Category Archives: Richmond Hill

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

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

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

Neighborhood Sanitation Initiative Extended and Enhanced

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) last week announced the extension and enhancement of additional sanitation services along the commercial corridors of Council District 28 through spring 2015. A component of the Clean Streets, Safe Neighborhoods, Strong Communities initiative launched this past April, Wildcat Services Corp. will now clean these neighborhoods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Services will also be expanded to include leaf and snow removal, as well as the removal of garbage and other debris from select vacant lots and abandoned homes. … 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

Richmond Hill South Civic Hits $2 Million Coupon Mark

A couple of years ago, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) made a promise to Margaret Finnerty, president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association. The group had just celebrated reaching its goal of cutting out and collecting $1 million in coupons to send to U.S. troops serving overseas and their families. “I said, ‘If you get to two million, I’ll throw you a party,’” Miller recalled. He kept that promise on Thursday night, as Finnerty and the RHSCA celebrated reaching the … 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

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

Community Board 9 Accepting District Manager Applications

Community Board 9 is now accepting resumes from individuals interested in the district manager position. 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. “Community Board 9’s next district manager will play a critical role in ensuring that the board effectively serves the residents of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and … Continue reading

Ulrich, Communities Prep for Participatory Budgeting

While formal meetings to discuss proposals and vote are still several months in the offing, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and community leaders talked to The Forum this week about the participatory budgeting process and how it has impacted the concept of local governance. Last year, Community Board 9 was introduced to the participatory budgeting initiative—an optional “democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay … Continue reading

South Queens Lawmaker Lauds Citywide Food Drive

City food pantries received a gigantic boost to the tune of $1.32 million, thanks to the City Council.   The legislative body announced a week-long emergency food drive this week to raise resources and awareness for food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city desperately in need of replenishing. A total $1.32 million went into the Fiscal Year 2015 budget to bulk up supplies. In southern Queens, the Richmond Hill Holy Child Jesus Church partnered up with the drive, which runs from … Continue reading

Pasta Party to Benefit WRHVAC

The top portion of 78-19 Jamaica Ave. collapsed more than one year ago, but the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is still buried in the rubble.   A number of expenses have dug the volunteer group into a deep financial hole and community leaders said it might never be able to dig itself out. Elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn), state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and City Council members … Continue reading

Steady Recovery for Ozone Park Hit-And-Run Victim

A brutal 52 stitches to the stomach and severely injured back have not stopped 29-year-old Sandeep Singh, who has been on the mend since the driver of a white truck called him “Osama” before running him over late last month. Brother Navindeep Singh said his family was shocked to see the beloved father fall victim to such a hateful act in modern day New York City. He stood with city leaders in Richmond Hill last Thursday to denounce Joseph Caleca, … Continue reading

Richmond Hill Vet Relishes Top Honor

Robert Finnerty, husband of Richmond Hill South Civic President Margaret Finnerty, was elected national executive officer to represent New York with the National Disabled Veterans group. He will serve for a two-year term after already garnering experience as a past New York state commander as well as department commander. Robert also served as a commander for Chapter 118 of the DAV in Glendale. In addition to Finnerty, Nancy Rivera was also elected national executive officer to represent New York over … Continue reading