Rozario family denies mayor reached out as Adams says ‘no’ to discipline for officers
Queens Daily Eagle
by Ryan Schwach
3d ago
Mayor Eric Adams said he would not discipline the NYPD officers who shot and killed Win Rozario in Queens before the attorney general’s investigation concludes. Photo by Caroline Rubinstein-Willis/Mayoral Photography Office By Ryan Schwach Hours after Mayor Eric Adams claimed on Tuesday that he reached out to the family of Win Rozario, the 19-year-old from Queens who was shot and killed by NYPD officers inside his family’s Ozone Park home in March, Rozario’s family said they had yet to hear personally from the mayor. Adams said on Tuesday during his weekly “off-topic” press conference that he ..read more
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Lawmakers look to lock legal services fund after gov’s sweep
Queens Daily Eagle
by Jacob Kaye
3d ago
State Senator Sean Ryan, Assemblymember Michaelle Solages and a number of legal services providers rallied in support of a bill that would effectively divorce the work of the New York State Interest on Lawyers Account Fund, or IOLA fund, from the state budget. The bill comes after Governor Kathy Hochul swept the fund of $55 million last month. Screenshot via Ryan’s office By Jacob Kaye A pair of lawmakers and a group of attorneys are calling on the legislature to pass into law a bill that they say would prevent the governor from stripping cash from a fund meant to support civil legal ser ..read more
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Chief judge backs pair of criminal justice reform bills
Queens Daily Eagle
by Jacob Kaye
3d ago
Chief Judge Rowan Wilson came out in support of some form the Treatment Not Jails Act and the Second Look Act last week. File photo via Office of Governor of New York/Darren McGee By Jacob Kaye New York’s top judge last week urged Albany to pass into law a pair of bills that he said would go a long way toward reforming the state’s sentencing laws and toward correcting historic inequities in the state’s criminal justice system. Speaking as part of a panel on mass incarceration and sentencing reform at an event organized by the Center for Community Alternatives and Data Collaborative for J ..read more
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Dangerous, unethical and unprofessional’: Police tweet attacking Queens pol prompts speaker’s scorn and investigation
Queens Daily Eagle
by Jacob Kaye
3d ago
City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams questioned NYPD leadership over a number of controversial tweets sent out by top police officials in recent weeks during a Council budget hearing on Thursday, May 9, 2024. Photo by John McCarten/NYC Council Media Unit  By Jacob Kaye Top NYPD officials had very little to say Thursday when questioned by the City Council about a series of antagonistic social media posts authored by some of the department's top brass in recent weeks. Despite the outspoken posts made by a number of the NYPD’s leadership team on X, the social media platform formerly kno ..read more
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Mayor’s 60-day shelter rule ‘haphazard’ and ‘arbitrary,’ says comptroller
Queens Daily Eagle
by Ryan Schwach
3d ago
A new report from City Comptroller Brad Lander found that the city failed to successfully implement policies related to the already controversial 60-day shelter rule for asylum seeker families.  Eagle photo by Ryan Schwach By Ryan Schwach The Adams administration’s 60-day shelter limit rule for families was poorly implemented and caused migrants to be haphazardly pushed out of the shelter system, a new report released this week claims. A newly released report from the Office of Comptroller Brad Lander found that the implementation of the controversial 60-day rule – which evicted asy ..read more
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‘They murdered him in front of me’: Rozario family blasts NYPD, mayor for shooting of Ozone Park teen
Queens Daily Eagle
by Ryan Schwach
1w ago
The family of Queens 19-year-old Win Rozario called for the firing of the two officers who shot and killed him after he called 911 for mental health reasons in March. Eagle photo by Ryan Schwach By Ryan Schwach The family of 19-year-old Win Rozario on Wednesday condemned the NYPD, the mayor and the handling of a March trip to the family’s Ozone Park home by a pair of officers who shot and killed the teen a few minutes after arriving. The Queens Bangladeshi family, alongside advocates and elected officials, stood on the steps of City Hall this week and called for the firing of NYPD officers Sa ..read more
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Four billion dollars and four years late: Queens jail is over budget and behind schedule
Queens Daily Eagle
by Jacob Kaye
1w ago
Construction of the parking garage and community facility expected to be attached to the Queens borough-based jail in Kew Gardens. The city unveiled a $4 billion construction contract for jail this week that would run through 2031, four years after the 2027 deadline to close Rikers Island. Eagle file photo by Jacob Kaye By Jacob Kaye Queens’ borough-based jail set to be built in Kew Gardens will cost taxpayers at least $4 billion and could be completed four years after the city’s legally-mandated deadline to close Rikers Island, city records show. According to a proposed contract between the ..read more
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City’s controversial housing plan begins review in Queens
Queens Daily Eagle
by Ryan Schwach
1w ago
Members of Queens Community Board 5 heard the proposal for the City of Yes for Housing Opportunity, a citywide plan intended to change zoning in the five boroughs. Eagle photo by Ryan Schwach By Ryan Schwach The Adams administration officially began rolling out its controversial plan to rezone a large swath of the city, known as the City of Yes for Housing Opportunity, last week. It began in Queens, where the Department of City Planning began its public review process for the proposal that is intended to bring “a little more housing to every neighborhood.” The Land Use Subcommittee of Qu ..read more
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Queens pols call for closure of smoke shop as new law takes effect
Queens Daily Eagle
by Ryan Schwach
1w ago
Queens elected officials rallied against a Jackson Heights smoke shop on Wednesday as the city gains more enforcement powers.Eagle photo by Ryan Schwach By Ryan Schwach As the city gets the ability to shutter illegal cannabis shops across the five boroughs, Western Queens electeds targeted a single one in Jackson Heights this week. On Wednesday, officials and parents spoke in front of Hazeland, an illegal smoke shop on 82nd Street in Jackson Heights, which is perched directly across from a Pre-K to 12 school. Officials spoke out against the shop, which like many others targeted by community m ..read more
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Queens Surrogate Court race down to two
Queens Daily Eagle
by Jacob Kaye
1w ago
Judges Cassandra Johnson and Wendy Li will face off for the Democratic primary race for Surrogate Court judge. Photos via campaigns By Jacob Kaye The race for the coveted spot on Queens’ Surrogate Court bench is down to two. Queens attorney Donna Furey was booted from the ballot in court on Monday, leaving the upcoming race for Queens Surrogate Court judge between current judges Cassandra Johnson and Wendy Li. Though Furey, an Astoria-based attorney, was first ruled to be ineligible for the primary race by the city’s Board of Elections, a judge on Monday confirmed the ruling, finding that she ..read more
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