Category Archives: Ozone Park

DOT to Scale Back 101st Avenue Pedestrian Plaza

The city Department of Transportation last week told The Forum that, after a lengthy study, the agency has decided to scale back the pedestrian plaza in Ozone Park near City Line. For months, the DOT and civic leaders have heard myriad complaints from small business owners in the area regarding the open space on 101st Avenue at Drew Street and Liberty Avenue. Many have said the plaza has greatly affected their bottom lines. According to a DOT spokesperson, the department … Continue reading

Goldfeder Calls on Cuomo to Use Part of Surplus on Rail Line

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week ramped up efforts to help fund the revitalization of the defunct Rockaway Beach Rail Line by penning a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urging him to direct a portion of the $5 billion in state dollars from the budget surplus, created by settlements and fines from major financial firms, to restore the line. Last week, Goldfeder helped detail the findings of a Queens College study that surveyed thousands of residents and researched available … Continue reading

Ulrich Honored by Helmets to Hardhats Group

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) received the Freedom Award from New York City Helmets to Hardhats this week at their second annual luncheon. The Freedom Award is the highest honor given by the organization and is awarded specifically to individuals who show exemplary service to city veterans. Helmets to Hardhats assists transitioning service members with job placement in the city’s construction industry. The organization works with 15 trade organizations citywide, representing approximately 100,000 working people. Since his appointment as Chair … Continue reading

Area Builder Using Revolutionary Eco-Friendly Materials

If you see a new home being built in Howard Beach or Ozone Park, chances are Gustavo Badolati and F1 Construction, Inc. are helming the project. And thanks to a new accord with Eco Building Products, Badolati and his crews are using environmentally friendly lumber that is shifting the way houses are framed, from the traditional to the revolutionary. “For a long time, since [Superstorm] Sandy, we’ve been looking for different ways to build and rebuild,” Badolati said last Friday … Continue reading

Mob Informant Sentenced to Time Served in Ozone Park hit

A mob informant last week was sentenced to time served—three days in federal prison—for his role in a 26-year-old hit in an Ozone Park social club that resulted in the death of his brother-in-law, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and published reports. Anthony Ruggiano, Jr., 61, last Thursday received his sentence, which also included five years of supervised release, from Judge Jack Weinstein, who according to the Daily News explained to the … Continue reading

Ulrich and Levin Announce Veterans Food Drive

The City Council announced this week kicked off a food drive in partnership with the Food Bank for New York City to collect non-perishable items and donate them to select local pantries and soup kitchens that serve veterans. The council-wide program will run from Nov. 10 through Nov. 20, with participating councilmembers collecting the food at their district offices. Roughly 30 percent of city veterans rely on emergency food supplies, according to FBNYC research. Other studies conducted nationally by the … Continue reading

Port Authority, FAA to Upgrade Noise Pollution Standards

More residents living near Kennedy and LaGuardia airports could be eligible for federal grants to pay for insulating houses from aircraft noise, if the Federal Aviation Administration adopts new standards. Recent changes to FAA flight procedures require that aircrafts fly lower along more precise paths. Therefore, while actual noise generated by aircrafts has decreased, and the number of people subject to noise has decreased somewhat, lower altitudes and “focused” noise tends to make the situation much worse for those under … Continue reading

Participatory Budgeting, Toy Drive on Agenda for WRBA Town Hall

If you plan on attending the next Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association town hall, you’d better come prepared. The first participatory budgeting brainstorming session and the Toys for Tots drive are slated for the Saturday, Nov. 15 meeting at the American Legion Hall on 91st Street. This is the community’s second year of involvement in the budgeting process; City Councilman Eric Ulrich has earmarked $1 million that will be allocated to projects for which residents will vote.  Residents will come up … Continue reading

CB 9 District Manager Applications to be Reviewed After Deadline

The deadline to apply for Community Board 9’s district manager position is Nov. 7; and as one board member indicated to The Forum, all applications will not be reviewed until after said deadline has passed. The board, which serves Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, has been searching for candidates since longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced her retirement in August. As of Oct. 1, the position has been vacant. According to a CB 9 spokesman, the … Continue reading

Fun for All Ages at Fall Festival

Residents of Tudor Village and surrounding communities on Saturday were treated to a Fall Festival at Addabbo Playground, organized by the Parks Department and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Parents and kids of all ages enjoyed a bounce house, t-ball, a blow-up funhouse, ski ball and a DJ provided by Speedo the Clown Agency. The festival also featured four crafts tables of bracelet and beadmaking, face painting, maskmaking and Crayola drawing tables. The Parks Department brought a little country … Continue reading

Addabbo, Jr. Seeking Fourth Term in State Senate

With the midterm elections less than a week away, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is hoping that he can turn his three-term run in the 15th District into an even four. Addabbo, 50, who served seven years on the City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2008, has the decided advantage of name recognition over his relatively unknown GOP challenger, Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro, who was urged to run against Addabbo by City Councilman Eric … Continue reading

Officials Pledge Aid and Assistance to Veterans

Borough veterans and family members last Wednesday packed American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven for a town-hall meeting featuring updates on health, employment and family services at the city, state and federal levels. City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) organized the evening’s panel of veterans’ organizations; holding it in Queens because it is home to 46,000 veterans, the largest such population in the five boroughs. Miller said he is pushing three bills through the Assembly, … Continue reading

New Book Spotlights MTA ‘Art Museum’

The next time you find yourself at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, take a quick look around. You might catch a driver or bus passenger or pedestrian heading north on the boulevard craning their neck toward the elevated subway station and that mysterious face that has stood sentinel over the roadway for more than 20 years. And thanks to a new book that features the 250 permanent works of art throughout the city’s vast transportation network, curious … Continue reading

DOT May Install Speed Bumps at Tudor Village Problem Spots

As city officials prepare to enforce the latest element of the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero transit-safety initiative—reducing the default speed limit to 25 miles per hour from 30 mph—residents of Tudor Village this week learned that speed bumps may soon be installed on a street that many have considered dangerous for decades. In response to long-standing concerns raised by residents over frequent traffic accidents in the area, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) wrote a letter to city Department of … Continue reading

Pols, Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Borough

With the push for a permanent Rockaway ferry still dominating the south Queens transportation conversation, elected officials and transit advocacy groups this week rallied on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring high-quality bus rapid transit to a patch of the borough that historically has been bereft of public transit options. City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) hosted the Tuesday morning event, announcing support from fellow councilmembers and bus riders, and unveiling a “BRT For … Continue reading