Following the holidays, Community Board 6 held its first monthly meeting of the new year on Jan. 8, and, by all counts, things seem to be in pretty good order in the district.
The recent inclement weather resulted in some inconveniences, with several members of the board complaining about poor snow removal, particularly at street crossings.
Board Chairman Joseph Hennessy said, “We’re a community of senior citizens. The crosswalks never seem to get hit” with snow clearing. “It makes it very difficult to cross.”
He asked Bruno Iciano, a community affairs liaison with the Department of Sanitation, who was in attendance, to try to “work on it, as more bad weather is expected.”
Iciano said special “snow laborers” were hired the morning after the recent storm. While saying, “Our priorities are the main arteries,” he promised to address the crosswalks issue.
“Hopefully,” he added, under the new mayor, “instead of cuts we’ll get some add-ons.”
A concerned area resident pointed out to Iciano that some neighbors “never shovel” in front of their houses. Iciano suggested contacting the department via 311 and recommended getting a complaint number. He pointed out that homeowners are allowed four hours after the final hour of a snowfall to clear their sidewalks.
Iciano also suggested visiting NYC.gov/sanitation for the latest information on snow storm alerts and garbage collection.
Hennessy also pointed out that at certain bus stops, particularly around Queens Boulevard and Continental Avenue, long lines of waiting passengers are too commonplace. “There is something wrong with the system,” he said, indicating he will invite representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to attend a future meeting and asserting, “The MTA is not servicing the public.”
A report from Capt. Thomas Conforti, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, indicated that crime in the area was on the down swing. The year just ended had “the lowest amount of car thefts in the 112th’s history,” he said, with a total of 60, as compared to 3,500 stolen vehicles in 1990. Conforti added that the 79 robberies reported for the year represent “the lowest number since probably 1989.”
District Manager Frank Gulluscio encouraged members and the area residents in attendance to “stay involved” in civic groups. “We are the grassroots of city government,” he said, stressing that with the new administration it is “very important” to remain active. “Things are changing for the good and for the bad,” he said.
“My job, particularly this year, is to make sure the community board stays in the forefront,” he said.
Under new Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, he added, “We’re starting the year off on the right foot.”
Two new applications to the state Liquor Authority were approved by the board: those for Naju Inc., a restaurant located at 110-60 Queens Blvd., and El Coyote, a Mexican restaurant at 70-09 Austin St. In addition, two renewals were approved: for King David, a kosher restaurant at 101-10 Queens Blvd., and Shalimar Diner, at 63-68 Austin St.
Lynn Schulman, the board’s vice president for scoping, suggested a resolution honoring the memory of Norman Tepper, a board member who recently passed away, and remembered by Schulman as a “fountain of information,” be sent to his family. The members in attendance supported the idea.