Borough president now accepting applications to join community board

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Here’s your chance to get involved with your local community.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is now accepting applications from community-minded people to serve on their local community board. Glendale is represented by Community Board 5.

Community boards play an advisory role, contributing to land use and zoning decisions, city budget priorities and public hearings on a variety of local neighborhood issues.

Each board meets a full meeting monthly, and members also participate in individual committees, which host regular meetings.

“Government works better when we have active and engaged members from whom to draw expansive knowledge and extensive life experiences,” Katz said. “Serving on a community board is a significant commitment, demanding in both time and energy.”

“Civic-minded residents interested in playing a larger role in the governance of the city, helping to ensure the delivery of municipal services and serving Queens families and neighborhoods are encouraged to apply.”

The community board membership application is available online at www.queensbp.org/community-boards.

The application deadline for new and current community board members is January 12, 2018.

The two-year term of service begins on April 1, 2018.

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Life-Size BQX Prototype Unveiled

Today, November 13th, the prototype of a new potential method of transportation connecting Brooklyn and Queens was revealed. The model BQX was unveiled at the New Lab technology space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The line would run 14 miles along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park.

Executive Director of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, Ya-Ting Liu advocated for the new line saying, “…now is the moment to move forward with this transformative project to connect hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, including over 40,000 public housing residents, to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation along the route.”  

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams believes this train will solve the lack of interconnectedness between the two areas. “Everyone is on board, for the most part, with the concept that we need better transportation from waterfront to inland.”

Despite these benefits, some concerns among residents still exist. The fact that the train would not be connected to the MTA and would therefore require its own fare was one of the concerns. The project could be completed as early as 2024.

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Looks Like Holden Wins Glendale Council Seat

In an epic turnaround, after getting only 36% of the votes in the September Democratic Primary Election in the 30th Council District, it appears civic activist Robert Holden has turned the tables on incumbent, Glendale resident, Elizabeth Crowley as the board of elections has their count at 10,221 votes for Holden and 10,088 votes for Crowley by late Tuesday evening. A source close to the board of elections reported to us that there are 400 to 500 absentee ballots not yet counted, but he noted that it appears Holden was the one who focused on an absentee ballot program, not Crowley.

After that September democratic primary race, the Queens Republican Party took their ballot designee off the November ballot and replaced him with Holden, who got 8,457 votes on that line. Holden also received more than 1400 votes on the Conservative line and 140 votes o the ‘Dump deBlasio line.

Holden obviously hit a nerve for voters while campaigning on a platform charging Crowley was corrupt, school kids need to have priority to get into their local High School and stopping Mayor deBlasio from destroying the district. He claimed the Mayor and Crowley want to close Rikers Island, eventually putting jails in our neighborhoods. Holden was out front in the protest at the Maspeth Holiday Inn as it was being used as a homeless shelter, blaming Crowley for not doing enough to protect the neighborhood from the mayor’s homelesss plan. Late in the campaign it was noted that Holden had a hefty social media campaign, targeted digital text messaging and hyper-targeted mailings to get his message across.

If the numbers hold as they are now, Holden, a lifelong democrat, and president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, will be that rare breed of true civic activist – turned politician, a good sign for helping protect the character of the neighborhood in a city which is turning more centralized by the minute.

While down-zoning, getting more officers in the 104th precinct and enforcing traffic laws are on the top of Holden’s to-do list his first real decision might be his political party affiliation.

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Firefighter William Tolley Way coming to Glendale

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Glendale is honoring one of its fallen heroes by permanently affixing his name on a city street where he made a difference everyday.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced that 66th Place between Myrtle and Cooper avenues will be co-named “Firefighter William Tolley Way.”

As you may recall, Tolley was a member of Glendale’s Myrtle Turtles firehouse, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY. He was tragically killed in the line of duty while helping to contain a fire in Ridgewood.

His loss was immediately felt not only in Glendale and the surrounding neighborhoods, but also in Long Island, where he lived with his young family.

“Firefighter Tolley dedicated his life to public service. No matter the task, he put others before himself, and paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our community,” Crowley said. “We will never forget his sacrifice and his legacy will live on through this street co-naming.”

The date of the co-naming ceremony will be announced soon. Stay tuned.

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Crowley wants to downzone all of District 30

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If you feel Ridgewood and its surrounding neighborhoods are being threatened by overdevelopment and the g-word (gentrification), here’s a bit of good news.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley has requested the Department of City Planning begin a process to downzoning her district, including Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.

Earlier this month, Community Board 5 already passed a proposal to downzone portions of Ridgewood.

Local residents are weary about the ongoing conversions from single-family homes to two-family rowhouses.

“Today’s significant development pressures are creating new construction that is out of scale in our local communities,” Crowley said. “The Department of City Planning must take another comprehensive look at the district. It is our goal to find ways to maintain the existing built from and to ensure real-world impacts related to parking, traffic and schools are fully considered.”

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Voter Guide for NYC Local Elections on November 7th

The NYC local city office elections on November 7th are rapidly approaching and New Yorkers need to get informed!
In order to ensure this education, Vote NYC announced the broadcast schedule for the city’s official nonpartisan Video Voter Guide ! The guide contains statements from each candidate about their stances and plans for the city. The video edition of the guide began airing Sunday, October 29th and will be on every night at 7pm (4pm on election night) from now until the election on the NYC Gov station (see channel depending on carrier below).

NYC Gov Channels and Carriers
Spectrum (TWC)….74
Verizon FiOS……….1960 HD | 24 SD
Cablevision…………74
RCN…………………..81
Over the Air (Broadcast)……….25.2

The video guide will also air on borough-based public access stations; check local listings for time and dates on BRIC, QPTV, MNN, and BronxNet.

The Voter Guide information can also be found online at voting.nyc as well as in print when it is delivered to every household with registered voters in the five boroughs.

Aspects of daily life such as affordable living and public schools will be affected by these local elections so make sure to learn about the candidates and get out there and vote!

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Have a safe Halloween at the 104th Precinct

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The 104th Precinct is looking to create a safe space for children this Halloween.

The precinct will transform into a Halloween Open House. Kid will be able to trick-or-treat at the building as well as have the chance to meet their local police officers.

The event runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The precinct is located at 64-02 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood. The 104th Precinct  serves the western section of Queens, containing Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth.

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Update on donations drive for Puerto Rico

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Thanks to the generosity of local residents, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley collected donations of toiletries, water, diapers, batteries and First Aid kits for the people of Puerto Rico.

Girl Scout Troop 4381 visited the councilwoman in her Glendale office and brought some of their own donations.

Crowley dropped off donations to the Jamaica Street Armory, and it’ll be shipped off with more items to the island.

“The devastation in Puerto Rico brought an unimaginable hardship to the entire island,” she said. “We knew we had to open our own doors once the storm hit so we could collect as many donations as possible. This is a community effort, and it affects everyone.”

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