Southeast Queens Neighborhoods

Young Democrats Protest Incident in Charlottesville

Young Democrats Protest Incident in Charlottesville

Community Events, Neighborhoods, Police/Community, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
On Tuesday, August 15 the Queens County Young Democrats’ (QCYD) Caucus of Color hosted a rally against hate and bigotry.   The rally was in response to the recent events in Charlottesville VA at which one person was killed.  The Charlottesville rally was organized by White Nationalist.  The rally was the brainchild of one of QCYD’s newest members, Kemar Newman.  A member of QCYD for just two months, the young immigrant and veteran was affected by the events in Charlottesville.  With two young daughters, Kemar was fearful of the country they would inherit.  It motivated him to take the initiative to gather individuals together in a show of unity. “You are the change,” he said. The rally was held at Rufus King Park under an overcast sky.  It s

Former Council Member Ruben Wills Sentenced to Prison

Neighborhoods, News, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
Former City Council Member Ruben Wills was sentenced on August 10, 2017 to two to six years in prison. He was ordered to pay restitution of approximately $33,000 and fined $5,000. Wills was indicted by Attorney General Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapaoli in a corruption scheme that involved a non-profit and campaign funds. Will has maintained his innocence during and after the trial. Wills’ defense was that his bookkeeping was careless. “I have not lied to my community and I maintain my innocence,” posted former Council Member Ruben Wills on Facebook after he was tried and convicted.  The former council member was reported as crying after his sentencing. Wills is the forth Southeast Queens elected officials to be convicted of corruption charges in the last

The Race to Fill Convicted Council Member Seat Heats Up

Categories, Neighborhoods, Politics/Elections, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
It was to no one’s surprise, Community Board Chair Adrienne Adams announced her candidacy to replace Ruben Wills. Adams, although a latecomer to the race, has some front runner status based on her recent run for NYS Senator last year. That bid was unsuccessful, however, many believed the true intent of the candidate was to test the waters with an eye for this City Council seat. She joins an election race already in progress featuring activist Richard David and attorney Hettie Powell. Powell has been running for the seat since coming in third in the 2013 election against Wills. Adams entry into the race puts Powell at a disadvantage. They must go head to head for the same votes and most residents will be hesitant to reject the Party’s candidate. But this is where the election gets intere
DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

DOH Will Be Spraying Against West Nile on August 8

Community Events, Health/Wellness, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
The Health Department will be spraying pesticide on Tuesday night, Aug. 8 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The spraying is to ward against the West Nile Virus by removing mosquitoes from the area.   The spraying includes the area bonded by the following boundaries. The Van Wyck Expressway; on the north by Linden Boulevard, 204th Street and Murdock Avenue to the north; on the east by 221st Street, 118th Avenue, 234th Street, 135th  Avenue, Hook Creek Boulevard and 249th Street; and on the south by 147th  Avenue, 225th Street, the Long Island Rail Road, 137th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard.

Police and Community Celebrate National Night Out 2017

Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
National Night Out was celebrated in grand style at parks across the five boroughs.  Police and community gathered together to share food, fun and festivities on the annual night that brings the two together in a stand against crime.   Mayor Bill deBlasio and NYPD Commissioner O'Neill visited the 103rd Precinct's event in Rufus King Park.   Here is a photo gallery of the 113th Precinct's National Night Out in Baisley Pond Park. " order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]

So You Want to Open A Food Business

Business/Entrepreneurship, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
So you make a killer oxtail stew and you want to be in the food business.  Then the Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space is for you.  Jamaica FEASTS is a free incubator program for aspiring food entrepreneurs.  It entails 12 weekly classes on how to open your own food business.  Topics include, but are not limited to, licensing, fees, menu planning, banking, human resources and real estate.  Expert guest speakers from the food business community including lawyers and QuickBooks professionals will help guide participants. Halfway through the program, participants are assessed by their presentation of a business plan, elevator pitch, operational plan along with planned next steps to ensure they are advancing successful through the program....
Convicted Council Member Asserts His Innocence

Convicted Council Member Asserts His Innocence

Neighborhoods, Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
  “I have not lied to my community and I maintain my innocence,” posted former Council Member Ruben Wills on Facebook after he was tried and convicted for stealing more than $30,000 in taxpayer’s money.  The jury found Wills guilty of one count of a scheme to defraud, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of filing a false instrument. Wills was acquitted on the single charge of filing false business records. Wills is the forth Southeast Queens elected officials to be convicted of corruption charges in the last four years (Shirley Huntley, Malcolm Smith, William Scarborough).  He is due to be sentenced and faces jail time.  In his post-conviction postings, Wills cited his case as payback for not cooperating with the Attorney General’s office in its purs
Mayor unveils site of the future 116 Precinct

Mayor unveils site of the future 116 Precinct

Neighborhoods, Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
On Monday, July  17, Mayor deBlasio revealed the location for the future 116th Precinct.  The precinct will be located at 242-40 North Conduit Avenue, adjacent to the 115th Satellite precinct.   The space which is currently allocated as a parking lot.   The new precinct will assume over half of the 105th Precinct’s territory, which is currently the fifth largest precinct in the city.  The specific borders of the precinct will be determined at a later date.  The future precinct, which was years in the making, is still years from becoming a reality. “We’re still some years away from flipping on the lights and answering radio-runs in the new 1-16 and the borders of the precinct won’t be solidified until we get closer to completion,” said Commi
Lt Gov Announces Upcoming Upgrades to Downtown Jamaica

Lt Gov Announces Upcoming Upgrades to Downtown Jamaica

Business/Entrepreneurship, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
On a beautiful, hot and sunny day in front of the historic façade of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the winning projects selected for the Jamaica Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  In August 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Downtown Jamaica was the winner of the $10 million DRI, a plan that looks to transform local neighborhoods into the next generation of communities.   The winner was selected as part of a competitive process by the state’s Economic Development Council.  The projects that will be funded under the grant include a space for businesses, pedestrian plazas, infrastructure upgrades, support for dining options, increased broadband width and employment supports.  Greater Jamaic

‘Central Park Five’ documentary screens to community youths

Community Events, Neighborhoods, News, Police/Community, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods, Topic
[This article was originally published in 2013.  As renewed interest in the 'Central Park Five' story emerges, this article is being reposted.] It is one movie that you are happy to know the outcome. ‘The Central Park Five’, is a documentary that examines the 1989 case of five Black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a White woman in Central Park.  The movie is currently being screened throughout Southeast Queens to audiences, both young and old.  Recently, the documentary was screened at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. At the Ross Center, seventh and eight grade students from the nearby Eagle Academy comprised a large portion of the guests who had come out.  While the case of the Central Park Jo