State Sen. Leroy Comrie will host a series of foreclosure assistance legal clinics for residents inside his office. Photo courtesy of NY Senate

Comrie to Host Foreclosure Legal Clinic for Residents

State Sen. Leroy Comrie will host a series of legal assistance clinics for residents facing foreclosure at his office on Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. The workshops will take place on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After a recent report revealed a high rate of foreclosures in Queens, Comrie announced that he will host a legal clinic at his St. Alban’s office.

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Queens County Criminal Court // Eagle photo by Andy Katz

A Slice of Life on a Busy Day at the Courthouse

With summer over and the weather getting colder, normal life has resumed in Queens. Look no further than the long lines stretching from the metal detectors at the criminal courthouse for evidence.

“We’re busy today,” said employee wearing a Department of Citywide Administrative Services lanyard as he carried a plate stacked with bagels through the hallway and onto an elevator.

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In a 2016 photo, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew leaves a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Community House Honors ex-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew, who has deep roots in Queens, is returning to his home borough next month to pick up an award from a leading community organization.

The Queens Community House will present Lew, a Forest Hills natice, with an award at its Strengthening Neighborhoods Inspiring Change Gala set to take place at the Museum of The Moving Image in Astoria on Oct. 23.

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Council Members Costa Constantinides called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to factor rising sea levels into Photo courtesy of Costa Constantinides

Constantinides Urges Corps of Engineers to Factor Rising Sea Levels

Council Member Costa Constantinides, chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the existing proposals to protect New York City against confounding storm surges, which currently don’t account for sea levels rising at an alarming pace.

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Maker Faire 2012 featured a fiery volcano. Photo by Jennifer Morrow.

World Maker Faire Coming to Flushing Meadows

The East Coast’s largest celebration of invention, creativity and curiosity is making its way to Queens later this month, bringing the “Maker Movement” within walking distance of the No. 7 train.

The New York Hall of Science, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, will host The World Maker Faire on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, featuring everything from an exhibit on sustainable architecture to a live presentation hosted by Adam Savage, the former host of “Mythbusters,” as well as other special events that are sure to delight the borough’s tech heads.

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The Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station in Jackson Heights, a neighborhood with one of the city’s highest rates of turnstile arrests per MetroCard swipe. Photo by Harrison Leong.

Marshall Project Report Reveals Racial Disparities in Subway Arrests

Predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Queens are still a target for fare-beating arrests, despite a push for decriminalization from local leaders, according to a report published by a criminal justice watchdog published on Wednesday.

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris of Astoria. Photo courtesy of Michael Gianaris.

Gianaris Bill Mandates More Frequent Lead Testing at Schools and Parks

State Sen. Michael Gianaris introduced a bill on Sept. 4 that would mandate more frequent lead inspections of sinks and water fountains at schools and — for the first time — parks across the state.

The proposed legislation comes after NYCHA revealed that at least 1160 children have tested positive for lead poisoning after encountering lead-contaminated paint in their apartments. Lead paint chips have flaked off stanchions along the No. 7 line and cities throughout the country — most notably Flint, Michigan — have grappled with lead contamination in their water infrastructure.

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Tribute Park in Rockaway Park, hosts a 9/11 memorial event this morning. Photo by Richard Santaga, Friends of Tribute Park via nyc.gov

Memorials Around Queens Honor 9/11 Victims This Week

Today, memorials throughout the borough will unite Queens residents and seek to remember the friends, loved ones, neighbors and colleagues who died.

Here are a few events taking place this week:

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The flag that draped Captain William Harry Thompson’s body when he was taken from ground zero and his official shield and the jewelry that was recovered with him. Photo courtesy of Joseph Baccellieri

Court Officers Honor Colleagues Who Died on 9/11

Seventeen years ago, court officers working out of the Manhattan criminal courts complex or the Beaver Street training academy heard that two planes had collided with the World Trade Center towers and sprang into action.

More than twenty officers ran into the building to rescue victims of the attack on Sept. 11, 2011. Three didn’t make it out.

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Hurricane Florence is projected to make landfall in the Carolinas Late Thursday or early Friday, according to projections by NOAA on Monday. Map and data courtesy of NOAA.

Hurricane Florence: Queens Will Likely Dodge the Big One

We may have lucked out: It’s unlikely that Hurricane Florence will have any major effect on New York City’s weather, according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Tom Kines.

But as always when it comes to the weather, “You gotta keep one eye open,” he told the Queens Daily Eagle.

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