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QUEENS TODAY

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018

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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday! It’s the 151st day of the year, the last day of May and the first day as college grads for the Queens College Class of 2018. Queens college will hold its commencement ceremony this morning at 9 am. Good news for Queens: State Comptroller DiNapoli says the borough’s economy is “booming,” the mayor’s office invites residents to an annual Iftar In the City dinner and St. John’s hoops star Shamorie Ponds will rejoin the Red Storm. Artists and urban planners talk clean water at the Knockdown Center, Far Rockaway has two new landmarks and the UAW backs Ramos over Peralta. A disgraced Queens teacher gets six months for sexting a student and a new medical marijuana dispensary is coming to Forest Hills.

THE IMPRINT: The Post brands Roseanne “Rosie the Bigoter” after her latest racist tweet.

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THE QUEENS RUNDOWN

Queens College Commencement Honors the Class of 2018

The Queens College Class of 2018 will receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony at the Campus Quadrangle at 9 am this morning. MacArthur Genius grant recipient and Queens College alumna Cristina Jiménez Moreta will deliver the commencement address. Moreta founded the immigrants’ rights organization United We Dream.

‘The Queens Economy Is Booming,’ State Comptroller Says

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli visited Queens Borough Hall last week to deliver some good news: “The Queens economy is booming.” DiNapoli’s office recently completed a report outlining the borough’s population and employment growth. Since 1980, Queens’ population has soared by 25 percent thanks in large part to immigration. Today, 1.1 million immigrants live in Queens — a figure that comprises 47% of the borough’s population. Last year, the Queens private sector set an employment record. “This is a historic time for the borough,” DiNapoli said.

Far Rockaway Firehouse and Police Station Are NYC’s Newest Historic Landmarks

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has named the city’s latest batch of historic landmarks and two Far Rockaway institutions made the cut. The commission officially landmarked the Far Rockaway Firehouse on Central Avenue and the 101st Precinct on Mott Avenue. The two buildings are “outstanding examples of early 20th-century civic buildings and represent a period of significant growth in Far Rockaway,” LPC said.

Artists Talk Toxicity and ‘Treatment’ at the Knockdown Center’s Clean Water Installation

Artist Nicholas O’Brien will talk with Margot Walker, the director of Green Infrastructure Planning for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, tonight at the Knockdown Center in Ridgewood. O’Brien developed the art installation “Treatment: The Plan For Rain,” which reimagines the city’s approach to stormwater management. He and Walker will discuss the city’s sustainable infrastructure projects at the free event beginning at 7 pm.

UAW Backs Ramos Over Peralta in Jackson Heights Senate Primary

The United Auto Workers Union Region 9A announced that it has endorsed challenger Jessica Ramos over incumbent ex-IDC member Jose Peralta in the Democratic primary for State Senate. “Jessica is a labor champion who has advocated for good union jobs and fought to preserve benefits for workers across the state,” the UAW Region 9A said. The UAW, which represents about 50,000 retired and active members throughout the northeast and Puerto Rico, had initially supported Peralta, who resumed caucusing with mainline Democrats when the IDC dissolved in April.

St. John’s Hoops Star Shamorie Ponds Will Return to the Red Storm

St. John’s star guard Shamorie Ponds has decided to return to the Red Storm for his junior year. As a sophomore last season, Ponds averaged 21 points per game, including a career-high 44 points against Marquette, but he was not invited the NBA Draft Combine last month. The exclusion seemed to indicate that teams do not yet consider him a viable NBA prospect.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Set to Open in Forest Hills

Pot is a hot topic in New York City these days. While local lawmakers debate whether to legalize recreational use, medical marijuana continues to expand statewide. Earlier this week, the company Curaleaf New York announced that it will open a new medical marijuana dispensary on 70th Rd. in Forest Hills. The store will join Vireo Health in Elmhurst as the borough’s only two dispensaries.

Disgraced Math Teacher Gets 6 Months for Sexting Student

A judge sentenced Ridgewood math teacher Michael Cognato, 35, to six months in prison after he was convicted of exchanging sexually explicit photographs with a 15-year-old former student. Cognato “preyed on this young student whom he had once been entrusted to teach,” said Queens DA Richard Brown. Brown urged parents to monitor their children’s correspondence and social media behavior.

Mayor’s Office Hosts Third Annual Iftar Ceremony in Jackson Heights

The NYC Commission on Human Rights, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs invite New Yorkers of all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate the third annual Iftar In the City event tonight at 7 pm in Jackson Heights. Iftar is a meal shared by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.

Prove You ‘Don’t Forget Puerto Rico’ at This Bar Benefit

The bar Bad Old Days on Woodbine Street in Ridgewood will host a benefit to raise money for victims of Hurricane Maria tonight from 6 pm to 2 am. The event, entitled “Don’t Forget Puerto Rico,” takes place at a crucial moment: New reports reveal that up to 4,600 Puerto Ricans died as a result of the devastating hurricane and the government’s slow relief response. And some Puerto Ricans still lack electricity eight months after the storm. Bar owners ask that attendees donate just $3.

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STAFF PICKS

LONG READ: De Blasio Emails Shed Light on how ‘Affordable Housing’ is Packaged for the Press — via City Limits

ANOTHER LONG READ: A handy pronunciation guide for New York’s most confusing political names — via City & State

VIRAL: “Racism is not a known side effect,” says Ambien spokesperson after Roseanne Barr blamed the medication for her racist joke.

YUM: Shaved Ice Cream Shop Snowdays Will Open in Bayside This Summer

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NATIONAL NEWS:  Trump will meet with high-ranking North Korean official in New York — via NPR) . . . Hurricane Maria death toll may be more than 4,600 — via CNN . . . MGM bought Empire City and Yonkers Raceway — via LoHud.com

FOREIGN DISPATCHES: ‘Murdered’ Russian journalist is actually alive and well — via BBC . . . Irish PM apologizes to 126 people illegally adopted decades ago — via The Guardian

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN QUEENS TONIGHT, MAY 29     

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Queens College Commencement Details

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM: New York Real Estate Summit in Bayside Details

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Queens Borough President’s Women’s Power Networking Workshop Details

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Queens Borough President’s Parent Advisory Board Discusses School Safety Details

6:00 PM to 2:00 AM: Don’t Forget Puerto Rico benefit in Ridgewood Details

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Mayor’s Office Hosts Third Annual Iftar in the City event in Jackson Heights Details

7:00 PM: Treatment — Conversations with artists Nicholas O’Brien and Margot Walker at the Knockdown Center Details

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM: Square Deal Business Roundtable Meets in Bellerose Details

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QUEENS SPORTS: The 9 nominees for NYC’s Worst Soccer Field include 3 Queens Parks . . . Hoops Star Shamorie Ponds withdrew from the NBA Draft and will return to St. John’s

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MILESTONES

Happy Birthday to Clint Eastwood, Brooke Shields, Colin Farrell, John Bonham, South Jamaica’s Waka Flocka Flame, Joe Namath, Nate Robinson, Azealia Banks, Tom Berenger, and Darryl McDaniels

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