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The Queens Chronicle has learned that E. Gluck Corp., now located in Long Island City, has leased the former Leviton site, which was the corporate headquarters for the firm that makes electrical wiring devices and motion sensors. Leviton officials moved its operation to Melville, LI in 2009 and the property at 59-25 Little Neck Parkway has remained vacant since then.
The 6.7-acre site was bought by Steel Equities, a commercial real estate developer, and the only usage at the site had been storage for a car dealer in Great Neck.
One would think The Mets ball club and the Related Companies would be more than gratified at receiving, for $1, the Willets Point property acquired by the City for tens of millions of dollars; a taxpayer subsidy of $99 million; and the right to construct a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall on the Citi Field parking lot, which is part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park without having to replace parkland and undergo a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure proceeding.
Predictably, not so.
In addition to all of the above, they now seek what they claim is a $43 million tax break from the city, but when added to the actual value of the Willets Point property of about $250 million; sewer construction cost of about $35 million; Van Wyck construction cost of $66 million; the total cost to the city for Willets Point will be about $400 million, a taxpayer subsidy that may well break all previous records.
At a time when city poverty and homeless levels are increasing, a demand by multibillionaires for a huge tax break, is outrageous.
If the Bloomberg Administration and the City Council agree to this raid on the City treasury, and if Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and Queens Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz remain silent, it would be tantamount, in my opinion, to malfeasance in office.
An Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge exit ramp is living up to its reputation once again as another car has driven off of it into a storefront on Queens Plaza South.
On Tuesday at 2 a.m., Elissa Toro, an off-duty NYPD police officer, was driving a silver 2004 Ford Focus when the car careered off the ramp, slamming into a vacant storefront and throwing her from the vehicle.
It seemed like an appropriate gesture to open the Ageless Summit in Laurelton last Thursday with a moment of silence for the passing of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who passed away on the same day at the age of 95, stood as a symbol for many in Southeast Queens for equal rights and justice. And while the topic of apartheid wasn’t discussed, issues of equality and justice were covered by the two-hour event, which took place at St. Luke’s Church in Laurelton, and was moderated by community activist Tanequa Strong.
Forest Hills High School earned its fifth straight “A” rating this fall from the New York City Department of Education, an achievement that administrators, students and staff attribute to an effort to directly support what goes on in the classroom.
“When the teachers teach, they bring their hearts to the boards,” said 12th-grader Silvio CiFuentes, a student in the school’s selective Carl Sagan Science/Math Honors Academy.
Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption quoted a recording purported to be embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) last week as it reported preliminary findings on the state of money and influence in New York politics.
“Not about whether or will, it’s about how much, and that’s our politicians in New York, they’re all like that,” Halloran is alleged to have told an undercover investigator. “And they get like that because of the drive that the money does for everything else. You can’t get anything without the f---ing money.”
In life Nelson Mandela was called a rebel, a freedom fighter, a terrorist, Mr. President, a healer, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an inspiration to millions.
The world has joined South Africa this week in paying homage to Madiba — a title of respect and a tribute to his ancestral clan — who died on Dec. 5 at age 95.
The proposed homeless shelter in Glendale has recently gained the city’s support, but area elected officials and civic leaders are outraged. An empty factory currently occupies the possibly contaminated plot of land the shelter would reside on.
The proposed 125-family homeless shelter slated for 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale has received the backing of the city and the Department of Homeless Services, angering area elected officials and civic leaders.
A $27 million dollar contract between the city and Samaritan Village, a Briarwood-based human services agency, to establish the homeless shelter will be discussed at a public hearing on the mezzanine level of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Center Street at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
The appointment of former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton back to his old post once Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio takes office was lauded across Queens and the city.
As commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton drove crime down and instituted the CompStat tracking system that has been a staple of the NYPD ever since. The system is cited as a key reason crime has declined for more than 20 years, as it gives police notice of where crime is happening so they can deploy accordingly.
The rain did not dampen the holiday spirit last Friday when Woodhaven residents and elected officials gathered for the tree and menorah lighting in Forest Parkway Plaza.
For the second year in a row an artificial tree was lit in the plaza. The live tree that previously stood on the site was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
The Knockdown Center won’t be knocked down too easily.
The arts and crafts venue, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, has been the cause of local uproar over alleged rowdy parties, but was granted a place of assembly permit for up to 5,000 people on Dec. 6.
(NAPSI)—Indonesia will choose its next president in a few months and the historic presidential race is heating up. The strategically important archipelago nation of 17,000 islands in the heart of Asia shuttered a dictatorial system in the late 1990s and continues to build its fledgling democracy. Home to the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia maintains its moderate Islamic views as it chooses to focus its attention on emerging as a potent economic player on the global stage—and this focus is paying off. Indonesia has the world’s fourth largest population and boasts an economy currently ranked 16th but is projected to move up past Germany and the United Kingdom and to seventh by 2030. With a respectable 6 percent growth in 2012, the country’s longer-term economic outlook remains strong. So with this type of potential, who leads this rising star matters to the world, and one candidate is emerging as the odds- on favorite: Prabowo Subianto.
America’s interests in an important part of the world could be affected by the presidential election in Indonesia.(NAPS)
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
Employees of contractors serving Queens’ two airports staged a protest last week at LaGuardia Airport.
The workers, employed by cleaning, maintenance and security companies, say their pay, insurance benefits and other working conditions are substandard compared to people employed directly by the airlines or the Port Authority, which operates LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
The Bayside Business Improvement District welcomed Santa Claus and the holiday lights to Bell Boulevard on Monday night.
On Tuesday, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced the upcoming improvements to be made to the Paul Raimonda Playground in Astoria.
Joined by Councilman-Elect Costa Constantinides, center right, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, District Leader Carol Scarano, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), Community Board 1 Parks Chairman Richard Khuzami, third from left, and members of CB1, Vallone announced his office had allocated $800,000 for renovations which will include a new Steinway piano-shaped spray shower, benches, gate repair, fitness equipment and a renovated basketball court.
Whenever the history of Forest Hills is discussed, the names Cord Meyer and Frederick and Ascan Backus always come up. Relatively few people remember another major player in the area’s history — the Springsteen family.
The Springsteens were farmers of Dutch descent who owned a large portion of land on the south side of Queens Boulevard, unlike the Backus family, which was dominant on the north side. Springsteen’s holdings started at Ascan Avenue and extended to 77th Avenue.
As a Queens resident who has had to deal with the issue of increased airplane noise in our borough, I’m writing to commend our local elected officials — specifically Reps. Steve Israel and Grace Meng, state Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein — for their work to curb airplane noise over our neighborhoods, and to create an Airplane Noise Community Roundtable. Their work has paid off after Gov. Cuomo recently directed the Port Authority to both monitor noise levels and form a roundtable. Increased airplane noise has been detrimental to the quality of life of so many in our community, and it’s encouraging that Queens residents will now be able to voice their concerns.
Defending and debating the virtues of liberty and freedom in a world of entitlements, welfare and redistribution of wealth is an exercise in futility. Either knowingly or unwittingly, many Americans have accepted and even voted for laws that abrogate Constitutional individual rights, freedom of choice and expropriate private wealth in the name of “fairness.” Admonitions such as “be the best that you can be” or “the sky’s the limit” no longer apply since incomes are capped and too much affluence and prosperity are punished. By penalizing the most productive among us, we nurture mediocrity.
It has become necessary to suppress my inclination to live as I choose because I am compelled to abide by the wisdom and beneficence of the government or be fined, taxed or arrested. The new paradigm is to each according to his needs and from each according to his ability. There is little doubt the ruling elite is victorious and has the upper hand. I just hope the promised utopia arrives before we run out of my and other peoples’ money.
As more and more liberals, socialists and progressives are elected, it is inevitable their utopian vision will prevail. The ash heap of history is replete with examples of utopian visions reduced to rubble yet we choose to ignore those lessons. In spite of the grim historical facts, the new elitists persist in their arrogance, restricting our individual rights and freedoms that threaten their vision of the “greater good.”
Will we forfeit our individual rights, our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the promise of abundance in a new world order that will control where and how we live, what we eat and drink, what we wear, what kind of cars we drive, which doctor we may visit? Will we at last be free from freedom?
Grover joins Sen. Chuck Schumer, center, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, left, Councilman-Elect Costas Constantinides, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and George Kaufman as they cut the ribbon on the new backlot.
Term-limited Councilman Leroy Comrie, left, is landing a job a lot closer to home come January. Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, right, has designated him as her new deputy, citing his long and varied experience in serving borough residents.
Elected officials and community leaders stand atop the new gateway to the Kaufman Studios lot.