his weight to Borough President Melinda Katz.

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Christ the King Celebrates the Great Gatsby Era 2019
Posted: June 21, 2019

Students at Christ the King High School in Middle Village gathered in their glamorous “Roaring ’20’s” attire at the culmination of Ms. Mayer-Foley’s English class reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s  “The Great Gatsby.”

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What a Home Run for PS 174 Students on Education Day
Posted: June 21, 2019

On Thursday, May 23, the fifth-graders at PS 174Q, The William Sidney Mount School in Rego Park, enjoyed a wonderful experience at Citi Field on Education Day. Not only did they watch the Mets game, but before the game began, they had so much fun on the field level catching free T-shirts, seeing Mr. G from Channel 11 News and even seeing their teachers on the Jumbo Tron!

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Thursday 06/20/2019
Crossing all the Ts for Bartlett Dairy
Posted: June 20, 2019

Bartlett Dairy has gotten final approval to build a distribution center in Springfield Gardens that also will serve as the company’s new Queens corporate headquarters.

Bartlett and the New York City Economic Development Corp. announced on June 13 that the City Council granted “overwhelming approval” for the company’s application under the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.

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Austin St. is Fun St.
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:42 pm

There was beautiful weather on June 9 for the Austin Street Fair, and attendees had a great time to match.

Clockwise from top right, members of Bartlett Contemporaries perform everything from bebop to hip-hop at the fair for the music lovers in the audience; several members of the FDNY take in the fair; Rego Park sisters Alyssa and Riley have fun on the slide; no fair is complete without sizzling grills for hungry customers; 7-month-old Alex and his mother, Donna, take in the sights and sounds of the fair; and Mary Jasper of Forest Hills brings along a couple of feathered friends to greet the crowd.

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Ridgewood Savings Bank’s Glendale branch hosts grand re-opening
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 2:20 pm

Joined by community members, civic leaders, local business owners and area first-responders, Ridgewood Savings Bank located at 65-01 Myrtle Avenue, yesterday unveiled its Glendale branch at a ribbon-cutting featuring modern amenities, and a community meeting space to be used by not-for-profits, civic organizations, and community groups.
Ridgewood Savings Bank President, CEO, and Chairman Leonard Stekol also presented separate appreciation plaques and $1,000 donations to the FDNY Foundation, the 104th Precinct Community Council, Edward R Miller VFW Post 7336, and the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps., recognizing each of these vital community organizations and first-responders for the role they play in making Glendale a wonderful place to live and work.

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Pair face charges for tax-free cigarettes
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Two East Elmhurst men are facing charges for allegedly selling thousands of untaxed cigarettes from businesses in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan announced last week.

The main defendant, 44-year-old Mohammed Khan of 78th Street, was arraigned on a complaint charging him with second- and fourth-degree grand larceny, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, violation of tax law cigarette and tobacco products tax, endangering the welfare of a child and possession or transportation of untaxed cigarettes with intent to sell.

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All hail, top-rated Townsend Harris!
Posted: June 20, 2019

Townsend Harris, long called the best public high school in Queens, has leapt up in the national ranking this year and been named one of the top 20 high schools in the entire nation.

U.S. News & World Report, which publishes the best-known annual college and high-school ratings, ranks the Flushing high school No. 11 in the United States.

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Guessing game for new bishop begins
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Ending 16 years as the head of the Catholic Church in Queens and Brooklyn, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio last week submitted his resignation after reaching age 75, as required by church law.

“I remember the words of Archbishop Thomas A. Boland who ordained me a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark when it came time for him to submit his resignation in the early 1970s,” DiMarzio said in an open letter published last week in The Tablet, the diocese’s official newspaper, explaining his imminent retirement.

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Islands of calm on Northern Boulevard
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:39 pm

The city’s latest project to improve safety along Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights isn’t even finished — but people are already beginning to benefit.

The Department of Transportation is in the process of building ten pedestrian islands between 70th and 92nd streets in the middle of the busy thoroughfare that are flush with the street level but have built-up curbing protecting on both ends.

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$5 mil for Airbnb, city sues renters
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 1:18 pm

A group of building owners and renters in Astoria — some related by blood and marriage, others who played together on the same soccer club teams — were sued on Wednesday for operating a “network” that booked more than 60,000 guests since 2015.

Thirteen people named in the suit filed by the city’s Office of Special Enforcement regularly advertised 210 different units — from houses to rooms in apartments, mostly in Astoria — on services like Air BnB, the suit alleges.

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Hotels for sale spark shelter concerns
Posted: June 20, 2019

Not much more than a year after they opened, the two Marriotts on the Horace Harding Expressway by 183rd Street in Fresh Meadows are for sale by owner East West Realty Development Group. Cushman and Wakefield is marketing the property, according to Crain’s, which first reported the story.

And some area residents are concerned about the buildings possibly becoming homeless shelters.

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$92.8 billion budget approved for city
Posted: June 20, 2019

Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), Council Finance Chairman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and members of the City Council announced an agreement last Friday for an approximately $92.8 billion budget.

“The Fiscal Year 2020 Adopted Budget creates greater fairness for all New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. “We’ve reached an agreement that promises to create a pathway to pay parity for our early childhood education providers to address recruitment and retention issues, expands services that prevent unnecessary detention and fights the widespread national attack on access to abortion care.”

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Koo on new role as Parks commitee head
Posted: June 20, 2019

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) was just made chairman of the Committee on Parks and Recreation last week. But he already knows what his priorities are.

“Safety is the most important thing,” he told the Chronicle on Monday. “We must make sure all the parks are safe to use.”

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$65M allocated for capital projects
Posted: June 20, 2019

Borough President Melinda Katz has unveiled her $65 million in fiscal year 2020 discretionary fund allocations for 80 capital projects throughout the borough. Here is a list of the programs to be funded.

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Helen Keller mural unveiled in Forest Hills
Posted: June 20, 2019

Helen Keller was an inspirational figure, overcoming both deafness and blindness to become a respected author and activist.

Last Friday, a Helen Keller Forest Hills Tribute Mural was placed on the west wall of the Ascan Avenue Long Island Rail Road underpass. Keller lived in Forest Hills from 1917 to 1938.

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