Its time to be the change you want to see! The Queens Borough President is accepting applications to serve on the boroughs Community Boards. There are 14 community boards in Queens and three which serve Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway (#12, 13, 14). Members are nonsalaried and serve two year terms. Appointments are made by Borough President, many of which are appointees nominated by City Council Members. The deadline for returning applications is January 27. The new two year term begins April 1, 2017. Download the application here. For more information or to contact the Queens Borough President call 718-286-2900.
On Sunday, January 17 the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Colden Auditorim presented a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration featuring BeBe Winans. In the hour prior to the start of the performance, there was a short program in which Borough President Melinda Katz presented the Service to the Community Award to Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. The majority of the hour’s program was given to Keynote Speaker, Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. Senator Charles Schumer also spoke during the hour. Both speeches reflected on King Day, Race, Unity and Service. While it is great to be reminded of those things, the speeches diverted attention from
Early New Year’s Morning, a pedestrian was struck at Rockaway Boulevard and South Conduit Avenue. He was the year’s first fatality. The 52 year old male was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene. The police have issued a video and a photograph along with a notification at the site in an attempt to identify the vehicle. On January 2 a man was fatally shot at 124th Street. Rocky Kalisaran was one of two men at the scene that suffered gunshot wounds. The second individual, identified as his brother, received a non-threatening wound to his back. They were the apparent victims of an attempted robbery. These two deaths begin 2017 on a dismal note. Especially in light of the historic crime reductio
'It was the season. Now its time to recycle those Christmas trees and make way for the new year. Mulchfest, the annual recycling of trees begins Saturday, December 31, 2016 and continues through Sunday, January 8, 2017. Individuals can drop off their tree at various NYC parks in the five boroughs. Roy Wilkins and Brookville Parks will again be participating sites. Click here for a full list of sites. Brookville Park will also be a site for chipping. On January 7th and 8th, chipping locations will collect trees and individual can pick up their very own bag of mulch. The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting curbside collections of trees from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 to Saturday, January 14, 2017 Remember to remove all lights...
Hallelujah! Drivers involved in collisions can now obtain copies of their reports electronically and with no fee. The new portal is thanks to the NYPD and City Council which introduced legislation which mandated the NYPD provide individuals access to reports online and immediately upon its preparation. Previously, individuals had to appear in person at the precinct where the collision occurred in order to obtain a copy of their report. The process was often inconvenient and involved setting aside a large portion of time. Thanks to today’s technology, officers can take reports electronically at the scene. This allows for the report to be processed in a timely fashion. Affected parties can obtain their paperwork faster and easier as
When it rains, it floods in Southeast Queens. Southeast Queens has a long standing issue with flooding. On Wednesday, December 8th, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) delivered an update regarding their Stormwater Management Plan for Southeast Queens. The City Council has made a $1.7 billion dollar investment in capital in response to rainfall and storm water flooding. The update included remarks by DEP Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza in addition to key spokesmen from the agency. DEP has specified various green and gray projects to help curtail the water. Green projects are those which use natural infrastructure: rain gardens, pond restorations and the like to assist in water collection. Those projects will help to positively...
Police officers dine at the Door Restaurant. They have shopped on Jamaica Avenue. They have also ridden in a dollar van, the legal ones of course. All this was revealed at the 113th Precinct Community Council Board monthly meeting in October. At the meeting, the Council Board took the opportunity to reintroduce to residents their Neighborhood Coordinating Officers. It’s been over a year since the 113the Precinct rolled out the New York Police Department’s Neighborhood based policing program. The program puts dedicated officers in a specific sector of the community. Neighborhood Coordinating Officers (NCO) assigned to a sector work that same neighborhood on the same shift. It increases their familiarity with local residents and their issues.&n
On Monday November 28, Congressman Gregory Meeks hosted a breakfast convening civic, clergy and community for an assessment of the of the 2016 Presidential Election. The goal was to understand what the results mean and to plot a forward direction. Donald Trump’s election win was deemed a surprise as most forecasters, pundits and pollsters predicted a Hillary Clinton win. Although Hillary won the popular vote, Trump was able to secure the necessary electoral votes. The Green Party has called for an election recount. The Congressman doesn’t expect the recount to change the overall results of Trump being the 45th President. While these types of breakfasts, typically bring together a good number of folks, this meeting was at capacity. Prior to reading
A new hotel will be erected on 115th Avenue near Guy R. Brewer Blvd. New hotels entering a community are a cause for alarm. Residents believe this newly proposed hotel will become a homeless shelter, in an area already overpopulated with them. “[It’s a] new way of getting into doing business with the city,” said Michele Keeler. Keeler is a member of Community Board 12 and some its members felt they had no notice that the hotel was being constructed. On Tuesday, November 15 residents gathered for a town hall to discuss their concerns about this proposed hotel and to strategize about ways to fight against its conversion. They enlisted the aid of residents from the Maspeth community that have put a high profile face on this issue. In addition to
Oster Bryan conceded, “I voted for Trump”. This wasn’t the only revelation which made it to the floor as residents gathered for a post Presidential election meeting. The meeting’s goal was to examine the questions regarding what led up to the election upset, where are we and what are we going to do now that there is a Trump Presidency. Panelists who attended the event included Oster Bryan, from Community First who is also a community and election activist and heads the St. Albans civic organization. Reverend Doctor Johnnie Green, Senior Pastor of Mount Neboh Baptist Church and CEO Of Mobilizing Preachers and Community and Senator James Sanders Jr. Senator Sanders hosted the event along with his colleagues, NYS Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Clyde