Scala, Crowley victorious in primaries

Democratic voters in Woodhaven, which is split between the districts 30 and 32 on the city council, selected incumbent Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and newcomer Mike Scala to represent the party in November’s general election.

Crowley, who has represented district 30 since 2009, beat challenger Robert Holden by a 3,496-1,986 margin with 97 percent of votes reported, according to the Board of Elections.

Scala, who has worked in politics but never held public office, received 2115 votes in district 32, edging out Helal Sheikh who received 1,481 votes and William Ruiz who received 1,174 votes with 96 percent of votes counted.

Scala hopes to unseat incumbent Councilman Eric Ulrich in the general election.

The general election will take place on November 7, 2017.

Police looking for man who allegedly snapped upskirt shot of girl

The NYPD 102nd Precinct is looking for any individual wanted in connection with an unlawful surveillance incident.

According to police on August 24, the individual pictured in the flier is accused of using his cellphone to look up the dress of an unidentified woman. The incident occurred within the confines of the 102nd precinct.

If you know the man pictured in the photo, contact Officer Corey Smith at (718) 805-3212 or Detective Borough Queens North at (718) 969-5005. DIg_clsVYAA8Qk1

Comprehensive guide to District 32 council candidates

Are you a registered Democrat and unsure for whom you’ll cast a vote during the September 12 primary election? Take a look profiles of each of the candidates for City Council in District 32. Just click on the candidate’s name (listed below in alphabetical order) or photo and you’ll be re-directed to the profile.

The winner will face incumbent Councilman Eric Ulrich in the general election on November 7.


 

William Ruiz

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Mike Scala

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Helal Sheikh

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Great Woodhaven Development Corporation announces next meeting

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The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation announced that their next open meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodhaven Manor, 96-01 Jamaica Ave.

The meeting will include a discussion on the sixteenth annual “September 11, 2001 Evening of Remembrance;” a candidates night for the November 7 election; and an update on the 37th annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival, to be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

All are welcome.

Woodhaven pols weigh-in on Columbus statue removal controversey

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The members of the City Council that represent Woodhaven were vocal in their opposition to a removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan’s Columbus Square.

Earlier this week, at a rally calling for the removal of a statue of J. Marion Sims – a surgeon that performed exams on enslaved women without anesthesia in the 1800s – City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito suggested the City, as part of review of “symbols of hate” on public property, take a look at the Columbus statue.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, said she supports the removal of statues or memorials celebrating Confederate leaders who took up arms against the nation in defense of slavery, but she does not support the removal of the Columbus statue.

“I do not support removing the statue of Christopher Columbus,” she said. “While many historical figures held beliefs that we find unacceptable by today’s standards, they also played a role in establishing our nation as it exists today.”

Councilman Eric Ulrich joined a rally outside City Hall yesterday and posted a message supporting the statue on Twitter.

Crowley honors cops for arrest in Forest Park sexual assault case

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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley honored the  NYPD Special Victims Division after they made an arrest in connection with six sexual assaults in Forest Park between 2011-2013.

She presented the NYPD team that investigated the crime and made the arrest, with a City Council Proclamation, honoring their work and dedication to safeguarding local residents and the countless people who visit Forest Park every single day.

 “For years, park goers visiting Forest Park in Queens and residents of the surrounding community knew there was a sexual predator on the loose. This threat lingered in the back of peoples’ minds,” Crowley said. “Today park goers can now rest more assured of their safety, because of the NYPD Special Victims Division Squad. This is just one more shining example of our police officers’ service to our city.”