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Athletic fields, picnic areas to be improved at Rosedale’s Brookville Park

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Photo courtesy of City Councilman Donovan Richards

Brookville Park is about to get brighter and more beautiful.

Next summer, the Parks Department will break ground on a $1.7 million renovation of the vast southeast Queens park, including flood lights at the tennis courts, more seating at the turf athletic field and an expanded picnic area.

Councilman Donovan Richards, state Senator James Sanders and Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski unveiled the planned improvements during a press conference at the park on Wednesday. Both Richards and Sanders allocated government funding toward the project.

“These renovations will allow more people to spend their free time in Brookville Park and enjoy their day for longer periods of time,” Richards said. “More importantly, our children will have more access to the amenities here with better lighting and more seating for sports fans to watch the local youth being active.”

Lights will be installed on the north and south sides of the Brookville Park tennis courts, extending the hours of activity there. The courts are used frequently by the Brookville Tennis Club, which provides free tennis lessons for local children.

“The jewel of New York City is Rosedale, and the jewel of Rosedale is Brookville Park,” Sanders said. “We have made a heavy investment in this park, and there is a reason why — when you have neighbors who have strongly supported this park, you have to stand by their actions, whether it be our tennis league taking our young people and shaping them into the next Arthur Ashe or Serena Williams, or the Friends of Brookville Park shaping the entirety of this area.”

Additionally, the Parks Department will install five-tiered steel bleachers at the 50-yard line on the park’s synthetic turf field, accommodating the hundreds of people who watch local youth soccer and football games. The bleachers will come with ADA-accessible paths connected with the park’s pathways.

“The design plan for Brookville Park will directly address the needs of park users by making enhancements to already existing, popular amenities in the park,” Lewandowski said. “We’re grateful to the City Council for their support in increasing access to this green gem in Rosedale.”

Finally, the park’s picnic area will be extended to the south and across an existing pathway, allowing for the introduction of eight ADA-accessible picnic tables and another eight standard picnic tables. Crews will also install five barbecue grills and four hot coal bin stations.


Ex-Assemblyman William Scarborough gets 13 months in prison for corruption

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Another former state lawmaker from Queens convicted of corruption is off to jail.

Former Assemblyman William Scarborough was sentenced on Monday to serve 13 months behind bars and two years’ probation for pleading guilty earlier this year to federal wire fraud and theft charges, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.

Scarborough, who previously represented the 29th Assembly District covering all or parts of Cambria Heights, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica Estates, Laurelton, Rosedale and St. Albans, was also ordered to pay a combined $108,710 in restitution to both the federal and state governments.

“Today’s sentencing of Assemblymember Scarborough on public corruption charges sends a clear message that those who abuse the public trust will be held accountable,” Schneiderman said. “[His] jail sentence resolves one unfortunate chapter in New York State government, but crystallizes the need for comprehensive reform to clean up corruption in our state.”

In May, Scarborough admitted in federal court that he used false information to apply for and receive per diem payments for purported business travel expenses related to his service in the state capital. The payments varied from daily allowances for overnight stays in Albany to reimbursements for traveling between Albany and his Queens home.

Between January 2009 and December 2012, authorities said, Scarborough submitted 174 falsified travel vouchers to the state government and received $54,355.

In a related case, Scarborough also admitted in state court to allegedly misusing $40,000 in campaign contributions for personal expenses. He is expected to serve up to one year in state prison for that guilty plea.


Queens Village street to be named after slain police officer

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Queens Village street will be renamed to honor Det. Brian Moore, who was shot and killed this May while on plainclothes patrol.

Moore, who was an officer in the 105th Precinct, was in an unmarked police cruiser on the night of May 2 when he stopped Demetrius Blackwell for acting suspiciously. Blackwell allegedly motioned to his waist as if concealing a firearm. When Moore pulled up to Blackwell, he was shot in the head and face and later died from his injuries; he was posthumously promoted to first-grade detective.

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller sponsored legislation that the City Council passed unanimously last Thursday co-naming the intersection of 222nd Street and 92nd Road as Detective First Grade Brian Moore Way.

“There is consensus within the community that we want to honor those who serve and protect. Detective First Grade Brian Moore was a bright young man and a member of the elite Anti-Crime Unit; he received medals for Excellent Police Duty and Meritorious Police Duty,” Miller said. “Detective Moore’s untimely death shook both our city and our nation. To memorialize his dedication, service and life, we resolve to co-name Detective First Grade Brian Moore Way.”

Moore, 25, made 159 arrests during his time on the force. Thousands of officers from around the country and Canada attended Moore’s funeral on Long Island at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford on May 8.

“It’s not many of us who can say we lived out a dream. But Brian could. He dreamed of being a cop,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said during the funeral. “He had an eye for the street…not even five years on, but he was already in anti-crime, already decorated…we need more like him.”


Driver dead in one-car crash outside Rosedale home

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A 39-year-old man is dead after a car crash in front of a residential home on the Queens/Nassau border in Rosedale Sunday morning, according to police.

Reportedly, the accident occurred at 4:55 a.m. in front of a home on Hook Creek Boulevard near Essex Place.

Officers from the 105th Precinct found the driver, Benjamin Louis of 110th Avenue in Queens Village, unconscious and unresponsive with severe trauma about the body. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives with the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad determined that Louis, while behind the wheel of a 2001 Acura sedan traveling southbound on Elmont Road, lost control of the vehicle. The sedan then went onto a grass field, smashed through a fence and then collided with the front steps of the Hook Creek Boulevard residence.

The investigation is ongoing.


Participatory budget results announced for District 31

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Donovan Richard's Office


Councilman Donovan Richards announced last week the winners of the participatory budget process for District 31.

More than 2,000 Rosedale, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens residents voted in this year’s budget process and found out exactly where their tax dollars would be going on Wednesday, May 13.

Richards, along with Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, tweaked the process by launching early voting, lowering the voting age to 14 and introducing the first electronic ballots in the history of participatory budgeting in New York City.

The most votes went to Springfield Gardens Education Complex (1,614 votes) to provide $525,000 for a sound and projection system to be installed in the auditorium.

Lilly Lucas, president of Excelsior Preparatory High school, which is housed inside the complex, said the upgrades are a blessing. Lucas, who graduated in the ’60s from the high school, previously named Springfield Gardens High School, said nothing in the auditorium had been upgraded since she was a student.

“I’ll put it to you this way: those curtains that are in the auditorium are the same curtains that I had when I was a student here,” Lucas said. “We have to do a lot of compromising when we have events, which are many since there are four schools here. It’s such a wonderful blessing.”

Lucas said the process of participatory budgeting was exciting this year because many children who attend one of the four schools were eligible to vote.

The students of I.S. 231 will hone their musical abilities with a new $300,000 music studio after 1,031 residents voted for the project.

The last project to be funded with 945 votes was the installation of reading and chess areas in Brookville Park in Rosedale and Springfield Park in Springfield Gardens.

“I want to thank everyone involved in making this year such a success, especially the students and faculty of our local schools,” Richards said. “I strongly believe that as we continue to bring this more direct form of democracy to our neighborhoods. It is crucial we engage our youth in the political process and prepare them to be the future leaders our city needs and deserves.”


Brookville Park in Rosedale receives improved pedestrian safety measures

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz


After years of requesting changes with the Department of Transportation (DOT), Rosedale Little League welcomed last week new traffic safety devices installed on 147th Avenue between their game fields in Brookville Park.

Borough President Melinda Katz, the Department of Transportation and families gathered as a pedestrian crossing signal, crosswalk and lane markings were unveiled in Rosedale on Wednesday, May 13.

“There was a clear need to take action for the kids, seniors and families of Rosedale here in Brookville Park,” Katz said. “This is an example of what results when a community continues to press and doesn’t give up, and when government works together.”

The DOT previously denied in 2010 requests to install these safety measures, but the Rosedale Little League, community leaders and families persisted in pressing the agency for improvements.

The heavily trafficked area is prone to vehicles traveling above the speed limit. Cars travel more than 1,500 feet on Brookville Boulevard before encountering a traffic signal at 230th Place.

The new signal will repeatedly flash yellow until a button is pressed by a pedestrian seeking to cross the street. The signal will turn red to stop cars and allow pedestrians to cross.

The area was the scene of an April 2013 accident in which Alec McFarlane, a then-7-year-old Rosedale Little League player, was struck by a car. McFarlane survived but needed four staples in his head; he has recovered and continues to play for Rosedale Little League.

The accident spurred families and community leaders to reach out to the DOT again and the agency has also completed multiple studies on Brookville Boulevard which is located on the east side of Brookville Park between 142nd and 147th avenues.

These studies have led to the approval of new crossing signals on Brookville Boulevard at 143rd, 144th and Newhall Avenue, which are expected to be installed by the end of June.

Rosedale Little League President Bernie Brown said the community began calling the DOT to request safety measures 10 years ago. The agency repeatedly denied their requests, and Brown said this was because they conducted traffic studies during the off-season and did not experience the constant traffic and dangerous conditions that the community witnessed.

“I’m excited, but it’s also a process because people are still running the red light because either they’re not used to it or they don’t care,” Brown said. “It’s the right thing for us to have there and it’s not a DOT issue at this point. It’s a human being issue. They have to take the time to slow down and say, ‘I have to stop. Five minutes for me to get home is not worth it to take somebody’s life.’”


Rosedale businessman shot to death in car in St. Albans

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Photo via Twitter/@jerwainegorman

Detectives are searching for the killer of a Rosedale businessman and civic activist who was gunned down inside a car on a St. Albans block Wednesday afternoon.

Jerwaine Gorman, 34, was shot in the chest while sitting inside a Mercedes-Benz in front of a home on 167th Street between Linden Boulevard and 115th Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. A woman sitting in the driver’s seat at the time was not injured, cops said.

According to police, an unidentified gunman walked up to the vehicle and fired a single shot at Gorman before fleeing the scene.

Paramedics rushed Gorman to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gorman was an active member of the Southeast Queens Young Democrats and a successful entrepreneur in the area. According to his biography on the club’s website, Gorman started out as a real estate investor in 2003 at the age of 21. Within three years, he had acquired seven properties.

In 2006, Gorman opened up his own barbershop and community center and launched a Cold Stone Creamery franchise in Huntington, Long Island. He later opened his own ice cream parlor, Gorman’s Creamery, on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton.

In the community, Gorman reportedly coached a youth football team and advocated in previous years to have a stop sign installed in front of his daughter’s school.

Gorman leaves behind a wife and three children.

Anyone with information regarding the murder 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.


Queens nurse charged with murder in disabled toddler’s scalding death: DA

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Updated Thursday, April 30, 12:33 p.m.

A St. Albans nurse could face life in prison after she allegedly burned a severely developmentally disabled 1-year-old girl in scalding bath water, prosecutors said.

Oluyemisi Adebayo, 54, was arrested Wednesday morning as she was about to board a flight to Africa via London, according to the district attorney’s office. She was arraigned Thursday in Queens Criminal Court on a second-degree murder charge in the death of the 23-month-old girl from Rosedale.

Adebayo, a licensed practical nurse who was hired to take care of the child at her home, said the toddler was burned when she was giving her a bath on April 21, prosecutors said.

According to District Attorney Richard Brown, Adebayo stated that she had tested the water before placing the girl in a baby tub. When she removed the child, she noticed that her skin was falling off her legs.

On Friday, doctors at Nassau University Medical Center performed surgery on the child to treat second- and third-degree immersion scald burns that covered about 50 percent of her body, the district attorney said. The girl died three days later. Preliminary autopsy findings found that her cause of death was consistent with complications from thermal injury.

Medical personnel said that Adebayo’s story of how the child was burned was inconsistent with her injuries.

Tests performed by the NYPD found that the maximum water temperature of the faucet used to fill the tub was 130 degrees, and that it took about 120 seconds for the water to reach that level, prosecutors said. The severity of her injuries was consistent with her having been submerged up to her waist in 130 degree water for about 30 seconds.

Adebayo, who was ordered held without bail, faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Adebayo as a licensed nurse practitioner. 


Seven alleged southeast Queens gang members busted for murder plots

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Counting themselves among “killas,” seven street gang members based in southeast Queens were indicted for allegedly plotting two murders, prosecutors said.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, the suspects are part of the EBK (Everybody Killas) gang, which allegedly carried out plots in January 2013 to shoot two individuals whom they believed were members of a rival gang. One of the murder attempts took place in a busy shopping district during the evening rush hour, while the other occurred a few hours later at a grocery store, according to Brown.

“In both instances, the defendants’ alleged actions threatened the lives and safety of innocent bystanders as the victims were fired upon,” said Brown on Friday. “Today’s indictment is another example of police and prosecutors working together to reduce gang-based violence that too often plagues our neighborhoods.”

Brown identified the seven suspects as Jeffrey Bien-Aime, 19, of St. Albans; Anthony Biggs, 18, of St. Albans; Jonathan Jean-Pierre, 20, of Rosedale; Dayjah Knowles, 18, of Jamaica; Jerald Lowe, 22, of St. Albans; Kenneth Stokes, 20, of St. Albans; and Rasheed Watson, 22, of Jamaica.

All were variously charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy.

If convicted, each suspect faces up to 25 years behind bars.

Law enforcement sources said the first shooting occurred at 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2013, when Lowe, Bien-Aime, Watson, Jean-Pierre, Knowles and Stokes, along with unidentified EBK members, allegedly confronted rival gang members near Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard.

Following a verbal exchange, one of the EBK members pulled out a pistol and shot a rival in the right foot. The group then fled the scene, police said.

More than four hours later, Biggs, Stokes and two unidentified EBK members allegedly confronted another suspected rival at a deli located at 116-02 Merrick Blvd., according to prosecutors. Moments after arriving, an EBK member reportedly walked into the store, drew a .380-caliber pistol and shot the suspected rival in the left abdomen.

After the wounded rival fell to the ground, the EBK member attempted to fire again, but the gun jammed, authorities said.

Both of the gang’s targets were treated for their injuries at a local hospital. Detectives determined from shell casings recovered from both crime scenes that the same gun was used in each incident.

“I want to thank the members of the 113th Precinct who worked closely together with the Queens District Attorney’s office to build this case against these alleged EBK gang members,” Bratton said. “The NYPD remains committed to eliminating gang activity and improving the quality of life for the residents of the southern Queens communities.”


Man dead after losing control of car on Belt Parkway

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A Rosedale man is dead after losing control of his car while traveling on the Belt Parkway early Sunday morning, according to police.

The NYPD responded to a call at about 3:10 a.m. of an accident near the Belt Parkway and Rockaway Boulevard. Upon arriving to the scene, police determined that 29-year-old Robert Walker was driving his car westbound on the Belt Parkway when he lost control of it and struck a roadway barrier, authorities said.

Walker was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was investigating the accident.


Unlicensed Queens driver charged after hitting 6-year-old boy coming off school bus: DA

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Rosedale man has been charged with assault, driving without a license and other charges after he struck a 6-year-old boy as the child was exiting his school bus last year and then fled the scene in his vehicle, the district attorney’s office said.

“There is no place in the world that a person needs to rush to when one is confronted with a stopped school bus filled with young children,” District Attorney Richard Brown said. “In this case a precious few minutes could have prevented a young child from being seriously injured. The defendant now faces felony assault and other charges.”

The boy was walking off a stopped school bus at 227th Street and 119th Avenue in Cambria Heights on the afternoon of Dec. 3, 2014, when he was struck, according to Brown. The boy’s mother said she saw a Toyota Avalon go around the stopped school bus and hit her son on the right side of his body. The bus’ stop sign was out and its lights were flashing at the time.

Garfield A. Myrie, 47, the Toyota’s driver, then got out of his car, picked up the boy, scooped him up in his arms and said, “He looks OK but I can bring him to my doctor,” according to the district attorney. After the boy’s mother told him to put her son down, Myrie returned to his car and fled the scene without reporting the incident.

The child was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a broken femur. The injury required surgical plates and screws.

According to the district attorney’s office, a review of New York State Department of Motor Vehicles records showed that “Myrie’s license to operate a motor vehicle was suspended on three or more occasions, the last date being Jan. 27, 2014.”

Myrie was arraigned on Friday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting/serious injury, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and obedience to and required traffic-control devices, prosecutors said. Myrie, who faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, was ordered held on $25,000 bail.



Renovated library opens in Rosedale

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Donovan Richards


After an eight-month renovation, the Rosedale branch of the Queens Library has reopened on schedule and under budget.

The renovation project’s highlights include modern rooftop heating, ventilated and air-conditioned temperature control, and energy-efficient lighting. The new comfort is accentuated by general interior improvements and spring cleaning.

Initially, Councilman Donovan Richards allocated $1 million for the project, but only $575,000 was used. Queens Library Interim President and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey said of Richards, “He has made a great investment in the community.” Richards thanked the Department of Design and Construction for working in such a timely manner.

“Public libraries are a vital part of the cultural fabric of our city,” Richards said. “The recent renovation of Rosedale Library gave me an opportunity to fulfill a promise to expand the capacity of our libraries so that they can serve an even wider portion of the public. I would like to thank Queens Library and DDC for working to bring these upgrades to the library patrons in such a timely and professional manner.”

Since April 30, a mobile library bus provided service in Rosendale every Wednesday. Finally, on Dec. 22, a ribbon cutting marked the official re-opening of the building.

“Adding a new HVAC system, brand-new acoustic ceiling panels and lighting fixtures will ensure a building that is more than 50 years old can operate more efficiently and continue to be a valuable resource for the Rosedale community for decades to come,” Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Pena-Mora said.



Man struck in hit-and-run at McDonald’s drive-thru

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Updated Monday, Nov. 24, 11:00 a.m.

A man, who was apparently intoxicated, was struck at a McDonald’s in Rosedale early Saturday morning, police said.

At about 4 a.m., a white Nissan Maxima hit the man, who was drunk and fell on the roadway of the drive-thru of the fast food restaurant on Merrick Boulevard near 244th Street, cops said. The vehicle then fled the scene.

The 48-year-old victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.

Police are still looking for the Nissan’s driver.


Suspect wanted in connection to 21 Queens, Bronx commercial break-ins

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Photos courtesy of the NYPD

Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a string of citywide commercial burglaries.

In a total of 21 incidents, starting in June in Rosedale and most recently occurring on Oct. 20 in the Bronx, at least one suspect broke into commercial establishments via the roof, side or rear doors, or ventilation ducts while the business were closed, according authorities. Money from the cash register and broken-into ATMs, as well as miscellaneous items, such as cigarettes, were taken during the thefts.

In Queens, the burglaries have occurred in Laurelton, Broad Channel, Jamaica, Astoria, Queens Village, Bayside, Hollis, Glen Oaks, College Point, Richmond Hill and Flushing. The other break-ins all happened in the Bronx.

The NYPD has released surveillance photos of the male suspect wanted in an incident on Sept. 12 in Richmond Hill. During this burglary, at about 8 p.m. the suspect entered 88-24 Van Wyck Expressway via the roof, damaged the security system but did not remove any property, police said.

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.


Queens residents accused of stealing money orders from mail at JFK Airport

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



Five Queens residents, including two baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy International Airport, are accused of participating in a scheme that involved stealing money orders from internationally-bound mail.

One of the baggage handlers, Kenroy C. Mitchell of St. Albans allegedly deposited 33 stolen money orders into his bank account between November 2013 and January 2014, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. The money orders had been sent via U.S. mail to Japan, Korea and Greece.

Amanda Mackie, 20, of Rosedale, is accused of acting in concert with one of the other suspects, but was employed by Ground Services International as a baggage handler, Brown said. She allegedly deposited a money order meant for Japan into her own bank account this January.

Mitchell was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday, on charges of grand larceny criminal possession of stolen property. He is also charged with acting in concert with one of the other suspects and is accused of stealing more than $25,000, prosecutors said.

Mackie was arraigned Wednesday night and also charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. She is also charged with participating in a scheme to steal and criminally possessing $2,800 in U.S. Postal money orders.

Mitchell and Mackie were released on their own recognizance.

The three other individuals are still being sought, according to the district attorney’s office.

The suspects were identified and caught as the result of a joint investigation that the United States Postal Office and Port Authority Police Department carried out after receiving numerous complaints of money orders not reaching their intended destinations, Brown said. Specifically, the mail was allegedly being handled by Ground Services International and Swissport USA baggage handlers at JFK Airport.