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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Showers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. High around 75. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low 52. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Universoul Circus

Enjoy a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans genres, including pop, classic R&B, Latin, hip hop, jazz and gospel. Runs through May 18 at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Sources: NYC close to contract with teachers union

New York City is close to finalizing a contract with its teacher’s union. That’s according to people familiar with the negotiations. Read more: NBC New York

30 cent surcharge coming for taxi riders

New Yorkers with disabilities frustrated by the lack of accessible taxis in New York City will get a little relief come January 2016. Read more: ABC New York

NY legislature approves 200 speed cameras for NYC, Long Island

More than 200 new speed cameras are coming to New York City and Long Island. Read more: CBS New York/AP

MTA: Helena Williams out as LIRR president

Helena Williams, the first woman president to run the Long Island Rail Road, was fired Wednesday. Read more: am New York

Charter schools in demand among NYC parents

Parental demand for charters continues to far outpace their supply as 70,700 families applied for 21,000 available seats at 198 of the popular alternative schools this fall, the New York City Charter School Center reported. Read more: New York Post

State lawmakers approve speed cameras near NYC schools


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The New York State Legislature passed a bill over the weekend allowing for the installation of speed cameras near 20 schools with documented speeding issues.

Drivers caught speeding by the cameras will face $50 fines.

“The Legislature has clearly stated that the streets around our schools should be safe havens, not speed traps. Speed cameras will help put a freeze frame on the number-one killer on our city’s roads,” said Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Though the city experienced historic lows in annual traffic deaths last year, vehicle accidents increased from 49 in 2011 to 81 in 2012, and were “the greatest single factor in traffic deaths,” according to the DOT.

In March, the City Council approved a resolution calling on the state Legislature to pass a law for a city speed camera pilot program that would test 20 to 40 speed cameras at high-risk locations.

The DOT asked that priority be given to streets near schools with documented speeding problems.

But the following month, the state Legislature failed to include funding for the program when it passed the 2013-2014 budget.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has supported speed cameras along with the City Council and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, publicly lambasted local state Senators for failing to approve the pilot.

“[Speeding] remains the single greatest contributing factor in traffic fatalities in New York City, and we have long advocated in Albany for the authority to install speed cameras to help save lives,” Bloomberg said in a statement Saturday. “If a driver strikes a child at 40 miles per hour, there is a 70 percent chance the child will be killed. At 30 miles per hour, there is an 80 percent chance the child survives.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 93. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Monday night: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 75. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Central Astoria’s Independence Celebration

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s annual event on the Astoria Park Lawn will feature the Queens Symphony Orchestra, followed by a fireworks display. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police in Flushing investigate sexual assault at a spa

Police are investigating a reported sexual assault at a spa in Queens. Read more: ABC New York

JFK Airport roadway collapse injures construction worker

A construction worker was slightly injured Sunday when he was struck by falling debris during the demolition of the vacant Terminal 3 at Kennedy Airport. Read more: New York Daily News

Girl taken from Queens found, father arrested in Memphis

A 4-year-old girl was found safe Sunday in Memphis, after being taken by her biological father two days earlier in Queens. Read more: CBS New York

Lawmakers approve speed cameras for New York City

New York’s state Legislature completed its 2013 session by approving cameras to catch speeders in New York City, four Las Vegas-type casinos for upstate and tax-free zones to attract employers. Read more: AP

Report: NSA leaker Edward Snowden avoids extradition, bound for Ecuador

A former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States for revealing highly classified surveillance programs has been allowed to leave for a “third country” because a U.S. extradition request did not fully comply with Hong Kong law, the territory’s government said Sunday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

‘Difficult time’: Nelson Mandela in critical condition in hospital

Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition on Monday, after his condition deteriorated in hospital over the weekend. Read more: NBC News