Mayor de Blasio told a coalition of South Queens elected officials on Thursday that the city will no longer continue the popular Rockaway Ferry service to residents of the peninsula, according to joint statement from seven politicians who had met with the mayor at City Hall.
After more than a year of setbacks and financial woes, the Department of Transportation, Alta Bicycle Share and Citi announced what residents in Western Queens have been waiting years for — the Citi Bike program is being expanded into Uptown Manhattan and Brooklyn and being brought to Queens for the first time.
The announcement came at the heels of the appointment of Jay Walder, a former MTA commissioner, as Alta’s CEO after the company was acquired by Bikeshare Holdings LLC, a group of private investors.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.
Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.
The new 25 miles per hour citywide speed limit is arguably the most important aspect of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, but enforcement of the traffic laws has jumped in Queens even before it takes effect.
At a town hall meeting hosted by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) last Thursday in Elmhurst, Deputy Inspector Ron Leyson, the commanding of the 110th Precinct, which covers Elmhurst and Corona, said summonses issued for dangerous traffic violations have increased almost ten fold in some cases compared to last year.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community leaders are pressing the Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety in Downtown Flushing.
A small group of representatives of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, the Korean-American Grocers Association of New York and South Asian communities joined Avella Tuesday morning at the busy corner of Union Street and 39th Avenue to highlight the area’s traffic chaos.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
A number of additional neighborhood and arterial slow zones will be implemented throughout the borough in the final two months of the year, according to the Department of Transportation.
In a presentation to community board district managers from all across Queens and Borough President Melinda Katz at Borough Hall on Tuesday, the agency presented findings on the effectiveness of slow zones as well as plans for additional ones, to the surprise of some in attendance.
Mayor de Blasio said he would “welcome” state financing for the Rockaway ferry, when asked Monday morning at a press conference in Broad Channel, while several Rockaway residents protested the elimination of the ferry nearby.
De Blasio also said his administration would seek to expand service citywide, including perhaps in the Rockaways.
LaGuardia Airport may not stay in the third world after all.
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Cuomo unveiled a state plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, JFK, Republic and Stewart airports.
Two weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board rejected the agency’s five-year budget proposal, three Queens elected officials are pressing for one of the program’s smaller items to make it into the final draft of the financial plan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) urged New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner and MTA Capital Program Review Board Chairwoman Joan McDonald to approve a $40 million proposal to reopen a Long Island Rail Road stop in Elmhurst.
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