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The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, second from left, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, River Fund of New York Executive Director Swami Durga Das, and Jason Hilliard from the office of Congressman Gregory Meeks assist the needy in Richmond Hill on Saturday.
The first set of meetings between the groups leading the study of a proposed High Line-style park on the former Rockaway Beach rail corridor and the residents who live along the line started a little on the rocky side.
Before the conglomerate of organizations, led by urban park advocacy group The Trust for Public Land and the plan’s backers, Friends of the QueensWay, even began their short presentation in Woodhaven’s Emanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 12, they were shouted down by a handful of residents who thought the workshop was a public forum.
The end of the election season did not mean that Queens politicians would be sleeping on Saturday, when Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and former Congressman Anthony Weiner were in Richmond Hill handing out Thanksgiving groceries at the River Fund food pantry.
Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, at podium, and Greg Meeks, join civic leaders and other elected officials to announced the parameters of the proposed Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act last Thursday in Broad Channel.
Construction will be delayed until next summer on a Queens housing complex that will be dedicated to grandparents and their grandchildren.
Pastor Victor Hall of the Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica is affiliated with the project slated for Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 112th Road.
Those concerned over the possibility of massive flood insurance rate hikes can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now.
Congress unveiled a deal struck last week to postpone the rate hikes that started taking effect last month because of the Biggert-Waters Act, a 2012 law that sought to put the cash-strapped National Flood Insurance Program, administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on more solid financial footing.
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks
If you pay for it, they may just build it.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 20-year Capital Assessment released last week includes a nod to the proposal for reactivating the Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line.
If it wanted to, the House Republican majority could immediately end the government shutdown it has caused. While Americans wait, over 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed; millions more are working without pay; vital services, programs, facilities, parks and monuments have been suspended or closed; intelligence and law enforcement agencies are understaffed; communities where federal facilities are located and the tens of thousands of small businesses with federal contracts and the hundreds of thousands of workers they collectively employ are being hurt. Some of these businesses may not recover.
Constituents ask: How much longer is the shutdown going to affect me? Why did things come to this and who’s responsible for this mess? What needs to be done to reopen the government?
The lengthy government shutdown isn’t just wreaking havoc in the halls of Congress; it is also the root cause of much angst and confusion among citizens across the country, including Queens. Unfortunately, borough residents of all ages already have begun feeling the impacts from the latest episode of Washington gridlock.
While politicians battle on Capitol Hill as the shutdown enters its second week, many Queens residents have been left wondering how the federal chaos will affect them.
Two of the many lessons we teach our children are that they can do anything they set their minds to and to never give up. Despite years of waiting and a disheartening denial this past March, the children of the Aquinas Honor Society at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates have proved those timeless lessons valid.
“I am so immensely proud right now,” eighth-grader and President of Aquinas Honor Society Anjali Deodat, 13, said. “We are all so happy and it makes me proud of all of us.”
For some, the Democratic Party’s long, competitive and sometimes bruising primary for mayor ended not with a bang, but with a whimper.
But for city Democrats, desperate to win back City Hall for the first time in two decades, that whimper came with a smile, a handshake and perhaps a sigh of relief on Monday.
Only two weeks before the potential runoff between Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic candidate Bill Thompson, the race came to a quiet ending engineered by the state’s most powerful Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Congressman Gregory Meeks, left, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and the Rev. Floyd Flake call for an end to prosecuting youth as adults.
The opinions of Queens’ federal lawmakers on whether the United States should launch an attack on Syria in response to its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians run the gamut.
Some support the action, at least one is opposed, at least one admits he is undecided and several of the others issued varying statements before President Obama announced that he would seek congressional authorization for military action last Friday.
Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that he said would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and expand opportunities for city youth.
Thompson and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) are calling for the state to end of prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Thompson said this would generate at least $50 milion “a year in foregone wages and millions in lost tax revenue to the state.”
“Everyone seems to be against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer except the voters, especially black voters.”
The words spoken by Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, sent shock waves through the city’s Democratic circles on Aug. 14.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) regularly hosts community, religious and party leaders at a buffet breakfast to help them keep tabs on what is going on in Washington, and to keep tabs on his district.
But at York College on Monday, he was up front with the fact that this one was going to be different, with mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and comptroller candidate Scott Stringer — both of whom Meeks has endorsed — invited to speak.
Plans are in the works for a state-of-the-art research and learning center dedicated to the environment and sustainability, and the city says the Rockaways will likely play host to the institution.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan announced the creation of the new Science and Resilience Institute, which will be operated by the City University of New York, at Riis Landing in the Rockaways on Monday morning at a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg, National Parks Director Jonathan Jarvis, City Parks Commissioner Veronica White, Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), Acting CUNY Chancellor Bill Kelly and Peter Madonia, chief operating officer of the Rockefeller Foundation, who will be providing some of the funding for the new institution.
Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, center, arrives Monday morning at York College, where Congressman Gregory Meeks appealed to the community to support Thompson and Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer in primaries on Sept. 10.
City Parks Commissioner Veronica White, left, National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Rep. Greg Meeks at Monday’s announcement of CUNY’s new Science and Research Institute to be built near Jamaica Bay.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), a Democratic candidate for Queens borough president, on Monday, declared his support for a plan to restore rail service on the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line that has been abandoned since 1962.
Avella called the train a key component to improve transportation not only for southern Queens, but for the entire borough.