December, 2011


Ban hydrofracking in New York state

The sneaky ways the big oil companies are using to promote the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is enough to arouse grave suspicions that the procedure is as dangerous as the environmental scientists say it is. Comment.
South Jamaica

Scarborough pushes city to pump out rising water table

Southeast Queens residents and lawmakers held a protest Saturday outside a closed water facility, again calling on the city to restart the pumps to relieve the flooding that has plagued the area for more than a decade. Comment.

Glendale trains to go green

A $2 million federal grant awarded to the city will help outfit two freight trains that pass through the Fresh Pond Terminal in Glendale with cleaner technology. Comment.
Kew Gardens

City to update waterfront

Representatives from the Department of City Planning presented a year-long plan to update the city’s Waterfront Revitalization Program to the Queens Borough Board Monday night, but City Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) thought it would take longer than expected. Comment.

No blizzard snafus this year: City

The city manager responsible for keeping northeastern Queens’ streets clear during snowstorms reassured Community Board 11 Monday that this winter he and his team will not allow residents to be stranded during a major snowstorm. Comment.

Boro lauded by green group

Despite its color on Google Maps, the Long Island Expressway is no yellow brick road, but a number of green projects in northeast Queens have contributed to New York City being compared with the Land of Oz. Comment.

November, 2011


Hevesi wants barriers for Fresh Pond trains

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is calling on a city body to install sound barriers near the Fresh Pond Terminal in Ridgewood so residents will not have to hear loud freight trains passing by the neighborhood. Comments (7).
Long Island City

Seawall repair tops CB 1 wish list for another year

Repairing and removing contamination near the Queens seawall was named the top priority on Community Board 1’s capital budget wish list for fiscal year 2013. The board also placed streetlight, sewer and park upgrades on its annual list. Comment.

Giuliani says county job growth hangs on enough energy supply

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke at an energy symposium in Astoria Friday to discuss which area will power New York City in the future, and some panelists said it should not be Queens. Comment.

Alley Pond Environmental Center saved wetlands

For 35 years now, the Alley Pond Environmental Center has been teaching the principles of environmental stewardship to generations of nature lovers and is currently working to ensure it exists as a resource for generations to come. Comment.

Trees planted in Astoria using money from Con Edison

Representatives of the City Parks Foundation and other nonprofits planted trees on and near the corner of 27th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria Monday as part of an initiative to bring 850 new trees to western Queens in the next three years. Comment.
St. Albans

DEP responds to flooding

Southeast Queens residents vented their frustration last Thursday with the city over the chronic flooding problems that have bedeviled the area over the years and pushed the city Department of Environmental Protection to get a move on with a solution. Comment.
Middle Village

Crowley to hold environmental town hall

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) has scheduled a green town hall for 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at PS 49 in Middle Village. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident blasts decrepit house

The city has fined a negligent property owner over his decrepit Forest Hills home a dozen times, and although neighbors said the rat-filled abode has only gotten worse, city inspectors have said it is up to snuff several times. Comment.
Long Island City

DEC uses Newtown funds for Dutch Kills waterfront

Long Island City officials praised the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision in October to set aside $2 million of settlement money so it can be used to acquire land from private owners near the Dutch Kills waterway for improvements and a park. Comment.
Broad Channel

City, fed agencies team up to create plan for Jamaica Bay

The mayor and the federal government are teaming up to not only restore Jamaica Bay to its original natural state, but also make it a prominent destination for visitors from around the world. Comment.

Say it’s not snow!

A snowstorm blanketed the borough Saturday afternoon. Comment.

October, 2011

St. Albans

NAACP looks at flooding

The Jamaica branch of the NAACP and elected officials are putting pressure on the city to step up its efforts to solve the chronic flooding problem they say is devastating southeast Queens. Comment.

Gennaro criticizes state over hydrofracking rules

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released regulations last week concerning the controversial process of hydrofracking that calls for a 1,000-foot buffer zone between an upstate New York shale formation and the city’s watershed. Comments (1).
Broad Channel

Experts weigh in on the future of Jamaica Bay at forum

Ecological experts from around the world joined Jamaica Bay advocates last Thursday to come up with ideas to save the borough’s largest ecosystem from being erased off the map. Comment.

Demand more public input into planned fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The problem with the process is that it uses toxic, carcinogenic chemicals combined with huge amounts of water to facilitate the removal of the gas. These chemicals can reach into wells, waterways, reservoirs and underground aquifers, thereby contaminating our water supplies. Other states that allow fracking have had instances where wells and streams have become contaminated due to fracking. Comment.

City makes Jamaica water plant eco-friendly with roof upgrade

The city has taken another step in cleaning up Jamaica Bay and making one of its water treatment facilities more environmentally friendly. Comment.

CB 2 eyes upgrades with 2013 budget

Sewer system improvements, a school expansion and refurbishment for two parks are among the capital items Community Board 2 put on its wishlist for fiscal year 2013. Comment.
Middle Village

CSX garbage train idling spot to move south: Hevesi

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) updated Middle Village about what lawmakers are doing to fight pollution-belching trains that plague the neighborhood at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting. Comment.

September, 2011


Queens leads city in pothole complaints

Queens roads are in the worst shape in the city, according to a new study by city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Comment.

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Birds of many feathers flock to Jamaica Bay for fall

Two weeks after Tropical Storm Irene brought drenching rain, canceling Jamaica Bay’s annual Shorebird Festival, my friend Walter and I go there to see the fall migration, which I hope will include shorebirds. Comment.

Simotas nixes USPowergen emissions plan

An Astoria power generating company’s plan to decrease emissions which formerly enjoyed community and legislator support has been rejected by a second neighborhood lawmaker. Comment.

Community Board 4 complies lengthy project wish list

A brand new reference library and a new home for the 110th Precinct tops the wish list for Community Board 4, which approved its fiscal year 2013 capital and expense priorities last week. Comment.

Avella wants city to pay for water line repairs

A Bellerose homeowner was shocked when he received a bill for $3,000 to fix a broken water line under the city’s street and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said that is just not right. Comment.

Bayside park neglected for too long: Officials

Community leaders and elected officials are working through a number of avenues to improve Little Bay Park in Bayside, saying the park has been neglected for too long. Comment.
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