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Chase bank recently donated a $800,000 leadership gift to Neighborhood Plaza Partnership to ensure that the Department of Transportation’s community partners in under-resourced neighborhoods will have the support they need to maintain clean, green and vibrant public plazas.
On Nov. 26, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), center, was joined by Talking Heads band member David Byrne, left, nearby Walgreens manager Edgar Gutierrez, NPP Director Laura Hansen, Hort Executive Director Sara Hobel, Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein and QEDC Director of Neighborhood Services Ricardi Calixte to receive the check in Corona Plaza.
The ongoing Willets Point development plan is hard to pin down. It is a project with many moving parts that has been lauded as one of the best development deals made in the borough’s history, while at the same time denigrated as an attack on the lower class and outer-borough business owners.
But the colossal plan that has struggled to get its bearings for some time has gained stability over the past few months — after the City Council approved the revised version — and will take its first steps on Saturday when the first round of business relocations will be completed.
The Corona Lions Club has selected Cassagnol, along with five other individuals, as a recipient of the Corona Lions Community Service Award.
“It’s definitely cool,” he said. “I really appreciate the honor.”
The upscale development of Willets Point is one step closer to fruition.
The Queens delegation of the City Council voted Monday in favor of the sale of 23 acres of land across the street from Citi Field in Willets Point, where a tremendous overhaul of the area has been planned. The only opposing vote in the Borough Board tally came from Community Board 7 Chairman Gene Kelty.
Over the past year, residents, organizations and elected officials have called on the Department of Transportation to improve traffic conditions in Corona.
On Tuesday, residents said “enough is enough” and held a march for pedestrian safety.
Ivettelis Rodriguez, a city staffer, was quietly fired by her boss Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) for her connection to a Facebook post shared by her husband.
The former district office director was dismissed after the Queens Crap blog linked her to the bikers who carried out the beating of a motorist on the Henry Hudson Parkway several weeks ago.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras addresses representatives of major city agencies at the first meeting of the newly formed Roosevelt Avenue Task Force. The Council member is looking to improve quality of life along the corridor.
Election Day is just around the corner and candidates are seeking your vote.
In Western Queens, Council incumbents Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Daniel Dromm (D- Jackson Heights) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) are running unopposed so all three are expected back in the Council chambers come January.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Representatives from major city agencies gathered in the basement of the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona last Thursday to discuss what is to be done about Roosevelt Avenue, the major corridor many refer to as the “old Times Square” because of the high crime and prostitution rates.
“Since the avenue is just a block or two away, I’m hoping that some of you took the train to get here and got to see firsthand what we’re dealing with,” Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) said.
A new community plaza has been put in place on the corner of 90th Street and Roosevelt Avenue to bring some life and “much needed community” to the neighborhood.
The area, which sits under the No. 7 train tracks, is the same location where two murders occurred less than a month ago.
Re “Willets Point plan approved by Council,” Oct. 10, multiple editions:
The 40-some odd members of the City Council that approved the Willets Point plan were or should have been aware their vote did not make a significant change for the better to the plan approved in 2008. They turned a blind eye to the fact what they really approved was a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall at Citi Field and in so doing, knowingly ignored the opposition of the vast majority of Queens residents and groups, which among others included the 30-1 opposition vote of Community Board 3; the opposition by The Queens Civic Congress, which consists of 100-plus civic associations throughout Queens; The Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance; and The Jackson Heights Beautification Group; and made a mockery of the Uniform Land Use Review Process and the requirement that if parkland is taken for a non-park purpose, it must be replaced.
One would have more respect for those members who voted affirmatively, if they owned up to the fact they were approving a prioritized mall, instead of pretending the mall was not involved. One would have more respect for them if they demonstrated an independent judgment instead of following the unwr
itten Council law that the Council member whose district includes the area in question (Ferraras) decides if a bill is to be enacted, and particularly in a case like that at issue where the involved community board disapproved the application by a vote of 30-1,
Land Use Committee Chairman Leroy Comrie’s said he “especially thanks all the advocates that came and made sure the projects were done to their concerns. They were heard and listened to as part of the process.” Political nonsense, The only ones he listened to and made sure to satisfy were the applicants. He had a deaf ear to the concerns of the opposition.
In thanking Council member Julissa Ferreras for her leadership he chose to ignore her own community board’s negative 30-1 vote.
Any person with a functioning brain knew the applicant’s claim that it required a prioritized Citi Field shopping mall as a financial engine to generate enough funds with which to construct the original Willets Point Plan approved in 2008, was absurd and untrue. Ignoring the speculation whether a mall will be a financial success, the applicants are multi billionaires with enough assets to construct the 2008 Willets Point plan, and particularly with getting the Willets Point land for $1 and a $99 million city subsidy. That Ferreras mouthed the developer’s claim a mall was necessary makes it clear that as far as she and the members of the Council who bought into that nonsense are concerned, it is the developers, the wealthy and the real estate moguls who are their true constituents not the little people, the poor, the middle class and small business.
It is to be noted that Council members Charles Barron, Danny Dromm and Dan Halloran had the intelligence and political courage to oppose the application. As to all the others it is pertinent to note Justice Louis Brandeis’ statement about the lack of transparency in government: “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Those members who supported the application are now qualified in my opinion for admission to the Kingdom of Darkness.
Millions of people have seen the video of a family being terrorized by a gang of motorcyclists on the West Side Highway on Sept. 29. Most are disgusted as they see the bikers hem the driver in, force him to stop and trash his SUV. Off-camera, they beat him as his wife and their 2-year-old child cower in fear of the reckless mob.
But not everyone is disturbed by the bikers’ behavior. Some people are on their side. And among their sympathizers may be a Queens woman who just happens to be the district office manager for City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras of East Elmhurst.
The streets of Willets Point have remained unusually quiet despite the recent City Council vote approving the monumental $3 billion mixed-use development that would turn the “Valley of Ashes” into one of the largest shopping malls in the city.
After several calls and emails to business owners, who have outwardly opposed the plan since it was proposed, went unanswered, some have speculated that the group, Willets Point United, and others may be planning something.
City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Elmhurst) is calling for an investigation after a Facebook post appeared to link her district manager to a fundraising effort for a man arrested in last month’s gang attack by motorcyclists on a driver on Manhattan’s West Side Highway.
Published sources say a posting on the page of Ivettelis Rodriguez supports and seeks donations for Robert Sims, who is being held on $100,000 bail following the gang attack on Alexian Lien of Manhattan on Sept. 29.
The proposed Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District has been the subject of much controversy since it was announced in February as part of Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ (D-East Elmhurst) “New Deal” for Roosevelt Avenue.
With rallies and petitions against what the 82nd Street Partnership calls a “small business survival strategy,” supporters of the BID want to set the record straight.
In a vote of 42 for, 3 against and 1 abstention, the City Council Wednesday afternoon approved the massive $3 billion mixed-use development to transform the auto repair shops of Willets Point into a destination for eating and shopping and the Citi Field parking lot into a mall.
Activists and politicians such as state Sen. Jose Peralta, back left, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ Deputy Chief of Staff Yoselin Henao, center, and Councilman Danny Dromm spoke out against Monday’s hate crime.
A program to celebrate the work of service dogs who help children with special needs will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Playground for All Children in Flushing Meadows Park.
The event will include a magic show, face painting, games and more. All children and parents are welcome.
Around lunchtime last Monday a 69-year-old man was stabbed to death on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, police said. The suspect told police he stabbed the victim because he thought the man was gay.
Ever Orozco was allegedly putting money in a parking meter on 90th Street when he was approached by Steven Torres of the Bronx.
An elderly woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident last Sunday in Elmhurst, police said.
Ju Cui Yu, 79, was walking her dog on Junction Boulevard and 50th Avenue when she was struck by a minivan, according to police. The van turned the corner and plowed into her. The driver then backed up and allegedly paused for a moment before speeding away as shown on the surveillance tape.
A debate has begun on Roosevelt Avenue over whether expanding the business improvement district is in the best interest for the neighborhood.
On Sunday about 100 people affiliated with businesses opposed to the proposal marched from the Corona Pedestrian Plaza to the office of Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona), where they dropped off a letter asking that the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District be denied.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, grilled developers and the city about its plans to relocate the Willets Point businesses.
Hungry workers at Willets Point gave a big sigh of relief and decided to return to normal eating habits after the vote on the future of the Iron Triangle by the City Council was moved from Sept. 13 to some undecided date in October.
At Tuesdayís City Council Zoning and Franchises subcommittee meeting Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) grilled developers and spokesmen from the Economic Development Corp. and the Mayorís Office on their plans to build a mall and highway ramps which would then allow them to build much delayed affordable housing units and community centers at Willets Point as well as their plan to relocate the estimated 120 to 165 businesses ó mostly auto body shops that sit on the site just south of Citi Field ó to another spot.
Tired of threats to close libraries? Picture a future without petitions or rallies. Picture six-day service sealed into city law. Honorable Council members James G. Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile, DC 37 and the library local unions have proposed legislation designed to retire the library’s annual budget dance with City Hall.
Baseline Funding (Intro. 1050-2013) will siphon 2.5 percent from existing property taxes. Rest assured, the bill is not tied to any increase in property taxes. Public library systems in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Detroit, Columbus, and Pittsburgh all receive various forms of baseline funding. In our city, the American Museum of Natural History’s Planetarium and public schools benefit from baseline funding.
Honorable Council Members Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm, Mathieu Eugene, Julissa Ferreras, Helen D. Foster, Sara M. Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, Andy King, Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowit
z, Brad S. Lander, Stephen Levin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan Richards, Ydanis Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, Mark S. Weprin, Jumaane D. Williams and Ruben Wills have pledged co-sponsorship. The public will not vote on this specific piece of legislation. If a majority of council members vote for the bill, it will be sent to the mayor to sign in to law or veto.
Remember the bill’s supporters at the polls on Sept. 10!
The writer, a senior librarian with the Queens Library, specified that her views are her own, not an official position of the library.