Insiders tell NYConfidential that the folks at Wendys International are planning a memorial in downtown Flushing for the five victims of the May 24 massacre at the chains Main Street store.
Plans have not been finalized, but sources say
And The Commish
Cop Out On Queens
There were no choppers in College Point, no limos in Long Island City and no fanfare in Flushing.
For the first time in 10 years, New York Citys Mayor and Police Commissioner were a no-show at celebrations throughout Queens for the annual National Nite Out Against Crime, on August 1.
As a rule, the Mayor and the Citys top cop travel to host
precincts in Queens on National Night
Its the night when Hizzoner has traditionally wowed crowds,
arriving by NYPD helicopter and offering crime stats that display a major win in
But this year, lame duck Mayor Rudy Giuliani chose to join GOPers at their convention in Philly and Police Commissioner Howard Safir was MIA. . . no reason offered. The task of visiting host sites was handed this year to NYPD Chief of Department Joseph Dunne.
Dunne, a Queens boy, arrived and conquered crowds at the host site,
then split to visit as
Insiders at 1 Police Plaza said Dunnes assignment is one more indication that he has been tapped to replace Safir when the Commish resigns.
Safir has not been running the day-to-day operation of the NYPD for some time. First Deputy Patrick Kelleher and Chief Dunne have been at the helm. Since Kelleher has turned in his papers, we hear Dunne is the likely replacement for Safir.
Dunne is said to be on the fast track to commish, leading the small pack of possibles that includes a top official at the NYC Dept. of Corrections.Journalistic Journey
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What has been Citywide is now becoming Queens. Although, perhaps the page name will for a while remain NYConfidential, we here at the Tribune and the PRESS of Southeast Queens will think of it as Queens Confidential. In Manhattan (Our Town and the The West Side Spirit), theyll be publishing East Side and West Side Confidential. We'll work with them and share those earthshaking tidbits of Citywide import. We'll also borrow from the Open Secrets page of our sister paper, The Hill, when one of their DC targets is tied to our Borough.
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No one will ever know; well keep it Confidential!The Nun Story
As reported last week in Not4Publication the political commentary column found in this paper the signature of one of our employees found its way onto the petition of Cynthia Jenkins who is challenging incumbent Malcolm Smith for State Senate.
Our staffer signed an affidavit stating that the signature was false and was called to court to testify.
At a lunchtime break at McDonalds across the street from the Court on Sutphin Boulevard, two other ladies, who were also in the same courtroom, invited the witness to join them at their table.
The two ladies, as it turned out, were nuns. One an assistant principal at a Catholic school was there accompanying the other whose signature, like that of our gal, had been forged.
The assistant principal said, "not only was Sister Marys signature forged, but also that of a deceased nun from their order, who had died quite some time before she signed Cynthia Jenkins petition."
Thats one newspaper person, one live nun and one dead nun, all with signatures forged!
Politics is a wonderful pastime.
Bye bye, Cynthia.
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