Lorena Delaguna, 53, has been charged with attempted assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment for throwing a bottle at a passing Black jogger, District Attorney Melinda Katz announced.
Delaguna was also seen on video calling the jogger the n-word in an incident that dated back to August 17 in Woodside.
“Crimes like this, which are fueled by hate, are in a special category for a reason,” Katz said. “No one should have to endure being called a vile slur or being attacked simply because of the color of their skin, their religion, or who they love.”
Delaguna returns to Queens Criminal Court on Friday, and if convicted, could face up to seven years in prison.
Delaguna threw a glass bottle at the jogger, which missed and shattered, splashing liquid on the victim. She not only used the n-word, but also told the jogger to “go back to Africa.”
The jogger tried to get away from Delaguna, who followed her at least a block while yelling and threatening her.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the campaign of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will co-host a workshop to educate and empower the community on their rights while engaging with ICE.
The #AbolishICE: Know Your Rights and Resisting ICE workshop will be led by Luba Cortes from Make the Road NY, Genia Blaser from Immigrant Defense Project, and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, the Democratic nominee for Assembly District 34.
This is the third workshop in a series of events hosted by the campaign. Previous ones included topics like organizing a childcare collective and an eviction defense workshop.
UPDATE: According to the FDNY, four people, including a civilian and three firefighters, were taken to a local hospital. The incident was under control in two hours and 10 minutes.
A fire broke out in the basement of an apartment building at 45-45 46th Street in Sunnyside on Friday afternoon.
No one appeared to be injured. After just a few minutes, the fire seemed to be contained, though several dozen firefighters were on the scene for more than an hour.
As you can see from the photo above, the windows of the first floor and basement were broken.
Though some residents from nearby buildings were evacuated, it looked like some went to the roof to check out what was going on.
It was unclear if the restaurant next door, Bistro Punta Sal, a Peruvian spot, was affected.
Dozens of people were watching the firefighters at work just across the street. One man with an American flag-designed mask tossed two firefighters water bottles. Others applauded the firefighters for their work.
Acting Borough President Sharon Lee is looking for two dedicated parent volunteers to fill two vacant positions on Community Education Council District 30.
Lee is accepting applications from education-minded individuals until Friday, August 7.
CEC 30, which includes Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Astoria and Long Island City, is responsible for advising and commenting on educational policies and providing input to Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.
Each CEC oversees elementary and middle schools in their respective community school district. There are seven community school districts in Queens.
CEC members meet for public meetings every month, and visit schools to see what their educational needs are. They also review the district’s educational programs, approve zoning lines, and submit a capital plan to the chancellor after holding public hearings.
The CEC membership application is available online here and can be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later this evening, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will join soon-to-be Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Housing Justice for All to host an eviction defense training for tenants looking to hold onto their homes.
Attendees will discuss ways families can protect themselves against evictions through “organized defense efforts and blockades.”
The lawmakers will also highlight the need for a universal eviction moratorium in New York through the end of 2020, and to cancel debt.