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Arrest made in butt injection death of Queens woman


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A New Jersey woman who allegedly gave a Queens woman an illegal butt lift has been arrested in connection to her death, according to police and published reports.

Tamira Mobley, 28, of Wood-Ridge, N.J., is accused of injecting a silicone-like substance into the buttocks of Tamara Blaine, a 22-year-old Jamaica resident, while the two were inside of the Liberty Inn Hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on July 8, cops said.

Mobley was allegedly performing an illegal butt lift procedure on Blaine when she was killed, reports said.

Authorities found Blaine inside the room with seizure-like symptoms, according to police. She was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. At the time, the medical examiner determined the death to be suspicious, cops said.

After noticing puncture wounds on her buttocks during an autopsy, the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide in October, according to published reports.

Mobley has been charged with assault and second-degree manslaughter, police said.

 

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Middle Village scout troop needs members


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Photo courtesy of Charles Krzewski

The St. Margaret’s Boy Scout Troop 119 of Middle Village was once a bustling group filled with dozens of youngsters eager to learn about the outdoors.

But membership in the nearly 70-year-old troop has declined after years of competing for attention with computers, video games and now, mobile devices.

About two decades ago there were more than 35 members, but now with just 14 scouts, the group is seeking new members to teach the importance of nature and charity.

“Outdoor skills are very important,” said Charles Krzewski, the troop committee chair. “If they don’t learn this stuff they’re never going to have an appreciation for the outdoors. And you don’t want people going out to wreck it.”

The boy scout troop teaches boys from ages 10 to 18 how to start fires and build camps. They go on hiking and camping trips upstate and in New Jersey, Staten Island and Pennsylvania.

The troop also teaches the boys sports such as basketball, dodgeball, skiing, fishing, rafting, canoeing and rock climbing, among others.

But, in addition to the fun, the scouting group focuses on charity. They paint over graffiti and do community clean-up. Recently, the scouts also collected pies, snacks, canned food and turkeys, and donated them to local disadvantaged families for Thanksgiving.

Following the holidays, the scouts will collect food to donate to St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church in Middle Village, which will give it to people in need.

“Today’s kids are all concerned about self,” Krzewski said. “We want to have a good time, but we stress ‘you must give back.’ It lets them know that there is more out there than just themselves.”

Krzewski asks parents interested in signing their children up for the Scout Troop 119 to contact him at 718-894-4099.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 36. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Urinetown: The Musical

Winner of three Tony awards and one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Performances start Thursday, January 10 and continue through Saturday, January 26 at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Crane collapses in Long Island City, injuring seven

Seven workers suffered minor injuries when a crane collapsed at a Long Island City building site. Read more: Queens Courier

Cuomo takes aim at guns, Sandy relief during State of the State address

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed New York will become the nation’s leader in gun safety laws in wake of recent shootings. Read more: Queens Courier

Seastreak Wall Street Ferry saw other problems before crash

The Seastreak Wall Street ferry that crashed in Lower Manhattan Wednesday has had a few minor incidents in recent years. Read more: CBS New York

Cheating teacher the answer man: probe

A Queens elementary- school teacher brazenly helped fourth-graders cheat on the state’s high-stakes English exams, even though there was a second proctor in the room, investigators found. Read more: New York Post

Breezy Point couple surprised with newly renovated home after it was destroyed by Sandy

An octogenarian Queens couple whose house was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy received a surprise gift on Wednesday — a brand new home. Read more: New York Daily News

Report: Queens Native Will Likely Head Up Treasury Dept.

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to tap a native New Yorker to serve as the new head of the United States Treasury Department. Read more: NY1

NYC firm hit hard on 9/11 gives $10M in Sandy aid

The New York City brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11 terror attacks announced that it will “adopt” 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and will give each family in those schools $1,000 to spend as they see fit. Read more: AP

57 hurt in Lower Manhattan ferry crash


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A commuter ferry originating from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey crashed in Lower Manhattan this morning leaving dozens of passengers injured.

Around 8:45 a.m the Seastreak Wall Street ferry, which was carrying 326 passengers and crew members, ran into two slips at about 10 to 12 knots (11.5 to 13.8 mph) as it was coming into Pier 11 at the South Street Seaport, according to a news conference following the accident and media reports.

A total of 57 people were hurt. Two are in critical condition with head injuries, nine are serious, 17 are in guarded condition and 29 received minor injuries. No one ended up in the water as a result of the crash.

Those with critical and serious injuries were transported to Manhattan hospitals and those with minor ones were taken to hospitals in Brooklyn.

Photos from the accident scene show a large gash in the front corner of the ferry, but the exact cause of the crash is still unknown.

According to the Wall Street Journal, all of the crew members passed Breathalyzer tests.

“We don’t know what happened,” one injured passenger told the Daily News. “The boat hit something, and we went flying. People were bleeding all over the place.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a 11 member team from Washington D.C. to investigate the accident and should arrive at the scene around 2 p.m.

The pier is expected to reopen to commuters at noon today.

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Bloomberg visits D.C. seeking federal aid


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the nation’s capital yesterday meeting with lawmakers to request Sandy aid, while Governor Andrew Cuomo joined a neighboring governor in appealing for maximum federal support.

“Hurricane recovery is not a partisan issue – and in New York, we have a united front of Democrats and Republicans,” said Bloomberg, who was accompanied by Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. “Now, we have to bring together both sides in Washington – and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The mayor also met with other Washington leaders, including, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Congressmember Hal Rogers, Senators Sue Collins and Lamar Alexander and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

“I described the enormous job of recovery that is still ahead of us – a job that we’re undertaking in close proximity with Governor Cuomo, and members of both parties of New York State’s Congressional delegation,” Bloomberg said.

The city has already authorized $1.2 billion in emergency spending. Bloomberg said the New York City will need about $15 billion from the federal government for losses not covered by insurance.

“There’s every reason for Congress to provide us with the assistance we need, given New York City’s importance to the health of the entire nation,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor is also requesting 100 percent reimbursement from FEMA.

Cuomo released a joint statement with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie asserting they will work together to secure federal aid. The neighboring governors said their states are “inextricably linked” and therefore share a common goal in rebuilding.

“It is our shared commitment to the people of our states to work in partnership so that our needs are met and we receive as much federal support as possible,” the statement said.

Queens residents among those busted in prostitution, money laundering ring


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Eleven Queens residents were indicted — and two human trafficking victims in Manhattan were saved — after authorities busted a $7 million prostitution-based money laundering ring that spanned the tri-state area, the attorney general said.

A 16-month joint agency investigation led to the 180-count indictment of advertising corporation Somad Enterprises, Inc. and 19 individuals, who allegedly engaged in enterprise corruption and a variety of crimes, including money laundering, falsifying business records, narcotics sales and prostitution, the attorney general said.

“This investigation led to the arrests of multiple individuals who were part of a criminal enterprise that made millions of dollars by profiting off the exploitation of women,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “The message we are sending is clear. These crimes will not be tolerated in the state of New York.”

Manhattan-based Somad Enterprises is accused of being a front for the large prostitution and narcotics distribution ring, according to the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the NYPD.

The company, which authorities say allegedly posed as a legitimate business, “profited handsomely” in excess of $3 million by working with prostitution businesses to promote sex services through online, print and cable television sources.

Three “johns,” including a former guidance counselor and dean at Scarsdale High School, have already been arrested, the attorney general said.

Five of the 11 arrested Queens individuals — who each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted — hail from Flushing, authorities said. The others are from Forest Hills, Bayside, Whitestone, Oakland Gardens, Fresh Meadows and Jamaica.

The two trafficking victims have been brought to a safe haven, said the attorney general.

Calls to Somad Enterprises went unreturned as of press time.

 

PM Pediatrics to open new NJ location


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PM Pediatrics, an award-winning provider of after-hours pediatric urgent care, has announced that its newest location is set to open in Livingston, NJ on Monday, October 1.

The 6,000-square-foot jungle-themed practice marks the company’s fifth site and its first New Jersey location. Dr. Michael Bachman, New Jersey Regional Medical Director for PM Pediatrics, will also serve as the Medical Director of the new Livingston office, overseeing all medical operations for the practice. In addition to the northern New Jersey site, PM Pediatrics has four locations in New York — on Long Island, in Westchester and Queens.

The announcement of the October 1 launch comes on the heels of the company’s placement on Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. For the second consecutive year, PM Pediatrics has made the prestigious list, with a reported three-year revenue growth of 224 percent (2008-2011). PM Pediatrics ranks #101 in the Health category, #89 among all New York metro area honorees, and #1365 overall of the 5,000 companies nationwide who made the list.

Based on the Inc. list, PM Pediatrics is one of the fastest-growing health care providers in the country, in addition to being the only pediatric urgent care provider to make the 2012 list.

Every PM Pediatrics practice is staffed by pediatric emergency specialists who provide specialized care and treatment for a broad array of illnesses and injuries including asthma, fever and other infections, dehydration, sprains and fractures, wounds requiring stitches and much more. Each office has on-site digital X-ray producing high resolution images that are easily sent to a patient’s primary care physician via CD-ROM or electronically. In addition, all locations feature a comprehensive laboratory which is capable of performing rapid blood, urine and chemistry workups.

PM Pediatrics offices are conveniently located and uniquely themed, providing caregivers and children with a health care experience that is unlike any other. The distinctly designed practices create a kid-friendly environment featuring TVs in every exam room. To learn more, visit www.pmpediatrics.com.

 

Loved ones mourn as Prep teen laid to rest after tragic death


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Loved ones who gathered at a wake on Labor Day to mourn the popular St. Francis Prep teen killed Friday in a gruesome party bus accident remembered him as a hilarious, fun-loving boy with a permanent smile pressed on his face.

“He was always cracking jokes,” said classmate Noah Buttner, 15. “He made [geometry class] a lot of fun. If he smiled, no matter how bad your day was going, you had to smile back.”

Daniel Fernandez, a 16-year-old incoming Prep junior, died in a bloody freak accident on the night of Friday, August 31, when he smashed his head on the underside of a New Jersey overpass after poking out of an emergency hatch on the top of a double-decker party bus, said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesperson Steve Coleman.  

The bus had just traveled over the George Washington Bridge going westbound when the accident occurred shortly before 7 p.m., Coleman said. Fernandez struck the underside of the Fletcher Avenue overpass, just west of the bridge in Fort Lee, and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead with severe head trauma.

The Designer Limousine bus was loaded with 65 teens en route to a Sweet 16 in Garfield, New Jersey, Coleman said. There were only two adults on board — the bus driver and a male safety attended provided by the transportation company, who was not required to be present by law, according to Designer spokesperson Kyle Kotary.

The safety employee, Kotary said, had warned Fernandez and his pals to get down from their seats and to stop opening the hatch before heading down to ask the driver to turn up the air conditioning.

“In that split minute he had gone downstairs, somebody had opened the hatch and that’s when the accident occurred,” Kotary said. “That’s how it went down as the safety attendant described it.”

According to Kotary, the parents of the girl hosting the Sweet 16 party rented the bus for the Queens group. He said to his knowledge, the partying pals did not have alcohol on the bus, but could not confirm if the group had been drinking before boarding. Designer employees had confiscated one backpack, one “gift box” and one “iced tea colored bottle” from the teens before the bus departed, Kotary said.

“This was a sad and tragic accident caused by a poor decision to ignore repeated verbal warnings from the safety attendant and clearly marked written warnings on the vehicle,” Designer said in a statement.

Some of the ready-to-party teens, who began their trip at their Fresh Meadows high school, took to Twitter minutes after the horrific tragedy.

“Sitting here with your blood on my foot wishing this was all a bad dream,” said party-goer Vicky Budz, who told her 354 followers 12 hours earlier she was “raging tonight.”

“Feel like my insides are being ripped apart,” Budz tweeted. “I don’t know how I’m gonna be able to function after this. Scarred forever.”

Hundreds of Fernandez’s classmates, friends and family members paid their respects during a wake held at Kearns Funeral Home in Rego Park on Monday, September 3. A line to honor the Woodside teen stretched around the block within minutes of opening visitation hours.

“It’s been said, but he was always smiling. He always had something funny to say,” said close family friend Daniel Santamaria. “He was never sad.”

Santamaria said Fernandez played bagpipes and danced as a member of Casa Galicia — a social club in Astoria for those who come from Galicia, an autonomous community in northwestern Spain.

Prep transfer student Irvin Navarrete, 17, said Fernandez was the first person he ever met in high school and remembered his first high school pal as “a good person” and “kind.”

As of press time, there were no new discoveries in the investigation, but Coleman said the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office in New Jersey would make any determination regarding charges.

A candlelight vigil at St. Francis Prep was held for the beloved teen the night after the horrific accident. Weeping students holding candles and wearing blue walked in silence to the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway, where they placed lit candles in front of a statue of the school’s patron saint.

St. Francis Prep principal Brother Leonard Conway said school officials were preparing grief counseling sessions for traumatized students aboard the bus. A memorial service would also be held at the school when the family is ready, Conway said.

“He wasn’t like anybody else,” Navarrete said.

Day trips in and around Queens


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Montauk's Camp Hero State Park

QUEENS

Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane South between Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane

This large park has 165 acres of trees, a golf course,  riding trails, historic carousel and more.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave., Astoria

Learn all about the magic of film at the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique and technology of the moving image in all its forms. After you check out the exhibits, stick around for one of its evening screenings. 

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona

You don’t need to be a science geek to have fun at this museum, featuring over 450 interactive exhibits that any curious child will love.

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

The only working historical farm in the city, visitors can check out the fields, vineyard, farm implements and various farm animals.

Queens Botanical Gardens
43-50 Main St., Flushing

The beautiful gardens and trees provide an urban escape for visitors who can walk around for hours through its 39 acres.

Queens Zoo
53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 

Queens locals don’t have to travel very far to see animals, such as tropical birds, alligators, pumas and bears, at this zoo inside Flushing Meadows Park

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City

Founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, this LIC museum is noted for its sculpture garden.

 

 


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American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport
1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY

Both the young and old will enjoy this museum of historic aircraft and military vehicles at Republic Airport. 

Bronx Zoo
2300 South Blvd., Bronx 

Not only is this zoo the largest in New York City, it is also one of the largest urban zoos in the country. Throughout the year visitors can check out its hundreds of animal species, children’s zoo, butterfly garden, camel rides and much more. [Photo courtesy of Bronx Zoo]

Brotherhood Winery
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY

Dating back to 1839, Brotherhood is America’s oldest winery, and offers tours and tastings. [Photo by Tomas Donoso]

Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY

This 415-acre park provides a variety of outdoor enjoyment, including extensive trails, a long expanse of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean and an historic military installation. [Photo courtesy of NYS OPRHP]

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY

In addition to tasting its many beers, including several seasonal varieties, the brewery also has special events—everything from concerts to trivia nights.

Coney Island Beach and Board Walk
Corbin Place to W. 37 St., Boardwalk, Brooklyn

The iconic Coney Island offers lots of fun, whether it’s walking along the boardwalk, riding on the Cyclone roller coaster or eating a Nathan’s Famous hotdog.

Deep Hollow Ranch
Three miles east of Montauk village on Route 27; turn left at Suffolk County Park

People usually think of the southwest when it comes to cattle ranches, but Long Island is home to America’s oldest one. Visitors can tour the ranch and take horse rides along the shore of Block Island Sound. 

Discovery Wetland Cruises
Across Dock Road from the Three Village Inn (150 Main St., Stony Brook, NY)

Take a one-and-a-half hour tour boat tour of an 88-acre wetlands preserve in Long Island.

Discovery Times Square
226 West 44th St., New York

There is plenty to see (and buy) in the heart of midtown Manhattan, but one place that shouldn’t be missed is Discovery Times Square. Currently you can check out an interactive family-friendly exhibit about the secret world of espionage.  

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY

See sharks, otters, sea lions and more ocean creatures at this acaqurium, which features indoor and outdoor exhibits. [Photo courtesy of Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center]

New York Renaissance Faire
600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY

In its 35th year, this annual festival will bring you back to Elizabethan England with it food, shops, acrobatics, magicians, juggler and more. It runs until Sept. 23.

Pollock-Krasner House
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY

Modern art fans will love taking a trip to the home of the late artist Jackson Pollack and his wife. Famous for his drip paintings, which now sell for millions, you can see the studio where he created his famous works.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari
Six Flags Blvd. (off of I-195), Jackson, NJ

Just take a drive south down I-195 and you’ll reach this amusement park of thrilling roller coasters and other fun rides plus its safari park.

Splish Splash
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY

Voted one of the country’s best water parks by the Travel Channel, this Long Island attraction is the perfect way to beat the summer heat.  

The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York

A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters museum and gardens is dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. [Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY

Everyone loves a great deal. From chain store brands to designer goods, you’ll find amazing discounts at this shopping center. 

Fourth NYPD suicide this month


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Fourth NYPD suicide

A cop killed himself yesterday on his way home after finishing his shift in Queens — becoming the fourth NYPD officer to die by his own hand in less than a month, sources told The Post. Matthew Schindler, 39, a 14-year veteran and married father of three kids, pulled his car over at about 4:30 p.m. on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway near Exit 40 in Jericho and shot himself under the chin, the sources said. Minutes earlier, Schindler, a highway-safety officer, texted his sergeant to tell him he would not be seeing him anymore. Read More: New York Post

 

160G JFK gem ‘heist’

A Long Island psychotherapist who got stopped at a boarding gate at JFK Airport because of the size of her carry-on tried to cajole workers into letting her pass — by telling them she had thousands of dollars in exquisite jewelry in the luggage that she didn’t want to let out of her sight. “I told the gate attendant, ‘Listen to me, I have more than $100,000 worth of jewelry here,’ ’’ said Rita Lamberg, 69, who also plays in poker tournaments part-time. Lamberg yesterday admitted to The Post that it may not have been the smartest thing to say. Read More: New York Post

Tragic Whitney back in New Jersey

Carried in a golden hearse, the body of pop queen Whitney Houston arrived in her hometown of Newark, NJ, last night, as preparations began for a massive Friday funeral that only an arena could hold. A private plane carrying Houston’s casket from LA — where she died in a hotel room Saturday — landed at Teterboro Airport at around 10:30 p.m. The casket was placed in a gold-colored hearse and escorted by three police cars to the Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the services for Houston’s dad, John, in 2003. Read More: New York Post

 

LIRR May Return To Elmhurst

For commuters in Elmhurst who may be fed up with their transit options, there’s some good news: the LIRR may once again be making a stop in their neighborhood. Read More: NY1

 

Dolan vows to challenge Obama’s birth control plan compromise

The top Catholic bishop in the US has vowed legislative and court challenges to President Obama’s compromise on exempting religiously affiliated employers from paying directly for birth control for their workers. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, who heads the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an interview Tuesday that while Obama’s about-face Friday initially sparked glimmers of hope in the church, it ended up being a “hill of beans.” Dolan, who is in Rome to be made a cardinal Saturday, said he trusted Obama wasn’t declaring war on religion and intended to make good on his pledge to work with religious groups to fine-tune the provisions of the insurance mandate. Read More: New York Post

Is Fresh Direct moving from L.I.C.?


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A Queens produce supplier may be saying goodbye to the Big Apple and starting fresh directly across the Hudson River.  Fresh Direct, the online grocer currently based in Long Island City, is being lured by New Jersey with a reported $100 million package of tax breaks, land and other subsidies if they relocate to Jersey City.

Erin Gold, a spokesperson for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, confirmed Fresh Direct has applied for assistance under the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program, which encourages private investment in nine designated urban centers in the state, including Jersey City. According to Gold, a minimum investment of $50 million and 250 employees is mandatory to qualify for the program.

Bettina Damiani, project director of Good Jobs New York, a watchdog on the city’s economic development subsidy program, finds Fresh Direct’s potential move discourteous and offensive. “The conversation really needs to be about their subsidies from the city for their L.I.C. facility” said Damiani. “If they move, my question is, don’t they have to pay back some of their subsidies to the city? I think it is insulting that Fresh Direct, which has benefited from tax payer subsidies, is putting their thumbs in our eyes when we helped them reach the point where they want to expand. They are playing unfairly. They are asking for more money, and then they are playing the whole New Jersey border war.”

Damiani says Fresh Direct agreed to a package with New York City from 1999 to 2025 worth $5.3 million, of which they have currently used $2.2 million. A public hearing is currently scheduled for February 9, during which the grocery provider can officially request a subsidies increase.

The decade-old company, which delivers fresh food and grocery items to New York City, Nassau County, Westchester County and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, declined to comment regarding its potential relocation across state lines. According to a city official, New York and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are countering the Garden State’s offer with a deal that would move the grocery supplier to a new, 500,000-square-foot facility in the Harlem River Yards of the Bronx.

Repeated attempts to contact the mayor’s office went unreturned.

Negotiations are currently ongoing between the city and Fresh Direct, which the official says has outgrown its current L.I.C. facility and needs more space to expand. The grocer, which currently employes roughly 2,000 people, is aiming to create 500 new jobs within the next three years.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents L.I.C., says the state and city are working on a deal to ensure the produce supplier continues to grow in New York.

According to published reports, Fresh Direct is leaning towards staying in the city with a move to the Bronx.

“Fresh Direct is an important New York City employer,” said Kyle Sklerov, a spokesperson for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. “We want to ensure that it continues to create new jobs right here in the five boroughs.”

 

Weiner mistress claims he wanted to have a threesome with a man


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Weiner mistress claims he wanted to have a threesome with a man

Anthony Weiner wanted to do more than share his crotch shots with women online, his former X-rated chat buddy claims. Traci Nobles, who came forward as one of the New York politician’s sexting partners earlier this year, told Radaronline.com that he wanted to have a threesome — with her and another man. She claimed that he detailed his desires in an explicit chat earlier this year. “I’m not really talking about other chicks … How about with another guy,” he allegedly said, according to the blonde bombshell. “Are you turned on by other guys?” Nobles claims she asked. “Well it depends on the guy, but generally yes,” Weiner allegedly replied. Read More: Daily News

Family still waiting to bury Brooklyn woman burned to death in brutal elevator attack

The body of the Prospect Heights woman burned to death in her apartment building elevator is still awaiting final burial. The family of Deloris Gillespie said that because she was so badly burned in the shocking December 17 attack authorities have not yet officially identified her — leaving her family unable to get a death certificate or proceed with a funeral. Read More: New York Post

Death on tracks

A man was fatally struck last night by a subway train in Washington Heights — and cops are investigating whether he went onto the tracks to relieve himself, police sources said. The victim, whose name wasn’t released, was struck at around 9:20 p.m. at the 191st Street station on the No. 1 line. Read More: New York Post

Knife-wielding thug attacks woman, ransacks Tribeca law firm: cops

A knife-wielding thief barged into a lower Manhattan law firm, shattered the jaw of a female employee, tied her up with a phone charger and ransacked the place, police sources said today. The mayhem started at 3:20 p.m. Monday, when the unidentified man was caught on video strolling into an office tower and talking to a doorman on Broadway near Walker Street. Read More: New York Post

NTSB cites ice in report on NJ crash that killed exec, family

Federal investigators have released a preliminary report on last week’s plane crash in New Jersey that killed five people. The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report released late Monday draws no conclusions on what caused the December 20 crash. A final report could take a year or more to complete. The single-engine turboprop crashed about 15 minutes after takeoff from Teterboro Airport and was headed to Georgia. The report describes how pilot Jeffrey Buckalew radioed to air traffic controllers that he was experiencing icing and requested to climb to a higher altitude. The plane peaked at 17,900 feet before descending. Read More: New York Post

Husband faces civil suit in death of rich UBS wealth manager Shele Danishefsky Covlin

The Manhattan public administrator has gone where the cops and the DA have not: publicly accusing ex-stock trader Rod Covlin of killing his rich, beautiful wife two years ago. Shele Danishefsky Covlin, 47, a UBS wealth manager, was found dead in her upper West Side bathtub on New Year’s Eve 2009. Her scalp was cut and the death was ruled an accidental fall. Her Orthodox Jewish family refused an autopsy, and she was buried almost immediately, following religious tradition. Read More: Daily News

Court win for kin of World Trade Center cop

A hero cop injured at the Twin Towers on 9/11 died from World Trade Center-related cancer, a state appeals court ruled yesterday. The Appellate Division ruling means Frank Macri’s widow is entitled to accidental-line-of-duty death benefits — and, in fact, he will be listed as having died in the line of duty, said the family’s lawyers, Michael Murray and Christopher McGrath. “I’m at a loss for words,” his widow, Nilda Macri, told The Post. “Frank really deserves this honor. This would’ve meant a lot to him, to know he’s still remembered . . . He was a special, special guy.” Read More: New York Post

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to green Queens locomotives

Two fuel-efficient locomotives will roll through Queens in 2013 with technology designed to reduce pollution and lower costs for local businesses that use freight trains to move goods. With a $2 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, two conventional locomotives will be overhauled to use low-emissions diesel technology, the city Economic Development Corp. announced last week. Read More: Daily News

Ex-‘Saturday Night Live’ writer Joe Bodolai found dead after hotel room suicide

Former “Saturday Night Live” writer Joseph Bodolai has committed suicide in a Hollywood hotel room, the Los Angeles coroner’s office said Tuesday. Coroner’s office spokesman Craig Harvey said room service staff found the body of the 63-year-old Bodolai at 1:30 p.m. Monday in a room at Hollywood’s Re-Tan Hotel. He checked into the hotel December 19. Harvey said Bodolai drank a mixture of Gatorade and antifreeze. The death, first reported by celebrity website TMZ, has been ruled a suicide. Read More: Daily News

Winning $206M Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold at Long Island grocery store

One Long Island lottery player received a belated holiday gift Tuesday, but it was worth the wait: a $206 million jackpot. The winner nailed the five numbers picked in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing — 23, 32, 33, 39 and 43 — along with the “Mega Ball” of 8, the lottery said on its website. The winner has not yet come forward, said Christy Calicchia, director of communications for New York Lottery. Three other New Yorkers picked the first five numbers — but not the Mega Ball — and won $250,000 each. The lone jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a King Kullen supermarket in Middle Island. Read More: Daily News

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/16/2011: Queens woman describes ‘rape & set-up’ horror


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Suspect arrested for George Gibbons’ hit-and-run

Only two days after Maspeth residents rallied demanding “Justice for George,” the suspect wanted in connection with the hit-and-run that killed George Gibbons was apprehended in Connecticut, according to police. Peter Rodriguez was taken into custody in Connecticut by the Regional Fugitive Task Force one month to the day after the accident.  The suspect was identified by police on October 25. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Queens woman describes ‘rape & set-up’ horror

A Queens woman at the center of an alleged diabolical plot to discredit her rape allegations told jurors yesterday about the horrific attack and the sick scheme to cover it up. Restaurant owner Seemona Sumasar testified that she spent seven months in jail away from her daughter after her ex-lover, Jerry Ramrattan, roped three cohorts into filing trumped-up theft charges against her. Read More: New York Post

Two Queens men charged with robbery for diversion theft in New Jersey

Two Queens men have been charged with robbery in connection with a “diversion theft” outside a hotel in Lyndhurst, New Jersey in which a woman was run over after her bags were stolen, authorities said. Jesus Ortiz, also known as “Edgar Melo,” 38, of Corona, and Hector Ruiz, 34, of Jackson Heights, were being held in New York City on Tuesday on unrelated charges, pending their extradition to New Jersey, authorities said. Read More: North Jersey.com

 

L Train Attack Caught On Video, Cops Looking For Suspects

Police in Queens are hunting for three suspects they say are wanted for a vicious assault on a subway train that was captured on video. The video was recorded just after 2 a.m. on Nov. 8. It shows an argument between two men on a Queens bound L train that quickly escalated into a savage beating. Read More & Watch the Video: CBS News

 

Parents And Students Rally To Save Queens School

Parents and students at PS 181Q in Queens are speaking out to save it from closure after it was placed on the city’s list of struggling schools. Watch the Video: NY1

 

Northwestern Queens still struggling with recession, reports state Controller Tom DiNapoli 

The state’s top auditor released a gloomy economic forecast for northwestern Queens. The neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights are still struggling with lost jobs and lower wages after the recession, according to an extensive report compiled by state Controller Tom DiNapoli. Read More: Daily News

No. 7 train expansion to New Jersey may steam ahead


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The next stop on the No. 7 train may soon be New Jersey.

After Mayor Michael Bloomberg first announced his intention to extend the Flushing line into New Jersey, the plan had gone through ups and downs, but now the idea seems to be on the express line.

The mayor has reportedly spent $250,000 on a preliminary feasibility study.

The plan would extend the No. 7 train into Secaucus at the Secaucus Junction railroad station, connecting New Jersey to Manhattan’s East Side and Queens.

“The idea of having good transportation and mass transportation is something that’s very appealing to this city,” Bloomberg said at a recent press conference.

The idea originally came after a similar plan, the ARC – Access to the Region’s Core – was shelved by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie last year over worries of budget overrun. Reports have estimated the extension could be built for less than $10 million.

Christie, in an interview on WCBS 880, said he thinks the project will be able to come together, calling it a partnership between New Jersey, New York City, New York and the federal government.

The train, which now stretches between Main Street in Flushing and Times Square, is already being extended to Manhattan’s West Side with a stop being added at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, one block from the Hudson River. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.