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Wow, we’d gotten used to the idea that the old Neponsit Home was going to be there like the Egyptian pyramids. But no, it’s coming down. As we reported, back in February, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corp handed over the Neponsit Home to NYC Parks which made plans to raze the structure which hasn’t had patients since 1998. Parks plans to select a contractor to do the demo by the end of the year.

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The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission is a bipartisan Commission responsible for drawing New York’s district lines after the 2020 Census. In recent draft proposals, first reported by the Queens Daily Eagle, the initial maps were hardly bipartisan and as a result two sets of draft proposals were released. One proposal has Rockaway in a district that includes a lot of waterfront communities from Brighton Beach and Coney Island to Long Beach and East Rockaway. The Commission’s website states: “We are committed to drawing New York’s maps based on input from the Public.”  Meetings will be held virtually, and the Queens meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 at 3 p.m. You can also submit comments at the website: www.nyirc.gov/draft-plans 

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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that a grand jury considering charges against former police officer David Afanador has found a no true bill and declined to indict. Afanador of the 100th Precinct at the time, had been charged with using a chokehold on a man he arrested in on June 21, 2020. After a video released showing an alleged chokehold, Afanador was suspended without pay. Katz said she is pushing to have the minutes of the grand jury released.  Afanador, reportedly left the NYPD earlier this year following separate legal issues.

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The wet summer means mosquitoes will be in full force. With West Nile and other viruses being carried by these pests, Senator Schumer is calling upon the EPA and the CDC to provide tools (money) to help curb the spread of mosquitoes. The NY Health Department said current West Nile numbers have broken records already and the mosquito season still has weeks to go this year.

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He’s not mayor yet, and we’re not saying the race is over, but in a city with a 7-1 democrat advantage, Eric Adams is likely to take City Hall. While the likely outcome seems clear, what’s not so clear is how much baggage (ethics) Adams will bring with him. He has tax return and landlord issues dogging him, according to The City, a digital news outlet. His accountant “was terminated from his job in 2017 as a managing agent for a Harlem co-op, for alleged financial improprieties.” Things could get messy before they begin.

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Just last week we ran an item about The Graybeards Blood Drive and now it’s been scratched. The Diocese of Brooklyn is limiting large gatherings due to Covid restrictions. We’ll let you know when it’s rescheduled.

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Ahoy! Even when there wasn’t a Poseidon Parade there was still a parade of merry mermaids and nautically minded marchers who came out last September to keep the tradition alive, even though the Parks Department put permits on ice during Covid last year and the parade was “unofficial.” This year, the march is on. The fun starts this Saturday at noon at Beach 105th Street and ends at Beach 95th Street. 

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