Category Archives: Richmond Hill

QueensWay Draws Raves, but Some Still Oppose Park Plan

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land this week released the much-anticipated QueensWay Plan, a study which both groups jointly characterized as “a blueprint for the QueensWay—New York City’s next great park.” The project involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch line of the Long Island Rail Road—a 3.5-mile swath of the borough, from Rego Park to Ozone Park—into a $120 million public park boasting trails and many amenities. According to the study, the QueensWay will “provide … Continue reading

Community Board 9 Accepting District Manager Applications

Community Board 9 is now accepting resumes from individuals interested in the district manager position. The board, which serves Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, has been searching for candidates since longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced her retirement in August. As of Oct. 1, the position has been vacant. “Community Board 9’s next district manager will play a critical role in ensuring that the board effectively serves the residents of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and … Continue reading

Ulrich, Communities Prep for Participatory Budgeting

While formal meetings to discuss proposals and vote are still several months in the offing, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and community leaders talked to The Forum this week about the participatory budgeting process and how it has impacted the concept of local governance. Last year, Community Board 9 was introduced to the participatory budgeting initiative—an optional “democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay … Continue reading

South Queens Lawmaker Lauds Citywide Food Drive

City food pantries received a gigantic boost to the tune of $1.32 million, thanks to the City Council.   The legislative body announced a week-long emergency food drive this week to raise resources and awareness for food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city desperately in need of replenishing. A total $1.32 million went into the Fiscal Year 2015 budget to bulk up supplies. In southern Queens, the Richmond Hill Holy Child Jesus Church partnered up with the drive, which runs from … Continue reading

Pasta Party to Benefit WRHVAC

The top portion of 78-19 Jamaica Ave. collapsed more than one year ago, but the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is still buried in the rubble.   A number of expenses have dug the volunteer group into a deep financial hole and community leaders said it might never be able to dig itself out. Elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn), state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and City Council members … Continue reading

Steady Recovery for Ozone Park Hit-And-Run Victim

A brutal 52 stitches to the stomach and severely injured back have not stopped 29-year-old Sandeep Singh, who has been on the mend since the driver of a white truck called him “Osama” before running him over late last month. Brother Navindeep Singh said his family was shocked to see the beloved father fall victim to such a hateful act in modern day New York City. He stood with city leaders in Richmond Hill last Thursday to denounce Joseph Caleca, … Continue reading

Richmond Hill Vet Relishes Top Honor

Robert Finnerty, husband of Richmond Hill South Civic President Margaret Finnerty, was elected national executive officer to represent New York with the National Disabled Veterans group. He will serve for a two-year term after already garnering experience as a past New York state commander as well as department commander. Robert also served as a commander for Chapter 118 of the DAV in Glendale. In addition to Finnerty, Nancy Rivera was also elected national executive officer to represent New York over … Continue reading

Baldeo Busted on Obstruction of Justice Charges

Albert J. Baldeo, a former candidate for public office and Democratic district leader, was found guilty of obstruction of justice while also dodging several other fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. The Richmond Hill attorney was initially indicted back in 2014 and accused of soliciting straw donors to garner illegal campaign contributions when he unsuccessfully ran for the City Council in 2010. Bharara said Baldeo tampered with witnesses by asking them to lie to investigators as they probed his … Continue reading

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

Fresh Meadows man convicted in fatal Richmond Hill beating: DA

A 28-year-old from Fresh Meadows was found guilty of manslaughter in the March 2013 beating of a 24-year-old man at a Richmond Hill party spot, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Kristian P. Sorbera, 28, of Parsons Boulevard in Fresh Meadows, was convicted after a weeklong trial late last month of manslaughter in the killing of Richmond Hill native Deosarran Ramdula, Brown said. According to the criminal complaint, Ramdula was out parting with a friend when he got into an … Continue reading

‘Night Out’ Brings Party to Precincts

There were parties all over the city Tuesday night and southern Queens came out in big numbers to support the police precincts that patrol the region. The city Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out Against Crime this week with well-attended festivities planned in countless precincts throughout all five boroughs. Central and southern Queens precincts, including the 102nd, 104th, 106th and 112th, were no exception. The 102nd Precinct, which oversees communities like Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, kicked off its … Continue reading

Boro precincts brace for National Night Out

Central and southern Queens police precincts rolled out their plans for this year’s National Night Out against crime, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5. Area precincts, including the 100th, 102nd, 104th,  106th and 112th, all announced unique events in their respective beats across the borough as the Police Department continued its summer celebration tradition. Precincts and their respective community councils citywide have been coming together for years once a year in recognition of the Night Out festivities with events featuring barbecues, games … Continue reading

Robbery turns fatal in Richmond Hill

Two men from south Queens were arrested and charged with murder on July 16 in the fatal beating and robbery of a Richmond Hill man, ending a crime spree by the suspects that began in early June, the district attorney’s office said. Nestor Rodriguez, 20, of Woodhaven, and Carlos Genno, 22, of Ozone Park, allegedly attacked Nazmul Islam, 55, a leader of the U.S chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling party, in Richmond Hill on July 9, Queens District Attorney Richard … Continue reading

Richmond Hill library closes for roof renovations

A Queens Library branch in Richmond Hill will be closed temporarily this week in order to make way for roof renovations, the branch announced. The library, at 103-34 Lefferts Blvd., was slated to close its doors at the end of business July 26 so crews can move in and install a new roof with an anticipated reopening date near the end of September, a spokesman said. Limited library services were also established at a mobile library to be used near … Continue reading

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading