Glendale slated for long-awaited lighting in 2015

Screen-Shot-2014-12-30-at-4.08.34-PM1After over a decade of waiting, the new year will finally shed some new light on Glendale.

Residents in a portion of eastern Glendale will receive new decorative lighting in 2015 to illuminate their streets at night.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo said he has been in conversation with the Department of Transportation (DOT) about the project, called the Parkside Decorative Street Lighting Project, since his election to office in 2009.

After their most recent discussion, DOT approved the project, which will install teardrop-style lampposts on Dovan, Rutledge, Aubrey, 74th and 75th Avenues between Woodhaven Boulevard and Union Turnpike.

Some existing streetlights will also be replaced with “Type F” lampposts with stronger LED lighting.

“Our city streets are a constant reminder of our history, but sometimes they need a little upgrade,” Senator Addabbo said. “These decorative lights will greatly improve the décor of the neighborhood as well as increase residents’ safety.”

The funding for the project was secured by former State Senator Serphin Maltese and protected by Addabbo until the project was approved.

The new lampposts will be installed this Spring.

“Not only will the new lighting be pleasing to look at, it will be pleasing to feel safe under the bright lights after dark,” Addabbo said. “Though of course we must continue to be aware of our surroundings, these new streetlights can bring a sense of ease to my constituents.”

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The day the nation looked to Glendale

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 10.29.46 AMA historic event in our nation’s history took place in Glendale on Saturday, as the entire country eavesdropped on a family’s grief on Myrtle Avenue. We witnessed an outpouring of emotion for the family of Rafael Ramos and for the NYPD.

Over 25,000 uniformed officers from around the country descended on our town, as Myrtle Avenue and streets leading up to Cypress Hills Cemetery turned into a sea of blue.

Never have we seen the magnitude of national solidarity and support of our police as Saturday in Glendale. In numbers and spirit, one couldn’t help but feel uniformed officers were showing the world that they can’t be broken.

Even the assassination of two of their brothers won’t deter their calling to protect and serve. “We will stand tall with heavy hearts,” said one officer who lined Cooper Avenue on Saturday.

Frank Kotnik, president of the Glendale-104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol, had 30 cars and 36 volunteers at the event. He recalled his reaction as he stood looking west on Myrtle Avenue from 70th Street.

“At 2 p.m. there was a wall of blue from storefront to storefront across Myrtle Avenue that was one of the most amazing sights I’ve ever seen,” he said. “It was a historic day for Glendale indeed.”

Full story at the Glendale Register

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Saturday parking restrictions during funeral for Officer Ramos in Glendale

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 4.59.56 PMDue to funeral services for Officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on Myrtle Avenue off Cypress Hills Street:

Street Closed (No Parking)

  • Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Cooper Avenue
  • 67th Street between Myrtle and Cooper avenues
  • 67th Place between Myrtle and Cooper avenues

Street Open (No Parking)

  • Central Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Place
  • Otto Road between Cypress Hills Street and 69th Place
  • Metropolitan Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and 73rd Place
  • Stop N Shop Parking Lot will also be utilized for parking
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Glendale Man Arrested After ‘Cop Threatening Conversation’ Overheard – Stash of Guns Found in His Edsall Ave. Home

NYPD photo of the weapon and armor stash

NYPD photo of the weapon and armor stash

Elvin Payamps, a man who lived on Edsall Avenue, was overheard on a cell phone conversation Wednesday, December 24, at the Middle Village TD Bank on Metropolitan Avenue at 80th Street. Police are not saying who he was talking to, but he was overheard talking about  killing a ‘white’ cop before Christmas. A man, who witnesses say was a retired police Seargent, overheard Payamps and approached a bank employee to tell him what he had heard. The retired cop called 911 and police arrived within 3 minutes.  According to a bank employee, the man, Elvin Payamps, a 38-year-old Glendale man, was quite familiar to all the bank employees at the branch. “He sent a creepy chill through the bank floor every time he walked in,” said the employee who asked not to be identified.

After police put out a description of the suspect, he was picked up at Metro Mall, where police arrested him in his car.

Police then went to his house in Glendale on Edsall Avenue, off 72 Street, across from the rail line. In the house police report that they found guns.

“We had thought this guy could have been in a gang or something,” said a witness at the bank. “Today the good guys came out on top. I’m glad they got this guy. Something real bad could have happened,” she said.

Payamps is currently being held on 500,000 bail.

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Funeral service for slain NYPD officer to be held in Glendale

2-photoscopsVisitation for NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, will be held on Fri., Dec. 26 at Christ Tabernacle Church, located at 64-34 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale, from 2 to 9 p.m.

Ramos was shot to death along with his partner Wenjian Liu, 32, while the two were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill near the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 20.

The Ridgewood resident joined the NYPD just three years ago. Before that, he worked for 14 years at Airborne Express/DHL and also as a safety officer at Rocco Laurie School on Staten Island from 2009 to 2012.

Ramos also attended Faith Evangelical College and Seminary in Washington State with plans of one day becoming a chaplain.

Funeral service will be held at Christ Tabernacle Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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Orchard and Grand food kiosk now hiring in Atlas Park

From now through the end of the year, the Orchard and Grand hotdog kiosk in Atlas Park, located at 8000 Cooper Ave., is hiring a new store manager, assistant manager and two brand ambassadors.

The job responsibilities include….
Responsibilities:
• Interact with consumers throughout the display footprint / kiosk
• Work with 3 other employees within the kiosk
• Effectively communicate product features to consumers
• Engage consumers to sample product
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
• Must be at least 18 years of age or older
• Ability to work as a team member while being courteous, friendly and outgoing
• Must represent Mattson Resources and our client Street side in a professional, positive manner
• Promotional, food service background is highly desirable
• Technologically experienced, must own a smartphone
• Must be able to use hands to finger, handle or feel
• Must be able to use eye sight to focus, use close and color vision, use distance, peripheral, and distance and depth vision

Orchard and Grand is an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V and maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment screenings.

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Addabbo meets with DHS and city to discuss alternative to Glendale homeless shelter

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 1.36.37 PMState Senator Joseph Addabbo announced today that he met with Department of Homeless Services (DHS) commissioner Gilbert Taylor and NYC Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios to discuss the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.

“It is my hope we can still find an alternative use for the warehouse on Cooper Avenue and avoid packing in such a large number of homeless families at that inappropriate site,” Addabbo said in a statement following the meeting. “As the new year approaches, I appreciate the efforts of DHS and city officials to hear our community’s concerns, and those of my fellow colleagues in government, as well as possibly considering discussions focusing on other future options for the property.”

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New Glendale deli gets some much-needed parking

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 4.08.47 PMWhen the owners of the new L&A Gourmet Deli cut the ribbon on their new family-run corner store at 79-51 Myrtle Ave. back in April, they immediately noticed that parking in the neighborhood was scarce, especially the strip of spaces in front the of store marked with a “No Parking Anytime” sign.

After local State Senator Joseph Addabbo and State Assemblyman Mike Miller combined forces to send a request to Delila Hall, the Queens Borough Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), the Glendale business now has 2-hour, metered parking on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends in front of their store.

“With this parking allowance, customers don’t have to park blocks away from the stores there on Myrtle Avenue. This created a convenient option for patrons and hopefully encourages them to visit the local stores more often,” Addabbo said. “I’m appreciative that Assemblymember Miller and I were able to get this done for the store owners and for the community.”

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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley proposes housing subsidies at a State Senate hearing

Earlier this afternoon, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley stood before a joint hearing of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Social Service and the Assembly Standing Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation to call on the state to invest in housing subsidies and break away from the current shelter system.

Crowley’s full testimony is below:

My name is Elizabeth Crowley, and I am the New York City Council Member for the 30th District, representing the Queens neighborhoods of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, and parts of Woodside and Woodhaven.

New York City is currently facing what can only be called a “crisis.” As of today, there are over 58,000 individuals living just in New York City shelters alone, and that number is climbing each and every day. With thousands more homeless New Yorkers not even in shelters, but living on the streets, our City is currently experiencing levels of homelessness not seen in a generation.

I commend our state legislature for holding today’s hearing, for committing $30 million in this year’s budget to support homeless services, and for allowing New York City to access Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program funding to keep struggling families in their homes and out of shelters.

If we are serious about addressing this crisis, we need to be providing immediate help to families in the form of rental subsidies and permanent affordable housing.

The sharp increase in New York City’s homeless population is no accident. It began happening precisely after the state cut funding to the rental subsidy Advantage program, prompting the City to follow suit and close the program all together.

Programs like Advantage represented exactly the right approach to tackling homelessness. Through Advantage, families were provided with up to two years of rent subsidies to help participants get back on their feet, as long as they worked at least 20 hours a week and covered 30% to 40% of their rent.

At the time of the program’s elimination in spring 2011, over 18,700 New Yorkers people made up the 6,482 households that were receiving rent subsidies – with the City shelter population just under 40,000. The City DHS Commissioner even attested that over 90% of those who completed the subsidy period remained in the community and out of shelters.

In just a few short years since the end of this subsidy, the homeless population has increased nearly 50% and, just as City administration officials warned when the state funding was cut, the City has moved to open dozens of new homeless shelter to accommodate the population.

One of the proposed sites for a new shelter is right in the heart of a very residential portion of my district, on land that myself and other community advocates have been working to transform into a school to relieve the record overcrowding in our school district.

Shelters like the $27 million Samaritan Village project proposed in my district, in a building that would take years to rehabilitate, does not meet the immediate need for our City’s homeless population and places an undue burden on our community.

Mayor de Blasio has committed to preserve and create 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next 10 years. He has also introduced an $80 million proposal to reintroduce rental subsidies for hundreds of families facing homelessness.

Sadly, this is still not enough money to significantly reduce homelessness in New York. That is why New York State must reinstate a strong commitment to housing subsidies in New York City. By working with the City, we need to revive a robust voucher program that will responsibly fulfill our legal and moral obligation to house all New Yorkers.

As the legislature today weighs the depth of our homelessness crisis, I urge all my colleagues in state government to understand the sustainable solutions. Building more shelters anywhere in New York City is not one of them. Unless we do more to address the exploding homeless population at its root, I fear for the well-being of thousands of needy New Yorkers, and for communities already struggling to serve it existing residents.

Thank you for your time.

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