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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:30 am

It was a mixed bag Monday night at Community Board 7’s last meeting until the fall sessions begin.

First on the agenda was Alex Rosa, representing a new group called Friends of Flushing Creek. Rosa served as chief of staff for Borough Presidents Claire Shulman and Helen Marshall.

Her group is pushing for the dredging of Flushing Creek, something that has been on the back burner for several years.

A resolution on opposing basement apartments passed unanimously. Mayor de Blasio favors allowing basement and other now-illegal apartments, but CB 7 members said they don’t want them.

Members said they had worked for years to downzone areas and that the mayor’s proposal was in direct opposition to that.

A more contentious resolution dealt with secondhand smoking and encourages new multifamily housing to establish smoke-free units and environments. It was a hard-fought battle, passing 18-17, with Chairman Gene Kelty strongly arguing against it and the Rev. Richard McEachern of the Macedonia AME Church pushing for it.

— Liz Rhoades

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