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Miss out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but still holding out hope to get great deals on holiday gifts? Then the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District’s ’Tis the Season on Jamaica Avenue events on Dec. 4 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. are here to help and entertain.

To get consumers in the holiday spirit as they shop locally, several stores along Jamaica Avenue will offer discounts on their products and services on both Saturdays as the JCBID brings cheer to the Downtown area with pop-ups ranging from giveaways to magicians, live music and photos with Jammy the Snowman, according to JCBID spokesman Trey Jenkins.

Student journalists at the prestigious Townsend Harris High School helped expose teacher and baseball coach Joseph Canzoneri, who allegedly engaged in “numerous inappropriate acts,” involving having sexual intercourse with a former student who had just graduated.

They also revealed that he remained at the school following the report and came into contact with students during that time. Read more

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Elected officials are working with the city Human Resources Administration and HeartShare, a nonprofit, to aid residents in need of help with their heating bills.

“My office is working with nonprofit HeartShare and NYC HRA to offer assistance to eligible residents who need help to pay their home heating bills and prevent utility shut-offs under the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP),” state Sen. Leroy Comrie said (D-St. Albans) via email. “A person may qualify if they are elderly, disabled or receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Temporary Assistance Benefits or Supplemental Security Income; and can provide valid Social Security numbers for each member of their household.” Read more

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Attorney General Tish James announced on Nov. 23 that she is leading a tri-state coalition in calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten controls on air pollution from heavy-duty trucks because of nitrogen oxide emissions.

When NOx combines in the atmosphere with other volatile organic compounds in the presence of heat and sunlight, smog is formed, according to EPA data from James’ office. As climate change leads to warmer temperatures, smog formation will worsen and disproportionately affect the health of the most vulnerable, children, the elderly and those with cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses like asthma and Covid-19, she said. Read more

The state Attorney General’s Office has secured $5.1 million against Park Avenue Stem Cell Clinic, an assumed name for Image Plastic Surgery LLC in Manhattan, for deceptive practices that scammed patients out of thousands through false advertising.

Attorney General Tish James also ordered the defendants to end their practices, which charged consumers $4,000 per procedure and up to $20,000 for multiple procedures using the patients’ stem cells to treat lupus, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease from 2015 to June 2019. Read more

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Bishop Robert Brennan on Tuesday was installed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States of America, officiated the Installation Mass. Brennan, who led the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, since 2019, was named by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio back in September. Read more

A bill submitted by outgoing City Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) would require residential landlords with more than 10 units to provide free internet; and would require the city to subsidize some landlords’ conversions.

Kallos’ bill was referred to the Committee on Housing and Buildings on Oct. 7. It would require all new housing to be constructed with internet access, and all existing housing to receive broadband internet within three years. Read more

Monday, November 29, 2021
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Gov. Hochul and city officials have decided not to wait for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to be detected in New York State.

On Friday, Nov. 26, Hochul, under her emergency powers, signed a declaration to allow the Department of Heath to limit nonessential and nonurgent procedures for hospitals of systems where the availability of inpatient beds falls below 10 percent of capacity “or as determined by the Department of health based on regional and heath care utilization factors.” Read more

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The state Attorney General’s Office has secured $5.1 million against Park Avenue Stem Cell Clinic, an assumed name for Image Plastic Surgery LLC in Manhattan, for deceptive practices that scammed patients out of thousands through false advertising. 

Attorney General Tish James also ordered the defendants to end their practices, which charged consumers $4,000 per procedure and up to $20,000 for multiple procedures using the patients’ stem cells to treat lupus, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease from 2015 to June 2019. 

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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Two days after the 2021 general election, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) pointed out that communities heavily populated by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voted in favor of Republican candidates.

“Our party better start giving more of a s**t about #aapi voters and communities. No other community turned out at a faster pace than AAPIs in 2020,” Meng wrote in a Nov. 4 tweet. Read more

President Biden’s $1.7 trillion Build Back Better package passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 19, and if it manages to secure enough votes in the Senate the Empire State could secure hundreds of billions in childhood education and climate programs and up to $70,000 in relief on state and local taxes.

The breakdown for some of Biden’s initiatives includes $400 billion for children and families, $555 billion for climate and a lift in the SALT deductions cap from $10,000 to $80,000. Read more

The mother of a 5-year-old Jamaica boy who died of an overdose of his seizure medication back in 2017 has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for his death.

Phyllis Reinoso, who pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, was sentenced on Nov. 9 according to a spokesperson for the Office of District Attorney Melinda Katz. She originally had been charged with second-degree manslaughter back in July 2018. Read more

The Coalition for Affordable Hospitals, a group of labor unions that have banded together to denounce the exorbitant costs of medical services, released an updated report from the Community Service Society of New York on Nov. 16, calling out nonprofit hospitals that secured liens against patients’ homes from March to November 2020 for unpaid medical bills.

Elisabeth Benjamin and Amanda Dunker of the Community Service Society, a nonprofit advocacy group that uses research to fight poverty, wrote the report, “Discharged into Debt: A Pandemic Update.” Read more

A 72-year-old Long Island man could face up to 15 years in prison for bilking the MTA’s Access-A-Ride’s app of nearly $70,000 by hacking a Queens woman’s account and claiming she took nearly 700 rides over a few months.

James Laverty of Freeport was charged with grand larceny in the second degree, identity theft in the first degree and falsifying business records in the first degree, District Attorney Melinda Katz’s office announced Nov. 19. The unidentified Queens woman used the app, which is offered via a partnership with Curb Mobility to provide paratransit users the ability to request the MTA service through their mobile phones, some time after Sept. 1, 2020, when she requested two rides from Laverty, who picked her up. Read more