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For several years now, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education’s policy-making body — has convened parents and community education council members at Borough Hall several times a year to discuss education issues and concerns with him and policy advisors to Borough President Helen Marshall.
On Tuesday, they met one last time. With Marshall — and likely Fedkowskyj, who serves at her pleasure — leaving office at the end of the month, the parents, officials, former teachers and CEC members gathered to put together a list of concerns and suggestions they hope Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, her future PEP appointee and the de Blasio administration will tackle.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
One of the victims of Sunday's train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse from Woodside who reportedly had only come to the United States this year.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four victims killed in the accident, which also injured dozens as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The cause is under investigation.
Queens elected officials gathered for a peaceful political event on Saturday at Queens College to raise funds for the groups Big Buddy and Women and Work.
The cast featured borough city, state and federal legislators, including the lone Republican, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), former Borough President Clare Shulman, her successor Helen Marshall, Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, and City Comptroller John Liu. The variety show featured singing, dancing, parodies of cinema, television and Broadway and costumes, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) in a rainbow wig. Tickets were $100 each.
Amidst some disappointment from Community Board 12 leaders, the property at 150-13 89th Ave., formerly the Mary Immaculate Hospital, is set to become a residential facility, according to its owner, Meyer Chetrit.
Following its bankruptcy in 2009, the hospital was sold in an auction to Guttman Realty for $26.6 million, after which sole ownership went to Chetrit a few weeks later. When news of the closing hit, Queens leaders including Borough President Helen Marshall were vocal about maintaining the building as some sort of healthcare facility.
Representatives of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing organization which recently hosted a visit to Southeast Queens by former President Jimmy Carter, marking a return to New York for the 30th annual Carter Work Project, were on hand at Monday’s Community Board 13 meeting to acknowledge the panel for its support and ask for its “formal support” in the future, as well as to encourage residents to get involved in future projects planned for the area.
“We’re here to say thank you,” said Neil Hetherington, the chief executive officer for HFH.
After a few bumps along the road, the Hellenic-American Neighborhood Action Committee with the Presbyterian Church of Astoria along with dozens of supporters gathered on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of HANAC-PCA Senior Residence at 31-34 35 St. in Astoria.
“HANAC-PCA Senior Residence is a critical example of how under utilized, faith-based sites can be used to create new housing in a city where land is scarce and the need for affordable housing is great,” said John Kaiteris, the executive director and CEO of HANAC. “With HANAC-PCA Senior Residence, not only can the building’s 90 seniors age in place gracefully but also get the care, socialization and attention the deserve.”
Preliminary discussions have begun on deciding the fate of what once was an icon of the 1964 World’s Fair.
At a Borough Board meeting on Monday, the Parks Department presented different restoration options for the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers that have sat unused in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for decades.
Two Parks Department locations in Bayside — the Joe Michaels Mile and Oakland Lake — have been funded for improvements with work expected to begin next year.
A $1.7 million allocation from Borough President Helen Marshall’s Office will provide new pavement and lighting for a portion of the Joe Michaels Mile.
Residents who need financial assistance to help them heat their homes this winter will be able to go to Queens Borough Hall beginning on Monday to apply for grants from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
HEAP is a federally-funded grant program that helps low-income homeowners and renters defray the cost of home heating fuel. Eligible recipients can receive several hundred dollars per year.
The planned rezoning of more than 500 city blocks in and around Ozone Park is nearly reaching finalization.
After receiving the approval of community boards 9 and 10 last month, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall gave the plan her stamp of approval last week.
Queens Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, right, celebrates her victory with outgoing BP Helen Marshall and Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Reich in Forest Hills Tuesday night. Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, inset, also has plenty to smile about.
People from Brookville to Borough Hall are celebrating the city’s approval of $5.3 million for the construction of a nature center at Idlewild Park in Rosedale.
Borough President Helen Marshall, in a statement released by her office on Monday, said the city’s Office of Management and Budget has approved $4.9 million that Marshall had designated from her capital funds, and an additional $400,000 requested by Mayor Bloomberg.
Construction will be delayed until next summer on a Queens housing complex that will be dedicated to grandparents and their grandchildren.
Pastor Victor Hall of the Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica is affiliated with the project slated for Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 112th Road.
Melinda Katz spent her early years in public service under the tutelage of former Borough President Claire Shulman,
Come January, the former councilwoman and member of the state Assembly will move up to the chair Shulman filled for more than a decade.
Two allocations for improvements at the Queens Botanical Garden were announced last week by the Borough President’s Office.
A $3.15 million designation from capital funds will be used primarily to upgrade the Flushing garden’s pathways. An additional $114,764 will be allocated to pay for the design of a geothermal heating well.
Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz, right, celebrates her victory with outgoing BP Helen Marshall and Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Reich at the party's offices in Forest Hills Tuesday night.
The doctor is in. It’s time for Queens’ decennial checkup.
The New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, aimed at discovering the collective health of the city’s residents and determining ways to improve it, is underway and will continue through February 2014.
Two parks in Springfield Gardens and another in Flushing have received approval for $1.5 million in capital improvement money.
The funding, set aside in Borough President Helen Marshall’s annual capital budget, was just approved by the city’s Office of Management and Budget.
A long-simmering feud between Community Board 13 Chairman Bryan Block and First Vice Chairwoman Tanya Cruz blew up Monday night, with Cruz leaving the dais and walking out for the second time in the last three meetings.
Block, in presenting the monthly chairman’s report, made reference to Cruz’s walking out of the board’s June 24 following a dispute over support of a traffic light on Francis Lewis Boulevard in the Laurelton-Cambria Heights area.
Costumed children and adults can get a head start on Halloween with events throughout Queens that begin this weekend and run through the actual holiday on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club will kick things off with its 27th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. held its annual gala celebration in Manhattan on Monday evening.
Honorees at the event included Thomas Prendergast, left, chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Marcia Keizs, president of York College in Jamaica; and Citibank, represented by Robert Koar, right, who is president of Citi’s U.S. commercial banking group.
The former site of the “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue continues to lay dormant outside of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, with little in the way of development planned.
Plans to turn the area near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike into a pedestrian plaza honoring historically important Queens women were in development even before the statue was taken down and moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last December. Since the statue’s removal, the fenced-in site has become a target for graffiti and controversy.
The Parks Committee chairman at Community Board 12 said last week that a top-flight skate park could be within reach with just a little help from the city.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of CB 12 on Oct. 16, Greg Mays said Laurelton Playground, which sits on Brookville Boulevard between 136th and 137th avenues, is an ideal candidate for conversion.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall attended a dedication recently of the Marshall Early Education Center at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside.
Joining Marshall, standing rear, were some young patients and former Borough President Claire Shulman, honorary director of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, left; and Jean Steins, kneeling, director of the new center.