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Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
The workers, employed by cleaning, maintenance and security companies, say their pay, insurance benefits and other working conditions are substandard compared to people employed directly by the airlines or the Port Authority, which operates LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The new facility, opened in coordination with the Port Authority, which operates the airport, was established to combat illegal activity by drivers of livery cars, so-called “dollar vans” and other drivers looking to make a buck off of fares from the airport.
Construction began this week on the east side of Charles Park in Howard Beach to fix the erosion problem there.
National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said the construction is being done on the beach at the mouth of Hawtree Creek facing JFK Airport.
Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
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Ever since June, Queens residents have been taking full advantage of a state appellate court ruling allowing specially licensed green livery cars to accept street hails.
But with the landslide election this month of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, the program faces an uncertain future, and City Council members representing some of the areas where the Granny Smith-green cabs have been most popular are not commenting as to just where they stand on the matter.
A full audience of Jackson Heights residents raised their hands Monday night when Janet McEneany, the president of Queens Quiet Skies, asked if they were tired of planes flying over their houses every minute, one after another, like a brigade of B52 bombers.
McEneany and Bob Whitehair, founders of Queens Quiet Skies, an advocacy organization that fights for noise regulations, gave their 26th community education presentation as part of a town hall meeting on the issue organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Representatives from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
Lisa Piazza, the owner of NYC Gentleman’s Club, went before Community Board 1 to apply for a cabaret license — along with an attorney and security detail — but the board was not interested in letting three bikini-clad women dance for entertainment at the same time and unanimously denied the application.
Located in Woodside at 26-50 Brooklyn Queens Expressway, in a building that also hosts a gym, the club has a maximum occupancy of 74 persons. Without a cabaret license, Piazza is allowed two dancers at a time, but when both are busy in the private or VIP areas, the stage is empty.
A recent flight approaching LaGuardia Airport, as seen through treetops in Middle Village.
Many workers at Kennedy, above, and LaGuardia airports aren’t getting the wages they deserve.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says agents stopped an attempt to smuggle over 150 pounds of illegal drugs into the country on a flight that originated in the Caribbean and landed at JFK Airport late last month.
The bust occurred on Oct. 29. CBP officers at JFK conducted an aircraft search that day on a flight arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica. During their aircraft search, they discovered 28 brick-shaped objects in two large, blue folded duffle bags behind a side panel wall.
Lacking a quorum at the meeting, the board voted unanimously as “a committee as a whole” to support the statement, an addendum to comments the EQA had previously sent to the two agencies.
According to Peter Richards, chairman of CB 13’s Parks and Environment Committee, the statement requests that an environmental impact statement be prepared to further investigate the impacts of the Runway 4L/22R Improvements Project. The concern is that conditions experienced in Southeast Queens due to airport activities will be exacerbated by the project, which proposes moving the runway 728 feet closer to the community and lowering aircraft flights by approximately 100 feet over homes.
The MTA has added articulated, also known as accordion or double, buses to the Q7 line in southern Queens.
The longer, increased-capacity buses, which were introduced to intraborough routes in Queens on the Q10 between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport along Lefferts Boulevard earlier this year, also ran along the Q52 limited line between Arverne and the Queens Center mall during the period in which the A train was out of service in the Rockaways due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The subway reopened in May and the articulated buses stopped running on the route. The Q44, which connects Jamaica to the Bronx, has had artic buses for some time.
As home to two of the country’s biggest airports, Queens owes much of its economic activity and jobs to JFK and LaGuardia. Airports sell merchandise, employ local residents and need support staff to keep things running around the clock. Those jobs used to pay decent wages that allowed Queens families to live nearby and raise their kids in our city.
But now, there’s a disturbing trend. According to a recent report by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, wages from airport jobs are falling rapidly as families find themselves struggling just to pay the bills and keep up. That’s because loopholes and outside contracting exempts many of these employees from the wages and benefits that come with being an official employee of a major airline company. As a result, one out of three airport workers lives in poverty and relies on taxpayer assistance to feed and shelter their families.
Queens residents who are tired of loud airplanes flying over their homes too frequently are actually happy about Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have required the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study — if an identical measure passes in New Jersey — because he doesn’t want to wait.
Instead, he’s taking executive action.
(BPT) - The holidays are here again, and so is running – er, driving – around for things. Rushing to parties, picking up family at the airport, preparing dinners, and, of course, shopping. Whether it’s fighting for parking spaces at the mall or traveling over the river and through the woods, don’t overlook the four round pieces of rubber that are responsible for safely getting you from point A to point B – your tires.
The Department of Environmental Protection will undergo a massive sewer project next year that aims to reduce sewer overflow into Bergen Basin, a tributary of Jamaica Bay that runs into the western side of JFK Airport.
At the core of the project is the construction of a new sewer line under the Belt Parkway at 126th Street to supplement already existing, nearly century-old sewer lines that are often overwhelmed during heavy rains. The pipes connect the sewers of South Ozone Park to the Jamaica Water Treatment Plant in JFK Airport before releasing the treated water into Bergen Basin.
All over Queens, residents say that increased plane noise is affecting their quality of life. However, the neighborhoods of Maspeth and Middle Village have not been known to have this problem because they are located south of LaGuardia Airport, away from departing routes.
Representatives from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration sought to address the community’s complaints at a Maspeth Town Hall public information meeting hosted by Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) on Nov. 6.
Work on rebuilding and extending Linden Place in College Point has been delayed once again with the estimated completion date at least four years away.
Phase 1 to reconstruct the flooded-out Linden Place from Ulmer Street to 23rd Avenue was to begin in 2008 and be completed two years later. Despite complaints from area civic groups, elected officials and Community Board 7, the city’s Economic Development Corp. project has stalled and the completion date is scheduled for next fall, a full four years later than anticipated.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz on Wednesday released the outlines of a nine-point economic development plan she said she will implement to create jobs and sustainable development in Queens while also rebuilding areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The former city councilwoman and state assemblywoman said her experience in government will be key in getting the job done.
The developer of a planned hotel near JFK Airport say their project will not do the community any harm, but a cautious Community Board 10, mindful of its lack of input on other hotel projects along the Belt Parkway and the situation at the former Skyway Motel, now a men’s homeless shelter, are not rushing to approve a zoning variance to allow it.
The hotel is planned for a triangle zoned for manufacturing between 149th and 150th avenues and 132nd Street in South Ozone Park. The location at 132-10 149 Ave. is directly across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn, JFK Sheraton and the Skyway men’s shelter, where a number of registered sex offenders live. Because of the manufacturing zoning, the hotel’s developer would need a variance to construct the building. The location is one block south of the Belt Parkway and about a quarter of a mile west of the main entrance to JFK Airport.