Senior living, meet the 21st century.
Elected officials, heads of city agencies, Selfhelp administrators and their corporate partners gathered Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the nonprofit group’s newest, most technologically savvy senior residence at 137-39 45 Ave. in Flushing.
A recent crackdown on so-called dollar vans near the Archer Avenue-Parsons Boulevard transit hub was prompted by a recent visit by the mayor and compounded by a high-speed police chase that seriously injured a 22-year-old woman two weeks ago.
Leaders from Southeast Queens gathered on Monday to say that neither ever needed to happen. They are calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide more buses in the region, and for the Taxi and Limousine Commission to completely overhaul its enforcement operations against illegal vans.
The Board of Trustees for the Queens Library placed CEO Tom Galante on administrative leave effective immediately on Sept. 11.
Chief Operating Officer Bridget Quinn-Carey was named interim CEO.
Community Board 5 was active in its return from summer break last Wednesday night, even without the presence of a singular agenda-dominating issue.
In terms of voting, the board unanimously, 35-0, opposed the granting of a 600-plus person liquor license for a former factory in Ridgewood, while voting 32-3 in favor of an educational campus at the site of the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the two surrounding properties.
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.
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The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year from a combination of drugs including heroin exemplifies the startling statistics recently released by the city Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, which indicated that the rate of unintentional overdose deaths involving heroin among Queens residents has more than doubled from 1.9 per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 4.3 per 100,000 residents in 2013.
So distressing are the numbers that in February, the department urged the state Legislature to approve legislation that would increase access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse heroin overdoses. That was done, and some police officers are now carrying the antidote under a program funded by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
Defeating an incumbent state legislator is usually an uphill climb for any rookie challenger, especially when that incumbent has been in office for 15 years.
Community activist and former area education leader Dmytro Fedkowskyj believes that incumbent Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth), his opponent in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, not only can be beaten, but needs to be defeated for the betterment of the 30th District.
Activists fighting for the reclassification of the Ridgewood Reservoir shouldn’t uncork the champagne just yet, but they may have scored a victory this week.
The Parks Department will apply to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a redesignation of the reservoir, within Highland Park on the Glendale-Brooklyn border, from a Class C “high hazard” dam to a Class A “low hazard” dam, according to agency spokesman Zach Feder.
Ask what is at stake in the Sept. 9 primary for the 14th Senate District and most will say the political future of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Ask Smith, and he says what is at stake is the immediate and long-term future of funding, programs and representation for the people of Southeast Queens when Democrats go to the polls.
A crowd of about 100 constituents turned out Tuesday night for the Bay Terrace Community Alliance’s Meet the Candidates Forum, which featured eight hopefuls seeking five different positions.
Gubernatorial incumbent Andrew Cuomo is being challenged in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary by law professor Zephyr Teachout and political satirist Randy Credico.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.
At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.
The new Queens Library board took further shape Tuesday, as Borough President Melinda Katz made her first appointment to the 19-seat body since she and Mayor de Blasio together purged eight members on July 23 in response to the controversy surrounding the institution.
The new member is Robert Santos of Sunnyside Gardens, who Katz said in a prepared statement “has had a long, wide-ranging career in higher education, cultural institutions, municipal government and construction.”
More than three years ago, dignitaries, civic leaders and even some South Queens residents gathered under a tarp in the lot next to what was then known as the South Queens Boys & Girls Club at 110-04 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill to put shovels in the ground. On that chilly rainy April day, they promised to be back in several years to welcome the first children into a bigger, better club.
On Tuesday, three years, four months and a name change since the first brick was laid, and in noticeably different weather conditions, the job was done — for the most part.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
Following the controversial felling of five trees on 48th Avenue near 211th Street in Bayside Hills last month — an act many see as angering arborcide — State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) led a press conference last Thursday to address the issue.
Standing beside the remnants of 30-year-old trees on what is now a much sunnier sidewalk, Avella called the situation “a very significant quality of life issue for the community.”
The plan to decommission the Ridgewood Reservoir, classified as a Class C high hazard dam by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has drawn ire from area residents and elected officials since it was announced earlier this year.
Now, in more ways than one, they are petitioning Gov. Cuomo and the state DEC to change the reservoir’s classification and cancel proposed changes to the three basins that some say will destroy the park’s ecology.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being given a police escort out, a crowd of an estimated 300 area residents, concerned about conversion of the Westway Motor Inn into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families, filled the auditorium for a town hall meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, but in the end many questions were left unanswered.
Normally, anger at Community Board 5 meetings comes from residents who attend.
This month, it’s the board itself that is letting its emotions flow, both verbally and on paper.