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On the first night of Chanukah, a large menorah in Hollis Hills was knocked over and several of its lights broken. Jewish leaders suspected it was an act of anti-Semitic vandalism, but police told the Chronicle that it was most likely due to heavy winds.

The investigation is still ongoing, the commander of the 111th Precinct told the Chronicle the evening of Nov. 30, but no evidence at this time points to foul play. The base of the menorah appears to have been weakened by rust, he said.

Thursday, December 02, 2021
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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

Main Street Radiology honored its original CEO, Dr. William G. Wolff, with the dedication of the Karen and William Wolff Women’s Imaging Center.

Dr. Wolff’s radiology career started in 1976 when he joined Radiology Associates of Main Street. In 1998 he became CEO of the new outpatient imaging office which would be known as Main Street Radiology (MSR). MSR has since expanded and continues to serve the Queens community with five locations. Read more

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

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

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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Three Queens men took a page out of Danny Ocean’s book and orchestrated an “elaborate ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ style plot” to rob a West Babylon warehouse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said.

Christopher Tsang, 44, of College Point, Joe Lin, 40, of Flushing, and Chung Wei Wang, 38, of Oakland Gardens were the alleged masterminds behind the Long Island heist, DA Melinda Katz said Nov. 24. Read more

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

It’s official: A Republican has flipped the City Council District 19 seat after eight years of Democratic control.

Democratic nominee Tony Avella conceded Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day.

“My wife and I want to thank all of my supporters and volunteers who worked tirelessly on our campaign,” he wrote in a statement. “Although we lost, I am proud of the positive and issued based campaign we waged. A mere 387 votes was the difference in the outcome despite my opponent conducting negative ads and a Trump-like disinformation campaign. In the near future, I will review the election results and what this means for our community.” Read more