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Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
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.
Following a contentious head-to-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year and did not seek re-election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes.
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.
Councilman Dromm stands with state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, right, and members of the community on Oct. 17 to demand that the Department of Education designate Diwali as an official public school holiday.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a timely bill passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law in July by Gov. Cuomo went into effect last month, authorizing “funding of mapping incidence of breast cancer from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to qualified research institutions, organizations or agencies.”
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.
With an eye toward maintaining patient wellness, a new Ambulatory Care Center at Flushing Hospital Medical Center is scheduled to open its doors to the public this month.
To celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday, with hospital officials and employees, elected officials and other community leaders on hand for the celebration.
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.
Plans to construct apartments atop the Rego Center II mall have been announced by the property owners.
According to the Department of Buildings, Vornado Realty Trust filed plans for a 314-unit residential tower above the shopping mall by SLCE Architects.
With an eye to keeping tenants healthy, officials from the Macedonia Community Development Corp. announced last week that its under-construction affordable housing building in Flushing will be smoke-free when it opens next year.
The corporation is a subsidiary of the Macedonia AME Church, which is building the 142-unit building next door at Union Street and 37th Avenue, in Municipal Parking Lot 1.
The hotly contested five-way race to become the Democratic nominee for the District 19 City Council seat came to a nail-biting conclusion Tuesday night, with attorney Paul Vallone narrowly edging his closest rival, Austin Shafran, 31.1 to 29.5 percent, with 99 percent of the votes counted.
Shafran, a first-time candidate, has spent most of his career working for the Democratic party. He said Wednesday morning that the election “was way too close to call” and with such a small margin, “we will continue to make sure all votes are counted.”
Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Hills held a legislative meet and greet Tuesday afternoon to introduce Yoel Lichstein, the new executive director. Lichstein has served as an administrator for over 20 years in many healthcare facilities including Beth Abraham, a member of the CenterLight Health System, as is Tietz.
Congressman Grace Meng, Assembly members Ed Braunstein, David Weprin, Nily Rozic and Michael Simanowitz; Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and state Sen. Toby Stavisky took part in the gathering. All of them shared stories of family and constituents who have used Tietz’s facility.
Rep. Grace Meng, left, state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz gathered at the garden (radish in hands) to ask the owner to give them time to work out a way to buy the land or devise a relocation plan.
Community gardeners in Elmhurst want the city to buy their plot of land to ensure it won’t be sold and developed.
For 20 years the empty property on the corner of Manilla Street and Kneeland Avenue collected trash and provided fertile soil for 6-foot-tall weeds.
City offers more data on campaign finance
Lawmakers call for hearing on NYPD IG, stop-and-frisk bills
Big Social Security disability case could benefit thousands
The bridge in Murray Hill located at 149th Street between Roosevelt and 41st avenues is still blocked off, and local politicans are still looking for answers.
In 2010 the bridge above the LIRR tracks closed for construction funded by taxpayers’ money. After delays, the bridge appeared to be finished in May 2012, but a city DOT inspection found cracks on the bridge making it unsafe to carry vehicles.
Major apt. building owner bans smoking
The Related Companies, a substantial developer and owner of properties, with more than 40,000 rental units nationwide, announced Monday that it is prohibiting smoking in all its residential buildings. The move follows a years-long pilot project, and the firm says the demand for smoke-free housing is greater than the supply.
With the Senate session winding down in Albany, and about a thousand bills left to debate, the hydrofracking moratorium bill may not even hit the floor for a vote. Most Queens lawmakers oppose allowing the drilling process in New York State without conclusive scientific evidence that it can be done safely, without contaminating groundwater.
The drilling process known as hydrofracking is used to obtain natural gas from rock formations, such as the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from New York’s Southern Tier to West Virginia. Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of water along with a slurry of sand and about 600 chemicals into a narrow horizontal pipe at high pressure to induce “mini-earthquakes,” which release the natural gas.