Does Crowley live in northern Virginia or Woodside?

Joseph Crowley

On Friday, the NY Post had an “exclusive” claiming that Rep. Joseph Crowley, who represents Sunnyside and Woodside (and is also the Queens Democratic party boss), spends most of his time in D.C. to the point that his wife and children live in Arlington, Virginia: “The Crowleys live in an expansive home in the leafy Washington suburb of Arlington, Va., where his three kids attend the community’s nationally renowned public schools — shunning New York City’s educational system, property records show.”

However on Sunday night, in response to the NY Post story, Crowley said his primary residence is NOT in a Washington, D.C., suburb but in Woodside.

Speaking at a forum on global nonviolence on Sunday, Crowley, who is required by federal law to live in his home district when running for election, said he lives in Queens and always has.

“I live in Queens, I live in Woodside,” said Crowley, according to the news outlet WNYC. “I have lived in Queens for my entire life, actually, so I can’t plan to move to back to where I already live.”

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly

42 Responses to Does Crowley live in northern Virginia or Woodside?

  1. Funnyside

    It doesn't really matter. Most DC pols live in the bizarro universe.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  2. sunnysider

    It is really a double standard. His kids in my opinon should attend school in ny. He is here enouigh to represent here. He needs to be in dc to work in washington. Why not due everythng here in queens and just go to dc when you need to.

    Should be a law? How about that?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  3. Me

    LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! All of the Crowleys lie like crazy

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  4. Rocky Balboa

    Crowley looks down on those of us who actually live here and whose kids go to school here. Can't we finally get rid of him? He has no connection to Queens as his kids go to school in Virginia. He got caught with his pants down. I hope he has a primary from somebody who actually lives here.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  5. Rocky Balboa

    Note the quote "I live in Queens, I live in Woodside" - not with those Virginia license plates, Crowley! What a phony! Kick him out! Now!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  6. Neighborhood Observer

    Thanks for the story, Sunnyside Post, I would have missed it. Does he really have Virginia plates? Do other congress people move their entire families? If he lives here, what is his address? I've never seen him around town.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  7. pomme1200

    He works in Washington, DC. That is where he is required to spend most of his time to represent his district. Some in Congress move their families near DC, so they can see their kids not just on weekends. It's a personal choice. Crowley is at many events in Queens, since I see him around. His office responds very promptly to any call I've made. What's the problem? He maintains a residence in Queens.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  8. Raquel

    He "maintains a residence in Queens' - yeah, like I maintain a residence in the Bahamas! He does not live here. He lives in Virginia and he is an anomaly in that most congressmen do not move their families to the DC area. I guess the Woodside neighborhood is not good enough for the Crowley brood. His car has Virginia plates. Kick him out, please! He is "at many events in Queens". Yes, and I am "at many events in South America" - when I go on vacation! I guess somebody from his office felt the need to defend him.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  9. David Brown

    I'll stay out of the debate on whether or not Congressmen should move their families, as frankly I don't really care either way... It's how they vote that matters to me.

    What is pretty clear is the choice of timing on this article. This "leaking" to the Post within dayd of the Democrats selecting Weprin to run for Weiner's seat is no accident. I imagine the GOP will try and paint him as an illegitimate insider candidate (meanwhile the Republican candidate will have been selected in the same manner.)

    Again I'm making no judgements here (I don't know much about Weprin, nor do I live in that district), it's just interesting to watch how the game is played.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  10. Raquel

    Crowley was handpicked by Manton. Manton is probably turning in his grave over the way Crowley has turned out. Manton was a former police officer and a staunch pro lifer. Crowley is an avid supporter of abortion on demand. Manton stuck to his guns on the life issue. Crowley may maintain a home here for the sake of appearances, but that is as far as it goes. He and his family live in Virginia and his kids go to school there.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  11. Funnyside

    Term limits!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  12. Raquel

    Funnyside, you are correct! Term limit all of them - make them get REAL JOBS!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  13. Funnyside

    raquel...

    career politicians are like royalty - they're not capable of anything but lecturing, primping, preening and spending your hard earned money like it was nothing. Most of them could not run a lemonade stand on a hot august day.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  14. Raquel

    Funnyside for congress! Somebody who gets it!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  15. sunnysider

    Raquel why not run for brammers seat in 2 years you sound very into carng about our town

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  16. David Brown

    We have term limits, it's called voting. It happens every two years.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  17. Raquel

    David, incumbency has its privileges: most people are sheep, especially Democrats in NYC. The Democratic party has created a base that depends on it for their survival.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  18. sartke

    He could live in Australia for all I care, as long as he supported Queens-interests in Congress. The fact that we have a relatively influential Congressperson is something we should be happy about.

    David Brown is right in that this is not news - you can't 'leak' something that was already freely available information. This is a political ad, not a news story.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  19. Raquel

    Sartke, Cowley is not happy at being exposed as living in Virginia. He does not understand the needs of his constituents, those pesky people who pay taxes and send their kids to schools in WOODSIDE, something he clearly does not do. He is "influential" in a negative way. He is a demagogue and an elitist phony who disdains the people whom he "represents". He does not support Queens' interests in in Congress.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  20. John K. Wilson

    I don't understand what the point of this story is; as a member of Congress, of course he lives in DC...that's where his job is. His family lives with him? His children go to school there? I should hope so. It is a given that he has an address in Woodside; if he didn't, his opposition would take steps to remove him from office on that basis, and, that hasn't happened. (For the record, I think we can do much better than Joe Crowley as our rep in Congress...Marvin Jeffcoat comes to mind; but that's another story.)

    Secondly, as it has come up, I am AGAINST "term limits", too. As "David Brown" indicates, we already have term limits; they are called "terms". Being for term limits, to me, is like saying, "I can't be inconvenienced to participate in my democracy; please do it for me." I reject that.

    As "Raquel" points out, incumbents do have many advantages in their efforts to remain in office (believe me, I know). Replacing them is very difficult. But, so what? That's the deal. If we don't like the manner that our elected officials represent us, the only option is to get involved, with your neighbors, and work to replace them. That can mean running for office one's self (as I have done/am doing), or, working for someone else who is. Political involvement can be fun; but, mostly, it is a tedious slog. Sometimes, some of your neighbors, who approve of the status quo, may attack your character (as "sartke" has done to me...he calls me a "political wacko") So what? That's deal. Just because a thing is difficult doesn't mean that we shouldn't attempt it. Democracy, in our Republic, ain't necessarily pretty.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  21. John K. Wilson

    ...should read, "that THE deal"

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  22. Neighborhood Observer

    It is too tough a game for me. But thanks John K. Wilson for participating.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  23. sartke

    Raquel, I'm not gonna bother. Please seek professional help.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  24. sartke

    And yes, term limits don't need to exist in a democracy. If we can't trust our own decision making capability, what's the point of even voting?

    In addition, congresspeople need to learn how to legislate and they need to be specialists on certain issues due to committees/local issues/etc. Putting up someone new every 2 years is a good way to ensure that we'll be electing people who don't have the political influence to get anything substantial for Queens and who don't have an in-depth grasp on the issues or political process.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  25. Raquel

    Sartke - get professional help yourself - even unprofessional help - you need it! Term limits stop political corruption - Charles Rangel comes to mind as does JOE CROWLEY - and he lives in Virginia!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  26. Raquel

    Mr. Wilson: it is the INCUMBENCY PROTECTION RACKET that needs to be stopped and the answer is term limits - for everybody!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  27. Raquel

    Congress is a part time job - Crowley can actually LIVE in Woodside and commute to D.C. but obviously he prefers the tony Arlington area to his poor unfortunate neighbors in Woodside! And you can imagine what he thinks of the Woodside schools! He got caught and he doesn't like it. too bad!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  28. Angus Grieve-Smith

    Lots of Woodside residents have cars registered in Virginia, Florida or North Carolina, just look at the plates. It's an insurance scam. We could take care of it if we had residential parking permits.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  29. Funnyside

    If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  30. Queens is the new Brooklyn is the New Manhattan

    I still can't figure out if Raquel is a man or a woman. Sounds like a woman's name but most likely Raquel is a man.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  31. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrotter

    Raquel

    You are a fine and dandy pro-Life Lady and it's a JOY to read your comments here

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  32. Funnyside

    Queens is the new....whatever....

    Mostly likely you are a d-bag.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  33. David Brown

    "If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?"

    I think the general idea is that the executive branch is occupied by an individual, which could lead to an overwhelming accumulation of national power. While the legislative branch is greater in numbers, preventing one individual from accumulating too much power over national affairs.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  34. 43rd@43rd

    "If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?"

    Even the mayor of NYC has term limits... right? ;D

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  35. Funnyside

    Re: term limits....

    Let me put it like this.

    Politicians and a baby's diaper need to be changed frequently and for the exact same reason.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  36. John K. Wilson

    Raquel,
    I agree that the "INCUMBENCY PROTECTION RACKET" needs to be stopped; but, I believe that you are wrong on the necessity of term "limits", for the reasons that I stated above. "Term Limits" are yet another government intrusion into what we are allowed to do: who we can elect...and who we can't. And, we already HAVE the POWER! Just go to the polls...and vote for someone else!

    You may remember that Benjamin Franklin was asked, by a citizen/onlooker, as he left the Constitutional Convention, "What kind of Government have you given us?" Franklin said, "We have given the people a Republic...IF they can keep it."

    How do we keep it?
    Get educated. Get passionate. Get involved. Get busy.

    BTW...Raquel, I don't think you are a bigot. I think you take a great deal more heat than is necessary from those who disagree with you. Some of your opponents here on these posts are just natural-born jerks; and, some others, who are your opponents, are obviously good people, with an opposing view, who have an adverse chemical reaction to your "in your face" style.
    I say, just keep being yourself. You provoke a great deal of thought, and force others to refine their thinking.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  37. John K. Wilson

    sartke,

    How gratified I was to see that you'd written,

    "...term limits don't need to exist in a democracy. If we can't trust our own decision making capability, what's the point of even voting?"

    But, my pleasure was short-lived; in the next sentence, you write of the "need" for "congresspeople" to "be specialists on certain issues...."
    Really?

    Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, did not speak of "Government, of the SPECIALISTS, for the SPECIALISTS, by the SPECIALISTS"; he spoke of "Government...of...for...and by...the PEOPLE." And, the type of "specialization" that you speak of the need for would almost certainly change over time...and would probably change in less than two years. In that instance, would we replace our "specialist congresspeople" with yet newer "specialist congresspeople" when a need for a new "specialization" arose? Who would make these determinations? If "specialists" are "needed" in Congress, do we need "specialist voters", too. Aren't we supposed to "trust our own decision making capability"?

    sartke, you have revealed yourself as an Elitist. Many Liberals are; they believe that only they have the brainpower to "help" and/or "save" others. I reject this nonsense. Virtually all people will make better decisions for themselves than any government can..or will...make for them. Damn Elitism, and damn Big Government.

    William F. Buckley once (famously) remarked that he would much rather be governed by the first 535 names in the phone book (there being 535 members of Congress: 100 Senators and 435 Representatives) than the kind of people who willingly seek to be elected. I tend to agree with that. Just as most juries, composed of average people, almost always rise to the seriousness of the occasion; so, too, would randomly selected Americans rise to the issues at hand in Congress. As "David Brown" points out, the influence of those few yahoos who would reveal themselves would be negated by the numbers involved. Viva the Common People!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  38. Raquel

    Term limits: the corrupt Rangel is a great example of why we need term limits for congress. Several states have term limits for governor - Virginia I believe allows ONLY ONE TERM, which I think is actually overkill, but I understand the idea. Bloomberg and his crew overturned the two term term limits referendum because of their chronic need to be in control and their narcissistic belief that the "public needs" them. We saw how well that worked out during the blizzard in December. I say enough of these professional politicians whose sole goal is their own REELECTION! I am putting Crowley in that crew because he obviously looks down upon his own congressional district and will not send his kids to school here. In Florida, former Congressman Wexler was forced to admit that he actually lives in Maryland rather than Florida and ended up giving up his seat. People don't like it when their elected reps look down on them. As for Sartke, yes, I am a woman: you are just not used to strong conservative women.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  39. sartke

    John, congresspeople become specialists out of necessity and almost by default. I'm not saying that only people with PhDs should enter government, I'm saying that having experience with certain complicated niche political issues is a good thing. Not very many congresspeople are experts in national transportation policy and also experts in trade with South America, but with on-the-job experience, committee placement, local interests, etc. some will be experts in one or the other. That's an added benefit to the system.

    Raquel, if you reread the posts, I never questioned whether or not you were a woman. I understand that schizophrenia makes having internet debates difficult for you - but in fact you are screaming at multiple people on this site. And no, trust me I realize that there are plenty of loud, loony, bigoted conservative women these days...hey have you considered running for president?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  40. Raquel

    Sartke, stay as sweet as you are with your ad hominen attacks. You just have no tolerance for anybody who dares to disagree with you. "Bigoted conservative women" - yup, the foxes on Fox put the babe in babe! You always have Helen Thomas to look up to! Or Barbra Streisand! Or the lovely Joy Behar.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  41. Mike Novak

    Angus, I agree with you 100%!

    Residential parking stickers are the way to go!

    Folks who live here and register their cars in another state are breaking the law.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  42. SPQR

    John Wilson: I did not know that you are running next year for congress. If it is true, I am delighted. You have the charisma to make things happen. Congressman Manton was an example of a true representative of the people. He had very high principles and held on to them. He was indeed for his people. Another great man possessing this high standard was Tip O'Neill, who was always there for his people and also kept his standards high. Now I know they were both Democrates, but the standards they upheld and the loyalty to their people was outstanding and these qualities go beyond the individual party. We need so badly a fresh breath of air in our community as the present representatives have been there much too long and forgotten about the man on the streets of Woodside & Sunnyside, etc. They look to be stale, without principle, back slappers getting their pictures into the local newspapers with smiles and kisses and otherwise empty. They are feeding off the system!! Please run in 2012 and win!! Walk the streets, talk to the people, drop by the pubs and have a beer and explain why you are running. We need your freshness and courage and you will have our backing and most of all our prayers.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest News

Sunnyside Restaurant Week kicks off Monday
Salt & Fat

Salt & Fat

Oct. 19, By Christian Murray

Sunnyside’s second annual restaurant week kicks off Monday and 33 restaurants have signed up to participate.

The event, organized by Sunnyside Shines, aims to showcase Sunnyside as a destination for high-quality cuisine. Its goal is tempt residents to try new places and draw foodies from other parts of New York City.

Furthermore, there will also be artwork on display at five participating restaurant—with three of those pieces coming from Sunnyside artists.

On Monday, there will be a reception held at 7pm at Salt and Fat (41-16 Queens Boulevard) to mark restaurant week. The reception will include a guided tour of the five art installations as well as a movie screening at Dazies.

The art is being curated by No Longer Empty, a Manhattan-based contemporary art organization. The work will be on display at Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt & Fat and Venturo.

However, for many, the main attraction won’t be the art—it will be the food.

Each restaurant will serve a three course dinner menu for $25—from lunchtime Monday through Friday Oct. 24.

The participating restaurants span the globe. There will be Japanese, Turkish, Irish, Italian, Romanian, Mexican, Peruvian, French, Colombian, Filipino, Paraguayan, Tibetan, Thai, and Seasonal American food on offer.

Restaurants from Skillman Avenue through 47th Avenue have signed up this year. Last November, when Sunnyside Restaurant Week was launched, 17 restaurants took part.

“Last year’s event was a big success for neighborhood restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director, of Sunnyside Shines. “I am proud that we have doubled the number.”

Participating restaurants will also include newcomers to the Sunnyside scene—such as Tibetan Dumpling Café and Blu Orchid. Venturo and Salt & Fat, which were recently recognized as Michelin “Bib Gourmands,” will be participating again this year.

Sunnyside Shines has listed the 33 restaurants on its website. Most have put together a special menu just for Sunnyside Restaurant Week.

All this for $25.

Takesushi: All this for $25.

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly

Parking costs might rise in Sunnyside/Woodside, as DOT has preliminary plans to introduce ‘Park Smart’

meters

Oct. 17, By Christian Murray

Representatives from the Department of Transportation attended a Community Board 2 meeting last week and introduced a preliminary plan to introduce “Park Smart”– a program that aims to free up parking spaces–in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.

The program attempts to reduce the time it takes for motorists to find parking in business districts– by changing meter rates, extending park hours and modifying commercial parking zones.

The program was first introduced in Queens in 2013, with the implementation of a pilot program in Jackson Heights.

The program typically focuses on changing the meter rates to encourage short-term parking through “progressive” rates.

For instance on certain streets in Jackson Heights, it now costs 50 cents to park for 30 minutes, $1:50 for an hour, $2:50 for 90 minutes and $4 for 2 hours.

However, in some cases, the parking period has been extended on certain streets. For instance, one hour limits have been increased to two.

Park Smart typically aims to change the commercial parking and delivery zones. “Early Morning Delivery Zones” are often established to provide loading space before the meters turn on at 10 a.m., and “Paid Commercial Parking Zones” reserve daytime metered spaces for commercial uses.

The Department of Transportation will not introduce the system unless business owners opt into the program. The DOT representatives told the Community Board 2 that it will reach out to Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, the Long Island City Partnership and Woodside on the Move to get their feedback. Those groups are likely to conduct a survey of local businesses to get their feedback.

Park Smart is not a program that typically goes into effect overnight as the DOT typically evaluates each street to determine whether the parking times and rates need to be modified.

Furthermore it is typically implemented as a pilot program before becoming permanent.

The programs were made permanent in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, after they were deemed effective, according to the DOT.

However, the pilot program on Madison Avenue and East 86th Street was brought to a halt after it was viewed as being ineffective, according to published reports.

For more information on Park Smart click here

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Sunnyside building winds up on ‘Worst Landlord Watch List’
 43-15 46th Street

43-15 46th Street

Oct. 16, By Christian Murray

New York’s annual “Worst Landlord Watch List” was released last week and it included a poorly-run building in Sunnyside and one in Woodside.

The list, released by Public Advocate Letitia James, reported that the third worst building in Queens—in terms of violations—is located at 43-15 46th Street.

The building, which is a 6-story 88-unit complex, has 271 outstanding violations, according to the report. While the building is a coop, it has several renters—although the exact number is not known.

The original landlord, who took the building coop about 25 years ago, rents several units, according to published reports.

The violations, which have been filed with HPD, deal with water leaks, missing smoke detectors, loose bathroom tiles, mold and defective faucets.

The managing agent of the building is Aras Properties, which is located in Cedarhurst. The head officer is Kevin Kane, who could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the landlord who runs a Woodside building has the fifth worst record in Queens, with 223 violations.

The building, located at 39-30 59th Street, is a 6-story 78 unit complex.

The violations include complaint about roaches, defective plastered surfaces, broken stoves, mold and missing smoke detectors.

The owner of the building is Harry Silverstein. Silverstein could not be reached for comment.

Click here for the Worst Landlord List

Click here to look up the violations in any building

 43-15 46th Street.

43-15 46th Street.

 

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Application period for Hunters Point South has begun

Hunters Point South building

Oct. 15, By Christian Murray

The application period for the apartments at the Hunters Point South Development in Long Island City went live today.

The application forms can be filled out on line at New York Housing Connect, which requires applicants to provide details such as their income and apartment sought.

Those interested have until December 15 to submit an application.

There are 925 apartments up for grabs, with 186 apartments available to those applicants who fall into the “low income” bracket. To qualify as low income, an applicant seeking a studio cannot make more than $30,000—while a family seeking a 3 bedroom unit must earn less than $50,000 per year.

For those who qualify for the “low income” bracket, the rents would range in price from $494 per month for a studio to as high as $959 for a three bedroom.

However, the limits are significantly higher for the 738 “moderate income” apartments on offer. The maximum income permitted to be eligible for a studio is a little over $130,000, while the maximum household income for a 3 bedroom unit is about $225,000.

The rents for “moderate income” earners will range from $1,561-$1997 for a studio, $1,965-2,509 for a one bedroom, $2,366-$3,300 for a 2 bedroom and $2,729-$4,346 for a three bedroom.

Preference will be given to applicants who live within the Community Board 2 district, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.

affordablerents

affordablehousingmoderate income

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Village Voice declares Salt & Fat Sunnyside’s best restaurant

saltfat-350x263

Oct 15, Staff Report

The Village Voice has just named Salt & Fat as the best restaurant in Sunnyside.

The write up starts as follows:

“Salt & Fat looks like it could be in Brooklyn — reclaimed wood for the storefront sign, artfully arranged small plates that feature New American decadence — but owner Daniel Yi is a local boy. Born in Seoul and raised in Sunnyside, Yi has crafted a nation-hopping menu that reflects the area’s diversity. A meal begins with a complimentary starter — popcorn cooked in bacon fat, as American as can be — and finishes with little bottles of Yakult, a tangy-sweet Japanese yogurt drink.”

For the rest of the Village Voice Article, please click here.

 

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Dumplings & Noodle eatery to open on 46th Street

Noodles

By Christian Murray

A dumplings and noodles eatery will be opening on 46th Street next door to Pio Pio Riko.

The restaurant, which will be located at 45-24 46th Street, is expected to open in late December, according to its owner, who was reluctant to provide too many details at this point.

The eatery will consist of about 30 seats and there will not be table service. The owner described it as “fast casual.”

The menu will consist of soup, baos (steamed buns filled with pork/beef/vegetables), and a wide selection of noodles and dumplings (both steamed and fried). The food will include a mix of Chinese and other Asian flavors. There are also plans to get a liquor license.

The owner has another restaurant—offering the same style of food—in Park Slope.

The business owner was attracted to Sunnyside due to its diverse population.  “I like the mixed neighborhood and there are few [restaurants] like this in the area.”

The restaurant is moving into a portion of the space that was once occupied by Grand 99 Cent Store, which left about 2 years ago. The other portion of the site was leased to  Signature Paint & Home Center, which opened this summer.

Grand 99 Cent Store (2012)

Grand 99 Cent Store (2012)

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Cathy Nolan’s opponent for Assembly a long shot

JohnKwilsonThis November’s election for Assembly District 37 is practically a formality.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D), who has been in office representing a large portion of Western Queens since 1984, faces a contender who has run against her twice before and was thumped each time.

Nolan has name recognition, the benefit of incumbency, strong party backing and has raised more than $130,000 in campaign funds since 2010 (Friends of Catherine Nolan and Nolan for Assembly). She has moved up the ranks over the years, where she has chaired the Banking as well as Labor committees. She is currently the chair of the Education Committee.

Meanwhile, her challenger John K. Wilson, a Sunnyside barman/actor, has raised $10,000 in campaign funds (Committee to elect John K Wilson) since 2010 and has virtually no name recognition. His best effort against Nolan came in 2010 when he generated 16% of the vote, after he ran a confrontational—and at times—negative campaign (see website).

Wilson said he is running in order to introduce term limits and bring an end to the Queens Democratic machine. “There is too much power in too few hands,” he said.

“Six years in office should be the limit,” Wilson said. “I want to put an end to career politicians.”

“The longer someone is in power the less work they do for the people,” he said. “They take the job for granted and focus on moving up within the party.”

Wilson, who ran as a Republican in his past two campaigns, is running for office as a Libertarian this year. He switched parties, he said, so people would listen to his positions.

“When I ran as a Republican [in 2010 and 2012], people would shut the door in my face and not even listen to my ideas,” he said. “People associate you as Dick Cheney, which is not the case. This time, some people might tell me they are Cathy [Nolan] supporters but at least they will listen to me.”

His platform is based around free market economics. He said businesses are over regulated, over taxed and subject to too much bureaucracy. “New York State is very unfriendly to business and that is why many are leaving to go to other states.”

He cited the battle in Long Island City over the use of back yard space as an example of unnecessary bureaucracy.

“Local restaurants hire people, want to do what is right by the community and are losing revenue,” he said. “These owners don’t want to be bad neighbors,” he said. “It is not in their interest to have loud noise at night. Why not a compromise?”

He said that he opposes the concept of affordable housing, which he views as a “buzzword” to make it appear as though elected officials are “helping the little people.” He said the term “affordable” has never been defined and believes that market forces are the answer.

Wilson, who supports gay marriage and is pro-choice, said that he wants the number of charter schools to be expanded. He said charter schools benefit poor and minority students and many parents want to send their children to these schools since they provide the best chance these children have for success.

He also said that the state needs to cut spending and focus more on reducing taxes.”Lower taxes equal more jobs,” he said.

Most of all, Wilson said that voters need a choice come Election Day (Nov. 4) and said it is disappointing that many legislators are running unopposed.

“Without a choice we enter into Soviet style government,” he said.

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Police Precinct 108 takes to the streets

Hennessy
Oct. 12, By Christian Murray

Captain Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer of the 108 Police Precinct, aims to forge closer ties with the community.

Earlier this month, he started a new initiative called “Community Friday,” where he and a group of officers (many off duty) go to a neighborhood to clean graffiti, pick up garbage and address quality-of-life issues.

While the 108 Precinct has been doing cleanups periodically, Hennessy decided recently to turn it into a formal program.

“I thought I would start this program because it is important that we do things with the community…to show we care,” Hennessy said. “It is the best part of policing.”

On Friday Oct. 3, Hennessy’s team tackled their first job by 43rd Street/Laurel Hill Boulevard—next to the Long Island Expressway.

Hennessy had been told at a meeting hosted by the United 40s Civic Association, a group of about 60 Woodside/Sunnyside residents, that there was a homeless problem by the expressway and that the area was filthy and covered with graffiti.

Hennessy, accompanied by a group of about 15 officers (some auxiliary officers), went to the neighborhood and brought with him a worker from the Department of Homeless Services to help out the homeless. However, on that afternoon, the homeless were not there.

The police, dressed in white overalls, picked up garbage on the sidewalk and grass, and painted over graffiti. The event took place between the 4 pm and 6pm.

On Oct. 10, Hennessy and his crew went to Maspeth to clean up the graffiti down by 70th Street and 48th Avenue and to tackle the persistent problem of abandoned vehicles that the community has brought to his attention.

Since he took command in May 2013, Hennessy has been an active participant in community events. He has organized basketball games between cops and high school students. In summer, he organized volleyball games at Hunters Point South Park down by LIC Landing.

In terms of the new program, Hennessy is hopeful that his crew will get to work with the community throughout the entire Sunnyside/Woodside and Long Island City area. He said he welcomes people’s feedback as to locations where his crew should go.

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Rally to find driver responsible for Woodside Hit-and-Run

Van BramerFATAL

Oct. 12, By Christian Murray

Less than 48 hours after a hit-and-run incident on Queens Blvd, community leaders held a rally calling on the public for tips to find out who was responsible.

The rally was held at the intersection of 60th Street and Queens Blvd at the scene where an unidentified Hispanic man in his 30s was struck by a dark-colored Ford SUV around 1:30 a.m. Thursday while crossing the intersection. The driver fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition and—as of Friday afternoon—had yet to be identified.

“To leave someone lying in the street and offer no assistance is an outrage,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “Someone out there has a guilty conscience and should turn themselves in.”

“We are calling on anyone who has information on this case to call the authorities,” he said.

A large road sign had been placed on the side of Queens Blvd calling on motorists to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS if they had any information on the incident.

The rally, however, was also held to remind people that they must stop after a collision.

“You have to stop no matter how serious, whether it’s a fender bender or someone is lying in the street injured, you must stop. That is the law. And if you don’t you will be brought to justice,” Van Bramer said.

Van Bramer said that the recently passed Hit-and-Run Victims Act, which he sponsored, will go into effect December 29. With that law, a perpetrator of a hit and run can be fined up to $10,000–on top of any criminal charges imposed by the state.

Van Bramer said the new law is about increasing the public’s awareness that this will not be tolerated. “We want to change the culture. When people see the full weight of the law is coming down they might think twice,” he said.

Should the incident prove fatal, it would be the first traffic-related death this year in the 108 Police precinct, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. This time last year, there had been 8 deaths, including five pedestrians.

Van Bramer said that the Vision Zero campaign has been a large factor in keeping traffic deaths down, which has included the redesign of dangerous streets to greater enforcement.

The 108 Precinct has issued 30% more speeding tickets this year compared to the same period in 2013. The police also doubled the number of drunk drivers arrests, with 112 people arrested so far this year compared to 52 for the same period in 2013.

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly

More Headlines

Cathy Nolan’s opponent for Assembly a long shot
JohnKwilsonThis November’s election for Assembly District 37 is practically a formality. Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D), who has been in office representing a large portion of Western Queens since 1984, faces a contender who has run against her twice before and was thumped each time. Nolan has name recognition, the benefit of incumbency, strong party backing and has raised more than $130,000 in campaign funds since 2010 (Friends of Catherine Nolan and Nolan for Assembly). She has moved up the ranks over the years, where she has chaired the Banking as well as Labor committees. She is currently the chair of the Education Committee. Meanwhile, her challenger John K. Wilson, a Sunnyside barman/actor, has raised $10,000 in campaign funds (Committee to elect John K Wilson) since 2010 and has virtually no name recognition. His best effort against Nolan came in 2010 when he generated 16% of the vote, after he ran a confrontational—and at times—negative campaign (see website). Wilson said he is running in order to introduce term limits and bring an end to the Queens Democratic machine. “There is too much power in too few hands,” he said. “Six years in office should be the limit,” Wilson said. “I want to put an end to career politicians.” “The longer someone is in power the less work they do for the people,” he said. “They take the job for granted and focus on moving up within the party.” Wilson, who ran as a Republican in his past two campaigns, is running for office as a Libertarian this year. He switched parties, he said, so people would listen to his positions. “When I ran as a Republican [in 2010 and 2012], people would shut the door in my face and not even listen to my ideas,” he said. “People associate you as Dick Cheney, which is not the case. This time, some people might tell me they are Cathy [Nolan] supporters but at least they will listen to me.” His platform is based around free market economics. He said businesses are over regulated, over taxed and subject to too much bureaucracy. “New York State is very unfriendly to business and that is why many are leaving to go to other states.” He cited the battle in Long Island City over the use of back yard space as an example of unnecessary bureaucracy. “Local restaurants hire people, want to do what is right by the community and are losing revenue,” he said. “These owners don’t want to be bad neighbors,” he said. “It is not in their interest to have loud noise at night. Why not a compromise?” He said that he opposes the concept of affordable housing, which he views as a “buzzword” to make it appear as though elected officials are “helping the little people.” He said the term “affordable” has never been defined and believes that market forces are the answer. Wilson, who supports gay marriage and is pro-choice, said that he wants the number of charter schools to be expanded. He said charter schools benefit poor and minority students and many parents want to send their children to these schools since they provide the best chance these children have for success. He also said that the state needs to cut spending and focus more on reducing taxes."Lower taxes equal more jobs," he said. Most of all, Wilson said that voters need a choice come Election Day (Nov. 4) and said it is disappointing that many legislators are running unopposed. “Without a choice we enter into Soviet style government,” he said.
Police Precinct 108 takes to the streets
Hennessy Oct. 12, By Christian Murray Captain Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer of the 108 Police Precinct, aims to forge closer ties with the community. Earlier this month, he started a new initiative called “Community Friday,” where he and a group of officers (many off duty) go to a neighborhood to clean graffiti, pick up garbage and address quality-of-life issues. While the 108 Precinct has been doing cleanups periodically, Hennessy decided recently to turn it into a formal program. “I thought I would start this program because it is important that we do things with the community…to show we care,” Hennessy said. “It is the best part of policing.” On Friday Oct. 3, Hennessy’s team tackled their first job by 43rd Street/Laurel Hill Boulevard—next to the Long Island Expressway. Hennessy had been told at a meeting hosted by the United 40s Civic Association, a group of about 60 Woodside/Sunnyside residents, that there was a homeless problem by the expressway and that the area was filthy and covered with graffiti. Hennessy, accompanied by a group of about 15 officers (some auxiliary officers), went to the neighborhood and brought with him a worker from the Department of Homeless Services to help out the homeless. However, on that afternoon, the homeless were not there. The police, dressed in white overalls, picked up garbage on the sidewalk and grass, and painted over graffiti. The event took place between the 4 pm and 6pm. On Oct. 10, Hennessy and his crew went to Maspeth to clean up the graffiti down by 70th Street and 48th Avenue and to tackle the persistent problem of abandoned vehicles that the community has brought to his attention. Since he took command in May 2013, Hennessy has been an active participant in community events. He has organized basketball games between cops and high school students. In summer, he organized volleyball games at Hunters Point South Park down by LIC Landing. In terms of the new program, Hennessy is hopeful that his crew will get to work with the community throughout the entire Sunnyside/Woodside and Long Island City area. He said he welcomes people’s feedback as to locations where his crew should go.
Rally to find driver responsible for Woodside Hit-and-Run
Van BramerFATAL Oct. 12, By Christian Murray Less than 48 hours after a hit-and-run incident on Queens Blvd, community leaders held a rally calling on the public for tips to find out who was responsible. The rally was held at the intersection of 60th Street and Queens Blvd at the scene where an unidentified Hispanic man in his 30s was struck by a dark-colored Ford SUV around 1:30 a.m. Thursday while crossing the intersection. The driver fled the scene. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition and—as of Friday afternoon—had yet to be identified. “To leave someone lying in the street and offer no assistance is an outrage,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “Someone out there has a guilty conscience and should turn themselves in.” “We are calling on anyone who has information on this case to call the authorities,” he said. A large road sign had been placed on the side of Queens Blvd calling on motorists to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS if they had any information on the incident. The rally, however, was also held to remind people that they must stop after a collision. “You have to stop no matter how serious, whether it's a fender bender or someone is lying in the street injured, you must stop. That is the law. And if you don't you will be brought to justice,” Van Bramer said. Van Bramer said that the recently passed Hit-and-Run Victims Act, which he sponsored, will go into effect December 29. With that law, a perpetrator of a hit and run can be fined up to $10,000--on top of any criminal charges imposed by the state. Van Bramer said the new law is about increasing the public’s awareness that this will not be tolerated. “We want to change the culture. When people see the full weight of the law is coming down they might think twice,” he said. Should the incident prove fatal, it would be the first traffic-related death this year in the 108 Police precinct, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. This time last year, there had been 8 deaths, including five pedestrians. Van Bramer said that the Vision Zero campaign has been a large factor in keeping traffic deaths down, which has included the redesign of dangerous streets to greater enforcement. The 108 Precinct has issued 30% more speeding tickets this year compared to the same period in 2013. The police also doubled the number of drunk drivers arrests, with 112 people arrested so far this year compared to 52 for the same period in 2013.
Brooklyn man arrested in connection to Woodside murder
queenspalace Oct. 10, By Michael Florio A Brooklyn man was arrested Thursday for allegedly killing a man outside a Woodside party hall in July. Jorge Navarro, 20, was arrested in connection to the July 26th death of Eduardo Rojas, who was killed after being struck in the head. The incident occurred outside of Queens Palace, located at 37-27 57th Street, when a fight broke out. In the melee gun shots were also fired. The 108 precinct responded to a 911 call just after 1 am and discovered a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his left leg and back, as well Rojas, who was dead. Navarro is facing charges of murder, manslaughter and gang assault. He has not been charged for the shooting.
Another hit-and-run in Woodside leaves man in critical condition
ambulance Oct. 9, By Michael Florio Another pedestrian has fallen victim to a hit-and-run in Woodside. A 20-to-30 year old male was struck in the early hours today while crossing the intersection at Queens Blvd and 60th Street. A dark colored SUV was traveling westbound along Queens Blvd when it struck the victim at about 1:30 am, according to an NYPD spokesperson. The vehicle did not stop and continued westbound toward the Queensboro Bridge. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim to be unconscious. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing.
Sunnyside Gardens planned community turns 90
SGbefore Oct. 9, By Christian Murray Sunnyside Gardens, the planned community designed by Clarence Stein and Henry Wright, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month. To mark the occasion, the Greater Astoria Historical Society will be presenting “Sunnyside Gardens at 90,” which will feature a series of photographs of the gardens over the decades as well a presentation by local historian Jeffrey Kroessler and architect Laura Heim. The presentation, which will take place tonight at 7pm at 35-20 Broadway in Astoria, will discuss the origins and significance of the community, including its importance in urban planning, design, and history, and the contentious campaign to gain designation as a historic district. (Click for details) Sunnyside Gardens was initially constructed between 1924 and 1928, and consisted of a series of twelve “courts”. The designated area went on to include the Phipps Garden Apartment buildings, which were constructed in the early 1930s. To celebrate the anniversary, the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance will be holding an event marking the occasion on Saturday, Oct. 25, with the unveiling of three historic district signs followed by a reception. The event will kick off at 1 pm at Skillman Avenue and 46th Street. (Click for details) According to the Preservation Alliance's website, the City Housing Corporation organized a “grand opening” for the first group of houses that were developed in Oct 1924. Advocates for affordable housing and New York City officials joined in to applaud the start of a new kind of neighborhood at the time. The very first Sunnyside Gardens owners moved in at the beginning of September 1924, according to the website, with the first house sold located at 41-49 47th (Carolin) Street. House prices ranged from $8500 to $13,500. SGNow sgplay    
Van Bramer differs with Community Board Chair over the development of Sunnyside Yards
Sunnyside_Yard_East_jehOct. 8, By Christian Murray Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said today that he is firmly opposed to building over the Sunnyside Yards. Van Bramer made the statement in response to Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley’s call last Thursday for a study to determine whether it would be feasible to build over a section of the yards, which consists of acres of land covered by railroad tracks. Conley said at the monthly Community Board 2 meeting that the Sunnyside Yards could be used to build more affordable housing. “We should look at it with the possibility of creating a community…with affordable housing, market rate housing and retail,” Conley said. Conley called on the board to give him permission to send a letter to the Queens Borough President’s office requesting a study of the area. The board complied. The letter, however, alarmed several people who fear over development—with some claiming that the infrastructure is overstretched as it is. Van Bramer said the community is not calling for the development of the Sunnyside Yards. He said people are more concerned about school overcrowding, transportation issues and other problems that actually stem from development. “My office is in the business of receiving hundreds of letters and speaking to people about important issues all the time,” Van Bramer said. “Not one person has come to me and said ‘you should deck over the Sunnyside Yards and build housing.” Several Community Board 2 members said after last Thursday’s meeting that they were caught by surprise by Conley’s request. “I’m opposed to the concept of decking [building] over the Sunnyside Yards,” Van Bramer said. “The idea gets floated whenever there is an economic boom…but I think it would be bad for the surrounding community.” Van Bramer, as councilman, has a big role to play in terms of land use decisions such as these. All significant zoning changes go through the city council and it is typically the elected official in a given district that makes the call. Van Bramer was unsure how the idea surfaced in the first place.
Van Bramer

Van Bramer

Conley said that the Sunnyside Yards—which go through Long Island City and Sunnyside--are owned by government agencies. Therefore, this provides the community with an opportunity to negotiate with developers as to the number of affordable units that could be built. “Jackson Avenue and 21st Street would be our jumping off point,” Conley said, adding that the study would then look toward Thomson Avenue and Queens Plaza. Van Bramer said that he too is in favor of affordable housing. However, he said, “Density is appropriate in some places and not others. I, for one, believe Sunnyside and Astoria are great low-density neighborhoods that should remain so.” Conley told the Daily News Tuesday that the Sunnyside Yards also divide the neighborhoods and indicated that the housing would draw them closer. “Right now you have this scar that runs down the community,” he told the News. Van Bramer disagreed with this view. “I wouldn’t characterize these neighborhoods as having a scar running through them…and I don’t believe the neighborhoods are unreachable.”    
Police seek help in locating serial bank robber, suspect allegedly hit Chase bank in Sunnyside in July
Oct. 8, By Christian Murray suspect Call him the 21st Century version of Willie Sutton or John Dillinger. The police are searching for a man who has robbed eight Queens banks—and attempted to rob two others—in the past 2 1/2 years. The banks have been scattered throughout the borough—covering Jackson Heights, Middle Village, Long Island City, Astoria, Flushing, East Elmhurst and Sunnyside. In total, the suspect has taken in about $50,000. One of the robberies occurred at the Chase Bank branch at 47-11 Queens Blvd, where the suspect approached a teller and passed her a note—before fleeing with $5,900 in cash. That incident occurred on July 25, 2014 (see story). The suspect’s modus operandi has been to enter a bank, pass a note and—on four occasions—display a firmarm. He also tends to hold a mobile phone up against his ear. No injuries have resulted from his spree. The suspect (see photo) is believed to be between 30 and 35 years old, approximately 6-feet-tall and weighing about 200 pounds. Police said he was last seen wearing a New York Yankees baseball hat and a button-down short sleeve shirt. He also had a light beard connected to a goatee, tinted eye glasses and a black wrist watch on his left wrist. The first incident occurred on July 17, 2012, when he allegedly entered into an Amalgamated Bank at 78-01 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights and took off with $1,450.suspect1 The latest robbery occurred Saturday, when the suspected entered Chase Bank at 69-55 Grand Avenue, passed a note and left with $5,170. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Oktoberfest comes to Skillman Avenue this Saturday
claret1Oct. 7, By Christian Murray It’s time to get out the lederhosen and the Bavarian hats. The Skillman Project, a group of bars and restaurants located on Skillman Avenue, is hosting its 3rd annual Oktoberfest this Saturday. There are eight bars/restaurants participating in the event—and attendees will be offered $3 beers until late. The event will start at 3pm and go until close. Several of the bars/restaurants will be serving German-themed food—with items such as Bratwurst and pretzels on offer. The Skillman Project has also hired a brass band that will be playing polka music at all the participating venues. The band will start at 6:30 at Claret Wine Bar and will then perform at the other bars/restaurants. “Oktoberfest is typically the most popular event that the Skillman Project puts on each year,” said Justin Costello, the manager at Claret. “It tends to bring in the largest crowd.” The Skillman Project also puts on an annual Mardi Gras and a summer event. To partake in Saturday’s Oktoberfest, attendees are required to register at Claret (46-02 Skillman) between 3 pm and 5 pm, and buy a $5 wristband. The wristband is needed in order to get the $3 beers at all eight restaurants/bars. The $5 proceeds will be donated to the local food pantry. Participating bars are: Dog and the Duck, Claret Wine Bar, Flynn’s Garden Inn, Quaint Bistro, Murphy’s Lobster Grill, The Globe, Aubergine Cafe and The Copper Kettle. Skillman_OktoberFest2014_Final  
Famous singer/songwriter a frequent performer at Sunnyside venue
JD @ teapot 6-22-2013Oct. 6, By Kim Brown Jim Dawson has sold out shows at the Bitter End, been signed by RCA Records and written a song recorded by Sesame Street’s Elmo. This Thursday he’s playing at The Globe Tavern’s Open Mic night on Skillman Avenue. “It really ups the quality of the night,” said host and guitarist Trevor Bowen. “He’s a pro, it’s the most wonderful feeling of support.” Dawson, who has been compared to James Taylor and Harry Chapin, was also touted as the next Bob Dylan after “Songman” was released in 1971. He is still a regular at venues like the Cutting Room. Newer fans know him because Elmo sang his “Simple Song” and older fans remember when he played Constitution Hall in Washington with The Birds. But when he comes to The Globe about once a month he’s just Jim, competing against baseball games and loud conversations like any other musician. There is no cover charge and he buys his own beer. “One of the reasons I love it is Trevor says ‘Here’s Jim’,” said Dawson, who lives in Manhattan and is Bowen’s vocal coach. “It doesn’t matter if I sold 200,000 records or zero. We’re all the same. We all got into this in the first place because it’s fun.” Dawson came to New York City in the late 1960s, after a stint in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Because he was signed by a record company pretty quickly, playing the open mic circuit was not something he had done very often. Despite distractions the last time he played The Globe--like an overturned tray of garlic knots and Derek Jeter’s last home at bat on TV—-he somehow managed to quiet a pretty raucous room. “When I’m doing it and I’m getting it right those are the most alive situations. I feel like I’m 18 or 19 years old again,” he said. Dawson, who lives on the Upper West Side, has released 15 CDs and albums. He is also known for writing the opening theme for a popular German soap opera. Money from that song allowed him to set up a home recording studio. The 1999 CD of his own live sessions in his apartment, “Therapy in Session: The Studio Concerts,” gained attention as an innovative way for musicians to release their work independently. Dawson’s website still attracts about 2,000 visitors a month from all over the world. Maybe he is able to arrest a noisy bar so well because he has been playing for nearly 50 years. Or maybe it’s because he tends to write Americana songs with lyrics that seem to have sprung from our own hopes and worries or that the gift to connect with the audience is just that, a gift. Whatever the reason, the audience quiets and connects with Dawson when he is behind the mic. “I want people to hear the words and I want them to hear what I have to say,” Dawson said. “But it is a bar for crissake.” Yet The Globe’s open mic is not all about Dawson, or even all about music. Poets, magicians, comedians and actors are welcome as well. “Pretty much anyone can show up, grab a beer and sign up,” said co-owner Rena Hershberger, who sings and performs at open mic night herself. “Everyone gets their 10 minutes.” Yet Bowen admits his ultimate goal is beyond that. He’d like the bar and the neighborhood to become a destination for original, quality music and he already sees that happening. “There have been really surprising musicians who have come and blown the socks off people,” he said. Ben Hope, who played the lead in the Broadway musical Once, and renowned Jazz guitarist Tosh Sheridan are both Globe regulars. Dawson is only adding to that momentum. “If people think ‘this guy Jim is going to show up’ and that will bring in two more people,” Dawson said, “that’s what I think is important. I’m just trying to be one of the guys on the team.” Open Mic Night at The Globe Tavern, located at 49-10 Skillman Avenue, will be held this Thursday and every other week.
Police swarm Sunnyside with plain clothes cops prior to arresting armed robber
Amazon-pharmacy-800x600 Oct. 5, By Christian Murray The police sent in more than a dozen plain clothes cops into the Sunnyside commercial district following two armed robberies at local drug stores early last month. The strategy led to an arrest of a Sunnyside man when the third Sunnyside pharmacy was targeted. The first robbery took place at Greenpoint Pharmacy, located at 40-26 Greenpoint Avenue, on Sept 2, when a masked man displayed a gun, and demanded Vicodin, before fleeing with Oxycodone. The second incident occurred on Sept 5 at Family Pharmacy, 45-60 43rd Street, when the masked perpetrator showed a gun and took off with prescription drugs. “We sent in about a dozen plain clothes [officers] to the area,” said Captain Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer at the 108 precinct, after the second incident. The officers were there to monitor the pharmacies in the neighborhood. “With two [robberies] taking place so close to each other, we knew there was a good chance he would hit the area again,” Hennessy said. Therefore, when a perpetrator went into Amazon Pharmacy, located at 43-10 Queens Blvd, on Sept 11 with a knife and demanded prescription drugs the police were in the area. The police received a 911 call with a description of the suspect and several officers were in the neighborhood to search for him. The perpetrator, Patrick McNamara, ran across Queens Boulevard and was arrested by Police Officer John Miszuk, a plain-clothes officer, who tracked him down just two blocks from the drug store. McNamara, 37, a Sunnyside resident was then identified by a witness. The police, however, have not been able to make an arrest on the first two robberies since the suspect was wearing a mask and was hard to identify. However, Hennessy noted, that there have been no drug store robberies since. McNamara was arrested on a variety of charges, such as robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance. Greenpoint Pharmacy-475x355 FamilyPharmacy

Restaurants

  • Random Posts