Author Archives: Christina Santucci

Sunnyside tenants protest housing conditions


| csantucci@queenscourier.com

“Welcome to my palace,” joked Mahboobur Rahman, as he recently stepped into the second-floor, Sunnyside apartment that he shares with his wife and two kids. Rahman pointed to his refrigerator, which he said constantly leaks liquid, to his windows, stuffed with clothing to prevent drafts, and lastly to his bathroom, where a patch of the […]

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Seek civil rights charges against Bell detectives


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Several top federal officials pledged to develop a “strategy” in response to the acquittal of three police detectives in the shooting trial of the slain groom-to-be Sean Bell. “I’m going back to work with our committee. We have our lawyers here, and we are going to be putting together the federal strategy,” said Congressmember John […]

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Six-year-old must battle constant hunger


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Six-year-old Sonny Roberto is ravenous nearly all of the time, but it is not because the Woodhaven child does not get enough to eat. Sonny, whose real name is Severino, was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), an illness affecting between one in every 12,000 to 15,000, according to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA). As a […]

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$5M in tax refund$


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Flushing resident Maureen Smith had heard about tax prep services at the East River Development Alliance last year, so when this April rolled around, she figured she would try the Long Island City-based organization. Smith said she was pleasantly surprised with the attention she received and with the amount of her federal and state refunds. […]

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Seek CB review of Con Ed land sales


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One Queens politician would like to put the kibosh on Con Edison’s plan - to sell off an Astoria lot so that a FedEx facility can be created on the property - by letting community groups have a say. A bill introduced by Assemblymember Michael Gianaris recently would allow community boards to make recommendations about […]

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Repairs to Hell Gate Bridge underway


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Work on the Hell Gate Bridge is underway, and Amtrak officials expect repairs to be finished in about a year. The project, originally estimated at $3 million, will cost $10 million to complete, including repairs to the faces of the archway and replacement of drainage lines, a spokesperson from the railroad company confirmed. Amtrak had […]

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