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Those who have stood firm against the proposed homeless shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale now have more ammunition in their fight against the plan.
An audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office of a prior contract between Samaritan Village, the human services agency sponsoring the shelter, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services revealed that Samaritan Village allegedly misused nearly $1 million in state funds.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
Another parcel of land in Elmhurst went up for sale this week, adding to the likelihood that another residential building will be erected in the area.
The site comprises most of the parking lot of the Georgia Diner on Queens Boulevard, just west of the Queens Place mall. It is being offered for $24 million, according to an announcement made by Massey Knakal Realty Services, the broker handling it.
Not far enough.
That was the message sent this week by members of Community Board 13 in response to the Indian Cultural and Community Center proposing to cut three stories from a pair of senior apartment buildings on the grounds of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Bellerose.
Kathryn Mallon, the head of the city’s problem-plagued Hurricane Sandy recovery program, Build it Back, abruptly resigned last week as residents’ frustration with the program she ran is reaching a peak.
Just this month, Mallon met with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and civic leaders in his office to discuss issues with Build it Back, including changing the way people enrolled in the program are prioritized. Build it Back was also criticized for being slow to release funds.
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.
Anyone who has watched the evening news over the last month has seen the dramatic images of the civil unrest sweeping through Ukraine.
Since the protests, known as Euromaidan, over now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to stop Ukraine from entering on the path to potentially joining the European Union in the future began last November, over 100 protesters and a dozen law enforcement agents have been killed.
MTA representative Joe Raskin speaks to Community Board 6 about the 71st/Continental Avenue elevator project at its Feb. 12 meeting.
Councilman Antonio Reynoso speaks in favor of the improvement of subpar bus service and the implementation of a network of bike lanes throughout the district at Community Board 5’s monthly meeting on Feb. 12.
CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri displays a map of the proposed bike lane network as Transportation Committee Co-chairman John Maier explains the plan.
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.
Administrative Law Judge Michelle Manzione has fined Ziming Shen, who runs a preschool on the historic Klein farm property in Fresh Meadows, $1,600 for destroying trees and illegally building a driveway.
Shen testified earlier this month at an Environmental Control Board hearing in Jamaica that he was responsible for illegally cutting down large shade trees on the property at 194-15 73 Ave. He indicated the trees were rotten and that the existing driveway posed a hazard to the children and needed to be repaired.
Thirty-three days after Angela Hurtado was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver making an illegal turn at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Place in Maspeth, action is officially underway to prevent future incidents at the deadly crossing.
After meeting with Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) and Det. Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct on Jan. 30, the Department of Transportation will be installing a “qwick-kurb” at the intersection to further restrict drivers from making illegal left turns from 69th Place onto Grand Avenue.
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.
Dust off the old 10-speed Huffy; bike lanes are coming to Ridgewood this year.
After years of surveying and studying by the Department of City Planning and unanimous support from Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee, CB 5 voted 29-5 in favor of the implementation of 9.5 miles of bike routes throughout Ridgewood at it’s Feb. 12 meeting.
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.
Steve Zahn, regional natural resources supervisor for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Venetia Lannon, DEC’s New York City regional director, speak to Community Board 10 last Thursday.
With a sunny, and mostly musical, community theater spring season in the forecast, and more than half a dozen shows scheduled to open between now and late April, it’s time to sing the winter blues away!
First up is the Parkside Players’ production of “The Uninvited,” a good old-fashioned ghost story which begins thrilling audiences Friday night. The play, by Tim Kelly, is directed by Bill Logan and features a cast headed by Laura Cetti and Nick Radu.