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SUV vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

A Bukharian man’s car was broken into the night of Sunday, Jan. 12, and while nothing was stolen, he was left with anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled onto the front seats.The vandalism, classified by the police as criminal mischief, occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. near 76th Avenue and 173rd Street in Fresh Meadows.

Gang graffiti found before Sunday Mass
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:54 am

Multiple MS-13 graffiti tags were found sprinkled throughout a half-mile radius in Bayside early Sunday morning, including on the front doors of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and its accompanying school.

The Jan. 12 vandalism referenced the international criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13, that is notorious for extreme violence. The gang, mostly made up of Central American members, is spread throughout the country, committed a 2017 murder in nearby Alley Pond Park in Oakland Gardens.

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Katz visits CB 7, is met with protesters
Posted: January 16, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz stopped by to speak at Community Board 7 on Jan. 13, but was derailed by a group protesting the Special Flushing Waterfront District, a topic that wasn’t on the meeting agenda.

Protesters silently waved signs reading “We need affordable housing” and “No more luxury apartments or hotels” as Katz spoke on her goals in her new DA role, her support of bail reform and the recent cases she has faced, such as the murder and possible rape of an elderly South Richmond Hill woman. Katz was responding to a board member’s question regarding the two infants who died in an East Elmhurst homeless shelter on Jan. 10 when the protestors began shouting, “Stop Flushing West.”

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‘Now’s the time for Jewish pride’: rabbi
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:54 am

In the wake of anti-Semitic attacks, including at least six on Jewish citizens in the city during Chanukah, community members rallied at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills last Sunday to call for an end to them.

Cynthia Zalisky, a child of Holocaust survivors and the executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, said her grandfather’s reaction to rising anti-Semitism was “Everything will blow over.” He died at Dachau.

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How 190-year-old Neir’s was saved
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Saving Historic Neir’s Tavern from shutting down for good after 190 years came down to a single, precious piece of paper.

Because deficiencies, the building at 87-48 78th Street in Woodhaven where the historic tavern has been since 1829 has no certificate of occupancy from the City of New York.

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Cracking down on spiking burglaries
Posted: January 16, 2020

The 109th Precinct saw a spike in burglaries for the month of December, totaling 39, from November, which saw 32. The first week of the month saw 14 burglaries, the highest of 2019.

“As I’ve said in the past, a burglary is one of the most difficult arrests to make,” said Deputy Inspector Keith Shine, the precinct’s commanding officer, at the Jan. 8 community council meeting. “When we respond ... the crime has already happened, there’s not a lot of witnesses.”

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CWNY CEO
Posted: January 16, 2020

The Center for the Women of New York announced the appointment of Victoria Pilotti, Ed.D., as president and CEO of the organization, effective immediately.

Pilotti previously worked as the organization’s president, and will succeed the legendary Ann Jawin, who served as CEO from founding the Center in 1987 until her passing on Dec. 31, 2019.

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Black leaders still revere MLK today
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:55 am

“The civil rights movement didn’t begin in Montgomery and it didn’t end in the 1960s. It continues to this very minute,” is a Julian Bond quote Kenneth Cohen looks to as motivation in his work as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Northeast Queens Branch. For Cohen and other black American leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a reminder of the ongoing fight for equality.

“Dr. King’s holiday is a significant weekend for all African Americans, but for black people in general. I celebrate his legacy by remembering his work daily in what I do,” said Cohen, who also works as regional director of the NAACP State Conference.

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KG Hills robber wanted
Posted: January 16, 2020

The NYPD is searching for an individual who committed a commercial robbery at Hakerem Wine & Liquor in Kew Gardens Hills on Sunday, Dec. 5.

The suspect entered the 141-22 Jewel Ave. store at about 5:40 p.m., displayed a black firearm and demanded money from the register. The store clerk complied and the individual fled with approximately $800. There were no reported injuries.

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Tuesday 01/21/2020
Van Bramer drops out of Queens borough president race
Updated: January 21, 2020 - 10:57 am

Citing “family circumstances,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of the special election for borough president, which will be held on March 24.

“My family is the reason I love this borough and its residents; they are the ones who instilled Queens values in me and inspired me to be an advocate for working families,” he said. “But family circumstances have been weighing on me for some time, causing me to reconsider the timing and feasibility of this campaign.”

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Monday 01/20/2020
Queens jazz legend Jimmy Heath dead at 93
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 3:49 pm

Jimmy Heath, the saxophonist, composer and arranger who launched the jazz studies program at Queens College in the early 1990s and then went on to form the unique Queens Jazz Orchestra, died Sunday at age 93.

Heath, who was named a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master in 2003, was among a handful of jazz musicians who came up in the early years of Be-Bop and was still performing in his nineties.

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Angry D26 parents drive out Carranza
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 3:22 pm

“My daughter, last month, was a victim of sexual assault!” yelled a father from the crowd at the Jan. 16 Community District Education Council meeting at Bayside’s MS 74. His shouts at city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza sparked a passionate outcry from surrounding parents that proved uncontrollable enough to shut the meeting down early and force Carranza to make a backstage exit.

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Friday 01/17/2020
Bus drivers union has redesign concerns
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 3:26 pm

The draft plan to completely redesign the entire system of public buses in Queens is drawing fire by the head of the union that represents bus operators.

In a statement issued Friday, Mark Henry, president and business agent for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 said the 434-page proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn’t appear to take “transportation deserts” into account and is more economically motivated than service-oriented.

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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Jan. 17-20
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Winter’s back! But you’re not going to let the chill get in the way of your weekend plans, now are ya? If the answer’s no, but you’re still formulating those plans, here’s our weekly installment of “Five things to do in Queens this weekend!” to give you some possible ideas. And don’t forget you can always find plenty more here and here.

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Battle for nine-month boro presidency
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 3:25 pm

The seven candidates looking to fill the nine-month interim role of Queens borough President gathered Jan. 15, for a community-led forum at the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism in Hillcrest.

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Thursday 01/16/2020
Mayor touts $95.3 billion budget for 2020-21
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 3:25 pm

Mayor de Blasio on Thursday released a $95.3 billion executive budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning on July 1.

The figure would represent a $2.5 billion increase over the budget approved by the mayor and City Council last June, or nearly 3 percent.

The increase comes even as de Blasio, in an accompanying statement, warned that the state, facing massive deficits, may be looking to pass off costs to municipalities and counties, particularly for Medicaid.

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Falling debris kills woman in Flushing
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 3:26 pm

A 67-year old woman was struck and killed by falling debris in Downtown Flushing at approximately 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

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RH murder sparks ICE controversy
Posted: January 16, 2020

A 21-year-old man arrested for the midnight murder of a 92-year-old woman in South Richmond Hill last week has become a center of controversy in the national debate over unauthorized immigration after it was revealed he was in the country illegally.

Reeaz Khan was charged last Friday with two counts of murder in the second degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the apparently random attack.

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AirTrain update not changing any minds
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:54 am

An update on continuing government studies of the proposed LaGuardia AirTrain drew well over 100 people to the LaGuardia Airport Marriott hotel on Tuesday — but it did little or nothing to change the views of East Elmhurst homeowners and environmental groups opposed to the project.

The Federal Aviation Administration is studying the transportation, infrastructure and environmental impacts of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s proposal to build a $2 billion rail link between Willets Point and the airport.

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Four days, four dead in western Queens
Posted: January 16, 2020

Western Queens saw an unusual number of fatalities over a four-day span within the last week, with twin infants dying along with one man who was shot and another who was shoved down a staircase, in three separate incidents.

The babies, 2 months old, were discovered by police who responded to a call to The Landing, a homeless shelter, at about 3:40 p.m. last Friday. The infants were in the building’s lobby, both unconscious and unresponsive, when officers arrived, according to the NYPD. They were taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where they were declared dead.

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Feds now probing Hunters Pt. library
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 12:08 pm

Just when officials with the Queens Library probably thought the situation with its Hunters Point branch couldn’t get any worse, it has.

The Chronicle has confirmed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating the lack of handicapped access to portions of the $41.5 million library on a rise overlooking the East River near the Long Island City gantries.

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School diversity: Is there middle way?
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 1:34 pm

As some anxious parents gear up for a battle with the city’s Department of the Education over how to integrate the middle schools of central and South Queens, a new group is beginning to peak out from the crush.

“There must be a middle path and it’s up to us to find it,” said Elizabeth Polkovitz, a Rego Park mother with one child in elementary and another in middle school.

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Cuomo banking plan could aid SE nabes
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 12:08 pm

Gov. Cuomo is promising to dedicate more than $25 million in state resources to help residents and business owners in low- and middle-income neighborhoods who are deemed unserved or underserved by traditional banks.

In the book prepared for last week’s State of the State address, Cuomo is calling for creation of the Excelsior Banking Network, “which will increase access to safe, affordable bank accounts and small dollar loans in underserved low-income communities all across the state.”

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Why not build rail and park on Rockaway line?
Posted: January 16, 2020

The Rockaway Beach Branch right-of-way is a 3.5-mile-long strip of land that will transform our borough in two fundamental ways. First, it will connect the subways in south and central Queens; second, it will create 33 acres of new park space along the way.

Combined, this project will add immeasurable value to both lives and property.

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CB 5 talks MTA bus redesign concerns
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:47 am

“Don’t shoot the messenger.”

Those were the words of Walter Sanchez of Community Board 5 as he discussed the MTA’s bus redesign plan with the board last Wednesday night.

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‘A really big deal’: DHS on safe haven
Posted: January 16, 2020

The homeless problem goes on.

But, come spring, more help could be on the way with the opening of the borough’s first Safe Haven in Elmhurst for 70 people at 81-30 Baxter Ave.

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Love for our veterans
Posted: January 16, 2020

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and the Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza are holding the community’s 24th annual Valentines for Veterans gift drive.

“I am proud to once again sponsor such a long-standing northeast Queens tradition,” said Braunstein.

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