In July, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency 30-day permit to Omni Recycling, requiring all trains carrying municipal solid waste from Long Island be properly sealed and environmental monitors be present along the tracks, including at Fresh Pond Rail Yard in Glendale, among other improvements.
Now, numerous area elected officials are calling for such provisions to prevent the escape of pungent odors often given off by MSW into neighborhoods surrounding the tracks to become permanent.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Rep. Grace Meng announces her plans to introduce a bill calling for a new ZIP code for Glendale at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting.
If Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is successful, Glendale will soon secede from neighboring Ridgewood, at least in the eyes of the United States Postal Service.
On Monday, the congresswoman introduced legislation calling for a new ZIP code for Glendale, which has shared Ridgewood’s 11385 since 1979.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will hold her first “U.S. Service Academy Information Forum” for Queens high school students interested in attending the nation’s service academies on Oct. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Forest Hills High School, 67-01 110 St.
The United States Service Academies consist of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY; and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn. Representatives from each of the institutions will be present to provide an overview of their facilities. They’ll also discuss the requirements for admission and procedures for applying, and answer questions from students and parents. Cadets and midshipmen will be in attendance.
Queens Congressional representatives have joined with colleagues from Long Island and five other states to form a new Quiet Skies Caucus with the aim of combating aircraft noise in neighborhoods near major airports.
Formation of the group was announced locally in a joint statement issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau).
Nearly 30 years after Long Island Rail Road passenger trains last stopped in Elmhurst, the MTA has laid out plans to construct a new stop in the bustling northwest Queens neighborhood.
However, area elected officials and civic associations who have pressed for a station for years shouldn’t consider the $40 million plan as set in stone just yet.
A Long Island Rail Road locomotive derailed in Maspeth on Tuesday evening, sending gallons of diesel fuel spilling out of the tipped engine.
The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. about a mile west of the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, near the intersection of Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane.
Two Flushing nonprofit groups have each been awarded $300,000 from the federal government to help victims of domestic violence.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced that Garden of Hope and the Korean American Family Service Center will use the money in their roles as advocates that provide services for survivors of domestic violence.
A Flushing priest recently had the honor of delivering the opening prayer at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC.
The Rev. Joseph Holcomb, pastor at St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Church, served as guest chaplain at the House on Sept. 17.His participation was sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing).
City Comptroller Scott Stringer, center, took part in a town hall meeting Monday at the Pomonok-Electchester Library. With him are state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and Rep. Grace Meng.
When area residents were invited to a community town hall meeting at the Pomonok-Electchester Public Library on Monday evening to discuss issues of concern, they arrived in droves, filling the makeshift meeting space to beyond capacity and showed little inhibition in letting the elected officials in attendance know their displeasures.
Hosted by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), in conjunction with state Sen.Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), who was unable to attend, the event also featured brief presentations by city Comptroller Scott Stringer and several city agencies.
Congresswoman Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) legislation that aims to stop scammed calls that trick people to obtain their personal and financial information was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The freshman Democrat introduced the bipartisan bill, Anti-Spoofing Act (H.R. 3670), after receiving complaints from seniors and the Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET), a civic organization in her district.
There have been skepticisms and bipartisan disagreements on Capitol Hill, even among Queen’s congressional members, after President Obama’s congressional authorization for the country to train and arm the Syrian Free Army to combat the Islamic State militant group, ISIS.
Some lawmakers argued that the Muslim extremist group, who released videos of two American journalists they recently beheaded, poses an extremely high threat to the United States. Opponents like Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) said action has to be taken to degrade the terrorist group, but the country is repeating previous history in Middle Eastern conflicts when they armed rebels who later joined terrorist groups.
The Quaker Meeting House in Flushing, built in 1694, is still used for meetings of the Friends. Rep. Grace Meng is looking for a federal designation for it.
Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to make the Quaker Meeting House and the Bowne House part of the National Park Service passed the House on Monday night.
The Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, HR 3222, would require the secretary of the Department of the Interior to study the viability of the NPS acquiring the two locations and operating them.
Grace Yoon, president of the Korean American Human Service Provider Association, says there are cultural aspects at play within Asian communities that often make their members unwilling to seek outside help when struggling financially or with a mental health issue.
“They try and solve things within the family, but there’s no shame in reaching out,” Yoon said during a community-wide press conference the KAHSPA held Monday to address last week’s murder-suicides that impacted the Asian-American communities in Flushing.
“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky, center, celebrates with Karen Koslowitz, left, Assemblyman Ron Kim, center left, Rep. Grace Meng, center right, and Councilman Peter Koo, right, at her re-election party on Tuesday night.
A group of 50 or so people erupted into cheers as the newly re-elected state Sen. Toby Stavisky stepped out of the elevator in the Good Kitchen restaurant on Tuesday.
“I’m sure all of you have heard by now, but if you haven’t heard, let me be the first to tell you Sen. Stavisky defeated her opponent by a landslide,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), said.
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate’s campaign team last week.
Liu was mounting a primary challenge, which ultimately failed, against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens. Avella is a maverick member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which joined the Senate Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, and Liu a former city councilman and comptroller who was supported by the Democratic establishment in Queens.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
Police say a verbal dispute led to a murder-suicide in Downtown Flushing Monday evening.