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Cuomo, Biden unveil a 21st century LaGuardia

Long before it was consigned to “third world” status by Vice President Biden in February 2014, LaGuardia Airport long had been the butt of jokes and the bane of existence for airline pilots and the traveling public alike.On Monday, Biden was back in New York City; this time to join Gov. Cuomo in unveiling the long-awaited plans for a $4 billion redesign and reconstruction of LaGuardia.

Council bills target illegal dollar vans
Updated: August 01, 2015 - 3:37 pm

The City Council is entertaining a pair of bills that are aimed squarely at operators of the illegal “dollar vans” that have become a particular scourge in Southeast Queens.

The Commuter Van Reform Act was introduced Thursday by Councilmen Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Rory Lancman (R-Fresh Meadows).

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NYPD marks National Night Out in Queens
Posted: July 30, 2015

NYPD police precincts throughout Queens will, as always, be participating in National Night Out Against Crime, which will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The evening is celebrated nationwide as an event that brings neighbors together. People in neighborhoods all over the country will gather and turn their porch lights on as a symbol of people standing up to crime.

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Cuomo and de Blasio spar on MTA funding
Posted: July 30, 2015

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is chipping away at the projected deficit in its current five-year capital plan while Gov. Cuomo and the de Blasio Administration continued chipping away at each other over funding for the transit agency.

Weeks ago, before the end of the state Legislature’s session in June, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said the agency was facing a $15 billion hole in a total capital budget of about $30 billion.

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Historical JFK site to become a hotel
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 10:41 am

Gov. Cuomo on Monday revealed the details for the conversion of the long-unused TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport into a state-of-the-art hotel — an initiative he said will bring 3,700 construction and permanent jobs to the area.

At the same time, the governor announced, the state will continue to look for ways to revolutionize JFK Airport and bring it into the 21st century in a process similar to the one that resulted in plans to completely revamp LaGuardia Airport [see separate story in this edition]. The JFK proposal is expected to be revealed in a year.

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Heat wave hits city; people try to cool off
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 9:49 am

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are here and with them soaring temperatures of 95 degrees and higher that are expected to make for an official heat wave.

So, how to keep cool when the heat and humidity are just too much to bear? In Queens, there are a lot of choices, starting with the borough’s outdoor swimming pools. Because of the extended hot weather now, pools are open until 8 p.m. for the time being. Starting time is 11 a.m.

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Excitement for Citi Bike Queens debut
Posted: July 30, 2015

Excitement over 12 Citi Bike stations arriving across Long Island City is in high gear since officials announced the expansion Friday.

The process will begin in August.

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Bus Rapid Transit: just what Woodhaven needs
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 1:34 pm

When Mayor de Blasio laid out his vision for New York City in his State of the City address earlier this year, he described his plan to make the city more equitable with greater affordable housing options for residents. He rightly mentioned the essential role that transportation plays in this plan. Transportation in our city holds the promise of providing greater opportunity and mobility for more New Yorkers — or, when it is insufficient, it perpetuates inequality, especially in the outer boroughs.

Building new subway lines is impractical, extraordinarily expensive, and for all intents and purposes not feasible. Bus Rapid Transit, however, is a solution that can ensure that more New Yorkers have world-class transportation and the opportunity for a better quality of life.

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Genovese’s death is hitting the big screen
Posted: July 30, 2015

One of Queens’ most infamous crimes is getting the Hollywood treatment.

The 1964 murder of Kew Gardens resident Kitty Genovese, and specifically the urban legend that over three dozen people witnessed the killing and failed to intervene or alert authorities, will be the subject of the 2016 film called “37.”

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Human trafficking common in Flushing
Posted: July 30, 2015

When you hear the phrase “human trafficking” you may think of third-world countries, but the United States is actually the second-highest destination in the world for trafficked women, and most of it happens right here in Queens, experts say.

The YWCA of Flushing held a panel discussion and workshops last Thursday to raise awareness of the problem occurring in Queens, and especially Flushing.

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Street renaming for Brian Moore
Posted: July 30, 2015

The Queens Village intersection at which the 105th Precinct station house is located will be renamed by the city in honor of Det. Brian Moore, an officer in the precinct who was killed in the line of duty in May.

The city announced last week that the intersection of 222nd Street and 92nd Road will be renamed Detective 1st Grade Brian Moore Way.

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Look at feasibility of rail line: Goldfeder
Posted: July 30, 2015

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is asking the MTA to apply for state money to see if the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail line could be done.

“Families in southern Queens and Rockaway suffer from some of the longest commutes in the entire city. The state’s new passenger rail grant program has the potential to bring an end to our transportation desert,” Goldfeder said in a statement issued on Monday. “By funding a feasibility study into reactivating the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, we can work to create a true north-south rail corridor in Queens, improve transit access to our airports, and take thousands of cars off the road.”

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Department of Homeless Services lacks integrity
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 1:35 pm

As a civilized society, we can agree with Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor’s opinion that we all have a duty to help the less fortunate who are struggling to rebuild their lives. (“The homeless need our help and compassion,” Opinion, July 16, multiple editions)

We would like to again reiterate that the residents of Queens and Elmhurst United are not opposed to assisting the homeless.

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Meters made
Posted: July 30, 2015

New city parking meters began springing up alongside existing ones last week along Woodhaven and Queens boulevards, and other sections of the borough.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation said the new meters were first installed in other parts of the city beginning back in 2013, and that the updated machines have better, more reliable technology.

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Religious bill on the table
Posted: July 30, 2015

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) gathered a group of religious leaders in Flushing last Thursday to put pressure on the governor to sign his bill that would extend official recognition to their groups.

Introduced in 2012, the legislation would provide a means of incorporation for organized groups of Hindu, Sikh and Islamic faiths, as well as amend the definitions of “clergyman” and “minister” to include pandit, swami, guru, granthi, imam, moulvi and maulana.

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SJU says aloha to Hawaii
Posted: July 30, 2015

The St. John’s Red Storm will find themselves munching on fresh coconut and pineapple, not cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, in addition to their turkey on Thanksgiving this year.

The Johnnies will make the 5,000-mile trek from Queens to Hawaii this November, as St. John’s will take part in the 2015 Maui Invitational, the 32nd annual early-season hoops tournament.

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Friday 07/31/2015
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! July 31 - Aug. 2
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 5:43 pm

The heat is on! That’s only to be expected as August opens in New York City. Here are some things you can do this weekend to either revel in the heat with your fellow Queens residents or escape it inside some air-conditioned joint. As we do every week, we’re listing just five things; you can find many more in our community calendar in all our print editions or here at qchron.com!

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Thursday 07/30/2015
Weekend lane closures on the Throgs Neck Bridge
Posted: July 30, 2015

Drivers are being warned to expect delays on the Throngs Neck Bridge the weekend of July 31-Aug. 3 because of lane closures planned for paving work.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in a statement issued Thursday, said several Bronx-bound lanes and one Queens-bound lane will be closed.

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Arrest made in Forest Hills jeweler's hit-and-run death
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Police have slapped cuffs on a suspect they believe allegedly ran over and killed Forest Hills jeweler Aron Aranbayev on July 19. 

According to authorities, 46-year-old Charles Jordan, an MTA train operator, was arrested on Thursday and charged with second-degree murder, second-degree murder with depraved indifference and leaving the scene of an accident nearly two weeks after the crash.

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Belt Parkway is pothole city: Stringer
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 11:25 am

The city during a six-year period paid out more than $138 million in settlements to people who were injured or had their cars damaged due to potholes — and a majority of those claims originated on Queens motorways, according to city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Oops, did I do that? On campaign trail
Posted: July 30, 2015

As September draws closer, the race for the 23rd District City Council seat is starting to heat up with three of the seven candidates this week looking like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

Monday started off with the New York Post breaking the story that candidate Rebecca Lynch had hired a registered sex offender and drug dealer to gather signatures so that she could get on the ballot. He went door-to-door in the district.

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Barosa waiter dies at 39
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 5:38 pm

Charles D’Ambra, 39, a Middle Village resident who worked as a waiter at Barosa Italian Restaurant for nine years, was found dead on Wednesday morning.

A cause of death was not determined by press time, though some restaurant employees said it seems as if D’Ambra suffered an aneurysm.

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Monday 07/27/2015
Bonelle Pastry Shop in Forest Hills to close in January
Posted: July 27, 2015

Expiration date: Jan. 15, 2016

Bonelle Pastry Shop, the popular bakery at 108-30 Ascan Ave. in Forest Hills, will be closing early next year, according to an employee who answered the phone on Monday.

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Thursday 07/23/2015
City Council targeting illegal "dollar vans"
Posted: July 23, 2015

The City Council is entertaining a pair of bills that are aimed squarely at operators of illegal “dollar vans” that have become a particular scourge in Southeast Queens.

The Commuter Van Reform Act was introduced Thursday by Councilmen Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Rory Lancman (R-Fresh Meadows).

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Uber, de Blasio come to a last-minute agreement
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

The uber-intense debate over the ever-growing for-hire taxi service in New York City has come to an end, for now.

Just a day before the City Council would have voted on duel pieces of legislation to cap the issuance of new for-hire vehicle licenses, Mayor de Blasio and Uber, the popular app-based taxi service that would have been most impacted by the bills, came to a compromise.

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FHVAC event headlined by Gilbert Gottfried
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

The job of a voluntary emergency medical technician is no laughing matter.

But come Aug. 22, the members of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps and those in attendance at the group’s charity event can expect to chuckle for hours thanks to famed comedian Gilbert Gottfried.

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Supermarket chains buy up Waldbaums
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

Ten Waldbaum’s and Pathmarks in Queens are set to be bought by Stop & Shop and Key Food, after the stores’ parent company, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, or A&P, voluntarily declared bankruptcy on Monday.

The grocery store conglomerate announced the sale of 120 stores on the East Coast at a total value of about $600 million as part of a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The sales are conditional to a court approval. Another 25 locations are set to close, though none of those are in Queens.

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Ulrich wants Trump’s name off Pavilion
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) wants Jamaica Hospital Medical Center to ‘fire’ presidential candidate Donald Trump by removing the Queens native’s last name from its nursing and rehabilitation pavilion.

The request comes three days after ‘The Donald,’ a Jamaica Estates native who is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. president, said that U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not a war hero just because he was captured and held prisoner during his service in the Vietnam War.

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Capital improvements coming to Qns. CUNYs
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

Students of the five City University of New York institutions in Queens are going to have some new amenities to take advantage of in the coming academic years.

Borough President Melinda Katz announced last Friday that she has allocated $5 million to be split among the five schools, with most of the money going toward new building construction at Queens College, LaGuardia Community College and Queensborough Community College.

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March of Dimes takes on premature birth
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

Editor

The March of Dimes is bringing its efforts to fight premature births and babies with low birth weight to Queens.

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Part of quarantine area may be lifted
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Asian Long-Horned Beetle Project reports no new sightings in the borough for the past five years and may recommend next year that the Eastern Queens quarantine be lifted.

That’s the latest word from Joe Gittleman, project manager with the program, during a phone interview from his Long Island office.

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Nine Queens schools ‘struggling’: state
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

The state Education Department last Thursday gave the city a two-year timeline to make “demonstrable improvements” at nine struggling Queens schools before City Hall has to appoint an outside interest to help turn the educational facilities around.

State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia last week announced that 124 schools in 17 districts statewide were given the same ultimatum — and another 20 deemed “persistently struggling” that will be given additional resources to make improvements in one year before they must appoint a “receiver,” a nonprofit, other school district or individual tasked with turning the schools around.

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Cuomo signs nail salon legislation
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:36 am

Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) was on hand last week when the governor signed into law nail salon legislation to strengthen enforcement and improve conditions for workers.

Kim, who introduced much of the emergency legislation, witnessed the event, held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

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Bill: Up world language study
Posted: July 23, 2015

Calling all linguists; a bill introduced July 16 by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and three colleagues is aimed at bolstering world language programs in schools across the country.

The measure, H.R. 3096, seeks to amend a 1965 education act so school districts could compete for grants to fund new or existing language programs.

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