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Trash cap group courts Community Board 12

Proponents of a bill that would cap the allowable trash-processing levels in Southeast Queens and two other communities received a generally warm reception on Feb. 18 at Community Board 12.Justin Wood, a community organizer with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, said CB 12’s area is one of four community districts in the city — the others being in the South Bronx and Northern Brooklyn — that process about 75 percent of the roughly 35,000 tons of garbage produced daily in the city.

Thursday 02/26/2015
U.S. senators seek to end recoupment
Posted: February 26, 2015

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) last Thursday introduced a new bill that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive the overpayment of emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, if the funds were given due to a clerical error — similar to one Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) introduced in November.

“Requiring our New York’s Superstorm Sandy victims to repay thousands of dollars in aid, two and a half years after the storm, is a devastating request for many of these individuals and families, because they have already put this money to good use. This legislation will make sure that these victims can keep this much-needed money,” Schumer said in a written statement announcing the proposed legislation. “Much of this disaster aid has been used in legitimate ways to help victims finally get back on their feet after the storm. FEMA should waive all debt among Superstorm Sandy victims and repay those who have already provided recoupment payments, except where there is clear evidence of fraud.”

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Thursday 02/19/2015
Plans to improve park on the table
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:34 am

An initiative to increase access to Flushing Meadows Park and make it more inviting to users is underway with a public “ideas meeting” set for March 1 at 3 p.m. in the Queens Museum.

The project is under the direction of the Parks Department, the Queens Museum, located inside Flushing Meadows, and Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit group that was instrumental in Manhattan’s High Line project.

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No quick fix seen for Linden, or extension
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:34 am

Drivers in the College Point area are going to have to wait a lot longer to find a new way out of the community.

The long-delayed Linden Place repair and extension project is nowhere near completion, and though the last estimate from the city’s Economic Development Corp. was a finish date of 2017, that is likely to change.

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Ozone Park biz gets green from the DEP
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:34 am

An Ozone Park business owner was one of six to receive a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to install a green roof to prevent storm water from entering the city’s sewer system.

“By soaking up rain water these projects will help to reduce pollution in our local waterways, including the East River, Gowanus Canal and Jamaica Bay,” DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd said in a written statement announcing the grants. “From Ozone Park to Melrose to Sunset Park, we are thrilled to contribute funding to these projects that will provide many additional benefits for local residents, including a greener landscape and cleaner air.”

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EQA seeks JFK neighbors
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:34 am

The Eastern Queens Alliance is forming the JFK Airshed Stakeholders Network to represent and inform all who live in communities abutting John F. Kennedy International Airport. The purpose is to focus on problems facing those who live and work in close proximity to the airport.

The EQA has been seeking negotiations with the Port Authority, which operates Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, and the Federal Aviation Administration, which last year signed off on environmental studies conducted by the PA in connection with its plans to relocate JFK Runway 4 Left-22 Right 700 feet closer to residential neighborhoods north and northeast of the runway. The EQA lost an appeal for more stringent environmental studies in federal court in December.

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CB 5 chastises part of aeration facility plan
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 11:34 am

Newtown Creek’s waterfront might not be something Queens residents want to stroll down at the moment.

But that doesn’t mean it won’t become a popular site in the future, according to Community Board 5.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Howard Beach to get recovery center
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 11:16 am

Howard Beach will be one of 10 neighborhoods that will each have a federally funded community center for residents to use in the event of a future natural disaster, the governor’s Office of Storm Recovery announced on Tuesday.

“In the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we witnessed tremendous examples of neighbors helping neighbors,” Jamie Rubin, executive director of the office, said in a statement. “Through the NY Rising Community Center Program, we not only aim to formalize these community-based networks of support, but also to demonstrate the positive change being initiated through our Community Reconstruction Program.”

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Science experiment sends 21 to the hospital
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 11:16 am

A student’s science fair experiment went awry early last Thursday and sent 21 children to the hospital with lung and eye irritations, according to several officials.

Stefanie Guttierez, press secretary with the Diocese of Brooklyn, said a student at Holy Child Jesus Academy, located at 111-02 86 Ave. in Richmond Hill, was conducting a science experiment when it started to emit smoke.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
Got GMO? Queens wants to know
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 11:22 am

In a pocket of Queens long-touted for its culinary diversity, activists focused on a lesser-known aspect of the grocery industry Tuesday: GMO labeling.

“GMOs are genetically modified organisms,” said Allison Barnwell, the Queens organizer for the national organization Food and Water Watch. “They are foods that have been engineered in a laboratory by big chemical corporations … today, these genetically made foods are everywhere in our processed food and in our grocery stores.”

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