“Enough is enough!” they chanted.Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
After rallies, petitions and press conferences, the parents and elected officials of Long Island City had something to celebrate.
In accordance with requests made by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Community Board 2 and Long Island City residents to the Department of Transportation, major traffic improvements have come to 5th Street.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
The case of Eastern Queens Alliance v. the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now before the second-highest court in the land.
Clyde Vanel, the Cambria Heights attorney representing the EQA, said he filed a 75-page brief with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 11.
School is back in session and the 110 thPrecinct is back on the streets, keeping an eye out for drivers passing stopped school buses.
“With the new Vision Zero policy, there’s going to be a very expensive summons for passing a school bus with flashing red lights,” the precinct’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson told Community Board 4 on Sept. 10. “I’m warning you, I’m telling you, I’m not hiding it from you.”
Attendees at the Sept. 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park received good news from the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — crime was down almost 3 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year — though there was a small jump in the first week of September — and there hasn’t been a shooting in three months.
But cops at the 106th have still been busy.
Among the worst-kept secrets in the city is that the Queens Civic Congress and the unions representing MTA bus drivers would like to see more bus routes in the eastern half of the borough.
And at a joint meeting on Tuesday, with a representative of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the panel, both groups discussed plans to make their wishes a reality.
As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.
There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”
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