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Mourners Gather At Fallen NYPD Officer’s Funeral

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Mourners Gather At Fallen NYPD Officer’s Funeral

Family, friends, and fellow officers will gather on Long Island today to say a final goodbye to a city police officer who was gunned down last week in Brooklyn. The funeral for Officer Peter Figoski will take place at 11 a.m. at the Parish of St. Joseph Church in Babylon. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was among the hundreds who paid their respects on the second day of Figoski’s wake yesterday. Police say Figoski, 47, was shot in the face by Lamont Pride, 27, during a botched robbery last Monday morning in Cypress Hills. Pride is charged with first and second degree murder in Figoski’s death. Read More: NY1


Kim Jong Ils death rocks North Korea, gives region jitters

It was the scenario strategists from Beijing to Washington fretted over: Kim Jong Il’s sudden death befalls North Korea, before the isolated regime completed a power transfer to his young son and rejoined disarmament talks with the US. With news of Kim’s death Monday, the impoverished country with a nuclear program plunged further into uncertainty, raising risks for the region. Read More: New York Post


Roughin’ it to roofin’ it

Sheryl-Ann Peters’ occupation was never televised. But unlike Occupy Wall Street protesters — who recently seized a vacant East New York home and moved in a homeless family — her housing takeover was entirely legal. Peters became a first-time homeowner last month thanks to an affordable-housing program for neighborhoods hardest hit by the housing crisis. The city bought the vacant, foreclosed, three-bedroom in St. Albans, Queens in August 2010 for $266,833 under a federal housing program. It added $177,190 worth of renovations, bringing the total worth to $444,023. Read More: Daily News


FDNY: Five Firefighters Injured In Brooklyn Brownstone Fire

Five city firefighters were hospitalized Monday while fighting a two-alarm fire in brooklyn. The New York City Fire Department says crews responded to a three-story brownstone located at 1102 Prospect Place in Crown Heights just after 9 a.m. Two firefighters were taken to Cornell Burn Center, one of whom suffered burns over 40 percent of his body. Three others were also injured. No civilians were hurt. The fire was under control in about an hour. Read More: NY1


Sources: Cornell Wins Bid For Roosevelt Island Tech Campus

Cornell University is about to become the winner of a competition to build a new science and engineering campus in the city, sources tell NY1. An official announcement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected later today. The city has offered free land on Roosevelt Island and up to $100 million worth of infrastructure. In a major sign of strength, the Cornell bid received a $350 million anonymous donation to help build the campus. Stanford University — another top contender — announced Friday it was pulling its bid. Columbia and NYU were also in the running. Read More: NY1


Brooklyn Man Awaits Arraignment For Burning Woman Alive

A Brooklyn man is expected to be arraigned today on charges he killed a woman by setting her on fire in her apartment building elevator. Jerome Issac, 47, is charged with murder and arson. Police say he turned himself in yesterday reeking of gasoline and saying he set a fire. Investigators believe he waited for Deloris Gillespie, 73, on the fifth floor of her building in Prospect Heights Saturday afternoon. Police say Isaac is the man seen in surveillance photos. When the elevator doors opened, they say Isaac sprayed Gillespie with a liquid accelerant, and kept spraying after she crouched down. They say he lit a Molotov cocktail and set Gillespie on fire, then tossed the flaming bottle in the elevator and kept spraying the victim. Read More: NY1


Haggerty sent to prison for 1 and 1/3 years for Bloomberg campaign cash theft

Disgraced political consultant John Haggerty — described by his own lawyer as broke, divorced and dishonored — was sentenced this morning to serve at least one and one-third years — and as much as four years — in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash from Mayor Bloomberg. The sentence was handed down by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel, and immediately enacted, with Haggerty being cuffed and led away to a back holding cell for processing. The sentence covers Haggerty’s October conviction for money laundering and second degree grand larceny. Read More: New York Post

Stanford pulls out of applied science campus consideration

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Stanford University – one of the institutions in the running to build an applied sciences campus in New York City – has withdrawn its application, the school announced in a statement.

“After several weeks of negotiations with New York City, university leaders and the Stanford Board of Trustees have determined that it would not be in the best interests of the university to continue to pursue the opportunity,” the statement read.

Stanford was one of two schools – Cornell University being the other – which if chosen planned to build the campus on Roosevelt Island.

“The university could not be certain that it could proceed in a way that ensured the success of the campus,” said Stanford’s President John Hennessy.

A university is expected to be selected in January.  The candidates include Amity University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell, New York University and New York Genome Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Rockefeller University/SUNY Stony Brook.

Roosevelt Island may go high-tech

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Queens elected officials voiced their support for the city’s plans to bring a new hi-tech science campus to nearby Roosevelt Island.

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney spoke in Long Island City with community leaders in support of the city site as the best place to house the new campuses for Cornell or Stanford University – two schools the city is considering giving $100 million in aid to, as well as free land, in an effort to lure them.

“An applied sciences and engineering facility on Roosevelt Island offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spur western Queens’ transformation into a world-class hub of technology and entrepreneurship and to generate significant long-term job growth for the borough,” said Maloney at the press conference on October 17.

The school’s expansion to New York City is a part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to attract a major applied science and engineering university to the area to boost the local economy and bring much needed jobs and more hard sciences to the city. The subsidies will include $100 million for infrastructure and a free city-owned site for the proposed new facility of the university.

Roosevelt Island is the latest location being considered against Governor’s Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Community leaders argued Queens would also be a boon to the new university campus, citing its location and diversity as essential assets.

“Queens has the transportation, land and community to support the growth of the university,” said Jukay Hsu, founder of the non-profit Coalition for Queens.

Final bids from the schools are due October 28.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/18/2011: Queens law student to be freed by Egypt

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The Round Up

1. Roosevelt Island eyed for new hi-tech Cornell & Stanford campus

Cornell and Stanford universities are looking for an area to create their new applied sciences and engineering campus. Officials for both Cornell and Stanford universities said they favored Roosevelt Island over the other two sites being considered for the new campus (Governors Island and Brooklyn Navy Yard). Read More: Daily News


2. Israeli citizen gets jail in NY tax case

Boris Michaelov, owner and operator of Lefferts Auto Sales in Elmhurst, will spend six months in jail for evading over $2 million in sales taxes. Michaelov agreed to make full restitution and pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted grand larceny. Read More: Wall Street Journal


3. Queens law student to be freed by Egypt

Ilan Grapel, an American law student from Queens who also has Israeli citizenship, was arrested in Egypt in June and charged with spying for Israel. Grapel was arrested in Egypt while working for a non-profit organization helping refugees. Egypt is holding Grapel until another prisoner exchange brokered between Hamas and Israel goes through. Read More: New York Times


4. Fire closes Lenny’s Pizzeria in Howard Beach

Flames engulfed a popular pizzeria in Howard Beach early Monday morning. Firefighters in Battalion 39 responded to the one-alarm fire at Lenny’s Pizzeria on 164-02 Cross Bay Boulevard before 8 a.m. on October 17. Fire officials reported damages throughout the store and to the front. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, no injuries have been reported. Read More: Queens Courier


5. Taste of Sunnyside 2 event starts today

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) are joining forces to throw the 2nd Annual Taste of Sunnyside! This is the best way to sample all of the neighborhood restaurants at a minimal cost of $25 per person. Taste of Sunnyside 2 will be held at the Sunnyside Community Services ground floor Ballroom, 43-31 39th Street, just off Queens Boulevard. Read More: Taste of Sunnyside

Creedmoor won’t be site of college campus

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THE COURIER/Photo by Bob Doda The Creedmoor site could prove to provide an economic boost for the surrounding community.

A group looking to repurpose the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site in Queens Village as an applied sciences and engineering college campus received an “incomplete” from the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Jim Trent, vice president of the Bellerose Business District Development Corporation, proposed that Creedmoor be added to the list of possible sites for a college in an effort to revive the local economy, but a meeting with the EDC revealed to Trent that school’s out for Creedmoor.

“They wanted to get this thing moving quickly, and the best way to do that is to offer sites the city already owned,” said Trent, who is also the treasurer of the Queens Civic Congress. “Right now we are going to regroup and come up with the kind of tenant that would be appropriate and would facilitate an economic spill off to the surrounding community.”

The EDC issued a request for proposal (RFP) for an applied sciences and engineering campus in July and is looking to attract universities from around the country to build a campus in the New York City area. More than two dozen schools have responded to the RFP, with Cornell and Stanford said to be two of the better known schools to apply.

Trent said that the EDC was very courteous and he appreciated that they were given ample time to make a presentation.

The sites currently being considered are sites on Governor’s Island, Roosevelt Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition to these sites, the EDC said that respondents are able to propose private sites as well and that the deadline for such proposals is October 28.

“In addition to the three city-owned sites that have been offered through the RFP process, respondents are able to propose private sites,” said a spokesperson for the EDC. “Once all the proposals come in later this month we intend to review them carefully, with selection ultimately based on the proposal that yields the greatest benefit to the people and businesses of the city for the lowest commitment of city resources.”

Trent is still hopeful that Creedmoor has a chance to house a campus at some point and said that the high number of universities that submitted RFPs makes him think that this is not over.

“If 27 universities have shown interest in coming to New York City, are you really going to tell 26 that they can’t?” he said. “New York is a great college city. And really, anywhere in Queens would be great for Queens.”

Currently, the Creedmoor property houses a number of non-profit organizations, including SNAP of Eastern Queens, the Bernard Fineson Center, and the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, which Trent said do not stimulate Bellerose’s economy.

“A college could give us 300 professors who might live, shop and eat in the area; 2,000 students who would spend money here,” he said. “More mental health facilities and non-profits do not have economic spill off into the neighboring communities. It’s up to us to find the right tenant for this property.”