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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High around 60. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Rain showers early becoming a steady light rain overnight. Low 41. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Cirque du Soleil Armaluna

Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145. Runs until May 18 at various times. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Plane diverts to land at JFK, skids onto grass

Nobody was injured after a Delta flight from Atlanta to LaGuardia was diverted to JFK when the pilot reported a possible hydraulics problem. Read more: ABC New York

Chinatown skin infection outbreak spreads in NYC, number of cases doubles

The number of New Yorkers suspected of having a rare skin infection that comes from handling raw seafood, causing skin lesions, pain and swelling to the hands and arms and even difficulty moving fingers, has more than doubled, officials said Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

Overdose doctor valued money over life: prosecutors

A Queens doctor on trial for manslaughter in the overdose deaths of two patients he prescribed painkillers to, valued money over human life, prosecutors charged Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Read more: New York Post

Privacy concerns nix New York student-data plan

New York has reversed course to use an Atlanta-based company to store student data for parents and officials to use to track student progress, after the plan triggered privacy concerns and a legal challenge. Read more: NBC New York

Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions

In a decision that could transform American politics, the Supreme Court overturned the decades-old limits on the total amount of money individuals can contribute in every federal election. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 39. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Monday Night: A few clouds. Low 24. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Holiday Puppet Party Workshop

Children become puppet makers and performers at the Holiday Puppet Party Workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image. In this hour-long workshop kids use simple materials to design their own unique characters, and then take turns performing with them in a short televised puppet show. 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio expected to pick veteran NYC educator Carmen Farina as next chancellor: report

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is expected to appoint veteran New York City educator Carmen Farina as the next chancellor of the nation’s largest school system, according to a report. Read more: NBC New York

Bloomberg gives final radio address as New York City mayor

Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg says serving New Yorkers as mayor for 12 years has been an “honor and privilege.” Read more: AP

Bloomberg spent $650 Million on NYC in 12 Years: report

A new report says Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $650 million of his own fortune on New York City over the course of three terms in office.  Read more: NBC New York

3 NYC employees arrested in separate incidents

Three New York City employees were arrested in separate incidents early Sunday. Read more: CBS New York

Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will lend some high-profile help to the countdown to 2014 in Times Square. Read more: NBC New York

 

Political Roundup: Schumer backs Vallone


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Senator Schumer endorses Paul Vallone 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer endorsed City Council candidate Paul Vallone for the District 19 seat on Monday.

“I have known the Vallone family for decades and their respected name and commitment to public service have made the people of Queens proud to call them their own,” Schumer said.

Vallone was recently endorsed by former Congressmember Gary Ackerman.

He faces Republican challenger Dennis Saffran in the November general election.

 

HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WEB

Lhota, de Blasio speak on stop-and-frisk ruling appeal

A group of elected officials spoke out Monday against the city’s legal challenge to the recent stop-and-frisk lawsuit ruling. Read more: CBS New York

Obama says he expects Congress will raise debt ceiling before deadline

President Barack Obama said he does not expect to have to take any unusual steps to prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt because he believes Congress will raise the debt ceiling before a looming October 17 deadline. Read more: Reuters

Cuomo freezes new state contracts involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

The Cuomo administration is putting a hold on new state contracts involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, whose CEO was recently fired and charged with stealing funds, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Joe Lhota plans to push more funding for the city buses and subways

Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota says he will boost city funding for the bus and subway network he ran as chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Read more: New York Daily News

Supreme Court term begins amid government shutdown

The Supreme Court is opening for business in the midst of a partial government shutdown. Read more: AP

Local pols praise Supreme Court DOMA ruling


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Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste

Local politicians, including several openly gay and married elected officials, praised the Supreme Court’s decision striking down a law which denied same-sex couples the legal protections afforded to heterosexual spouses.

“When I realized that I was gay, I thought that all of those things that I dreamed about would be denied to me. And in fact, our government said that I couldn’t have those things. I couldn’t get married, I couldn’t be equal,” Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer said at a press conference on June 25, the day of the ruling.

Van Bramer became the first openly gay elected official to get married in Queens when he wed his longtime partner Dan Hendrick last July.

All same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal will now be eligible for federal benefits given to their heterosexual counterparts.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

“DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the court’s opinion for the majority.

The case’s plaintiff, New York resident Edith Windsor, was trying to collect a refund from the Internal Revenue Service for $363,053 in federal estate taxes she paid when her spouse died in 2009. DOMA prohibited her from collecting the money.

In another 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on June 26 dismissed the California Proposition 8 case. Two days later, same sex marriage resumed in the state.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who will be the city’s first openly gay mayor if she is elected this fall, marked her one year wedding anniversary in May.

“It’s almost impossible for me to describe what this means,” said Quinn, calling DOMA a “cancer.”

Daniel Dromm, another openly gay member of the City Council, said the court righted a “grave injustice” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Extended tax benefits could save same sex couples money each year. Some of the benefits of filling as a married couple include a greater earned income tax credit and additional exemptions for any children, according to George Sotrillis, a Great Neck-based accounting and tax consultant.

Other new legal rights will give them the same military benefits heterosexual already receive and grant them marriage- and fiancé-based visas.

“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court [...] I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse,” Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said in a July 1 statement.

Naresh Gehi, an immigration trial lawyer from the Forest Hills and Ozone Park-based firm Gehi and Associates said he has already received several inquiries from same-sex couples following the DOMA decision.

Updated Wednesday, July 3

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the morning, then overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 81. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Tuesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 66. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Making Books Sing Presents “My City Park”

When Milo learns that his favorite city park will be torn down for a shopping mall, he seeks the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. “My City Park,” a 45-minute educational performance for children ages 3-10 at the Astoria Library at 3:30 p.m., features puppetry, original songs and audience participation to illustrate the importance of shared community resources. Space is limited and available first come, first served. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Widespread LIRR delays after train derails in East River tunnel

A Long Island Rail Road train derailed inside an East River tunnel Monday evening, causing frustrating delays and cancellations for commuters at a packed Penn Station during the height of rush hour. Read more: NBC New York

City’s grad rate takes slight dip as state remains flat

For the first time since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, the city’s high school graduation rates fell slightly for students who graduate both in June and August. Read more: NY1

Ridgewood manufacturers don’t want Industrial Business Zone because they’d rather build apartment complexes

A group of cash-strapped property owners in Ridgewood is opposing a proposed manufacturing-only area because it would restrict them from converting their buildings to apartment complexes, their lawyer said. Read more: New York Daily News 

2 Rikers Officers Charged With Dealing Drugs to Inmates

Two New York City correction officers have been arrested after investigators said they were caught dealing drugs to inmates. Read more: NBC New York

Mistake on grave marker makes Koch appear younger than Bloomberg

Late Mayor Ed Koch was already a partner in a New York law firm when Mayor Michael Bloomberg was just a year out of college – so few would guess that Koch was actually the younger man. Read more: CBS New York

Supreme Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal

States can’t demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision complicating efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 48. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 36. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Ashley Garrett – Slate House

Acumen Project Space is proud to present Ashley Garrett’s solo exhibition Slate House. Garrett’s new body of work explores uncanny qualities in common household objects. Growing up in a small rural town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a slate mining town with its now silenced quarry holes and obsolete tools, her work is infused with a sense of still contemplation and memory. These paintings and drawings reflect that stillness and weight and objects take on a totemic-like power when pressured through Garrett’s imagination. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Exhibition ends April 7. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Far Rockaway residents and officials call Verizon tone deaf to prolonged phone outage

A group of Rockaway residents without phone service since Superstorm Sandy say the only open line of communication has been the monthly bills. Read more: New York Daily News

Vulcan Society wants FDNY EMT fired following series of ‘racist’ tweets

A veteran of the FDNY has been suspended and the association representing black emergency medical technicians and firefighters says he should be fired. Read more: CBS New York

NY cuts cancer programs in state budget

New York is cutting funding for cancer screenings for the uninsured along with programs to curb teen smoking in a state budget that expands spending to help the Buffalo Bills and Hollywood. Read more: NBC New York

Poll strike at drones

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans — 79 percent — oppose drone strikes on US soil, but they are much more accepting of doing it abroad, a Gallup poll released yesterday found. Read more: New York Post

Italy high court overturns Amanda Knox acquittal

Italy’s highest criminal court on Tuesday overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial, prolonging a case that has become a cause celebre in the United States. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Supreme Court takes up gay marriage

The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don’t allow it. Read more: Fox New York/AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 50. Winds from the SE at 5 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 41. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Port Jeff Brewing Company Tap Takeover

As part of NYC Craft Beer Week, on February 27, Alewife in Long Island City will showcase 11 beers from Port Jeff Brewing Company along with a special dinner menu to pair with the beers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police arrest man suspected of robbing school during Sandy clean up 
A construction worker was charged with stealing computers from a Rockaway Beach school during Hurricane Sandy cleanup. Read more: NY1

NYC taxi fleet owners jump into ‘e-hail’ fray

A group of New York City yellow cab fleet owners has jumped into the fray over “e-hails.” Read more: Fox New York

Cops gather at Queens corner to mourn Eddie Byrne, slain by drug dealers 25 years ago in historic crime

Hundreds of cops gathered to mourn Tuesday at the corner of Inwood St. and 107th Ave. in Queens, where 25 years ago, a rookie cop was murdered in an execution that become synonymous with the ravages of the 1980s drug wars. Read more: New York Daily News

New FEMA flood maps for NYC include WTC site

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new advisory maps for Manhattan that include the World Trade Center site in the zone seen as most at risk for flooding during a powerful coastal storm. Read more: Fox New York

Tens of thousands bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI in emotional sendoff 

Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. Read more: CBS New York

Corporations urge Supreme Court to embrace gay marriage

More than 200 businesses will urge the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a federal law that restricts the definition of marriage to heterosexual unions. Read more: Reuters

To your health


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It’s like the 1960s all over again.

As the United States Supreme Court upheld parts of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), it harkened back to June of 1965, when the country — and our bipartisan elected officials — were divided over Medicare.

With a Cold War mentality, many feared that Medicare meant socialism — and the end of freedom as they knew it.

Today, millions of seniors depend on the coverage afforded them by Medicare, and claims the system is going bankrupt have spurred fears — and talks on how to keep Medicare solvent for an aging population.

We feel the Supreme Court’s ruling that ACA is constitutional transcends partisan politics and concerns itself with the people.

And that’s the bottom line.

All people should have access to health insurance, regardless of income, age, race — or existing conditions.

The ACA does just that.

By creating a “health care exchange,” individuals and small business owners will be able to select from a range of affordable heath care options.

Through these exchanges individuals with pre-existing conditions will not be charged higher rates and they won’t lose coverage if they get sick.

All businesses, except those with fewer than 50 employees, will be required to provide insurance to their workers.

But small businesses under the cut line — 340,000 which are eligible in New York — that do offer insurance can quality for a 35 percent tax credit, which will increase to 50 percent in 2014 if they enroll through the exchanges.

Going forward, companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on care or charge higher rates for children with pre-existing conditions.

And young adults that already receive coverage through their parents can remain on those plans until the age of 26.

Starting in August, insurance companies will also be required to cover women’s preventive services, including contraception.

What this all means, we feel, is that power has been given back to the people.

No longer will families fret over mounting medical bills.

No longer will parents of children born with conditions be forced to file bankruptcy — just to ensure their child gets the medical attention he or she needs.

And no longer will American people have to choose between a medical procedure or food on the table.

What this is is not socialism — it is the beginning of a healthier, fairer America.

What the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act means to Queens


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Last week, President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation to supply health care to most Americans was upheld by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, and soon many uninsured Queens residents will have access to doctors, hospitals and preventive medicine.

The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was passed in 2010, had been questioned by lawmakers because the law mandated that all Americans have health care or pay a fee.

However, Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, gave the surprising tiebreaker vote to upholding the law, deeming the penalty a tax, which Congress is normally allowed to enact.

“The courts looked at it in a constitutional manner and agree that what we did was constitutional,” said Congressmember Gregory Meeks, who represents parts of southeastern Queens. “The president’s achievement and what the Democratic controlled congress did is the right thing for America.”

Officials said the historic decision from the nation’s highest court will especially affect locals.

“The Supreme Court ruling to uphold significant sections of the patients’ bill of rights is a momentous feat for the future viability of Queens’ health care,” said Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi, who sits on the Health Committee. “It is my hope that the reforms contained in the patients’ bill of rights will not only ensure the health and well being of our borough’s residents, but also enable us to expand our health care system in Queens”.

However, directly after the courts’ decision, local Republicans sided with party leaders, disclaiming the law’s benefits, and continuing bipartisan bickering over the controversial issue.

“Like most Americans, I am disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling today. ‘ObamaCare’ is expensive, expansive and unpopular,” said Councilmember Dan Halloran. “Even in upholding ‘ObamaCare,’ the Supreme Court held that it’s a tax — the biggest tax increase in American history. That’s the last thing we need in these economic times.”

But Obama later defended the mandate, citing two reasons.

“First, when uninsured people who can afford coverage get sick, and show up at the emergency room for care, the rest of us end up paying for their care in the form of higher premiums,” Obama said. “And second, if you ask insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, but don’t require people who can afford it to buy their own insurance, some folks might wait until they’re sick to buy the care they need — which would also drive up everybody else’s premiums.”

To many people, ACA may seem confusing, because the law covers a significant range of changes in the insurance industry.

To break it down, the law forces insurance policies to become more secure and flexible for citizens that already have insurance.

Going forward, companies can’t impose lifetime limits on care or charge higher rates for children with pre-existing conditions.

Also, young adults that already receive coverage through their parents — approximately 77,800 of which are in New York — can remain on those plans until the age of 26.

In addition, starting in August, insurance companies will also be required to cover women’s preventive services, including contraception.

The law especially targets the more than 30 million Americans citizens that don’t have insurance by offering cheaper options.

These options and their prices will be clear by 2014, when each state will set up a range of affordable insurance choices in a marketplace known as “exchanges.”

With more than 2.7 million currently uninsured residents in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo established the New York Health Benefit Exchange in April, which will affect more than one million uninsured New Yorkers.

“We will continue to move forward with implementing the health exchange that will lower coverage costs for New York’s businesses and help ensure that uninsured New Yorkers have access to health care,” said Cuomo after the court’s decision.

Through these exchanges, individuals with pre-existing conditions will not be charged higher rates and they won’t lose coverage if they get sick.

All businesses, except those with fewer than 50 employees, are required to provide insurance to their workers.

But small businesses under the cutoff –340,000 of which are eligible in New York — that do offer insurance can quality for a 35 percent tax credit, which will increase to 50 percent in 2014 if they enroll through the exchanges.

Although the legislation has been upheld by the Supreme Court, officials in the Republican-led House of Representatives have vowed to trash the law in a vote on July 11, according to published reports.

Local Democrats are calling the ruling a sign that it’s time to move on.

“Republicans must act in the interest of Americans now, and put the politics aside,” Meeks said. “Instead of rhetoric about repealing the ACA, it is time for Republicans to work toward successful implementation.”

Politics aside, some locals in the business industry are saying now that the law has been upheld it’s time to work.

“The next three or four years is going to be a lot of work,” said Sher Sparano, president of the Benefits Advisory Service. “Now we have gotten over the hurdle of ‘does the law exist,’ now we have to roll up our sleeves and figure out the details of how the employers and employees move forward.”

 

Queens politicians react to Affordable Care Act


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Just after 10 a.m. the Supreme Court handed down its ruling upholding President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

The court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.

Shortly after the decision, Queens politicians took to Twitter to comment on the ruling. Here’s a collection the pol’s reactions:

Congressmember Gregory Meeks: “ACA ensures children and young adults will stay on their parent insurance until age 26. ACA means that seniors are paying less for their prescription medication. With this decision, Americans will continue to benefit from the expanded access to quality, affordable health insurance.”

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney: “Today’s SCOTUS decision is one of the most historic in our lifetimes and a huge win for the American people. Proud to have helped pass ACA.”

Congressmember Joe Crowley: “Thrilled SCOTUS upheld health care law! Great victory for the American people!”

Congressmember Steve Israel: “By upholding the ACA, the Supreme Court has ensured that millions of Americans will benefit from critical consumer protections.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: “Very pleased SCOTUS upheld Obamacare. Middle class needs access to affordable care and deserve the important benefits this law provides.”

Congressmember BobTurner: “Today’s SCOTUS ruling is a shame for Americans, small businesses and all in need of care.”

Congressmember Nydia Velazquez: “SCOTUS’ health care ruling ends health discrimination against women and means children with preexisting conditions are not denied coverage.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo: “The Affordable Care Act will provide access to health care to millions of Americans nationwide ans more than 1 million New Yorkers.”

Council Speaker Christine Quinn: “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is great news for our city, state and nation.”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: “Hear that? It’s 43 million Americans breathing a sigh of relief, Affordable Care Act upheld.”

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: “SCOTUS decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is an historic victory for the 32 million Americans who will gain health care coverage.”

Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, who is running for Congress in the 8th District which includes parts of Queens, issued a statement on the ruling.

“The Supreme Court has spoken and President Obama’s historic health care reform is now the law of the land. As I said during my campaign, I plan to go to Washington to work with the president, and one of my priorities is making sure that this new law is implemented fairly and effectively. I am also hopeful that Congressional Republicans will end their single-minded attempts to overturn or weaken this landmark law. With so many other challenges facing us, Congress needs to start its work on issues that will move our great nation forward.”

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Supreme Court upholds Obamacare

The Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s historic health care law Thursday – a defining moment in the 2012 race for the White House. The stunning ruling – unexpected from a Court led by conservatives – was a huge victory for Obama, who staked much of his term on passing the national plan. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Police Search For Boyfriend Of Queens Homicide Victim

Police are looking for the live-in boyfriend of a Queens woman found dead in her apartment. Authorities said they want to talk to 33-year old Jason Bohn in connection with the Tuesday night death of 27-year old Danielle Thomas. Read more: [NY1] 

Police Search For Boyfriend In Connection With Murder Of Danielle Thomas Of Astoria

A man is suspected of killing his girlfriend after once threatening to hunt her down, “like a dog in the streets.” Several instances of documented domestic abuse caused Danielle Thomas, 27, to flee her Astoria apartment building, where police found her dead Tuesday night. The big question now is why did she return? Read more: [1010wins]

Queens Democratic Congressional candidate to Republican foe: Keep race and religion out of contest

Newly-minted Democratic nominee Assemblywoman Grace Meng kicked off her Sixth District Congressional run by thanking voters and challenging her Republican opponent, City Councilman Dan Halloran, to keep race and religion out of the campaign. Meanwhile, Halloran issued his first statement, in which he congratulated Meng, but painted her as a tax-and-spend candidate. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

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Graphic by Jay Lane

House of horrors in Queens: Couple charged with kidnapping, beating disabled woman

A disabled Queens woman was locked away in a house of horrors for more than a year by a couple who delivered daily beatings while denying her food and medical care and stealing her money, prosecutors say. Patrick Donovan, 42, and Mae Washington, 63, face kidnapping and assault charges for the yearlong siege that ended Thursday when cops found Maureen Murray huddled on the floor of a barren Rockaway Park apartment that had no mattress or bed. Read More: Daily News
Suspected bombers arrested after ‘mass suicide attack’ foiled

Afghan intelligence officials arrested 16 people after an apparent mass suicide bombing attack was foiled in Kabul, according to reports out Tuesday. Some 11 suicide bombing vests were also seized from inside Afghanistan’s defense ministry, according to security officials, cited by news website Khaama Press. A number of the suspects were members of the Afghan National Army, the security sources added. Read More: New York Post

 

Jets coach throws his weight behind Sanchez

Jets coach Rex Ryan threw his weight behind Mark Sanchez Tuesday morning, but he did not let his starting quarterback weigh in on the decision to trade for Tim Tebow. One day after the Jets introduced Tebow as the team’s backup quarterback, Ryan expressed his support for Sanchez, saying the quarterback would have received an extension regardless of who the team acquired. Read More: New York Post

 

Supreme Court begins second day of arguments in Obamacare case

The US Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments Tuesday on the central issue in the challenge to President Obama’s health care law: whether the US Constitution permits the federal government to require citizens to buy health insurance. Tuesday’s hearing marks the second of three days of arguments scheduled over Obama’s signature piece of legislation in what could be a landmark case on the scope of the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce. Read More: New York Post

 

Madam’s accomplice glares at media circus outside court

The gorgeous accused accomplice of alleged “Hockey Mom Madam” Anna Gristina wore a purse-lipped frown and glared into the middle distance as she was swarmed by reporters and news photographers at a routine court appearance today. Jaynie Mae Baker is not ready for her closeup, her defense lawyer explained to his client’s scrum of some two dozen media pursuers — so many, that a pack of ignored Occupy Wall Street protesters began heckling sarcastically from the sidewalk of Manhattan Supreme Court, “Ooooh, a big story!” Read More: New York Post

 

 Group Protests Peninsula Hospital Closure With Sit-In

Staffers, local residents and elected officials are holding a sit-in today at a financially struggling Queens hospital that will soon be closing its doors. The State Health Department has ordered officials at the 104-year-old Peninsula Hospital to submit a shutdown plan. Peninsula has struggled financially and last month the state shut down its lab for failing to meet standards. An investor stepped in last year to try to revive the hospital’s finances but was unable to turn things around. Read More: NY1

 

Police Release Name Of Man Wanted In Fatal Subway Brawl

Police say they have identified the man involved in a fight last week at a Brooklyn subway station that left another man dead. Investigators say Ryan Beauchamp was drunk when he got into a fight with Joshua Basin, 20, Friday night. The two fought at the L train stop at Bedford Avenue and both men wound up falling on the tracks. Basin was hit by the train. Beauchamp got back onto the platform and escaped. Read More: NY1

 

MTA On Track To Purchase New Subway Cars

Some of the city’s oldest subway cars could soon be headed off the rails. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s transit subcommittee has approved a plan to buy 300 new subway cars. They’ll replace older cars primarily on the C line, which has some subway cars that are nearly 50 years old. New cars will also be ordered for the J and Z lines. It would be the first purchase of new subway cars in about three years. Read More: NY1

 

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Man dies from gunshot wounds after jumping into stranger’s car

A mortally wounded man who was shot multiple times in Queens, turned to a random stranger parking nearby for help, but after the horrified woman dashed away, the bleeding victim briefly hopped into her car only to crash after succumbing to his injuries, police sources said. Read More: New York Post

 

Teen Charged In Fatal Shooting At Queens Housing Complex

Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Queens man over the weekend. Lacorey Johnson, 19, is charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Officers answering a call about an assault at the Astoria Houses Sunday afternoon found Tysheen Davis, 23, in a building lobby with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. “I was coming out to the store and then I seen what happened. But like I said, we’ve got to do more loving and caring for each other and stop all of this shooting gang-banging,” said one Astoria Houses resident. Read More: NY1

 

Ex-DA’s hubby Al Pirro threatens workers in ‘restaurant rage’

Al Pirro — the estranged hubby of former Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro — went berserk at a tony Scarsdale restaurant over the weekend, throwing a punch at a waiter and drunkenly threatening to bump off the entire staff, sources told The Post. “You don’t know who the f–k we are! I’m going to have you all killed!’’ Al Pirro allegedly screamed during the Saturday-night fracas, the sources said yesterday. Read More: New York Post

 

Mob turncoat admits to 8 murders during testimony against 2 Colombo thugs

A mob turncoat copped to killing eight people, in a bloody prelude to his explosive testimony today against two former Colombo hoodlums. Made man-turned-cooperating witness Dino “Big Dino” Calabro nonchalantly admitted to those slayings during the federal murder and racketeering trials of Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli, 59, and Dino “Little Dino” Saracino, 39. Read More: New York Post

 

Brooklyn child seriously injured by city bus

A child is in serious condition after being struck by a city bus in Williamsburg today, authorities said. The young girl was struck on the corner of Lorimer Street and Marcy Avenue by a B48 bus at 9:37 a.m., said a spokeswoman for the MTA. Read More: New York Post

 

Obama Healthcare Challenge Begins In Supreme Court

As the U.S. Supreme Court wades into the constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama’s controversial health care overhaul, demonstrators are making some noise outside the court. Many of the protesters this morning carried signs calling on the court to uphold the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” passed by Congress in 2010. It aims to provide health insurance to more than 30 million uninsured Americans. Read More: NY1

 

Jets’ New Backup QB Tebow Addresses Media

Tebowmania reached new heights today as the New York Jets introduced their new quarterback at a press conference in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets traded draft picks to the Broncos for Tebow, who led Denver to the playoffs last year but lost his job when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning. Read More: NY1