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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Plenty of sunshine. High near 35. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Generally clear. Low 27. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jackson Heights Orchestra concert

The Jackson Heights Orchestra will perform a concert at the Community United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. featuring music by Handel, Mozart, Bach, Suk, Haydn. Soprano soloist Winnie Nieh will be performing with the orchestra, led by Conductor Pat Glunt. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Black ice warnings after 21-car pileup in Brooklyn

Black ice is again expected to be a concern for the morning commute after it contributed to a massive pileup in Brooklyn and shut down a stretch of the Long Island Expressway Tuesday evening. Read more: NBC New York

Preet Bharara goes after pensions of thieving former New York City Council members

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is making good on his promise to go after the pensions of city politicians nailed for corruption. Read more: New York Daily News 

De Blasio to hold open house after inauguration

The inauguration for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be followed by an open house at Gracie Mansion a few days later, the future mayor’s team announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

2 winning tickets in $636M Mega Millions drawing

The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said Wednesday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage

A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: A mix of clouds and sun. High 33. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Low 26. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Carols and Car Races

Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist and composer Amanda Monaco brings her quartet Formula One, which plays original compositions inspired by car racing to Flushing Town Hall on Friday, December 13. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

LIRR, NJT ban booze ahead of Santacon

There’s another attempt to crackdown on debauchery and drunkenness by a group of Santa Claus wannabees. Read more: ABC New York

Bloomberg gun group calls for crackdown on online gun sales loophole

Thousands of guns could be sold illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on just one classified ad website, according to an investigation commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Regulators to conduct safety review of Metro-North Railroad

The Federal Railroad Administration will launch an intensive two-month review of safety compliance and culture at Metro-North after a train derailed and killed four people earlier this month. Read more: CBS New York/AP

De Blasio to meet with Obama at White House Friday

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is set to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House Friday, along with several other newly elected mayors. Read more: NBC New York

Budget vote approved in the House

Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and head off future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure’s defeat. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: A mix of clouds and sun. High 52. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Some clouds. Low 38. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: GingerBread Lane

Come to the New York Hall of Science to see GingerBread Lane, homemade gingerbread houses that took an entire year for chef Jon Lovitch to conceptualize and create. The 1.5 ton, 300-square-foot village is made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, is a contender for the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread exhibit. The exhibit also includes a behind-the-scenes window that gives a look at the makings of GingerBread Lane. Free with museum admission through January 12. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio pushes pre-K plan to Assembly Democrats

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio attended the annual luncheon sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday. His purpose as to firm up support to lobby Albany to pay for universal prekindergarten by increasing taxes on New York City residents making more than $500,000. Read more: Fox New York

City subpoenas Macy’s on ‘shop and frisk’

Macy’s will be forced to share details of its controversial theft-prevention tactics after the city’s Human-Rights Commission served it with subpoena papers, officials said Monday. Read more: New York Post 

Artist suing over Statue of Liberty stamp mix-up

An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp could come back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service. Read more: NBC New York

Some see face in piece of steel from WTC

A piece of a steel column salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after 9/11 is stirring speculation over whether a face can be seen on the twisted structure. Read more: NBC New York

Obama administration highlights health care website fixes

Following a roll out plagued with glitches and frustration, the Obama Administration is reporting dramatic improvements in its health care website. Read more: CBS New York/AP

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Periods of rain. High 59. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall around a half an inch. Wednesday night Cloudy with light rain early…then becoming clear overnight. Low 33. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection

The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection, an exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image through February 2, includes more than 30 photographs featuring projectionists in their domains, at movie theaters in and around NYC, and highlights what is quickly becoming a lost art form. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Appeals court: Bloomberg administration wrong on homeless policy change

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that Mayor Bloomberg’s administration did not follow procedure when it sought to change the city’s homeless policy by requiring people seeking beds at city shelters to prove they have no other options. Read more: NBC New York

OMG, New York City Council OKs text donations for elections

Donating money to a political candidate in New York is about to get as easy as hitting “send” on your cellphone. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Cuomo’s tax focus threatens de Blasio plan

Gov. Cuomo vowed Tuesday to aggressively push for state tax cuts next year — casting further doubt on Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise city income taxes on the wealthy. Read more: New York Post

20 percent of NYC kids don’t have enough to eat: survey

One-sixth of New York City’s residents and a fifth of its children live in households without enough to eat, according to an annual survey of hunger by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Read more: NBC New York

Thanksgiving travelers make getaway as storm hits

Authorities advised travelers to check with their airlines and reduce speed on highways as a wintry storm hits the New York area with heavy rain and strong wind. Read more: ABC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast. Fog early. High of 72. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 61. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Happy Hour Open Mic at Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Happy Hour Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club. The club is located at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City. It is FREE to attend and perform. All drinks will be half off.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio, Lhota face off in their first general election debate

Mayoral opponents Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota met for their first debate of the general election Tuesday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

City education officials vote to create a dozen new schools next year

City education officials voted Tuesday for a dozen new schools to be created in 2014. Read more: New York Daily News

Embassy bombings suspect al-Libi arraigned in NYC court

A Libyan who was held and interrogated for a week aboard a U.S. warship was arraigned Tuesday on conspiracy charges for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa. Read more: NBC New York

Cuomo’s anti-corruption panel boadens probe to include Democrats

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t appear to have an agenda targeting Republicans. Read more: CBS New York/AP

With world watching, Congress against wall for last-minute fiscal solution

The nation is just hours away from a crucial deadline to avert default on its debts and Washington remains muddled in a risky legislative process that has the American people and the rest of the world holding its collective breath. Read more: NBC News 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Monday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 68. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: LICity Forum

North Beach, where LaGuardia Airport is now located, was a major vacation spot from 1886 to 1917. Come learn the history or relive the excitement of the area. Starts 7 p.m. at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police shoot, wound pit bull in Queens

A vicious pit bull was shot by cops in Queens Village after the hound lunged at an officer late Saturday night, authorities said. Read more: New York Daily News

Bill de Blasio widens lead in Democratic primary race: NBC 4 NY poll

Bill de Blasio, the Democratic mayoral candidate whose progressive message upended his party’s primary campaign this summer, has widened his lead over his rivals just days before the election, a new poll shows. Read more: NBC New York

Police arrest 3 city employees on separate drug, alcohol charges

A New York City correction officer, teacher and police officer were each arrested in separate incidents Sunday morning. Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo rushes to De Blasio’s defense over Bloomberg’s comments

After vowing to stay out of the mayoral race, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rushed to the defense of Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio Sunday. Read more: CBS New York

Obama trying to sway war-weary public on Syria

President Barack Obama is hitting the airwaves to try to convince Americans limited strikes against Syria are needed for the United States’ long-term safety, while Secretary of State John Kerry is vehemently defending the case against President Bashar Assad’s, saying his denial of chemical weapons use is “contradicted by fact.” Read more: AP

Bill de Blasio announces candidacy for mayor


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Photo courtesy of Instagram/De Blasio NYC

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has officially placed his name in the running to be the next mayor.

“We deserve a city government that actually believes in our neighborhoods and sees things the way we do,” said de Blasio at his announcement on Sunday, January 27 outside his Park Slope home.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Bill de Blasio 

“I stand before this city today as someone seeking to be a mayor of our neighborhoods — good, clean, strong, safe neighborhoods,” said the Democratic candidate, flanked by his wife and son.

Throughout his career, de Blasio has fought to expand early childhood education, tenants’ rights and job opportunities, according to his campaign website.

“We can only get to a better place by declaring, ‘this is our city and this government works for us,’” he said.

 Supporters gathered outside of Bill de Blasio’s Park Slope home to hear his announcement for mayor. (Photo courtesy of Twitter/@deBlasioNYC )

 

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Ban sex offenders from library children’s rooms say pols


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After a man sexually abused two children at the 41-17 Main Street branch of the Queens Public Library last month, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Councilmember Peter Vallone want to ban convicted sex offenders from entering children’s reading rooms.

Joel Grubert, who on July 7 was arrested for sexually abusing a 6- and 9-year-old at the library, is a registered sex offender. In 2004, he was convicted for possession of child pornography, and served time for kidnapping, reported the NY Post. Last year, a similar incident happened at another Queens Public Library branch in Astoria.

Currently sex offenders are not legally allowed to enter a playground, but the courts have ruled that a policy of banning sex offenders from libraries altogether is unconstitutional.

De Blasio and Vallone have written a letter to New York State Legislative leaders asking them to pass legislation that would make entering a designated children’s room at a public library a criminal offense for a sex offender.

“It is common sense that we keep sexual predators away from areas where young kids congregate,” said Vallone. “Children’s rooms in libraries are really indoor playgrounds for growing minds, and our kids need every protection we can give them.”