Councilman Eric Ulrich, center, is introducing a bill that would have the Department of Environmental Protection give an annual update on the city’s drainage infrastructure. The bill is inspired by the April 2013 flooding of thousands of Lindenwood homes.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) today, Jan. 22, will introduce a new bill that would require the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner to give an annual report on the city’s drainage infrastructure — a proposal inspired by the mass flooding in Lindenwood last year after a DEP facility malfunctioned during a downpour.
“Many residents paid a huge price last April when the city’s infrastructure failed to do its job,” Ulrich said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “This bill will monitor critical water drainage systems in flood prone areas to help prevent against malfunctions and keep our communities safe in the event of severe rainfall.”
The city is seeking to make floods in Lindenwood a thing of the past after approving $100,000 for the design phase of a flood mitigation project that is slated to be finished in summer 2017. The construction is expected to cost $6 million.
The design work for the restoration of Spring Creek, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, is underway after the city last month allocated $100,000 for the project.
According to a Dec. 9 letter from Lizette Christoff, assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget, $100,000 in city funds has been allocated toward the design phase of “the restoration of the Salt Marsh and Coastal Upland at Spring Creek Park.”
In a sign that replacing their former district manager, Mary Ann Carey, will not be an easy task, the 14-member committee of Community Board 9 members who will hire her replacement met in a public meeting Monday night at Borough Hall to look over the 11 applications they received for the position.
But the otherwise routine meeting was not without its drama, as one Kew Gardens resident demanded to be heard, claiming the process was not adequately transparent.
Major flooding throughout Lindenwood was a common occurrence and source of complaints for residents throughout much of 2014. In the later part of the year, park officials announced plans to fortify Spring Creek in an effort to alleviate flooding in the area.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is painting the town blue.
Goldfeder, along with several civic associations throughout South Queens, tied blue ribbons around utility poles on Monday and Tuesday to honor city police officers.
Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
Residents and visitors driving into Howard Beach will now see a new welcome sign, following an initiative started over the summer by the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association. The group proposed to raise money to revamp the sign, but American Legion Post 1404 stepped in and paid for the entire cost.
“They were so generous and donated the entire sign. It was a very pleasant surprise,” said civic President Joanna Ariola.
The accolades just keep coming for Margaret Finnerty.
The soon-to-be retiree was honored by members of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association and elected officials at the civic’s holiday party on Tuesday.
The Department of Transportation on Monday began to fix fences near MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and parents said two weeks ago that schoolchildren were using gaps in them to cut across Conduit Avenue.
“I commend Queens DOT and Borough Commissioner Hall for recognizing this dangerous situation and quickly acting to make the required repairs,” Goldfeder said in a written statement announcing the start of the remediation of the fence. “These repairs will go a long way in keeping students out of harm’s way.”
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and parents are calling on the DOT to fix a fence near MS 202 in Lindenwood.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on the Department of Transportation to patch up holes in several fences near MS 202 Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, which he and school officials say are being used by students to cut across Conduit Avenue.
Rats might be small animals, but they’re a big problem for Sandy-ravaged communities, according to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park).
The politician, whose district includes many of the communities that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy two years ago, on Monday called on the city to place pesticides and rat traps around abandoned homes in Queens in an effort to curb the problem of rodents invading the area.
Lindenwood residents Julianne Quinn, 5, left, is the Statue of Liberty and Hayley Shider, 4, is an Oompa Loompa, Brianna Rizzo, 3, of Howard Beach is Angelina Ballerina