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Another reprieve on BSA’s ICCC vote

The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals this week ordered another postponement of a vote on the apartment building the Indian Cultural and Community Center plans in Bellerose, citing a need for new environmental information.The controversial project, now being pitched as a four-story apartment building on land that once was a part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital site, has been opposed by Community Board 13 and neighboring civic associations virtually from the start.

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U.S. Reps cry foul on GOP’s DHS budget
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Washington, DC politics took center stage in Queens on Tuesday.

Four Democrats from Congress, in a press conference at LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ken.) to allow votes to approve the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, which:

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Hit-and-run case sparks outrage
Posted: February 26, 2015

A Corona man was arrested and charged for allegedly striking a woman with his car at the intersection of 76th Street and Woodside Avenue and fleeing the scene in his vehicle, police announced Monday.

The fatal incident, in which Valentine Gonzalez, 27, of Corona allegedly struck a pedestrian in his white Mitsubishi, occurred on Sunday a little before 8:38 p.m. Emergency Medical Services, who responded to the scene with police, pronounced the victim dead.

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Delay manager vote for one month: Katz
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is urging Community Board 9 to delay its vote for a new district manager until new board members are appointed, citing “concerning” reports that have been published by Queens media outlets.

“April 1st starts a new session of CB 9 and given there are 28 Board members whose current terms expire on March 31st, it makes more sense that the process be postponed so that newly appointed Board members can participate in this important discussion,” Katz said in a letter sent to CB 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez.

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Trash cap group courts Community Board 12
Posted: February 26, 2015

Proponents of a bill that would cap the allowable trash-processing levels in Southeast Queens and two other communities received a generally warm reception on Feb. 18 at Community Board 12.

Justin Wood, a community organizer with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, said CB 12’s area is one of four community districts in the city — the others being in the South Bronx and Northern Brooklyn — that process about 75 percent of the roughly 35,000 tons of garbage produced daily in the city.

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Hevesi hopes to hammer away at homelessness
Posted: February 26, 2015

The last two weeks have been some of the busiest in the life of Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), as he begins his tenure as the newly appointed chairman of the Social Service Committee.

But in a phone interview with the Chronicle last Friday, he said the tall task of trying to stem the city’s growing homelessness rate is work he gladly welcomes.

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Schwartz says new toll plan good for Queens
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:44 am

Traffic is increasing, state and federal funding for mass transit is uncertain at best and the five-year capital program for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a current deficit of $15 billion.

Sam Schwartz believes that he and a coalition called Move NY have the answer.

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Several upgrades in store for CD 21
Posted: February 26, 2015

District 21 could experience a busy year.

The district, which encompasses Corona, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst and is represented by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), is the focus of several upcoming projects, the official announced at her State of the District address last Wednesday at Langston Hughes Community Library in Corona.

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Split-second decision: training like a city cop
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:45 am

You’re an officer who has been called to an apartment complex where two men are having a physical altercation. As you approach the individuals, you notice they are intoxicated and you attempt to de-escalate the situation by talking to them. Then, one picks up a bottle and smashes it across the head of the other, knocking him out.

What do you do?

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A warm winter’s morning
Posted: February 26, 2015

Children from Southeast Queens got a leg up on dealing with Old Man Winter at a coat drive held on Feb. 18 at Liberty Park’s Detective Keith Williams Field House in Jamaica.

The event was sponsored by Councilman Daneek Miller, above, rear left center.

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