Family of slain National Guardsman reaches $2.5 million settlement in suit against city


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The family of slain National Guardsman Noel Polanco has reached a $2.5 million settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

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2013: The year in photos


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As we bid adieu to 2013, The Queens Courier brings you a look at the year that was . . . from the selection of a new Pope to the downfall of our elected officials, to tragedy, controversy and everything in between. And as we look ahead to 2014, we wish our new legislators luck and the best year for our readers.

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Family of slain National Guardsman to file suit against city, NYPD


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

Cecilia Reyes announced a $20 million notice of claim to file a lawsuit against the city, the NYPD and the officer who fatally shot her son, Noel Polanco. On February 14, a Queens grand jury determined no criminal charges would be filed against Hassan Hamdy, the NYPD officer who shot the 22-year-old National Guardsman in […]

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Mother of slain National Guardsman vows justice despite grand jury ruling


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Even after the verdict was final, Cecilia Reyes vowed her son would get justice. Reyes, the mother of Noel Polanco, the 22-year-old National Guardsman who was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on the Grand Central Parkway on October 4, was outraged by the court’s ruling that her son’s killer would not […]

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No criminal charges to be filed in Grand Central Parkway shooting death of Army reservist


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Queens grand jury concluded Thursday that there will be no criminal charges filed in connection to the death of Army reservist Noel Polanco who was shot by a police officer on the Grand Central Parkway last fall, said District Attorney Richard Brown. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly requested the grand jury investigation just days after […]

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Weekend Roundup


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Quinn leads crowded field for 2013 mayoral nod Council Speaker Christine Quinn remained at the head of the field in the 2013 mayoral race, though her once wide margin has shrunk. NY1-Marist Poll released a poll surveying registered city voters on next year’s race for mayor with Quinn coming out on top with the support […]

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Top headlines around the web


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Aqueduct racino and tax coffers in the chips This is one gamble that paid off. The Aqueduct Resorts World “racino” in Queens is celebrating its one-year anniversary — amid positive reviews from state officials and community leaders that the facility has boosted jobs and swelled Albany’s coffers in a fragile economy. Read more: New York […]

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Unarmed national guardsman killed by police is laid to rest


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

“We just want justice,” whispered a cousin of Noel Polanco’s during his funeral service. “That’s it. Justice.” Hundreds of friends and family members filled the Eternal Love Baptist Church in Corona on Friday morning to bid a final goodbye to Noel Polanco, the 22-year-old national guardsman, killed by a police officer during a traffic stop […]

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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday night: Clear, with a low around 41. North wind 9 to 17 mph. Biden and Ryan quarrel aggressively in […]

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Mother of unarmed man killed by NYPD meets with Queens DA


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A day before burying her son killed by police during a traffic stop, Cecilia Reyes met today with the Queens district attorney. Noel Polanco’s mother, along with her lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, met with DA Richard Brown for about a half hour today, according to reports, and was told the case will likely be heading to […]

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Ray Kelly calls for grand jury investigation into Polanco death


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Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is requesting a grand jury investigation following last week’s fatal shooting of 22-year-old Army Reserve member Noel Polanco by a police officer. According to the NYPD, on Thursday, October 4 around 5:15 a.m., officers in two unmarked vehicles spotted an eastbound, black 2012 Honda Fit hybrid driving erratically, weaving between lanes […]

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Queens Afternoon Roundup


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The Afternoon Roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST Cloudy with occasional showers, with a high of 55. Winds light and variable, 50% chance of rain. Sunday night: Rain ending, partial clearing overnight, with a low of 44. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. As daughter prepares for dangerous brian surgery, Queens dad has heart attack at her bedside It was […]

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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Possible afternoon showers. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low of 48. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Unarmed Guardsman shot by NYPD wanted to be a cop: mother The unarmed Army National Guardsman who was pulled over on […]

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