Police/Community

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

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"]
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

‘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