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32 arrested during civil disobedience at LaGuardia Airport as workers call for better treatment


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BY KATELYN DI SALVO

Wendy Arellano, a single mother of two from Corona, holds three jobs to try to make it through the months. She makes $8 an hour working at LaGuardia Airport and has now stood up to make her voice heard.

Arellano, together with close to 1,000 other airport employees, local elected officials and community leaders gathered on Martin Luther King Day at LaGuardia Airport to demand better rights and benefits for airport workers and express the struggle of bringing “dignity, fairness and economic justice to the contracted employees.”

In December, workers presented the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, with petitions signed by more than 2,000 workers at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark airports demanding Martin Luther King Day 2014 as a paid holiday. When they did not hear back from the Port Authority the workers and many people involved in the SEIU 32 BJ, a union representing most of the airport workers, they decided to organize Monday’s civil disobedience.

The rally opened with a prayer, and workers shared the stage to tell their stories and hardships.

“Personally I think it’s sad, I work three jobs to get through the months and even years, I don’t think what I make is enough for anyone to get by, and I hope this has gotten to the ears of the Port Authority,” Arellano said.

Juan Chapman who also works for LaGuardia Airport, shared his story as a security guard making $8 an hour and shouted many of his co-workers make less plus zero benefits.

“When people ask me how I live in New York on that salary I don’t have an answer, because there is no way someone can survive making $8 or less an hour,” he said.

Andrew Lloyd, a cabin cleaner at JFK International Airport shared his feelings of anger.

“I have a full time job, and I am on public assistance,” said Lloyd. “I find that to be ridiculous that I am working so hard, working overtime, and I still need public assistance, I have no health insurance, no sick days, no paid vacation days and I’m here to say I’m tired, we need respect.”

Many federal, state and local elected officials and clergy members also joined the rally standing side by side with workers.

“We have to make certain that there is a livable wage for people, no one should be one pay check away from homelessness,” said Congressmember Charles Rangel, who took the stage in support.

Rangel also said he is confident that Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and President Barack Obama will bring equality to these workers.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also announced her support of the fight for equality among workers.

“The thousands of New York area airport workers who have no health insurance, paid sick leave or the right to organize deserve better for their tireless work,” Mark-Viverito said. “Millions of New Yorkers pass through our airports every year and it’s the hard work and dedication of the workers who help make that possible. It’s time to take care of the workers who help New York City maintain its position as an international gateway.”

After the speeches, Hector Figueroa, President of SEIU 32 BJ, led the march to the 94th Street and Ditmars Boulevard bridge leading to LaGuardia Airport.

“We are here to honor Dr. King, and what better way to celebrate his legacy than doing the work of justice for workers that he carried on until he gave his life,” said Figueroa.

As workers marched through the streets they chanted “MLK is our day” as police surrounded them and warned them to clear the streets. Workers and members of SEIU 32 BJ sat down on the street in the middle of the bridge to make their statement clear.

Police then started arresting various people who would not clear the streets, ultimately arresting 32 people including local councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer, Daneek Miller and Ruben Wills.

Those arrested were taken to the 115th Precinct, given summonses and released later in the day.

The workers and members of SEIU 32 BJ said they will not stop until “they get respect and equality.”

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey did not respond to request for comment as of press time.

 

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Jackson Heights bank robbery suspect wanted


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Police are looking for a man who robbed a Jackson Heights bank.

According to cops, on Wednesday, October 2 at approximately 9:36 a.m., the suspect enter the Citibank, located at 80-19 Roosevelt Avenue, and approached a teller and passed her a note. The note said the suspect had a firearm and was demanding cash. The teller did what the note said and the suspect fled with close to $800. No injuries were sustained during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 25 to 30 years old, 5’8”tall, slim build, and at the time wearing a black winter coat, sunglasses, a grey knitted hat and carrying a black guitar case.

Police have released a photo of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Driver charged after toddler struck, killed in Jackson Heights


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A two-year-old boy is dead after being hit by an alleged drunk driver while crossing a Jackson Heights street with his mother.

According to police, on Friday night at approximately 9:50 p.m. Jaied Gigueroa was crossing the corner of Junction Boulevard and Northern Boulevard with his mother when a white 2011 Acura moving northbound on Junction Boulevard struck him. The 35-year-old driver then stopped and drove the toddler and his mother to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing where Jaied was pronounced dead.

The driver, Gilbert Echeverria, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated, police said. 

 

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Queens cops charged with taking bribes


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Two Queens police officers have been arrested for allegedly accepting cash payments for copies of official NYPD accident reports, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

The officers have been identified as Danny Cano, 36, who is assigned to the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights, and Roberto Espinal, 44, who is from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst.

They were both arraigned Wednesday night on charges of bribe receiving and official misconduct. Espinal was also charged with receiving reward for official misconduct. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison.

The two, working independently of each other, allegedly accepted cash payments ranging from $40 to $1,500 in exchange for the accident reports.

They are accused of selling the reports and the information contained within them to “runners” who would find accident victims and bring them to medical clinics and doctors as part of an insurance scheme, said Brown.

 

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Suspect sexually assaults teen twice in Jackson Heights


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Police are seeking a man wanted for sexually assaulting a teen in Jackson Heights.

According to the NYPD, on Wednesday, July 3 at approximately 11 p.m. the suspect approached the 15 year old victim, showed him a black firearm and took the victim’s iPod. The suspect then force the victim to follow him to 37-28 89th Street where he sexually assaulted him, then the suspect proceeded in forcing the victim to 94-17 42nd Avenue where he sexually assaulted him again.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male between 20 to 27 years old, 5’4’’, 180 pounds, wearing brown pants, a white tank top and an orange baseball cap with a Yankees logo.

The NYPD has released a video capture before the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Police searching for suspects in Corona robbery


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Police are looking for four suspects in connection to a robbery in Corona.

On Saturday, April 13 at 5 a.m. the suspects approached a 28-year-old victim and assaulted him as he was walking in front of 35-02 103rd Street, police said. They removed his wallet and chain before fleeing the scene. The victim suffered injuries to his face and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Police described the first suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a dark blue jacket, gray pants and gray sneakers.

The second suspect is a Hispanic male with dark facial hair and wearing a black winter hat, black hooded sweatshirt, black bubble vest, blue jeans and black sneakers

The third suspect is a Hispanic male with dark short hair and wearing a black leather coat, black jeans with a chain on his left pocket and black sneakers.

The fourth suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black sneakers. He was also carrying a white plastic shopping bag.

Authorities have released a surveillance video of three of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Councilmember, cops crack down on illegally parked cars


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Councilmember Julissa Ferreras’ office has been working along with local precincts for over a year to help remove illegally parked cars.

These cars, which often have no plates and no registration, are left parked on the streets for long periods of time with no one coming to claim the vehicles.

Working with the 115th and 110th precincts, cars that have been parker longer than three days may face being towed.

“Every time a car is illegally parked for days at a time, it not only takes away parking from the numerous residents living within my district, but it also affects the local economy by taking up spaces that are used to serve small businesses,” said Ferreras.

According to the Councilmember’s office, the 115th Precinct conducted a tow/enforcement operation on Monday, March 12 near 103rd Street and 37th Avenue in Corona. During the operation, a total of four vehicles were impounded, each having a “for sale” marking and noted to have been parked for an extended period of time.

 

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NYPD releases stop-and-frisk stats


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For the first time, the NYPD has released 2011 data regarding the controversial procedure of stop-and-frisk.

Among those stopped-and-frisked in 2011, 87 percent were either black or Hispanic, according to the report. Of the 685,724 stops made citywide, 53 percent were black while 34 percent were Hispanic. Only 9 percent of those stopped-and-frisked were white, while 4 percent were Asian.

The most common crime suspected was weapons possession, which accounted for 26 percent of all stops.

According to the report, Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct, comprising East New York and Cypress Hills, had the highest number of stops in the city, with more than 31,000, of which 97 percent of which were either black or Hispanic. The 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn, covering Brownsville, was the next highest with 25,167 stops, 98 percent of which involved minorities.

Queens’ 115th Precinct of East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights ranked third with 18,156 stops. Nearly 93 percent of those stopped were minorities.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which fought to have stop-and-frisk statistics released last year, claims the system is a form of racial profiling, adding that the practice has not reduced the number of people who fall victim to shootings. In 2002, there were 1,892 victims of gunfire and 97,296 stops. In 2011, there were 1,821 victims of gunfire but a record 685,724 stops.

 

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Cops nab suspect in sex assault of 2 Queens girls


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Police nabbed a Brooklyn man for the alleged sexual assault of two young girls in their Queens apartment building.

On November 12, around 7:10 p.m., the suspect entered a Jackson Heights apartment building and went into the laundry room, said police, where he sexually assaulted two girls, aged 4 and 9.

Mario Lopez, 52, was arrested and charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child among other charges.

The area’s councilmember, Daniel Dromm, planned to hand out leaflets with a photo of the suspect today to raise awareness of the incident.

“We will not tolerate a crime of this nature in our community,” said Dromm.

Suspect wanted for child sex assault in Jackson Heights


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is looking for a man who sexually assaulted two girls in Queens Monday.

On November 12, around 7:10 p.m., the suspect entered a Jackson Heights apartment building and went into the laundry room, said police.

There, he sexually abused a four-year-old and nine-year-old girl, then fled the scene.

Authorities describe the suspect as Hispanic, 35 to 45 years old, and wearing a blue and white striped zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information in regards to this sexual abuse is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Transgender Community Speaks Out Against Stop-And-Frisk

Members of the transgender community gathered in Queens Thursday to raise awareness of the abuse they can suffer during stop-and-frisks. Make the Road NY officials say the 115th Precinct, which polices Jackson Heights with the 110th Precinct, has the third-highest rate of stops in the city. Read more: [NY1]

Ex-Coast Guard member sent to jail for executive-style murder of a childhood friend

A former member of the US Coast Guard was dishonorably discharged — to prison — by a Queens judge for the executive-style murder of a childhood friend. Read more: [New York Post]

Korean-speaking man busted for charging immigrants to translate at Elmhurst Hospital 

A Korean-speaking swindler was busted at a Queens hospital after he reportedly tried to fleece non-English speaking immigrants, hospital officials said. The man had been repeatedly spotted offering to translate between staff at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Korean speakers for a $240 fee, said hospital spokesman Dario Centorcelli. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Police Search For Queens, Brooklyn Business Robber

The NYPD is asking for help finding the armed man they accuse of robbing several businesses in Queens and Brooklyn last month. Read more: [NY1]

Outpouring of donations for Rockaway family who lost son 

Tammy Benitez thought her son could beat the odds. Christian Benitez, a precocious teenager who dreamed of serving in the military, suffered since birth from numerous heart defects but never let it hamper his blossoming social life. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Department Of Labor Holds Job Fair At York College

As part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program to put New Yorkers back to work, the New York State Department of Labor hosted a job fair at York College Thursday. Watch video: [NY1]