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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

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We’ve arrived at a good time: Tuesday is Congressional Primary day in New York and we’ll be supplying your primary guide tomorrow morning. Tonight, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer leads a march through Woodside to protest Donald Trump’s family separation tactics. Some good news for commuters: the MTA plans to increase bus service in LIC and Jackson Heights. For our first issue, we spoke with Queens DA Richard Brown and Queens County Bar Association president Hilary Gingold. In other local news, Community Boards 5 and 13 are set to join forces to address common issues, former Christ the King hoops star Rawle Alkins signed with the Raptors and Jamaica tenants took their landlord to housing court for harassment. Looking for something fun and energizing tonight? Step to it with traditional Israeli folk dancing in Flushing.

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Get Ready for Tomorrow’s Congressional Primaries

After months of campaigning, competition and controversy, Queens residents head to the polls tomorrow for several Democratic Congressional primaries. In District 14, longtime US Rep. Joe Crowley, the head of the Queens County Democrats, faces off against progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders organizer whose insurgent campaign has generated grassroots support nationwide. Meanwhile, District 12 Rep. Carolyn Maloney seeks to fend off a challenge from hotel executive Suraj Patel and District 5 Rep. Gregory Meeks takes on Mizan Choudhury and Carl Achille. Polls are open from 6 am to 9 pm. Visit voting.nyc to locate your polling place.

Van Bramer Leads March Against Family Separation Tonight in

For weeks, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has been a leading local voice against the Trump administration’s policy of removing immigrant children from their parents along the US-Mexico border. Now he’s taking his energy to the street. Tonight at 7 pm, Van Bramer will lead a march through Woodside oppose family separation. The demonstration begins at the corner of 58th St. and Roosevelt Ave. “No executive order can mask the hate,” Van Bramer wrote on Facebook. “Immigrants are still under attack, children ripped from parents. What must we do? Stand up & fight back.” Last week, Van Bramer also joined protesters demonstrating against the family separation policy at LaGuardia.

MTA Will Expand Bus Service in LIC and Jamaica

Good news for commuters: On Thursday, the MTA announced it would add more buses to the Q6 line, which runs from Downtown Jamaica to JFK Airport, and the Q69 line, which runs between Jackson Heights and Long Island City, as part of its “Fast Forward” initiative. The increased bus service aims to reduce crowding on the region’s congested subway’s line. “Adding service outside traditional commute times and on weekends will benefit customers who take these routes as well as attract new customers who might be using other modes of transportation right now,” MTA Bus Company President Darryl Irick told Queens Patch.

Community Boards 5 and 13 Set to Join Forces to Address Common Issues

Each month, the Queens Community Board chairpersons gather for the Borough Board Meeting with Borough President Melinda Katz. But their collaboration typically ends when they leave Borough Hall. To foster teamwork, Community Board 13 Chair Clive Williams decided to challenge to his peers to tackle common issues, such as veterans affairs, together. Last week, Williams attended a Community Board 5 meeting chaired by Vincent Arcuri and discussed his mission. “Why aren’t we talking to each other?” Williams said he asked Arcuri, according to QNS.com. “As a matter of fact, why aren’t chairs talking to each other? Because we have pretty much many of the same challenges, the same problems in our communities.” Arcuri said he looks forward to more coordination with fellow community boards.

Jamaica Residents Take ‘Worst Landlord’ Nominee to Housing Court for Abuse

Nine residents from 87-40 165th Street in Jamaica are taking their landlord to court, alleging “harassment, intimidation and/or abuse,” according to court documents filed by Legal Aid. The Daily News reports that the suit filed in Queens Housing Court explains that Hillside House, the building management company has pressured tenants to move out of their apartments. There are also rats and roaches crawling through the building, tenants say. Last year, Hillside House appeared on Public Advocate Letitia James’ Worst Landlords List One blind tenant said giving up and moving out would be too challenging for her. “To make any changes, it puts a lot of pressure on me,” she said.

Step to It With Traditional Israeli Folk Dance Sessions Tonight in Flushing

Experience the energy and tradition of Israeli Folk Dancing tonight from 7:30 pm to 10 pm at the Hillcrest Jewish Center on Union Turnpike in Flushing. Hillcrest members pay $9 and non-members pay $10 for admission.

Former Christ the King Hoops Star Alkins Goes Undrafted But Stays Committed

After an impressive career at the University of Arizona, analysts and experts predicted that former Christ the King basketball star Rawle Alkins would be selected in the early-second round during last week’s NBA draft. Unfortunately for Alkins, NBA teams didn’t exactly agree with the experts’ assessment. Alkins went undrafted last week but quickly signed with the Toronto Raptors as a free agent. He will soon begin playing in the NBA summer league. To his credit, Alkins has chosen to remain positive: “It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish!” Alkins wrote on Twitter last night.



LONG READ: A ‘Cruel Birthday Present’ for Immigrant Children: Unaccompanied minors are protected until they turn 18. ICE can arrest them after that. Documented

AND ANOTHER LONG READ: The Legend of Nintendo: With the Switch, the 130-year-old gaming giant has once again turned reports of its demise into Nintendo Mania. Bloomberg Business Week

VIRAL: LGBTQ individuals and allies celebrated their first time participating at NYC Pride

YUM: The diverse and delicious Queens Night Market is open for business this weekend


NATIONAL NEWS: Trump wants to eliminate due process for immigrants crossing the border The New York Times . . . Pentagon considers establishing internment camps for immigrants at two military bases Reuters

FOREIGN DISPATCHES: Turkey’s Recep Erdogan wins reelection CBC. . . Violence among farmers and herders kills 86 in Nigeria BBC


QUEENS SPORTS: AM New York lists the top spots to watch the World Cup in Queens this week. The venues include O Lavrador in Jamaica, Basurero in Astoria and Queens Brewery in Ridgewood


9:30 am to 10:30 am: Mother Goose Time at Forest Hills Library

10 am to 12 pm: Football Fever: Saudi Arabia v. Egypt at Central Library in Jamaica

6 pm to 8 pm: Borough President Melinda Katz hosts ‘Know Your Rights’ Week with free legal screenings at the Jackson Heights Library

7 pm: March to protest Family Separation with Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer in Woodside

7 pm to 8 pm: Intro to Intuitive Eating at Aigner Chocolates in Middle Village

7:15 pm: Community Board 13 meets in Queens Village

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