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Sixth Queens Tech Incubator program location opens in Forest Hills
Sixth Queens Tech Incubator program location opens in Forest Hills

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report late last month revealing that small businesses with fewer than five employees grew by over 10% in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Queens experienced a growth rate of more than 6%, while Manhattan saw the slowest growth among the boroughs at just 0.04%.

“Across the nation, the pandemic reinvigorated entrepreneurship,” DiNapoli said. “Significant job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the city’s economy, but resilient New Yorkers fueled small business growth. Changes to how people work and how businesses operate, along with federal aid, allowed people to either start a business or expand by providing services more easily online.”

Just two days before the DiNapoli report dropped on June 28, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Tech Council celebrated the opening of its sixth tech incubator across the borough with its new location at 101-15 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills, joining a list of incubators already operating in Jamaica, Far Rockaway, Jackson Heights and Long Island City, as well as on the campus of Queens College.

AG James announces dismantling of Queens-based ghost gun trafficking operation

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday the takedown of a prolific Queens-based gun trafficking crew accused of selling firearms and ammo at an East Elmhurst playground, the Queens Center Mall and other locations around the borough.

James secured a 625-count indictment charging five men for participating in the gun smuggling ring, which involved selling dozens of ghost guns, assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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NYPD searching for burglary crew that targeted nearly 30 laundromats in Queens and others in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst are looking for three masked men who broke into Susan’s Laundromat at 85-12 Grand Ave. at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, June 24, while a fourth member of their crew acted as a lookout near their getaway car parked in front.

The burglars stole $1,800 in cash and removed a payment machine for the laundry room continuing an undetermined amount of cash.

Law enforcement ghost car crackdowns continue with dozens of vehicles seized on Whitestone Bridge: MTA

MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers, the NYPD and law enforcement partners impounded 55 vehicles from motorists crossing into Queens on the Whitestone Bridge on Monday, July 8, as a multi-agency crackdown continued unabated.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday that through 25 joint enforcement operations focusing on ghost plates and persistent toll violators on bridges and tunnels throughout New York City, 1,540 vehicles have been impounded, 339 arrests have been made and 12,007 summonses have been issued so far this year to drivers who owe more than $12.5 million in unpaid tolls and fees.

Forest Hills pharmacy owner sentenced for $18M COVID healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme: Feds

A Forest Hills man was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court to nearly nine years in prison for his role in an $18 million COVID-19 healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme. 

Peter Khaim, 44, conspired with his brother, Arkadiy Khaimov, 41, who also resides in Forest Hills. The brothers pleaded guilty in November 2022 to conspiracy to commit money laundering for using New York-area pharmacies to submit false and fraudulent Medicare claims and then laundering the criminal proceeds.

F train rider beaten, robbed by stranger in Atlanta Braves baseball cap in Kew Gardens: NYPD

An F train rider was assaulted and robbed by an apparent Atlanta Braves baseball fan in Kew Gardens last month, and the suspect remains at large more than two weeks later.

Police from the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills and Transit District 20 reported that the incident occurred during the morning of Saturday, June 22, aboard a southbound F train that was approaching the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike subway station.

Advocating for Non-Public Schools: A Conversation with Teach Coalition’s Maury Litwack

Jul. 1, 2024 by Jill Carvajal

Maury Litwack, founder and CEO of Teach Coalition talks about his organization’s mission and impact. Teach Coalition advocates for funding and policy changes to support non-public schools, such as Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic schools. Litwack emphasizes the significant non-public school population and their need for resources like healthy lunches, STEM education, and school safety measures. He highlights three main areas of focus: advocating for laws that reimburse non-public schools for STEM teacher salaries, securing funding for security measures to ensure student safety, and providing essential services, such as nurses, that schools might otherwise not afford.

AM Pheffer Amato ensures that rebate program on Cross Bay Bridge will not be impacted by congestion pricing pause

In response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision earlier this month to indefinitely pause congestion pricing, the MTA ordered contractors to halt ADA modernization projects at two Queens Long Island Rail Road stations in Forest Hills and Hollis. Amid these changes, Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato reassured her constituents that the 100% rebate for E-ZPass customers on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge would continue without interruption.

Pheffer Amato and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. were responsible for securing funding for the rebate program on the span that connects the Rockaways to Queens, which is the only inter-county tolled bridge in New York State.