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Democratic reaction to state Sen. Tony Avella’s decision to jump ship and join the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany is officially “disappointment,” but beneath the surface there appears to be anger and a desire for retribution.
Avella, of Bayside, last week joined the now-five-person IDC, which was organized in 2011 and runs the Senate with the Republicans in an unlikely coalition. He indicated he joined in an attempt to pass more legislation and that “at the end of the day, it will be helpful to my district and the Borough of Queens.”
The owners of a vacant lot on Cross Bay Boulevard got all the permits they need and will begin construction on a strip mall soon.
Dave Koptiev of Platinum Realty said all the permits the company needed from the city have been finalized. He estimated the strip mall will be completed in eight months.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) sent a letter to the national parks commissioner, Josh Laird, urging him to expedite repairs to the damaged fence along the northeast side of the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge in Howard Beach.
“Our hardworking families have been through enough after Sandy and they deserve a neighborhood that they can be proud to call home,” Goldfeder said in the letter. “The level of deterioration and unsightly conditions at the foot of the Addabbo Bridge in Howard Beach is unacceptable and I strongly urge the National Park Service to step up its efforts immediately.”
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
Four-year-old Hudson Graves of Howard Beach won’t have to run away to the circus anytime soon — he’ll be going to see it with his mom and his aunt, courtesy of the Queens Chronicle.
Hudon’s mother, multimedia artist Kimberly Graves, won the Chronicle’s sixth annual Holiday Photo Contest, and chose as her prize three passes to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It’ll be Hudson, Kimberly and her sister, photographer Brittney Garkowski — Brittney Panda on the Web — enjoying the show under the Big Top. Kimberly won with her adorable shot of Hudson making like a present under the tree.
World Premiere Wrestling will hold a charity wrestling event at Resorts World Casino New York City this Saturday night, March 8.
“Resurrection” will feature a long set list of wrestling favorites who will compete in the ring on the casino’s Central Park events floor.
The Howard Beach New York Rising Community Planning Committee’s public meeting on Sandy reconstruction has been rescheduled for March 10. The meeting had been planned for last Monday, but the bad weather forced its cancellation.
The meeting will allow for public comment on Gov. Cuomo’s task force’s plan for post-Hurricane Sandy recovery in the neighborhoods of Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach. There will be an open house and presentations will be offered to the general public from 3 to 9 p.m. at Russo’s On The Bay at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd.
New York Families for Autistic Children held its 16th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Celebration last Thursday night at Russo’s On The Bay.
More than 100 people attended for dinner, dancing, raffle prizes and to honor the award recipients.
When the NYS Education Department announced that a new data program, InBloom, would replace the controversial ACRIS, many parents had no complaints.
A few weeks later, Leonie Haimson and her group Class Size Matters informed parents that the nonprofit group would store students’ information in a cloud and share it with corporations, people were naturally up in arms.
The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would roll back the flood insurance rate hikes caused when legislation passed two years ago removed some subsidies that aim to make premiums more affordable.
In the last few years we have spent tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars repaving the Belt Parkway. This winter has caused enormous damage to the parkway. In some places this is the first winter after repaving.
This seems like a disgrace to me. Germany has more severe winters then we do and no speed limit on the autobahn, but it does not suffer the damage that our roads do.
Why? Is the quality of our work so inferior? Are the materials we use so inferior? Is the strata of soil beneath the parkway, and all the roads, so weak that it cannot support them, or is there another reason for such quick and massive deterioration?
Powering a home with energy from the sun wasn’t on the Garcia’s radar until their daughter, Lesly, adopted the renewable energy source at her Long Island home. Lesly recommended her parents meet with someone at EmPower Solar, the company she and her husband chose.
“The representatives at EmPower Solar were helpful from the beginning,” said Mr. Garcia. “And the rebates from ConEd and the state made it an even better value.” The utility and tax incentives paid for more than half of their total system cost.
Winter hasn’t just been brutal on the residents of Queens, the borough’s streets have borne the brunt of this year’s record-setting snowfalls and cold snaps.
Potholes are common occurrences during and after tough winters, and on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio visited Maspeth to help fill a troublesome hole and announce his plan to repair the city’s cracked and cratered roads over the coming weeks and months.
Kathryn Mallon, the head of the city’s problem-plagued Hurricane Sandy recovery program, Build it Back, abruptly resigned last week as residents’ frustration with the program she ran is reaching a peak.
Just this month, Mallon met with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and civic leaders in his office to discuss issues with Build it Back, including changing the way people enrolled in the program are prioritized. Build it Back was also criticized for being slow to release funds.
Aqueduct Race Track is not getting its fair share, one official is arguing, and he has a plan to force the state to focus on the dilapidated South Ozone Park venue.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has introduced legislation that would force the New York Racing Association to use capital funds paid for with tax revenue specifically from Resorts World Casino New York City to pay for maintaining and fixing up Aqueduct Race Track’s grandstand and course.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program will be having a public meeting in Howard Beach on Mar. 3 to allow for public comment on Gov. Cuomo’s task force’s plan for post-Hurricane Sandy recovery in the neighborhood.
A presentation will be held for senior citizens at 1 p.m. at the Peter J. Striano Residence at 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd. Then, an open house and presentations will be offered to the general public from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Russo’s On The Bay at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd.
The city post-Hurricane Sandy recovery program “Build it Back” is doing anything but, according to many residents, civic leaders and officials in South Queens. They say the program needs to be completely revamped and needs to be placed on top of Mayor de Blasio’s priority list.
The Build it Back program was created last June to help residents whose homes were damaged in Hurricane Sandy get access to relief money, contractors needed to help rebuild or funds to acquire homes of homeowners who wish to move.
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.
On Valentine’s Day, an effort was made to ensure that not one senior in Howard Beach was left without a card from a special someone.
Thanks to the parent teacher association, faculty and students at PS 114 in Belle Harbor and PS 146 in Howard Beach, hundreds of seniors received Valentine’s Day cards this year.
Community Board 10 elected a new 2nd vice chairman at last Thursday’s meeting.
John Calcagnile was voted into the position by a vote of 19-11 over Donna Gilmartin. The position was left open by the death of Robert Ruffin in December.
The ongoing slew of snowstorms has prompted the New York Blood Center to announce an urgent need for blood donations following the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives in the last few weeks.
“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, we’re still struggling with the effects of the snow and ice this week, and worried about an even bigger hit this weekend,” Vice President Rob Purvis of the NYBC said last week in a press release. “It is critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead.”