Goldfeder ‘Deeply Disappointed’ with Funding of QueensWay Park Proposal

An area elected official this week said he was “deeply disappointed” with the state Regional Economic Development Council’s recent decision to grant funding for the QueensWay park proposal on the Rockaway Beach Rail Line right-of-way, but vowed to continue the fight to reactivate the abandoned line. Reacting to last Thursday’s news that the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization working to create parks, had been tapped by the REDC to receive more than $443,000 to design the first … Continue reading

Travel Guide Names Queens the Top Destination for 2015

Citing a new crop of microbreweries, boutique hotels, a reinvigorated Rockaway seaside and global food culture, The Lonely Planet travel publisher recently named Queens the best travel destination in the U.S. for 2015. “We’ve had our eye on Queens for a while and have watched it become an exciting destination for travelers,” said Rana Friedman, who heads marketing for the Oakland, Calif.-based Lonely Planet. “Queens’ neighborhoods can be explored for days on end and the borough is one of the … Continue reading

OSIA LaGuardia Lodge Marks Holidays in Howard Beach

  Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, cookies, cakes, pies and pastries, the Order Sons of Italy in America Fiorello LaGuardia Lodge #2867 marked the holidays last Friday night with a hearty gathering in the basement of Saint Barnabas Church in Howard Beach. 

Six-Car Crash in Woodhaven Leaves Nine Injured

Vincent Leone has just come out of the woods after spending several days in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center following a massive, six-car accident on Woodhaven Boulevard near Atlantic Avenue last Saturday evening. The 51-year-old Ozone Park resident was one of nine people who suffered injuries as result of the crash, which occurred around 6:15 p.m. on the northbound side of the boulevard. A source who was on the scene within minutes of the accident said he observed … Continue reading

Civic Fetes Finnerty, Holidays at Final 2014 Meeting

The Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic last week marked its final meeting of 2014, and the retirement of Margaret Finnerty from her position as family advocate for School District 27, with a holiday party at St. Helen Catholic Academy. HBL Civic President Joann Ariola (r.) presented Finnerty, who is also the president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, with an Appreciation of Service Award from HBLC and all of the communities of Community Board 10. “Margaret Finnerty is a model to … Continue reading

Ulrich, Catholic Charities Seniors Deliver Knits to Veterans

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Chair of the Veterans Committee, joined seniors from Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Ozone Park Senior Center this week for a visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs – St. Albans Community Living Center in Jamaica, Queens. Seniors from the Catholic Charities Knitting Club have been making hats and scarves for St. Albans Veterans every year for a number of years – but this time, they wanted to make the delivery in person.  Councilman Ulrich … Continue reading

Ridgewood Man Gets 16 Years for Robbing Deliveryman

A Ridgewood man last week was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for stealing cash and a scooter from a pizza deliveryman in Jackson Heights four years ago, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Anardo Batista, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Sept. 3 and was sentenced last Wednesday to 16 years in prison and five years’ post release supervision. “The defendant has plead guilty and has now been sentenced to a significant amount of time … Continue reading

Astoria Arsonist Charged with Setting Fire to Cop Car

An Astoria man last week was charged with setting fire to six cars in Elmhurst—including a marked police vehicle, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Miguel Ramos, 23, was arraigned last Thursday on a criminal complaint charging him with three counts of third-degree criminal mischief and six counts of fourth-degree arson. Ramos remained on Rikers Island after bail was set at $10,000 or $30,000 bond. According to the complaint, Ramos allegedly was seen on Layton Street at approximately 6:30 a.m. on … Continue reading

Elmhurst Man Charged with Stabbing Wife to Death

An Elmhurst man last week was arraigned on charges in the stabbing death of his wife in their basement apartment, and allegedly writing a suicide note in her name, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Luis Paguay, 47, was arraigned on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree murder, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Some time between the night of Dec. 3 and just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, according to the complaint, … Continue reading

Four Charged with Stunt Driving in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Four men last week were charged with reckless endangerment and other charges for allegedly drifting—a style of driving that combines high-speeds and sideways skidding—in a parking lot of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where spectators had gathered to watch, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Kareem Ali, 26, and Michael Mahabir, 27, both of Richmond Hill; Joel Santiago, 36, of Maspeth; and Darren Tang, 24, of Manhattan were arraigned in October on criminal complaints charging them … Continue reading

Broad Channel Wants Postal Facility

United States Senator Chuck Schumer and State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced this week that they have sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging the immediate installation of a new Contract Postal Unit, or CPU, in Broad Channel. This request comes after months of delays and multiple rounds of review of the original application to replace facilities destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. “Many families in Broad Channel are still not back in their homes following Superstorm Sandy and most still … Continue reading

Big Hearted Bikers Brighten Christmas

More than 100 bikers turned out on Sunday, December 7, 2014 for the NYFAC Foundation’s 1st Annual Toy Run. More than 100 toys were dropped off and they and helped raise more than $3,000, all of which will go to making NYFAC’s annual holiday party, set for Sunday, December 14, a success. “We had a great turnout,” said Frank Scafo, NYFAC Foundation Board member and one of the organizers of the event. “But more than anything, we were able to … Continue reading

City Publishes Municipal ID Rules to Ensure Privacy, Fraud Protection

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, and Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal announced this week the publication of the municipal identification card program eligibility and privacy policies, establishing broad access for all New Yorkers to apply for the card. The policies also include strong measures to ensure applicant privacy and prevent against fraud and identity theft. The official name and logo of this initiative is IDNYC. “A great deal of analysis and care went into … Continue reading

City Touts ‘Significant’ Drop in NYPD Misconduct Complaints

Mayor Bill de Blasio, sharply criticized in some places for his comments following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to press charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, last Friday praised the police department as he announced a “significant” drop in all categories of misconduct complaints filed against NYPD cops over the past five months. De Blasio and Richard Emery, chairman of the city Civilian Complaint Review Board, said that from July 1 through Nov.30, … Continue reading

Bill Calls for Planning Commission to Work With Communities on Shelter Locations

The 2015 state Legislative Session will feature a bill that proposes to dramatically change the process by which the locations of homeless shelters and facilities are chosen and implemented, according to state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and co-sponsored by Addabbo, calls for the City Planning Commission to work with the affected communities before plans for a new shelter location are finalized. Currently, city guidelines and the homeless crisis allow the … Continue reading