Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them in the state gone by 2025.
Kew Gardens residents can now enjoy the finest tap water from sea to shining sea.
That’s according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), in response to the city’s completion of a $10.6 million overhaul of the neighborhood’s aging water main network, announced Friday by the Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Environmental Protection.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
In an effort to help families affected by Superstorm Sandy rebuild their homes, the city’s Build it Back program is seeking a new construction manager for Queens.
“Since the mayor’s overhaul, this has been a year of significant progress,” Amy Peterson, director of the mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, which oversees the Build it Back program, said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “And we expect the onboarding of new construction firms — who will deploy new strategies to target entire neighborhoods — will continue to accelerate the city’s Sandy recovery.”
The Hamilton Beach Civic Association held its third annual Christmas tree lighting and holiday party on Saturday.
The tree lighting was held at the Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and included a visit from jolly old St. Nick and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, second from right, next to New Hamilton Beach Civic Association President Roger and Holly Gendron.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and his wife, Alison, welcomed baby Olive, their first, on Friday.
Olive weighed in at 6.6 pounds and both the mother and baby are healthy and enjoying the late nights together in Flushing, according to the assemblyman.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, here joins istaff members Amber Yoon, Meagan Chen and David Fischer in his Bayside office among the hundreds of toys they have collected for needy children.
Five large bagfuls of the toys were donated to the Queens Chronicle holiday toy drive for distribution at several Queens homeless shelters and a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Zum Stammtisch owner Werner Lehner, rear, is honored by Councilwoman Liz Crowley, in red, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt and Assemblyman Mike Miller.
The holiday season got into full gear in Glendale Sunday, when the annual Christmas treelighting was held at the triangle outside Zum Stammtisch restaurant, where 70th Street meets Myrtle and Cooper avenues. Pictured: the crowd enjoying the tree in all its glory; Santa Claus, aka Joe Aiello, meets with some of the children, all of whom got stuffed animals; community leader Vincent Arcuri Jr. sports a festive cap; Zum Stammtisch owner Werner Lehner, rear, is honored by Councilwoman Liz Crowley, in red, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt and Assemblyman Mike Miller; Miller presents Lehner with an honorary street sign; Kayla Forester, her son, Ryan, all wrapped up, and Michelle and Elisa Kruithoff enjoy the festivities; area music legend Joe Fuoco performs with some of his students; and two more youngsters get their gifts from Old St. Nick. As the poet wrote, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has co-written a letter with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) petitioning U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to immediately approve an application filed by the Broad Channel Civic Association to open a new Contract Postal Unit on the island.
The neighborhood had a CPU that operated out of the Baygull Bagel Store on Cross Bay Blvd. until it was damaged in Superstorm Sandy.
The accolades just keep coming for Margaret Finnerty.
The soon-to-be retiree was honored by members of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association and elected officials at the civic’s holiday party on Tuesday.
The Department of Transportation on Monday began to fix fences near MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and parents said two weeks ago that schoolchildren were using gaps in them to cut across Conduit Avenue.
“I commend Queens DOT and Borough Commissioner Hall for recognizing this dangerous situation and quickly acting to make the required repairs,” Goldfeder said in a written statement announcing the start of the remediation of the fence. “These repairs will go a long way in keeping students out of harm’s way.”
The holiday season got into full gear in Glendale Sunday, when the annual Christmas treelighting was held at the triangle outside Zum Stammtisch restaurant, where 70th Street meets Myrtle and Cooper avenues.
Photos show the crowd enjoying the tree in all its glory; Santa Claus, aka Joe Aiello, meets with some of the children, all of whom got stuffed animals; community leader Vincent Arcuri Jr. sports a festive cap; Zum Stammtisch owner Werner Lehner, rear, is honored by Councilwoman Liz Crowley, in red, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt and Assemblyman Mike Miller; Miller presents Lehner with an honorary street sign; Kayla Forester, her son, Ryan, all wrapped up, and Michelle and Elisa Kruithoff enjoy the festivities; area music legend Joe Fuoco performs with some of his students; and two more youngsters get their gifts from Old St. Nick. As the poet wrote, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
A long-awaited — and long overdue — new subway entrance to the E and F lines in Briarwood finally opened for business on Monday.
The entrance, on the north side of Queens Boulevard near the library, was first planned for fall 2012 before weather, the discovery of lead paint and other delays sometimes slowed construction to a crawl.
The Hollis Hills community honored a late couple Sunday for their longtime contributions to the neighborhood.
A plaque was dedicated in memory of David and Marion Millet on the traffic island at Union Turnpike and 220th Street, which the couple was instrumental in beautifying.
There are 170 youngsters living at the Kings Inn Family Center in East Elmhurst, and despite their circumstances, they are all looking forward to Christmas and some presents from Santa Claus.
The children range in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends, in a strange environment, and don’t know what their futures hold.
A new report by a special MTA commission states that the agency must provide additional transportation to residents to support the growing population. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sees this as a victory for his proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach rail line.
I read the November 20 South Queens edition of the Chronicle with a great deal of interest. In particular I appreciate the effort that the editors are making in covering the competing proposals to develop the former LIRR Rockaway line. The paper has repeatedly provided the readers with advocates for both proposals, for a park and for a rail line.
This particular edition had a story, “Use surplus cash on rail line: Goldfeder” by Anthony O’Reilly, reporting on Assemblyman Goldfeder’s proposal for rail service. The other, an Opinion by Andrea Crawford, argues in favor of park space.
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
Christmas may be a little way off, but gift cards from Barnes & Noble came early for some area students who were recently named winners in Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s annual Halloween contest.
With Braunstein are third-grade Grand Prize Winner Ashley Cho, left of PS 159 in Bayside; fifth-grade Grand Prize Winner Angela Chen of PS 169 in Bay Terrace; fourth-grade Grand Prize Winner Elicia Chau of PS 94 in Little Neck; and second- grade Grand Prize Winner Adriana St. Clair, also of PS 94.
In the basement of the Jamaica Muslim Center, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and various South Asian community leaders announced the opening of the Desi Senior Center on Monday.
The facility is the first to serve the Desi — South Asians — community three days a week at a single location.
A report by a special MTA commission stated last week that the transportation agency must add new transit options in its system to continue serving a growing population, an assessment that Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) sees as supportive of his proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach rail line.
“The @ReinventTranspo report agrees with @MTA, elected officials residents, the @NYDailyNews and so many more that we must restore @RBL1910,” Goldfeder said in a tweet shortly after the report was released.
cusing on children living at the Metro Family Residence in Woodside, one of the recipients in our 20th annual holiday toy drive.
There are 134 youngsters staying at that city homeless shelter now, ranging in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends and many must attend a new school.
The very first day of school for students at Queens Explorers Elementary School in Ozone Park may have been back in September, but school and elected officials gathered in the gymnasium on Monday to officially celebrate the opening of the borough’s newest public school.
“It is with great pride that I lead this school,” Melissa Compson, the principal and force behind the school’s innovative curriculum, said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.