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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

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

Friday, December 03, 2021
Thursday, December 02, 2021

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

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

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

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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

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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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The Queens Chronicle’s 14th annual Holiday Photo Contest again looks a little different than the usual event our readers have enjoyed since 2008. But you’re still invited!

As always, we ask that you take pictures of anything that reflects the season — lights, miniature villages, snowy landscapes, joyous children and families, whatever it might be — and send them on in. The challenge is different during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s one our readers will meet, just as they did a few months ago during our 13th annual Summer in the Borough Photo Contest. You might be inspired by these high-quality past entries, by Kimberly Graves, top, and Kayla Luongo. Read more

Thursday, November 18, 2021

There are just under two weeks left to nominate candidates for the Flag Award for Teaching Excellence, which provides tens of thousands of dollars to winning educators and their schools.

The program highlights and rewards extraordinary K-12 New York City public schoolteachers in each borough who inspire learning through creativity, passion and commitment. Teachers can be nominated by students, parents, school personnel and community members at flagaward.org/nominate-your-teacher. Read more

City sanitation officials have set mid-December for its seasonal leaf collection in Queens. All leaves that are collected will be turned into compost.

Residents in the borough’s 14 community districts are being asked to place their leaves curbside in either paper lawn-and-leaf bags or unlined rigid bins and containers after 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. Read more

A New York City police officer reportedly killed himself in Suffolk County on Monday. The New York Post reported that the officer was found “with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head” at a boat marina in Mastic Beach.

Multiple published reports said the officer had been with the NYPD for nine years and was assigned to Transit District 9, which patrols all the subway trains and stations in Queens with the exception of the A line. He is believed to be the fourth NYPD officer to commit suicide this year. Read more

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Whitestone is a quiet, residental community that has been neatly sandwiched between its namesake bridge and the Throgs Neck since the latter opened in 1957, but it once was known as a bustling spot popularized by movie stars and the famous.

The list of notable people who once lived in Whitestone goes on and on. Movie stars, writers and playwrights are just a few of the opulent people who lived on the shores of the neighborhood. Read more