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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:26 pm, Thu Dec 1, 2011.

Save the animals

Dear Editor:

I was dismayed to read about the Queens Animal Care and Control facility that is not to be. I hope people realize that although they won’t have to worry about an ACC shelter that will be euthanizing animals, they will be doing that at a much quicker pace at the only two shelters we have, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

One thing for certain is that when the animals come into Brooklyn and Manhattan from the other boroughs, some will die sooner because the city has to make room for more outerborough drop-offs. Even when animals are reserved sooner, you only have so much space. The shelters we have fill up fast. I know; I used to work in one.

Who’s to say whether we would still have to euthanize animals if had we had our own community shelter in Queens County? Maybe we would do a better job taking care of our own neighborhoods’ animals and keep them longer.

Queens residents buy more dog licenses than any other borough. Don’t we deserve better?

Joan Silaco

Queens Village

 

Dolan’s dedication

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the entire family at the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, we were saddened to hear of the untimely passing of our friend, Pat Dolan (“Civic leader Pat Dolan killed crossing street,” Nov. 17).

Pat embodied what it meant to be a dedicated citizen activist. While a friend to many parks in Queens, she devoted considerable energies to Flushing Meadows Corona Park and she was the president of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy. Among her achievements were advocating for Urban Park Ranger programs at Meadow and Willow Lakes, installing bird blinds at both lakes, and working toward the shoreline restoration of Meadow Lake and a future installation of an osprey pole and nest at Willow Lake. Pat was also instrumental in providing crucial letters of support that bolstered our grant applications and was a tireless advocate for the funding of essential maintenance equipment.

But her efforts did not end in Queens’ largest park. She was a leader in neighborhood greening efforts, including the creation of a Greenstreet at 73rd Avenue between 141st Street and Main Street.

On a personal level, Pat was a caring and spirited woman who inspired others to get involved for the betterment of their community. We will deeply miss her energy and her presence.

Adrian Benepe

NYC Parks Commissioner

Manhattan

 

No smoking in apts.

Dear Editor:

Fresh air is a precious commodity and a right for all New Yorkers. Yet, many multi-unit dwellings are not smoke-free environments. Tenants and property owners are subjected to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke even when they have wisely chosen not tosmoke themselves. According to the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal, secondhand smoke cannot be contained. Even cleaning the air and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate the health hazards of secondhand smoke exposure.

We need to protect our most vulnerable residents — our children. In New York City, more than 200,000 children are exposed to secondhand smoke in the place that they should be safest — their own homes! Some of these same children are entering hospital emergency rooms suffering from asthma attacks induced by the cigarette smoke they are forced to breathe.

From a purely economic standpoint, the cost of rehabilitating a residential unit occupied by heavy smokers totals over $3,500. A no-smoking policy can reduce the cost of physical property damage while a 100 percent smoke-free multi-unit dwelling means higher property values, lower fire risk and lower insurance rates.

Exercise your right to breathe smoke-free air in your home by contacting your landlord and local city officials to request a smoking ban in your complex. We can all enjoy the long-term benefits to our health and our property.

Joan M. Bush

Health Educator

North Shore-LIJ Health System

Great Neck, LI

 

Lovin’ Lenny’s

Dear Editor:

Re “Fire ravages Lenny’s Pizza in Howard Beach,” Oct. 20, South Queens edition:

Please open soon. I am so hungry.

Bill Berl

Howard Beach

 

Love on the rocks?

Dear Editor:

Before marriage: You are a hero!

After marriage: You are a zero!

Before marriage: I love you!

After marriage: Why did I love you!

Before marriage: I can’t live without you!

After marriage: I can’t live with you!

Before marriage: Don’t leave me!

After marriage: Don’t live with me!

Before marriage: Say something!

After marriage: Why you say something!

Before marriage: When will you meet!

After marriage: Mincing you like meat!

Pooja Jagtiani

Jackson Heights

 

Fine stories on flooding

Dear Editor:

I am writing to commend The Queens Chronicle for its coverage of one of the major problems facing the Southeast Queens community – the widespread flooding that has plagued communities throughout this area.

Since the city Department of Environmental Protection stopped pumping underground water from the 69 wells formerly operated by the Jamaica Water Supply Company in 1996, the groundwater level in Southeast Queens has risen by over 30 feet in some areas. This has resulted in round-the-clock flooding at places such as York College, the Parsons/Archer subway, IS 8, The Queens Bridge Home, and countless homes and businesses which must run water pumps in their basements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The elected officials and residents of Southeast Queens have been pushing DEP for years to start re-pumping (and purifying) the water to lower the groundwater level, or to provide some permanent flood relief to Southeast Queens. DEP’s response in August 2011 was to propose to start re-pumping the wells in 2018. This is to replace water lost to the city at that time due to the needed repairs on a tunnel bringing water from upstate watersheds.

This community is outraged that we are expected to live with this flooding for seven more years, and a community-wide effort is underway to push the city to pump water from the wells sooner or provide a real plan for flooding relief.

AnnMarie Costella of your paper was the first to highlight this problem, and her efforts have led to broader media attention and scrutiny regarding the issue.

Homes have been ruined by this flooding, residents have been subjected to mold spores and other unhealthy conditions, and countless homes and businesses have incurred huge costs for 24-hour pumps and associated electricity charges. The elected officials and community residents are determined to push for a permanent solution to this problem, and I believe the Chronicle and other media outlets are performing a real public service by highlighting our struggle to gain relief from this flooding.

William Scarborough

NYS Assemblyman for the 29th District

Jamaica

 

No corporate welfare

Dear Editor:

It is not the role of government to subsidize private-sector corporations. Consider what New York City Council speaker and aspiring 2013 mayoral candidate Christine Quinn was quoted as saying in a recent article, “Hudson Yards: Future of the Fashion World,” whichappeared in the Nov. 2 edition of Metro New York. Regarding Coach becoming the first tenant to build a store at Hudson Yards, the project over the Long Island Rail Road storage yard west of Penn Station, she told company CEO Lew Frankfurt, “Finally, we’re going to give you a nice building as nice as your pocketbook.”

Quinn overlookedthe millions ofdollars ininfrastructure improvements, low-interest loans and long-term tax abatements and exemptions given tothe Hudson Yards’ developers and Coach for both building out the siteand being its first tenant, all at taxpayers’ expense.My wife loves Coach products, but would prefer they not pick her purseto help getthe tab commonly knownas corporate welfare. Did the Hudson Yard developers and Coach make any financialcontributionsto the 2013 Quinn for Mayor campaign committee as an “investment” in the hope for future quid pro quos?

Larry Penner

Great Neck, LI

 

Stop changing the clocks

Dear Editor:

I don’t understand why the U.S goverment can’t stop making us turn the clock back one hour in the fall. Most countries have stopped doing this.

At5 p.m. it’s dark. It’s a waste of an extra hour of energy and oil use in the late afternoon, while most people are still asleep at 6 a.m. when it’s light out.I’m sure most people would rather see extra hour of sunin late afternoon thanin the morning, and it would be safer for the kids getting off from after school activities, because there is more gang activity in the early evening after dark than in the morning.

Raymond Davis

Brooklyn

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