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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Bayside Torturer Gets 10 Years for Kidnapping Housekeeper

A Bayside man was sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping his housekeeper and torturing her. His wife received five years probation for her participation. On Tuesday, Justice Robert Kohm handed down the sentences for Devanand Lachman, 35, and Ambar Lachman, 35, who kidnapped and abused their housekeeper after accusing her of stealing from their home.

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A 1942 photo shows Heinrich Himmler, center left, shaking hands with new guard recruits at the Trawniki concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, the same camp where Jackson Heights resident Jakiw Palij trained and served as a guard. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and AP

Nazi Camp Guard Deported From Jackson Heights

The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his Jackson Heights home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, following years of efforts to remove him from the United States.

The deportation of the 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past.

“Justice demands that every person be held accountable for their actions,” the Brandeis Association said in a statement to the Queens Daily Eagle. “The heinous crimes of the Nazi regime are not washed away by the passage of time. The Brandeis Association commends the commitment of the U.S.  Department of Justice to the rule of law. We must never relent in pursuing justice for victims of the Holocaust.”

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Barros’ daughter Eileen holds a sign that says “Give me back my dad” as she stands with Council Member Francisco Moya and demonstrators on the steps of City Hall Friday. Photo courtesy of Francisco Moya.

Judge Halts Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

A federal judge issued a stay of deportation for Edisson Barros, a Maspeth taxi driver and father of two, just hours before he was scheduled to be deported, according to Telemundo and attorneys from Legal Aid.

Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and was first scheduled to be deported more than a week ago, but he was instead transferred to a jail in Louisiana to await the final decision.

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A vacant factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale is the potential site of a new homeless shelter. Eagle Photo by David Brand

Glendale Residents Raise Money To Fight Shelter For Poorest New Yorkers

Glendale and Middle Village residents are raising money to block a potential homeless shelter for the city’s poorest residents — even before the city has issued an official proposal.

A group of residents calling themselves the Glendale Middle Village Coalition has raised more than $8,500 through a GoFundMe page in a mission they say is not aimed at opposing homeless people but is designed to denounce Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strategy for housing the homeless.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. Photo courtesy of Claire R. Thomas.

Freezing Out Immigrants: The Denial of Due Process in New York State Courts

Frequent raids on immigrant communities and deaths in immigration detention centers, the call to “Abolish ICE” has gained momentum nationwide.

In part, the movement is informed by the situations in state courthouses, where the presence of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents can instill fear in noncitizens and discourage them from seeking legal services they are entitled to or even notifying the police when they are in danger.

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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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Norman Seabrook, center, president of the New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, was convicted of corruption in federal court Wednesday. AP File Photo by Mary Altaffer

Once Mighty Boss of Rikers’ Officer Union Convicted of Corruption

A former union boss who was once regarded as the king of New York City’s jails may be headed to federal prison after a jury convicted him of corruption charges Wednesday.

The Manhattan jury returned its verdict against Norman Seabrook months after another jury deadlocked on the charges against the former head of the union representing guards at Rikers Island.

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Julie Stoil Fernandez is a co-founding partner of Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, which specializes in elder law. Photo courtesy of Julie Stoil Fernandez

Op-Ed: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Examples of abuse and predation are prevalent in Queens. Every day scammers and schemers target senior citizens as well as younger people with impaired cognition.

Individuals who fail to plan for their own potential impairments diminished capabilities also face future consequences.

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Fresh Meadows native Dan Bedoya, who once played for the Red Bulls Academy team, signed with NYCFC last week. Photo by E. Lopez.

Fresh Meadows, SJU Soccer Star Signs With NYCFC

Dan Bedoya moved from Colombia when he was only 8 years-old, but he quickly made a name for himself while attending Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows.

As a standout senior, he played a key role in the school’s 54-match win streak, which garnered him attention from several colleges before he eventually selected St. John’s University.

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