FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 • THE COURIER SUN 3 Three big primary races on the Sept. 13 ballot in South Queens BY ROBERT POZARYCKI email@example.com/@robbpoz Democrats in south Queens will head to the polls this Tuesday, Sept. 13, to cast their votes in primaries for three state legislative seats. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday; only voters who are registered Democrats will be eligible to participate in the primary. Headlining the ballot in most areas of southern Queens is the race for the 10th State Senate District. Incumbent state Senator James Sanders is being challenged by Community Board 12 Chairperson Adrienne Adams for the right to represent areas of Jamaica, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens and much of the Rockaway Peninsula. Assemblywoman Vivian Cook is also facing a primary challenge from property manager Rodney Reid for her 32nd Assembly District seat, which covers much of Richmond Hill, Rochdale, St. Albans, South Jamaica and Springfield Gardens. Five Democrats are seeking the nomination to fill the vacant 33rd Assembly District seat formerly held by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Clark. The contenders include political aide Nantasha Williams, Community Board 13 Chairperson Bryan J. Block, attorney Clyde Vanel, community advocate Roy Paul and public school day delegate Sabine French. The district covers much of Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Hollis and Queens Village. For more information or to find your polling place, call 212-VOTE-NYC or visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us. No bail for Jamaica Hills man who fatally stabbed woman in botched robbery attempt Police have arrested a suspect in the Aug. 31 murder of a 60-year-old woman on Normal Road in Jamaica Hills. By Robert Pozarycki firstname.lastname@example.org/@robbpoz A Jamaica Hills man accused of stabbing a 60-year-old woman to death after failing to rob her on a neighborhood street last week remains locked up, prosecutors announced. Yonatan Galvez Marin, 22, of Normal Road was arrested on Sunday, Sept. 4, on two counts of second-degree murder, firstdegree attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon for the Aug. 31 killing of Nazma Khanam, 60. At 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 31, law enforcement sources said, Galvez Marin approached Khanam as she walked steps ahead of her husband along Normal Road between 160th and 161st streets and demanded cash. When she refused, police said, Galvez Marin allegedly stabbed her once in her torso and fled the scene on foot. Officers from the 107th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Khanam, the aunt of a New York City police officer, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. At first, many in the Muslim community called on police to investigate Khanam’s death as a possible hate crime; it occurred a few weeks after an Ozone Park imam and an associate were fatally shot while walking home from afternoon prayers at a local mosque. “Sadly, the Bangladeshi community once again finds itself having to deal with the senseless Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD murder of one of its own,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. “The individual who attempted to rob and attack this defenseless wife and mother as she walked down the street has now been apprehended, and will be vigorously prosecuted for this unprovoked and heinous attack.” Detectives tracked down Galvez Marin three days after Khanam’s murder near the crime scene. He was charged following questioning by the 107th Precinct Detective Squad and the Queens South Homicide Squad. At his arraignment hearing on Sept. 4, Galvez Marin was ordered held without bail and to return to court on Sept. 9. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life behind bars. Queens’ gold-medal winner at Rio will be honored with parade BY LIAM BAKER email@example.com/@QNS Queens’ very own Dalilah Muhammad made history at the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro this summer when she became the first American woman to win gold in the 400-meter hurdles. Now she’s set to receive a proper homecoming this Saturday, Sept. 10, with a parade to honor the local celebrity and her accomplishments in her hometown of Jamaica. The parade is being hosted by state Senator James Sanders Jr. and is co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, the Rochdale Village board of directors and Hope NYC Church in South Ozone Park. The parade will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 10, starting at Roy Wilkins Park, traveling down Merrick Boulevard and finishing at the community center in Rochdale Village. “I am proud that Olympic track star and gold medal winner Dalilah Muhammad is a resident of my district,” Sanders said in a press release. “She is a shining example of what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. Dalilah is an inspiration to us all, especially our youth.” Muhammad and her family will be in attendance, along with community leaders and officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio. For more information, contact Sanders’ office at 718-523-3069.
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