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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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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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

Daughter, Council Member Plead With Judge To Halt Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

With her father facing imminent deportation, Maspeth resident Eileen Barros joined family members, demonstrators and Council Member Francisco Moya at City Hall to demand his release.

Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and was scheduled to be deported Friday. The father of two lived in Queens for 25 years and worked as a taxi driver until he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in July.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District, high-fives a voter on primary election day in June. Photo Courtesy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez Stumps, Fundraises Across the U.S.

Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying.

The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York’s Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives.

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Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez joined Queens ADA Robert Ciesta, other NYC prosecutors and street safety advocates to call upon Albany lawmakers to reinstate “life-saving” speed cameras in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn DA’s Office

Queens ADA Joins NYC Prosecutors to Call For Speed Cameras

Prosecutors from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan joined Queens Assistant District Attorney Robert Ciesla on Tuesday for a rally to call on lawmakers to reinstate speed cameras before the upcoming school year.

The message from Ciesla, Queens DA Richard Brown, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to politicians — do your job.

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Barros, a Maspeth resident and undocumented immigrant, faces deportation today. He is pictured with his daughter on the day of her high school graduation. GoFundMe Photo by Eileen Barros

Moya Pleads With Judge To Halt Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

Time is running out for Maspeth resident Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador who faces deportation today.

Barros is detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and is scheduled to be deported today.

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A bail bonds Office in NYC. AP Photo by Kathy Willens

$1 Bail Fail Initiated Latest Reforms

A stunning bail system failure helped initiate a slate of jail reform bills signed into law Tuesday — though they came a few years too late for one Rikers detainee.

The new laws, introduced by District 24 Council Member Rory Lancman, will require bail bond agents to be more transparent when it comes to seeking compensation and filing complaints and will force each bail bondsman to display a consumer bill of rights inside their shops.

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Rikers Island, site of an upcoming voter registration drive for detained New Yorkers. AP Photo by Seth Wenig.

Free Phone Calls, Voter Registration Drive Come to Rikers

Perhaps the Rikers detainees will use their free phone calls to contact their elected officials.

New York will soon become the first major city in the U.S. to offer free phone calls from jails.

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City Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined Council Member Robert Holden to check out the proposed shelter site on Cooper Ave. in Glendale. Photo courtesy of Robert Holden.

Holden Hunkers Down For Round Two of Shelter Fight

A proposed shelter site in Glendale gives literal meaning to the term “warehousing” the homeless and, for the second time in five years, Council Member Robert Holden is gearing up to fight it.

The Department of Homeless Services has proposed converting a vacant factory and warehouse at 78-16 Cooper Avenue into a shelter for homeless men.

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Legal Aid attorneys Melissa Ader and Emma Goodman explain the conviction sealing law. Eagle photo by Andy Katz

25 Took First Step to Second Chance at LIFE Camp

Roughly 25 Queens residents visited Life Camp in Jamaica to take the first step toward a second chance Monday night.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Legal Aid Society hosted the first installment of “Know Your Rights Week,” a series of confidential workshops to help New Yorkers with certain 10-year-old, non-violent convictions apply to have their records sealed under a 2017 state law.

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