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In Flushing, waterfront tensions still high

The high tensions and ill feelings between Community Board 7 and MinKwon Center for Community Action remain after the board’s Feb. 10 meeting, with board Chairperson Eugene Kelty calling for the termination of the advocacy group’s staff member Charlie Cheon, citing racist and disrespectful remarks.

Monday 02/17/2020
Cooper Avenue shelter opens after years in the works
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 4:27 pm

It’s open.

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Friday 02/14/2020
Cooper Avenue shelter opens after years in the works
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 4:27 pm

It’s open.

The homeless shelter for 200 single men at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale is open, the Department of Homeless Services said in an email Friday.

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CB 5 undecided on Fresh Pond festival
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 4:28 pm

There are two annual traditions regarding the Italian Fresh Pond Road street fair: The fair itself and a back-and-forth between organizers and Community Board 5.

Last Wednesday the board tabled the application to hold the fair after its executive committee recommended against it, citing the event’s lasting multiple days, paperwork issues and traffic.

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Thursday 02/13/2020
CB 12 hosts MTA bus redesign talk
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 1:09 pm

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority had no shortage of opinions Tuesday evening as it brought its Queens bus route redesign campaign to York College in Jamaica.

The agency, looking to revamp a draft proposal that has been roundly and almost universally criticized, made a presentation before more than 90 residents at the meeting of Community Board 12’s Transportation Committee.

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Sex work backers call for decriminalization
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:17 pm

State Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-East Elmhurst), speaking to dozens of people last Thursday at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights on a town hall on legalizing cannabis and decriminalizing prostitution, said the goal is to make “all of our neighbors safe.”

She said drugs and sex have been “swept under the rug” in the community except for complaints that the activities don’t look good or from people who don’t want children to see them happening.

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Stores and shoppers prepare for bag ban
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 1:48 pm

New York State’s ban on virtually all single-use plastic shopping and grocery bags goes into effect on Sunday, March 1.

In the city, that means grocery stores, bodegas, hardware stores and just about any other retailer where one had carried out merchandise can now charge 5 cents for paper bags unless customers bring their own, or they can give them away.

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Does New York City need to be saved?
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 1:50 pm

Mayor de Blasio’s statement that the city needs saving during last week’s State of the City address brought out different reactions from those listening.

“We need to further develop and improve ourselves as every city does but I don’t think we necessarily need any major redemption or saving,” said Kevin Forrestal, president of the Queens Civic Congress, as the Chronicle canvassed some borough leaders for their take on the mayor’s assertion.

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Census, buses, vets’ aid are main topics
Posted: February 13, 2020

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Queens) held a town hall meeting on Mon., Feb 3 at the American Legion Hall in Woodhaven to discuss the U.S. Census, the MTA’s bus route redesign plans, veterans’ services and homeowner assistance programs.

Velazquez spoke of the importance of the Census that will take place this year, which not only will result in how many congressional districts will be apportioned for each state, but also where federal dollars will be spent on highway planning and construction, social safety net spending, medical assistance programs, Pell grants and much more. “We want to get a complete and accurate count of all the people living in the United States,” Velazquez said.

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CB 4 votes against Saultell Ave. rezone
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:08 pm

Community Board 4 voted against a rezoning at 110-40 Saultell Ave. in Corona Tuesday because of parking and congestion concerns.

The application, submitted by Tauchman Associates, LLC, was meant to change the zoning to allow for a six-story, mixed-use building that would be a healthcare center with a community facility space.

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