I wish to thank AnnMarie Costella for her coverage of my incident with the snow plow on 119th Avenue. I loved the headline “Lawn and disorder.”
I have debated proceeding with my complaint because, like last year, I will probably just get the bureaucratic run-around. Nonetheless, I appreciate the promptness with which your paper responded and your follow-through with the Sanitation Department.
Before the expiration date, I will foward my complaint to the Comptroller’s Office so that it will be a matter of record.
Again, my sincere thanks for your assistance in publicizing this type of careless attitude toward property holders.
Juliette A. Hansen
Keep Q76, Q79 separate
I strongly object to the President of Glen Oaks Village, Bob Friedrich’s proposal to merge the Q76 and the Q79 bus routes into a new single circular route “Q79 bus cuts are protested,” Feb. 25, multiple editions. Friedrich has been stating for years that these routes (the Q76, via Francis Lewis Boulevard and the Q79 on Little Neck Parkway) run parallel. This is incorrect. Did he ever study the MTA bus maps? If Friedrich did, he would know that the Q76 starts at the Jamaica Bus Terminal, serves two Hillside Avenue subway stations, seven schools and finishes at the popular College Point shopping center. The MTA estimated travel time is 50 minutes for this route.
What alternatives are prepared for the Q76 riders if they do not board or depart this new bus line on Francis Lewis Boulevard? What are all the displaced student riders going to do at a time when they are at risk of losing their MetroCards? Why would anyone who utilizes the Q76 want or need such a route?
This route might be good for Friedrich’s self-serving interests, but a disaster to many transit riders. His blindfolded surgery, complete lack of knowledge of the MTA transfer network and refusal to listen to community leaders would amputate many Q76 riders from this critical north-south transit artery. Why would anyone from my Fresh Meadows community want to take the extra time to travel in the opposite direction and then be charged a higher fare at the Little Neck Long Island RailRoad station?
Friedrich’s stated proposal to help the fiscally challenged MTA is to create this new circular route so that some bus lines can be maintained while others eliminated. Friedrich’s plan to merge pre-existing MTA bus routes will turn our public transportation landscape into alien crop circles.
“I Have Often Walked: The Great Build Out” (by Ron Marzlock, March 18) was a wonderfultrip down memory lane concerning the economic growth of communitiesin eastern Queens.Residents from more crowded Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronxmoved to various neighborhoods in eastern Queens.They desired to live the great American dream of having their ownindividual home or garden apartment, safer neighborhood, better schools,less noise and traffic congestion.
Everyone knew there would be no local subway stationto take them to work.More affluent commuters usedthe Long Island Rail Road while the majority utilized New York City Transit local buses to connect with the subway in either Flushing or Jamaica.
Like many of my Little Neck neighbors, I can either ride the LIRR from Little Neck oran express bus directly to Manhattan.There is also the Q12, N20 or N21 stopat the city line providingeasy access toMain Street Flushing with a quick free transfer tothe No. 7express subwayto Manhattan.
Starting in the 1970s,a one-seat ride on express buses to Manhattan became available. With the MTA introduction of MetroCards, residents formerly paying two fares nowride the buswith a transfer to thesubway for one fare.Even better, there are weekly and monthly discount passes that makethe cost per ride less expensive. Manyemployees provide monthly “transit checks,” which further reducecommuting costs.
Too many elected officials from eastern Queensdemagogue on public transportation issuesto curry favors with voters. Our politiciansignore the reasonwhy residents moved to these neighborhoodsin the first place.
Great Neck, LI
Levy for governor
We have a man who was born in Glendale who wants to be governor. The man I’m applauding is Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who has a record of achievements for the county. He has switched from being a Democrat to a Republican so he can achieve his conservative ideals.
Levy has many accomplishments, and I would like to name a few as follows: he has enhanced management efficiencies, addressed minority issues and health benefits reform and has helped established a housing preference program for veterans returning from defending our nation.
What really sold me on him is his leadership and vision in addressing Suffolk’s large budget shortfall. Upon taking office, Levy drafted and approved the largest budget deficit reduction package in the county’s history, facing down a projected hole of more than $238 million. Even in a difficult national economyin 2009, he closed a shortfall of more than $150 million without raising taxes and without reducing vital services. Here is a public servant that can walk the walk.
In his speech in Albany the other day Levy promised to declare a fiscal emergency, cap spending and cap property tax increases. He is calling for an end to business as usual and an end to politics as usual. Our state goverment is in disarray, and we are the laughingstock of the nation. We need a man like Steve Levy who can get the state back on track and solvent again. Now for that I say, “Run, Steve, run.”
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village
Re: “Is a Shinnecock-run racino in the works?” March 18, multiple editions:
As one who is part Shinnecock, and as one who lived in South Ozone Park in the late fifties and early sixties, I think anything that would help both parties is an idea worth serious consideration.
Where eagles shouldn’t fly
I respect the work that Eagle Academy is doing in the Bronx and Brooklyn with African-and Latino-American males. I do hope it can be brought to Queens — but not to IS 59. It is my understanding that there is space for the academy in Springfield Gardens High School, Campus Magnet High School and, I would imagine, some of the Catholic high schools that are being closed.
As executive secretary of Clergy United for Community Empowerment and pastor emeritus of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church of Jamaica, I have been conspicuously active in this community for more than 35 years. I’ve seen several of our high schools closed for no legitimate reason, and it seems as though the Panel for Education Policy is making another mistake to vote again on an issue that has already been defeated.
It would be a great advantage to this community, District 29 in southeast Queens, to have an Eagle Academy in its midst. Please, I repeat emphatically, not in IS 59. We do not want the harmony and peace now being enjoyed by the academies already there disrupted by an unwanted entity.
The Rev. Dr. Charles L. Norris Sr.
Pastor, Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church
Condemn the swastika
Re: “Friedrich confronts hate crime ‘architect,’” March 11, multiple editions:
I am disappointed that the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council refused to hear Bob Friedrich’s speech and did not publicly condemn the use of the swastika in campaign literature. History teaches us that if you ignore hate it gains strength. Many of my older relatives were victims of hate and lost their lives in Nazi concentration camps.
President, Bellerose Hillside Civic Association
A right-wing extremist
According to an article in the Jan. 21 edition of the Queens Chronicle, the Queens GOP endorsed Astoria’s-own Vince Tabone to run in the 26th Assembly District, though Tabone is facing a primary challenge (“County GOP endorses Tabone for Assembly,” Northeast Queens edition).
While it wasn’t mentioned in the article or in Tabone’s campaign bio, Tabone has already run for Assembly three times in Astoria, including under the Right to Life party line. Tabone’s extremist agenda was rejected each time by the voters in his hometown.
Tabone has accepted campaign donations from the NRA; NY Firearms Owners, Inc., which opposed gun control, supported allowing concealed weapons and granted Tabone an A+ rating; and RSA PAC, which is opposed to rent stabilization. Tabone apparently believes his out of touch views will be appreciated more by voters in northeast Queens than they were by voters in Astoria. As a lifelong Bayside resident, I have sincere doubts that voters in the 26th Assembly District will accept Tabone’s pro-gun agenda.
Jefferson Democratic Club