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After months of pleas for help, it looks like St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing will be getting some assistance soon from the MTA.
The historic church on Main Street has been complaining since last spring that bus drivers, primarily on 38th and 39th avenues, have been urinating on the walls of the facility and leaving garbage from their meals on its sidewalks.
Congresswoman Grace Meng addresses the audience regarding Obamacare at a session recently at Flushing Hospital. At the table are Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, left, Dr. Robert Crupi, Chairman of, Emergency Medicine and Ambulatory Care; Bruce Flanz, hospital president; state Sen. Toby Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo and Assemblyman Ron Kim
Assemblyman Ron Kim, second from right, with state Sen. Toby Stavisky, left, Councilman Peter Koo, right, and volunteers kick off a power wash program outside St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing last week.
A new initiative to clean up Flushing got underway last week outside the historic St. George’s Episcopal Church on Main Street.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) organized area elected officials, volunteers and Home Depot to get behind his project to power wash streets for a cleaner and less smelly environment.
Area Democratic incumbents won their City Council races Tuesday in Districts 20 and 23.
Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing had no Republican opposition but faced three third-party candidates. Koo took 79.6 percent of the vote, outdistancing himself from the others who ran: Independent Jobs and Education candidate Martha Flores-Vazquez, who took 10.5 percent; Reform candidate Sunny Hahn, who took 6.5 percent; and Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou with 3.4 percent.
In response to a request for traffic calming measures on Cherry Avenue and Main Street in Flushing, which was the site on Oct. 3 of the tragic death of Allison Liao, 3, the city Department of Transportation has agreed to enhance safety there.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), state Sen. Toby Stavisky, (D-Whitestone) and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) sent a letter to Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan requesting a comprehensive traffic safety review of the area.
Democratic incumbents for City Council Districts 20 and 23 have only minor party opposition in Tuesday’s elections.
Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing has no Republican opponent in the District 20 race, but will face three third-party candidates. They are Sunny Hahn on the Reform ticket, Martha Flores-Vazquez on the Independent Jobs and Education ballot, and Evergreen Chou, representing the Green Party.
During its monthly meeting on Monday night, Community Board 7, in two separate overwhelming votes, approved proposals for the construction of a visitor center at Flushing’s historic Bowne House and the co-naming of a street to honor a local family.
Julie Nymann, deputy director of Architecture Capital Projects for the Parks Department, made a PowerPoint presentation detailing the proposed design for the new visitor center on the Bowne House property, which she said serves as a “reminder of the nation’s religious history.”
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Never mind Waldo. Where’s Peter Koo?
That’s what his fellow candidates for the City Council District 20 seat want to know. They say Koo (D-Flushing) has been MIA throughout most of the campaign period.
Cutting the ribbon on the new Ambulatory Care Center at Flushing Hospital are Dr. Robert Crupi, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, left, state Sen. Toby Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo and chief financial officer Mounir Doss. Next to Doss is Mark Weidler, publisher of the Queens Chronicle.
The relocated Mitchell-Linden Library officially opened Monday, led by lion dancers and elected officials from the old location to the new.
Shown are a lion dancer from Chinese Theatre Workshop; Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante; Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik; City Councilman Peter Koo; Assemblyman Ron Kim; state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky; and Queens Library Board Chairwoman Jacqueline Arrington.
All the bigwigs came out to the ribbon cutting of Fidelis Care’s new community office in Flushing.
The space at 36-36 Main St. will offer free and low-cost health insurance, which comes just in time for open enrollment for Obamacare’s healthcare exchange, which starts on Oct. 1, and for Medicare Advantage, which starts enrollment on Oct. 15.
Sunny Hahn didn’t have to wait for Tuesday’s primary to be over to know who her opponent would be for the District 20 City Council seat.
There was no primary in the Flushing district because incumbent Councilman Peter Koo didn’t have any Democratic opponents. Hahn, a Republican, hoped to have run against him in November on the GOP ticket, but was thrown off because of insufficient petition signatures.
The Mitchell-Linden neighborhood of Flushing just got a brand-new library that’s larger than its old one and will get even bigger in two years.
Although the branch at 31-32 Union St. opened Tuesday, the official unveiling is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sept. 30.
Tired of threats to close libraries? Picture a future without petitions or rallies. Picture six-day service sealed into city law. Honorable Council members James G. Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile, DC 37 and the library local unions have proposed legislation designed to retire the library’s annual budget dance with City Hall.
Baseline Funding (Intro. 1050-2013) will siphon 2.5 percent from existing property taxes. Rest assured, the bill is not tied to any increase in property taxes. Public library systems in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Detroit, Columbus, and Pittsburgh all receive various forms of baseline funding. In our city, the American Museum of Natural History’s Planetarium and public schools benefit from baseline funding.
Honorable Council Members Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm, Mathieu Eugene, Julissa Ferreras, Helen D. Foster, Sara M. Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, Andy King, Peter A. Koo, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowit
z, Brad S. Lander, Stephen Levin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Darlene Mealy, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan Richards, Ydanis Rodriguez, Deborah L. Rose, Mark S. Weprin, Jumaane D. Williams and Ruben Wills have pledged co-sponsorship. The public will not vote on this specific piece of legislation. If a majority of council members vote for the bill, it will be sent to the mayor to sign in to law or veto.
Remember the bill’s supporters at the polls on Sept. 10!
The writer, a senior librarian with the Queens Library, specified that her views are her own, not an official position of the library.
Mayor Bloomberg addresses the crowd. Among those with him are Councilman Peter Koo, left, District Attorney Richard Brown, Pct. Council President Chrissy Voskerichian, Dep. Inspector Brian Maguire and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
The first of three cleanups and history lessons was held last week at the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground.
The $1,300 to pay for the program was provided personally by City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) after upkeep of the city park was questioned.
A day after a Flushing woman was killed by a falling tree in Kissena Park, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called for the city to end its Million Trees NYC program and focus on inspection and maintenance.
At a Monday press conference, Avella, who is running for borough president, said he is furious with the city’s goal of planting a million trees by 2017 “while there is a clear failure to properly maintain the trees that are currently planted throughout the city.”
The sometimes neglected Olde Towne Flushing Burial Ground will be getting some extra attention thanks to a $1,300 personal donation from Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing).
Koo funded the maintenance project which will cover three cleanups this summer, fall and next spring. The project is designed to encourage area young people to participate in community service and learn about local history.
Stop and frisk, the policy that allows police officers to search an individual they deem suspicious, has become a polarizing issue in both the City Council and the neighborhoods of everyday people.
Stand your ground, the Florida law that allows a person who feels threatened to use deadly or physical force against the person deemed as an aggressor even if the “threatened” person was not attacked first or if there is an escape option, has also become an issue.
They’re about as common around the borough as bodegas and one-way streets — people dragging shopping carts loaded with empty cans and bottles down the streets, weaving through parked cars and lining up in parking lots at shopping centers.
Often they’re the best proof of when a neighborhood’s recycling pickup days are: Mondays in Laurelton, Wednesdays in Astoria and Ozone Park or Saturdays in Bellerose.
Term limits, and in one case a federal indictment, have made for some wide-open City Council races.
But money may make the difference in some of the more hotly contested races, and campaign finance reports, due this past Monday, are starting to draw a clearer picture of just who may have staying power through the Sept. 10 primaries.
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) secured funding to bring NYPD ARGUS surveillance cameras to strategic locations in his district. These cameras will help the NYPD investigate crimes, monitor key locations and enhance public safety in the community.
“One of my top priorities is to help ensure the highest level of public safety for residents,” Koo said in a statement. “Therefore, I allocated resources to purchase the latest technology and surveillance equipment to assist the NYPD in protecting our community.”
Taysha Dominguez holds up a poster of her late husband, Dante, who died in a hit-and-run incident on 41st Avenue and Union Street in Flushing. Flanking her are Council members Rosie Mendez and Leroy Comrie, who along with Councilman Peter Koo have introduced legislation designed to help the NYPD catch hit-and-run suspects.