Monthly Archives: December 2012

At Russo’s Christmas Is For Kids

  The Grinch may have stolen Christmas in the movies, but in Howard Beach, restaurant/catering entrepreneur Frank Russo stepped in to make sure nothing would steal Christmas away from his beloved community. Especially for some favorite members of that community— the ones about three or four feet tall, with a missing tooth here and there. For the second time within two days this week , the doors of Russo’s on the Bay were opened to the children in Howard Beach … Continue reading

Could Another Super Storm be on the Horizon? Some Experts Say Yes

  The recent super storm Sandy, which hit the New York area and the East Coast causing death, destruction and billions in property damage, will not be our last and definitely not our least, according to a Queens College professor who’s made his life’s work studying the effects of climate change. “We have a number of things happening to our global system that is going to enhance and strengthen storms of the future,” said Prof. Stephen Pekar, an earth and … Continue reading

The Storm That Stole Christmas — HB Residents Focus on Rebuilding Homes for the Holidays

For scores of New York residents still struggling to recover from the devastating aftermath of superstorm Sandy, this year’s holiday season may very well be one to forget. And for many Howard Beach homeowners, who are spending the week before Christmas clearing debris and repairing vital heating and electrical systems instead of hanging wreaths or decorating trees, there’s a strong and lingering feeling of abandonment by city, state and federal government officials. “I feel like just because we’re middle class, … Continue reading

WRBA Calls For Woodhaven To Be in One District

  Woodhaven wants to be united. That’s what the members of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association (WRBA) are saying about what was the proposed City Council redistricting map that will now be redrawn once again. The map would have had Woodhaven split into two districts, similar to how it is now between Councilman Eric Ulrich and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, and the civic group is calling on the redistricting commission to draw Woodhaven into a single district. At its most recent … Continue reading

On the Verge of a Strike, JFK Security Guards Head Back to the Bargaining Table

Union officials announced on Dec. 18 that security guards at John F. Kennedy Airport will not go on strike, though the employees of Air Serv Corp. and Global Elite Group Inc. had voted to authorize a strike on Dec. 13. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye asked the security guards and managers in a statement to resolve their differences. Air Serv and Global Elite Group, contracted by airlines to manage the security guards, said … Continue reading

F H Beacon Program Faces Chopping Block Again

  Although some Beacon after-school programs were saved from closure last year, the fight to remain open will come around once again. At last week’s Community Board 6 meeting, it was announced that the beacon program at Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills would again be in danger of losing its after-school program. The reason for this is because the City Council funded the seven programs that were already on the choppng block, but the save was only really … Continue reading

Goldfeder Pleads Case for LIRR Line to Forest Hills

In the continuing discussion of what to do with vacant rail line in southern and central Queens, one elected official said that reviving the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) line would be a boon to both sections of the borough. At Community Board 6’s monthly meeting last week, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder visited the board that covers Forest Hills and Rego Park to speak about why he believes the LIRR line should be revitalized. There has been much banter, from both … Continue reading

Sandy Slams Automobiles — Used car buyers can be scammed by false titles

The automobile was one of the  easily overlooked casualties of Superstorm Sandy. As storm surges overwhelmed large swaths of Queens, leaving thousands without power and homeless, automobiles were like sitting ducks as seawater slammed through local streets. More than a month after the storm, thousands of automobiles in the borough have been ruined. Vehicles which take salt water to the dash are likely totaled by insurance companies. In New York, a mandatory crush law is in effect for all cars … Continue reading

Scamming Sandy Victims — DEC warns of scam letter from bogus company

Individuals in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy should beware of a solicitation letter sent out by GC Environmental, Inc., a private company with no affiliation with the State of New York, falsely claiming to be from the “Department of Remediation,” the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) warned today. The letter states that homeowners will be fined $25,000 per day for failing to clean up their residences from oil spills after the storm and featured a likeness … Continue reading

Man with Air Pistol Shot and Killed

A man was shot and killed by police on Saturday night after pointing what appeared to be a handgun at Brooklyn North narcotics officers following a drug operation. According to police, the incident occurred at about 10:43pm at the intersection of Gates and Seneca Avenues in Ridgewood, Queens when two plain-clothes NYPD narcotics detectives had just arrested a suspect in a buy and bust operation when they were suddenly confronted by a 42-year-old Hispanic male who drew what appeared to … Continue reading

Business Boom in Forest Hills — Local Biz surge after FEMA Moves In

FEMA moving into Forest Hills has been a welcome sight for the area’s local businesses. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York and other parts of the northeast, the federal agency has taken over the vacant space at the Forest Hills Towers on 118-35 Queens Boulevard that was left by airline Jet Blue, which opened its new headquarters in Long Island City earlier this year. The agency has brought hundreds of employees— about 700— to the area, according … Continue reading

Queens’ native elected to New York City Civil Court

Former counsel to Assembly members Audrey Pheffer, Phil Goldfeder Forest Hills resident Larry Love will be getting a new office on January 1st. Love, a former private practice attorney, was elected to the New York City Civil Court, 5th District on November 6th. He was sworn into office amont later on December 6th in Queens. Love ran unopposed in the last general election and was endorsed by Democratic, Conservative, Republican and Independence parties. The New York City Civil Courts are … Continue reading

Questions, Opposition Surround MLS — Venue proposed for Flushing-Meadows Corona Park

In theory, a major league soccer stadium in the heart of Queens is an idea worth championing and certainly one that most Queens’ residents and politicians can get behind. But, in practice, MLS’ plan to build a 25,000-seat stadium at the eastern end of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, by 2016, is generating more questions than answers. Among some of the key questions that have emerged since MLS announced its stadium plans back in June of this year include environmental impacts, traffic … Continue reading

Mexican Sex Traffickers Nabbed

United States Attorney Loretta E. Lynch has announced the extradition and arraignment of four Mexican sex traffickers in a comprehensive anti-trafficking program, which has to date indicted 52 defendants in sex trafficking cases and rescued over 100 victims, including 17 minors. Two Mexican nationals, Benito Lopez-Perez and Anastasio Romero-Perez, were arraigned on a 25-count indictment which charges the defendants with sex trafficking, interstate prostitution, alien smuggling and money laundering offenses, involving victims as young as 14 and 15 years old. … Continue reading

Democratic Contenders Pile Up in Queens Borough President’s Race

The borough battle is just about ready to break out. With Borough President Helen Marshall term-limited, candidates are piling into a Democratic primary to take her place as the symbolic leader of a borough at a crossroads. Characterized by Democratic insiders as a passive presence, Marshall is already serving as a contrast for some the contenders looking to occupy her seat in Kew Gardens. State Sen. Tony Avella, one of six potential Democrats in the field, announced his intentions to … Continue reading