Category Archives: Ozone Park

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

Winter Con Comic and Sci-Fi Showcase Debuts at Resorts World Casino

For comic and sci-fi fans who couldn’t get enough at the recent Comic Con event in Manhattan, Winter Con, the comic and sci-fi expo, landed at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park on Saturday, featuring an array of comic artists, celebrities, vendors and attendees decked-out in their favorite comic character costumes. Billed as the newest and largest such convention in the New York area, Winter Con’s inaugural event drew several thousand comic, sci-fi and cosplay (costume play) fans. Special … Continue reading

Driver Arrested in Ozone Park DWI Crash

A woman was taken into custody last Thursday after she flipped her car over while driving under the influence. The crash took place on 101st Avenue at 82nd street. Police called to the scene took the woman away after she admittedly told cops “I can’t lie. I had four drinks.” There were no other vehicles involved and no injuries were reported. John Duggan, an area resident for forty years, was outside his home at the time of the crash.  “It’s … Continue reading

New MTA Report Calls for Expansion of City Rail Capacity

A recently released Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reinvention Commission report calls for the “aggressive expansion” of the city’s rail capacity through means including the reactivation of unused rail rights-of-way. And Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week seized on the development as support for the reactivation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The report recommends seven strategies for improving transportation in the city. Among these is the recommendation for expansion of the existing transit system to meet the needs of … 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

House Explosion Rocks South Ozone Park Block

A Thanksgiving-day home explosion rocked a South Ozone Park block, sending one person to the hospital with serious burns, according to the city Fire Department. An FDNY spokesman said the 911 call for a possible explosion at a two-story private residence on 108th Street came in around 1:45 p.m. Officials determined that a gas explosion had occurred in the rear setback portion of the property. Approximately 12 units and 60 firefighters responded, with one patient being transported with serious burns … 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

Pols Push Law to Forgive FEMA Sandy Disaster-Relief Debts

  Federal elected officials, supported by state representatives, this week indicated that they would be drafting legislation to provide relief for Superstorm Sandy victims who are in debt to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Two years after the thoroughly destructive storm burst through parts of the city, including Howard Beach and the Rockaways, FEMA began issuing notices to some property owners to collect accidental overpayments. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) are leading a bipartisan … Continue reading

Ozone Park Man Busted with Massive Pill Stash

The scourge of prescription narcotics in area communities took a hit last week when police nabbed an Ozone Park man for illegally possessing 1,385 tablets and pills following a long-term investigation, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. As of press time, George Kurz, 36, was still in custody on Rikers Island after being arraigned last Thursday on first-, second-, third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges. Bail was set at $50,000, and Kurz was ordered back … Continue reading

Ideas Emerge from Initial WRBA Budgeting Session

Members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association last weekend churned out dozens of ideas during the first participatory budgeting brainstorming session. This is the fourth consecutive year that City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has let constituents decide how to spend $2 million of taxpayer money on district capital needs. Ulrich was one of the initial four council members to implement PB in 2011. “Participatory budgeting encourages a greater partnership between communities and elected representatives to find creative solutions for … Continue reading