Law Day at Queens Supreme Court


By Queens Courier Staff

Queens County Clerk Gloria D’Amico (center) celebrated Law Day at the Queens Supreme Court with Carrie Sanchez, Yuliya Aksakalova, Ashley Velasquez, Andrew Shamsheer, Sherefa Brown, Rache Mongeluzo, Patrick Cho, Diana Yakubova, Sara Ahmed, Lorraine O’Connell, and Alexis Cuffee, Second Deputy County Clerk. The theme of this year’s ceremony was “Liberty under the Law: Judicial independence, […]

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Queens lawmakers celebrate Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

In a 5-4 decision issued Friday morning, the Court overturned state-imposed bans on same-sex marriage. Queens lawmakers and gay rights advocates– including City Councilman Daniel Dromm– expressed delight in the decision.

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Spotlight on justice: Joseph Zayas, Administrative Judge of the Queens County Supreme Court


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Justice Joseph Zayas

Growing up in a tough neighborhood in West Harlem, Justice Joseph Zayas never considered a future in the justice system. Fast forward, and today he is Administrative Judge of the Queens County Supreme Court. In January, Zayas was appointed by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti as the Administrative Judge for […]

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What the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act means to Queens


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Last week, President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation to supply health care to most Americans was upheld by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, and soon many uninsured Queens residents will have access to doctors, hospitals and preventive medicine. The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was passed in 2010, had been questioned by lawmakers […]

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Reality Bites: Neponsit Brothers Blur Line Between Courtroom and Television Set With Queens Supreme


By Queens Courier Staff

  For the last year and a half, Daniel and Peter Thomas have spent a great deal of time immersed in the fictional world of "Queens Supreme," CBSs new series about a group of headstrong judges in the Queens County Courthouse. Occasionally, however, reality intrudes. Last Friday at Peters law office on Queens Boulevard in […]

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Plans for Willets Point mega mall blocked by appellate court


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of NYCEDC

An appellate court blocked developers of proposed mega mall Willets West last week from using designated parkland without legislative approval, creating a major bump in the road to the project’s construction.

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Queens-based counterfeiting ring busted, loaded weapon and marijuana discovered


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy NYPD

During its investigation and ensuring court-authorized searches, police reportedly recovered card readers, embossers and other equipment used for credit and debit card forgery along with more than $11,000 in cash, three vehicles, a loaded .40-caliber Glock firearm, 41 marijuana plants, two 5-gallon containers full of marijuana and high-intensity lights known to be used for growing pot indoors.

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Queens doctors charged in multimillion-dollar Brooklyn Medicaid fraud ring


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

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Several Queens medical practitioners were among 23 people indicted in Brooklyn for allegedly scamming the Medicaid system out of nearly $7 million and offering free sneakers to low-income and homeless people in exchange for undergoing unnecessary medical tests and treatments, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced Tuesday.

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Homeless Queens woman sentenced for 2010 Astoria Park beating, strangulation


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A 33-year-old homeless woman has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for her role in the 2010 fatal beating and strangulation of a 32-year-old man in Astoria Park, according to the Queens district attorney.

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Addisleigh Park, a thriving tribute to black history in Queens


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Addisleigh Park, a small portion of St. Albans in southeast Queens, was home to many people who were influential to black history. Athletes and musicians such as Jackie Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Louis and Miles Davis once called the small town home.

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Manhattan man faces 11 years in prison for robbing three elderly Queens women


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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A Manhattan man will soon be sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to two separate Queens home invasions, involving three women, one as old as 97, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Alleged Queens gang members indicted on charges of conspiring to commit murder, robbery


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens district attorney's office

Thirty-one reputed southeast Queens gang members have been indicted on charges of conspiring to murder two people and conspiring to commit robberies in order to bail out an alleged teenage gang leader, officials said.

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