State Sen. Leroy Comrie will host a series of foreclosure assistance legal clinics for residents inside his office. Photo courtesy of NY Senate

Comrie to Host Foreclosure Legal Clinic for Residents

State Sen. Leroy Comrie will host a series of legal assistance clinics for residents facing foreclosure at his office on Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. The workshops will take place on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After a recent report revealed a high rate of foreclosures in Queens, Comrie announced that he will host a legal clinic at his St. Alban’s office.

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The Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station in Jackson Heights, a neighborhood with one of the city’s highest rates of turnstile arrests per MetroCard swipe. Photo by Harrison Leong.

Marshall Project Report Reveals Racial Disparities in Subway Arrests

Predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Queens are still a target for fare-beating arrests, despite a push for decriminalization from local leaders, according to a report published by a criminal justice watchdog published on Wednesday.

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Justice Jeremy Weinstein, administrative judge of the Queens County Supreme County, Civil Term. // Photo courtesy of Civil Court

For Judge Weinstein, Pride Comes In ‘Making Things Work’

State Supreme Court Justice Jeremy Weinstein, the administrative judge in the Queens County Civil term, has accomplished a tremendous amount in his nearly 25 years on the bench.

Weinstein created a dedicated Matrimonial Part to address issues related to child support, visitation and related financial issues. He oversaw the development of a Foreclosure Part and a free Uncontested Matrimonial Clinic, where people receive assistant in uncontested divorces with no property, support or custody issues.

He even got the city to repair the civil courthouse’s broken elevator system that had long forced staff and litigants to climb several flights of stairs just to have their day in court.

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Ice cream trucks have wracked up hundreds of noise complaints to 311. // Eagle photo by Mary Frost

Ice Cream Headache: Jamaica Leads NYC In Jingle Complaints

Jamaica residents are fed up with ice trucks. And they’re giving the cold shoulder to Mr. Softee’s familiar tune.

At least according to 311 complaint information compiled by the New York City database Localize.city.

Roughly 1,279 complaints were filed throughout New York City between August 2017 and August 2018. The region around Captain Tilly Park in Jamaica had the highest number of complaints. Localize.city reported that residents around Captain Tilly Park — along with “clusters” around Highland Avenue and Ava Place and 170th Street near 89th and 90th Avenues —  filed ice-cream truck song complaints with 311 on 61 days over the past year.

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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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The National Weather Service of New York inflated a weather balloon to test atmospheric data related to Hurricane Florence. Photo by NWS New York.

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued For Southern Queens

Yesterday, the National Weather Service for New York issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for southern Queens until 1 p.m. today.

The NWS said tides were expected to reach one and half feet to two and a half feet higher than the normal level.

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Emily Wexler, a singer and keyboardist, performs in "It Can Happen Here." // Photo courtesy of Judith Sloan

Queens Dramatist Asks Provocative Questions In New Play

By Clarissa Sosin When Queens-based playwright Judith Sloan finished reading Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” she knew she

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The DOB Active Major Construction map provides an automated daily update of all currently active New Building and Alteration Type 1 Enlargement permits. // Image courtesy of DOB

DOB Debuts Interactive Construction Map

Thanks to a new tool from the Department of Buildings, you can find out exactly what’s going on above the scaffolding that just went up on your block.  

At more than 6,300 other work sites, too.

The DOB launched an interactive Active Major Construction map that allows curious residents to view all active major construction sites, with buildings on the map categorized by square footage, estimated cost and the proposed number of units with larger points denoting higher values.

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The Queens Detention Facility, NYC’s lone private prison, would not be affected by an Assembly bill designed to prohibit private prisons.// Google Maps

Jamaica Jail Prompted Private Prison Prohibition Bill, But Would Go Unscathed

A new Assembly bill that would prohibit the operation of private prisons on state property will have no impact on New York City’s lone private jail, a facility located amid an industrial zone in Jamaica.

The Private Prison Elimination Act would prohibit the state from leasing or granting state-owned property to be used for the operation of private correctional facilities. The bill was inspired by stories of abuse inside the Queens Detention Facility, a spokesperson for bill sponsor Ari Espinal, a Corona assembly member, told the Queens Daily Eagle.

But the jail is located on private property and will not be affected by the bill, a reality that has frustrated Espinal.

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