A source close to state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) has confirmed that he was interviewed by the FBI in recent weeks regarding the senator’s allocation of discretionary city funding when he was a councilman.The information comes as Sanders is vehemently denying allegations by two Rockaway gardeners in Sunday’s New York Post that he sought a kickback in order to secure discretionary funding for their community agricultural organization in September 2012.
Put Neno Morris in a large, institutional kitchen, and the retired staff sergeant is in his element.
Last Thursday, the group Furthering Fathering, Inc. brought him to one of the culinary arts classrooms at Jamaica’s August Martin High School.
The Queens Borough Board confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in the city on Tuesday when it advocated for the creation of a new 116th Precinct to serve areas such as Laurelton, Rosedale and surrounding areas.
The 105th Precinct right now covers Eastern Queens along the border with Nassau County from the Grand Central Parkway down to John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Borough Board’s preliminary budget request states, as it has for years, that there is just too much area to be covered by a single precinct. The new precinct would be carved out of the southern end of the 105th.
It’s been close to five years since Dan Hendrick first started working on his full-length documentary about Jamaica Bay — he’s often joked that it’s been like getting a college degree.
“It took just about as long and it cost just as much,” Hendrick, a former Queens Chronicle reporter and editor-in-chief, said.
Terrell Smith, a 28-year-old Jamaica resident, was arrested by police officers of the 103rd Precinct on Feb. 3 after he allegedly was seen throwing a firearm into the front seat of his white Subaru and fleeing.
According to the NYPD, at approximately 7:40 p.m. Police Officers Robert DiFalco, Benjamin Aboagye and Joseph Degirolamo, all of the 103rd Precinct Anti-Crime Unit in Jamaica, were on patrol in plainclothes and operating in an unmarked vehicle.
A Cambria Heights babysitter has been charged with scalding a 2-year-old child who was being uncooperative as she tried to clean his hands.
Yvette Douglas, 20, of 208th Street, was charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child according to a statement issued by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
A few months after Christine Budwha Giles gave birth to her second child, Anna, in November 2014, she was suffering from congestion and shortness of breath. She asked her doctor for antibiotics to treat the “cold” so she could quickly return to her life’s work as a wife, mother and attorney for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
“It didn’t even dawn on me that I was dying,” Giles said.
Eleven reputed members or associates of the SNOW street gang, including nine from Jamaica, have been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to steal checks out of U.S. Postal Service mailboxes and alter the names and amounts before cashing them.
At a press conference last Wednesday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and United States Postal Inspector in Charge Philip Bartlett said the alleged operation involved “fishing” pieces of mail from blue street mailboxes.
If your Valentine's Day plans call for a romantic walk through Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City or a night of bar hopping on Austin Street in Forest Hills, you might want to stay inside and cook your significant other a nice dinner instead.
Even the most ardent supporters of a proposed streetcar system say it could take three or more years to even begin construction.
But that is not dampening their enthusiasm for a planned 16-mile route between the Astoria-Long Island City area and Brooklyn.
Queens may be pulling in tourists, young entrepreneurs and businesses at a remarkable rate, according to Borough President Melinda Katz, but Brooklyn and Manhattan are still on top when it comes to Mayor de Blasio’s $82 billion preliminary budget.
On Monday, the Borough Board unanimously approved a 97-page draft of expense and capital priorities compiled by Katz’s staff, with a sizable bump in funding requested for a myriad of services Queens officials say are vital to the growth of the borough.
Checking the tide charts is a common part of many South Queens residents’ daily routines. Monday’s numbers forecast a higher tide than most days because the new moon part of the lunar cycle had begun — but many residents were still taken by surprise when they saw anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of water surging through their streets.
“I was not expecting this,” Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, said. “I didn’t expect it to come up as quickly and as high as it did.”
There may be so much more to accomplish over the second half of her first term as borough president, but Melinda Katz told the Queens Chamber of Commerce at its annual breakfast Tuesday that the borough is “moving and shaking” like never before.
“Folks want to come here, they want to live here, they want to build here and God knows they want to make their money here,” Katz said. “And that’s a great thing because we have folks here that have invested their life in making sure that we develop, making sure that we have housing, making sure that when New York City builds and thrives, that Queens is on the map.”
As a public school student, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) couldn’t understand why she had to be in class on the Lunar New Year.
As an assemblywoman in 2009, she was laughed at when she introduced legislation that would make it a public school holiday.
The personal coffers of City Council members and other elected officials will be filling faster than ever thanks to a series of measures approved by the body last Friday.
The legislative body voted 40-7 to bump the salaries of its members from $112,500 to $148,500 — a 32 percent pay hike — over $10,000 more than was recommended by the New York City Quadrennial Commission late last year, which called for increasing a Council person’s salary to $138,315.
Perpetual Foreign Place Syndrome.
That’s the term Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) coined in a recent email to his constituents, lamenting that Flushing is not taken seriously by city or state agencies because it is viewed as a foreign place.
While Queens Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Grech says he doesn’t make political statements, it would seem unlikely that he’d “feel the Bern,” as supporters of democratic socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential run like to say.
“I’m a capitalist,” Grech said without reservation during a recent interview. “I want people who join the Queens Chamber of Commerce, whether it’s at the introductory level, the corporate, or the major corporate, to feel that they’re getting their money’s worth — and that’s why I’m so adamant about them being able to reap the benefits of being a chamber member.”
Five high school students from Queens have received appointments to United States service academies from U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
They were among 14 students from the city receiving appointments from the senator.
Former Astoria resident Josh Rivedal has long been interested in the lessons people learn from facing a difficult, traumatic or tragic event; his curiosity piqued to a great extent by his father’s suicide years earlier.
And now the author, actor, playwright and international public speaker has curated a collection of 50 such stories in a newly published book called “The i’Mpossible Project,” subtitled “Reengaging With Life, Creating a New You.”
Borough President Melinda Katz is fond of saying that the world comes to Queens.
And real estate developers apparently are trying to get ahead of the rush, with The Real Deal, a real estate news website, reporting that the two largest projects filed in December in the city were in Jamaica.
The NYPD is looking for the driver of a dark van who is believed to have fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident early Wednesday morning.
Police in the 105th Precinct said a 16-year-old girl, whose identity was being withheld pending notification of her family, was near the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway in Springfield Gardens at 12:17 a.m.
Make room in the New York City skyline for your brother to the east, Manhattan.
Plans have been filed to construct the tallest building in the borough at 23-15 44 Drive in Long Island City, according to published reports.
The Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, Inc. recently celebrated its third annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Coat Drive at the Renaissance Middle School/IS 192 in St. Albans.
The organization was able to donate 79 winter coats, nine pairs of gloves and other items to Safe Space/Sheltering Arms of Jamaica and Far Rockaway.
The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct said all possible resources are being used to identify and catch perpetrators in three recent shootings in Jamaica.
“Nobody was hurt, but that’s still three too many,” Inspector John Cappelmann said Tuesday night at the regular monthly meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council.
One of four members of the SNOW street gang has been sentenced to prison for his role in a failed conspiracy to kill two reputed members of a rival gang.
Trevor Lucas, 23, of Jamaica, was sentenced Tuesday to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison, according to a statement from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
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