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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: Free Yoga-Fit classes

Free Yoga-Fit Classes will be conducted by Susan Blayer on Fridays at 11 AM and Sundays at 1 PM starting July 20. Yoga-fit is basic yoga combined with fitness exercises, and learned to combine breath with movement—appropriate for all ages, with doctor’s approval.

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Tentative deal ends Con Ed Union lock out

It was the threat of very bad weather that broke the impasse in Con Ed’s labor dispute. After Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought the two sides together in his Midtown offices Thursday, they first announced workers would return to work temporarily to handle the severe weather. Then, just two hours later, they emerged again to announce a labor agreement, the product, Cuomo said, of crisis. Read more: [NY1] 

UPDATE: Dad-burned candidate 

Assemblywoman Grace Meng faces a more fiercely competitive race to win a House seat in Queens following the embarrassing bribery bust of her father, Jimmy Meng, political insiders said yesterday. Backers of her Republican opponent, City Councilman Dan Halloran, pounced on the Meng family scandal. Read more: [New York Post]

Police seek two men in connection with Queens robbery

Police in Queens are looking for two men they allege robbed a gas station in Ridgewood. Police allege that on Sunday, July 15 at around 3 a.m., two men robbed a CITGO employee on Forest Avenue. Read more: [NY1] 

Long Island City-based Songza music service streams for business success 

A trio of college friends are betting that they have created a soundtrack for success. The Long Island City-based Songza, which streams curated song playlists tailored to fit listeners’ moods, has several million users, according to the company. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival marks nation’s 50 years of independence with food, music and fun

The spicy scent of jerk seasoning wafted through the Caribbean crowds at the 2nd annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in southeast Queens. About 8,500 people came out last Sunday to Roy Wilkins Park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, hear live reggae music — and sample jerk chicken, pork and other Jamaican cuisine, organizers said. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

 

Bayside BID holds election, 1 position still undecided


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Lyle Sclair, new executive director of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID), will look to bring variety to Bell Boulevard over the next several months.

The BID held a meeting on Monday to discuss Sclair’s future plans of “branding” the already popular area.

“It’s a place to conduct business,” Sclair said.

Sclair along with Chair James Riso and Councilmember Dan Halloran addressed board members, business owners and residents about upgrading the BID’s strip.

“We have a variety of shopping here on Bell,” Sclair said. “We need to bring out what your customers are looking for in a shopping environment.”

The annual board member elections were also held at the meeting, which resulted in four new uncontested members. Mark Boccia and John DeFina were elected to represent Class A property owners while David Lilienthal and Edward Teran were chosen to represent Class B commercial tenants.

Former executive director Gregg Sullivan stirred up some controversy by criticizing the poor communication between him and Sclair. Sullivan thought he’d be running for a Class B spot, but instead found himself on the Class C resident’s ballot.

Halloran quickly put an end to the controversy by proving that Sullivan did not meet the credentials for a Class B position. Due to a mix up involving the proxy votes of the election, the sole Class C position is still undetermined. Either Sullivan or Mitchell Catanzano will be elected to the final spot.

In addition, a few other individuals were unhappy with the lack of communication from Sclair and Riso, who will be stepping down from his position to join the board.

“The more the merrier,” Riso said to those who were unaware they could run for the board, encouraging them to run for a spot at next year’s election.

Sclair spoke about how an increase in communication between the board and the businesses could improve the strip. A weekly newsletter has been created under his power and improvements to the BID website are in the near future. He believes a team effort will lead them to success.

“It’s everybody together moving forward,” Sclair said.

City Comptroller John Liu also stopped by the meeting to speak about the current state of the city’s economy.

“We have to have policies that start reducing this wealth gap and start filling the middle class up,” Liu said.

Liu added that he was a critic of the city’s economic development policies but was pleased with what he saw on Bell Boulevard.

“Every time you come here, you see more businesses opening. I think that’s a good sign that the economy is going to pick up,” Liu said.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Supreme Court upholds Obamacare

The Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s historic health care law Thursday – a defining moment in the 2012 race for the White House. The stunning ruling – unexpected from a Court led by conservatives – was a huge victory for Obama, who staked much of his term on passing the national plan. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Police Search For Boyfriend Of Queens Homicide Victim

Police are looking for the live-in boyfriend of a Queens woman found dead in her apartment. Authorities said they want to talk to 33-year old Jason Bohn in connection with the Tuesday night death of 27-year old Danielle Thomas. Read more: [NY1] 

Police Search For Boyfriend In Connection With Murder Of Danielle Thomas Of Astoria

A man is suspected of killing his girlfriend after once threatening to hunt her down, “like a dog in the streets.” Several instances of documented domestic abuse caused Danielle Thomas, 27, to flee her Astoria apartment building, where police found her dead Tuesday night. The big question now is why did she return? Read more: [1010wins]

Queens Democratic Congressional candidate to Republican foe: Keep race and religion out of contest

Newly-minted Democratic nominee Assemblywoman Grace Meng kicked off her Sixth District Congressional run by thanking voters and challenging her Republican opponent, City Councilman Dan Halloran, to keep race and religion out of the campaign. Meanwhile, Halloran issued his first statement, in which he congratulated Meng, but painted her as a tax-and-spend candidate. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Councilmember Dan Halloran recovering after successful surgery to remove benign tumor


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HALLORAN RECOVERY 2w

Councilmember — and congressional hopeful — Dan Halloran is on the road to recovery after undergoing a lengthy but successful neurosurgical procedure to remove a benign tumor on Wednesday, officials said.

“Dan is doing well,” said spokesperson Steven Stites. “He’s back on his feet and looks like the same old Dan — if you couldn’t tell from his triumphant return to social media.”

According to Stites, Halloran was out of surgery by early evening on Wednesday and is well ahead of his recovery schedule. The councilmember is currently staying at NYU Medical Center in Manhattan but will return home to Flushing to recuperate for the next few weeks, Stites said.

Halloran was timely diagnosed in March, although representatives would not specify the location of the tumor.

The councilmember recently took to his Facebook page, telling friends and constituents he was “out of the rough patch” and posting a photo of himself smiling in the hospital bed.

“Doctors are shocked — I am way ahead of recovery schedule. They attribute it to whiskey and my thick Irish skull,” Halloran joked.

While Halloran — who is running for Congress in the 6th District — recovers, he said his office will run 100 percent in his absence for constituent issues. Stites said the councilmember would be off the campaign trail for a short time, “but it does not affect his long-term plans.”

“He is in it to win it,” Stites said.

Crowded field set for 6th District Congressional race


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Democratic contenders “Ada” Juan Sheng (left) and Robert Mittman (right) have collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the June 26 primary.

An already crowded Queens Congressional race now has two more runners vying for the hotly-contested 6th District seat.

According to the city’s Board of Elections, Democratic contenders Robert Mittman and “Ada” Juan Sheng have collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the June 26 primary, as did Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblymember Rory Lancman, Assemblymember Grace Meng, Jeff Gottlieb, Republican candidate Councilmember Dan Halloran and Green Party runner Evergreen Chou.

Each hopeful had until Monday, April 16 by midnight to file their petitions with the city. At least 938 signatures were required, officials said.

While Board of Elections representatives could not disclose how many signatures each candidate collected, Halloran’s camp said he submitted “well over two and a half times” the statutory minimum, while Mittman said he garnered 3,000 petitions.

Mittman, an asthma and allergy specialist in Bayside, told The Courier he threw his hat in the ring over frustrations with health care in Congress.

“I consider it an honor to seek elected office in the community that I was born in, raised in, lived in, volunteered and worked in for over 40 years,” Mittman said. “I look forward to the opportunity to compete in the upcoming Democratic Primary and to debate and discuss the issues that are important to our neighborhood. In particular, as an internist and family doctor, I am eager to discuss the current crisis in our health care system which desperately needs reform.”

Sheng, said to be a producer at “The Chinese New Yorker with Ada Sheng” television program, could not be reached for comment.

All six Democratic runners will face off in the primary to fight for the seat recently vacated by retiring U.S. Congressmember Gary Ackerman. The winner is expected to go up against Halloran, the sole Republican runner, and Chou, the Green Party candidate, during the November 6 general election.

Check back with www.queenscourier.com later today for updates on this story.

Politicians continue to pick up Congressional endorsements


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Congressional candidates contending for the 6th District seat continue to collect boosts to their campaigns.

Assemblymember Grace Meng — the Queens County Democratic Organization’s bid — picked up endorsements from the New York State Independence Party and the Italian-American Political Action Committee. She also received support from several dozen political individuals.

Meng’s Congressional Committee also raised $300,000 in 10 days, said her campaign manager.

Vying for the same seat, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley gained the support of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9 (DC 9).

Meanwhile, Assemblymember Rory Lancman got a leg up from several high-profile political endorsements, including former Mayor Ed Koch, leaders from New York City Working Families, 32BJ, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, and Communications Workers of America Local 1182.

All three Democratic candidates will face off in the June 26 primary to contend for the seat recently vacated by retiring U.S. Congressmember Gary Ackerman. The winner is expected to go up against the sole Republican runner, Councilmember Dan Halloran.

Halloran, who formally announced his intent to run on March 26, has so far pulled in backing from Councilmember Eric Ulrich, former state Senator Frank Padavan, the Conservative Party and the GOP.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/31/2011: Home sweet home for Ilan Grapel


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The Round Up

Home sweet home for Ilan Grael

Ilan Grapel, the Queens law student freed after five months in an Egyptian prison, made an emotional return to US soil Saturday. Grapel , a law student at Emory University, was in Egypt to volunteer with a legal- aid group. In June, he arrested and accused of spying for Israel after posting photos of himself in Israeli military garb on his Facebook page. Read More: New York Post

 

Ticket-Fix Cases May Spread

The Queens District Attorney on Sunday said he expected to hear this week from his Bronx counterpart if there are any ticket-fixing cases in his borough to prosecute. Richard A. Brown said his office has been in contact with Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for “months,” regarding an investigation that resulted in the arrests of 16 officers on Friday, 11 on charges related to the common practice of making traffic tickets and other summonses disappear for family, friends and others. Read More: Wall Street Journal

Cleanup Continues In Wake Of Pre-Halloween Snowstorm

Record-breaking snowfall left 15,000 New Yorkers without power and downed trees strewn across the five boroughs Sunday, prompting major cleanup efforts from city workers and residents alike. City parks reopened Sunday afternoon after closing during the storm, but New Yorkers are urged to use caution because branches may still fall due to the extra weight from snow. Read More:  NY1

 

iPhone Slaying

A Queens teen was stabbed to death Saturday by a gang of thugs who wanted to steal his iPhone, police said. A group of four to six teens approached Patrick Dixon, 17, and demanded that he hand over his iPhone at around 11 a.m. on 142nd Street near Foch Boulevard in Jamaica, cops said. Dixon refused and fought back, and one of the teens slashed him in the neck. Read More: New York Post

 

Two off-duty NYPD officers in separate  DWI arrests 

Officer Ariel Rosa, 26, was busted on a DWI after he crashed into a parked car about 4:30 a.m. on Moffat St. between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves. in Bushwick. He was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital determined to be drunk after a blood test at a local hospital where he was treated for a minor injury, police said. Another cop, Michael Botros, 29, was found asleep at 7:40 a.m. Friday inside his white Nissan with the keys still in the ignition in South Ozone Park, Queens. Police said he refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was arrested. Read More: Daily News

 

Ex-Councilman Allan Jennings sues Queens Chronicle, saying alleged ‘Asian-women’ mistruth cost him votes

Former city Councilman Allan Jennings is suing a weekly newspaper in Queens for defamation, saying it helped turn voters against him during last year’s Council race. Jennings said the Queens Chronicle erred in stating he had once put an advertisement in a Chinese-language newspaper “declaring his love for all Asian women.” He said the statement was made in an Oct. 28, 2010, article about his bid for his former 28th District seat. Ruben Wills won that special election. Read More: Daily News

 

Councilman lashes out with curse-filled rant at Queens auto business

A hot-headed City Councilman let loose a curse-filled tirade at a local car dealer last week that left stunned employees demanding an apology. Rothman received the brunt of two recent rants from Councilman Daniel Halloran, who says he’s fed up with noise from the repair shop that disturbs nearby residents. A video of Halloran’s visit to the shop last week shows the Queens Republican angrily threatening the shop with recriminations if it doesn’t keep its doors closed to control the noise. Read More: Daily News

 

Resorts World Opens

South Ozone Park’s Aqueduct Racino, reborn as Resorts World Casino New York City, officially opened its doors to an eager throng of thousands of gamers on Friday, October 28. Casino representatives and elected officials were on hand at the former Aqueduct Racino for the ribbon cutting, and to welcome those who came to play on opening day – a line which wrapped around the building, leaving visitors with at least a two hour wait. Read More: Queens Courier

Star of Queens: Meaghan Mapes


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Meaghan Mapes

Deputy Chief of Staff for Councilmember Daniel J. Halloran

Howard Beach

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: At the age of 15, Meaghan Mapes became an intern for New York State Senator Serphin R. Maltese, doing community relations and helping out on the campaign trail. For the past three years, Mapes has performed more than 200 hours of community service a year. She currently teaches homeless people at the St. John’s University Manhattan Campus and volunteers at an after school All-Star program for disadvantaged middle school youths. “If they didn’t have this program, these kids would be out getting in trouble,” said Mapes. The volunteers help with homework, join in constructive activities and play sports with the kids.

JOB: For the past two months, Mapes has worked for Councilmember Daniel J. Halloran as his deputy chief of staff. Her duties include handling constituent cases, accompanying Halloran to events, and attending events on his behalf when he is not able to attend. Mapes was also involved in his campaign before he was sworn into office in January.

PERSONAL: Mapes, 20, was born and raised in Howard Beach and graduated from Townsend Harris High School. She is a senior at St. John’s University in Jamaica, studying government and politics with a minor in philosophy. Despite her time-consuming job, Mapes finds time to be involved in many on campus organizations. She is a member of the Lambda Phi Sorority, Secretary of the Skull and Circle Honor Society, a member of the Ozanam Scholars and a member of the St. John’s College Republican Club. Mapes also serves as a senior representative for the student government and recently took a trip to Puerto Rico. She has also taken a trip to New Orleans, studied in Italy and France, and performed community service during her studies in those countries.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Getting people excited about politics has been one of her biggest challenges. “I got involved in politics while I was still in high school, and it’s hard because no young people are excited about it,” said Mapes. Another challenge she faced was being taken seriously at such a young age. “Even now, people look at me like an intern and this has been hard to overcome,” said Mapes. “It’s hard to gain people’s respect after their first initial reaction.”

FAVORITE MEMORY: Working in Senator Maltese’s office has been one of Mapes’s greatest memories. “I started interning with him when I was 15,” said Mapes. “He gave me the opportunity to prove that I really could handle it all. He has been both a friend and a mentor.”

INSPIRATION: Once again, Mapes draws her inspiration from working with Senator Maltese. Politics, said Mapes, was something she had no intentions of getting involved with. When her class was assigned a project to do 10 hours of community service with a local office, this is where Mapes chose to go. “At first I wasn’t excited, but then it was something I continued to do even after the class was over.” Mapes said that working with Halloran has also taught her a lot.

– Katie Kasaras