I especially enjoyed the special section with last week’s Queens Chronicle. Most of all, your coverage of our State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. proves that not all “politicians are crooks.”
We are very thankful that our man was returned to the state Senate. Mr. Addabbo is a credit to his dad’s memory and to all politicians. He listens to his constituents, including when the mood changes on an issue, as it did on gay marriage. His vote is not always appreciated by his district; in that case many voters say he flip-flopped. Wrong. He is just doing his job. Would that others would follow his example.
We are also thankful for our state assemblyman, Phil Goldfeder, and our councilman, Eric Ulrich. Aren’t we lucky to have such dedicated people to represent us?
We wish all of our neighbors and you at the Chronicle a safe, healthy and prosperous Thanksgiving.
This year, although there was a good turnout of voters, our polling location ran smoothly as always because of our professional poll workers and translators. I just couldn’t help but think about how easy the “shower curtain” voting booth was. With no small print and the searching f
or the right offices and the right names. But we were all there voting the new way making sure that we voted for our candidates. The candidates that were re-elected to their positions were Rep. Nydia Velazquez, state Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Michael Miller; every one of these incumbents was re-elected. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District congratulate all of our elected officials and look forward to working with them to keep our beloved Woodhaven community strong, prosperous and safe. Now we continue working with our elected officials on all of our local ongoing projects such as the Rockaway Beach Branch Line/Queensway Proposal (as I mentioned in my last column), which we do not want to affect the Woodhaven homeowners on 98th Street, and their quality of life. There are alternatives here, one to make the entire area parkland, go underground at the Atlantic Avenue entrance or leave it as is. Also to be noted: the GWDC and the WBID wish list project for last year was our request of LED street lights for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. This wish fulfilled by our Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The GWDC and the WBID thank Katz for this lighting.
Also, we got the enclosure of our now historically landmarked Forest Park Carousel for all year use. Hopefully the two remaining wish list projects will also be fulfilled.
Commissioner Joseph Ponte of New York City’s Department of Correction said last week that Rikers Island is “ill-equipped and ill-designed” to be a mental health treatment center, which makes it a challenge for his team to adequately provide quality medical assistance.
Ponte, who took the helm of the DOC in April, told state lawmakers that one of his top priorities is to step up medical care for mentally ill inmates. The commissioner said he’s also exploring best practices and policies that are used by other correctional facilities across the country.
While the huge electronic marquee that informed northeast-bound motorists it is now illegal to make a left turn onto Queens Boulevard from Yellowstone Boulevard has been removed, leaving only a few less intrusive signs behind as reminders, complaints over the new traffic rule continue to reverberate.
The topic was given generous coverage during the Community Board 6 meeting on Nov. 12, with members of the Department of Transportation on hand to field questions and offer responses.
Residents of Southeast Queens have spent two decades asking for input on ways to control the chronic flooding in the region.
On Oct. 13, more than 40 people from Springfield Gardens, Brookville and Rosedale took that opportunity as the state prepares to spend $6 million in federal Hurricane Sandy relief money in the Idlewild Watershed region.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sits on the deactivated Rockaway Beach rail line. He has been advocating for the line’s reactivation, saying it will ease transportation and create jobs for thousands of Queens residents.
His way is not the QueensWay.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) on Monday called on Gov. Cuomo to allocate part of the state’s $5 billion surplus for the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach rail line.
Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.
Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
After being introduced to the state Legislature 20 years ago, the bill to increase property tax relief for veterans was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo last week.
“It is incumbent upon all of us to take care of our veterans when they return home,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), who sponsored the bill, said at a press conference on Nov. 13. “With this new law, we send a message to all those who serve that New York welcomes you back with open arms and will do everything we can to repay you for keeping our country safe.”
Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) is once again sponsoring a holiday gift drive for hospitalized veterans, as well as a toy drive for needy and hospitalized children.
“My office will collect donations of new items such as sugar-free candy, pajamas, slippers, robes, sweaters, socks, toiletries, puzzles and playing cards to support our troops and bring cheer to hospitalized veterans. These donations help show our nation’s veterans how much we appreciate the sacrifices they made for us,” Braunstein said.
Warren De Stefano, the owner of Retro Fitness’ Glendale location, cuts the ribbon on the gym’s new ramp from Otto Road to near the building’s front door for handicapped members. Assemblyman Mike Miller, left, also took part in the occasion.
Staying in shape even after one’s military service has ended is important to many veterans.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on FEMA to stop sending recoupment letters to people who received federal aid in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Assemblyman Francisco Moya, at podium, with state Sen. Jose Peralta, center right and then-Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul, left, and Dreamers.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder speaks on Queens College’s Rockaway Beach line study on Monday.
In a rather unusual attempt to keep people informed, New Immigrant Community Empowerment — an organization based in Jackson Heights — has taken its latest political stance in the form of a graphic novel, or novela gr·fica, entitled “Ana Busca Trabajo” or “Ana Looks for Work.”
The novela aims to educate the community about employment agency fraud. According to the activist group, shady establishments making false promises to desperate job seekers have plagued many areas in the city, especially in high immigrant populated areas.
Now that the election results have been finalized, many voters and officials have high expectations for the re-elected Gov. Cuomo, specifically on social issues.
“The first term was about balancing the budget and developing trust between the state government and the public,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said. “Now he can sort of get back to social issues and his Democratic base.”
The battle between QueensWay and Rockaway Beach rail line advocates was fought over Twitter on Monday, as Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) faced off against Adrian Benepe, director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land and a former city parks commissioner.
Several advocates of the QueensWay, a proposed 3.5-mile stretch of parkland along the abandoned rail line, began tweeting at Goldfeder, expressing opposition to the findings of a survey the Queens College Dept. of Urban Studies released on Monday.
Residents of our borough showed their patriotism and respect for those who have served in the armed forces on Sunday with the fifth annual Queens Veterans Day Parade, which ran through Middle Village. We’re glad to see the event, as not everyone can make it to Manhattan for the big one there, and since they were on different days, anyone who had the ability and desire to could attend both.
That’s a fine way to show you care about our former servicemen and women, but it only goes so far. More difficult but also more worthwhile is showing that you care about and respect veterans all year long. And a great way to do that is to help those in need, of which there are many.
Forest Hills doesn’t know what side of the track it sits on.
Along the entire 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned Rockaway Beach rail tracks from Rego Park to Ozone Park, there are scores of people who strongly support either the reactivation of the rail line, which was shut down in 1962, or an elevated park called the QueensWay, similar to Manhattan’s popular High Line.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and officials from Queens College on Monday released the results of a study that concluded reactivating the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch would generate 500,000 subway rides per day, but that residents of the Rockaways support the alternative park plan.
“Reactivating the Rockaway Beach line would connect South and northern Queens in a way that is not currently possible,” Goldfeder said at a press conference in Queens College’s library.
Howard Beach resident Joyce Adamiszyn said she was blown away when she opened a piece of mail from the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month.
The federal agency, she claims, was seeking to reclaim $16,000 it had sent to her so she could pay rent while rebuilding her Broad Channel house, which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.
When the weather outside gets frightful, the city Department of Sanitation will be prepared to clear the streets of snow and ice.
That was the message Vito Turso, deputy commissioner for public information and community affairs, delivered to Community Board 10 last Thursday.
Queens College President Felix Matos Rodriguez and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder