Community Board 5 often votes in unison when it comes to controversial issues like Maspeth’s Knockdown Center or the proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.
That wasn’t the case last Wednesday.
A town hall meeting hosted by state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) on April 10 featured some talk about the state budget.
But it was the transportation segment that the crowd of more than 80 at the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center in Cambria Heights came to hear, and which wound up taking over most of the evening.
A tense debate on potential rezoning in Ridgewood to allow for residential development aside, Community Board 5 stood together on multiple issues at its meeting last Wednesday.
During his report, District Manager Gary Giordano said CB 5 had been asked in a letter penned by area elected officials to conduct a public meeting in the near future to discuss the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.
The city has removed 39 Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from the Skyway homeless shelter in South Ozone Park, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) announced at Community Board 10 last Thursday.
“We have been going back and forth with the Department of Homeless Services for weeks about the issue and they have removed every sex offender from the shelter as of today” the Councilman announced to applause.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) has introduced a resolution that he hopes will lead to the restoration of state money to help the homeless enter transitional housing programs.
The resolution, if passed and taken up by the state Legislature, would change language in the current state budget proposal that prohibits the use of state money for rent subsidy reimbursement and other programs.
The Department of Homeless Services has extended invitations to area elected officials for a meeting later this month regarding the proposed Glendale homeless shelter.
A 125-family shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. has been a thorn in the side of politicians, Community Board 5 and area residents over the last year, and DHS has confirmed the elected officials opposed to the project will be able to speak their mind in a conference with agency commissioner Gilbert Taylor.
A recent audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office determined that Samaritan Village, the sponsor of the proposed Glendale homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave., misused nearly $1 million in city funds from July 2009 to June 2010.
Those who have stood firm against the proposed homeless shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale now have more ammunition in their fight against the plan.
An audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office of a prior contract between Samaritan Village, the human services agency sponsoring the shelter, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services revealed that Samaritan Village allegedly misused nearly $1 million in state funds.
(NAPSI)—One film star is stepping out of the spotlight to shine a light on homeless pets. It turns out that Josh Duhamel, an actor known for numerous action films, has a serious soft spot when it comes to pet adoption.
In an unusual show of discord, a Community Board 5 vote came down to the wire.
Members weren’t voting on a headline issue like a homeless shelter or an arts center looking for a liquor license. Instead, a longtime Italian-American street fair was the subject of debate.
The mail box for Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor must be overflowing by now.
Borough President Melinda Katz became the most recent elected official to oppose the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, as she penned a letter dated Jan. 27, detailing her concerns about the plan.
Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) periodic “Congress on your Corner” events normally get dozens of attendees wishing to meet with their representative. But that wasn’t the case at the Glendale Public Library on Tuesday.
Just six constituents showed up to speak individually with Meng over the course of two hours, a far cry from previous meetings in Middle Village and Fresh Meadows that garnered about 40 and 60 attendees, respectively.
Some of us will be lucky enough to never know what it feels like to be without a home, but eight LaGuardia Community College theater students set out to temporarily experience the day-to-day lives of homeless people in New York City.
LCC assistant theater professor Stefanie Sertich partnered with fellow assistant theater professor Ryan McKinney of Brooklyn Community College to create a program that would require a group of young adults to gather information and experience from months of community service at homeless shelters and experiencing life on the street as well.
Community Board 5 announced in a Dec. 10 press release that it has formed a special committee to review Samaritan Village’s proposal for a homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.
The Briarwood-based human services agency is seeking to transform a former factory on the site into a 125-family homeless shelter, and the Department of Homeless Services sent a letter to the Mayor’s Office in December in support of the plan. CB 5 opposes it.
2013 proved to be a very busy year for area civic groups.
Quality-of-life issues such as the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the trash-carrying trains roaring through southwestern Queens neighborhoods dominated many an agenda.
Though the wind was biting, hundreds of New Yorkers bundled in down coats and winter boots to witness Bill de Blasio, the 109th mayor of the City of New York, be sworn in on New Year’s Day.
In a ceremony touted as “an inauguration for all New Yorkers,” the energy was optimistic when de Blasio placed his hand on a Bible that once belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Though the wind was biting, hundreds of New Yorkers bundled in down coats and winter boots to witness Bill de Blasio, the 109th mayor of the City of New York be sworn in on New Year’s Day.
In December, area electeds, civic leaders and residents voiced their opposition to the planned 125-family Glendale homeless shelter at a public hearing.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
The Department of Homeless Services will move forward with the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, but elected officials and civic leaders alike made their opposition known at a Dec. 12 public hearing.
After being given notice of the hearing just four days earlier, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in testifying at the public hearing of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.
A new shopping center proposed for Glendale has community leaders raising concerns about traffic and the economic viability of another mall that would be located adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park.
Presented by Schuckman Realty, the plan would convert the Atlas Terminals site at 8200 Cooper Avenue into retail stores and a public storage facility of 26,100 square feet. Three anchor stores are proposed, one of them to be a grocery store, with additional space for restaurants, a bank and smaller retail shops, including a “junior box anchor opportunity” for 42,000 square feet. Although a Schuckman brochure does not mention a specific store yet, a diagram does cite a letter of intent to occupy at least one space.
It looks like it will be a very good year for needy children at three Queens homeless facilities, thanks to Chronicle readers who donated new toys and accessories for the deserving youngsters.
So, instead of ending our story with a list of contributors, we will start off with those who so generously gave to our 19th annual toy drive in the last week. More than 300 children from the city’s Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst and the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, as well as Dove House, for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens, will receive the gifts in the next few days.
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.