Category Archives: Ozone Park

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

DOT Studying Pedestrian Plaza for Possible Changes

Community Board 9 this week decided that it would scrap a letter it had intended to send to the city Department of Transportation regarding concerns about an Ozone Park pedestrian plaza because the agency was already conducting the study that the board would have called for in the missive. According to some area small business owners, the plaza, located on 101st Avenue at Drew Street and Liberty Avenue, has negatively impacted their bottom lines. In August, at a Borough Hall meeting … Continue reading

Build It Back Responds to Howard Beach Senior’s Sandy Dillemma

  After this newspaper last week spotlighted the seemingly unending bureaucratic saga of one Superstorm Sandy victim living in Howard Beach, it appears as though the wheels of justice, however slowly, are turning in the direction of a resolution. A representative of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency has indicated that the agency has assigned personnel to review and resolve the case of Leo Marinconz, who has lived in his storm-damaged home on 160th Avenue for 33 years. Sandy … Continue reading

Centreville Sewer Project Moving Forward After Decades of Delays

To Centreville residents, or those who live close to Albert Road in Ozone Park, the mere mention of the now 30-years-overdue sewer and infrastructure project for the area will likely be met with more than a bit of skepticism. “For me, who has been involved with this project for some 35 years, back when it first was proposed…There have been so many false start dates that I have my concerns and doubts about any new dates the city comes up … Continue reading

QueensWay Draws Raves, but Some Still Oppose Park Plan

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land this week released the much-anticipated QueensWay Plan, a study which both groups jointly characterized as “a blueprint for the QueensWay—New York City’s next great park.” The project involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch line of the Long Island Rail Road—a 3.5-mile swath of the borough, from Rego Park to Ozone Park—into a $120 million public park boasting trails and many amenities. According to the study, the QueensWay will “provide … Continue reading