Bayside tattoo artist brings some color to Super Bowl celebrations


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

A tattoo artist in Bayside is holding a fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday for the Wounded Warrior Project. And he’s enlisted tattoo artists from around the country to paint helmets to be sold at the fundraiser.

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Newly constructed Whitestone office building starts search for tenants


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of CBRE

The glassy, newly constructed 16-16 Whitestone Expwy. building boasts about 60,000 square feet for office space, half of which will be occupied by the owner, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 Pension Trust Fund.

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Sentencing for Dan Halloran on bribery conviction pushed back to March 4


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Disgraced former City Councilman Dan Halloran will have another six weeks to practice his scuba diving techniques after a federal judge this week adjourned sentencing for his role in a bribery scheme during the 2013 mayoral campaign. Halloran, who was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, is now due to go before U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas on March 4,

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Pressure builds to expand school program in northern Queens and Whitestone


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A push to expand programs for gifted and talented students into middle schools in a northern Queens district has the support of local elected officials and at least 500 parents who have signed petitions backing the effort.

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New bills proposed by state Sen. Avella would address abandoned homes


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The Zombie Property Act would force lenders to maintain abandoned homes in New York and the act is part of a series of bills that are part of the policy agenda for Avella and his cohort of the Independent Democratic Conference. The group unveiled their 15-point agenda Invest New York earlier this week and one of the bills seeks to ease the burden abandoned homes could have on neighborhoods.

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Oakland Gardens man pleads guilty to setting fire to pal’s Little Neck apartment


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

fire

Ezra Barashy, 26, pleaded guilty to third-degree arson Tuesday for setting fire to his friend’s Little Neck basement apartment this summer, according to the district attorney’s office. In his plea, he admitted to intentionally tossing a Molotov cocktail at the home of his pal.

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Gov. Cuomo unveils proposal to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Gov. Cuomo rolled out a proposal to build an AirTrain from the Willets Point No. 7 train station to LaGuardia Airport, similar to the train line now connecting John F. Kennedy Airport to the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica station.

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