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NY1 News looks back on 2013 with our annual Year In Review series of reports.

2013 Queens Year In Review: Communities Band Together After Sandy, Electeds Charged With Corruption

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Every year NY1 looks back at the major stories that shaped our year. We continue our annual year in review series with the Year in Queens. NY1’s Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.

As stories of neighbors helping neighbors became not just news, but commonplace, the borough of Queens proved the wrath of a hurricane could break down homes but not its communities.

There was another storm, this one political, that brought federal corruption charges to State Senator Malcom Smith and Queens Councilman Dan Halloran.

Smith and Halloran were accused in a bribery scheme to place Smith, a Democrat, on the Republican ballot for mayor.

Former Queens Councilman Anthony Weiner tried putting his online sex scandals behind him for a mayoral run, but his troubled campaign would only bring about more accusations of sexting and a big loss.

There was a big win for a young spelling champ from Bayside, 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali took home the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee title.

Champions of a different kind descended onto Queens, alongside tens of thousands of fans, for this year's MLB All Star Game at CitiField.

But In the shadows of the stadium, the hundreds of auto body shops that make up Willets Point, would finally be asked to leave.

The City Council approved a $3 billion deal to change the industrial neighborhood into an area fit for homes, a hotel and a shopping mall.

The project was approved just months after the Council paved the way to expand the U.S tennis center down the street in Flushing-Meadows Corona Park, accommodating up to 10,000 more fans.

Tragedy hit home following the Metro-North train derailment in December. One of the fatalities was a Korean immigrant from Woodside, remembered for her work as a nurse caring for special needs children.

In Long Island City, families and volunteers continue to search for Avonte Oquendo, the teenage boy with autism who vanished from his public school in October.

Grafitti artists lost the fight to keep the iconic “5Pointz” building upright, though developers promise more art space in the future.

Queens residents are also saying goodbye to the first African American borough president of Queens. Helen Marshall, who was termed out, was replaced by long-time Forest Hills resident Melinda Katz.

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