Woodside native Greg Lasak, who just left the bench of the Supreme Court of Queens County earlier this month, threw his hat into the ring for Queens District Attorney.
His announced his bid with this video, titled “Unequaled,” which cites his experience as a prosecutor, judge and champion of overturning wrongful convictions.
Lasak attended Queens College and New York Law School. He became an Assistant District Attorney and rose to become the chief of the Homicide Bureau and executive assistant for the Major Crimes Division.
In 2003, Lasak was elected to the Supreme Court of Queens and re-election in 2017, serving as the Deputy Administrative Judge.
Lasak reopened wrongful prosecution cases that led to two dozen exonerations.
He is campaigning on ending cash bail on low-level, non-violent offenses, and will decline to prosecute and divert where appropriate.
Lasak wants to also focus on strengthening relations between police and communities.
Learn more about the candidate with the video above.
A community member is looking for assistance to help locate their beloved pet.
Muneco, a yorkie, is missing. The dog was last seen on 47th Street and 50th Avenue on Sunday, October 10.
There is a $500 reward for whoever finds the dog. Contact the owner at 646-837-2945 or at 347-500-5418.
This year’s restaurant week also features a contest for diners. Each time a customer orders at a participating restaurant, they will be entered into a raffle for a $250 gift certificate for dinner for four at the restaurant of their choice.
Sunnyside Shines is also recognizing local restaurant workers with its Star Server Award. As a patron, you can nominate an outstanding server, and the worker with the most nominations will receive a $50 gift card as well.
Sunnyside Shines is hosting free music and dancing performances at Bliss Plaza, located at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, from 4 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday of the month in September.
September 11 features Beats in Bliss Plaza with the Queens Opera Theatre. The theatre was founded by Brian Gill and Andy Anderson, and the pair has extensive experience working in musical theatre production across the country.
September 18 will feature live Irish music and dance with the McManus Irish Dancers. There will also be games and craft activities at the plaza.
September 25 will conclude with the Thalia Spanish Theatre. They will put on their Variety show, and give a preview of their upcoming fall show, “Queen of the Night” or “Reinas de la Noche.”
City Council candidate Brent O’Leary is taking a stance against a new development on the Sunnyside-Woodside border.
The Sunnyside Point, being built at 47-16 Greenpoint Avenue, will contain three affordable apartments. But a one-bedroom will cost nearly $2,300 a month, which O’Leary said is too high for working-class residents in the district.
Last Friday, residents gathered at Joe Sabba Park to denounce the new affordable housing units that he said are not truly affordable.
The minimum household income required to eligible to apply for the apartment is $77,178.
“Right now, there are thousands of Sunnyside and Woodside residents who are deeply afraid of being priced out of their own neighborhood,” O’Leary said in a prepared statement, “and by claiming that $2,300 a month should be considered affordable is a slap in the face to all the people who call this neighborhood home.”
O’Leary called for city legislation to change the way affordability is calculated for rent-stabilized units. Right now, the formula used to calculate the area median income (AMI) includes the median income of residents who live in Manhattan, Rockland and Putnam counties.
“This is the most effective way we can put a stop to the growing wealth inequality and massive displacement that western Queens has been facing over the past ten years,” O’Leary said. “It is not acceptable for the city to use our money to price us out of our neighborhood.”