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Craig Caruana didn’t bring up Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during his recent candidate interview with the Queens Chronicle, but consciously or not, he’s trying to take a page from his fellow Republican’s playbook.
Make your first run for office while younger than just about everyone on the Council, emphasize that you could serve the district better than your opponent, stake out moderate positions and highlight your deep roots in the community, one of the more conservative ones in Queens. Ulrich did it with great success.
The efforts to get the Maspeth Firehouse designated as a landmark now have even more community support.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 first responders from the home of FDNY’s Squad 288 and Hazardous Materials Company 1, perished at the World Trade Center, more than any other firehouse in the city. Steve Fisher of Middle Village and his sister Maxine Fisher wish to memorialize both the firehouse’s place in the city’s history and the building’s centennial next year, but were recently turned down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because of a legal benchmark.
More than 30 teenagers from Maspeth High School mobilized last Saturday to clean up refuse near the Long Island Expressway at the intersection of 80th Street and 57th Avenue in Elmhurst.
The group spent more than two hours going over the local landscape with rakes, brooms and trash bags.
A Queens civic activist and his colleagues have succeeded in their efforts to preserve a historical mural on a soon to be demolished campus building at the New York City College of Technology.
“That’s very, very good news,” said the activist, longtime City Tech professor and Juniper Park Civic Association President Robert Holden. “We were able to gain a victory by saving a valuable piece of artwork in the mosaic.”
City Councilman and Queens borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr., left, stands with civic leader Tony Nunziato, Juniper Park Civic Association First Vice President Lorraine Sciulli and President Bob Holden near the site of the proposed family homeless shelter in Glendale on Friday.
Glendale residents may soon have a new green space to enjoy.
The Community Board 5 Transportation Committee voted in favor of placing a pedestrian plaza on Myrtle Avenue near the 71st Avenue intersection on Aug. 28.
The fight over a proposed family homeless shelter in Glendale got the attention of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), a Democratic candidate for borough president.
Vallone gathered with residents and civic leaders from Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth near the site of the proposed 125-family shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. on Friday to demand the proposal be killed.
The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be remembered throughout the borough that lost so many people starting Saturday and running through Wednesday.
Although there was never an official count of those from Queens who lost their lives that day, the Chronicle confirmed at least 283 victims lived in the borough.
Residents, civic leaders and elected officials are coming together in an effort to have the Maspeth firehouse landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
“[The firehouse] takes a very special place in our recent history,” the LPC application, filled out by Steve Fisher said. “This fire station was among the first responders to the 9/11 attacks and 19 firefighters, more than any other station, lost their lives in their attempts to save others there. This house of heroes deserves designation as a NYC landmark.”
There has been an uptick in robberies in the 104th Precinct and officers are doing their best to keep the streets of their community safe.
Most recently, a crew of bank robbers used a stolen Caterpillar backhoe to lift an ATM from a Chase bank in Maspeth last Friday morning. The group got as far as the parking lot when the machine slipped through the backhoe’s grip. The suspects fled in a black SUV leaving the machine and the ATM in the lot.
The Department of Environmental Protection recently began testing areas throughout Queens where the city wants to insert curbside gardens called bioswales that will help absorb storm water. But some residents are not happy with the project.
“I don’t see why we need it,” Sharron Bates, a Rego Park resident, said. “I understand that the intention is good and that it’ll help the environment, but I don’t think we need any more construction projects than we already have.”
Every other day, Bob Holden is out at Juniper Valley Park, cutting the grass on the baseball fields where the area’s Little Leaguers play.
It’s labor, but for Holden it’s a labor of love.
A minor step in a major project that has been on hold for years is set to begin in upcoming weeks, according to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).
The project, which involves grade adjustments to Metropolitan Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets and to Fresh Pond Road between 62nd Road and Bleeker Street, which were originally proposed in 2003, will see its first phase begin in upcoming weeks, she said.
The Juniper Park Civic Association is not happy with the approach of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and the city to cleaning up the district and has decided to take one matter into its own hands.
At the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, there is an abandoned newsstand that has been an eyesore for about 10 years. In 2009, Crowley held a press conference calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road to allow the community to demolish the newsstand and create a temporary green space in its place.
An apartment building in Middle Village has a few new tenants: pigeons.
Robert Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, has received complaints from residents that a window to a vacant apartment has been left open, allowing pigeons to fly in and out as they please.
Three million dollars will be secured in the state budget for a freight locomotive engine upgrade to combat pollution, area lawmakers say.
“This is the first win in what will be an ongoing fight to protect the health of countless families in Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island,” Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said.
The storefronts on Woodhaven Boulevard between 63rd Road and Dana Court in Rego Park have been vacant for almost two years and with no sign of new businesses moving in, residents are becoming impatient.
The strip, which can hold at least 10 businesses, is home to only one. Bridie’s Restaurant, located at 63-28 Woodhaven Blvd. which has currently been re-painted, is the only business occupant on the block.
Construction at the Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is harming 150-year-old trees there.
Along Vermont Place, construction for the “Ridgewood Reservoir Project,” which will provide new pathways, more handicap accessibility and lighting, as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC is underway, but with tools, machines and debris weighing on the ground, civic leaders and tree experts are worried what the arboreal effect will be.
A New York City Buildings Department program tasked with finding illegally converted apartments in Queens has done little to improve its job performance since 2009, based on the results of an audit released last week.
The report, issued by the office of City Comptroller John Liu, states that the DOB’s Queens Quality of Life Unit is losing ground on enforcement and followup visits on complaints when its inspectors cannot gain access to a building. The process requires either an owner’s permission or a warrant.
The 11th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be commemorated throughout the borough starting Saturday and running through Wednesday.
A World Trade Center memorial ceremony will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. outside Maspeth Federal Savings at 69th Street and Grand Avenue in Maspeth. It will include poetry readings, a wreath laying by the FDNY and songs.
The city’s Department of Homeless Services said Tuesday that it has not received a proposal for a multiple-dwelling homeless shelter for 76-18 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.
But many residents and some elected officials believe that the rumored shelter is much more than a rumor.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio last week sued the Bloomberg administration to force it to release records on fines charged to small businesses for code violations. City revenue from fines has nearly doubled during Mayor Bloomberg’s 10 years in office to nearly $820 million, according to de Blasio, a candidate for mayor in 2013.
Like many small business owners and merchant advocates, de Blasio contends that the city is issuing too many violations in some areas to increase revenue from fines. The mayor frequently boasts of keeping the budget balanced without raising taxes, but many critics contend he has managed that largely through the imposition of too many fines, especially those charged to families and small businesses.
By definition, the city’s Department of Investigation tends to keep a low profile in its day-to-day operations.
So it was uncharacteristic last week when the department touted a record year for investigations and enforcement in the fiscal year ending June 30.
Residents who live near the Fresh Pond railroad yards are livid over a ruling last week by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that will greatly increase the amount of city trash that gets shipped through Maspeth, Glendale and Middle Village.
The DEC has given approval for Waste Management to increase the amount of garbage that it takes in at its transfer station at 38-22 Review Ave. in Long Island City.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) brought his campaign for Congress to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s backyard last Thursday.
Standing at the former site of St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth, Lancman held a press cnference to say eminent domain would be completely justified in an effort to create a park where the old church stood for more than a century.