Category Archives: Ozone Park

Bowling in Ozone Park for a Cause

Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens on Sunday afternoon were joined by elected officials at Cozy Bowl in Ozone Park to knock down some pins and raise funds for veterans, including helping recently discharged post-Sept. 11 service members with transitioning back into civilian life. “For over 100 years, the Rotarians have led on important issues to truly make a difference around the world,” said City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). “Post 9/11 veterans deal with complex issues reintegrating back into … 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

Community Board 9 DM Search Down to Five Candidates

The Community Board 9 District Manager Search Committee last Thursday evening whittled down the candidate pool to five from 11. These applicants have advanced to the interview stage: Scott Wolff, Lisa Gomes, James McClelland, Beryl Nyack and Joann Ariola. In a meeting at Borough Hall, each member of the 12-person collective gathered around a table and reviewed the applications and resumes of all candidates. In a voting system, the applicants who received the most tallies moved on to the next … 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

DA’s Office Will Use Grant Money to Address Automobile Crimes

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week announced that his office has successfully secured a significant grant from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help combat vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The $556,000 award is part of a $3.7 million grant package that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will be distributed to 17 agencies and organizations across the state for the purpose of enhancing their efforts in reducing the two crimes. The Queens DA’s Office received the largest grant—with … Continue reading

A Call to Serve Those Who Have Served

Rotary club members of Queens and Brooklyn, nonprofit leaders, government representatives and elected officials on Tuesday evening gathered for dinner at Prima Pasta Cafe in Howard Beach to discuss issues affecting veterans and share ideas on how to better serve those who have served the country. Speakers included state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach); Yvette Cintron of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Jason Hansman, director of external program relations at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and City Councilman … Continue reading

Former TSA Screener Convicted of Stealing Cash from Passengers

A former Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport was convicted last week of grand larceny and other charges for stealing $10,000 cash from two passengers traveling in December 2011 and January 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Alexandra Schmid, 34, of Brooklyn, was convicted last Wednesday following a nearly four-week bench trial before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Joel Blumenfeld, who found her guilty of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading

Goldfeder: New ‘e-cycleNYC’ Doesn’t Consider Seniors

Beginning Jan. 1, it will be unlawful to use curbside trash collection as a means to dispose of certain electronic equipment by any individual or household. This is the third and final phase of the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act law, governing annual statewide recycling, passed in 2010. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) has written a letter to Department of Sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia to urge that the agency’s new e-cycle NYC electronics recycling program be adjusted … Continue reading

Five-Alarm Fire Rips Through Top Floor of Ozone Park Apartment Building

A five-alarm fire last Thursday afternoon tore through the top floor of a four-story apartment building in Ozone Park, injuring five and leaving some residents homeless this holiday season. It took more than 200 firefighters nearly two and a half hours to bring the blaze under control, according to a Fire Department spokesman. The first of 44 FDNY units arrived on the scene on 97th Street near 103rd Avenue around 4:20 p.m. The fire, which is still under investigation, was … Continue reading

Graffiti Removal Initiative Declared Success

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the Queens Economic Development Corporation this week touted the success of their joint graffiti removal initiative implemented this past October. For FY2015, Ulrich allotted $25,000 in discretionary funds to QEDC to eliminate graffiti at six major corridors:  Woodhaven Boulevard, Jamaica Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, 101st Avenue, Liberty Avenue, and Rockaway Boulevard. According the NYPD, graffiti complaints are on the rise in New York City.  There have already been over 4,000 complaints this year, up about … 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

Goldfeder ‘Deeply Disappointed’ with Funding of QueensWay Park Proposal

An area elected official this week said he was “deeply disappointed” with the state Regional Economic Development Council’s recent decision to grant funding for the QueensWay park proposal on the Rockaway Beach Rail Line right-of-way, but vowed to continue the fight to reactivate the abandoned line. Reacting to last Thursday’s news that the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization working to create parks, had been tapped by the REDC to receive more than $443,000 to design the first … Continue reading

Six-Car Crash in Woodhaven Leaves Nine Injured

Vincent Leone has just come out of the woods after spending several days in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center following a massive, six-car accident on Woodhaven Boulevard near Atlantic Avenue last Saturday evening. The 51-year-old Ozone Park resident was one of nine people who suffered injuries as result of the crash, which occurred around 6:15 p.m. on the northbound side of the boulevard. A source who was on the scene within minutes of the accident said he observed … Continue reading

Ulrich, Catholic Charities Seniors Deliver Knits to Veterans

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Chair of the Veterans Committee, joined seniors from Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Ozone Park Senior Center this week for a visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs – St. Albans Community Living Center in Jamaica, Queens. Seniors from the Catholic Charities Knitting Club have been making hats and scarves for St. Albans Veterans every year for a number of years – but this time, they wanted to make the delivery in person.  Councilman Ulrich … 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