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Moreland Commission recommends LIPA changes based on Sandy response


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It might be lights out for LIPA in its current form.

The Moreland Commission, established to examine response from utility companies after Sandy, has offered Governor Andrew Cuomo three options to reshape the power company after it was lambasted for poor response times and mismanagement after the storm.

The first is to let the power company go private under a single operator — effectively letting the state regulate the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), as opposed to regulating itself as it does now.

Other options include streamlining LIPA by allowing the company to manage its day-to-day operations — currently handled by National Grid. The last suggestion is to replace LIPA with the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

The tandem of LIPA and National Grid did not work during the storm, according to the commission’s interim report, and had fallen victim to mismanagement and poor investment in infrastructure and had let customers down.

Cuomo, who has promised to keep utility companies accountable, said whatever plan the commission ultimately suggests, it should be adopted statewide. He reiterated that utility companies were not locked into servicing the area forever and would be responsible for any wrongdoings.

“Nobody said that any of these utility companies had a franchise for life; they don’t,” Cuomo said after meeting the commission. “I mean what business do you have today in this state and this country where you have the business for life, regardless of your performance?”

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, who represents the bulk of Rockaway, said LIPA was mismanaged after the storm. Relaying information to residents was not the only problem, he said, but communication within the agency was poor.

“It seemed like there was just a general lack of communication not only within the community but within their own agency,” he said.
Goldfeder said he was open to any proposals to changing how utility companies are managed to ensure they are held accountable to customers.

“There’s no question that LIPA failed the residents of Rockaway during the recent storm,” he said. “I’m open to discussing any and all changes to make sure that the utility companies are well managed and reliable to the customers who need it.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 19F. Breezy. Winds from the West at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Friday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 28F with a windchill as low as 19. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: First Look Film Series

This annual showcase at the Museum of the Moving Image presents groundbreaking international cinema. Many of this year’s films take the form of journeys—geographical, emotional and artistic—with 26 works from a dozen countries. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Sandy-battered Rockaway businesses struggle to pay rent to absentee landlord

A pair of Rockaway stores that survived floods, tens of thousand dollars in losses and the exodus of customers due to Sandy now face a new challenge — battling an absentee landlord who wants them to pay up or move out. Read more: New York Daily News

House sets Friday vote for Sandy aid after criticism

The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill. Read more: ABC New York

Meng, Jeffries among 84 new Congress members sworn in

New York City has two new members of Congress. Hakeem Jeffries, representing the Eighth District in Brooklyn and Queens, which includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Coney Island and Howard Beach, and Grace Meng, of the Sixth District in Queens, which stretches from Ridgewood to Bayside, were among the 84 new members of Congress sworn in Thursday. Read more: NY1

Special election to determine replacement for Sanders’ Council Seat

Voters will be asked to head to the polls and choose a candidate in a special election to replace outgoing City Councilman James Sanders Jr. Read more: NY1

Attempted murder at Long Island mall

Police on Long Island say a man tried to kill another man in a mall parking lot. Read more: Fox New York

House chooses Boehner as speaker again despite dissent

Despite a rocky few weeks during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will again lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal spending. Read more: Reuters 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast. High of 43. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 34 with a windchill as low as 28. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Aki Sasamoto: Centripetal Run

Performance artist Aki Sasamoto explores parallels between gray situations in personal lives and electromagnetic radiation that forms the universe. The show opens with Pau Atela’s pendulum mechanism, leading into Sasamoto’s movement exploration and interaction with her objects. Starts at 8 p.m. at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rockaway residents getting that sink-ing feeling

If lack of power and flood damage wasn’t enough, some Rockaway residents are getting the sinking suspicion that the ground just might literally cave in underneath them. Read more: New York Daily News

Parents raise safety concerns as school in Queens reopens early

Stephen P. Grill, the principal of a public school in Belle Harbor, Queens, strode down an auditorium aisle on Tuesday morning, past chairs that had been submerged by floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy and police tape that was blocking a back door. He stood in front of a wall obscuring a badly damaged stage. Read more: New York Times

Some Sandy victims show signs of PTSD, hospital says

Adam Funtleyder lost his first floor and his basement to flood water from Hurricane Sandy, but he also almost lost his life. Read more: NY1

Breezy break-in bust

A Breezy Point man was busted for breaking into his neighbor’s storm-damaged beach bungalow the day after Thanksgiving, cops said yesterday. Read more: New York Post

Bus slams into Long Island Home, killing 5-year-old boy, injuring at least 8 others

A 5-year-old boy was killed Tuesday night, and at least eight other people were injured, when a commuter bus plowed into a Nassau County home. Read more: CBS New York

Rock Center’s 80-Foot tree ready to shine

After two weeks of prep, The Most Famous Christmas Tree in the World is ready to get lit up. Read more: NBC New York

No one reported shot, stabbed or slashed in New York City on Monday, police sources say

No news really is good news — not a single person was reported shot, stabbed or slashed in New York City on Monday, police sources said. Read more: New York Daily News

Rice concession on Libya fails to mollify 3 in GOP

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told lawmakers Tuesday that her initial explanation of the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya was wrong, but her concession failed to mollify three Republican senators who signaled they would try to block her possible nomination to be secretary of state. Read more: AP

 

 

 

Lawsuit against LIPA to be filed Tuesday


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A class action lawsuit against the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and National Grid, which manages LIPA’s grid, is expected to be filed Tuesday, claiming breach of contract, gross negligence and fraud for the utility’s response to Sandy-related outages, according to multiple reports.

Two Nassau county customers have already joined the lawsuit, reported CBS New York.

“We’re bringing a class action because I believe somewhere between 750,000 and 1 million people have been one way or another damaged by the ineptitude of this organization,” attorney Ken Mollins told CBS.

Critics say LIPA, which serve customers in Long Island as well as Queens, has responded slowly to the thousands that lost power due to Superstorm Sandy.

As of Tuesday, 14,000 LIPA customers outside of flood areas and 39,000 within, including 26,600 in the Rockaway Peninsula, are still without power.

Customers are not the only ones mad at local utility companies.

On Monday, Governor Cuomo said he wanted to launch an investigation of them, and that he believes they were “unprepared “ and “non-communicative” in their response to the storm.

In a speech this morning to the Association for a Better New York, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said that “we need to strengthen our energy structure.”

Along with improving protocol, erecting structures around power plants and substations, and upgrading infrastructure, Quinn suggested that in neighborhoods prone to heavy winds, overhead power lines should be buried underground.

Israel takes 3rd Congressional District


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A Long Island-based representative has won both re-election and slices of Queens territory.

Democratic Congressmember Steve Israel claimed victory over his three challengers in the newly-redrawn 3rd Congressional District with 58 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

The 53-year-old from Dix Hills boasted 87,799 votes, while his main contender, Republican Stephen Labate raked in 62,305, early poll numbers showed, with more than half of precincts reporting. Libertarian Michael McDermott gathered 992 votes and the Constitution Party’s Anthony Tolda only a meager 224.

“I’m honored to have been elected in this new district,” Israel said. “It’s been a very tough week in our community, and I know the election was the last thing on most people’s minds. But I think it really shows [how] strong our community is. People didn’t have power, they didn’t know where to vote, they didn’t have gas to get to the polls, but they still got out and exercised their civic duty.”

The congressmember’s district was previously located entirely on Long Island in Suffolk County. But newly-redrawn lines mean portions of northeast Queens — Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, Whitestone, Douglaston and Little Neck -– are now in the 3rd District.

Israel has been representing the district since 2001 and ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He was re-elected two years ago, beating Republican challenger John Gomez for the seat by 16,509 votes in Suffolk County.

“Now Democrats and Republicans must join together to rebuild our community, restore it[s] power lines and reignite the middle class,” Israel said.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear. High of 66. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 57. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT of the DAY: Free Ballroom Dancing 

Every Monday evening the Queens Library Forest Hills branch offers free ballroom dancing lessons from Jing Chen, a skilled instructor who studied dance with internationally-acclaimed dancers. Everyone from  beginners to advanced students are invited to come. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Two Queens men die in small plane crash off Long Island

A small plane crash off the coast of Long Island on Saturday claimed the lives of two men from Queens. Read more: NY1

Long, difficult road to justice at Guantanamo Bay trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and cohorts

Queens resident Merrilly Noeth says she’s willing to wait for justice for her son Michael, a Navy artist killed at the Pentagon on 9/11. Read more: New York Daily News

No bomb found at Times Square subway station

A suitcase that was thought to be suspicious was discovered on the mezzanine level of the Times Square subway station at around 9 p.m. on Sunday. Read more: ABC New York

Fan hospitalized after falling off escalator at MetLife Stadium

A football fan was fighting for his life late Sunday night, after falling at least 21 feet from a MetLife Stadium escalator. Read more: CBS New York

Candidates seek foreign policy edge in 3rd debate

Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and final debate with each man eager to project an aura of personal strength and leadership while raising doubts about the steadiness and foreign policy credentials of the other guy. Read more: AP

Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles

Cycling’s governing body has agreed to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life. Read more: ABC New York/AP

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, October 20

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., At It’s My Park Day, New Yorkers volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs by taking part in local volunteer projects and free family-friendly, cultural, fitness and arts events. Just find a local park that is hosting an It’s My Park Day activity and stop by. Times vary depending on location.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Come to the Queens Childcare Network’s Fall Family Festival in Forest Hills for entertainment, games, face painting and to learn more about family daycare programs in Queens.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., At the free Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, you can make costumes, enjoy live music, enter your dog in an annual canine costume contest, try harvest foods from local restaurants and more.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Learn about the harvest, pick some fall vegetables and make a special autumn craft at the Kings Manor’s Hands-on History: Harvest Time.

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Seamonsters, zombie surfers, mummy mermaids, a shipwreck treasure hunt, phosphorescent photo booth, seaweed serenade and more underwater fun at the Queens Museum’s Boo! An Underwater Halloween Spooktacular.

Sunday, October 21

1 p.m., 3 p.m., Bubble artist Casey Carle will perform a presentation of fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam, bubble ping-pong, trapping audience members inside gigantic soap bubbles and filling the stage with thousands of bubbles at the Queens Theatre.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., At the 5th annual Rockaway Fall Festival there will be a pumpkin patch, pony, hayrides and more entertainment.

 

AROUND QUEENS

Friday October 19 – Saturday, October 20

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., There will be a Halloween themed family sleepover this weekend at the Long Island Aquarium. At the Creatures of the Night Spooktacular, kids will get a rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of three new animals in the Creatures of the Night exhibit. You can also dress up in Halloween customers, and enjoy craft time and a screening of “Monster House.”

Sunday, October 21

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Come to the 2nd Annual Harry Potter Halloween Workshop with LilChefs.com, where children ages 5 to 14 and adults can visit with some of the animals featured in the Harry Potter series at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning in Rockville Centre. Afterwards, kids can make Halloween themed treats, such as crunchy cockroaches, wizard wands, chocolate covered frogs, acid pops and cauldron cupcakes. There will also be a sorting hat ceremony, costume contests, musical performances and more.

10 a.m. – 4p.m., At the third annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival, there will be sweets made by local bakeries and home bakers, a baking contest and live music. Every treat sold supports the Brooklyn not-for-profit community museum and civic organization The City Reliquary.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 61. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: The Platinum Band

The Platinum Band is once again performing on the Resorts World Casino New York City’s Bar 360 Stage. The band, which boasts a heavy rotation of reggae music, takes you back to an era of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Students sickened after pepper spray is released in Queens school

One student was hospitalized, and 10 more had to be sent home, after pepper spray was discharged in a school lunchroom in South Ozone Park, Queens. Read more: CBS New York

Makeover for Queens traffic hub is underway

Pedestrian plazas and a gleaming stainless steel elevator are coming to Queens Blvd. and the Van Wyck Expressway but completion of the massive Kew Garden Interchange project is still years away. Read more: New York Daily News

Baggage handler who smuggled cocaine in planes is sentenced to life

An airline baggage handler who was convicted of trafficking millions of dollars’ worth of drugs in the bellies of commercial jets was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, putting an emphatic stamp on a case that revealed rampant theft and corruption by some airline employees. Read more: New York Times

Union officials ask Queens district attorney for fair investigation of cop in fatal shooting of unarmed man on Grand Central Parkway

Union officals for the NYPD detective who shot an unarmed man to death on the Grand Central Parkway met Tuesday with the Queens district attorney to ask for a fair and impartial investigation. Read more: New York Daily News

NYC cabbie suspended after tossing passenger

A New York City cab driver has had his license suspended after a hearing in which he was shown on video shoving and pushing a passenger out of his cab. Read more: NBC New York

Face to face: Obama, Romney in crackling debate

An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of peddling a “sketchy deal” to fix the U.S. economy and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST: 

Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 61. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 48. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Live Classical Music

A special presentation of classical music featuring the artistry of soloist Lesley Zlabinger with Catherine Frank on piano. The program will include the song cycle “Frauenliebe und-leben” by Robert Schumann; three songs by Claude Debussy, “Nuit d’etoiles,” “Voice que le printemps” and “Paysage sentimental;” the secular cantata “Lucrezia” by G.F. Handel; and four songs by Mozart, “Ridente la calma,” “Warnung,” “Als luise die briefe” and “An chloe.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Fight over proposed Queens Kickshaw bike corral could be paved over with compromise in Astoria

The battle over a proposed bike rack in front of an Astoria eatery may come to a hault. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens landlord wanted in teacher murder nabbed in Maryland

The Queens landlord wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of a 39-year-old public school teacher has been caught in Maryland, authorities said Monday. Read more: NBC New York

Roughly half of Aqueduct racino’s top managers reside in the borough

The operator of the Aqueduct racino released new jobs data this month showing that about half of its top executives call Queens home. Read more: New York Daily News

A ‘match’ for Nobel

Two American scholars — one of them born in Queens — netted the Nobel economics prize yesterday for work on a matchmaking technique that has sharply reduced the number of New York students who end up in high schools they didn’t want to attend. Read more: New York Post

Mayoral hopeful switches to G.O.P.

The field of likely Democratic candidates for New York City mayor narrowed by one on Monday when Tom Allon, a newspaper publisher waging a long-shot bid, announced that he would switch to the Republican Party to increase his odds of making it to the 2013 general election ballot. Read more: New York Times

Brooklyn Nets win their Barclays Center debut game

The Brooklyn Nets won their first basketball game at the new Barclays Center against the Washington Wizards on Monday night, and the preseason victory marked the first time professional sports were played in the borough since the Dodgers left in 1957. Read more: NY1

Pundits: Hofstra presidential debate could easily mean doom for rhe loser

All eyes in the United States and around the world will soon be on a Long Island university. Read more: CBS New York

 

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

 Saturday, October 13

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the 11th Annual Harvest Festival in Jamaica there will be cook-offs, cooking demos, live music, food tastings and arts andcrafts, such as making a scarecrow, pumpkin decorating and face painting. There will also be magic shows, colorful clowns and cowboys.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the Oktoberfest and Harvest Hoopla in Bayside there will fun and games for children, food, refreshments, and music by the Pilsner Brass Band. Entry to the event is free.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m., The All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunnyside is having its 22nd Annual Fund-Raising Pumpkin Fair with live music, international dishes, hotdogs, hamburgers, shish kebabs, pumpkin dishes, a raffle and balloon animals.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Come to the King Manor Harvest Festival for fall-themed crafts and a food-themed celebration, including a historic food demonstration. It will be fun for the whole family.

Sunday, October 14

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., At the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers: Paper Making kids can bring their own brightly colored leaves to create handmade paper with fall foliage. Preregistration is recommended.

AROUND QUEENS

Saturday, October 13

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., At the Madison Square Park’s annual Fall Kids Fest children can enjoy a free event with live music, arts and crafts, face painting, snacks and more. There will also be a costume parade led by a Big Apple Circus and pumpkin decorating.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., At the 10th Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair dogs and their owners can take part in free dog events, including tips from trainers, and participate in fun games, contests, giveaways and more.

Saturday, October 13- Sunday, October 14

2 p.m., This weekend at the Long Island Children’s Museum come see Fall Fun, an interactive musical celebrating autumn from the harvest to Halloween. Ages 3 and up.

Sunday, October 14

2:00 p.m., Come to a family-friendly concert featuring Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players at The Jewish Museum in Manhattan. Ages 2 to 7.

*For more fun things to do with kids, check out our list of Halloween events in Queens

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 63. Winds from the NE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday night: Overcast. Low of 55. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Meet the Candidates

St. John’s is holding a Meet the Candidates night from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m. at the Belson Moot Courtroom in the School of Law, where candidates for the New York State Legislature will take part in a public forum to discuss issues of importance to college students and the local community. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

 Grand jury probe likely in shooting

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly on Monday said a grand jury would have to decide whether criminal charges are warranted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist in Queens last week by a detective. Read more: Wall Street Journal

Four teens killed in horrific car crash on Long Island; teen at wheel only had learner’s permit

They died on Dead Man’s Curve. Four Queens teenagers were killed Monday when their car — driven by a 17-year-old with only a learner’s permit — sped off a treacherous stretch of a Long Island highway and wrapped itself around a tree. Read more: New York Daily News

Churches battle liquor store next door

Two churches in Queens are now in the middle of a nasty battle because of what’s in the middle between them. Read more: ABC New York

Residents upset over calls that accuse State Senate candidate of supporting Muslim radicals

Joseph Concannon is a relatively unknown Republican State Senate candidate but he’s created an uproar in the 11th district. Bayside residents like Andy Rothman are crying foul over a Concannon robocall that accuses incumbent State Sen. Tony Avella of supporting Muslim radicals. Read more: NY1

U.S. meningitis cases mount from thousands of patients at risk

More cases of fungal meningitis tied to contaminated steroid shots are expected to be confirmed on Tuesday, U.S. health officials said, and some patients who received the injections may have to wait weeks to know if they are infected. Read more: Reuters

Sandusky to learn sentence in child sex abuse case

Jerry Sandusky will learn what penalty a judge considers appropriate for the 45 counts of child sexual abuse for which the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted in June. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 79. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 68. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT of the DAY: Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi’s Studio Practice

Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi’s Studio Practice opens today at The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City. The exhibit explores the working process of Japanese-American artist  Isamu Noguchi during his five studio periods from the 1940s until his death in 1988. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens teacher scolded for student-inmate cards

A teacher has received a warning letter from the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board for assigning her fifth graders to write Christmas cards to an inmate. Read more: NBC New York

School sends home bixsexual Queens student who wears ‘I enjoy vagina’ T-shirt

A Queens high school sent a student home Tuesday, saying her “I enjoy vagina” T-shirt was a distraction — but the bisexual teen says administrators are trouncing her free speech. Read more: New York Daily News

American Airlines: Improperly installed clamps to blame for loose seats

The American Airlines seat scare has expanded to a third flight. Some have suspected sabotage, but on Tuesday surfaced a new theory on what’s causing the loose seats. CBS New York

L.I. Police catch alligator in parking lot

A runaway alligator — now in the hands of animal officials on Long Island. Police were called to a Pathmark parking lot on Grand Avenue in Baldwin just before 8:00pm Tuesday night, where the 3-foot gator was spotted running loose. Read more: ABC New York

New York’s proposed council map is called unfair to minority groups

East Harlem would be split in two, and represented by two New York City Council members, including one from the Bronx. Two neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with fast-growing Asian-American populations would be quartered, making it much more likely that the areas would continue to lack Asian-American elected voices.  Read more: New York Times

First debate sets up moment of high-risk theater

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney come face to face for the first time in this presidential campaign Wednesday night for a nationally televised debate that will give millions of Americans a chance to size up two fierce competitors in a moment of high-risk theater. Read more: AP

 

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, September 29

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Join the Friends of the Ridgewood Library for their semi-annual Fun Day, where there be a flea market, crafts, reading in the garden and more.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., The National Estuaries Day Festival commemorates Little Neck Bay, the local estuary. Meet people from health service, recreational and civic associations, school groups and government organizations. Hike along Alley Pond Environmental Center’s unique and beautiful estuary trails, listen to live music, visit educational booths and exhibits from neighborhood organizations and participate in children’s activities and crafts. Free entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, fun games, boat and canoe rides. Please pre-register.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m., At the Voelker Orth Museum’s Oktoberfest in the Garden there will be food, drinks, music and more in celebration of the German-American heritage of the Voelker and Orth families. Admission $30 ($25 for members), inclusive of food and drink. Reservations recommended.

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday), Deemed “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth,” the annual Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science will feature more than 500 maker exhibits, the world’s most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more. Expect outrageous attractions such as the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos Show, Power Racing Series, iconic Cupcake Cars and other spectacular surprises, such as workshops on soldering, lock picking and Arduino.

Sunday, September 30

12 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Forest Hills Street Festival is a family fair on seven blocks with about 150 vendors, promotions, kiddie rides and crafts. Plus, Austin Street stores will be open. Rain or shine.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Autumn Moon Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden is an afternoon of moon cakes, arts and crafts, and cultural performances celebrating an ancient holiday that reflects on the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon and the myth of the immortal moon goddess. Bring picnic blankets and summer chairs. Free with admission.

 

AROUND QUEENS

Saturday, September 29

1 p.m., Ballet Long Island’s Princess Tea Party opens this weekend, featuring Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and more. Kids can also take photos with the princess characters and join them for a tea party following the performance.

5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m., Take part in the national attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. The event also raises money and awareness for America SCORES, which help bring soccer to under-resourced elementary schools. The New York City event will take place at Pier 25 (at Hudson River Greenway and North Moore) and will be followed by a happy hour fundraiser at Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar in Battery Park City.

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Come to the Long Island Children’s Museum this weekend to see Dora the Explorer Live! “Dora’s Pirate Adventure.”

Sunday, September 30

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure is an all inclusive fun-filled family event that sails for two hours on the Hudson River. Guests enjoy a puppet show, magician, face painting, arts and crafts, live music while soaking in the sights. All guests receive a healthy bagged lunch and unlimited juice and soda. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Princess or Pirate. The boat leaves from Pier #40 West Side Highway in Manhattan.

 

 

 

LI man pleads guilty to running onto field after Mets no-hitter


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A Massapequa, Long Island man that jumped onto Citi Field after Mets pitcher Johan Santana threw the baseball team’s first no-hitter, pleaded guilty to interfering with a professional sporting event, announced Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

At the June 1 game this summer, Rafael Diaz, 33, made it all the way to the pitcher’s mound where he came in physical contact with players before he was apprehended, according to the DA’s office.

Diaz, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor on September 13, has to pay a $1,000 fine to the City of New York , $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets and perform 100 hours of community service.

Additionally, he is banned from Citi Field for one year.

The Mets organization has also served him with a trespass notice that indefinitely prevents him from entering any of their playing venues, said the DA’s office.