The Ulrich family — Yadira, 2-year-old Lily, and Councilman Eric — enjoy the festivities.
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.
A shot was fired by a federal agent outside the Cross Bay Diner during a drug sting late Monday night.
No one was struck by the bullet and it is unclear why the agent fired his weapon.
A shot was fired by a federal agent at the Cross Bay Diner during a drug sting late Monday night.
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 dedicated cluster of graffiti-fighters in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are getting some professional reinforcements.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Wednesday that he has allocated $25,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corp. to hire a professional graffiti-removal service that will regularly clean graffiti along six corridors in the 32nd District.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is fighting the Sanitation Department’s practice of issuing tickets to property owners in the middle of the night for garbage dumped outside their properties, an issue that has affected the civic organization personally.
The problem stems from a common nighttime occurrence — people dumping trash outside Jamaica Avenue storefronts. Then, Sanitation Department agents write summonses in the middle of the night, fining property owners for failing to dispose of this rubbish they never even had the chance to see because it had been dumped there after their businesses were closed for the day.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) presented a Good Conduct Medal from the United States Navy and a City Council Citation to Edward Boes, a veteran of the Korean War and resident of Ozone Park.
Boes, 79, joined the Navy at 17 and served as a station policeman and trained Navy cadets how to fly in inclement weather.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is asking city Comptroller Scott Stringer to audit the funds the Parks Department received from the federal government to reconstruct the Rockaway Boardwalk, which was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
Several published reports said FEMA is expected to announce $480 million in federal reimbursement money to rebuild the boardwalk and related park amenities in Rockaway Beach, but Ulrich noted that the total far exceeds the $274 million Parks budgeted for the project, which isn’t due to be completed until 2016. Ulrich said he wants to know where the extra $206 million is going.
After a summer hiatus, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association resumed its meeting schedule on Tuesday evening at St. Helen School cafeteria.
The more than 300 neighborhood residents who packed the meeting heard from elected officials and representatives of city agencies. Many expressed their concerns about area problems including rodents and traffic on residential streets.
Councilman Eric Ulrich, center, outside the Howard Beach Senior Center on Monday, with seniors, announcing the allocation of $25,000 in city funds toward van service to and from four Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens senior centers in South Queens, including Howard Beach.
With only days left in her 35-year tenure as district manager of Community Board 9, Mary Ann Carey received a high honor on Tuesday — on the floor of the legislative body that governs the city she has served.
Carey, who is retiring next week, was awarded a Council Proclamation for her service on CB 9.
Senior citizens in South Queens will no longer be stuck without a ride.
Thanks to an allocation of $25,000 from the City Council from Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens is now offering a free shuttle van for seniors attending any of its four South Queens senior centers.
A recent mugging in Forest Park, a new residential home in the area and restoration of a collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue were among the top issues on the table as the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association held its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, announced that the neighborhood experienced a “pretty good summer,” then addressed an incident that occurred around 6 p.m. in Forest Park on Sept. 16.
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.
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.
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.