DOE Opposes ‘Avonte’s Law’

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Avonte’s Law met resistance from the DOE in a City Council hearing last Friday. This bill is named for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old austistic student who was found dead after he went missing from PS 277 in Long Island City last winter. It would require the installation of alarms at […]

Festival Features Films By Disabled

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The Central Queens Y is giving filmmakers a platform they may not normally get elsewhere. The Reelabilities Film Festival showcases movies that were made by people with disabilities or is related to an issue affecting those with a disability. The festival will take place March 9-10 at CQY’s headquarters in […]

Vallone Calls For Tracking Program

Following the discovery of autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo’s remains in Queens, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer proposed new legislation called “Avonte’s Law,” which would expand an existing Dept. of Justice program that grants money to provide tracking systems for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The expansion would provide additional funds to provide optional tracking devices for […]

Missing Teen Identified

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer The remains found along a beach by College Point have been identified as the missing teen Avonte Oquendo, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. On Jan. 16, the New York Police Department’s harbor unit discovered an arm and a leg along the East River near […]

2013: Change Comes To Queens

2013: Change Comes To Queens

The Queens Tribune honored four term-limited Queens officials in November, thanking (from left) Councilman Leroy Comrie, Borough President Helen Marshall and Councilmen James Gennaro and Peter Vallone Jr. for their years of service. Photo by Ira Cohen COMPILED BY STEVEN J. FERRARI New Mayor, BP Elected Much of 2013 was spent focusing on the race […]

DOE Seeks To Beef Up Security After Avonte

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer More than six weeks after the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, the Dept. of Education is looking to beef up its security in order to prevent a similar incident from happening. According to an emailed statement from Marge Feinberg, a spokesperson for the DOE, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has ordered […]

Autistic Teen From LIC Still Missing

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer As the search continues to find the missing autistic teenager, it has been a grueling two and a half weeks for the parents of Avonte Oquendo. He was last seen on a surveillance camera walking out of the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City on Oct. 4. According to […]