Meet the new precinct commander, town hall meeting in Sunnyside Thursday

Captain Ralph Forgione

January 23, By Christian Murray

Residents will get the opportunity to meet the new commander of the 108 police precinct Thursday at a town hall meeting organized by two elected officials.

State Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer are hosting the meeting just three weeks after Captain Ralph Forgione was named the new head of 108th police precinct, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.

The meeting will be at Sunnyside Community Services, located at 41-31 39th Street, from 6:30pm through 8pm.

Forgione, who replaced the popular Deputy Inspector John Travaglia earlier this month, has spent most of his career in Queens.

This is Forgione’s first time as a commanding officer, spending several years as an executive officer—or second in command—at various Queens precincts. He was most recently the executive officer at the 114th Precinct in Astoria. Prior to that, he was an executive officer at the 111th Precinct in Bayside; the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst; and 112th Precinct in Forest Hills.

Forgione takes the top job at a time when crime in the precinct has been on the decline.

The crime rate for the precinct—based on the number of reported major indexed crimes—has dropped significantly. Crime was down about 4 percent for 2016 (through December 25), compared to the same period in 2015.

Latest News

Jackson Avenue building about to face wrecking ball
January 23, Staff Report
Demolition permits were filed with the city last week for the bulldozing of a Jackson Avenue building that will make way for condos. The 10-24 Jackson Avenue building, which was once the home to PNT Group Fitness &…
City issues Request for Proposals for Jackson Ave. rail yard site, as it looks for developers to build housing
January 23, By Hannah Wulkan
The city is looking to develop a mixed-use building over a rail yard in Long Island City and put out a request for developer proposals this morning. According to the request, the city’s Economic Development Corporation and the MTA are looking for a third-party developer to build a combined retail,…
Large LIC contingent chartering bus to Washington for Trump protest march
January 20, By Hannah Wulkan
A group of Long Island City residents will be making its way to Washington tomorrow to participate in the Women’s March as they aim to put President Donald Trump on notice that he must respect people’s human rights.…
City Planning to hold public meeting Jan. 31 to present ‘LIC Core study,’ significant step in its attempt to rezone district
January 19, By Christian Murray
The Department of City Planning will present its analysis of the Queens Plaza/Court Square district at a public meeting January 31, representing a major step in its attempt to upzone the area in order to make provision for affordable housing.…
City Council passes public art legislation, sparked by pink sculpture saga
January 18, By Hannah Wulkan
The City Council passed a legislation package that overhauls the Percent for Art program, creating more transparency and accountability to the community during the process of commissioning a piece of public art. The legislation,…
LIC condo prices continue to climb, rents remain flat
January 18, By Christian Murray
Whether it be a studio apartment or a 2 bedroom, condo prices in Long Island City continue to soar to new heights. The average sales price for a Long Island City condo jumped 25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016,…


More Headlines

Sunnyside filmmaker’s documentary on Jamaica Bay to air on Channel THIRTEEN next month
January 17, By Hannah Wulkan
A Sunnyside filmmaker’s documentary on Jamaica Bay will air on television next month, provided he can raise enough money to cover the fees involved. Dan Hendrick, who is married to local Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer,…
Hundreds of cats quarantined in LIC warehouse after Avian Flu outbreak
January 14, By Hannah Wulkan
Hundreds of cats that were exposed to the Avian Flu are being temporarily quarantined and treated in a warehouse in an industrial section of Long Island City. Last week, the ASPCA set up more than 450 cats from Manhattan,…
Gourmet deli with an upstairs bar to open on Vernon Blvd
January 13, By Christian Murray
A high-end gourmet deli with an upstairs bar is coming to Vernon Boulevard in the space that was formerly occupied by The Butcher Gourmet Deli. The new establishment, located at 49-16 Vernon Blvd., will consist of an extensive ground floor deli,…
Sports-themed restaurant likely to open on Vernon Blvd
January 12, By Christian Murray
A new operator is planning to take over Tutti Matti—formerly known as Testaccio--and convert the space into a sports-themed restaurant. The new company, called 47 Thirty LLC, plans to open the 47-30 Vernon Blvd venue with approximately 12 TVs—plus a large screen—and offer an extensive menu.…
Movie theater likely to be incorporated as part of new development on Queens Blvd
January 11, By Hannah Wulkan
A movie theater will likely be moving in to a brand new office building in Sunnyside. Developers of the nine story building going up at 38-01 Queens Boulevard are in talks with a major movie theater chain to move in to the building,…
Developer files plans for 9-story building near Queens Plaza
January 11, By Hannah Wulkan
A developer filed plans to build yet another mixed use retail and residential building in Long Island City yesterday. The new building, which will go up at 41-14 27th Street across from the Jet Blue corporate offices,…
Two Boots Pizzeria and others moving into The Factory in LIC
January 10, By Hannah Wulkan
Several small restaurant chains are moving their production headquarters and are opening eateries in The Factory building in Long Island City. The renovated 10-story warehouse at 30-30 47th Avenue is already home to established retailers such as Madewell and Ralph Lauren,…
LIC Core study, likely precursor to rezoning, expected to be made public within a month
January 10, By Christian Murray
The Department of City Planning, in its quest to upzone the Queens Plaza/Court Square district to make way for affordable housing, is likely to be unveiling its “core study” of the area within the next month.…
Local Republican blasts Van Bramer, claims councilman’s post-election messages are ‘divisive’
January 10, By Hannah Wulkan
A local Republican leader has condemned Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer for using “divisive” rhetoric since Donald Trump won the presidential election in November. Marvin Jeffcoat, an army veteran who ran for State Senate against incumbent Michael Gianaris last year and garnered just 14 percent of the vote,…
Hunters Point Library to open toward the end of summer
January 9, By Hannah Wulkan
The long-anticipated Hunters Point Library is scheduled to open toward the end of the summer, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced on Facebook Friday. According to Van Bramer, he toured the facility along with Queens Library CEO Dennis Walcott and New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Pena-Mora Friday morning to get an update on the project.…
Latest renderings of the Court Square Tower, to be tallest building in Queens, revealed
January 6, By Hannah Wulkan
The first detailed renderings have been released for the new Court Square tower that, once built, will be the tallest building in the borough. The new skyscraper at 23-15 44th Drive, called the Court Square City View Tower,…
New commanding officer appointed to 108 precinct
<img class="size-full wp-image-40019" src="http://sunnysidepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/New-Captain-e1483653329860.jpg" alt="" width="565" height="412" /> Captain Ralph Forgione <em>January 5, By Christian Murray</em> A new commanding officer has been appointed to the 108 Police Precinct, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. Captain Ralph Forgione, who has spent most of his career in Queens,…
LIC: Cops searching for man who robbed Chase Bank
January 5, Staff Report
Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a bank in Long Island City yesterday. According to the report, an unknown man entered the Chase Bank at 25-15 Queens Plaza North at 11:04 yesterday,…
Many Long Island City children to get $100 as part of new college savings program, de Blasio announces
January 5, By Hannah Wulkan
A new non-profit has launched a program to help students save for college, beginning with children in School District 30 that includes large sections of Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights and Long Island City,…
Long Awaited Indoor-Outdoor Family “Play Cafe” Opens on Jackson Avenue
Staff Report
Long Island City's flourishing population of young families may have a new reason to celebrate the new year. City Owlets, a children's playspace and cafe at 10-42 Jackson Ave, is hosting a grand opening week for parents and guardians who would like to register their kids for play sessions at the multi-roomed space.…
Former city worker writes $600K in fraudulent benefit checks out of Long Island City office
January 4, Staff Report
A former employee for the city’s Human Resources Administration pleaded guilty yesterday to defrauding a public assistance program out of $600,000 and, separately, trafficking large amounts of cocaine. Petronila Peralta of the Bronx stole the public funds that were meant to help those in need while working at HRA’s Long Island City office on Northern Boulevard.…
City Council signs off on BID expansion, Hunters Point to get added sanitation services and beautification
January 4, By Hannah Wulkan
Following more than two years of planning, the expansion of the Long Island City Business Improvement District to include a section of Hunters Point has passed its final hurdle and was approved by the City Council today.…

In the Spotlight