A police cruiser is towed in Far Rockaway. // Photo by Jason Lawrence

Crooked Cops ‘Dishonor Badge’ By Aiding Prostitution Ring, Brown Says

They’re supposed to serve and protect the everyday citizens of New York City, not sex traffickers and brothel owners. And for that, they may be going to prison.

Seven current NYPD officers and retired NYPD Vice Detective Ludwig Paz were indicted in Queens County Criminal Court yesterday for allegedly running a lucrative prostitution and gambling ring in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island. Overall, 49 people were charged.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the charges in a statement Thursday.

“Today’s indictments of one former detective and seven current police officers of the NYPD dishonor the badge,” Brown said. “The main culprit in this case — a retired detective — allegedly used his knowledge of the inner workings of the New York City Police Department to run a string of brothels in Queens, Brooklyn and Hempstead, Long Island.”

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Tribute Park in Rockaway Park, hosts a 9/11 memorial event this morning. Photo by Richard Santaga, Friends of Tribute Park via nyc.gov

Memorials Around Queens Honor 9/11 Victims This Week

Today, memorials throughout the borough will unite Queens residents and seek to remember the friends, loved ones, neighbors and colleagues who died.

Here are a few events taking place this week:

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Pedestrian safety advocates say Northern Boulevard is the borough’s new “Boulevard of Death.”// Google Maps

Death and Injury Persist On Queens’ Most Dangerous Streets

Despite the many successes of the New York City’s Vision Zero initiative, preventable deaths and injuries continue to plague Queens’ streets.

A few in particular stand out.

At least 32 have been injured or killed on Northern Boulevard and 22 more have been injured or killed on Jamaica Avenue, according to city data on traffic accidents.

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Queens Borough Hall//NYC.gov

Community Board Term Limits On the Ballot This November

After months of public hearings and feedback, the Mayoral Charter Revision Commission voted to put three questions on the November ballot that have big implications for city government, especially at the local community board level.

One ballot question asks voters whether they support the establishment of term limits on community board members — an issue that has encountered pushback from community boards themselves.

The commission said community board term-limits can help ensure that the boards reflect the changing demographics of the districts they serve.

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