Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.
“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.
Residents and elected officials want the state to turn up the heat under the Office of Mental Health in the wake of the second escape this year from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center by a man with a criminal record.
On June 2, Clifford Brown became the second person this year to escape from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village, and residents and elected officials are calling for instant action from the state.
Brown, described in published reports as mentally challenged and schizophrenic, also is the third person with a criminal record to flee the facility since March 2013.
Members of Community Board 13 are expecting a look at revised plans for the proposed Indian Cultural and Community Center in the coming weeks as developers prepare for their next presentation to city officials.
Speaking on Monday night at Harvest Revival Full Gospel Baptist Church, CB 13 Land Use Committee Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht said the ICCC is scheduled to present updated plans to the city Board of Standards and Appeals in Manhattan on July 22.
Members of Community Board 13 expressed some hope on Monday that their running battle with the Indian Cultural Community Center’s proposed apartment buildings has gained some ground.
Speaking Tuesday night at Maranatha Baptist Church in Queens Village, CB 13 Executive Secretary Jerry Wind said the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals had some pointed questions for ICCC representatives.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a Little Neck man who was reported missing on March 4.
Andre Bishay, 35, was last seen at noon on or near the grounds of the state’s Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, though police and other sources say he may have been a patient of the North Shore-LIJ Healthcare System being transferred to a nonstate care facility. Neither North Shore-LIJ nor the state Department of Mental Health could comment, citing confidentiality laws.
A senior housing complex would be a lot closer to houses in Bellerose than both Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and the smokestacks for its old generating plant.
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.
It was straight out of a Saturday morning children’s television comedy — a man confined to a hospital is able to confound security by the ingenious tactic of switching clothes with one of his visitors and allegedly sauntering right out the door.
Only residents, elected officials and police are not laughing over the fact that Raymond Morillo, who was confined to Creedmoor after completing a sentence for manslaughter and assault, was able to do just that on Jan. 28, and get more than 1,000 miles away before he was caught at a bus station in Memphis, Tenn. the next night.
The ex-convict who escaped from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center on Tuesday was apprehended late Wednesday night at a bus station in Memphis, Tenn.
The NYPD said Raymond Morillo was found inside a Greyhound bus terminal at about 10:35 p.m. and will be held until extradition.
The developers of a proposed apartment complex on land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village are preparing for a second hearing before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.
The BSA rejected a proposal in September from the Indian Cultural and Community Center that includes two nine-story apartment towers with 143 units.
And while hearings next month before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals are considered far from certain to back up the board’s choice, CB 13 members came back from their summer break on Monday with a report from the state inspector general that supports many of their objections to the process by which the Indian Cultural and Community Center got the land and permission for the towers.
“It is a scathing report,” Jerry Wind, a member of the board’s Land Use Committee, told the group.
A state inspector general’s report is highly critical of the Indian Cultural and Community Center’s behavior in its acquisition of state land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site — and of the state agency which was supposed to be supervising the sale.
A scathing report issued by the New York State Inspector General’s Office blasts actions taken by the Indian Cultural and Community Center — and inaction by the New York State Dormitory Authority — in connection with the sale of more than four acres of property on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site in Queens Village.
The ICCC was before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday in continuing its effort to construct a pair of nine-story towers on the property.
The NYPD’s 105th Precinct is seeking the public’s help in finding a man reported missing on March 7.
The address given by police for Marcos Cabrera, 40, matches that of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center on Winchester Boulevard in Queens Village. He is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, gray shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.
The NYPD’s 105th Precinct is seeking the public’s help in finding a man reported missing on March 7.
Art is dynamic, fluid, ever changing — perhaps more so now than ever before. It’s not just about painting, sculpture and architecture, and hasn’t been for a long time. There are the performing arts, of course, but also art happenings and similar events — which often raise the question, “What is art?”
It’s not a question with an easy answer, even for those well-versed in the art world. One of those people is Tom Finkelpearl, executive director of the Queens Museum of Art. Finkelpearl has worked at a number of art centers, has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s in fine arts from Hunter College, and used to be a sculptor.
Take your big-ticket 2012 headlines about superstorms and elections and throw them out the window for a moment. Sure, the year was filled with its fair share of natural and political change. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll find 2012 was the year residents felt divorced from their government, when city agencies were called out for dubious practices.
The year was pockmarked with calls for transparency and fair representation. In short, there was often a gulf between government’s practices and voters’ desires.
Here we go again.
The Indian Cultural and Community Center has revamped plans for building senior housing on the campus of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. The project has been embroiled in controversy since it was first proposed. Now that the group wants to add an extra 17 apartments to the mix has civic leaders and at least one elected official furious.
Crime and other security issues continue to persist on and around the campus of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village, according to area residents, and they are hoping that the state Office of Mental Health, elected officials and the NYPD will do more to help.
Frank Toner, the president of the Rocky Hill Civic Association, said his members have been complaining about quality of life issues stemming from the Creedmoor campus, located along Union Turnpike and Winchester Boulevard, for years. Noise, fighting, aggressive panhandling and what appears to be drug dealing have been consistent problems, Toner said. The hospital is operated by the state Office of Mental Health.
It was a land-use heavy agenda at the Community Board 13 meeting on Monday, with four items to be voted upon. A convenience store, gas station and group home got the green light, while a nonprofit’s proposal to use an emergency access point at the Creedmoor campus got a big thumbs down.
The first application was for a variance to build a store in a residentially zoned area. The proposal, presented by architect Gerald Caliendo, was for a retail establishment at 177-60 South Conduit Ave. in Springfield Gardens.
The Indian Cultural and Community Center’s plan to build on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus cannot move ahead until the group shows that the development would have access to a mapped city street.
The ICCC was granted access to the 82nd Avenue emergency access point on the east side of Creedmoor in the deed for one of the parcels it has purchased, according to the group’s zoning lawyer, Jordan Most.
The Indian Cultural and Community Center’s plan to build on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus has hit another snag, with the group needing access to a mapped city street in order to move ahead.
“This property does not have that access. It is landlocked, so to speak,” Jordan Most, the zoning lawyer for the ICCC, said at the Community Board 13 meeting on Monday.
State Route 25 bears many names. In Queens, from west to east, it is called Queens Boulevard, Hillside Avenue and Braddock Avenue before merging with Jamaica Avenue, its easternmost name in the borough. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties, it’s Jericho Turnpike. Further east, the name changes again, and the road runs all the way to Orient Point.
At the city line, where Belle-rose meets Nassau’s Floral Park, it used to be called Jamaica Avenue on the northern, or Queens side, and Jericho Turnpike on the southern, or Nassau side. That caused problems, and in June 2005 Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill making it simply Jericho Turnpike in that area.
While investigations by both the state attorney general and inspector general continue, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced at a rally on Saturday that he was calling for a federal investigation into the redistricting process that removed a key piece of land from his 11th Senate District.
At the sidewalk gathering, held on Winchester Boulevard in the shadow of the Creedmor Psychiatric Hospital campus in Queens Village, Avella told the two dozen civic association leaders and concerned area residents in attendance, “Hopefully, the investigations will get to the bottom of this. Whoever did this, if you think that is going to stop me, you’re crazy.”