Author Archives: Christina Santucci

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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$5M in tax refund$


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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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Sunnyside tenants protest housing conditions


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“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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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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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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Designers to display eco-fashion in LIC


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A parade of green is coming to Queens, but it’s not another St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Eco-advocates have organized the first “Queens is Green” fashion show in Long Island City, scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. Nine designers will showcase their planet-friendly fashions at Green Space, located at 37-24 24th Street […]

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Create your dream horse for Atlas Parks’ carousel


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Fancy a horse of a different color? Starting Thursday, April 3, The Shops at Atlas Park began a contest for Queens kids to draw up their dream carousel horse on the pages of The Queens Courier. The winning entry will then be created and added to the Glendale mall’s carousel ride. “This is a great […]

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Ex-slumlord tenants fear being evicted


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For the first time in 36 years, Khursh Mian received his family’s rent check back in the mail. Mian, whose Jackson Heights apartment recently came under the ownership of Vantage Properties LLC, said he had been meeting with neighbors and attorneys from Catholic Migration Services as a pre-emptive measure only a few weeks before. At […]

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‘Selfless and tremendous’ women honored


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Several western Queens women, including the mother of a missing soldier and the recently-appointed Landmarks commissioner, were honored by their representative in the state legislature recently. State Senator John Sabini presented the women with awards during his third annual Women’s History Month Awards Breakfast for their “selfless and tremendous” work on behalf of residents in […]

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Margaret Tietz breaks ground on $3M expansion


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The Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be expanding and renovating their Jamaica Estates facility. Over the next seven to eight months, officials plan to add about 1,000 square feet to the Chapin Parkway campus by building a new Rehabilitation Pavilion alongside their main building and then breaking down the wall in between. In […]

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St. Saviour’s raises funds to relocate


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The fundraising drive for the relocation of St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth received a large monetary boost recently. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has offered $100,000, a spokesperson from her office confirmed, matching a previously donated amount from State Senator Serphin Maltese. “The church will be restored to its original Richard Upjohn design. This is […]

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Astoria Park gets nine electric vehicles


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Nine new electric cars will be zipping around Astoria parks, thanks to a grant from Clean Air Communities and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). On Wednesday, April 9, the Parks Department unveiled the new - GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) - vehicles during a ceremony in the northwest Queens neighborhood’s largest outdoor, recreational space, Astoria […]

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St. Saviour’s raises enough funds to relocate


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The fundraising drive for the relocation of St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth received a large monetary boost recently. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has offered $100,000, a spokesperson from her office confirmed, matching a previously donated amount from State Senator Serphin Maltese. “The church will be restored to its original Richard Upjohn design. This is […]

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