Category Archives: Maspeth

UPS rescinds 250 terminations in Maspeth

The mood shifted from rage to rejoicing exactly one week after a crowd stomped on the steps of City Hall and demanded the United Parcel Service undo the firing of 250 Maspeth workers. UPS agreed to take back the pink slips and instead slap the workers with a two-week suspension without pay, a spokeswoman for the company said. “UPS has chosen to settle the matter in order to return to normal operations at the site,” she said. The company argued … Continue reading

Two longtime CB 5 members will not return: Crowley

Long-serving, and now former, members of Queens’ Community Board 5 were let go this week – and some argued it was in the name of political revenge. Manuel “Manny” Caruana of Maspeth dedicated a decade to CB 5 as a volunteer board member and was notified last week that he would not be returning in a letter from City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who ran and won against Caruana’s nephew, Craig Caruana, in November. While the letter did not … Continue reading

Crowley Helps Cops Put Graffiti Vandal in Cuffs

This graffiti enthusiast messed with the wrong group. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) saw her district office vandalized back in January with graffiti scrawled along one of the walls. But both she and her office remained persistent in pursuing those responsible, and the 104th Precinct announced the arrest of 30-year-old Michael Mestric on Friday and charged him with 30 acts of vandalism. “We said we would get to the bottom of this recent vandalism in Middle Village, and we … Continue reading

Pope John Paul II immortalized on Maspeth street

Just weeks before his name is added to a list of canonized saints, Pope John Paul II’s legacy was made permanent in Maspeth’s pavement. Community leaders and elected officials gathered outside the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on 56th Road Sunday afternoon to co-name the street Pope John Paul II Way. It was inside that same church where the saint-to-be formerly known as Cardinal Karol Wojtyła slept over for several nights in September 1969, church officials said, making that part … Continue reading

City Officials Threaten to Cut $43M Contract After UPS Fires 20 Employees

City and state officials fired back against the United Parcel Service’s firing of 20 Queens drivers this week by threatening to cut a public contract with the company worth millions of dollars, as well as severing other deals saving UPS serious cash. The delivery service notified 250 of its workers of their pending termination last month and passed out its first 20 pink slips last Monday, with potentially more to follow. City Public Advocate Letitia James helped lead a booming … Continue reading

City pols threaten to pull plug on UPS contracts

City and state officials fired back against the United Parcel Service’s firing of 20 Queens drivers this week by threatening to cut contracts that save the company tons of cash. The delivery service notified 250 of its workers of their pending termination last month and passed out its first 20 pink slips on Monday, with potentially more to follow. City Public Advocate Letitia James helped lead a booming rally on the steps of City Hall Thursday morning in protest of … Continue reading

City to Test Organic Waste Program in Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village

Select homes along existing garbage truck routes in central and mid Queens will become part of the city’s optional organics collection pilot program starting in June, the Sanitation Department told residents at last week’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting. The city started offering curbside collection of organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, to some schools and other institutions in 2012 and announced residential tests would begin in parts of Glendale on June 2 and sections of Maspeth … Continue reading

UPS fires 20 Maspeth workers for February walkout

  The United Parcel Service provided 20 Maspeth employees with pink slips this week with potentially more to come, the company said. Workers staged several protests, including a walkout Feb. 26, in response to what they say was an unjustified firing of 24-year driver Jairo Reyes that same month. UPS fired back with threats of termination to nearly 250 employees and followed through this week after firing 20 employees and not ruling out more in the near future. “We have … Continue reading

CEC 24 Slams City Over PS 229 Bus Problems

PS 229 parents in Woodside are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to find a new solution to an old problem. Community Education Council 24 met Tuesday night to revisit an issue that started in 2010 when the city first revoked yellow bus service from some elementary students at the Woodside school, sparking outrage among parents and educators. Members of the council asked members of the Office of Pupil Transportation to sway de Blasio’s new administration to reconsider their pleas … Continue reading

NYPD: Maspeth teacher accused of having sex with student

A Maspeth teaching assistant was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old boy who attended the school, the Police Department said. Clara Somodi, 39, was arrested last Thursday around 1 a.m. after the student pegged her as his alleged girlfriend in a conversation with a speech therapist at the Walter Reed School, PS 9, at 58-74 57th Ave., police said. She has since been suspended without pay and the student was enrolled to receive counseling, a spokeswoman for the Education … Continue reading

$25M Sewer Project Will Bring Much-Needed Flooding Relief, Leaders Say

Millions of new city dollars will help Elmhurst, Maspeth and Middle Village better manage the flooding problems that have long plagued the communities, the city Department of Environmental Protection said. DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced last week that the city is set to begin a $25 million infrastructure upgrade that is expected to increase sewer capacity and leave the Queens neighborhoods less prone to flooding. The work was slated to begin in the spring with an estimated finish date in … Continue reading

Maspeth workers rally to save hundreds of jobs at UPS site

The United Parcel Service’s self-proclaimed “appropriate and justifiable action” of firing nearly 250 employees sparked protests outside its Maspeth facility Friday with elected officials and union leaders who thought otherwise. Disputes arose after UPS fired Jairo Reyes, a company driver for 24 years, last month. Workers with Teamsters Local 804 argued that Reyes was not given a proper termination hearing, as stated in his contract, and 248 of them walked out on the job for about 90 minutes in protest … Continue reading

Fresh Pond Pet Shop Accused of Neglect

Allegations of animal abuse and neglect inside a Maspeth pet shop spurred the 104th Precinct to investigate. Police Capt. Christopher Manson,, commanding officer of the 104th, said officers were sent to the Fresh Pond Pet Shop at 60-77 Fresh Pond Rd. after receiving several reports of animals being left without food or water, or being held in unsanitary conditions. But upon arriving, Manson said there were no apparent signs of neglect. “We had gotten word that there was a pet … Continue reading

Ridgewood Residents Divided Over Residential Development Proposal

Plans to create an upscale apartment building in the heart of Ridgewood put some residents at odds with one another at a rowdy rezoning public hearing. There was a clear divide among those who spoke at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting. While some Ridgewood residents said the 176 Woodward Ave. apartment proposal would help uplift a community eyesore, others sounded off against a complex they felt would only cater to the more financially comfortable. Aufgang Architects designed the proposal … Continue reading

CB 5 Lambasts Knockdown Center’s Liquor License

Maspeth’s Knockdown Center took a serious blow after Community Board 5 members largely opposed an application for a liquor license there. The community board met last Wednesday to mull over the application for a cabaret liquor license submitted to the State Liquor Authority, drawing resident resentment and fears of turning Maspeth into a madhouse. If approved, the Knockdown Center, an arts facility at 52-19 Flushing Ave. that hosts such events as concerts and flea markets, would be permitted to sell … Continue reading