Teen Charged with Stabbing Step-Dad to Death

A Richmond Hill college student on Monday was arraigned on charges that he stabbed his step-father to death in their 114th Street home, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Nickel McLean, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He is being held on $500,000 bail. According to the charges, McLean returned home from playing soccer on Sunday afternoon and got into an argument over chores with his step-father, David Hightower, 50, who lives in … Continue reading

Council Votes to Create Citywide Select Bus Service Plan

With the administration poised to add a Select Bus Service route to the Woodhaven-Cross Bay corridor, the City Council last week voted in favor of developing a citywide SBS plan. Under Introduction 211-A, sponsored by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Lander), the city Department of Transportation would work with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and gather input from the public stakeholders to create a five-borough SBS network, which would be due to the Council no later than Sept. 1, 2017. The plan would … Continue reading

Air Code Overhauled for First Time in 35 Years

A busy City Council last week approved a comprehensive update to the Air Pollution Control Code to improve the outdoor air quality in the Big Apple. Introduction 271-A, sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection, brings the Air Code into compliance with more stringent state and federal air quality laws, rules and regulations. The law, according to the Council, will result in boilers operating more efficiently, engines and generators operating more cleanly, less fuel … Continue reading

Cops of the Month Defuse Wild Domestic Dispute

Noting that domestic disturbance calls are among the most “dangerous jobs” to which police officers respond, Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, on Tuesday presented the Cop of the Month award at the Precinct Community Council meeting to two officers who sustained injuries after courageously rescuing a woman from her violent spouse. Urprasad said Police Officers Angie Colon and Gurvinder Bachhal “used minimal force” in responding to an April 17 incident in which a man was … Continue reading

East Elmhurst Woman Charged in DWI Hit and Run

An East Elmhurst woman last week was charged with vehicular assault and other offenses—including driving while under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop—after hitting a pedestrian and several parked vehicles. Gisel Carchi, 21, was released last Thursday on $30,000 bail cash or bond following arraignment on charges of first- and second-degree vehicular assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting/serious physical injury, fourth-degree criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence … Continue reading

Howard Beach Bagel Store Honored for Senior Service

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) this week presented Stella Lee of Old Country Bagels with a Senate Citation for the Cross Bay Boulevard shop’s “contribution and dedication to the senior community.” The store donates free bagels daily to the Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center.

Bake it off!

AMCA’s Second Grade Class held a “Cupcakes and Cookies for a Cause!” Bake Sale earlier that day (April 17th) which benefited the organization “No Kid Hungry”.  This service project was part of their final preparations to receive First Holy Communion this Saturday, April 25th.  They raised $325!  The class worked very hard decorating the delicious treats and advertising the event in addition to setting up and serving, with the help of AMCA Principal Miss Marybeth McManus, and Second Grade teacher Miss … Continue reading

Oh Boy! What a Night

It turned out to be quite a night of fun and games for AMCA boys and their dads/father-figures. The evening began with Mass and continued in the school gym with pizza and Gatorade.  Then the competitions began with potato sack, relay, and three-legged races for all grades Pre-K to 8th grade.  The dads had even converted the stage into a mini-golf course which was open to players all evening.  Each event was categorized by age, and winners received NUT (No … Continue reading

All Sandy Flood Victims Should be Included in Fraud Settlements: Goldfeder

With more than a thousand civil lawsuits pending in federal court following allegedly fraudulent actions by insurance company-contracted engineering firms and adjusters aimed at limiting payouts to Superstorm Sandy victims, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week wrote a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate calling on the agency to ensure all affected Sandy flood victims are included in the ongoing settlements. Goldfeder also called on FEMA to make insurance and damage report documents available to policyholders for … Continue reading

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

‘Serious Concerns’ About City Parking Proposal for Affordable Housing

Members of the Borough Board on Monday evening voiced their concerns about, and in some cases outright opposition to, a Department of City Planning proposal to eliminate or reduce parking requirements for affordable and senior housing. In its “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” presentation, DCP highlighted the need to modernize zoning across the city, one of the main tenets of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year Housing New York plan. Working with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, nonprofit housing … Continue reading