Queens County Criminal Court // Eagle photo by David Brand

Queens DA Race Heats Up With Lasak Resignation

In the days since Queens Criminal Court Justice Gregory Lasak decided to step down from his position effective Sept. 14, the race for district attorney has begun to heat up.

The decision to leave the Supreme Court bench enables Lasak to begin fundraising ahead of a potential candidacy for Queens County District Attorney in 2019. As of press time, Lasak did not respond to requests for comment.

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Katz and Coalition Help Homeless Go Back to School

The Coalition for the Homeless is holding its annual “Project: Back to School” drive to collect backpacks and other school supplies for children in need until Aug. 30 and they are getting an assist from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Katz has encouraged Queens residents to stop by Borough Hall in Kew Gardens to drop off donated items.

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Katz (left) met with activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11. Hogg and Gonzalez survived a shooting inside at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and have galvanized movements to limit access to guns and to promote civic engagement among young people. Twitter photo courtesy of Melinda Katz.

On Target for a Cure: The Strength of a Public Health Response to Gun Violence in America

Rethink gun violence not simply as a criminal justice issue, but as a public health issue that needs a public health response. Here in Queens and at select sites across New York, we’ve been doing exactly that, treating gun violence not simply as a crime to be prevented, but more realistically as a disease to be cured. And the outcome data are clear—this approach is the solution that works.

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Katz (left) met with activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11. Hogg and Gonzalez survived a shooting inside at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and have galvanized movements to limit access to guns and to promote civic engagement among young people. Twitter photo courtesy of Melinda Katz.

Seen in Queens: Borough President Melinda Katz Meets Parkland Survivors

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (left) met with school shooting survivor-turned-activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11.

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Legal Aid attorneys Melissa Ader and Emma Goodman explain the conviction sealing law. Eagle photo by Andy Katz

25 Took First Step to Second Chance at LIFE Camp

Roughly 25 Queens residents visited Life Camp in Jamaica to take the first step toward a second chance Monday night.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Legal Aid Society hosted the first installment of “Know Your Rights Week,” a series of confidential workshops to help New Yorkers with certain 10-year-old, non-violent convictions apply to have their records sealed under a 2017 state law.

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Local leaders break ground on Steinway Library’s new accessibility project. The attendees included Council Member Costa Constantinides (far left), Queens Library President Dennis Walcott (second from left), State Sen. Michael Gianaris (third from left) and Borough President Melinda Katz (fourth from left). // Photo Courtesy of DDC

New Accessibility Project Will Finally Open Steinway Library To All Astorians

A library in Astoria will finally open up to people with disabilities. And you can put that in the books.

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A flyer for Borough President Melinda Katz’s Know Your Rights Week designed to help people with 10-year old convictions get their records sealed. // Courtesy of the Borough President’s Office

DAs, Attorneys Work to Seal Convictions But Statute Is Limited, Leading Lawyer Says

David Brand An attorney championing record-sealing for individuals with past convictions said the state’s sealing law has two major problems,

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