Monthly Archives: June 2012

Court Dismisses Cemetery’s Mother’s Day Fine

Call it a belated Mother’s Day gift for All Faith’s Cemetery in Middle Village. A judge has dismissed a $1,200 fine for standing water that was levied against All Faiths right around Mother’s Day this year—one of the busiest times for visits there. Between May and October, New York City bans standing water in order to tamp down mosquito breeding. On May 10, the Thursday before Mother’s Day, the Department of Health fined All Faiths cemetery for water left in … Continue reading

CEC 24 Adjourns for the Summer

Just as the workload of students, eagerly awaiting summer vacation has dwindled, so had the agenda of CEC 24 at Tuesday night’s gathering. In a scarcely attended meeting, CEC members wrapped up the school year with the hopes of having more parents involved in the education policy decision-making process next year. “It’s the night before school gets out; I think most parents are enjoying a cocktail right now,” joked City Council man Eric Ulrich (R-Howard Beach). Ulrich, who is running … Continue reading

City Honors Forest Hills Ambulance Corps’ Service

The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps held its Annual Awards Night and Installation of Officers on Wednesday, June 20, at the American Legion Post #1424 on Metropolitan Avenue. In addition there was a special celebration to honor founding member Josephine Bebirian for her 40 years of service to the corps and the community. Councilman Eric Ulrich presided over the ceremony and swore in the new president, Ron Cohen, as well as the other members of next year’s executive committee. Cohen … Continue reading

Richmond Hill, Woodhaven Continue to Fight Noise

The 102nd Precinct continues to battle noise complaints and is tightening procedures to slap on heftier penalties, Capt. Martin Briffa told the 102nd Precinct Community Council on June 19. Briffa said officers are now encouraged to issue summonses for extreme noise without a courtesy warning. “The policy is right now, if we feel that it’s breaking the law, we will issue a summons, no warning,” Briffa said. Noise complaints have been a repeated topic at the Community Council meetings, and … Continue reading

DA Brown to Queens: All Bets are Off

A Staten Island man was sentenced to nine years in prison after he admitted his involvement in a massive bookmaking operation with its roots in Queens. The highly sophisticated ring stretched from Queens County west to Nevada and south to Florida and Costa Rica. Criminal proceeds were collected and distributed throughout the United States from the illegal sports gambling enterprise that utilized sports betting websites to manage numerous gambling accounts. The Queens DA’s office took down ‘Operation Crown Sports One’ … Continue reading

Cemetery, DOT Point Fingers Over Maintenance

For years, Pat Noonan, a resident living on 69th Road in Middle Village, has been asking for a long stretch of weeds, overgrown trees and broken fences on 73rd Place to get cleaned up. But nobody is willing to claim responsibility for the problem area that runs from 70th Avenue to 68th Road. Noonan said that the stretch is an eyesore for the residents who live near it. He has seen people drinking and hanging out near a broken fence … Continue reading

Ulrich DOT Step Up Queens Paving

Back in 1988, the average income was $24,450.00 per year. Rent was around $420 bucks a month, you could get a brand new car for about $10,400, gas was .91 cents a gallon and a movie ticket was $3.50. It was also back in 1988 that the people in Ozone Park got their streets paved. Nearly twenty -five years later through the efforts of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R- Ozone Park) , the Department of Transportation (DOT) is milling its way … Continue reading

Mayor, Council Avoid Cuts in Budget Deal

Child-care slots and firehouses will not be cut in this fiscal year’s city budget, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council announced Monday. Days before the June 30 deadline, Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn reached an agreement to balance the $68.5 billion budget without layoffs, tax increases or the sweeping cuts that had been looming over some social services. “Working with our partners in the Council, we’ve again produced an on-time, balanced budget for our city that doesn’t … Continue reading

TSA Blunder Forces Evacuation and Delays at JFK

An unplugged metal detector caused delays, confusion and an evacuation at JFK on Saturday morning. Hundreds of passengers and staff were forced to leave Terminal 7, and two planes were recalled from the runway after it was discovered that a TSA employee failed to plug-in one of the walk-through detectors. Officials noticed the lapse in security at around 9:45 a.m., at which point the terminal was shut down. According to TSA protocol, all passengers—including those already boarded—had to be rescreened, … Continue reading

Pipeline Could Cut Through Rockaways

Two energy corporations are hoping to go through with a proposal that would bring more natural gas to both the Rockaways and New York City. The Williams Companies and National Grid are proposing to extend the Transco natural gas pipeline so that it would run deep beneath the ocean near Jacob Riis Park in Far Rockaway. The project would cost about $200 million and it would need to be approved by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before construction begins. Chris … Continue reading

Editorial: Hip Hip Hooray for Howard Beach & Ozone Park

It might seem unlikely that anyone could be happier about Hakeem Jefferies victory over Charles Barron than Hakeem himself, but were there a true measure of such sentiment it may very well be that the writer of this very selection would be a clear winner in that contest. To begin with Howard Beach and Ozone Park, you need to be commended––regardless of what the outcome of the election was. Months ago we warned you right here on this very page … Continue reading

112th Precinct Hopes for Double-Digit Crime Reduction

The police precinct covering Forest Hills and Rego Park had a steep drop in crime this month, a trend the precinct’s commander wants to carry through to the end of the year. Deputy Inspector Christopher Tamola said index crimes in the 112th Precinct were down 27percent in the last 28-day period compared to the same month last year. Robberies dropped, with 48 compared to 51. Burglaries also fell with 53 compared to the 64 in the same month last year. … Continue reading

Robberies Down, Burglaries Up in the 104th

  Crime is a mixed bag at the 104th Precinct, as police officers spoke to residents about what’s going on in their Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Glendale at the COP 104 meeting on Thursday, June 25. According to the latest crime stats reported by Capt. Michael Cody, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, as of June 17, some crimes have seen a recent decrease and the reverse is true for three other crimes. Robberies and felony assaults are down … Continue reading

Meng Defeats Dem Rivals, Primes for Historic Run

Assemblywoman Grace Meng handily defeated three opponents to claim the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District. Meng came away with more than 50 percent of the low-turnout vote—claiming just less than 13,000 ballots according to the unofficial count. Assemblyman Rory Lancman trailed with around 30 percent, with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Dr. Robert Mittman taking the last 15 and 5 percent respectively. “This is an important win for our shared priorities and our shared understanding that what’s different about … Continue reading

Meeks, Velazquez Overwhelmingly Retain Their Offices

Woodhaven and South Ozone Park will hang onto incumbent Congressional representatives after a Democratic primary Tuesday following the tumultuous redistricting process. In the newly drawn 5th District, which encompasses areas around the Aqueduct racino in South Ozone Park, Gregory Meeks easily held on. He faced three Democratic opponents in the primary, but none of them received many more than 1,000 votes. Meeks received the vast majority of ballots with about 7,500 according to unofficial numbers from the city’s Board of … Continue reading