State Sen. Michael Gianaris of Astoria. Photo courtesy of Michael Gianaris.

Gianaris Bill Mandates More Frequent Lead Testing at Schools and Parks

State Sen. Michael Gianaris introduced a bill on Sept. 4 that would mandate more frequent lead inspections of sinks and water fountains at schools and — for the first time — parks across the state.

The proposed legislation comes after NYCHA revealed that at least 1160 children have tested positive for lead poisoning after encountering lead-contaminated paint in their apartments. Lead paint chips have flaked off stanchions along the No. 7 line and cities throughout the country — most notably Flint, Michigan — have grappled with lead contamination in their water infrastructure.

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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

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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Bayside Torturer Gets 10 Years for Kidnapping Housekeeper

A Bayside man was sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping his housekeeper and torturing her. His wife received five years probation for her participation. On Tuesday, Justice Robert Kohm handed down the sentences for Devanand Lachman, 35, and Ambar Lachman, 35, who kidnapped and abused their housekeeper after accusing her of stealing from their home.

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