Category Archives: South Ozone Park

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading

Goldfeder Secures $741K for Ozone Park, Rockaway Libraries

Libraries in Ozone Park and Rockaway will undergo long-needed renovation work, following Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s (D-Rockaway Park) announcement this week that more than $700,000 is headed the way of the two facilities. The assemblyman helped to secure $741,070 through the Public Library Construction Grant Program to help renovate the Ozone Park Community Library and the Sandy-damaged Peninsula Public Library in Rockaway Beach, he said Monday. “Our libraries play an important role in educating our children and families,” Goldfeder said. “This … Continue reading

Former State Sen. Serphin Maltese Named to Veterans Hall of Fame

Serphin “Serf” Maltese has been many things in his lifetime – including a 10-term state senator and a Queens assistant district attorney, to name just a couple. But before his career as a politician and an attorney, Maltese served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army, and this service inspired state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) to select Maltese to be inducted into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor to recognize … Continue reading

Growing tensions between Resorts World Casino and Governor’s Office?

It’s no secret that full casino gambling won’t be coming to the city anytime soon and that many in Queens – politicians, residents and especially the folks at Resorts World Casino – continue to be irked by the fact. But, some recent media reports have suggested that this wait-and-see approach to allowing full gambling in the city has caused something of a rift between Genting Group, the operators of Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, and Gov. Cuomo’s office, … Continue reading

Reduced Fare Metrocards Available to Seniors

The South Ozone Park Civic Association West will host an MTA Metrocard mobile event on Tuesday, May 27 in front of the Foch Post Office at 126-15 Foch Blvd. in South Ozone Park. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Senior citizens and individuals with disabilities will be able to obtain reduced fare Metrocards during the event. They must produce their Medicare card and photo identification to be eligible for the discount.

Goldfeder to DOT: Update All Emergency Evacuation Routes Says Current Signage is Outdated; Roads in Need of Major Repairs

State and city officials must ensure designated evacuation routes and signage are updated and regularly maintained, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) urged in letters sent to state Commissioner of Transportation Joan McDonald and city Commissioner of Transportation Polly Trottenberg. “We have made tremendous progress in our Sandy recovery, however we must not overlook the most basic necessity – which is our ability to evacuate our families quickly and safely,” Goldfeder said. “We cannot wait for another Sandy disaster to address … Continue reading

Shovels in the Ground, Casino Marks Earth Day with Tree Plantings

Resorts World Casino New York City celebrated Earth Day last Tuesday with employees planting trees around the casino, honoring the environment and greening the property with plants and flowers.

City Pushes for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard

Implementing express bus service along Woodhaven Boulevard, from Ozone Park to Elmhurst, would alleviate the traffic congestion that has long plagued one of the busiest, and most dangerous, corridors in the borough, area leaders said of the plan pushed by city Department of Transportation officials during a meeting at JHS 210 in Ozone Park last week. “Queens is the only borough without select bus service,” Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting last Thursday … Continue reading

QueensWay Calculates Next Move

With a comprehensive study still pending, the Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land said they were placing an emphasis on outreach as consultants sift through feedback collected at various community workshops in the borough. Queens has been grappling over what to make of an abandoned 3.5-mile stretch of railway that runs through Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park, with one proposal considering converting it into a 47-acre linear park and cultural … Continue reading

As reports of domestic violence increase in South Queens, police reach out to community

The number of reported domestic violence cases has increased dramatically in South Queens – but police said such a spike is only the tip of the iceberg to representing the magnitude of the crime in the area, and officers are urging victims to speak up about what they said is an epidemic that has taken root across not just the borough, but the entire country. The plea for victims to reach out – whether it’s to police or a variety … Continue reading

Build It Back Lambasted as Deeply Flawed

Sixteen months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City, some Queens residents still have not been able to return to their homes devastated in the storm because of bureaucratic red tape that is strangling them financially and emotionally, borough residents and lawmakers said this week. While thousands of people whose lives were overturned during Sandy have applied to the Build it Back program – a city initiative launched in June that is using hundreds of millions of dollars in … Continue reading

South Queens leaders slam NYRA over a ‘dangerous’ Aqueduct

After deteriorating for decades, Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park is a dangerous eyesore that is a growing concern for those in the facility and residents in the surrounding area, said state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) – who announced Monday that he is authoring a bill that would require millions of dollars for capital improvement projects at the decaying venue. “There’s currently a great race going on and, sadly, Aqueduct is finishing last,” Goldfeder said. The South Queens lawmaker … Continue reading

At Ozone Park school, remembering Roman Pirozek with memorial scholarship

Anyone who knew Roman Pirozek, Jr. understood that to say he loved flying was an understatement. The Woodhaven teen rarely went a day without operating a remote-control helicopter – and he frequently spoke about ultimately immersing himself in a career flying a plane. His world, it seemed, belonged in the air. After Pirozek died at the age of 19 in September, when he was struck by a remote-control helicopter in Calvert Vaux Park in Gravesend, Brooklyn, those who knew him … Continue reading

Spikes in flood insurance premiums could be delayed with Senate vote expected this month

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announced this week that relief could be headed the way of South Queens if legislators soon pass a bill that would delay flood insurance rates from increasing so dramatically that many civic leaders have said it would drive residents from their homes in the wake of being unable to afford skyrocketing insurance costs, creating ghost towns in coastal communities across the country. According to Schumer, the Senate is … Continue reading

NYPD on Hunt for Man Who Attempted to Rape S. Ozone Park Woman

Police are searching for a man who broke into a woman’s South Ozone Park apartment in broad daylight Friday and attempted to rape the 27-year-old at knifepoint, according to the NYPD. The attacker,described as being in his early 20s, approximately 5-foot-10, and 180 pounds, followed the woman into her building after she took out the trash around 10 a.m. Friday morning, police said. He then reportedly ordered the woman to undress while holding a knife to her throat, according to … Continue reading