On the heels of numerous reported complaints about senior citizens facing evictions and the legal process that undocumented immigrants are confronted with, the City Council created a new Committee on Courts and Legal Services and appointed Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) as chairman.
The committee, created last week, will oversee city courts and legal services and ensure that New Yorkers are given equitable, free or affordable legal representation within the court system, from eviction cases, incarceration or other legal problems.
Tiffany and Elpida Hatzidimitriu, students at MS 158 in Bayside, say airplane noise affects them in the classroom.
“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
In a letter to his supporters, Liu, a former city councilman and comptroller, said the campaign was about “holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire when we as voters put our faith in them and expect that commitments made on the campaign trail are not abandoned in the halls of government.”
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.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center right, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley, center left, and members of the DOT and the Long Island City community at the unveiling of new traffic-safety measures on 5th Street.
After rallies, petitions and press conferences, the parents and elected officials of Long Island City had something to celebrate.
In accordance with requests made by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Community Board 2 and Long Island City residents to the Department of Transportation, major traffic improvements have come to 5th Street.
A Build it Back center in Staten Island. The program says it has completed work on 33 homes in Queens alone, six months after the city’s Sandy recovery program was overhauled by the de Blasio administration.
The 106th Precinct has not recorded a single shooting since June.
Attendees at the Sept. 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park received good news from the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — crime was down almost 3 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year — though there was a small jump in the first week of September — and there hasn’t been a shooting in three months.
But cops at the 106th have still been busy.
Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.
The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.
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.
Queens Library Board Chairman Gabriel Taussig next to the chair vacated by embattled Library CEO Tom Galante moments before the board went into executive session to determine Galante’s immediate future with the library. He did not return to see the board vote to place him on paid administrative leave.
Interim CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey
The Board of Trustees for the Queens Library placed CEO Tom Galante on administrative leave effective immediately on Sept. 11.
Chief Operating Officer Bridget Quinn-Carey was named interim CEO.
Some dissatisfied residents at Rochdale Village are looking to put up an opposition slate in the Oct. 7 election to the community’s governing board. Several are seeking state oversight of the election process.
Residents at Rochdale Village in Jamaica are scheduled to vote for members of their governing board on Oct. 7, and a group dissatisfied with the board in recent years appears ready to put up a slate of dissident candidates.
Rodney Reid, who served on the board in 2005, is running again, and said he is prepared to go to court if the current board sticks by its decision to disqualify his candidacy.
At the St. John’s forum are Andrew Taranto, left, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Brian Browne, Erica Andriamaherimanama, Councilman Rory Lancman, Matthew Larkins, and Daniel Cahill.
A photographer’s fish-eye view of the front of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside with damaged curbs around the entire property.
All Saints member Jack Oshier, left, with the Rev. Laurence Byrne on Sunday at deteriorating curbs.
Members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside have been waiting two years for the city to repair their damaged curbs, but Department of Transportation officials say if they’re unhappy to sue the city.
It all started about two years ago, according to member and community activist Jack Oshier, during the winter when Department of Sanitation trucks plowing snow got too close to the curbs and damaged them.
The case of Eastern Queens Alliance v. the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now before the second-highest court in the land.
Clyde Vanel, the Cambria Heights attorney representing the EQA, said he filed a 75-page brief with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 11.
The Quaker Meeting House in Flushing, built in 1694, is still used for meetings of the Friends. Rep. Grace Meng is looking for a federal designation for it.