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The mail box for Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor must be overflowing by now.
Borough President Melinda Katz became the most recent elected official to oppose the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, as she penned a letter dated Jan. 27, detailing her concerns about the plan.
Last Friday, Assemblyman Mike Miller, top right, presented Student of the Month Certificates to nine students at the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy in Ozone Park.
Joining Miller were Sister Francis Marie, the school’s principal, top left, and the students of month from each grade for February: in the front, third-grader Madison Espinoza, left, kindergartener Tyler Diaz; first-grader Allen Wink; second-grader Manny Nunez and fourth-grader Giovanni Nunez; and in the rear, seventh-grader Jonathan Karl, left; sixth-grader Austin Rubino; fifth-grader Angelina Campos and eighth-grader Daniela Nieves.
Community Board 9’s leadership is letting bygones be bygones.
Chairman Jim Coccovillo and District Manager Mary Ann Carey both offered olive branches to each other at Tuesday night’s meeting after months of quarreling that often led the board’s monthly meetings to descend into uncontrolled chaos.
Several amendments to the mandatory sick leave law unanimously passed the City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor late last week and were passed by the full body Tuesday, the panel’s chairman, Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) announced.
The new version of the Earned Sick Time Act will replace one the Council passed last year over then–Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s veto. It will protect about 500,000 more workers than the old version by ensuring companies give them at least five days worth of paid sick leave each year, according to its proponents.
An expansion of the mandatory sick leave law has unanimously passed the City Council's Committee on Civil Service and Labor and will now go to the full Council, the panel's chairman, Councilman Daneek Miller (D-Laurelton) announced today.
The century-old building that collapsed last April on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven will be repaired as is.
Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) announced at a meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association on Jan. 18 that the owner of the building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. has paid more than $18,000 in fines stemming from the collapse and previous violations and has hired an architect. Angel Vazquez, Miller’s chief of staff, confirmed last week that the owner plans to rebuild the current structure rather than demolish it entirely.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association kicked off 2014 on Saturday with new leadership and a full agenda.
Topping that list of items was participatory budgeting, the process by which members of the public pick capital projects in the community to be funded in the city budget.
The Woodhaven building that collapsed nine months ago, damaging the neighborhood’s ambulance corps and senior center, could be demolished soon.
The vacant two-storey structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. partially imploded on April 12 of last year, crushing at least one vehicle. No one was injured.
Mayor de Blasio and the City Council plan to toss aside the compromise sick leave mandate that was passed last year and enact a new measure that will protect half a million more workers and cover all but the smallest of businesses.
Like the law passed last year over then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s veto, the new measure, announced in a press release from the Mayor’s Office, would mandate that businesses provide workers with at least five days of paid sick leave a year. But it would make several changes to the compromise measure, which was passed after former Speaker Christine Quinn led efforts to make it more palatable to the business community.
After years of dealing with overcrowding, IS 125 in Woodside will finally get some relief.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Principal Judy Lynn Miller, students and community leaders gathered in front of the trailers that have been home to fifth-grade classrooms for some time now.
A bill to help protect the health and safety of dogs and cats by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers was signed into law last Friday by Gov. Cuomo.
It authorizes municipal governments to enact more stringent laws than those currently existing at the state level by removing the current pre-emption on municipalities to enact their own laws regulating or licensing pet dealers. Any new local ordinance must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its newest members for enshrinement yesterday afternoon, past press time for this column. The conventional wisdom was that two Atlanta Braves pitching greats who won 300 games each, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine (who also pitched for the Mets), were shoo-ins, while slugger Frank Thomas and longtime Astros star Craig Biggio, who missed by a whisker last year, could get the necessary 75 percent from the curmudgeonly members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Mike Piazza received a disappointing 57 percent of the vote last year, and while I hope I’m wrong my guess is he’ll get close to the magic percentage but won’t get over it this year because (a) a number of very qualified ballplayers are eligible, and (b) there are too many BBWAA me
mbers who believe that you’re guilty until proven innocent when it comes to using steroids. It should be noted that Mike never failed a drug test nor was he mentioned in the Mitchell Report, which fairly or not, gave names of reputed users of performance-enhancing drugs. He should have been elected in 2013, his first year of eligibility.
2013 proved to be a very busy year for area civic groups.
Quality-of-life issues such as the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the trash-carrying trains roaring through southwestern Queens neighborhoods dominated many an agenda.
The plan to install security cameras in Forest Park is moving foward.
In a joint effort by Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), $250,000 dollars in state funding was secured for the cameras.
The Department of Homeless Services will move forward with the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, but elected officials and civic leaders alike made their opposition known at a Dec. 12 public hearing.
After being given notice of the hearing just four days earlier, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in testifying at the public hearing of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.
The rain did not dampen the holiday spirit last Friday when Woodhaven residents and elected officials gathered for the tree and menorah lighting in Forest Parkway Plaza.
For the second year in a row an artificial tree was lit in the plaza. The live tree that previously stood on the site was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Mike Miller participated in the Tomahawk Division Merit Badge Fair on Saturday at Nativity of the B.V.M Church in Ozone Park.
Ulrich and Miller discussed the importance of good citizenship with Boy Scouts from several troops from South Queens and talked about the importance of scouting to boys and what it teaches them as they grow older.
The proposed 125-family homeless shelter slated for 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale has received the backing of the city and the Department of Homeless Services, angering area elected officials and civic leaders.
A $27 million dollar contract between the city and Samaritan Village, a Briarwood-based human services agency, to establish the homeless shelter will be discussed at a public hearing on the mezzanine level of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Center Street at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Elizabeth Crowley thanks a crowd of family members and supporters, including Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), left, and her son Owen. She defeated Republican challenger Craig Caruana by 18 percentage points to win a second term in City Hall.
The ongoing manhunt for the Forest Park rapist dominated the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday night in Richmond Hill, along with suggestions on how to improve safety in the park.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, the precinct’s commanding officer, stood next to giant wanted posters featuring the sketch of the suspect and information in English and Spanish.
South Queens civic leaders met with the new commanding officer and executive officer of the 106th Precinct last week as they prepared to take the reins of law enforcement in the community.
Assemblyman Mike Miller, left, joined with new 106th Precinct Executive Officer John Ganley; Richmond Hill South Civic Association President Margaret Finnerty; Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the new CO of the 106th Precinct; Sal Simonetti, representing Councilman Eric Ulrich, and Joann Ariola, president of the Lindenwood Alliance, when the new precinct leadership spoke at last Thursday’s meeting of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association in South Ozone Park.
Along Edsall Avenue in Glendale, residents are growing frustrated.
“There is no drainage on the street,” said Enzo Puccio, who lives on Edsall, before Community Board 5 last Thursday. “When it rains, water just piles up for weeks on end until the next rainstorm comes and there is no place for all the water to go to.”
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.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley celebrated the grand opening of her new campaign office on Sunday with elected officials, union leaders and other supporters including Democratic nominee for Queens borough president Melinda Katz, right, and from left, Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Assemblymen David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven).
Crowley’s campaign office is located at 67-45 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale. She is running against Republican candidate Craig Caruana for the 30th District seat, which includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Woodside.
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.