Last year this page was proud to stand with the civic community in Queens against the Bloomberg administration’s misguided plan to give away a large chunk of Flushing Meadows Corona Park so a soccer stadium could be built there. It would have been a devastating blow both environmentally and economically, as the city was prepared to “sell” at least a dozen acres of our crown jewel park for one dollar. When the plan fell through, it marked a major victory for the public interest.
Then Major League Soccer, which wants to build the stadium for its new team, went to the Bronx, hoping to put it in a park next to Yankee Stadium. Now that plan also has failed, and MLS again has turned its attention toward Queens. But it’s looking at an entirely different location, one we can support: Aqueduct Race Track.
Deputy Inspector Jose Severino, second from right, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Councilman Eric Ulrich for his service to the community on Tuesday night, with J. Richard Smith, secretary of the community council, left, Redmond Haskins representing Ulrich, 102nd Precinct Officer Andrew Goldenberg and Latchman Budhai, the community council's president.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
Build it Back has been circulating some updated numbers on its progress in South Queens, and although it has been slow, the program seems to actually be moving forward with the reconstruction of hundreds of homes damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
According to statistics from the program, 22 homes in South Queens neighborhoods hit hard by the storm nearly two years ago have already had construction completed through the program, though that’s of more than 8,500 that have signed up. Though the number of homes that have been completed is small, 149, until last March, not a single Sandy-damaged home in the city had work finished through the program.
District Manager Mary Ann Carey, left, honored by Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez and officials, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, back row left, Assemblyman Mike Miller, Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblyman David Weprin and Councilman Eric Ulrich at her last CB 9 meeting after 30 years as district manager on Tuesday in Richmond Hill.
It was the end of an era at Community Board 9 Tuesday night.
Longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey was honored for decades of service at her last meeting in the position she has held since Ed Koch was mayor and Donald Manes was borough president.
Ann Kiernan carefully studied the bag of green grapes she picked up from the shelf, somehow tuning out the chaos around her.
“This is a good price,” she said, grabbing a bag of purple grapes and placing them both in the black basket that hung from her arm.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Councilman Eric Ulrich took the ALS ice bucket challenge, here with a soaked Addabbo soaking his former political opponent.
City Hall says Build it Back is actually building stuff back.
Mayor de Blasio announced that the city has approved the start of construction for 535 homes and sent 543 reimbursement checks through the Build it Back program, exceeding the 500-home goal de Blasio set when he revamped the city’s Hurricane Sandy-recovery program in the spring and appointed Amy Peterson to head the program.
American Softball, a league for handicapped or otherwise challenged adults, was honored Aug. 22 with the final World Series game at Kissena Park in Flushing.
Angelo DiGangi sang “The Star Spangled Banner” to start the game, which was attended by Council Members Eric Ulrich and Peter Koo. After the game, the league was honored with a citation from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., inset, to founder Randy Novic.
When Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez took an informal poll of the audience at last Thursday night’s meeting on the City Line pedestrian plaza, the results required a recount.
First he asked supporters to stand, then he asked opponents. The end result? Almost a tie, roughly a dozen on either side.
South and Central Queens are about to see the end of an era, when Mary Ann Carey retires as district manager of Community Board 9 on Oct. 1.
Carey is the longest-serving district manager in all of Queens. Hired 35 years ago during the Koch administration, she served under five mayors and four borough presidents. She began her tenure when Jimmy Carter was president, M*A*S*H was a hit show and the only Star Wars movie anyone had seen was “Star Wars.”
Sal Simonetti, an Ozone Park native, is Eric Ulrich’s new chief of staff.
Councilman Eric Ulrich, left, Carol Simon, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder at the grand opening of the youth organization’s new building in Richmond Hill on Tuesday.
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.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) appointed a lifelong Ozone Park resident to be his new chief of staff last week.
Sal Simonetti, who has been president of the Our Neighbor’s Civic Association in Ozone Park for several years, was promoted to the post. He had previously served as deputy to Ulrich’s former chief of staff Rudy S. Giuliani, who resigned last week after he was appointed borough director at the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations and the Build it Back Program, a position in which he will report directly to Amy Peterson, the head of the city’s Hurricane Sandy recovery program.
As controversy swirled around her a little more than a year ago, Community Board 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey said she wanted to step down from her position on her own terms.
Now she appears to be doing that.
An often-forgotten park on the shores of Jamaica Bay that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy is getting a fix up, thanks in part to a big donation from Resorts World Casino New York City.
The gaming facility, located about a mile away from the park, announced it will donate $40,000 to reconstructing the Hamilton Beach Playground in Hamilton Park. The playground, located on federal land between the A train subway tracks and Hawtree Creek, across from Charles Park, was devastated in Sandy and has not been repaired since.
More than three years ago, dignitaries, civic leaders and even some South Queens residents gathered under a tarp in the lot next to what was then known as the South Queens Boys & Girls Club at 110-04 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill to put shovels in the ground. On that chilly rainy April day, they promised to be back in several years to welcome the first children into a bigger, better club.
On Tuesday, three years, four months and a name change since the first brick was laid, and in noticeably different weather conditions, the job was done — for the most part.
It was a nice summer day — and a great cause — for a bike ride.
On Saturday more than 200 riders participated in the first annual “Loop,” a 20-mile bike ride to benefit the New York Families for Autistic Children Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In total, the day’s events raised nearly $15,000 for both groups.
Midsummer isn’t a quiet time for Woodhaven residents and civic leaders.
During a town hall meeting Saturday that drew a sizable audience to Emanuel United Church of Christ, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association addressed more than half a dozen issues, most of them ongoing problems facing the area, including graffiti, illegally parked cars, and a collapsed Jamaica Avenue building that many worry is a safety risk.
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.
Mayor de Blasio last Thursday signed into law the measure that will create municipal identification cards for New York City residents. Although available to anyone, the cards are especially designed for people who will not or cannot get other forms of ID, such as illegal immigrants.
The mayor noted at a hearing held the day before the bill signing that many New Yorkers don’t have driver’s licenses — though he did not address the nondriver’s ID the state offers them — and that undocumented residents are forced to “live in the shadows” because they lack proper identification.