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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 34F with a windchill as low as 12. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 32F with a windchill as low as 25. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Disco Inferno

The disco phenomenon affected the life styles, fashion trends and musical tastes of a generation. Resorts World Casino will boogie down memory lane with Disco Inferno, featuring a live concert by The Trammps, the amazing France Joli, Carol Douglas, Disco Unlimited and DJ NIcky G. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

7-Year-old fatally struck crossing Queens street

Police say a 7-year-old boy crossing a street in Queens was struck and killed by an SUV. Read more: NBC New York

Rockaway group miffed over being denied money from the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief

For a Rockaway-based volunteer group, the much-ballyhooed 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief hasn’t been music to the ears. Read more: New York Daily News

Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement

A troubling oversight has been found within New York State’s sweeping new gun laws. Read more: ABC New York

Thompson says he wouldn’t raise taxes if elected mayor

Differentiating himself from his likely Democratic rivals in the mayoral race, William C. Thompson Jr. vowed on Thursday that he would not raise taxes if elected. Read more: New York Times

Commission on utility performance during Sandy holds second hearing

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Knicks put on a jolly good show in London

Weekday afternoon basketball is usually limited to the Summer Olympics, which made for a familiar feeling when the Knicks and Pistons tipped off in their transatlantic road trip on Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Gun restrictions have widespread public support: poll

About three-quarters of Americans surveyed support proposals to ban the sale of automatic weapons, ban high-capacity ammunition clips and expand background checks on all gun buyers, according to an online Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. Read more: Reuters

Moreland Commission recommends LIPA changes based on Sandy response


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Photo courtesy of Governor Cuomo's Flickr

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

Wednesday: Overcast. High of 45. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 36. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Jackson Heights Community Orchestra

The newly-formed Jackson Heights Community Orchestra, launched by conductor Patricia Glunt, has scheduled its first performance for Dec. 12 at the Jackson Heights Community Church. “Jackson Heights is ripe and it’s ready for an orchestra,” said Glunt, a 58-year-old musician who lives in the neighborhood. “The idea is really to explore and showcase the talent that we have in Queens, and use Jackson Heights as the center of that.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Vallone officially announces borough president bid

Councilmember Peter Vallone’s holiday surprise wasn’t all that surprising. Vallone announced his bid for Queens borough president at his father’s annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 11, surrounded by friends and family. Read more: Queens Courier

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Local residents should get a chance to weigh in before the state rolls the dice on full-tilt casino gaming, a Queens lawmaker said on Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

JFK guards threaten strike, could snarl holiday travel plans

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Sandy ineptitude catches up with LIPA at Moreland Commission hearing

Officials slammed the Long Island Power Authority Tuesday for its performance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, during a hearing by a commission exploring how those utilities might be restructured. Read more: CBS New York

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The Pope, now on Twitter, posts his first message

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Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead

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