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City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
Term-limited Councilman Leroy Comrie, left, is landing a job a lot closer to home come January. Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, right, has designated him as her new deputy, citing his long and varied experience in serving borough residents.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, while Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
Though the signs have been hung and decision finalized, the fight over co-naming the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge continues.
Outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced a bill that would remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the historic bridge and place it on the Municipal Building in Manhattan.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a long-time associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, a job that traditionally has included supervision of the borough’s community boards.
The City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 14 to rename a section of South Road in Jamaica for the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated unit of Army Air Corps pilots who rose above prejudice and military roadblocks to become one of the elite fighter squadrons in World War II.
South Road between Merrick Boulevard and Remington Street will become Tuskegee Airmen Way.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, second from left, was honored on Nov. 19 by the Queens County Young Democrats for outstanding public service and his support of the organization. Comrie, who has represented the St. Albans area on the City Council for 12 years, is being forced out of office by term limits.
Appearing with the councilman are, at left, Jamal Wilkerson, the group’s vice president of diversity and outreach; chapter President Nick Roloson; and Executive Vice President Hersh Parekh.
During a nearly three-hour Community Board 13 meeting held Monday night at Deliverance Baptist Church on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, several issues were presented, including a proposal to establish a community residential facility in Queens Village for six adult males with developmental disabilities.
The plan was voted down unanimously, with one abstention.
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.
Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night.
Queens elected officials hit the field on Sunday in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
The event brought together representatives from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly round of touch football.
The area around York College in Jamaica has been designated a tax-free business zone by Gov. Cuomo under the state’s new Start-Up NY program.
The aim of the program is to establish tax-free areas around state and city colleges in an effort to attract businesses that would partner with the schools in return for 10 years of tax abatements.
It was a great triumph for the people of Queens when public opposition, led by civic activists and echoed in community newspaper editorials and internet blog posts, defeated the misguided plan to build a professional soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The vast wealth of the New York Yankees and their business acumen also were key, as the team made a deal with Major League Soccer that the Mets had declined, meaning the stadium will probably be built in the Bronx, if anywhere.
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.
In what seems to some to be a never-ending fight, parents of schoolchildren in IS 59 in Springfield Gardens are once again preparing to fend off the co-location of another school in their Ridgedale Street building.
This time the Department of Education is proposing to establish a Success Academy charter school in the building next September.
The City Council soon may be voting on legislation that would hike the smoking age to 21 and reduce the visibility of tobacco products in stores.
According to City Council sources, the two bills will be up for a vote this fall.
Once a year, Nickelodeon and its sister networks like Nick Jr. cease transmission for three hours to encourage children and their parents to get outside and play, preferably partaking in some sort of physical activity.
The Jamaica event was organized largely by Keep Our Streets Safe, an organization founded by Sugar B. Wright. She said Nickelodeon representatives and Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) were among the numerous enthusiastic supporters who helped get it off the ground.
Transit union leader Daneek Miller topped a crowded Democratic field on Tuesday night, taking the party’s nomination for the 27th District Council seat now held by Councilman Leroy Comrie.
Unofficial totals posted by the Board of Elections on Wednesday had Miller atop the six-candidate field with 24.35 percent of the vote.
Former councilwoman Melinda Katz pulled out a win in Tuesday night’s Democratic primary for Queens borough president.
Unofficial results from the Board of Elections show her ahead of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) by 10 percentage points — 44 percent to 34 percent.
Queens City Council members allocated $12,500 for the Queens Council on the Arts on Friday to fund services and programming that will help individual artists and arts organizations throughout Queens.
Council Members Leroy Comrie (D- St. Albans), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) have been consistent supporters of the association for the past three years.
Say this about the battle to replace Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) in City Hall — voters will not lack for choices in the Sept. 10 primary.
Comrie, the popular dean of the Queens delegation, is being forced out after 12 years by term limits. And while there has been rampant speculation about the Councilman’s future ranging from Borough Hall to the state Senate, the battle to replace him has been one of the most hotly contested ones in the city.
The Department of Education will convert the old St. Pascal Baylon Catholic school on 112th Street in St. Albans into the new PS 892, which is slated to open in September 2014.
Councilman Leroy Comrie’s office, which announced the project last week, said the building will house pre-K through fifth grade, and will help alleviate overcrowding at nearby PS 118 and PS 134.
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.
Queens Library CEO Tom Galante, back row center, and Councilman Leroy Comrie hold up hammers at a wall-breaking ceremony for the future Teen Center at the library’s Cambria Heights branch.
The center, which will add 4,000 square feet of space to the library’s lower level, is slated to open in spring 2014.
On Monday a federal U.S. District Court judge ruled that stop and frisk, the controversial practice that allows police officers to stop and search any individual they deem suspicious, unconstitutional as it stands.
“… the City is liable for the violation of plaintiffs’ Fourth and 14th Amendment rights,” Judge Shira Scheindlin, who presided over the cases challenging the practice, wrote. “The idea of universal suspicion without individual evidence is what Americans find abhorrent and what black men in America must constantly fight. It is pervasive in policing policies — like stop and frisk, and … neighborhood watch — regardless of the collateral damage done to the majority of innocents. It’s like burning a house down to rid it of mice.”