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Green cabs could be coming to south Queens


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Photo courtesy of TLC

Green cabs could now be driving down south in the borough.

A representative from the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) will be making a stop at the next Community Board (CB) 10 meeting on Thursday, December 5 to explain the new Boro Taxi procedures, rules, and the program’s presence in the region moving forward.

Betty Braton, CB 10 chair, said the outer-borough cabs coming to the community could either be a benefit or a disadvantage depending on “how it rolls out.”

“I would believe on the positive side, it provides a safer way in the outer boroughs for people to do street hails,” she said. “On the downside, we already have an existing problem with livery cabs parking. I would think it would become problematic if the green cabs decide to take up parking spaces or just cruise constantly in the transit hubs.”

Boro Taxis, similar to livery cabs, are affiliated with a base and may take dispatch, flat-fare calls. However, similar to city yellow cabs, they can also make metered, hailed pick-ups.

Currently licensed livery bases apply for an opportunity to affiliate the street-hail liveries, which is then processed and approved by the TLC. Two sites in South Ozone Park already got the green light for green cabs, according to the TLC.

Resident Jesus Garay made a request on the Boro Taxis’ website for a base at the cross section of Woodhaven Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard, so cabs could serve Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.

 

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Woodhaven Boulevard safety still in flux


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The city’s five-year study on Woodhaven Boulevard safety improvements show some solutions worked better than others.

The thoroughfare, which connects Middle Village, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, among others, is one of the most trafficked in the borough and is prone to many accidents, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

DOT officials collected feedback from residents and community leaders on the results of the study at a meeting on November 21.

“They have been very cooperative. They have accepted feedback, and they are trying to do the best that they can,” said Community Board 5 Chair Vincent Arcuri Jr. “I think we need to concentrate on the areas that seem that they’ll never be resolved and come up with out-of-the box solutions.”

Within the last three years, the DOT has implemented some ideas to reduce accidents on Woodhaven Boulevard, like extending sidewalks and medians in the stretch from Queens Boulevard to 62nd Road, which gave pedestrians more space.

The DOT also made the southbound traffic on the service road at the intersection of Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard a “must turn right” lane in 2011. In 2012, they shrunk the two lanes of the service road into one because it was too narrow.

These solutions had varying results.

Woodhaven Boulevard from Queens Boulevard to 62nd Road had a total of 293 crashes from 2011 to 2012, up from an average of 254 accidents per year before the solutions were implemented, according to NYPD data.

However, accidents at Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard have decreased 29 percent to an average of 64 from 90 per year, according to the same data.

For future improvements, the DOT plans to change the service road on both sides on Woodhaven Boulevard between Atlantic Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard into one lane of traffic and one parking lane. Currently, from one parking lane and two narrow lanes for traffic.

The department is also planning to create a dedicated bus lane on the northbound side, from the Belt Parkway to Liberty Avenue.

Some people felt more could be done on Woodhaven Boulevard. Not everyone at the meeting believed the solutions were assured to reduce accidents.

“The solutions are, in my opinion, theoretical,” said Community board 9 Chair Jim Cocovillo. “On paper, they are designed to work, but you know as well as I do that many times they don’t.”

After analyzing feedback from the community, the DOT will begin preparing to make the improvements for next year and continue to monitor the troubled thoroughfare.

 

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Op-ed: Proposals for QueensWay project


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER MIKE MILLER

I want to take a moment to address the QueensWay project, a proposed public greenway that will transform the Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach Branch, which was abandoned over 50 years ago. Specifically, the former railroad extends 3.5 miles from Rego Park and Forest Hills down to Ozone Park. This proposed project is one of great concern to many residents in certain areas of the rail line due to its potential negative impact on the local residents.

Certain sections of the proposed QueensWay, specifically the area of the rail line that runs parallel to 98th Street in Woodhaven, will be adjacent to the backyards of nearly 200 homeowners. Although I have been informed by the Friends of QueensWay that they plan to build the QueensWay completely gated around the entrances and make it inaccessible at night, local residents should not be the ones burdened with the cost of building a more secure fence around their backyards to ensure the privacy and safety of their home.

To find additional evidence of the resident’s safety concern, you do not have to look any further than several incidents that have occurred in and around the vicinity of Forest Park in recent years. I echo the sentiments of residents by asking how can we expect the local precincts to carry the additional responsibility of patrolling and responding to incidents on the proposed QueensWay when our precincts are already being spread too thin within our district as it is? Many of the residents on 98th Street are okay with the rail line being underutilized and prefer it stay that way. I also agree that the rail line from Park Lane South down to Atlantic Avenue be left untouched as to not interfere with the quality of life of the local residents.

Further, as per the suggestion of the MTA in its 20-year plan, the rail line from Atlantic Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard should be left as is and eventually be used as a connection for an express line connection into Manhattan.

After carefully balancing the potential positive impact of the QueensWay versus the potential negative impact on certain local residents, I recommend that:

1) The QueensWay be built only on the part of the rail line that stretches from Rego Park to Park Lane South

2) The rail line from Park Lane South to Atlantic Avenue be left untouched as to not interfere with the quality of life of local residents; and

3) The rail line from Atlantic Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard also be left untouched, so it can eventually be used by the MTA as an express line connection into Manhattan

In regards to maintenance of the QueensWay, it must be said that this proposed project should not at all be compared to The High Line public greenway in Manhattan. I remain unconvinced that The QueensWay when built from Rego Park to Park Lane South could achieve anywhere close to the level of corporate membership, sponsorship, and support the High Line in Manhattan has based solely on the lack of surrounding businesses in the area and the lower level of tourism that attracts the private funding necessary to maintain a public greenway. Without a consistent level of support and sponsorship from local businesses in addition to private funding, I fear that the QueensWay will eventually become an eyesore for local residents when funding for maintenance becomes an issue.

Additionally, I am interested to know whether Queens-based companies and local businesses will be the ones who are given the contracts to build out this proposed project. I believe that if the QueensWay is going to be built for the benefit of Queens residents and if it will positively impact Queens’ local businesses, then why are there currently no Queens-based companies being sought for the contracts even in the early stages of this project? I can only see a positive impact on the economy of Queens if our own borough’s businesses benefit from building the QueensWay.

Michael G. Miller represents the 38th Assembly District, which includes the neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Glendale. He was elected in September of 2009 in the Special Election called by Governor David Paterson.

 

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Aqueduct Racetrack hosting street art show ‘Murals’


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The grandstand walls at Aqueduct Racetrack will serve as canvasses for 11 contemporary urban artists who will transform the first floor of New York City’s only racetrack into a horse racing-themed street art show entitled “Aqueduct Murals,” opening to the public on Saturday, November 23.

“New York City is arguably the Mecca of street art and “Aqueduct Murals” integrates horse racing with a celebration of this vibrant, artistic community,” said Paul Kelleher of The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) Corporate Development department. “Aqueduct is New York City’s racetrack and this exhibit will be emblematic of the track’s wonderful, multi-faceted environment.”

The artists – from as far away as South Africa and as near as Brooklyn – will descend upon the racetrack for three nights prior to the show’s opening to pair the Big A’s walls with their unique visions of the “Sport of Kings.”

“Part of the beauty of street art is its impermanence,” said artist Joe Iurato, also the show’s curator. “A piece might last an hour or a few years, but every artist accepts that it won’t last forever. An exhibition like this, where works of this scale are housed indoors, isn’t something you see happen very often. In a sense, it preserves a small piece of New York culture that is otherwise constantly fleeting.”

One of the five local artists featured is 41-year-old Chris Stain, who teaches art at P.S. 49 in Middle Village.

“When I was approached to do the show, it immediately reminded me of my grandfather,” he said. “I always heard him talk about the track and the horses, so there’s some sentimental value there for me and it’s a way to explore that more. What sets street art apart from other forms is there are no rules to it. With other forms of art you have to follow a certain structure. With street art you can freestyle and there aren’t any limitations.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. daily, beginning November 23 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park. For more information, call 718-641-4700 or go to www.aqueductmurals.com.

 

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Board derails QueensWay funding


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Photo courtesy of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association

Community Board 9 has taken QueensWay funding out of its budget.

At its November meeting, the board voted 30-13 and concluded that its capital budget should not prioritize the proposal, which would convert a 3.5-mile former Rockaway Beach LIRR line into a public greenway.

Late last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded $467,000 to study the project’s potential, and an additional $600,000 was raised through private donations.

The nonprofit Trust for Public Land has put together a team that will conduct the study.

“If the feasibility of a project can’t be figured out when it already has nearly a half million dollars to figure it out, then there’s a problem,” said Alexander Blenkinsopp, CB 9 and Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) member.

The QueensWay, if built, would connect Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park to Forest Park, provide pedestrian and bike paths, as well as public green space and serve as an art and culture forum.

Marc Matsil, the New York State Director for Trust for Public Land, said CB 9 was right to have taken the QueensWay out of its priorities because “the funds were raised.”

The proposal, however, has met a varying amount of both opposition and support.

Many area residents believe instead of a new park, the rail line should be reactivated to provide more public transportation. Others say the safety of current parks, such as nearby Forest Park, should be assured before a new greenspace is created.

The WRBA decided not to support either the QueensWay or a train reactivation because there were “some important questions that couldn’t be answered adequately,” Blenkinsopp said, mentioning safety.

CB 9 has not yet replaced QueensWay with any other item on its budget priorities.

“We know there will be critics,” Matsil said. “Our goal is to work with everyone.”

Matsil said, however, there is an “immense amount of enthusiasm in the community” for the potential new park and that though the safety concerns are “fairly clear,” he is confident residents feel there is a “need for a project like QueensWay.”

 

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Ozone Park man allegedly stabs wife to death over cheating


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STABBING 2

Updated, Saturday, November 16

A knife-wielding Ozone Park man allegedly stabbed his wife to death after catching her cheating, friends and neighbors said.

Police broke down a locked bedroom door in an 80th Street home at about 3 a.m. Friday morning and found Josefa Sanchez, 41, unconscious and unresponsive.

She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said.

Her husband, Adalberto Sanchez, 50, had caught her being unfaithful after some investigation, according to Marino Garcia, the man’s best friend of about 16 years.

Garcia said Sanchez, who has three children with the victim, put a tape recorder under the seat of the couple’s shared car and obtained recordings of his wife allegedly having relations with another man.

“He told me yesterday. He was really bad. I told him to leave her,” Garcia said.

Sanchez said he wanted one last recording to find out exactly who his wife’s partner was, and then he would take his child and leave.

“I told him to come with me,” Garcia said. “I never thought he would do this. I know everything about him. He’s like my big brother.”

But the alleged killer, who is a cab driver, followed his wife out of the house late Thursday night, said neighbor Betsy Guerra. When they returned about 2 a.m. Friday, an argument erupted, and he said he saw her with somebody else.

The couple worked at the same transportation company, she as a bus driver and he as a taxi driver, Garcia and neighbors said.

After he allegedly killed his wife, Sanchez stabbed himself in the stomach and waited at the kitchen table for authorities to arrive, police said, and was then brought to Jamaica Hospital.

Sanchez is charged with murder, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon.

 

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106th Precinct gets backup


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Photo courtesy of the Office Of Councilmember Eric Ulrich

Backup is here, as the 106th Precinct added 16 new cops recently.

“They are a most welcomed addition to the community and we are very happy to have them,” said Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s Commanding Officer.

The precinct, which encompasses Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach, has experienced an increase in car thefts and break-ins, which are up more than 65 percent from last year, according to the most recent NYPD crime statistics. Crime overall is up 20 percent.

However, the experienced new officers are ready to hit the ground running. Schiff said during their precinct orientation. They will be addressed by various community members and hear firsthand what concerns they have.

“We expect that they will quickly absorb the local flavor and perform admirably, making all of us proud,” he said.

The community and local elected officials have voiced both a need and a desire for more resources for the precinct. The NYPD team has struggled with limited resources and increasing concerns from residents, said Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, who assisted in the push.

“More officers and a stronger police presence are necessary to combat rising crime statistics,” Goldfeder said. “More visibility on our streets will keep the community safe and strong.”

Additionally, Councilmember Eric Ulrich paid a visit to the new crew and is “so pleased that we are finally getting additional officers that we have been fighting for for so long,” he said.

“They will to a long way in keeping our community safe,” he added.

 

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Queens kids walk to ‘Beat the Street’ in worldwide competition


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Queens kids are hitting the pavement and “beating the street” in a worldwide competition.

Ozone Park’s J.H.S. 210 is participating in the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Education (DOE) competition, “Beat the Street,” in which local students log walking trips to and from school and compete against youth from around the world.

“The Beat the Street Program has been wonderful,” said J.H.S. 210 principal Rosalyn Allman-Manning. “There is increased awareness of the healthy benefits of walking to school and reciprocal caring for others, which is what we emphasize.”

Ozone Park students and kids from I.S. 141 in Astoria have been logging miles and competing with students in England and China. Borough kids swipe a keycard at any “Beat Box” location, installed by the DOT at points along major pedestrian routes to each of the two schools. Students collect points based on the number of swipes.

“Good habits can last a lifetime, and we’re teaching kids to put their best foot forward early by learning the importance that walking plays in a healthy lifestyle,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, DOT Commissioner.

Manning said some of her students meet on the way to school, so there’s “safety in numbers” as they walk to the Beat Boxes. They also have begun to remind each other to swipe their cards.

The program started October 15 and will go until November 8. Each participating school and students with top scores will receive prizes, and the winning school will receive $1,000.

 

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City Council District 32 candidates Ulrich, Simon look ahead to Election Day


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File photos

The heated race for City Council District 32 is coming to a close.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich, the incumbent, has represented District 32 in the City Council since 2009. He stood with Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and Woodhaven through natural disasters and hard-pressed community issues.

“I am proud of my campaign and my work in the City Council over the past four-and-a-half years. I am running on my record of accomplishments and my ability to deliver real results for my constituents,” Ulrich said.

However, Lew Simon has not been far behind. He said he worked tirelessly through Sandy to ensure the safety of the district.

“The support we’re getting on our calls and door to door campaigning is phenomenal – people want change and they don’t feel like they’re being represented in City Hall on issues from schools to street lights to Sandy rebuilding,” Simon said.

Simon suffered a setback earlier this month when he received a stent due to partial heart blockage. He now said he’s spending every day “making sure every voter turns out” on Election Day.

 

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Brooklyn man charged in 11 Queens burglaries


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A Brooklyn man has been charged with breaking into 11 homes in the Forest Hills, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach neighborhoods of Queens and stealing thousands of dollars worth of property.

Mario Girau, 28, was initially arrested in connection to a September burglary of a Tahoe Street residence in Ozone Park in September, according to District Attorney Richard Brown, but was later tied to the other 10 incidents after police recovered stolen items from his home.

According to the criminal complaint, said Brown, officers assigned to the Burglary Larceny Apprehension Surveillance Team were investigating a pattern of residential burglaries last month when they arrested Girau for the Tahoe Street break-in.

Following that arrest, a search warrant was obtained for his home where police found items which were later identified as the property of 10 victims whose homes had been burglarized. Those burglaries all took place in 2013, with the exception of one which occurred in 2011.

Some of the items recovered included jewelry, cameras and computer equipment. According to Brown, investigators located the owner of one of the cameras by finding the bride who appeared in wedding photos take with that camera and discovering that some of her guests were burglary victims.

“People’s homes are their sanctuaries and this defendant is alleged to have crossed a very serious line in entering those homes and stealing personal and valuable items,” said Brown.

Girau was charged with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglar’s tools for the Tahoe Street break-in.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on multiple counts of burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the 10 other burglaries. He faces 150 years in prison if convicted.

 

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Op-Ed: Where are we one year later?


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BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO JR.

On any particular day, whether I’m working, getting a cup of coffee, shopping or having dinner in the district, people detail their experiences involving Superstorm Sandy in many different ways. A year later, many still get tears in their eyes, others remain frustrated about the lack of progress, while some see it as a chance to make improvements and some are optimistic about community improvements. One storm, a year later, still causes many emotions.

While we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control the level of our preparedness and what direction our government takes in addressing the next storm. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency plans in place: know how to contact one another in case of an emergency; have adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, batteries, flashlights and water on hand; know what to do to help secure your homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. Useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm.

I, along with other elected officials, have been advocating for adequate funding and needed legislation to help the district address the many serious human, economic and other consequences resulting from Sandy. As a member of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy, I look forward to continuing the effort of our state in responding to Sandy’s devastation and obtaining assistance for those in need.  Currently, our city’s and state’s portion of the federal funding of $61 billion to help Sandy victims is being distributed through NYC Build It Back program, and the state’s utilization of community leaders in its NY Rising Community Reconstruction program aimed at improving our infrastructure.

A range of bills aimed at addressing various aspects of Sandy’s impact were passed by the state legislature and have been recently signed into law by the governor. Some topics include rebates of real property taxes, assisting Breezy Point residents with street frontage issues unique to Breezy Point, exemptions to filing fees related to federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans, and the implementation of improved tornado warning systems.

This year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season is not yet over. We have learned a lot from Sandy and a year later are still dealing with its aftermath. It’s OK to share our emotions, feelings and sentiments about Sandy, knowing also that by working together we can rebuild and be prepared better than ever.

Senator Joseph Addabbo represents the 15th Senatorial District encompassing the communities – in whole or in part – of Broad Channel, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Woodside and the Rockaways.

 

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Banksy piece appears briefly in Willets Point before taken away to Ozone Park home


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Photos courtesy of Instagram/dr_lou

British graffiti artist Banksy made his way back into Queens, but then was taken out.

According to reports, the ghost-like and notorious artist, who has been going around New York and leaving various types of art works as part of his one-of-a-kind show titled “Better Out Than In,” created a small replica of the great Sphinx of Giza out of smashed cinderblocks near a mechanic auto shop on 35th Avenue and 127th Street in Willets Point.

The sculpture was reported to be seen early Tuesday but in only a few hours was dismantled onto a truck and taken away.

A driver for the moving company that picked up the Banksy piece on Tuesday said the mechanics of the nearby auto shop asked to have it moved to a home in Ozone Park, where it was placed inside of a garage.

The driver said he was worried about the statue, but was told by the mechanics they would be made responsible for it as they carefully placed the figure inside the truck.

“I didn’t really know what was going on,” said the driver who wished to remain anonymous.

Along with tagging up Manhattan and Brooklyn, Banksy made his first Queens appearance on October 14 in Woodside.

On a blank wall located on 69th Street and 38th Avenue, the artist wrote the quote, “What we do in life echoes in Eternity” from the movie “Gladiator” and stenciled a man trying to wipe off the words. Another graffiti artist painted over the piece that same night.

The artist began his “exhibit” on October 1 with his first piece appearing in Manhattan with reports saying it was on a building in Chinatown. Each day the official website for Banksy, www.banksyny.com, gets updated with images of the new stencils.

On Wednesday, instead of a new piece being published, a post appeared on the artist’s official website that said “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity.”

 

Ozone Park man rescues driver from burning car wreck


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre / Crash photo courtesy of Alex Mitchell

Saving a drunken driver from a burning car crash was literally all in a day’s work for one Ozone Park resident.

Fuel truck driver Alex Mitchell, 37, was on his shift when he stopped to rescue an allegedly intoxicated John Boisseau, who slammed his car into a tree near Exit 55 on the Long Island Expressway around 2 a.m. on Friday, October 19, police said.

And following the crash, the good Samaritan got back in his truck and continued his 12-hour shift.

“I didn’t think of my safety,” Mitchell said. “It just happened so fast.”

Mitchell was heading to Holtsville in Suffolk County when he noticed the car in front of him started swerving in and out of lanes.

He thought the driver was either drunk or sleepy so he tried to keep his distance, but suddenly the Chevrolet Blazer drove off the road and smashed into a tree.

Mitchell stopped his truck, dialed 9-1-1, and ran towards the SUV because he feared it would explode since it caught on fire.

“Regardless of whether he was intoxicated… he is still a person and he was in need of help,” Mitchell said. At first Mitchell couldn’t find Boisseau and thought he had been hurled out the vehicle, but then he heard something coming from under the car.

“I’m screaming ‘Hello is everybody alright,’” Mitchell said. “It was dark, smoke everywhere and then he said ‘I’m here, I’m here.’”

Boisseau’s leg was stuck under the car, but Mitchell pulled him out with one hand while he was on the phone with 9-1-1.

Shortly after, the car was engulfed in flames, which were later extinguished by the East Brentwood Fire Department. Boisseau was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and charged with driving while intoxicated by Suffolk County Police.

Mitchell, who was in the United States Air Force from 1998-2002, called his boss to explain there was an accident and he would be late, but said nothing of his heroism.

“I’m proud. It feels good to do something for somebody,” Mitchell said. “But the best feeling is my friends and family expressing how proud they are.”

 

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Cops release new video in Ozone Park sex attack


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Videos and sketch courtesy of NYPD

Police have released new video footage in hopes of catching a man who allegedly committed a criminal sex act against a 12-year-old girl in Ozone Park.

The victim and two other girls were talking at the corner of 116th Avenue and Lincoln Street around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a resident whose home security cameras captured the incident, when the suspect pulled up in his SUV, stopped, got out of the car and approached the three girls.

After speaking with them for a few minutes, said the resident, the victim “willingly” got into the suspect’s car, and he drove off down 116th Avenue.

Police said the suspect then drove to a nearby location where he exposed himself to the girl and sexually attacked her. The 12-year-old victim then got out of the car and ran to a nearby friend’s house, who called 9-1-1. She was then taken to Queens General Hospital where she was treated and released.

The suspect is described as a black male, estimated to be in his 20s, 6’ tall with black hair, brown eyes and a scruffy beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white undershirt, red jacket, red sneakers, a red and white baseball cap and a silver chain hanging to his waist.

His vehicle is described as a silver, four-door SUV, which is shown in the newly released video.

The SUV is also shown in another video police previously released approaching 116th Avenue from Lincoln Street and making a right turn onto 116th Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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12-year-old girl arrested for allegedly killing kitten in Ozone Park


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A Queens girl has been arrested after she allegedly threw a kitten in front of a car, killing it.

The girl is accused of tossing the gray tabby into oncoming traffic at the corner of 102nd Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park on September 11, according to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) spokesperson Bret Hopman.

ASPCA officers arrested the girl on Thursday and charged her with aggravated cruelty to animals. Hopman said the case has been referred to Family Court.

The ASPCA found out about the incident after a witness called its Humane Law Enforcement Department.

“The callousness demonstrated in this case is certainly disturbing. We can only hope that this young lady takes responsibility for her actions and understands that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in our society,” said Stacy Wolf, senior vice president of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group.

According to the New York Daily News, the girl, a 12-year-old from Queens, did not own the pet, and took the three-month cat named Little Man from a couple who said they didn’t know her.

 

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