On the evening before securing the Republican nomination, mayoral candidate Joe Lhota spoke to the September meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance in the Fairfield Arms Co-op, telling the audience that he understands the needs of the boroughs outside of Manhattan.
“I will not have a Manhattan-centric government at all,” he said.
Lhota gave the audience an overview of what he plans to do if elected mayor, including fighting to reduce taxes and fees, establishing accountability in the schools and merit-based pay for teachers and ensuring that the Police Department has the tools necessary to keep New York safe.
“I want this city to be a city where we can live, where we can work, where we can have a lot of fun and where we can and we want to raise our families,” he said.
Also in attendance at the meeting was Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) who on the first day back to school told the audience that he was concerned with traffic safety around the local schools.
He said that 20 speed cameras, on a rotating basis, will be installed around city schools, but their locations are kept secret.
“It’s not about giving you a fine and collecting revenue off a ticket,” said Goldfeder. “It’s meant to be a deterrent. Just drive slow particularly around schools.”
He criticized the city for not addressing traffic safety issues around PS 232.
“The crossing guard, every time she walks into the street she takes her life in her hands,” said Goldfeder.
In an effort to make the streets safer for pedestrians and motorists the state recently passed a law increasing the fines for texting while driving and made the violation a 5-point penalty on a driver’s license. Goldfeder added that a second violation would get the driver a six-month suspension.
In other news Alliance members were advised that over the summer there was vandalism of cars and stealing of mirrors, hubcaps and tires. The members were advised by an executive board member that, unfortunately, residents were not reporting these crimes to the police; therefore officials are unaware that these crimes have occurred.
Goldfeder will be co-sponsoring a community health fair with the Lindenwood Alliance on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at PS 232’s Walter Ward Playground at 84th Street and 153rd Avenue.
The next meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance will be on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Arms Co-op.