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Mother of Astoria creek crash victim to sue city, driver: report


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The mother of one of the four East Elmhurst friends who died when their car plunged into an Astoria creek two weeks ago is planning on filing a negligence suit against the city and surviving driver, according to a published report.

Velma Elliot, the mother of 21-year-old Darius Fletcher, also plans to meet with the Queens district attorney’s office which is investigating if the driver, 20-year-old Andrew Gramm should receive criminal charges, the NY Daily News reports.

Elliot additionally wants changes to be made to the dead end where the car crashed, the publication said.

On April 4, after coming home from a birthday celebration, the car carrying Gramm, Fletcher, Jada Monique Butts, 19, Crystal Gravely, 19, and Jaleel Feurtado, 20, was traveling on 19th Avenue near 37th Street when it hit the curb and rolled over into Steinway Creek.

Gramm managed to escape the vehicle and call for help, but Fletcher, Butts, Gravely and Feurtado were later removed by FDNY divers and pronounced dead.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a review of safety measures on the various roads, which lead to the water.

A DOT spokesman said the agency had installed an “END” sign where 19th Avenue terminates and two highly visible “Dead End” signs at the intersection last October and which were in place at the time of the accident.

The spokesman said the agency will be looking into the report of a section of the guiderail missing, even though a preliminary review does not point to any recent reports on the missing section. The DOT will also review conditions at streets ending near water.

 

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Drug bust leads to police and resident standoff in Jamaica


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According to the Daily News, a three -hour-standoff broke out as heated residents marched to the stationhouse as cops shielded in riot gear after a drug bust conducted by members of the 113th Precinct at a housing project in Jamaica.

Witnesses that spoke to the News said police officers “pounded on” brothers Corey Crichlow, 33, and Raynard Fields, 27, outside the Baisley Park Houses around 7:45 p.m.

Nearly 50 angry residents protested the arrest by marching down to the police stationhouse located on Baisley Boulevard while knocking over garbage cans along the way, witnesses told the News.

The cops had been arresting Crichlow, after catching him with drugs, when his brother got in between causing a fight to break out. One officer was injured and taken to the hospital for neck and back injuries. The other cops, that met protesters in riot helmets and batons at the 113th Precinct, dodged items being thrown at them, according to the News.

An uncle of the brothers told the News that Crichlow was taken to a hospital with bumps and bruises after the quarrel with the officers.

No arrests were made at the stationhouse and charges against the brothers were pending, as reported by the Daly News.

Queens Courier crowns ‘Kings’


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The 2011 Kings of Queens were honored at Terrace on the Park on November 3

Over 450 guests gathered at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to mingle at one of the largest networking events in the borough and honor this year’s “Kings of Queens.”

The fourth annual Queens Courier event, held on Thursday, November 3, honored “Man of the Year” Comptroller John Liu and “Woman of the Year” Matilda Cuomo, founder of Mentoring USA, among dozens of other top businessmen from throughout the borough.

Prizes were also raffled at the event, with the proceeds benefiting Life’s WORC and The Rotary Club. Fred Morante of Minuteman Press in Bellerose and Lily Anastasiadis of eboxed won the door prizes from Skyline Cruises and TD Bank, respectively. Linda DeSabato of Vallo Transportation was the winner of the Cancun vacation courtesy of JetBlue.

The event’s sponsors included: Joseph P Addabbo Family Health Center, NY Community Bank/Queens County Savings Bank, TD Bank, Flushing Bank, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, City University of New York, Con Edison, First Central Savings Bank, St. John’s University, Council For Airport Opportunity of NY & NJ, City Employees Union Local 237 International Brotherhood of Teamsters, HSBC, Print Early, Advantage Payroll Services and The Daily News. A & S Whitestone Nursery Flowers & Gifts provided a boutineer for each of the honorees.

Honored this year, along with Cuomo and Liu, were Eric Barrios, Vice President & Woodside Branch Manager, HSBC; Dominick Ciampa, Chairman of the Board, New York Community Bank; Salvatore DiMartino, Vice President Senior Enterprise Risk Officer, First Central Savings Bank; Gregory Floyd, President, City Employees Union Local 237, IBT; Bill Gianakos, Executive Vice President-Area Director, NYC Region DeNovo Expansion, Citi; Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens; Bill Huisman, Executive Director, Aviation Development Council; Anthony Izzo, Chief of Organized Crime Control Bureau, NYPD; Gabor Karsai, Rotary International, District 7250, Brooklyn, Queens & Nassau Counties; John Khani, Assistant Director of Public Affairs, CSA; Giorgio Kolaj, Proprietor, Valentino’s on the Green; Franck Korzekwinski, EVP Chief of Real Estate Lending, Flushing Bank; John Koufakis Sr., CEO/President, Star Auto group; Anthony Lolli, Founder/CEO, Rapid Realty NYC; Serphin Maltese, Attorney & Counselor at law; Stephen Martin, Vice President, Commercial Lending, Queens, TD Bank; Michael X. Mattone, CFO, Mattone Group LLC; Dr. Peter Nelson, CEO, Joseph P Addabbo, Family Health Center; Jay Parker, President, The Original Bens Best; Tony Raouf, President, Riverview Restaurant; Robert Ricken, President Board of Directors, North Shore Towers; Cruz Russell, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Port Authority of NY & NJ; George Russo Esq. President of the Board, South Queens Boys & Girls Club; Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations, St. John’s University; Peter Smergut, CEO, Life’s WORC; Jerry Spampanato, General Manager, JFK International Airport; Michael H. Strawberry Sr., Manager, Strawberry’s Sports Grill; Carlisle Towery, President, Greater Jamaica Development Corp.; Robert M. Werner, Vice President of Finance and CFO Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; Steve Wei, Partner, Wei, Wei & LLP; Bhavik Patel and Sergey Shpiller, Vice Presidents of Operations, Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Group, Milo Blair,Vice President Brooklyn/Queens Electric Operations, Con Edison, William E. Fischer, Partner, Grassi & Co., Jeffrey Halperin, Professor of Psychology Queens College & The Graduate Center.