Police Commissioner Bill Bratton talks community relations in southeast Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called for stronger ties between police and the community during a speech in Jamaica on Tuesday, when he outlined plans for greater collaboration and alternatives to making arrests for first-time minor crimes while also recognizing law enforcement’s role in “many of the worst parts of black history.”

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De Blasio names Bill Bratton next NYPD commissioner


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo via Flickr/Policy Exchange

In a much anticipated move, mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named Bill Bratton as the city’s top cop  on Thursday, promising to “heal the wounds” caused by stop-and-frisk. “He has combined the best of tradition and the best of innovation in an extraordinary career of achievement,” de Blasio said. This is Bratton’s second run as commissioner, […]

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IS FORMER POLICE COMMISSIONER BILL BRATTON REALLY A SERIOUS GOP CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR IN 2013?


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Recent conversations about former NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton running on the Republican line for Mayor in 2013 to succeed lame duck Mayor Michael Bloomberg is wishful thinking. Bloomberg barely won a third term spending well over a hundred sixty million dollars to overcome a citywide five to one Democrat versus Republican voter registration advantage. […]

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Pols introduce bill in Congress to alleviate airplane noise


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Congressmember Joe Crowley gathered with state and local elected officials, advocates and community members Friday to announce the introduction of the Silent Skies Act bill that will work to alleviate airplane noise pollution in neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.

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Reputed Rockaway street gang members cuffed for murder, assault plots


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Thirteen alleged members of a Far Rockaway-based street gang found themselves in handcuffs Wednesday for an indictment charging them with various violent crimes including conspiring to murder and assault rival groups, prosecutors announced.

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NYPD officer shot in Queens Village, suspect charged with attempted murder


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A police officer remains in critical but stable condition after being shot while on duty in Queens Village Saturday — and the man who allegedly shot him remains locked up, according to officials.

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