Hundreds Expected For Rockaway Rotary Run

Annual Boardwalk Event Set For April 25

There was a time when thousands lined the boardwalk to run the five kilometers to glory in the annual Rockaway Rotary run. And, while far fewer runners participate today, the race still evokes the spirit of Rockaway. The boardwalk. A beautiful spring day. Locals lining up for a spirited run, some pushing baby buggies or running alongside other family members. […]

Cops Take Loaded Weapon In Perp Chase



Smith Attorney Out Of Senate As New Allegations Spread

Flowers Tied To Secret $500,000 Land Deals

A key advisor to State Senator Malcolm Smith, who is also in the crosshairs of a number of investigations involving the embattled senator, was tossed out of the Senate Chamber last week. Attorney Joan Flowers was “terminated” from her $145,000 job as Smith’s Senate counsel in what a Senate official says is a “broader Senate transition.” “She left on her […]

Smith Introduces ‘Operation Safe Peninsula’



State Senator Malcolm Smith this week announced “Operation Safe Peninsula,” a new collaborative anticrime initiative aimed at providing open dialogue between the community and both police precincts. One of the major features of the new program will be a monthly meeting, held every second Thursday inside the Meditation Room at Peninsula Hospital Center at 6:30 p.m., attended by officials from […]

Holding Billions In Unclaimed Funds



New Yorkers can find out if they are owed some of the state’s $9.9 billion in unclaimed funds at events across the state in April, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has announced. “New York has $9.9 billion in unclaimed fund accounts. We want to return this money to its rightful owners,” DiNapoli said. “The money belongs to New Yorkers. We […]

Local Census Participation Below National Average



The participation of many of Rockaway’s communities in the national 2010 Census has fallen below the participation rate of the nation as a whole, which is currently at 60 percent, according to Census Bureau officials this week. With the nation at 60 percent participation and New York State at 54 percent, Rockaway’s neighborhoods fall far behind (see chart on this […]

Federal Grand Jury Eyeing Queens Pols

Smith, Meeks, Flake In Spotlight

A federal grand jury is zeroing in on the activities of a number of powerful political players from Queens, including two who represent Rockaway – Congressman Gregory Meeks and New York State Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm Smith. Sources say that the grand jury is investigating whether the politicians used a web of non-profits and charter schools to benefit their […]

Paterson Takes Reins Of Racino Decision



Governor David Paterson told a radio audience on Tuesday that he will cut other prominent state political leaders out of the decision on who would run a lucrative gambling Racino at Aqueduct Racetrack despite the fact that a law governing the selection process says that the vendor must be picked by a unanimous decision of the Governor and the leaders […]

CMS Sets Medicare Payment Rates



The 2011 payment rates and plan requirements for Medicare private health and drug plans (also known as the Call Letter) that were announced on Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) begin the implementation of health care reform contained in legislation recently signed by President Obama, according to Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker. “Changes such as […]

Hammels Man Charged With Shaking Son



A 24-year-old Far Rockaway man has been charged with felony assault after his eight-month-old son suffered lifethreatening injuries, including bleeding on the brain. The child, who is unresponsive to his environment, has been diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome. District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Saul Cortez, 24, of 87-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Brown said, “According to the charges, […]