Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, District 14's Democratic Nominee for Congress, high-fives a voter on election day. Photo credit: Corey Torpie

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Wednesday, JUNE 27, 2018

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The Results Are In for the 2018 Congressional Primaries

Queens residents headed to the polls yesterday to choose their party nominees for the 2018 midterm elections. But unlike the other six states that held primaries yesterday, New York separates their state and federal elections. That means New York residents will return to the voting booths in September to vote in the gubernatorial and legislative primaries. Check out our election coverage for more information on who won the high profile races in District 12 and 14.

Queens Condo Construction Reaches Pre-Recession Levels

The boroughwide housing market is booming, at least according to data from the state Attorney General’s Real Estate Finance Bureau. The Real Deal reports that between January and May, developers filed 37 new condo plans for Queens, including a ten-year high of 12 in May. Developers only filed 35 plans in each of the past two years. The current development surge is concentrated around — you guessed it — Long Island City, which has experienced an unprecedented rise in construction over the past decade.

Queens Reps Pen Letter on Behalf of Detained Pizza Deliveryman

Last week, 14 New York lawmakers signed a letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement New York field office director advocating for the release of Pablo Villavicencio, a pizza deliveryman arrested by ICE at the Ft. Hamilton military base. Villavicencio was making a delivery to the base when he failed to provide adequate ID. Security alerted ICE who detained the father of two American citizens. The entire Queens congressional delegation signed onto the letter, along with Sen. Charles Schumer. “Living in the United States, he has dedicated his life to his family — his daughters and wife — whom are all U.S. citizens,” the letter reads. “Mr. Villavicencio’s friends, family and the greater community at large request that he be granted release from custody as he exercises the right to exhaust all his legal options before being removed from the United States.”

Whitestone Tech Whiz Jailed Stealing Catalytic Converters

On Monday, Queens DA Richard Brown announced the sentencing of Whitestone resident Michael Cipriati for stealing more than a dozen catalytic converters from car exhaust systems around the borough last year. “With the price of scrap metal continuing to increase, this mechanically-inclined defendant brazenly stole the parts and then sold them to a recycling facility in the Bronx for cash,” Brown said in a statement. “The sentence imposed today is warranted.” Cipriati received a one-year jail sentence.

An Elderly Driver Struck and Killed a Teen at a Whitestone Crosswalk

Another fatal car crash Monday claimed the life of a pedestrian, this time a high school student. A woman driving southbound on Utopia Parkway near 16th Avenue in Whitestone struck and killed a 17-year-old at a crosswalk outside P.S. 209, police told NBC4. Victim Madeline Shershen, a Flushing resident, was pronounced dead at Queens New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The driver has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian, running a red light and failing to exercise due care while driving, police said. “It’s a teenager, and she ended up losing her life,” one resident told NBC4. “It’s something very, very sad.”

It’s Independence Day in Bayside!

Borough President Melinda Katz joins residents of Bayside for the annual Bayside Historical Society Independence Celebration this evening from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. The early Independence Day event takes place at Fort Totten Park, located at Totten Ave. and 15th Road in Bayside. The event will feature various food vendors, a free concert and, of course, a fireworks display beginning at 9:15 pm.

Unwind Tonight at LIC’s First Beer and Cheese Night

What better way to relax on hump day than by imbibing some brew and brie or by pairing a log of gruyere with a lager beer? Tonight at 7 pm, do just that by joining award-winning cheesemaker Jessica Affatato at Long Island City’s Beer Project. The event will feature a night of great craft beer and tasty — but not Kraft — cheese. Tickets cost $40.

Experience Dynamic Pianist Gabriel Guerrero and His Latin Jazz Trio

Tonight at 9:30 pm, Gabriel Guerrero and his trio take the stage at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst for a night of jazz-infused classical piano. The band combines jazz, classical music and Latin rhythm for a sound that gets audiences moving. “Gabriel Guerrero is blessed with a masterful musical intellect,” the Latin Jazz Network raves. “This enables him to form gorgeous melodic ideas that seemingly appear out of nowhere to captivate the heart and mind of the listener.”

Photo Credit: Corey Torpie

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