Category Archives: Feature

Advocates Push for Reauthorization of Zadroga Act

Legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced bills calling for the reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The original law, passed in 2010, provided healthcare and compensation for first responders, workers and residents of the areas around the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack sites. Two main components of the act—the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund—are set to expire later this year and October 2016, respectively. … Continue reading

Grand Jury Investigating Gang Tied to Home Invasions: Report

A federal grand jury has been impaneled and is investigating a crew with ties to the mob that is allegedly responsible for the recent spate of home invasion robberies in south Queens communities, according to an exclusive online report. Sources have indicated to Gang Land News’ Jerry Capeci that prosecutors seeking an indictment have been presenting evidence and witnesses to a grand jury about “dozens” of violent robberies in which masked intruders beat victims, force them to strip naked and … Continue reading

Airports Roundtable Leaves No-Fly Zone

Last week, Port Authority’s Airports Roundtable finally got off the ground at a meeting at Flushing’s York College. After months of debate about the proposed structure of the roundtable, established to bring together concerned parties to address airport noise mitigation and other issues resulting from nearby airports, the group of approximately 100 attendees (three dozen of which were roundtable members representing various community boards, civic groups, and advocacy organizations) came together in earnest under the roof of one roundtable with … Continue reading

Addabbo Lauds Vet Program Funding in New Budget

While acknowledging that the final $142 billion budget “left a lot to be desired in some areas,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) this week praised the package for funding several veterans programs, including initiatives to expand counseling and legal advocacy services; advance research into post traumatic stress disorder; retrofit housing for disabled former members of the military; and help to ensure indigent veterans are laid to rest in dignity. “It’s a good budget overall,” Addabbo said on Tuesday … Continue reading

CB 9 Members Ask Katz to Reconsider Evangelista Ouster

An overwhelming majority of Community Board 9 members Tuesday night voted in favor of sending a letter to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, requesting that she revisit her decision to decline Dr. Vincent Evangelista’s reappointment to the board for the 2015-2017 term. Evangelista, an Ozone Park podiatrist, reapplied last month to his seat on the advisory body that represents the communities of Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, and Kew Gardens, and was officially denied by Katz. Some board members and … Continue reading

Eyesores on Canal Irk Residents

Hawtree Creek in Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach has been home lately to a couple of sinking boats, and, after efforts to reach their owner failed, locals called in the big dogs. The Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, police, fire department, politicians, environmentalists, and various other officials have been notified of the situation.  According to Alan Aldrus, Recording Secretary of the Howard Beach Motor Boat Club, those contacted did move swiftly to try to address the situation, but then, … Continue reading

Argument Ensues as CB 10 Meet Adjourns; Tiff Over Ownership of Juvenile Jail Property

Tempers flared last Thursday night at the closing of Community Board 10’s monthly meeting. Patrick Khan, a member of CB 9, signed up to speak during the public hearing portion of the meeting. Khan used his allotted minutes to blast a civic group that he characterized as “ill informed,” after the group had allegedly protested outside the home of Khan’s son and grandson, believing Khan owned the South Ozone Park property on which a juvenile detention center is being built. … Continue reading

Crooks Rip ATM out of Cross Bay Key Food

Confident crooks this week ripped an entire automated teller machine unit out of a Howard Beach supermarket, causing damage and stealing an unknown amount of cash, police said. The bandits “broke a glass rear door” at the Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard in the early morning hours of Monday, “removed an ATM, loaded it onto a truck” and sped away, according to authorities. Store Manager Giancarlo Carlo said that he was first notified of the matter as he was … Continue reading

Tire Thieves Strike Again in Howard Beach

While authorities seemed to make strides recently in putting a dent in the epidemic of stolen tires and rims in the area, thieves this week struck once again, this time on 158th Avenue in Howard Beach. The bandits boosted the two driver side wheels off a brand-new, jet-black Infiniti sedan as the vehicle sat in front of the owner’s house. By the time the owner realized what had happened, the car was precariously propped up on a single black milk … Continue reading

De Blasio, Schneiderman Form Task Force on Immigration Fraud

Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last week announced the formation of a joint task force to target those who prey on immigrants, while encouraging victims of fraud to come forward without fear. The immigration fraud task force, led by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the city Department of Consumer Affairs, together with the Office of the Attorney General, will dedicate enforcement resources and conduct a public awareness campaign to stop predators from taking … Continue reading

Justice Agate Embraces New Role as Library Trustee

He may have retired on the last day of the last month of last year, hanging up the distinctive black robe for good after stepping down from the bench and absconding to chambers before leaving that cathedral of code and the Constitution—the courthouse on Sutphin Boulevard—in the rearview mirror, but Augustus Agate has not stopped moving. “I’m not staying home,” he told The Forum this week, “I’m going to be active in the community.” Active, for Agate, now four months … Continue reading

Stringer Rips Build it Back Program in Audit Findings

City Comptroller Scott Stringer this week blasted the city after an audit executed by his office revealed that the recovery effort following Superstorm Sandy turned into a boon for consultants who failed to do required work and left thousands of victims without help long after the storm ravaged the New York—and problems continue to this day. The audit, according to Stringer’s office, examined the Build it Back Single Family Program—dedicated to owner-occupants of properties with one-to-four units affected by Sandy—from … Continue reading

State Legislature Approves $142B Budget; Education, Ethics Reforms Anchor Spending Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the state Legislature early Wednesday morning announced the passage of the 2015-2016 budget. Anchored by education and ethics reforms—the two issues that had lawmakers burning the midnight oil Tuesday—the $142 billion spending plan boasts new investments in rebuilding and growing the Empire State economy, including $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative and $500 million to make New York the first in the nation to have statewide broadband. “This $142 billion budget is the … Continue reading

WRBA Asks Community to Help Family Find Missing Man

An area civic organization this week asked for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Brooklyn man with mental-health issues who used to live in south Queens. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association issued an email on Tuesday morning requesting help in finding Joseph Logue, 21, who has been missing since March 3. Logue, who has brown hair and brown eyes, was last seen by his family at their home on New Lots Avenue in East New York. Logue and his … Continue reading

DOT Unveils Woodhaven-Cross Bay Select Bus Service Design Concept

The city Department of Transportation last week unveiled the design concept of main road bus lanes for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards. After DOT and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority developed three SBS concepts, they were presented to the affected communities over the course of a year through meetings, workshops and open houses. Design Concept 2, a “transit-oriented boulevard” where buses travel in designated lanes in the main roadway, was selected. According to DOT, this concept provides … Continue reading