Liu is Back, Speed Cameras Aren’t, the DA Busts a Sandy Scammer: It’s Queens Today


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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018 

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Liu Officially Challenges ex-IDC Member Avella

John Liu is back. On Friday, he officially launched his campaign against State Sen. Tony Avella, a Democrat who defected to the Independent Democratic Conference and caucused with the Republicans for several years. Liu decided to enter the race about a week earlier and mobilized a team of volunteers, including City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, to secure the signatures required to appear on the September primary ballot. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Liu said he was running to counter the “deception” of the IDC and said the state senate needs “true” Democrats in office. “I have always regarded the IDC as the most duplicitous creation ever,” Liu said. “Especially in a President Donald Trump era, the consequences have become that much more magnified.”

Queens DA Busts Sandy Scammer

Andrew Troiano, a 56-year-old Long Island contractor, was sentenced to one to three years in prison after pleading guilty to bilking more than $170,000 from families that lost their homes to Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The victims hired the defendant to build them new homes between July 2013 and June 2014. “In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted he ripped off people who had already had their lives destroyed by a natural disaster,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. “Then, he came along offering to build them new homes to start over.  He signed contracts, accepted their money and vanished.”

Peralta, Elmhurst Activists Rallied for Speed Cameras

The State Senate still has not passed a bill introduced by State Sen. Jose Peralta that would ensure speed cameras remain in school zones after June 25. And in Elmhurst, activists will not sit idly and let school zones becomes more dangerous. “The school zone speed camera program saved countless of lives, so there is no logical reason to let it expire,” Peralta said, according to Patch. “We cannot play politics with schoolchildren and New Yorkers’ lives.” Schools with cameras have seen a 63 percent decline in speeding violations and a 23 percent decrease in pedestrian injuries, Peralta said at the demonstration Thursday. Under the Peralta’s bill, the number of school-zone speed cameras would increase to 300.

Hevesi Pressures Cuomo to Support Survivors of Human Trafficking

Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) led a demonstration on the steps of City Hall Friday to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sign into law a bill to create “culturally competent” safe houses and long-term residences for victims of sex trafficking and other forms of human trafficking. Hevesi introducted the bill in the Assembly and State Sen. Marty Golden sponsored the senate version.” A huge thank you to the brave survivors of human trafficking who shared their personal stories and spoke out today about the need for Governor Cuomo to sign [the bill] into law,” Hevesi said. “This legislation, which has unanimously passed both houses of the legislature, will provide culturally competent shelters and services for the hundreds of others who are trafficked in New York State every year.”

Gianaris Joins Movement to Abolish ICE

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is the latest Queens lawmaker to denounce Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Gianaris said ICE is a rogue agency empowered by a “rogue president,” reported. “Both must be stopped before more havoc is wreaked on people seeking a better life in our country,” Gianaris said. “We must abolish ICE and then abolish Donald Trump at the ballot box as soon as possible.” On Friday, he accompanied a woman as she reunited with her three children, all separated from her at the border.

Queens County Women’s Bar Hosts Wine and Cheese Event

The Queens County Women’s Bar Association will host a wine and cheese tasting event on Saturday at Clovis Point in Jamespoint in Long Island’s Northfork. Pre-payment — $75 for members, $90 for non-members — is due today. Contact for information.  

Foresee the Future of Real Estate Brokerage

Tomorrow, the Goldbar Real Estate Team and the Reis NYC Team will host the Evolution of the Real Estate Brokerage from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Marbella Restaurant, located at 220-33 Northern Boulevard in Bayside. Attendees will hear panel discussions on the future of brokerage in the ever-changing world of NYC real estate.

UNIQLO Brings Public Art to Flushing Meadows Corona and Rufus King Parks

Japanese clothing giant UNIQLO announced Friday that the New York City Parks Department had won the special Art in the Parks grant for the second year. UNIQLO created the grant in 2016 in order to bring public art to parks that have traditionally lacked cultural programming. NYC Parks will commission local artists to create installations in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Rufus King Park. “Parks’ partnership with UNIQLO has expanded our public art offerings across the five boroughs, and we are excited for another year of amazing new artworks by local artists,” said Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. “Public art should be accessible to all, and Parks is proud to do our part in offering high quality arts and cultural programming in our shared public spaces across the city.”

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