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Fire Marshals Arrest Suspect in 4-Alarm Woodhaven Blaze

City fire marshals on Friday arrested a suspect in connection with a four-alarm fire in Woodhaven on Wednesday night that destroyed eight homes and injured five civilians. Luis Lopez, 30, a tenant at 91-21 90th St., was awaiting arraignment on Friday afternoon, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Investigators indicated that shortly after a dispute involving Lopez in which he was given in an ultimatum to vacate the premises at 91-21, the landlord and another occupant smelled smoke. The fire … Continue reading

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Report Reveals FAA System Vulnerable to Cyber Terror: Schumer

The senior senator from New York on Sunday urged the Federal Aviation Administration to immediately implement a series of expert- recommended cyber security upgrades to national airspace computer systems after a report released last week suggests significant security weaknesses within the FAA’s air traffic control systems. In a letter addressed to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked the agency to “take swift and immediate action” to rectify the weaknesses exposed in the Government Accountability Office report, … Continue reading

Katz Taps New Deputy Borough President

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday announced the appointment of Melva Miller as Deputy Borough President, effective immediately. Miller succeeds Leroy Comrie, who left Borough Hall in January to begin his first term as state senator for the 14th District. Katz made the announcement at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast at St. John’s University. She cited Miller’s background in tackling borough business issues as one of the main reasons why she tapped her for the deputy post. … Continue reading

Addabbo: Need Alternative E-Waste Disposal Methods

Following the announcement last week that New York City will be implementing a ban on curbside disposal of electronics waste as of January 2015, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. has penned a letter to the Department of Sanitation requesting more drop-off locations for old equipment. The ban is the third and final phase of the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act law, governing annual statewide recycling starting in 2011.  The law covers electronic items including but not limited to: … Continue reading

Guide Helps Connect Immigrant Kids & Families to City Services

While comprehensive immigration reform remains a hot-button political issue, the city last week unveiled a new resource to help recently arrived immigrant children and their families connect to government and nonprofit services. Designed by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, this guide provides information about health insurance and access to care, mental-health clinics, school enrollment, food pantries, homelessness prevention, legal services and more. It will be distributed widely for use by city agencies, schools, nonprofit organizations, and immigrant children and … Continue reading

Queens DA Honors Two Prosecutors With Weinstein Award

  Queens District Attorney Richard Brown (c.) named Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Speck and Kanella Georgopoulos as the dual recipients of the Queens District Attorney’s 23rd Annual Hal Miller Weinstein Memorial Award. The award is presented to a member of the District Attorney’s first-year class who most exemplifies and embodies the exceptional spirit, boundless enthusiasm and deep commitment to public service as did the late Assistant District Attorney Hal Miller Weinstein, a first-year prosecutor who tragically died in April 1992 … Continue reading

Broad Channel Community Leader Honored with Special Gift

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) last week recognized the community service of Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy, Jr. Goldfeder presented Mundy with a framed copy of the Jamaica Bay Protection Bill, together with the initial 2012 press release announcing the legislation and the pen used by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law earlier this year. Goldfeder consulted Mundy during the research and drafting of the new law, which prevents the dumping of toxic chemicals into … Continue reading

New Book Spotlights MTA ‘Art Museum’

The next time you find yourself at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, take a quick look around. You might catch a driver or bus passenger or pedestrian heading north on the boulevard craning their neck toward the elevated subway station and that mysterious face that has stood sentinel over the roadway for more than 20 years. And thanks to a new book that features the 250 permanent works of art throughout the city’s vast transportation network, curious … Continue reading

Queens Museum Names New Executive Director

After an exhaustive national search, the Queens Museum Board of Trustees last week named Laura Raicovich as the borough cultural institution’s new president and executive director. Raicovich, 41, replaces long-time museum head Tom Finkelpearl, who earlier this year was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the commissioner for the city Department of Cultural Affairs. She will assume her new position on Jan. 1, 2015. “Laura has spent the past two decades strengthening arts institutions, realizing the visions of artists, … Continue reading

Recycling Day Another Rousing Success

De-cluttering a home went from a chore to a way to go green and bring awareness and action to the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” on Sunday at the bi-annual Recycling Day in Forest Park. Since 2009, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) have organized the recycling event twice a year for constituents and donators to recycle unwanted electronics, paper and household items in an effort to encourage their districts to become more environmentally friendly. … Continue reading

MTA Goes Bus Shopping, Plunks Down $80M on New Fleet

All aboard the (brand new) bus. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved more than $80 million in federally funded contracts awarded to a Minnesota bus manufacturer for the delivery of 120 new low-floor transit vehicles: 75 low floor 60-foot articulated diesel buses and 45 low floor 40-foot diesel buses to be used by MTA Bus Company. The combined total award to New Flyer of America is $80,072,520. The 40-foot bus costs $496,267 per bus, with the contract also providing … Continue reading

De Blasio Touts After-School Initiative in Richmond Hill

Bill de Blasio’s successful mayoral campaign was built around his “Tale of Two Cities,” which highlighted what he saw as unprecedented socioeconomic inequality facing the Big Apple. One of the ways in which he sought to bridge that pervasive gap was through education, particularly after-school programs, and last week he visited Richmond Hill to applaud the efforts of educators and raise awareness of enrollment applications for these enhanced after-school activities. De Blasio and city Department of Youth and Community Development … Continue reading

Ulrich calls for veteran counselors

A new piece of legislation is looking to link up veterans with benefit counselors across the city. City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced a bill last week that would provide veterans with benefit counselors in each borough through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The councilman said he launched the initiative with hopes of helping veterans get their hands on the benefits already at their disposal. “One of the biggest difficulties facing New York City’s veterans is access to … Continue reading

NYCHA neglects low-income New Yorkers: Stringer

A city Comptroller Scott Stringer audit singled out the city Housing Authority for failing to follow its own regulations in hiring low-income New Yorkers. NYCHA, the audit said, did not make sure that contractors working on its capital projects were following federal law – which coincided with the group’s own regulations – mandating the employment of NYCHA residents and low-income residents Stringer said. The misstep ended up costing low-income residents hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential wages, the comptroller … Continue reading