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Area leaders hope for positive change in ’12

Redistricting, quality of life, education, healthcare, youth, crime are concerns

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Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:22 pm, Thu Jan 12, 2012.

Bishop Melvin Artis


“One of my goals for the new year is to bring the community and the political leaders closer together to create a dialogue on what we can do to improve the community. Another goal is to get a location set up as a youth center where young people can participate in different activities and keep them off the street. ... We also need to help seniors and the homeless, especially the homeless.”

Richard Hellenbrecht

Civic leader

Aside from peace and health, I would like to see our areas held together when it comes to redistricting on the part of the Assembly and state and congressional districts. I would also like the passing of the rezoning for the Rosedale-Floral Park area and to continue efforts to preserve our local communities.”

Bill Perkins

Civic leader

“One of the main goals is to keep the Rosedale Post Office open. The second main goal is have more community engagement and involvement. We want more people to come to our meetings and find out how they can participate in the community. We also want to keep the lines of communication open with our elected officials and the 105th Precinct.”

Leroy Gadsden

President, Jamaica NAACP

“We would like to have economic empowerment for the community, to increase voter registration and voter turnout and to provide opportunities and services for people who are being released from incarceration. We would also like to bring out a permanent solution to the flooding problem in Southeast Queens.”

Leroy comrie,

NYC Councilman

My wish for 2012 is peace, harmony and fellowship. I would like to create an atmosphere for high quality educational facilities. We need more money for after school-programs to keep kids off the streets and more money for senior home repair programs.”

Pat Bishop

Senior Center Director

“I wish to see senior centers prosper and be realized for the value they have in the community and to stop all the cuts that they’re doing to centers.”

Jerry Wind

Civic leader

“I would like to see this ICCC business put to bed and keep Creedmoor in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the borough president’s master plan.”

Cardinal Sandiford

CB 12 officer

“I would hope that we would cease to have so many foreclosures so people could keep their houses We also have a group home applying to open in our community and we are against that because we already have too many in the district.”

Tony Avella

NYS Senator

“Two things are going to be my major focus in Albany — continuing the millionaire’s tax, but for only people making a million dollars or more, and trying to stop hydrofraking. Those are two big issues. Locally, curbs, trees, quality of life issues will still be my major focus in the district.”

Archie Spigner

former NYC Councilman

“I’m running for re-election as district leader so I hope that goes well.

Shawn Williams

Crime Victims Advocate

“My hope for 2012 is that our elected officials will be more responsible and build up our communities because we can’t do it alone and we are in desperate need of help.”

Vivian Cook

NYS Assemblywoman

“My main objective is to repair the school system and to pay more attention to people involved in foreclosures. I would also like to improve safety for the people living in my district regarding crime and so forth. Also, hospitals and hospital closures are a big concern. We have to ensure that people can get the medical help they need.

Rev. David Kayode


“I want to continue to help the youth, to do something to get them off the streets and give them something to do, because without our youth, we do not have a future.”

Fred Kress

Parks Advocate

“My hope is that every tree that gets planted will have someone to adopt it and take care of it and that every elected official learns to listen to what people ask of them.”

Barbara Clark

NYS Assemblywoman

“I hope for the continued increase in parental involvement as well as sustained financial resources to give our children the best possible advantage, in other words peace, justice and a high quality education for all. Are you listening governor? Mr. mayor?”

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