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Seizures of unlicensed livery vehicles at John F. Kennedy International Airport have skyrocketed 500 percent since a new enforcement facility opened there on Oct. 8, according to a statement issued Monday by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The new facility, opened in coordination with the Port Authority, which operates the airport, was established to combat illegal activity by drivers of livery cars, so-called “dollar vans” and other drivers looking to make a buck off of fares from the airport.
One-way residential side streets like 84th Street in Middle Village could be subject to lower speed limits if the City Council can convince New York State to go along with a bill to adopt a 25 mile-per-hour proposal.
The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
Queens has a rapidly growing elderly population facing severe problems, such as mental illness. Fortunately, there’s a place where many troubled seniors get help — Club Pride, part of the Pride of Judea Mental Health Center at 243-02 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.
Funded by the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services and New York City’s Dept. of Mental Health & Hygiene, Club Pride (launched in 1997) is a geriatric psycho-social club. It provides counseling, therapy and social re-adjustment services for Queens residents, from 55 to 94, who suffer from mental illness & substance abuse. Clients come from Flushing, Kew Gardens Hills, Whitestone, College Point & Bayside.
They’re referred by psychiatrists and other mental health providers, after their discharge from psychiatric and chronic care hospitals. If not for Club Pride, many of them would have to be reinstitutionalized, at a heavy cost to taxpayers.
Club Pride provides daily transportation to members via two buses for the Flushing and Bayside areas. But Flushing bus service will end on Dec. 6 due to budget cuts. Many riders are physically disabled. They can’t use public transportation and can’t afford Access-A-Ride’s daily $5 roundtrip fare. They’re distressed by the fear of losing Club Pride’s vital assistance.
Don’t let this happen. Contact U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (212) 486-4430, Congresswoman Grace Meng (718) 445-7860, State Sen. Tony Avella (718) 357-3094, City Councilman Mark Weprin (718) 468-0137 and Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio (212) 669-7200. Urge them to save an essential resource for their constituents.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate on special schedules between today, Wednesday, and Sunday, Dec. 1, to accommodate travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
New York City subways and buses will operate on Sunday schedules on Thanksgiving Day.
A full audience of Jackson Heights residents raised their hands Monday night when Janet McEneany, the president of Queens Quiet Skies, asked if they were tired of planes flying over their houses every minute, one after another, like a brigade of B52 bombers.
McEneany and Bob Whitehair, founders of Queens Quiet Skies, an advocacy organization that fights for noise regulations, gave their 26th community education presentation as part of a town hall meeting on the issue organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Representatives from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance.
Only a little more than a month after Community Board 9 gave its approval to South Queens’ first pedestrian plaza, the space is open and functioning.
The open plaza, located on Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues and the south side of 101st Avenue in City Line, was constructed in late October.
Queens residents who are tired of loud airplanes flying over their homes too frequently are actually happy about Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have required the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study — if an identical measure passes in New Jersey — because he doesn’t want to wait.
Instead, he’s taking executive action.
Residents of the Sixth Congressional District, which encompasses much of the west, central and northeast sections of the borough, had the chance last week to meet one-on-one with Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) at the Bayside Library during the congresswoman’s fourth “Congress on Your Corner” event.
Those who took advantage of the opportunity discussed issues ranging from lack of jobs and affordable healthcare to overcrowded classrooms and uneven sidewalks.
St. John’s University in Jamaica has partnered with Zipcar to bring car sharing to its Queens campus.
The program will provide St. John’s students and employees with a transportation option, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Melinda Katz emerged from a bruising Democratic primary season in September as the overwhelming favorite to win Tuesday’s election for Queens borough president against Republican Tony Arcabascio.
But last week she said that she is taking nothing for granted.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last Thursday presented a revised plan for Runway 4L/22R at John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Eastern Queens Alliance and an unhappy Rosedale community.
Under its revised plan the 11,351-foot runway would be moved 728 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and the neighborhoods that abut JFK.
A state appellate court has upheld a lower court ruling that will allow yellow medallion axis to accept so-called “e-hails” from electronic applications, or apps, as part of a pilot program.
The program has been challenged by parties in the black car livery industry on a number of grounds, including that the Taxi and Limousine Commission had exceeded its authority in authorizing the pilot program.
Republican Alex Blishteyn, a Russian immigrant, is hoping he will be voted in as councilman in the 24th District, while his Democratic opponent, Rory Lancman, is ready to go from state to city office.
The two will face off on Tuesday for the seat now held by Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who is being term-limited out of office.
Lynne Serpe, one of several candidates looking to take the District 22 City Council seat being vacated by Peter Vallone Jr. in January, says residents are in need of a change.
“Democracy is about choice,” she said. “This is the first time in a long time that the seat is completely open. For me, this election really gives the voters the opportunity to move forward and move forward in a way that is sustainable.”
Nearly 365 days ago, Hurricane Sandy came in as a force of destruction, but what came next was a force of unity and strength that no storm can take from us. In what seemed like a tunnel with no end in sight, days turned into weeks and then months and now we realize how far we’ve come. There are still enormous tasks ahead of us.
Almost 85 percent of the people I represent were affected by Sandy, including my own home and office. The destruction displaced my family and gave me an intimate experience in the tragedy. I have been on the front lines since the beginning of the storm and many days have tested my resolve, but seeing the strength of my own wife, Esther, and my young children, Eliana and Asher, willed me to keep going.
Last weekend, Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, and his wife went to Forest Park for one of their daily early morning walks.
But as the days grow shorter, their walks have featured less and less daylight. Now, when they get to the park before dawn, the sun has not yet risen.
It was business as usual at the monthly meeting of Community Board 11 in Bayside on Monday night.
Members of the Transportation Committee reported that several relevant issues had been discussed their recent meeting, including a proposed speed hump on 36th Avenue between 218th and 219th streets members deemed “not a good idea” because it “would only divert the drivers to 38th Avenue.”