SOUTH JAMAICA SIGHTSEEING TOUR SCAM BUSTED IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN

Gregory Reddick

According to park officials, South Jamaica’s Gregory Reddick is a career con with a rap sheet dating back to his teens, including six felony convictions for burglary and credit card fraud was able to pull off his con game by parading about in a jacket emblazoned with the words, ‘Authorized ticket agent.’ Read more: http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2015/05/gregory-reddick-tricking-tourists-into-paying-200-for-free-staten-island-ferry-rides/#ixzz3biVDdzWz

If it involves anything related to South Jamaica, it has to be sketchy, shady, criminal or some bullshit.

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From A Walk in the Park:

Battery Park Tourist Scalper Scam – Queens Resident Arrested

Yesterday close to a dozen SJQ  Sightseeing Tours personnel worked in front of the Bowling Green subway station soliciting customers.  The tour group is not registered to do business in New York State and has no valid Parks Department permit to sell tickets.  The tourist scam has been operating in broad daylight  for years ripping off customers with little or no interference from authorities. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge.

Manhattan

By Geoffrey Croft

A team of illegal ticket sellers has been preying on unsuspecting tourists for years, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
The ticket scalpers are working in some of the most heavily visited downtown tourist destinations –  Statue of Liberty,  Staten Island Ferry, and Pier 15, (South Street Seaport)
The unscrupulous scammers sell Statue of Liberty tickets for between $ 80 – 100 dollars: re-sell used Statue of Liberty tickets:  Sell people tickets to the Staten Island Ferry and charge people $ 20 just to enter Battery Park, a public park on the tip of Manhattan.
The group wear dark blue official looking tourist operator vests that say, SJQ  Sightseeing Tours.
SJQ stands for South Jamaica Queens.
On the Look Out.   The ubiquitous SJQ  Sightseeing Tour group has been a fixture for years working in lower Manhattan.
They have been a fixture in lower Manhattan operating in broad daylight for years.
On Wednesday career criminal Gregory Reddick, 54,  of 118 Road  in Jamaica  Queens,  was busted after leading park police on a wild chase in lower Manhattan.
Parks Enforcement Patrol officer Jean-Baptist Joseph, 33, saw Reddick on Pier 15 as he was allegedly in the act of conning tourists out of cash.
The PEP officer approached Reddick and ask him for ID. He refused cursed at him and ran away.
The officer called for back up.  PEP officers tracked him down a half mile away in Battery Park.
Another officer approached the con and asked him for ID.
 “F*ck off off,  I ain’t givin you shit,” he responded, according to an officer at the scene.
He ran, and the officers caught up to him. He resisted arrest and officers maced him twice in order to get him to comply.
A large group of Reddick’s associates formed during the arrest,  yelling and screaming.
An NYPD officer in the park said that on Monday – two days before Reddick’s arrest  – he had received a compliant that Reddick had sold two tickets to the Statue of Liberty to a Virginia couple for $ 409  dollars.
“The US Park police also told us they have also been getting a lot of complaints that these SJQ guys are getting aggressive and forcing people to buy tickets,” a PEP officer said.
Reddick told law-enforcement sources he made $ 3000 the day he was caught. He had $ 400 cash on him at the time of his arrest.
Two Park Enforcement Patrol officers were assigned to the area after an SJQ  Sightseeing Tours employee was arrested.
Reddick’s arrests date to the 80’s and include six felony convictions,  multiple burglary and criminal possession of stolen property convictions, law-enforcement sources said.
On Wednesday he was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration In The Second Degree, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Vending in a New York City Park, and Disorderly Conduct.
SJQ  Sightseeing Tours is not registered to do business in New York State and has no valid Parks Department permit to sell tickets.
Read More:
 New York Post – May 30, 2015 –  By Rich Calder

 

PERFECT SKETCHY BEHAVIOR FOR A STOP & FRISK BY LOW LEVEL THUG IN ATTEMPTED PIZZA ROBBERY ON MERRICK BLVD

Just click on the photo of this low level thug to see the video and then make the conclusion yourself.  Typical thug behavior before some shit goes down, on though in this case, he did not follow though thankfully.

Jamaica, so crime ridden, on the streets and in our political office.

REALLY, Jamaica is the next big thing…………………….and then God laughed.

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From Queens Courier:

 

Suspect wanted in attempted robbery at Jamaica pizzeria

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo/Video courtesy of NYPD

Photo/Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man wanted for an attempted robbery at a Little Caesars pizza shop in Jamaica.

On May 13 at about 8:45 p.m. the suspect entered the establishment located at 127-07 Merrick Blvd. and tried to take a 23-year-old victim’s purse but then fled without any property, cops said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s, standing between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, and with a large build. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, lime green t-shirt, and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

 

POTENTIAL ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE HYNDMAN CLUELESS ABOUT WHAT RESIDENTS DEAL WITH ON A DAILY BASIS

Alicia Hyndman, a potential candidate for Assembly in District 29, who has the backing of all the Jamaica crew, has already stated she is clueless about what residents have to deal with on a daily  basis, when she was forced to take the bus while her car was in the shop (hopefully not one of those thug auto body shops on Merrick Blvd.).

In the below Queens Press article (which Leroy Comrie’s wife Marcia works for), Hyndman states “I had to take the bus here because my car is in the shop,” she said. “I’ve been taking the bus for the past three months and I cannot imagine what people go through on a regular basis, especially in the colder months

NO FUCK Hyndman and THAT is the problem with elected officials, they have no fucking clue or idea what regular people go through on a daily basis, especially us who deal with issues in Jamaica, garbage all over, poor quality of life, the broke down leaking buses, illegal truck driving on residential streets that pose safety and noise issues, illegal dumping, the list goes on and on and FUCKING ON. Jamaica has the worst quality of life in all of Queens and yet these elected officials do nothing but photo ops for ribbon cutting ceremonies and street naming bullshit, otherwise their heads are far up their ass.

Any elected officials should spend at least twice a month doing nothing but walking or riding all over the community that they are supposed to service and see what is actually going on and what people in the community have to deal with all the time. I mean when was the last time Comrie, Meeks or Wills did such a thing, because if they did, they would see just how bad their districts are…………………and then continue to do what they always do, ignore the issue and the complaints.

You are off to a good start Hyndman. The fact that the good ole boys back here should be enough to NOT VOTE for her. But how does it feel to have the backing of one of the most corrupt districts in NYC.

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From Queens Press:

The Frontrunner? Dems Throw Support Behind CEC 29’s Alicia Hyndman

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Former CEC District 29 President Alicia Hyndman has the backing of most of
Southeast Queens’ political establishment in her bid to replace Assemblyman
Bill Scarborough.

BY TESS McRAE

The Democratic leaders of Southeast Queens have come forward with their candidate for the 29th Assembly District: Alicia Hyndman.

The decision, made last Friday, puts the former District 29 Community Education Council president in a more than favorable position as the list of rumored candidates continues to grow.

“She has the potential to generate a large support base and she has an extensive background in community service,” District Leader Archie Spigner told the PRESS of Southeast Queens.

Other candidates allegedly considering a campaign include Rev. Corey Terry, founder of Our Brother’s Guardian; Franck Joseph, chief of staff to Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and several others.

Brian Block, chairman of Community Board 13, whose name was dropped by several sources, confirmed with the PRESS of Southeast Queens he is not running.

The choice of Hyndman as a candidate is not entirely unexpected. Last week, Queens leaders said they were looking to making a unified decision. Sources told The Press Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Richards, state Sens. Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis) and James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), and Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) were in communication with one another, looking for a candidate to back together.

“I’m talking to all the electeds in hopes that all of us settle on one person as a unit to find someone who will be a good representative of the area,” Comrie said last week. “We’re waiting to see who rises to the top and who is willing to put the time in.”

Now with Hyndman rising “to the top,” area officials said they are excited to see what she can bring to the position.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Hyndman as a community educational council leader and parent activist,” Miller said in a written statement. “She has been an asset to our community and truly understands the importance of investing in our children. Ms. Hyndman has a history of productivity and I look forward to working with her as an elected colleague.”

She is also rumored to receive support from the United Federation of Teachers.

Even with the support, Hyndman was unsure of the likelihood of her success until very recently.

“When news came down that the 29th Assembly seat was open, I was approached by some friends who said ‘Why not you?’” Hyndman told The Press in an exclusive sit-down interview. “I hadn’t even thought about it, but I have 15 years experience in the state education department and I thought about my two girls – I have a 16-year-old and a soon-to-be 5-year-old – and I thought about their welfare, which is my top priority. I feel I am young enough and have enough energy to take this on.”

Top priorities for Hyndman’s campaign, which had a soft kickoff at the Laurelton Memorial Day Parade on Monday, include flooding, transportation and, of course, education.

“I had to take the bus here because my car is in the shop,” she said. “I’ve been taking the bus for the past three months and I cannot imagine what people go through on a regular basis, especially in the colder months.”

Though Hydman considers herself to be very much a “freshman” in the political world, she said she shouldn’t be counted out; especially when sullenness and distrust of the State Legislature has increased greatly among constituents.

“I was a senior professional investigator for the state,” she said. “I can go into a school and know exactly what’s wrong and what needs to be done. I will take those skills with me if I’m elected. It’s also important to have a staff who is accountable, which I plan on looking for when I start hiring people. The people put their trust in you and to break that trust is irrevocable.”

Hyndman did not offer much criticism of the current administration, including of Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo.

In the past, Hyndman was very critical of the Bloomberg administration, especially as it pertains to collocations.

“One school should never suffer for another school,” she said.

Hyndman also criticized the lack of funding received by Southeast Queens. However now, while she said she does not agree with everything de Blasio or Cuomo do, Hyndman said things are looking up.

Assembly District 29 includes all of Laurelton and parts of Rosedale, Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Jamaica and Hollis.

“You need to have a strong personality and I think [Cuomo] has that,” she said. “Sometimes Albany is a slow moving bus on Archer Avenue during rush hour. [With the de Blasio administration] there is a lot more dialogue than in the past. It’s a lot more accessible. You may not get the answer you want, but you get a response.”

With the support of electeds, Hyndman will get crucial attention from constituents, but that isn’t always a good thing. Members of the community said they fear a candidate with substantial backing will be forever in-debt to the politicians who assist in getting candidates elected.

“I would probably think the same thing if I were them,” Hyndman said. “At the end of the day, I have to look at myself in the mirror, I have to look at my kids, my family and my community and know I’m doing the right thing. If I feel a piece of legislation or anything will have a negative effect on any of them, I will not cosign it. It’s great to have support, but I also need to be independent.”

Though the election has yet to be announced by the governor, the special primary will coincide with the upcoming election for Queens district attorney in September, followed by a general election in November. The winning candidate must campaign again for the following year in accordance with the ending political term.

“I had to take the bus here because my car is in the shop,” she said. “I’ve been taking the bus for the past three months and I cannot imagine what people go through on a regular basis, especially in the colder months

THAT is the problem with elected officials, they have no idea what regular people go through on a daily basis, especially us who deal with issues in Jamaica, garbage all over, poor quality of life, the broke down leaking buses, illegal truck driving on residential streets, noise issues, the list goes on and on. Jamaica has the worst quality of life in all of Queens and yet these elected officials do nothing but photo ops.

Any elected officials should spend at least twice a month doing nothing but walking or riding all over the community that they are supposed to service. I mean when was the last time Comrie, Meeks or Wills did such a thing, because if they did, they would see just how bad their districts are.

ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS: THE CONTINUATION OF IGNORING THE ISSUE & LACK OF ENFORCEMENT

Trucks 5.28.15 008The two biggest issues with the illegal truck driving on residential streets such as 170th (there are others such as Foch Blvd, 110th and others I am not even aware of) are the continuous ignoring of this issue by local leaders who are not, leading on this issue (despite the Mayors Vision Zero Project of safer streets & over half a year of my documentation, a NY1 story, a WPIX story, an indepth Progress Queens story and other media articles) and the lack of enforcement of an actual law on the books. I mean how is that even possible, unless no one wants to actually do their job. These large trucks pose both safety & noise issues on a residential street that includes elderly (NYCHA senior citizens Apartment Building & many children who are picked up by school buses). Trucks 5.29.15 001

Residential streets are just that, residential, they are not truck routes, hence why they are not designated truck routes and are not designed for these types of large heavy vehicles, but are abused every single day from early morning (3:30am at times) to midnight every single day. Although many people are not even aware that these streets are off limits to large trucks because it happens so often and of course most are not aware of what is a designated truck route. When I spoke to people in my building, they had no idea that these trucks were not to use 170th Street.

But our local leaders are not addressing the issue and the enforcement aspect is not happening enough. Local leaders need to step up to the plate and address this issues. Local leaders such as Senator Tony Avella, Senator Leroy Comrie, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman I. Daneek Miller and others such as Community Board 12, DOT and NYPD who all receive every single notice I put out on this issue. What makes matters worse is that many of the culprits are businesses in the area that are shitting all over this community like Royal Waste Services and Liberty Cement.

Regardless of the bill introduced by Councilman Paul Vallone on this issue and passed by City Council (I mean there is already a law on this issue to begin with) and the Mayor’s Vision Zero program, if laws are not being enforced and leaders are not speaking out, it all means SHIT. Stand up for what is right once in awhile and try to LEAD, I mean it is part of the word LEADER.Trucks 5.29.15 002

 

SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE JAMAICA COMMUNITY ARE JUST COMPLETE IDIOTS, WELL MORE THAN SOME

From Queens Press:

CB 12 Comfortable With Wilkins Comfort Station

BY TESS McRAE

Kate O’Malley, center, director of architecture for the Parks Department, presents a plan to install a restroom in Roy Wilkins Park.

At the May Community Board 12 meeting Wednesday, the Parks Department presented the agency’s proposed design of a new bathroom at Roy Wilkins Park.

According to Kate O’Malley, director of architecture for the Parks Department, who showed renderings of the one-stall men’s and women’s restrooms, the comfort station would be erected on 116th Avenue, in between the parking lot and the baseball field.

Currently at the site, there are storage bins, which will be relocated once construction begins.

“This is our standard design for a comfort station, we constructed a similar one in Far Rockaway that works really well with maintenance, is sanitary and has gotten a lot of positive feedback from the residents there,” O’Malley said when asked why they chose to design the bathrooms the way the did.

Though a majority of board members and meeting attendees were satisfied with the proposal, a few had some grievances to air.

“I want to know why you didn’t get any community input from us before you presented it,” one resident said. Community leader Rev. Charles Norris echoed a similar complaint.

At one point, CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams had to step in.

“We have to pick and choose our battles here,” she said in defense of O’Malley. “This is a standard facility. We already have a larger bathroom in the park. This will cater to the baseball field players so they don’t have to run all the way to the other side of the park to use the bathroom. This is the standard design the Parks Department uses for bathrooms like this.”

The comfort station, though widely approved of by CB 12, will not be completed for quite some time.

O’Malley said the renderings will be finalized and approved by September and construction will begins some months afterward.

CB 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick also shared with residents and board members that the NYPD and CB 12 would be getting stricter with block parties.

“I don’t know if this is true, but I was told CB 12 has more block parties than any other district in the city,” she said. “We are putting a moratorium on block parties.”

According to the moratorium, no new block party requests will be accepted by the board and street closures cannot begin until 9 a.m. Parties must end by 5 p.m. and the street must be clear by 6 p.m. Police will no longer be present at block parties.

“If you don’t think you can deal with these rules, I suggest you don’t apply because you will not get approved again,” Reddick said.

Residents, who complained of some parties lasting as late as 2 a.m., were relieved to hear the board’s decision to place a moratorium on block parties. However, some complained backyard parties can be just as disruptive, but because those celebrations take place on private land, the board has no say in how backyard parties operate.

“If there’s a problem, call 311 or call the precinct,” Reddick said. “That’s all we have the power to do with backyard parties.”

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“I want to know why you didn’t get any community input from us before you presented it,” one resident said. Community leader Rev. Charles Norris echoed a similar complaint.

It’s a fucking bathroom idiots, why do you need an input on this issue.  It is a place where people PISS & SHIT.

Where are all of you when crap like Royal Waste Facility was dumped into a residential district, where are all of you with the illegal truck driving on residential streets, where are you with all the thug auto body shops that litter Merrick Blvd and place their smashed and unlicensed cars all on the street and sidewalks, where are all of you with all the other nonsense in this community. But a park bathroom gets your fucking panties in a wad.

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Rev. Norris

FOCUS on the important things, not about a bathroom in the park. This is why the Jamaica community is a mess with folks like Norris worrying about useless crap instead of major important issues. If I am not mistaken this clown Rev. Norris, who I have seen his nonsense at meetings before, is the same clown who welcomed crook and former Senator Shirley Huntley with open arms when she was released from prison. There are times I like what he has to say like when he called former Senator Malcolm Smith on his shit and then it is times like this that I shake my head and say “what the fuck”.

Idiots. At least they are curbing those block party nonsense.

 

PROOF POSITIVE YOU CANNOT HAVE NICE THINGS IN THE GHETTO: FAT TUESDAY AT RESORTS WORLD CASINO SHUTTERS AFTER MASSIVE GHETTO BRAWL

Yes Virginia, you cannot have nice things in the Ghetto, because of cave people, savages, low-lifes or any other phrase you care to use to describe some of the barbarians of Southeast Queens.

Joe Pando, the bars chief operating officer stated “They determined it wasn’t a good fit for their environment there. They were having more issues than not,” he said.

HA, it was not a good fit for their environment, what the ghetto environment.

And that is why the area looks the way it does.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Queens Casino Bar Fat Tuesday to Close After Massive Brawl

By Katie Honan | May 27, 2015 6:50pm

 Resorts World Casino has decided to shutter Fat Tuesday's, the bar's chief operating officer said.

Resorts World Casino has decided to shutter Fat Tuesday’s, the bar’s chief operating officer said.

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SOUTH OZONE PARK — The daiquiri bar that was the site of a massive brawl on its opening day has been frozen out of its casino home, the owner said.

Resorts World Casino decided to close Fat Tuesday after less than two months in business, according to the bar’s chief operating officer, Joe Pando.

“We’re disappointed,” he said. “[Resorts] had some issues there, as you probably know.”

The New Orleans-themed chain opened April 3 at the casino on Rockaway Boulevard and “business was booming,” until a massive brawl erupted that night, Pando and police said.

“The line got long and two ladies apparently started amongst themselves and then it just grew into a major brawl,” he said.

At least two-dozen people were involved in the melee, with video of the fight showing people yelling, hurling chairs and throwing punches around the casino.

Two men were arrested and another person was given summonses for minor offenses, police said.

As customers exited the casino during the fight, a man allegedly fired several shots in the casino’s parking lot. That man was arrested after facial-recognition software identified him as the shooter, but the district attorney declined to prosecute him.

The location was the first Fat Tuesday to open in New York City, with 55 other outposts  operating around the country, according to Pando. The chain is famous for a long list of frozen drinks like the Blue Bayou, Eye Candy, Long Island Ice Tea and Cat 5 Hurricane.

It was closed immediately after the fight and later reopened, but continued to have problems, Pando explained.

“They determined it wasn’t a good fit for their environment there. They were having more issues than not,” he said.

A spokesman for Resorts World did not respond to multiple attempts for comment.

The Queens casino made headlines Tuesday after a man who calling himself the “Grim Reaper” shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot, police said.

Dalton Branch, 51, killed Patricia Mohammed, 55, and fired at her coworkers and a man he believed to be her new boyfriend outside Resorts World, where she worked, police and sources said.

Branch was later shot and killed by police in East New York after opening fire on them, police said.