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NYPD officer kills wife, self in St. Albans


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Loris Primus said he heard a woman’s screams before he heard the four gunshots. Roughly two or three minutes later, he said, he heard two more shots.

Primus, 61, of St. Albans lives across the street from police officer Sherlon Smikle, who allegedly shot and killed his wife, Lana Morris, outside of their Camden Avenue home Wednesday evening. He then went inside and fatally shot himself in the head, police said.

“I look outside and I’m seeing this lady face down in the street,” said neighbor Beverly Ellis. “I looked out and I said, ‘That looks like Lana.’”

Ellis, 63, called 9-1-1 after she too heard gunshots and said police swarmed the quiet block shortly after.

Morris worked as a school safety officer and was still in her uniform when she was shot by her husband.

“Her face was down near the sewer. She was not moving,” Ellis said.

Smikle, 33, and Morris, 46, were known by neighbors as “lovely” and “quiet.”

“Things seemed beautiful,” said Sherman Sanders, who lives across the street. “They seemed like the perfect family.”

But despite outward appearances, Ellis said cops showed up at the couple’s door approximately two weeks ago, responding to a domestic violence call. Neighbors said Smikle was asked to leave the home.

“I knew there were some domestic issues, but I didn’t know how serious,” Ellis said.

The couple has one daughter, Lara, 8, who was not home at the time of the shooting.

Neighbors say it was well known that Smikle loved his little girl, and Sanders said he frequently saw her father walk her to school.

“He was crazy about that girl, she looked just like him,” said Ellis.

Before things went awry, Smikle and Morris were also frequently seen working together on their garden in the front yard.

“You never know what’s going on inside closed doors in people’s homes,” Sanders said.

 

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Constituents, community leaders react to Smith, Halloran arrest


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Those represented by State Senator Malcolm Smith and those by Councilmember Dan Halloran are weighing in on the scandal that alleges the two tried to rig the upcoming mayoral election.

Despite the charges, Smith’s neighbors in St. Albans called the senator a morally sound leader.

“I’ve known the family for years, and they’ve always been good to me,” said a friend, who did not want to be named. “As a neighbor, he’s treated me well and that’s all I know.”

Constituent India Holloway said Smith is held to a higher standard.

“He’s a senator, he knows what’s right,” she said. “He’s supposed to be an upstanding citizen. He represents all of us. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong, and he should uphold that.”

Residents of northeast Queens, which Halloran represents a bulk of, have mixed reactions to the charges against the councilmember.

Malba Civic Association President Alfredo Centola said he wanted the Queens GOP to push for a Republican candidate to challenge Halloran in a primary for the upcoming District 19 election. Regardless of the charges, Centola, a registered Republican, said he didn’t think the councilmember should drop out of the race.

“I believe in the innocent until proven guilty,” Centola said. “I don’t think [Halloran dropping out] is a fair request at this point. But the GOP needs to save face.”

Smith was elected president of the State Senate in 2010, when the Democrats took the majority of the Chamber for the first time in nearly 45 years. As president, and without a Lieutenant Governor in New York at the time, Smith was in a position to take over the state, had anything happened to then-Governor David Paterson.

The Republican Minority ended up leading a coup to take over the Senate in 2009 when it recruited two freshman Democratic senators, Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada, Jr., to switch allegiances. Smith was able to retain power, however, by forcing the two renegades back to their side of the aisle.

In an ironic twist, Smith announced last year that he would join the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) and effectively helped put a tandem leadership in between the IDC and Republicans.

Now that Smith has been stripped of his IDC roles, a Senate colleague said it would be easier to get legislation on the floor, but, under a tougher Republican leadership, passing issues such as campaign finance reform and reproductive rights would be harder.

Reverend Floyd Flake, senior pastor of the Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York and a former congressmember, who helped launch Smith’s political career, said he was surprised when he heard the news.
“[I was] more than shocked I think,” said Flake.

The former lawmaker added he’s placed several calls to Smith’s home since the arrest and is still waiting to hear back from the embattled senator.

Halloran, who was believed to have been a former cop, but was only a cadet, made an unsuccessful bid as a Republican for the newly-drawn Congressional District 6, but ultimately lost to now-Congressmember Grace Meng.

During his tenure, Halloran made waves in his first year by accusing the Department of Sanitation of a work slowdown during the 2010 Blizzard that crippled the city for days. An inquiry by the Department of Investigation, however, turned up no organized slowdown of work.

Halloran, reportedly facing financial difficulties because of his 2010 divorce, his mortgage and a 2005 promissory note to the woman from whom he bought his house, has been endorsed for his re-election by several fire and police unions, including the Police Captains Endowment Association (PCEA). Roy Richter, president of PCEA, said the union hasn’t decided whether or not to revoke its backing.

— With Additional Reporting by Maggie Hayes

 

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Queens officer Philip Banks named as NYPD’s new Chief of Department


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A Queens officer has risen in the ranks of the NYPD, and has found himself at the very top.

Philip Banks of St. Albans was appointed as the Police Department’s new Chief of Department. The 26-year veteran and current Chief of Community Affairs was officially installed as the NYPD’s highest ranking uniformed officer at a promotion ceremony on Thursday, March 28 at police headquarters, following the retirement of former Chief Joseph Esposito.

“Banks has proven himself time and time again to be as outstanding a field commander, adept in managing police personnel and operations, as he has a consummate builder of community relations,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Kelly also noted that programs such as the New-Immigrant Outreach and Crime Prevention as well as School Safety and Juvenile Justice Divisions have flourished under Banks’ command. As Chief of Department, Banks will be responsible for all police operations.

Banks became a member of the NYPD in 1986, and began his career on patrol in the 81st Precinct. He rose in the ranks from sergeant all the way to assistant chief over the course of two decades, and has served in precincts in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In 2010, Banks was appointed Chief of Community Affairs. Before his appointment, he served as Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan North and also commanded the 79th, 81st and Central Park Precincts. He also served as Executive Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and of the 73rd Precinct.

Before beginning his police career, Banks received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Lincoln University. He graduated in 2001 from the Police Management Institution at Columbia University, and also completed advanced management training as well as an executive leaders program in counterterrorism at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

As a member of the NYPD, Banks is following in the footsteps of his father, who is a retired lieutenant. His positions included co-director of the Police Commissioner’s security detail, executive officer in the Bias Crime Unit and commanding officer of the Recruitment Section.

 

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Panel votes to phase out two Queens schools, may still truncate third


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The Panel for Educational Policy voted early Tuesday morning to close two New York City public schools and phase out 22 more, including two Queens high schools, according to reports.

The Law, Government and Community Service High School, and the Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School, both in Cambria Heights, will be phased out.

The phase out of another Queens school, P.S. 140 Edward K. Ellington, was withdrawn last month,  but the fate of another school in the borough still needs to be decided.

On March 20, the panel will vote on the truncation of  P.S. 156 Laurelton, which will eliminate its middle school.

 

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Queens gang members sentenced to 50 years for shooting death of 13-year-old


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After killing a 13-year-old boy and injuring another innocent bystander during a rival street gang shooting in Queens, two Crips members have each been sentenced to 50 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced.

“Without the slightest regard for human life, the defendants recklessly turned the streets of Queens County into a deadly battleground that claimed the life of an innocent young student walking home from school and wounded a second hard-working teenager, said Brown. “The lengthy prison sentence imposed today is more than justified and sends a strong message to others who might think of resorting to gunfire to settle disputes.”

Gregory Calas, 21, of St. Albans, and Nnonso Ekwegbalu, 19, of Springfield Gardens, were convicted last November of first-degree manslaughter for the death of Kevin Miller.

According to the district attorney, on the afternoon of October 2, 2009, Miller was killed when a bullet struck him during a shootout between members of the Bloods and Crips. Pedro Garcia, 17, who was working at a corner car wash, was also shot in the leg. Both teens were not involved in the altercation or members of the gangs.

Queens schools may be phased out


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For months, the Department of Education (DOE) had been evaluating city schools’ progress reports, noting those that were in danger of closing. The process is continuing, and now several Queens schools could possibly be phased out.

This process, which eliminates one grade at a time from the troubled schools, will be finalized after a vote this coming March. Public School 140 in Jamaica; Law, Government and Community Service High School in Jamaica; and the Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School in St. Albans are all on the chopping block. P.S. 156 in Laurelton faces a possible truncation, which will eliminate its middle school.

“We expect success,” said DOE Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg. “Ultimately, we know we can better serve our students and families with new options and a new start.”

However, the community is not taking the news lying down.

“I will continue to press the administration to keep these schools open,” said Councilmember Leroy Comrie. “Many people at these schools work extremely hard to give their students the best education possible, but the city makes their jobs much harder by not allocating the proper resources and ignoring community input.”

Sternberg countered this claim, saying that the DOE has listened to the community and provided support services to the low-performing schools based on their needs, but it is time to take action.

However, Comrie said the city standards used to measure schools are “confusing, arbitrary, and hindering, rather than helping, to improve the education system.”

The Law, Government and Community Service High School in particular was one school with a good reputation, and according to Comrie, was asked by the DOE to take in more students. However, while they took in the additional students, they were not given the extra resources needed to accommodate them.

Citywide, 22 schools are facing phase-outs, two are looking at possible closure, and two more could be truncated.

Previously, J.H.S. 008, I.S. 059 and Flushing High School faced closure, but have since passed the DOE standards and will remain open.

“We expect every school to deliver for our students, and are working hard to offer families more high performing choices,” said Sternberg.
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St. Albans teen is well-rounded, with aspirations


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Julian Moody, in dress shirt and tie, was preparing for what was possibly his umpteenth piano recital rehearsal. Football season is coming to an end, and he now has time to focus on the two instruments he plays, his karate classes and acquiring his advanced Regents diploma. In his St. Albans home, he looked modestly at his extensive collections of trophies.

“I just like having something to do. I don’t like sitting around the house,” said Moody, 17, a senior at Bayside High School. “I don’t like being bored.”

Bored is a word not frequently found in Moody’s vocabulary. Along with a perfect attendance record, after school he can be found practicing football, the piano, saxophone, karate, Spanish or French.

“I prefer him to be involved in something,” said Moody’s mother, Aura Moody. “He feels like he has to do something to give back to the community. I’m so proud of him.”

Since he was five years old, Moody has been playing the piano. His parents originally put him in classes, and Moody’s love for the keys pushed him through the years. He also dabbles with the clarinet, flute and saxophone.

“But football is my favorite,” he noted.

For the past 12 years, Moody has also excelled athletically, playing basketball as well as football. However, recently switching from lineman to quarterback, Moody has soared through the ranks, leading New York City high schools in touchdowns and passing yards. This year, he was named the All Borough Selection Quarterback by the Queens High School Football Coaches Association.

In early October, Moody suffered a sprain to his shoulder. Following physical therapy sessions to get him back on the field, something clicked, and the young athlete realized that physical therapy was something he wanted to pursue himself.

At school, he takes a physical therapy class, and hopes to study it in college as well.

In 2007, Moody was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and as a result takes insulin shots multiple times a day. Despite having to adjust his lifestyle, he has found a way to balance his condition and still remain the active member of the community that he has become.

Moody hopes that all of his extracurricular activities will enhance his character and make him a better-rounded individual. Aside from his music experience, he is fluent in Spanish, is studying French, is a black belt in karate and a certified karate instructor, has traveled to several different countries and has also worked with local elected officials.

For the past two summers, he has interned at Councilmember Leroy Comrie’s office, and this summer is set to work at Senator Malcolm Smith’s office.

With a schedule as busy as Moody’s, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. But the aspiring physical therapist coasts through the day with a clear head atop his shoulders.

“I’m just the type of person that doesn’t get mad, I stay calm,” he said, and believes it is this quality that allows him to get everything done.

As a high school senior, Moody also has college on the brain. He would like to play football, and has his eye on Albright College in Pennsylvania, CW Post and Southern Connecticut. He hopes to major in music, physical therapy or both.

“If I see good results with what I’m doing, it gives me a good feeling inside,” Moody simply said. “Doing well feels good, but I also think I can do better.”

Queens teen’s book may make it to the big screen


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An aspiring teenage author from St. Albans is knocking on Hollywood’s door.

Amir Oliver, 14, received positive feedback from movie executives at the Marriot Marquis on October 20, where he was one of a handful of teen authors among more than 200 invited writers.

Six of the 11 executives gave Oliver’s novel, Shooter, high marks on anonymous review sheets and three asked for a copy of the book for further review as a possible movie. One of the executives wrote that Oliver is “really well spoken and impressive.”

Shooter is about a teenage basketball player with super human ability who is about to turn pro, but has to deal with peer pressure and violence. As Oliver put it, “think Luke Skywalker with a basketball.”

It started as a series of journal entries when he was 11 and blossomed into a full book a year later. Now Oliver plans to turn it into a series of books.

The novel was printed over the summer through Xlibris, an arm of Author Solutions, which specializes in self-publishing. Author Solutions was organizing its second annual Book-to-Screen New York PitchFest and called Oliver.

“My dad was like ‘Eh this guy from Xlibris just called and he’s talking about this movie deal thing,’” Oliver recalled. “It was very exciting, the fact that I heard movie and Shooter in the same sentence without the words coming out of my mouth.”

Like speed dating for authors, Oliver had two minutes with each of the executives to explain the ins-and-out of his book and how he imagined it as a movie.

Oliver, a freshman at LaGuardia High School, aspires to be an actor, director and screenwriter. The event gave him a head start on his dream.

“It was interesting to just stand there and see all these adults looking at me like I’m crazy,” Oliver said. “Being a high school kid and doing something like this it feels like it gives me the upper hand.”

The executives will bring the ideas back to their companies and analyze the books before contacting authors, a process that could take up to nine months, according to a representative from Author Solutions.

Nearly 400 authors have been contacted after the four previous PitchFests around the nation, according to Author Solutions. Recently, comedian George Lopez’s company, Travieso Productions, agreed to pick up author Humberto Garcia’s book, Mustang Miracle.

This PitchFest had 102 requests for more information on 62 different books. A bonus of this year’s PitchFest was that Katie Kinder and Dr. Earle Williams, the two authors who executives talked about the most, will have a chance to pitch their ideas directly to former NBC anchor Meredith Vieria, who is looking for ideas for her film company, Meredith Vieria Productions.

In last year’s New York PitchFest, Natasha Carrharris, 13, was one of the two people selected by executives for the bonus pitch with Paula Wagner, who has been a top agent, studio head, and production partner of Tom Cruise.

“They actually do surprisingly well most of the time because they are still in school and take instructions well,” Megan Leiter, a senior event coordinator for Author Solutions, said about kids at the PitchFest. Leiter added that they usually only have about four to six candidates under 18, out of 150 participants at each pitch fest.

But Oliver’s position came as no surprise to his dad.

“This is something I saw him being able to do if he was able to utilize his talent and grow,” Robert Oliver said.

Robert taught his son how to play the piano and compose music at an early age. Since then the teen has starred in junior high school plays, acted at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Jamaica and writes screenplays in his spare time.

Only time will tell whether or not a Hollywood company will contact Amir for a deal with his novel, but he isn’t too worried.

“I’ll be fine with it, because I’m going to LaGuardia and I’m trying to get myself to audition for Broadway,” Oliver said. “Either way I feel I’m moving closer towards my dream.”

Man pulls gun on gas line; looting in Far Rockaway


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The city’s fight for fuel and pursuit of resources has led to the arrest of one St. Albans man, who allegedly whipped out a gun to cut a long gas line, and the collaring of several looters in the Rockaways, authorities said.

Sean Bailey, 35, was cuffed shortly after he pointed a pistol at a driver who complained when he zipped ahead in his white 2010 BMW to the front of a lengthy line for gas at a station located at the intersection of Astoria Boulevard and 43rd Street on Thursday, November 1, said the district attorney.

“If you don’t pull back, you’re not getting gas tonight,” Bailey allegedly said to a 29-year-old motorist during the early morning dispute, according to a criminal complaint.

Cops later found a loaded .25 caliber Phoenix Raven pistol in Bailey’s left boot at the ankle after his arrest at around 3 a.m., officials said.

He is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, the district attorney said.

Fifteen individuals have also been charged with burglarizing and looting various Far Rockaway businesses — including liquor, clothing stores and a Radio Shack — post superstorm Sandy, said the district attorney. They all face felony charges of third-degree burglary, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison, authorities said.

“As the city and many of its residents continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, there were others who allegedly used the storm and the chaos that followed as cover to commit crimes,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “What they have learned is that my office and other public and law enforcement officials have a zero tolerance policy for those who would exploit a natural disaster for their own gain.”

Twin brothers from Jamaica have also been apprehended after they allegedly stole a U-Haul truck and smashed it through the gate of a Queens Village motorcycle shop located on Jamaica Avenue, said authorities.

Anthony and Sean Martin, both 24, — and an identified number of unapprehended males — allegedly waited outside the U-Haul building, located at 185-11 Merrick Boulevard, on October 30 until the facility closed down at around 7 p.m. before they went into the office and took the keys to a truck, according to a criminal complaint.

Video surveillance allegedly shows the perps later approaching New York Motorcycle, at 222-02 Jamaica Avenue, at around 12:30 a.m. and repeatedly using the truck to back up and smash into the gate until the vehicle lodged itself inside the building, the complaint said. The males then entered the shop before fleeing the scene empty-handed, the district attorney said.

The brothers were arrested approximately one hour later when driver Anthony Martin was stopped at an intersection for failing to signal a turn, said authorities. They both face charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, third and fourth-degree grand larceny, possession of burglar’s tools and a seven-year prison sentence.

“As I have stated before,” said Brown, “such lawlessness will be vigorously prosecuted by my office and we will seek the appropriate punishment befitting the crime.”

Arrest in Queens shooting of NFL player’s brother


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A man has been arrested for the attempted murder of the older brother of Kevin Ogletree, a Queens native who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys, said the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Lonnie Miller was arrested on Sunday for shooting and seriously injuring Calvin Ogletree in the head in St. Albans on January 6.

Miller, who was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, was arraigned yesterday and held without bail, according to the DA’s office.

His next court appearance is October 1.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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 Queens man charged with groping a sleeping  18-year-old on JetBlue flight 

A Queens man charged with sexually assaulting a male passenger sleeping next to him on a JetBlue flight was released Monday on $100,000 bail and ordered to undergo a mental examination. Othniel Polanco was caught red-handed fondling the 18-year-old victim’s genitals by a passenger who was sitting two seats over and witnessed the lewd act, authorities said. Read more: [New York Daily News]

It’s lockdown mode for drivers who don’t pay their fines 

The smartboot program, which keeps ticket scofflaws’ cars in place until the driver pays up, was rolled out in southern Queens on Monday. Under the program, parking enforcement company Paylock is authorized by a city deputy sheriff to attach a bright yellow wheel clamp to the cars of drivers who owe more than $350 in unpaid parking, red light camera and bus lane violations. The program was instituted in parts of Brooklyn last month. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Congressman Meeks meets with families of children lost to gun violence 

Following a rise in violent crimes in southeast Queens, Congressman Gregory Meeks sat down on Monday with the families members of children who have been murdered within the district. Read more: [NY1] 

Woodside leaders, pols propose cheaper BID option for small businesses 

Woodside leaders want to give business owners a taste of BID-lite. The community board and pols in Woodside recently proposed a cheaper model for a business improvement district that they hope will speed the BID’s instatement. However, detractors said the plan will drag businesses into unneeded expenses. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

National Pastimes: Queens women take top spots in local netball league 

At first glance, it may seem like a group of women in St. Albans, Queens are playing basketball, but there’s no backboard and there’s no dribbling. They are playing netball, a game many of these women learned growing up in the Caribbean. Read more: [NY1] 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Qns. state Assembly candidate profits from prostitution ads in his newspaper

A Queens state Assembly candidate who publishes a Korean-language newspaper is profiting from ads for a prostitution ring on the paper’s back pages, The Post has learned. Myungsuk Lee, 49, the owner of the Korean American Times, is one of several Democrats vying for an open seat in the newly created 40th District. He trumpets his accomplishments on the paper’s front pages — while the back pages run ads for massage services that serve as covers for prostitution, sex workers said. Read more: [New York Post] 

Rockaway residents worry beach is getting trashy 

Lauren O’Connor lives near the shore in Rockaway. But trying to get to the sand with her toddler daughter is no easy feat. Once she gets there, the trash on the beach adds insult to injury. “There’s no ramp anymore so I have to somehow get this big wagon down the stairs,” said O’Connor. “Then I get down here and it’s filthy. I have to clean it up.” Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Former Congressman Weiner reportedly eyes political comeback 

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is reportedly engineering a political comeback, as he still has more than $4 million in his campaign coffers. Sources tell the New York Post that Weiner is considering a run for mayor or public advocate next year. Read more: [NY1] 

Social Security snafu traps Queens woman 

A Queens septuagenarian became entangled in a bureaucratic snafu after an agency deemed her incapable of handling her own money. The unwelcome surprise tarnished her golden years, she says, and should be a cautionary tale for fellow seniors. Forest Hills resident Beverely Byrne said her Social Security check was mistakenly given to the city Human Resource Administration to manage in May under incorrect pretenses. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Mayor: NYCLU does not “do anything” to end need for stop-and-frisks 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to vigorously defend the city’s Stop & Frisk policy during a visit to a church in St. Albans, Queens on Sunday. Speaking at the Greater Allen Cathedral, the mayor said the policy has a proven track record and has recovered thousands of illegal guns over the past decade. Read more: [NY1] 

UPDATE: Con Ed reinstates health insurance for locked-out workers; negotiations to resume Monday 

Consolidated Edison of New York has reinstated health insurance for 8,500 locked-out New York utility workers. A Con Ed spokesman said on Sunday that negotiations with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 will resume on Monday, as another heat wave is expected to hit New York City. Read more: [1010wins] 

Queens communities facing brownouts


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Several Queens communities face a voltage reduction from Con Edison due to electrical equipment problems.

The 100 degree heat has many residents blasting air conditioners to stay cool.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.  This was done in an effort to prevent a significant outage, a spokesperson from the company said.

There are about 20 individual  outages in Queens right now according to Con Edison’s outage map.

The reduction will occur in Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens and St. Albans.

Con Edison asked customers in these areas to conserve electricity and turn off nonessential electric equipment, such as TVs, computers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and microwaves.

To report power outages or service problems visit www.conEd.com or call 800-75-CONED (6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

 

Afternoon Roundup


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Passenger plane crashes in Nigeria’s largest city

A passenger plane crashed into a two-story building in Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos on Sunday, officials said. Read more: USA Today

Man Wanted For Attempted Child Kidnapping In Queens

Police are searching for a man they say tried to kidnap a young boy last week in St. Albans. Authorities say Mark Synclair, 33, tried to grab the seven-year-old child outside P.S. 192 on Tuesday morning. Read more: NY1

Cuomo’s $4 Billion Plan for Project in Queens Falls Apart

A $4 billion plan announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to create the country’s largest convention center and a casino in Queens has fallen apart, the governor acknowledged on Friday. Read more: NY Times

Die-hard Mets fan arrested after running onto field following Santana’s no-hitter

A front-row seat at Citi Field: $315. Getting arrested for storming the pitcher’s mound: a possible $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Being a part of Mets history: priceless. Rafael Diaz, 32, lived the dream of every fanatic Friday night when he bolted past security to join the joyous huddle of Amazin’s congratulating pitcher Johan Santana moments after he succeeded in putting in the books the team’s first-ever no-hitter. Read more: NY Post

Three-Car LIE Crash Kills Two In Queens

Two people are dead and a child is injured after a three-car crash on the Long Island Expressway in Queens. Investigators say a yellow taxi cab was traveling westbound on the LIE near 66th Street in Maspeth when it slammed into the rear of a Porsche at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Read more: NY1

Queens jury clears former NYPD narcotics detective charged with planting drugs on bar patrons

A Queens jury has cleared a former NYPD narcotics detective charged with planting drugs on innocent victims. Adolph Osback was acquitted of multiple charges of falsifying police reports, perjury and official misconduct after jurors deliberated for only 90 minutes Wednesday, his attorney Damien Brown said. Read more: Daily News