Another Patient Escapes From Creedmoor

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Six months after a patient escaped from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, another patient has found his way out of the facility. On June 3, Clifford Brown bolted from the center by climbing a double-walled curved fence near an outdoor recreation area. While police picked up Brown a day later, the escape […]

Assembly Passes Library Reform

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A bill to reform the Queens Library is one step closer to becoming law. Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona)’s bill to introduce more oversight to the Queens Library was met with unanimous approval in the State Assembly on June 10. The legislation now moves to the State Senate, where it is […]

DOT: 149th Street Bridge To Be Rebuilt

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A small, cracked concrete path across the LIRR tracks in Murray Hill – otherwise known as the 149th Street Bridge – must be demolished and rebuilt. Originally closed for demolition and construction in 2010, the bridge on 149th street at Roosevelt Avenue and 41st Avenue was scheduled to reopen in […]

Gianaris Slams Conversion Therapy

In response to news reports that the Texas Republican Party adopted an anti-LGBT stance at its annual convention, including an endorsement of so-called conversion therapy, State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) decried the Texas GOP’s insensitivity and urged passage of his legislation that would protect minors in New York from this harmful practice. “This alarming development […]

Addabbo Helps Relay For Life

    Glendale’s Yogurt and Co. donated 100 percent of its sales on Sunday before 3 p.m. to Relay for Life Middle Village and its fundraising efforts. State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr., his wife Dawn and two daughters Arianna and Alexis contributed to the cause while enjoying the local spot’s frozen yogurt. The shop collected […]

‘Baby Vanel’ Looking For Signatures

You never know what kind of email you’ll get during an election cycle. Take, for example, this email from Clyde Vanel, who is looking for assistance in obtaining signatures to get on the ballot to run against State Sen. Malcolm Smith in the 14th State Senate District Primary: “Baby Vanel is praying for your assistance. […]

Halloran’s ‘Induciae’

It’s always humorous when one event randomly relates to ongoing news in Queens. A Queens resident was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition last week for misspelling a word that a troubled former councilman is trying to do in his case. Sai Vishudhi Chandrasekhar, a 12-year-old from Flushing, misspelled the word “Induciae,” which […]

Smith, Halloran Federal Corruption Trial Underway

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The trial for State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former councilman Dan Halloran has begun. The two accused men made their way to the U.S. District Court in White Plains on June 2 to begin their federal corruption trial, a case that has been more than a year in the […]

Legislators Look To Restructure Library

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Two bills have been introduced into the State Legislature to deal with the recent problems concerning the Queens Library. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona) are sponsoring a bill in their respective chambers that would restructure aspects of the Queens Library, to make sure it cannot […]