Clinton Correction Facility in Dannemora, NY. // Wikimedia Commons

CUNY Defenders Go Where Most Lawyers Rarely Venture

The drive to Dannemora, the upstate hamlet that contains the Clinton Correctional Facility, can take seven hours. The ride to Attica can take eight.

But those distances don’t stop students in the CUNY Law Criminal Defense Clinic from gassing up their cars and heading to the Canadian border to meet with the clients they represent, says clinic director Steven Zeidman.

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Ronald Giallanzo's mansion in Howard Beach // Photo courtesy of DOJ

Jig Is Up For Howard Beach Bonanno Family Loan Shark

Ronald “Ronnie G” Giallanzo, a Howard Beach loanshark and Bonnano family captain, will have to pay a $1.25 million penalty and sell his Howard Beach mansion as part of a sentence handed down in Brooklyn’s federal court Wednesday.

Giallanzo was also sentenced to 14 years in prison for his involvement in a racketeering conspiracy that lasted from 1998 to 2017.

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Hallie Geier, 11, (left) died after being struck by a car in Sunnyside, but her life has inspired a the “A Better World Festival” in Sunnyside Saturday. Photo courtesy of QEDC.

Sunnyside Family Turns Tragedy Into Hope for ‘A Better World’

A Better World Festival, which takes place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Bliss Plaza, honors the life of Hallie Geier, a 11-year-old who died after being struck by an SUV in front of her Sunnyside home in 2004.

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Attorney Neda Melamed, co-chair of the Brandeis Association’s Committee on Anti-Semitism and a former President of the Brandeis Association. Photo courtesy of Neda Melamed.

Brandeis Association Confronts Resurgent Anti-Semitism

Amid the rise of such brazen anti-semitism in Queens and the rest of the U.S., the Brandeis Association continues to confront hatred and stand up for the Jewish community through advocacy and education initiatives.

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Commuters cram inside a hot subway car. AP Photo by Mary Altaffer

Heat Wave Boils Queens Subway Stations

Temperatures inside the subway system’s underground stations have always been hot in the summer, but last week’s heat wave made people take notice.

So too did the sweat-soaked straphangers stranded on the Manhattan-bound L train platform in the Myrtle-Wyckoff station, located in Ridgewood, for nearly 20 minutes because of delays.

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Tour de Flushing participants concluded their ride at the historic Quaker Meeting House last year. Photo courtesy of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.

Tour de Flushing Comes to Queens — No Yellow Jersey Required

On Sunday, Flushing will be the hottest cycling spot this side of France.

The second annual Tour de Flushing cycling extravaganza kick off at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. joins NYLAG attorneys during a recent visit by NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center. Photo courtesy of Joseph Addabbo’s office

Addabbo and NYLAG Team Up To Counsel Rockaway Residents

Next month, a mobile legal center will pull up to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and provide free legal assistance to peninsula residents. It one of the latest Queens stops for the innovative van.

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The Queens House of Detention sits vacant but will factor into the city's plan to close Rikers // nyc.gov

Queens House of Detention Set to Re-Open As Rikers Closes

The vacant Queens House of Detention is one step closer to re-opening as a key component of the city’s plan to shutter Rikers Island.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers. The Queens jail will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue, the site of the vacant House of Detention, which closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2002.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers.

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‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Wall Street’ star Sean Young was questioned by the NYPD after the alleged theft of two laptops. // AP Photo

‘Blade Runner’ Star’s Alleged Laptop Theft Was Publicity Stunt

The laptops are back.

Actress Sean Young was accused of stealing two laptops from an Astoria movie production company that recently fired her, but by Wednesday, the devices appeared at her attorney’s office in Manhattan.

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Joaquin Guzmán (center in blue), known as El Chapo, waves to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro (right) while Andrea Goldbarg (left) and U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan look on. // Court sketch by Shirley and Andrea Shepard

Judge Nixed Trial Move For Drug Kingpin El Chapo

By Rob Abruzzese Queens Daily Eagle Federal court judge Brian Cogan ruled against a motion by the defense of Mexican

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