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A 51-year-old woman was gunned down in the doorway of her home on 109th Avenue in Ozone Park last Wednesday, May 4.

Police say that just before 2:30 p.m., Giuseppe Canzani, 41, walked up to the home and knocked on the door. When Anna Torres answered, he fired three rounds from a silver, 45-caliber Taurus handgun, striking her twice, said Deputy Chief Jerry O’Sullivan, commanding officer of Detective Bureau Queens South.

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The New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted last week to increase rents for the city’s 1 million stabilized apartments in what would be the largest increase in almost a decade.

“I believed that the numbers initially reported were much too high, so I called for a better balance — and it is good the board moved lower,” Mayor Adams said following the vote. Read more

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Mayor Adams said the administration is “excited about the energy” it is receiving from Albany lawmakers in whose hands the future of school control lies.

“It’s imperative that we get help from Albany,” Adams said at a press conference on Monday at City Hall alongside schools Chancellor David Banks, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and the Service Employees International Union. Read more

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Donning a pink and navy-striped crewneck and a button with a clothes hanger crossed out by a red-slash “no” symbol, Forest Hills resident Diane Weisstuch certainly looked the part as she stood on the steps of Queens Borough Hall ahead of last Thursday evening’s abortion rights rally.

And it wasn’t her first rodeo, either. Weisstuch said she made the button for the 2017 Women’s March, when, following the election of Donald Trump as president, many Americans feared the right to choose would come under threat. But, she said, things are different this time, as, following the publication of a leaked, draft majority Supreme Court decision last week, the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade looks poised to be overturned, and with it, that fear would become reality. Read more

A program to help small business owners and homeowners avoid violations and penalties is back for this month.

The No-Penalty Business Accessory Sign Inspection Program and the No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspection Program will give small business owners, homeowners and other property owners throughout the city assurance about the condition of their properties while also providing guidance on proper maintenance. Read more

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Monday evening’s leak of the U.S. Supreme Court draft majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — in which Associate Justice Samuel Alito says that Roe v. Wade must be overruled — has taken both Queens and the nation by storm as the right to choose an abortion is on the chopping block.

If the ruling outlined in the opinion obtained by Politico — the first to ever be leaked ahead of an official ruling — holds, the right to choose would no longer be a protected one in all 50 states. It is the culmination of a decades-long effort by the right to severely limit abortion access, all the while, the balance of the Supreme Court has shifted in their favor. Read more

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Details surrounding the friendly-fire death of Queens Det. Brian Simonsen during a botched 2019 robbery emerged for the first time this week at the opening of the trial of one of his accused killers.

Three years after Simonsen was killed, the murder trial of Jagger Freeman — the man who claims he was merely the lookout in the robbery of a T-Mobile store in Richmond Hill where the shooting occurred — began Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court. Read more

A new resolution currently in committee in the City Council could add an additional firefighter to the companies that need them most and, supporters say, potentially prevent circumstances like the one that resulted in the death of fallen FDNY member Timothy Klein.

As firefighters battled a Brooklyn blaze on April 24, a ceiling collapsed and mortally injured Klein, who was from Rockaway. He was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center. Read more

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Just when it seemed New York’s 2022 redistricting process couldn’t get any more chaotic, both Democrats and Republicans managed to exceed expectations this week.

On Sunday, Republicans introduced a new cause of action to the case, Harkenrider v. Hochul, in order to invalidate the recently passed state Assembly district lines. Come Monday night, national Democrats sought a temporary injunction with the Southern District Court of New York in an attempt to keep the congressional primary on June 28, as initially scheduled — using the lines that the New York Court of Appeals just struck down. The following evening, Judge Lewis Kaplan agreed that a three-judge panel would hear their case Wednesday morning. Read more

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The city Department of Sanitation cleaned up garbage surrounding the Hollis Long Island Rail Road station on Tuesday. For years the area has been a site for illegal dumping, but it has gotten worse since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Novella Oliver, a former leader of the now-defunct Woodhull Civic Association.

The other problematic areas for illegal dumping included 191st Street and Woodhull Avenue, 195th Street between Sagamore and 99th avenues, and 99th Avenue between 193rd to 195th streets, according to Oliver and her neighbors Noreen Wright and Goutam Bhola. Read more

The 106th Precinct is holding a Community Against Gun Violence event this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Calvary Assembly of God parking lot, located at 101st Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park.

“This event is an opportunity for the police, in partnership with the community and our elected officials, to address the ongoing crisis of gun violence across our city,” the precinct stated on Twitter. Read more

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Similar legislation has been proposed numerous times in the last year, most recently, A4854, S4547 and S7574. Those bills said residents would be allowed to build ADUs on their property, regardless of local zoning laws; the only laws limiting them would be those needed to keep residents safe.

Proponents of that legislation — as well as the new bill — argue that getting illegal units, such as basement apartments, on the books would allow the government to better regulate those apartments and make them safer, all while providing additional housing amid the city’s shortage. Read more

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Police Officers Nicholas Salamone, left, and Scott Adelman of the 102nd Precinct’s Community Affairs division were honored for their involvement in the community at the first Richmond Hill Block Association meeting back in person last Wednesday.

Elected officials also granted the officers certificates for their community bridge-building work, including Mayor Adams, state Sen. James Sanders Jr., Councilwoman Joann Ariola, Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar and Rep. Nydia Velazquez. Read more

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A 51-year-old woman was gunned down in the doorway of her home on 109th Avenue in Ozone Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say that just before 2:30 p.m., Giuseppe Canzani, 41, walked up to the home and knocked on the door. When Anna Torres answered, he fired three rounds from a silver, 45 caliber Taurus handgun, striking her twice, said Deputy Chief Jerry O’Sullivan, commanding officer of Detective Bureau Queens South. Read more

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The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach continues to support education by awarding its four annual scholarships to students living in the 11414 ZIP code. The funds will benefit high school seniors who will be continuing their education at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2022.

The four $1,000 scholarships available are: Read more