Drive-by-shooting slays man in Glendale

A passenger was fatally shot when a driver pulled up at a traffic light and opened fire in Glendale, Queens early Friday.

The 25-year-old victim was in the front seat of a Chevy Malibu at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Glendale when a black sedan pulled alongside them just after midnight.

The driver of the Chevy Malibu crashed into a pole following the shooting, but was not injured.
(Photo from ABC7 New York)

After a verbal dispute, the driver of the black sedan opened fire on the other vehicle, hitting the 25-year-old passenger who was later pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

The Malibu then crashed into a pole, but the driver was not injured. The suspect in the sedan fled North via Woodhaven Boulevard.

No arrests were initially made. Anyone with information is urged to contact police

Read more: https://abc7ny.com/queens-shooting-glendale-man-shot-in-nypd/10372101/

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DSNY cracks down on illegal dumping in Liberty Park

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The Department of Sanitation’s Enforcement Division, using information provided by Councilman Bob Holden’s office, has conducted numerous investigations into illegal dumping in Liberty Park in Glendale.

As a result, six offenders were caught over a two-week period.

Illegal dumping is defined as trash bags, construction debris or appliances being left on public or private property. Both the vehicle owner and drivers are legally responsible for dumping.

Fines for the vehicle owner range from $4,000 to $18,000. The vehicle used may be impounded.

“Illegal dumping has been a problem in my district for a very long time because we have a lot of open spaces surrounding parks, cemeteries and railroad trucks,” Holden said. “But the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting budget crisis have made matters even worse.”

Officers conducted surveillance on Cypress Hills Street and watched a vehicle pull in between two large trucks. The driver exited the vehicle, opened the rear passenger side door and dumped one cubic yard of black bags containing household waste and a chandelier.

Another person was seen removing black bags and placing them on the grassy area on Cypress Hills Street.

Two other people were caught illegally dumping a mattress and box spring.

Residents who witness illegal dumping should contact 311 or go here to file a report.

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NYBC holds blood drive at Atlas Park tomorrow

nybc_power1080x1080   New York Blood Center (NYBC) will host a blood drive this tomorrow, August 28, at the Shops at Atlas Park. It will last from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event is part of a series of weekly blood drives each Friday through September 11th. This week, NYBC aims to collect 50 donations, which can serve up to 150 patients. According to NYBC, the organization has collected 722 donations so far this year from blood drives at the Shops at Atlas Park. Extra precautions will be taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms are not eligible to donate. Additional information on donor eligibility and COVID-19 precautions is available here. Before COVID-19, mobile blood drives hosted by high schools, colleges, businesses and other organizations made up about 75% of the region’s incoming blood supply, but the number of blood drives has dropped by two-thirds this year due to the pandemic. Anyone with space available to host a blood drive can sign up nybloodcenter.org.
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Blood drive every Friday at Atlas Park Mall

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You can donate blood every Friday at The Shops at Atlas Park until September 11, 2020.

The demand for red blood cells is increasing as local hospitals resume surgeries, according to the New York Blood Center, making donations more important than ever.

Due to COVID-19, NYBC has implemented safety procedures. As a result, all donors must make an appointment, wear a mask, and come alone.

NYBC says donors should bring their donor ID cards. They should also eat well and drink fluids before donation.

To make an appointment, click the link here.

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Con Ed asks Glendale residents to conserve energy

Photo: Con Edison/ Twitter
Photo: Con Edison/ Twitter

Amid a days-long heat wave, Con Edison is asking customers in Glendale, as well as in Forest Hills and Middle Village to conserve energy while company crews repair equipment.

Con Ed has also reduced voltage by 8 percent in the area, bounded by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and 51st Avenue, the Jackie Robinson Parkway, Queens Boulevard and the Brooklyn borough line, as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as crews make repairs.

This zone houses 116,300 Con Ed customers, many of whom have experienced blackouts since the utilities provider posted its request Monday night.

Customers have been asked “not to use energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, microwaves and, if not needed for health or medical reasons, air conditioners, until the equipment problems are resolved.”

According to Con Ed, the number of power outages in Queens is recorded at 179 as of 3:15 p.m., down from nearly 900 this morning. As of the same hour, the company anticipates service to be restored to these households no later than 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

New Yorkers can report outages, in addition to checking service restoration statuses, at ConEd.com/reportoutage, with the mobile app, or by calling 1-800-75-CONED.

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Free mask giveaway in Glendale this afternoon

Councilman Bob Holden’s office is hosting a free mask giveaway this afternoon.

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of Community Alliance Initiative, located at 60-35 Myrtle Avenue.

Holden’s office says participants should also bring an empty hand sanitizer bottle that can be refilled.

Participants should also wear a mask and practice social distancing during the giveaway.

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Rajkumar leads in Assembly race, Richards on top for Queens BP

Assembly candidate Jenifer Rajkumar is leading the Assembly race for District 38.
Assembly candidate Jenifer Rajkumar is leading the Assembly race for District 38.

Glendale Assemblyman Mike Miller is in the fight of his political career as he trails challenger Jenifer Rajkumar after last night’s primary.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Rajkumar has collected 2,624 votes, or 52 percent, while Miller has only 1,300 votes, or 26.8 percent.

Another challenger, queer poet and activist Joey De Jesus, received 1,108 votes, representing 22 percent of the vote.

Should Rajkumar, an attorney, adjunct professor and former state government official in the Cuomo administration, wins, she would be the first South Asian American elected to the Assembly.

A little more than 5,000 voters cast their ballot in person for this Assembly race, which indicates low voter turnout in a non-presidential cycle. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused even fewer voters to turn out than usual.

Like many other primary races, this contest will not be decided until all of the absentee ballots are counted, which could take more than a week.

Miller has represented the 38th Assembly District, which includes Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Ridgewood, since a special election in 2009.

In the race for Queens borough president, Councilman Donovan Richards is leading all candidates with 41,915 votes, good for 37.2 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting. Richards and Rajkumar cross-endorsed each other in their respective races.

Trailing Donovan is former Glendale Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who has 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

Other Democratic candidates include Councilman Costa Constantinides with 17,164 votes (15 percent), Anthony Miranda with 16,613 votes (14.7 percent) and Dao Yin with 5,028 votes (4.4 percent).

Though Richards is leading by a decent margin, we will wait until all ballots are counted to declare a winner.

The Democratic nominee will likely face Joann Ariola, the Republican’s pick, in the general election in November.

In the 6th Congressional District, which includes Glendale, Congresswoman Grace Meng defeated challenger Melquiades Gagarin and Sandra Choi.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Meng, who is seeking re-election to her fifth term in office, received 15,181 votes, nearly 61 percent of the district.

Gagarin, a progressive activist, won 5,261 votes, or 21 percent. Choi, another first-time candidate, received 4,318 votes, good for 17 percent.

 

Though the district leans heavily Democratic, Meng will still face Republican nominee Thomas Zmich in the general election in November.

State Senator Joe Addabbo, who represents Glendale, did not face a primary challenger.

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Borough president announces appointments to community board

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Acting Borough President Sharon Lee appointed 339 people to serve in Queens’s 14 community boards on Tuesday.

Of the 399 appointees, 76 are first-time members who have never served on the board, but have shown a commitment and understanding to the community’s needs.

The two-year term for these appointees run from May 31, 2020 to March 31, 2022.

The office received 595 applications, including 252 from applicants who had never served on a community board. More than 340 were from those who were reapplying at the end of their 2020 term.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee announced in late March that community board members whose terms end on March 31 would continue for an additional 60 days.

Here are Borough President Lee’s appointments for the 2020-2022 term for Community Board 5, which serves Glendale:

  • Bhubaneshor Adhikari
  • Antonetta Binanti
  • Eric Butkiewicz
  • Robert Cermeli
  • Patricia Crowley
  • Dmytro Fedkowskyj
  • Shawn Fisch
  • Sukh Gurung
  • Frederick Heller
  • Frederick Hoefferle
  • Richard Huber
  • Kinga Kurzyna
  • John Maier
  • Edgar Mantel
  • Eileen Moloney
  • Margaret O’Kane
  • Michael O’Kane
  • Michael Porcelli
  • Kelvin Rodriguez
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Dennis Stephan
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Meng hands out PPE at Glendale Veterans Triangle

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Although the COVID-19 curve has flattened, community members still need to wear face masks, stay six feet apart with social distancing and frequently wash their hands with soap.

Today, Congresswoman Grace Meng, in partnership with Community Board 5, the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol and Glendale Kiwanis, provided 1,000 mask to Glendale residents.

Meng distributed them at the Glendale Veterans Triangle, located at Myrtle Avenue and Cooper Avenue. She also delivered masks to nearby St. Pancras Church.

“As we continue our efforts to combat COVID-19, it is vital that local residents have the PPE they need,” Meng said. “Having a face mask is essential and I encourage other houses of worship in my district to contact my office if they need access to masks.”

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Check out this gallery of the Ridgewood Reservoir

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While programming is shut down for the Ridgewood Reservoir, that doesn’t mean community members can’t engage with this important part of our community.

NYC H2O has curated a new exhibit at the Queens Museum about the reservoir, including an incredible new video.

And while the museum is closed during the pandemic, you can view the online gallery here.

Hopefully, this gallery will inspire you to look forward to visit the reservoir soon!

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