Darryl Irick, at podium, president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Company, joined Councilman Donovan Richards, members of RIchards’ staff and MTA drivers on Sept. 5 for the ribbon cutting to formally inaugurate the new Q114 Limited bus line.
The 103rd Precinct in Jamaica will be one of five NYPD precincts that will have a limited number of officers wearing on-duty body cameras in a pilot program scheduled to begin before the end of the year.
The cameras are being tested in compliance with a court ruling in Floyd v. The City of New York, which required that a pilot camera program take place in precincts with the highest number of stop-and-frisk encounters in 2012.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) was very direct on Sept. 5 in addressing the startup of the new Q114 Limited bus line.
“This is a victory for Southeast Queens,” he said.
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated beleaguered seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
“The people made a difficult choice; but they chose decisively,” Comrie said before throngs of supporters at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club. “The people of the 14th District said they wanted a representative they can be proud of, a representative who will get results from Albany.”
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
A bill that aims to “prohibit discrimination based on one’s consumer credit history” by banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants will be the subject of a City Council hearing set for 10 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall
The main sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in April and is being debated in the Civic Rights Committee, is Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). The legislation has 38 co-sponsors who have signed onto it; among them are several members of the Queens delegation: Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) and Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans).
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.
The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.
Others believe it is far more important.
City Councilmen Donovan Richards, left, Mark Treyger and Carlos Menchaca take questions Tuesday night about the city’s commitment to help rebuild the homes and the lives of people who lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
More than 1,000 people, many of them victims of Hurricane Sandy, attended a meeting Tuesday night between city officials and more than a score of clergy with one demand — to make them whole again.
Faith in New York sponsored what it billed as a Sandy rebuilding summit at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica.
Commissioner Emily Lloyd, left, of the Department of Environmental Protection, said the city is done just talking about flooding in Southeast Queens at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night organized by Councilman Donovan Richards in St. Albans. Richards, right, is the new chairman of the Council’s Environmental Committee.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) fought for years alongside others to get city officials to pay attention to flooding that has plagued some portions of Southeast Queens for decades.
But in recent months, he has been fighting instead to convince flood-weary residents that action finally has begun to replace words.
For weeks, community leaders opposed to a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and plans for another in Glendale have been urging residents to call or email City Comptroller Scott Stringer to make their opinions known.
Well, it's working.
How would you spend a million dollars? Long Island City residents gathered July 9 to discuss just that.
In the second of two informational meetings held by City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), residents of the 26th Council District gathered in the Jacob Riis Settlement House to learn about participatory budgeting for the 2015-16 fiscal year, a democratic process where residents from 22 city districts have a voice in how $25 million in discretionary funds should be spent citywide.
Councilman Donovan Richards, shown at the Rosedale Library in 2012, is including the modernization and expansion of the branch in his priorities for the new City Council session that begins in January.
A new, lucrative way of making money in the housing market has swept over the city in recent years.
Move over, luxury Long Island City high-rise condos and Brooklyn brownstones, homeless shelters have become hot commodities among some landlords.
Shortly after he was kicked out of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference in 2013, people in Albany and Southeast Queens began calling him the man without a party.
Now locked in a primary battle for his political survival and a federal corruption trial restarting in January, state Sen. Malcolm Smith apparently can only watch as every party leader, elected official and natural Democratic constituency group lines up behind former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
In the past decade, Southeast Queens and the term flooding have become synonymous. Residents from Rosedale to St. Albans experience ponds, streams and rivers reminiscent of biblical plagues whenever it rains. While the needs of residents within this region of Queens vary widely, every community has expressed concern regarding flooding and its negative impact on the area’s quality of life.
Some industry experts attribute the frequent flooding to the rising water table beneath many of the homes in Council Districts 27 and 31, along with the cessation of the pumping of the groundwater wells owned and previously operated by New York City.
Faith Hill of Springfield Gardens encouraged residents to be proactive this summer when they learn of a large party being planned in their neighborhoods. Councilman Donovan Richards, right, said the approach led to a safer summer last year.
Borough President Melinda Katz, at podium, with Councilman Eric Ulrich, left, Councilman Donovan Richards, Rockaway civic leader Danny Ruscillo and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at a City Hall rally in support of the Rockaway ferry last month.
Loud, overcrowded parties in residential neighborhoods once again will be under a microscope this summer in the NYPD’s 105th Precinct.
Civic and elected officials on Monday formally kicked off the second year of the Summer Noise Task Force, which is aimed at keeping neighborhoods free of gatherings that proliferate to the size of block parties and often have music blaring through commercial-sized speakers.
Borough President Melinda Katz, center left, joins former Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, Franck Joseph II of Councilman Donovan Richards’ office, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and several young experts on playgrounds at the recent ribbon cutting on the newly renovated Laurelton West Playground.
The $1.5 million makeover gave local children a recreational area that now includes brand-new swing sets, picnic tables, open lawn areas, benches and drinking fountains, as well as great stuff to climb, jump and play on.
An anticipated public hearing at Community Board 13 on a cell tower being proposed by Verizon in Laurelton has been postponed until September at the request of Verizon representatives.
The 58-foot tower is slated for property that includes 229-17 and 229-27 Merrick Blvd.