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Christine Haider, seated right, will become the chairwoman of Community Board 11 in April. The others elected as vice chairwomen are Eileen Miller, seated left, Ocelia Claro, standing left, and Laura James.
Just in time for Women’s History Month, Community Board 11 on March 3 elected an all-woman slate for its top four positions.
In what may be a first for community boards in Queens and definitely for CB 11, the new all-female leadership includes Chairwoman Christine Haider of East Flushing; First Vice Chairwoman Laura Jones of Little Neck; Second Vice Chairwoman Ocelia Claro of Bayside; and Third Vice Chairwoman Eileen Miller of Bayside.
The Department of Homeless Services has extended invitations to area elected officials for a meeting later this month regarding the proposed Glendale homeless shelter.
A 125-family shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. has been a thorn in the side of politicians, Community Board 5 and area residents over the last year, and DHS has confirmed the elected officials opposed to the project will be able to speak their mind in a conference with agency commissioner Gilbert Taylor.
You are cordially invited to more than nine hours of golf in the outdoors, in the company of and in honor of state Sen. Malcolm Smith.
Community Board 9 elected a new slate of leaders on Tuesday night in Ozone Park in what ended up being a rather anticlimactic vote after weeks of rumors of a brawl between incumbent chairman Jim Coccovillo and his opposition on the board.
Coccovillo opted not to seek a second term as chairman, instead nominating Ralph Gonzalez of Ozone Park — whose name had been mentioned by several members as a potential opponent of Coccovillo’s. Gonzalez won the chairmanship unopposed. Raj Rampershad, the board’s executive secretary, was elected first vice chairman unopposed.
Ralph Gonzalez was elected the new chairman of Community Board 9 on Tuesday night.
“Forest Hills has become ‘Deforest Hills,’” a man shoveling snow remarks about the community he’s lived in for years. Pointing to his windows, the man says they remain constantly shut. Trees that used to absorb exhaust fumes along the road have been largely cut down, in apparent violation of city laws requiring greenery.
Despite his concern of the lack of trees, the man says he doesn’t complain to the Department of Buildings over the violations and chooses to remain anonymous when voicing his opinion.
Community Board 11 voted Monday to recommend that the city Board of Standards and Appeals disapprove the plan of a new owner to finish developing four attached brick houses on 47th Avenue off 198th Street in Auburndale, despite a longstanding effort to resolve what residents and board members have regarded for years as a potentially dangerous eyesore.
The site has access on 47th Avenue but uses a 198th Street address due to the configuration of the houses.
Obamacare is the term used by both the president’s supporters and critics when discussing his signature legislative initiative, the federal Affordable Care Act.
And with the March 31 deadline for those without health insurance to apply without paying a penalty, the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP is pulling out all stops in its effort to get residents of Southeast Queens to sign up.
City agencies’ defense of Industrial Business Zones — areas set aside to promote industrial growth — has become somewhat of an affectation as more and more pieces break off of the IBZs to accommodate residential and commercial uses.
Almost one year ago, a plan to erect a 90,000-square-foot residential building was presented at a Citizens for a Better Ridgewood meeting. Many were thrilled at having a new residence on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Starr Street but urban planning and IBZ advocates said the building is a blatant contradiction of City Planning’s “iron-clad commitment” to preserving manufacturers and industrial businesses.
Nearly three dozen people have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into Social Security and Disability insurance fraud, among them a prominent member of Community Board 9 and his father, who is one of the principal defendants.
Saverio “Sam” Esposito, 48, a longtime member of CB 9 from Ozone Park, was among 32 people arrested in an ongoing sting headed by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance alleging millions of dollars in fraudulent claims against the federal Social Security Disability Insurance program. Espos
ito’s father, Joseph Esposito, 64, is one of four principal defendants, along with Raymond Lavallee, 83, Thomas Hale, 89, and John Minerva, 61, accused of directing SSDI applicants including many retirees of the NYPD, which the younger Esposito was a member of, and FDNY, to lie about their psychiatric conditions in order to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled. The operators of the scam allegedly received cash payments in return for coaching the applicants, who claimed that they suffered a psychiatric condition that prevented them from working, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. Some of the defendants allegedly used their association with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as the ostensible cause of their psychiatric condition. Vance said the average annual payment per applicant was between $30,000 and $50,000 a year.
The Parks Committee chairman at Community Board 12 said last week the future of a proposed state-of-the-art skate park for the Laurelton Playground now is in the hands of the residents who would benefit from it.
Speaking at CB 12’s regular meeting on Feb. 19, Greg Mays said the public soon would have access to petitions, both paper and online, that will ask the city Department of Parks and Recreation to commit to the project.
In an unusual show of discord, a Community Board 5 vote came down to the wire.
Members weren’t voting on a headline issue like a homeless shelter or an arts center looking for a liquor license. Instead, a longtime Italian-American street fair was the subject of debate.
The span of the Hell Gate Bridge is familiar to anyone who has walked along the waterfront in Astoria Park.
The largest of three iconic bridges that form the Hell Gate complex, it is probably most recognizable for its metal arches and masonry towers but unlike its neighbors, it is barely visible at night.
The mail box for Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor must be overflowing by now.
Borough President Melinda Katz became the most recent elected official to oppose the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, as she penned a letter dated Jan. 27, detailing her concerns about the plan.
A proposal by a city councilman from the Bronx may lead to a whole new way for local community boards to share information and get area residents involved.
But exactly who is going to foot the bill for any incurred costs remains a primary concern.
Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) periodic “Congress on your Corner” events normally get dozens of attendees wishing to meet with their representative. But that wasn’t the case at the Glendale Public Library on Tuesday.
Just six constituents showed up to speak individually with Meng over the course of two hours, a far cry from previous meetings in Middle Village and Fresh Meadows that garnered about 40 and 60 attendees, respectively.
Community Board 10 elected a new 2nd vice chairman at last Thursday’s meeting.
John Calcagnile was voted into the position by a vote of 19-11 over Donna Gilmartin. The position was left open by the death of Robert Ruffin in December.
The movement to save and preserve the New York State Pavilion just got its biggest backer yet.
With the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers, the two rusting icons of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, behind her, Borough President Melinda Katz officially called for the preservation of the structures on Thursday, just months before the 50th anniversary of the global gathering the pavilion was built for.
A normally calm Community Board 4 got unusually testy at its Tuesday meeting.
During the legislators’ reports, the topic of the controversial Willets Point development plan prompted one board member to quarrel with an aide for Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst).