Gina Martinez

Digital News Producer

United States

Experienced digital content producer with knowledge of social media, great interviewing skills, and talent for news gathering in a busy newsroom.

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Refugees rented Trump's childhood home

Share on Facebook In an attempt to send a message to President Donald Trump and world leaders, the British charity Oxfam rented out the president's childhood Jamaica Estates home to four refugees over the weekend.

Koo beats Tan in primary for Council seat in Flushing

Share on Facebook City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has won his third term as councilman. The "Mayor of Flushing" won a convincing victory against challenger Alison Tan, wife of state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), to represent District 20 in the City Council, The seat covers Flushing, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill.

Trump's budget plan could hurt LGBT community in Queens

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) held a round table Friday to discuss the negative effect President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts would have on Queens. Meng hosted a wide array of non-profit organization that stand to lose funds under Trump's budget plan that was announced a few weeks back.

Trump childhood home sells for $2.14 million to mystery buyer

Share on Facebook President Donald Trump's Jamaica Estates childhood home has sold for a 50 percent profit. The five-bedroom, Tudor-style home located at 85-15 Wareham Place, where the 45th president of the United States spent the first four years of his life, sold for $2.14 million.

Spa Castle owners donate thousands to Queens Democrats

Share on Facebook The owners of Spa Castle, who were indicted on tax fraud charges, made sizable donations to Queens Democrats over the years, according to government campaign filings. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) responded to a New York Post report that Spa Castle owners gave thousands in donations to multiple Queens politicians.

Museum of Moving Image shuts anti-Trump exhibit to protect public safety

Share on Facebook The Museum of the Moving Image has closed the anti-Trump exhibit called "He Will Not Divide Us" after the museum deemed it a public safety hazard because of violent threats and many arrests. The art project was started by actor and activist Shia LaBeouf and two collaborators.

Avella declares he's running for mayor at controversial homeless shelter

Share on Facebook On a rainy Sunday afternoon with the controversial Maspeth Holiday Inn as the backdrop, state Sen. Tony Avella (D- Bayside) announced his run for mayor. The location was no coincidence. In his announcement tackling the homeless crisis was one of Avella's major platforms, and most of the nearly 100 supporters were protesters from Queens who opposed the conversion of hotels into shelters.

Ozone Park residents oppose homeless center at rowdy meeting

Share on Facebook South Queens residents used a town hall meeting to voice their disdain for the proposed Ozone Park drop-in center. The meeting, hosted by Councilman Ruben Wills (D- Jamaica) was filled with tension. Residents were totally against the proposed 100-32 Atlantic Ave.

DEP announces $34M project to clean up Flushing Bay

Share on Facebook Flushing Bay is getting a major cleanup. The city Department of Environmental Protection has begun work on a $34 million project to dredge portions of Flushing Bay near the World's Fair Marina to reduce odors and improve the health of the waterway.

Queens Chronicle
Pamela Hazel: a rebel with a cause

Hazel's journey began in the early 1980s when she first arrived in the United States. She lived in Woodside before she moved to Jamaica 15 years ago. What she saw, though, surprised her. "When I was growing up I was poor but the people had pride," Hazel said.

Queens Chronicle
A York professor helps free inmate

A York College assistant professor was part of a team that helped get a new trial for a man charged in the 1990 crime that was dubbed "the murder that changed New York City," and will be featured on an upcoming episode of Dateline with Lester Holt this Friday, which goes in-depth about the crime.Bill Hughes, an assistant journalism professor at York College in Jamaica, was instrumental in helping Johnny Hincapie of Bayside get a new trial in a murder he claims he had nothing to do with.

Queens Chronicle
Landlord closing the book on B&N

Book lovers in Queens are going to have a harder time getting their fix. Book retail giant Barnes & Noble is leaving the borough entirely, after announcing that its store in Bay Terrace is closing by the end of the year."It's horrible," said Grace Abruzzo, 64, who has lived in the area for 40 years.