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
Residents of the 106th Precinct can breathe a little easier, after Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said the area had the largest reduction in crime out of all the precincts in New York City.
“We’ve seen a 35 percent drop in one month,” Schiff said at a meeting of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association.
A common Department of Motor Vehicles form used to sell cars to junkyards without a title has created a loophole that allows crooks to legally sell stolen vehicles for parts. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has proposed legislation to remove the MV-35 form.
“A simple change in the law will ensure that we are not providing criminals with the tools to steal cars,” Goldfeder said. “Closing this DMV loophole will help discourage car thefts in our community and make our families safer from crime.”
Queens and Long Island civic associations have been working for the past six years to clip coupons for food, toiletries, medicine and even food for pets.
But they’re not doing it for themselves.
On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, elected officials in South Queens said they were happy to see the city’s Build it Back program making progress, but added that work still needs to be done to return people to their homes.
“On the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, it’s important to reflect on how far our community has come and identify the challenges that still remain,” said City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in a written statement.
Flooding near Spring Creek in Lindenwood may soon be a thing of the past, federal and state officials told the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association on Tuesday.
“A project is definitely going to happen,” said Joshua Laird, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor. “The purpose of which is flood protection for this community.”
It’s 2:30 p.m. and the hallways of PS 207 in Howard Beach have quieted, but the building is not empty.
In the cafeteria, several sixth- and seventh-graders sit with their homework, working swiftly through it because they know at 3 p.m., the fun starts.
A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) paid a visit to Community Board 10 last Thursday to discuss the federal response to Hurricane Sandy and resiliency measures that are being taken in its aftermath.
“Normally, I’m in Washington, D.C. during the time in which this board meets,” he said. “But of course we’re in recess for the next few weeks and I wanted to make sure I made it my business to come out to be with you this evening and just share a brief thought about some of the things we are working on in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers that may be relevant to the residents still recovering from Sandy and concerned about resiliency efforts.”
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.
Workers replace the lightbulbs on 84th Street under the Belt Parkway between Lindenwood and Rockwood Park in Howard Beach last week.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, speaks to the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association Tuesday night.
A darkened section of Howard Beach is getting a bit brighter, just in time for winter’s earlier nightfall.
The NYC Department of Transportation is replacing broken street lights and had begun cleaning the pedestrian walkway from 80th to 84th streets, between 157th Avenue and Shore Parkway in Howard Beach after pressure from civic leaders and at least one area official. The department has already replaced dark and dim lighting under the 84th Street overpass between Lindenwood and Howard Beach.
After a summer hiatus, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association resumed its meeting schedule on Tuesday evening at St. Helen School cafeteria.
The more than 300 neighborhood residents who packed the meeting heard from elected officials and representatives of city agencies. Many expressed their concerns about area problems including rodents and traffic on residential streets.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) took to the House floor last week, before lawmakers adjourned for the midterm campaign recess, to voice his discontent about the Republican majority in a fiery speech for what he called their failure to address the needs of the American people.
Jeffries, who is seeking re-election to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes most of East and Central Brooklyn and the Queens neighborhoods of Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach, argued that the 113th Congress is the least productive in the modern history of our democracy.
Police Officers Daniel Morrow and Filip Glowa were honored on Sept. 10 as the 106th Precinct’s Cops of the Month for July and August, respectively, for their arrests of alleged recidivist car thieves.
On July 31 at 4 a.m. Morrow and his partner responded to a 911 call that an individual was spotted allegedly trying to break into an automobile at 129th Street and Sutter Avenue in South Ozone Park. On arrival, Morrow confirmed the damage to the vehicle where the suspect had allegedly tried to break in and then conducted a canvass of the area looking for him, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct.
Attendees at the Sept. 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park received good news from the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — crime was down almost 3 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year — though there was a small jump in the first week of September — and there hasn’t been a shooting in three months.
But cops at the 106th have still been busy.
Ann Kiernan carefully studied the bag of green grapes she picked up from the shelf, somehow tuning out the chaos around her.
“This is a good price,” she said, grabbing a bag of purple grapes and placing them both in the black basket that hung from her arm.