Two weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board rejected the agency’s five-year budget proposal, three Queens elected officials are pressing for one of the program’s smaller items to make it into the final draft of the financial plan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) urged New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner and MTA Capital Program Review Board Chairwoman Joan McDonald to approve a $40 million proposal to reopen a Long Island Rail Road stop in Elmhurst.
Some communities in Queens, such as Glendale and Elmhurst, view the Department of Homeless Services as an enemy, degrading their neighborhoods one homeless shelter at a time.
DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, in a sitdown interview with Chronicle staff on Thursday, said he and the agency are both proactively and reactively dealing with the city’s homelessness crisis the best it can in their first year in office.
The Astoria Cove project has proven to be a sore issue with affordable housing advocates, and on Monday, City Council members were not afraid to slam the developers during a Zoning and Franchise Subcomittee meeting.
“As it is now, I cannot stand behind this project,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), whose district the development would be in and whose opinion will most likely influence the votes of his colleagues.
It’s deja vu all over again in Queens as six additional emergency family shelters are likely to be placed here.
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said he was told by the Department of Homeless Services that it is now reviewing a site for one in Bayside.
The year and a half-long nightmare for the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps may be finally coming to an end. They have been OK’d to move back into their headquarters at 78-15 Jamaica Ave.
Anthony Iuliano, a representative from the Department of Buildings, made the announcement at Community Board 9’s meeting on Oct. 14.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Wednesday introduced a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
The legislation would require:
Plaza College and the Forest Hills office of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will soon have two more reputable neighbors planting their flags a few floors away.
The New York City Board of Elections and Regus, an office suite provider with more than 2,000 locations in 100 countries, have signed leases totaling nearly 50,000 square feet with Muss Development and will soon be moving the real estate firm’s Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, according to Regus’ website and published reports.
Preparations are in full swing for the annual family-oriented College Point Street Fair on Sunday, Oct. 26.
And Tom Palma of the College Point Board of Trade said their aim and the appeal of the fair is no secret — to bring families and friends together and to showcase what the community has to offer.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will on Wednesday introduce a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
Challengers in the Oct. 8 Board of Directors election at Rochdale village defeated four incumbents, while two current members seen as allies of the dissident residents retained their seats.
A group of more than 200 residents at the Jamaica co-op has been increasingly critical in recent months of the incumbents’ management of the complex’s day-to-day operations and its finances.
Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.
In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.
In 2009, New York enacted a law that mandates the state to translate and print ballots and all other voting materials in Russian, yet many eligible Russian-American voters who don’t speak English have been deprived from voting and are forced to return home because the state has never implemented the measure.
The translation rule was enacted in 2009 by former Gov. David Patterson. The state failed to translate voting materials in Russian, the third-most commonly spoken language in New York City, behind Chinese and Spanish, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Officials cited lack of funding as the reason.
Interred at Machpelah Cemetery in Glendale for the last 88 years is the body of Erich Weiss, a Hungarian-born son of a rabbi who died in Detroit of a punch to the abdomen in the midst of his bout with appendicitis in 1926.
Deceased nearly nine decades, Weiss’ grave, visible from Cypress Hill Street, looks almost as old.
A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
The dedicated cluster of graffiti-fighters in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are getting some professional reinforcements.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Wednesday that he has allocated $25,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corp. to hire a professional graffiti-removal service that will regularly clean graffiti along six corridors in the 32nd District.
Nearly 30 years after Long Island Rail Road passenger trains last stopped in Elmhurst, the MTA has laid out plans to construct a new stop in the bustling northwest Queens neighborhood.
However, area elected officials and civic associations who have pressed for a station for years shouldn’t consider the $40 million plan as set in stone just yet.
Election Eve in Rochdale Village on Tuesday was almost as raucous as New Year’s Eve in Times Square, with numerous residents berating members of the cooperative’s board of directors and their hired staff members.
On Wednesday, residents of the 20-building complex were scheduled to vote on 10 positions for the board. The outcome was not known as of the Chronicle’s deadline, but numerous residents, including candidates challenging sitting board members up for re-election, were seething Tuesday night.
With some 75 area residents in attendance, the Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association held its first meeting of the season on Tuesday night at St. Ann Church in Flushing, raising a multitude of issues ranging from airplane noise to idling vehicles.
One of the evening’s guest speakers, Helen Ho, Mayor de Blasio’s Queens community affairs chief, kicked off the meeting with an explanation of the city’s new municipal ID cards, which she said would start being issued in January and be available to anyone 14 years of age and older.
A Pennsylvania judge has been convicted of selling children into prison for cash. The former judge, 61-year old Mark Ciavarella Jr, was sentenced to 30 years for taking money under the table from a developer and jailing thousands of adults and juveniles, some as young as 10. Ciavarella made more than a million dollars selling people into incarceration. Sad to see our proud America once synonymous with the term “Freedom” being replaced by “Greedom,” thanks to our “For Profit” privateers — the “Bleed’ms.”
The total debt accrued by our college graduates has tripled in the last three years to one trillion dollars. There are those wanting to privatize grammar, high and all pre-college schools, which would assure that our schools, once the epitome of intellectuality, continues to slip one by one rung farther downward on the intellectual ladder. Shameful.
Then there are the privateers wanting to “For Profit” the VA medical (which has often been proved to surpass our own private plans), Social Security, highways and bridges paid for initially by the taxpayers, parking meters and on and on. This opportunistic “For Profit” mental
ity whittling away at the proud progression with which we have evolved has woefully degraded us from when we were once the idol of the world.
Our country, its institutions allowing all to spring from the level board, should not be stunted for the almighty buck, nor should our elections be up for sale to the wealthiest.
I can hear it now: “Socialist,” “Commy,”“Pinko,” etc. Sad.
Senior living, meet the 21st century.
Elected officials, heads of city agencies, Selfhelp administrators and their corporate partners gathered Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the nonprofit group’s newest, most technologically savvy senior residence at 137-39 45 Ave. in Flushing.
A recent crackdown on so-called dollar vans near the Archer Avenue-Parsons Boulevard transit hub was prompted by a recent visit by the mayor and compounded by a high-speed police chase that seriously injured a 22-year-old woman two weeks ago.
Leaders from Southeast Queens gathered on Monday to say that neither ever needed to happen. They are calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide more buses in the region, and for the Taxi and Limousine Commission to completely overhaul its enforcement operations against illegal vans.
After years of remaining flat, both the minimum and the maximum amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid out to jobless New Yorkers will increase starting Oct. 6, Gov. Cuomo said last week.
Some dissatisfied residents at Rochdale Village are looking to put up an opposition slate in the Oct. 7 election to the community’s governing board. Several are seeking state oversight of the election process.
At the 9/11 Remembrance held at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps last week, Vietnam veterans, firefighters, EMTs, elected officials and Auxiliary Police stood, saluted, and silently watched as Boy Scout Troop 106, the same unit Richard Pearlman belonged to, lowered the American flag.
Richard Pearlman, an 18-year-old EMS volunteer from the FHVAC, was at Police Plaza when the planes struck. The last photograph of him shows him helping a bloodied woman out of the World Trade Center.
Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.
The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.