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EQA, FAA in federal court over JFK runway

Ever since the Port Authority came out with a proposal to relocate a runway some 700 feet closer to residential neighborhoods near Kennedy Airport, members of the Eastern Queens Alliance have been telling anyone who would listen that there has not been enough attention paid to possible environmental impacts.Last week, the audience was a panel of appellate judges on the U.S. Second Circuit Court.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
More violations for Ozone Park house
Posted: December 24, 2014

A Thanksgiving Day explosion at a South Ozone Park house was caused by the misuse of a stove inside an illegal apartment, according to Fire Department officials.

“The location of the explosion was an illegally renovated setback apartment,” an FDNY spokesman said in an email. “The explosion was caused by misuse of a stove on the premises.”

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City announces new aid for Sandy vics
Posted: December 24, 2014

Financial assistance for Sandy-affected residents who must move into temporary housing while their homes are being repaired under the city’s Build it Back program is just one of multiple storm relief initiatives that are included in a federally funded $4.21 billion recovery plan, city officials announced last Friday.

“As we continue to build back a stronger and more resilient city after Sandy, it’s critical that we make every impacted family and small business whole again — and ensure they’re better protected next time they need to be,” Mayor de Blasio said in a written statement.

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Cuomo vetoes Avella’s ‘save the swans’ bill
Posted: December 24, 2014

Gov. Cuomo last Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them that live in the state gone by 2025.

Following an uproar from faunitarians, or animal lovers, the DEC decided it would revise its plan. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the upper house and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) in the lower chamber authored a bill that would have put a two-year moratorium on any swan slaughter. It also would have forced the agency to hold at least two public hearings in areas where mute swans live, and to include a public comment period of at least 45 days after the second one, before adopting any swan management plan.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
State funds granted for QueensWay work
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 4:48 am

QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.

Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.

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Curbside pickups of ‘e-waste’ banned
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 5:09 am

Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.

The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Part of Woodhaven’s history rediscovered
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:14 pm

A row of oak trees in the Oak Ridge section of Forest Park may appear to most people to be just like the hundreds of others planted throughout the area.

But local historian Ed Wendell has discovered the trees were planted close to 100 years ago to commemorate the Woodhaven residents who died while serving in World War I.

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Fed. Court hears EQA JFK appeal on Dec. 18
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:13 pm

The Eastern Queens Alliance is chartering buses for people interested in attending a Dec. 18 federal court hearing on the proposed runway extension at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The Eastern Queens Alliance is opposed to the project, which will move a portion of Runway 4 Left-22 Right about 700 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and residential areas to the north and northeast of JFK.

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Resolution blasts basement abodes
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Community Board 9 members have a message for Mayor de Blasio: not in our basements.

Members of the board passed a resolution affirming the board’s opposition to a plan by the mayor to legalize basement dwellings as part of his plan to place or preserve an additional 200,000 units of affordable housing throughout the city.

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$57 million set for Albert Road project
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 5:09 am

It may have taken more than 35 years, but the city has finally approved funding for the long-awaited HWQ411B project in the Centreville section of Ozone Park.

According to a Dec. 1 letter from Stephen Malmberg, assistant director for the Office of Management and Budget, close to $50 million will be distributed to several city agencies for the decades in the making road reconstruction project, with about $7 million in contingency funds being pledged.

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