Category Archives: Richmond Hill

MTA Reopens Stations Along Liberty Avenue

It was a sight for sore south Queens straphanger eyes. On Monday morning, following five months of renovation and rehabilitation, A-train customers regained access to the Manhattan-bound sides of the 104th Street and 88th Street stations along the Liberty Avenue line in Ozone Park. The station renewal program is part of a major $39 million capital project that will see the complete overhaul of five stations along the Liberty Avenue A line, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “For these stations, originally opened in the … Continue reading

Richmond Hill Historical Society Welcomes Author

The Richmond Hill Historical Society last Friday welcomed borough historian and educator Carl Ballenas (r.), who detailed and signed his new book, “Images of America: Kew Gardens,” co-authored with members of the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates. Pictured with Ballenas are Ryla Pasaoa and Diego Loja, two of the 50 gifted 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students who each researched a topic for the tome.

Participatory Budget Committee Meets with Ulrich Fiscal Chief

Members of the Participatory Budgeting Committee last Thursday evening met with Gregory Mitchell, City Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) budget director, to review ideas submitted through area civic organizations and Community Board 9 in preparation for budget sessions with city agencies. Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez (l.-r.); Simcha Waisman, vice president, Richmond Hill Block Association; Lisa Gomes, acting district manager, CB 9; Martin Colberg, president, Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association; CB 9 Member J. Richard Smith; and Ed Wendell, president, Woodhaven … Continue reading

Building Collapse, Slow Recovery Cause Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Shutter

The partial collapse of a building on Jamaica Avenue in 2013 has had a devastating domino effect on the Woodhaven community. It seems that the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, whose headquarters are located in the building next to the affected edifice, will have to close its doors for good. Queens Supreme Court Judge Diccia Pineda-Kirwan has granted a construction extension to the owner of the partially collapsed building that once housed a furniture shop. This is a troubling development, … Continue reading

Community Board 9 DM Search Down to Five Candidates

The Community Board 9 District Manager Search Committee last Thursday evening whittled down the candidate pool to five from 11. These applicants have advanced to the interview stage: Scott Wolff, Lisa Gomes, James McClelland, Beryl Nyack and Joann Ariola. In a meeting at Borough Hall, each member of the 12-person collective gathered around a table and reviewed the applications and resumes of all candidates. In a voting system, the applicants who received the most tallies moved on to the next … Continue reading

Six New Officers Join 106th Precinct

Six rookie officers fresh out of the Police Academy and assigned to the 106th Precinct have already begun working the streets of south central Queens.  State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently addressed the officers, noting that “Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority. Jobs like that are … Continue reading

DA’s Office Will Use Grant Money to Address Automobile Crimes

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week announced that his office has successfully secured a significant grant from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help combat vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The $556,000 award is part of a $3.7 million grant package that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will be distributed to 17 agencies and organizations across the state for the purpose of enhancing their efforts in reducing the two crimes. The Queens DA’s Office received the largest grant—with … Continue reading

Pair Arrested in Christmas Day Murder

A Queens man and a Bronx man this week were arrested and charged in the Christmas Day shooting that left one dead in Richmond Hill, according to police and published reports. James Bryant, 20, was found by cops around 2:30 p.m. on 126th Street and 89th Avenue with a gunshot wound to his neck. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Investigators nabbed Jamar Alexander, 25, of Queens and Abu Quick, 23, of the … Continue reading

Forest Hills Man Dead After Five-Car Crash on Woodhaven Boulevard

An elderly Forest Hills man was killed four days before Christmas in a five-car accident on Woodhaven Boulevard in Richmond Hill, police officials said. Cops responded last Sunday around 6:15 p.m. to a call of a multi-vehicle collision on northbound Woodhaven Boulevard near the Atlantic Avenue overpass. Upon arrival, they determined that two vehicles traveling southbound on Woodhaven side-swiped each other, causing both drivers to lose control and sending the cars over the center median where they struck two vehicles traveling … Continue reading

Former TSA Screener Convicted of Stealing Cash from Passengers

A former Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport was convicted last week of grand larceny and other charges for stealing $10,000 cash from two passengers traveling in December 2011 and January 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Alexandra Schmid, 34, of Brooklyn, was convicted last Wednesday following a nearly four-week bench trial before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Joel Blumenfeld, who found her guilty of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading

Woman Arrested for DWI After Flipping Car on Richmond Hill Block

A Floral Park woman last Friday night was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after the car she was driving allegedly collided with two parked cars, causing it to overturn and land upside down on a Richmond Hill block, according to police. Naseeba Ramjan, 24, was taken into custody at the scene by 102nd Precinct officers. She sustained minor injuries; no one else was hurt. Ramjan, who has been charged with two misdemeanors, was released on her own recognizance … Continue reading

New MTA Report Calls for Expansion of City Rail Capacity

A recently released Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reinvention Commission report calls for the “aggressive expansion” of the city’s rail capacity through means including the reactivation of unused rail rights-of-way. And Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week seized on the development as support for the reactivation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The report recommends seven strategies for improving transportation in the city. Among these is the recommendation for expansion of the existing transit system to meet the needs of … Continue reading

City Marks Safest August — November Period in Modern Crime-Statistics Era

Following his landslide election victory a little over year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to improve police-community relations across the city, which he believed had been frayed, in part, by an overzealous Bloomberg administration that relied too much on the tactic known as Stop, Question and Frisk. And De Blasio said he knew the perfect man for the job—former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. It seems that that choice has paid large dividends in the administration’s first year. De Blasio … Continue reading

Goldfeder Calls on Cuomo to Use Part of Surplus on Rail Line

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week ramped up efforts to help fund the revitalization of the defunct Rockaway Beach Rail Line by penning a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urging him to direct a portion of the $5 billion in state dollars from the budget surplus, created by settlements and fines from major financial firms, to restore the line. Last week, Goldfeder helped detail the findings of a Queens College study that surveyed thousands of residents and researched available … Continue reading

Neighborhood Sanitation Initiative Extended and Enhanced

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) last week announced the extension and enhancement of additional sanitation services along the commercial corridors of Council District 28 through spring 2015. A component of the Clean Streets, Safe Neighborhoods, Strong Communities initiative launched this past April, Wildcat Services Corp. will now clean these neighborhoods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Services will also be expanded to include leaf and snow removal, as well as the removal of garbage and other debris from select vacant lots and abandoned homes. … Continue reading