Category Archives: Lindenwood

Goldfeder Calls for DOT Study at ‘High-Risk’ Lindenwood Intersections

An area elected official this week sent a letter to the city Department of Transportation, calling on the agency to conduct a comprehensive study of traffic patterns in Lindenwood and make pedestrian-safety improvements to “high-risk” intersections in the Howard Beach neighborhood. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) issued the missive to DOT Acting Queens Borough Commissioner Jeff Lynch, citing constituent complaints and concern from civic leaders about the “dangerous” roadways. Goldfeder referred to poor pedestrian visibility at the service ramps to … Continue reading

Bring Property Tax Workshops to Sandy Communities: Goldfeder

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week asked the city Department of Finance to add additional workshops in Howard Beach and the Rockaways to accommodate Sandy-impacted homeowners concerned with their property taxes. According to the Finance website, two Notice of Property Value workshops and Tax Commission public briefings are scheduled for Queens—both in Jamaica later this month. In a letter to Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha, Goldfeder urged the agency to schedule hearings in both Howard Beach and the Rockaways to … Continue reading

Even with Aid from FEMA Program, Dramatic Drop in Flood Insurance Rates Extremely Unlikely: City

Responding to a report in last week’s Forum detailing a federal program that could help reduce flood insurance rates in affected areas of the city, the de Blasio administration characterized possible dramatic discounts as extremely unlikely. Last week, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to enroll the city in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of families. Communities enrolled in … Continue reading

FEMA Program Could Drastically Cut Homeowner Flood Insurance Rates

For residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas, there may be light on the water-logged horizon. That’s because a little-known Federal Emergency Management Agency program could help dramatically reduce flood insurance premiums for affected homeowners. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to enroll the city in FEMA’s Community Rating System to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of families. Communities enrolled in CRS can reduce household premiums by up to 45 percent through community … Continue reading

Six New Officers Join 106th Precinct

Six rookie officers fresh out of the Police Academy and assigned to the 106th Precinct have already begun working the streets of south central Queens.  State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently addressed the officers, noting that “Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority. Jobs like that are … Continue reading

Amendment 8 Plan Outlines How City Will Use Grant Money for Sandy Recovery

With the arrival of the third allocation of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds—a little more than $994 million—the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency last week began to roll out the city’s strategy for how to use the money, and solicit public comment from residents and business owners. Every time the city receives additional CDBG-DR funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it must update its Action Plan to describe how the funds will be … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Sandy: Still Beating on Us, but Not Breaking Us Down

The Forum has spent the last couple of weeks reviewing 2014 and reflecting on some of the big stories that have impacted our community over the course of the year. As many do, we use the new year to look at what happened in our past and how it might affect our future. When we have the chance to actually see the year in articles and photographs, laid out before us in a distinct timeline, the perspective is somewhat enhanced. … Continue reading

Emergency Evacuation Route Signage to Get Overhaul

In October 2012, residents evacuating Superstorm Sandy were directed by emergency personnel to one area, while signs clearly indicated another.  Confusion ensued.  Those evacuation signs have not been updated since. This week the Office of Emergency Management announced the planned installation of new, corrected emergency evacuation route signage throughout southern Queens and Rockaway. The installation will be handled by the city’s Department of Transportation and is expected to occur before next summer. Last May, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) sent … Continue reading

Civic, Goldfeder Post Blue Ribbons Supporting NYPD

In an effort to memorialize two slain city police officers and show continued support for the NYPD, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) on Monday posted large blue ribbons along Cross Bay Boulevard. The ribbons have become a somber symbol of a city mourning the deaths of Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were ambushed and gunned down in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a crazed assailant who took his own life immediately after … Continue reading

Cop of the Month Thwarts Thief, Gets Gun off 106th Precinct Streets

With one arrest, the 106th Precinct Cop of the Month for November stopped a robbery in progress and took an illegal handgun off the street. According to Dep. Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, veteran Police Officer Andres Gonzalez and Sgt. Joseph Mascia were in plainclothes, working Anticrime in an unmarked vehicle when the radio chirped about a 911 call regarding a possible burglary at a private residence on Lefferts Boulevard. Gonzalez and Mascia responded to … Continue reading

Civic Fetes Finnerty, Holidays at Final 2014 Meeting

The Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic last week marked its final meeting of 2014, and the retirement of Margaret Finnerty from her position as family advocate for School District 27, with a holiday party at St. Helen Catholic Academy. HBL Civic President Joann Ariola (r.) presented Finnerty, who is also the president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, with an Appreciation of Service Award from HBLC and all of the communities of Community Board 10. “Margaret Finnerty is a model to … Continue reading

DOT Repairs Conduit Fences Near School

  The Department of Transportation has begun work to repair gaps in the fences along North and South Conduit Avenues near Middle School 202 in Ozone Park, after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) wrote a letter calling on the agency to do something about the problem. Students were using the fence holes as shortcuts to cross dangerous highways, and in his letter, Goldfeder stressed that the situation was an accident waiting to happen. “No parent should have to send their … Continue reading

DOT, MTA Continue to Engage Communities on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

The latest stop for the two agencies tasked with implementing Bus Rapid Transit in communities across the five boroughs was Borough Hall on Tuesday morning, where city Department of Transportation and New York City Transit Authority officials presented the possible plans for BRT along the Cross Bay Boulevard-Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Addressing the Borough Cabinet, Eric Beaton, DOT director of Transit Development, and Robert Thompson, manager of Long-Range Bus Planning at NYCTA, detailed the concept of BRT and how it might … Continue reading

City Marks Safest August — November Period in Modern Crime-Statistics Era

Following his landslide election victory a little over year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to improve police-community relations across the city, which he believed had been frayed, in part, by an overzealous Bloomberg administration that relied too much on the tactic known as Stop, Question and Frisk. And De Blasio said he knew the perfect man for the job—former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. It seems that that choice has paid large dividends in the administration’s first year. De Blasio … Continue reading

Oh Rats!

  In an effort to combat growing rodent infestations in the community, particularly around Sandy-damaged properties, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Howard Beach) has called on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to do a comprehensive inspection of abandoned properties and other problem areas in the community; and to place rat traps and rodenticides to curb the growing health emergency.   Joann Ariola, President of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic, described a particular area under the Belt … Continue reading