Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Catalina Cruz and advocates for more women in office rallied in Diversity Plaza Sunday. Photo courtesy of Amplify Her.

Jackson Heights Event ‘Amplifies’ Voices of Women Running For Office

With just a few left before Thursday’s primary election, women candidates from Queens joined more than 100 supporters at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday to demonstrate their support for progressive women running for office.

The event was hosted by Amplify Her, an organization created to address women’s underrepresentation in the New York City’s elected offices.

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The hone at at 33-13 98th Street in Jackson Heights.//Map data: Google.

Landlords Hit With Major Fines For Illegal Transient Conversions

Two Queens landlords were hit with major penalties totaling tens of thousands of dollars for the illegal conversion and transient use of their buildings.

The Department of Buildings issued their monthly enforcement action bulletin last week and two of the largest fines went to Queens property owners.

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NYC Council Member Francisco Moya // Eagle photo by Andy Katz

Eagle-Eyed Lawmakers Spot 7 Train Gang Tag

A jailhouse gang tag caught the eye of two Queens lawmakers in a Corona subway station Friday.

Council Member Francisco Moya and Assembly Member Ari Espinal spotted a graffiti tag for Sureños 13, a U.S. prison gang affiliated with Mexican drug cartels, on the side of a 7 train car in the 111th Street train station.

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Pablo Villavicencio leans out of an SUV while talking to reporters after being released from the Hudson County Correctional Facility, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Kearny, N.J. A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Villavicencio, an Ecuadorean immigrant who was being held at the facility for deportation after he delivered pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty said Villavicencio can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to try to gain legal status. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

College Point Pizza Man Released After 53 Days In Detention Hell

College Point pizza delivery man Pablo Villavicencio returned to his wife and two children Tuesday evening after a federal judge ordered his release from immigrant detention.

Villavicencio spent 53 days in a New Jersey jail cell following an arrest at the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn for an outstanding deportation order. Villavicencio was delivering food to the base when military police stopped him and demanded he show identification. The guards used his IDNYC to conduct a background check and discovered the deportation order. They then alerted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who arrested Villavicencio.

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An angry constituent confronts State. Sen Jose Peralta over his defection to the IDC at a town hall meeting in 2017//Eagle photo by David Brand.

Court and Election Board Demand Queens IDC Members Return Campaign Cash

The New York State Board of Elections has instructed members of the Independent Democratic Conference, including two Queens senators, to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations they received ahead of the September 13 party primaries.

The group of eight Democrats, included State Sen. Jose Peralta and State Sen. Tony Avella from Queens, agreed to caucus with the Republicans starting in 2011. Their collaboration with the Republicans shifted the balance of the 63-member chamber and ensured a GOP majority.

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Louis Armstrong, an American legend and longtime Corona resident // Courtesy the Louis Armstrong House Museum

Action Bronson, Soul Rebels Headline Ode to Satchmo

By Jonathan Sperling Queens will again see trees of green. Red roses, too. On Saturday afternoon, the Kupferberg Center for

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