Financial assistance for Sandy-affected residents who must move into temporary housing while their homes are being repaired under the city’s Build it Back program is just one of multiple storm relief initiatives that are included in a federally funded $4.21 billion recovery plan, city officials announced last Friday.
“As we continue to build back a stronger and more resilient city after Sandy, it’s critical that we make every impacted family and small business whole again — and ensure they’re better protected next time they need to be,” Mayor de Blasio said in a written statement.
A city bill regulating the use of drones has been proposed by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who is optimistic it will move forward quickly.
Another drone bill in the hopper has been proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan). His would completely ban private drones, with the only exceptions for police and law enforcement with a warrant.
More than 80 families will not be in their homes on Christmas Day after a five-alarm fire ripped through their apartment building in Ozone Park last Thursday, rendering all of the units uninhabitable.
Close to a dozen of those families heard the devastating news during a town hall with city Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven), city agencies and the Red Cross at PS 65 last Friday.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced on Tuesday that his anti-graffiti initiative has successfully cleaned up 60 locations throughout his district since its implementation in early October.
“This initiative takes a proactive stand to nip this problem in the bud and revitalize our small business corridors,” Ulrich said in a written statement.
The city Department of Sanitation is now authorized to immediately seize illegitimate clothing donation bins placed throughout the city — a process that previously took more than a month — after the City Council approved new legislation last month and it went unaddressed by Mayor de Blasio.
“While we want to encourage New Yorkers to donate clothing and other materials to those in need, we also want to ensure that organizations collecting these items are doing so responsibly, and this bill will achieve both of those goals,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in a written statement.
The very first day of school for students at Queens Explorers Elementary School in Ozone Park may have been back in September, but school and elected officials gathered in the gymnasium on Monday to officially celebrate the opening of the borough’s newest public school.
“It is with great pride that I lead this school,” Melissa Compson, the principal and force behind the school’s innovative curriculum, said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The epic battle between animal rights groups and Central Park horse carriage drivers has come to a head as Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced a bill that would ban the centuries-old practice from the city’s most iconic park.
“The morality of a nation can be judged by the way society treats its animals,” Dromm said in a prepared statement. “Horses don’t belong on New York City’s congested streets amid cars and pollutions. There have been too many crashes and too many horse deaths and injuries to justify the continuation of this industry.”
Aldo Calore celebrated his pizzeria’s 50th anniversary in 2013. The owner of the beloved eatery is retiring soon, community leaders said. His food and restaurant were celebrated by officials in the area, as when he got this proclamation from City Councilman Eric Ulrich.
Councilman Eric Ulrich, left, chairman of the City Council’s Veterans Committee, is urging an override of Gov. Cuomo’s veto on a pension bill. Cuomo, right, said the bill would put a financial burden on state taxpayers and municipalities.
Members of the City Council’s Veterans Committee are urging state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would allow veterans who served during peacetime or undesignated conflicts to purchase up to three years of credit toward a state pension plan.
“We firmly believe that all military service is public service and therefore all honorably discharged veterans deserve access to the additional retirement credits this bill would afford,” a written statement by the members of the committee states.
City Councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito, left, Stephen Levin and Eric Ulrich on Friday stand in front of a portion of food items that will be donated to homeless veterans throughout the city, following a 10-day food drive they spearheaded.
Elected officials on a cold and windy Friday afternoon gathered in Long Island City to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to shelters that serve homeless veterans, following a 10-day-long food drive by Council members throughout the city.
“Many of these brave men and women are in need of a hot meal and safe place to call home,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in front of the Borden Avenue Veterans Residence. “It is unacceptable that veterans go to bed hungry.”
City Councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito, Stephen Levin and Eric Ulrich stand in front of a portion of food items that will be donated to homeless veterans throughout the city, following a 10-day food drive that they spearheaded.
Elected officials on a cold and windy Friday afternoon gathered in Long Island City to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to shelters that serve homeless veterans, following a 10-day long food drive by council members throughout the city.
I especially enjoyed the special section with last week’s Queens Chronicle. Most of all, your coverage of our State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. proves that not all “politicians are crooks.”
We are very thankful that our man was returned to the state Senate. Mr. Addabbo is a credit to his dad’s memory and to all politicians. He listens to his constituents, including when the mood changes on an issue, as it did on gay marriage. His vote is not always appreciated by his district; in that case many voters say he flip-flopped. Wrong. He is just doing his job. Would that others would follow his example.
We are also thankful for our state assemblyman, Phil Goldfeder, and our councilman, Eric Ulrich. Aren’t we lucky to have such dedicated people to represent us?
We wish all of our neighbors and you at the Chronicle a safe, healthy and prosperous Thanksgiving.
There are many measures worth implementing to protect the environment, but some are simply more cumbersome and costly than they’re worth. The revived City Council plan to make stores charge 10 cents for each bag a customer gets is one of those.
The goals are laudable, of course — to reduce the garbage New Yorkers produce and therefore the cost of shipping it, to keep the bags from clogging drains, to prevent them from getting tied up in trees and stuck elsewhere in the natural environment.
Members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association on Saturday gathered to brainstorm capital improvement projects, as part of Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) participatory budgeting process.
Under the procedure, civic organizations in Ulrich’s district get to propose on how to spend $1 million on brick-and-mortar projects throughout South Queens, which residents then vote on.
There is one thing that is uniting business owners in Queens and in Brooklyn on 101st Avenue: their disdain of the pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 101st Avenue and Drew Street, which sits on the border of the two boroughs.
“What’s the purpose of this?” said Khairul Islam, a real estate broker whose Brooklyn office sits a block away from the plaza. “I don’t know any people who are benefiting from this.”
A proposal to charge consumers 10 cents for every single-use plastic bag they use at checkout is gaining traction again. City Hall held a discussion Wednesday to discuss a bill introduced by Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) that’s designed to reduce disposable bag use in the city by implementing the 10 cent fee.
According to its sponsors, the goal of the bill isn’t to charge consumers the fee but to incentivize them to change their habits and become more environmentally conscious. Retailers would keep the money and the bill exempts transactions made using food aid programs.
Councilman Eric Ulrich and other officials announce a citywide food drive to benefit homeless veterans.
Residents of our borough showed their patriotism and respect for those who have served in the armed forces on Sunday with the fifth annual Queens Veterans Day Parade, which ran through Middle Village. We’re glad to see the event, as not everyone can make it to Manhattan for the big one there, and since they were on different days, anyone who had the ability and desire to could attend both.
That’s a fine way to show you care about our former servicemen and women, but it only goes so far. More difficult but also more worthwhile is showing that you care about and respect veterans all year long. And a great way to do that is to help those in need, of which there are many.
New York City has taken a step toward decriminalizing marijuana. Starting Nov. 19, NYPD officers will be handing out summonses instead of making arrests when they apprehend someone in possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana.
“This is an example of another important step, both for keeping the people of New York City safe and building a closer relationship between the police and community in this city,” Mayor de Blasio said at a press conference Monday.
Residents who live along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards last Wednesday expressed mixed opinions about a series of proposals that would turn one lane of the corridor into a dedicated bus lane, saying they were concerned with how the proposal would be implemented.
“This is a consolidation and when you consolidate, someone’s going to win and someone’s going to lose,” said Rockaway resident Phil McManus, a member of the Queens Public Transit Committee.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) on Monday announced a citywide initiative to collect food items for homeless veterans.
“It’s a heartbreaking reality that veterans around the city struggle each day to get a hot meal,” Ulrich said on at a press conference.