City Council panels approve construction of new school in Ozone Park


| amatua@queenscourier.com

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The City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses and the Land Use Committee has approved a School Construction Authority contract to erect P.S. 335, a 504-seat school at a vacant lot on Albert Road between Raleigh Street and 99th Place, in the Centerville section of Ozone Park.

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South Ozone Park juvenile detention center approved, but operators investigated


| amatua@queenscourier.com

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Just when South Ozone Park residents thought the fight to stop the placement of a juvenile detention center was close to being won, City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Tuesday approved a limited contract submitted by Sheltering Arms and the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) to erect a Close to Home facility in the area.

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Ozone Park auto body shop owner charged with tax fraud


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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An Ozone Park auto body repair shop and its owner have been charged with criminal tax fraud and grand larceny for allegedly stealing more than $125,000 in collected taxes that were owed to New York State and local municipalities.

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More sex offenders transported to Skyway Men’s Shelter in South Ozone Park


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

After promising last month to remove 52 registered sex offenders from Skyway Men’s Shelter in South Ozone Park, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) reportedly broke its promise and brought in two more sex offenders.

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Stringer rejects contract for South Ozone Park juvenile detention center


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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After months of petitioning and a lawsuit filed by the South Ozone Park Civic Association West and three South Ozone Park residents, the proposed Close to Home juvenile detention center has been denied by city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Alleged robber fatally shot by off-duty corrections officer in Ozone Park


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An off-duty New York State corrections officer shot and killed a man who allegedly tried to rob him and four other individuals on an Ozone Park street Saturday night, according to police.

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