Free legal clinic services to be offered for NYCHA residents


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer launched free legal clinic services on Monday that will serve residents of the New York City Housing Authority.

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Meeting held to strengthen relationship between western Queens NYCHA residents and NYPD


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Residents of NYCHA developments in western Queens came together Saturday afternoon to discuss strengthening relationships with the police officers assigned to protect them.

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91-year-old WWII veteran fighting NYCHA for Flushing apartment


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Ralph Calinda lives alone in a three-bedroom apartment in the NYCHA Pomonok Houses in Flushing. Through NYCHA’s downsizing policy, which moves residents who “overuse apartments” to smaller ones, the city agency wants to kick him out of his home.

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$300G in repairs not made at Long Island City NYCHA center


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos By Angy Altamirano

Long Island City seniors are waiting for fixes to be made to their senior center, and have been doing so for three years. Funds allocated to fix various problems at the Jacob Riis Settlement House at the Queensbridge Houses have yet to be put to use, and now the community wants answers as to why. […]

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Security cameras to be installed in Far Rockaway NYCHA complexes


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Big Brother is watching in NYCHA complexes across Far Rockaway. Security cameras are set to be installed in various housing projects, intended to curb violence, particularly gun violence, in troubled areas. “I’m tired of hearing the stories – our seniors and our children not being able to play outside because they’re afraid of getting struck […]

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Rent credits for NYCHA residents


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Residents of public housing buildings severely affected by Sandy are catching a break. The Board of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced that rent adjustments will be made for tenants in developments where heat, hot water and electricity have been nonexistent. After Sandy hit, 402 NYCHA buildings, housing approximately 79,000 people, were without […]

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Pay your NYCHA rent at the bank


By Queens Courier Staff

Public housing residents in Long Island City now have an additional option of paying their rent - through the bank. The hope is that besides convenience this alternative will also provide public housing communities with much needed banking experience. As of October, the residents of the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses, over 95,000, can pay their […]

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Queens contractor arrested for kickback scheme against employees


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

A Queens contractor was arrested for allegedly running a kickback scheme — illegally taking a portion of workers’ wages — and underpaying employees for a grand total of about $9,300 for work on the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday.

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NYPD’s first deputy commissioner honored at Black History Month celebration


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Members of the NYPD, including First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, and local community leaders were honored for all their achievements during an annual Black History Month celebration in Long Island City.

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Merrick Academy gets renewed five-year lease


| slicata@queenscourier.com

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Giving parents an educational option within a neighborhood that deals with economic challenges is vital to the success of the children living there, said Staci White, chief of operations at Merrick Academy, which recently received a new five-year lease with the city.

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