Barros’ daughter Eileen holds a sign that says “Give me back my dad” as she stands with Council Member Francisco Moya and demonstrators on the steps of City Hall Friday. Photo courtesy of Francisco Moya.

Judge Halts Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

A federal judge issued a stay of deportation for Edisson Barros, a Maspeth taxi driver and father of two, just hours before he was scheduled to be deported, according to Telemundo and attorneys from Legal Aid.

Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and was first scheduled to be deported more than a week ago, but he was instead transferred to a jail in Louisiana to await the final decision.

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Illustration from a New York Journal story on March 14, 1896 about Gen. James Rowan O’Beirne’s arranging military funeral for almshouse Civil War veteran. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Stigma at Hart and Blackwell Islands and the ‘Old Soldiers’ Salutes

If you look long and closely enough into NYC history, you’ll sometimes come across unanticipated yet intriguing, and even profoundly moving reoccurrences: echoes from the past. The histories of two East River islands help illustrate the point.

They were bound together for more than six decades by rituals of death performed on one isle by the living on the other.

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A vacant factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale is the potential site of a new homeless shelter. Eagle Photo by David Brand

Glendale Residents Raise Money To Fight Shelter For Poorest New Yorkers

Glendale and Middle Village residents are raising money to block a potential homeless shelter for the city’s poorest residents — even before the city has issued an official proposal.

A group of residents calling themselves the Glendale Middle Village Coalition has raised more than $8,500 through a GoFundMe page in a mission they say is not aimed at opposing homeless people but is designed to denounce Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strategy for housing the homeless.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. Photo courtesy of Claire R. Thomas.

Freezing Out Immigrants: The Denial of Due Process in New York State Courts

Frequent raids on immigrant communities and deaths in immigration detention centers, the call to “Abolish ICE” has gained momentum nationwide.

In part, the movement is informed by the situations in state courthouses, where the presence of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents can instill fear in noncitizens and discourage them from seeking legal services they are entitled to or even notifying the police when they are in danger.

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Twitter photo courtesy of Melinda Katz.

Seen in Queens: Borough President Melinda Katz Meets Parkland Survivors

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (left) met with school shooting survivor-turned-activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11.

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Norman Seabrook, center, president of the New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, was convicted of corruption in federal court Wednesday. AP File Photo by Mary Altaffer

Once Mighty Boss of Rikers’ Officer Union Convicted of Corruption

A former union boss who was once regarded as the king of New York City’s jails may be headed to federal prison after a jury convicted him of corruption charges Wednesday.

The Manhattan jury returned its verdict against Norman Seabrook months after another jury deadlocked on the charges against the former head of the union representing guards at Rikers Island.

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Julie Stoil Fernandez is a co-founding partner of Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, which specializes in elder law. Photo courtesy of Julie Stoil Fernandez

Op-Ed: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Examples of abuse and predation are prevalent in Queens. Every day scammers and schemers target senior citizens as well as younger people with impaired cognition.

Individuals who fail to plan for their own potential impairments diminished capabilities also face future consequences.

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Fresh Meadows native Dan Bedoya, who once played for the Red Bulls Academy team, signed with NYCFC last week. Photo by E. Lopez.

Fresh Meadows, SJU Soccer Star Signs With NYCFC

Dan Bedoya moved from Colombia when he was only 8 years-old, but he quickly made a name for himself while attending Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows.

As a standout senior, he played a key role in the school’s 54-match win streak, which garnered him attention from several colleges before he eventually selected St. John’s University.

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Clinton Correction Facility in Dannemora, NY. // Wikimedia Commons

CUNY Defenders Go Where Most Lawyers Rarely Venture

The drive to Dannemora, the upstate hamlet that contains the Clinton Correctional Facility, can take seven hours. The ride to Attica can take eight.

But those distances don’t stop students in the CUNY Law Criminal Defense Clinic from gassing up their cars and heading to the Canadian border to meet with the clients they represent, says clinic director Steven Zeidman.

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A flyer for Picture the Homeless’ new “Free to Pee” campaign. Image courtesy of Picture the Homeless.

Homeless New Yorkers Demand a Place to Pee

A private place to pee is a civil rights issue.

That’s the message in a new campaign by the organization Picture the Homeless, which calls on the city to open more public restrooms, starting with 15 self-cleaning toilets they say the city has locked away in a Queens warehouse.

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