Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
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.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was joined last Friday afternoon by concerned area residents across the street from the College Point Corporate Park, where he announced that the Department of Sanitation had issued summonses to several businesses that he said have taken over streets and sidewalks. He called on the city to take further action against them unless the situation is rectified.
Avella said he first noticed the unlawful activity during the Memorial Day Parade.
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.
(An open letter to writer Joyce Shepard)
In response to your letter to the editor, I would just like to be sure I understand your position, as you feel the residents of Glendale and Middle Village are narrow-minded bigots because they oppose a placing homeless families in a large warehouse shelter at the site of an old factory, in the midst of a brownfield, adjacent to a chemical plant and freight railroad, in an area severely underserved by public transportation, and within the most overcrowded school district in New York City.
Aside from your opinion that this ill-conceived plan to place a shelter at this particular location should be incontrovertibly accepted by the community, I suppose you have done your research and have concluded that NYC, the Department of Homeless Services and their contracted service providers are
actually effectively and efficiently assisting the homeless. So, I guess it is safe to say that you are for large-scale shelters operated by “not for profits” that receive 99.9 percent of their funding from government sources and private property owners who receive well above market-rate rents via our tax dollars, while the homeless are underserved and not transitioned to permanent or supportive housing in a timely manner?
You are for spending over $3,600 a month to house one family for one month, when perhaps they just need a rent subsidy? You are for a system that awards cronyism, as many of these shelters are run by former high-ranking officials in the New York City Housing Authority and DHS, who set policies to privatize shelter operations? You are for a system that continues to award multi-million dollar contracts to shelter providers cited in audits as misappropriating millions in taxpayer funds? You are for shelter operators and landlords who fail to pay water and sewer charges? You are for shelter operators and landlords who harass market-rate tenants out of apartments, which reduces the housing stock further, adding to the housing crisis, so that they can get lucrative homeless shelter contracts? You are for landlords and shelter operators who evict homeless in their shelters because the city wants to reduce the exorbitant amount paid per rundown apartment by a mere 10 percent? Need I go on? I am glad I now understand your position.
The system is not working and needs to be changed. Do your research before you attack a community of hardworking, compassionate people.
During a recent quarterly meeting with concerned parties, members of Community Board 7 demanded input in the review process for development of Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Downtown Flushing.
Bids on the mixed-income, affordable housing complex planned near the Long Island Rail Road station were due earlier this month to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Department of Transportation Project Manager Scott Johnson discusses the agency’s arterial and neighborhood slow zone program before Borough President Melinda Katz and community board district managers on Tuesday at Borough Hall.
A number of additional neighborhood and arterial slow zones will be implemented throughout the borough in the final two months of the year, according to the Department of Transportation.
In a presentation to community board district managers from all across Queens and Borough President Melinda Katz at Borough Hall on Tuesday, the agency presented findings on the effectiveness of slow zones as well as plans for additional ones, to the surprise of some in attendance.
Forest Park played host to what is becoming an annual tradition on Saturday — a Fall Festival.
Hosted and funded through allocations by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the fair was attended by hundreds of children who enjoyed Halloween-themed bounce houses, shows and a hay maze completed with a pumpkin patch, where kids could pick a pumpkin and paint it.
New York City taxpayers paid more than $92,200 for each of the 11,408 inmates at Rikers Island between July 2013 and June 2014 — double the amount spent per inmates in Los Angeles, which has the country’s largest prison population at 18,710.
These findings were highlighted in a report released last week by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The audit found that the city spent a record $1.1 billion dollars for the 2014 fiscal year, even though the inmate population has declined by 18 percent since 2007.
After Tudor Village residents again voiced concern over traffic accidents, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is pressuring the city Department of Transportation to take action.
Goldfeder sent a letter to DOT Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall calling for the conclusion of a DOT traffic safety conditions study that began in September.
Forest Park played host to what is becoming an annual tradition on Saturday — a Fall Festival. Hosted and funded through allocations by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the fair was attended by hundreds of children who enjoyed Halloween-themed bounce houses, shows and a hay maze completed with a pumpkin patch, where kids could pick a pumpkin and paint it. The city Department of Transportation was on hand with one of its trucks, as were the FDNY and Sanitation Department. Across Woodhaven Boulevard, kids were able to ride the landmarked Carousel one last time before it closes for the winter. Ulrich said he hopes the festival, which expanded since last year, will become a yearly staple at the park.
The battle to end traffic fatalities along dangerous Queens streets has extended to Broadway in Elmhurst, the city Department of Transportation announced at Community Board 4’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.
The agency unveiled plans to redesign one mile of Broadway, from 75th Street to Queens Boulevard, designated a “high-crash corridor, by adding high visibility crosswalks, left turn bays and new parking lanes among other improvements.
Changes may be in store for the controversial pedestrian plaza that was constructed last fall in City Line.
Community Board 9 entertained the issue on Tuesday night in Richmond Hill after holding a town hall meeting in August at Borough Hall where supporters and opponents — mainly business owners at the site — spoke about their concerns on the plaza. The city Department of Transportation installed the plaza last November along Drew Street between Liberty and 101st avenues and 101st Avenue between Drew and 75th streets. CB 9 approved it a year ago.
In July, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency 30-day permit to Omni Recycling, requiring all trains carrying municipal solid waste from Long Island be properly sealed and environmental monitors be present along the tracks, including at Fresh Pond Rail Yard in Glendale, among other improvements.
Now, numerous area elected officials are calling for such provisions to prevent the escape of pungent odors often given off by MSW into neighborhoods surrounding the tracks to become permanent.
The Long Island Rail Road is reminding riders that track construction work in and around Rockville Centre could add several minutes to an hour to some trips this weekend, Oct. 18 and 19.
The changes will include reduced service, shuttle buses and schedule adjustments.
Trying to reduce accidents using speed cameras near schools may be a good thing, but some Queens residents are questioning the city’s motivation and particular locations they say have been made less safe.
When school opened last month, Mayor de Blasio announced that 23 speed cameras had been deployed citywide where speeding has become problematic near schools. Forty more are expected to be installed by the end of the year and an additional 77 by next year.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
A commercial jetliner waiting on the tarmac at JFK Airport was rear-ended by another plane Sunday, authorities said, in the latest runway collision at the airport.
According to published reports, Royal Jordanian Airlines Flight 261, an Airbus A340 carrying 159 passengers, had just arrived from Amman, Jordan at 7 p.m., when the plane’s wing allegedly hit the tail of Delta Connection Flight 6087 from Charleston, SC, a 50-seat Embraer 145 that had 44 passengers and was operated by Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines.
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 Department of City Planning released a new study Monday examining transportation in Western Queens and proposing potential ways to increase economic and residential development through improved transit routes.
Specifically, the study examined the corridor running from LaGuardia Airport south through Downtown Greenpoint and Williamsburg and Brooklyn’s Tech Triangle.
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.
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.