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Environment

September, 2018

Breezy Point

City to invest $4B in climate change solutions

Prior to attending the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City would be investing $4 billion from pension funds over the next three years into climate change solutions and divesting from fossil fuels. Comments (3)
Letters

Heavy rain is putting residents at risk

As a concerned citizen who lives in Fresh Meadows, I am very worried about what is happening to our trees after all of this recent heavy rain, which has totaled nearly a foot since mid-July, causing extremely saturated soils all across the area. Comment
Against the odds, farms are making a comeback — and thriving — in Queens. Not community gardens, which have always had a soft spot to grow in the borough, but real, working, feed-the-people farms. Comment
Letters

Parks Department needs more funding to maintain boro trees

Now that the new fiscal year for New York City has begun and the City Council has appropriated new budgets for all city departments, the city Parks Department must continue to fight for significantly more funding so that it can continue its very hard work of maintaining the city’s street and park trees throughout the five boroughs. Comments (3)

August, 2018

Long Island City

Queens electeds urge Cuomo to expand solar initiative

Activists stood with Queens legislators last week to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to adopt the goal of making a million homes across the state, including 100,000 low- income dwellings, solar-powered by 2023. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck teen to restore Matinecock Indian burial site

After learning about the history of the Matinecock Indian tribe and the sacred burial site in his hometown of Little Neck, 15-year-old Aidan Decker decided to restore and memorialize the grave site that has been in disrepair with overgrown trees and shrubs. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Nonprofit study examines ways to protect Jamaica Bay

The Rand Corporation, a global non-profit think tank, released a recent study that examines potential ways to reduce persistent tidal flooding in Jamaica Bay while improving water quality and restoring the area’s habitat. Comment
Flushing

Rozic, Stavisky recognized for environmental record

The New York League of Conservation Voters released its scorecard of state elected officials rating them on their work to pass environmental legislation and gave state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) a score of 100 percent. Comment

July, 2018

DEP proposes $400 million plan to improve Jamaica Bay

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection, environmentalists and elected officials announced a $400 million proposal to improve the ecological health of Jamaica Bay, which has lost approximately 85 percent of its historical wetland coverage over the course of the last 150 years. Comment
Flushing

Ecological upgrades clean up polluted Flushing Bay

Flushing Bay no longer stinks. Comments (3)
Rochdale Village

Rochdale Village wins $1M in energy rebates for co-op

The co-op community of Rochdale Village was recognized last week for being the first National Grid customer in New York City to receive $1 million in energy-efficiency rebates thanks to its high-tech power plant, which provides energy for its 25,000 residents, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows resident calls on city to take better care of trees

A Fresh Meadows man is advocating for better maintenance and removal of trees under the purview of the city Department of Parks and Recreation by highlighting individual trees which lean at dramatic angles and showing signs of decline. Comments (1)
Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden launches composting initiative

On the first day of summer, the New York City Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden launched the one-acre Farm and Compost Site, inviting the public to participate in the organics recovery process. Comment

June, 2018

Rochdale Village

Rochdale receives $62 million for sewer upgrades

The Southeast Queens Sewer Project, a $1.9 billion effort to reduce flooding and upgrade sewers and water mains while installing catch basins, is underway in Rochdale and community leaders are delighted by the long-awaited infrastructure improvements. Comment

May, 2018

Rockaway Park

DEP invests $23 million to protect Jamaica Bay

To continue improving the health of Jamaica Bay, the city Department of Environmental Protection announced last week that it has begun to upgrade the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant. Comment
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Association leaders voice concern about bioswales

State Sen. Tony Avella just held a press conference in Fresh Meadows concerning bioswales, or rain gardens as the city calls them. He again stated his view that homeowners should have the right to opt-out of having the city build a bioswale at the curb in front of their houses. A score of civic association leaders with other supporters came to support his views. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Electeds warn businesses will suffer after city closes section of Rockaway Beach for the summer

Days before the start of the summer swim season, the city announced Monday that an 11-block stretch of Rockaway Beach would be closed for the summer due to beach erosion that has created unsafe conditions for beachgoers. The portion of the beach, from 91st Street to 102nd Street, includes restaurants and bars such as Connolly’s, Community House, Thai Rock, Uma’s and Bungalow Bar which could lose business due to the closure. Comments (1)
Flushing

Koo to host rain barrel giveaway at Queens Botanical Garden

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), along with the city Department of Environmental Protection and Queens Botanical Garden, will be will be giving away 250 rain barrels to Flushing residents who reserve one next month. Comment
St. Albans

Waste equity debate rages on in St. Albans

Environmentalists and constituents of Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) held a waste equity rally outside the elected official’s office last week in order to convince him to co-sponsor the new version of Intro 495-C, which was reintroduced in January. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Susan Sarandon returns home to Queens to plant trees

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon came back to Queens to help plant trees in Jamaica Saturday. Comments (3)

Volunteers sought to keep Queens beaches clean

The city Department of Environmental Protection is looking for volunteers to monitor garbage on the waterways of Queens this summer in the interest of protecting wildlife, such as turtles, birds and fish. Comment

April, 2018

Letters

We need to make sure our trees are safe

As the summer season approaches, more and more people fill the sidewalks and parks of our city. There are the thousands of trees that line those sidewalks and fill those parks. Are they safe to walk under? Comments (1)
The city Department of Environmental Protection announced the completion of extensive infrastructure upgrades in Flushing to combat flooding in a $71 million project. Comment

March, 2018

A design firm and environmentalist group have teamed up with the community to develop vision plans to clean up the city’s waterways, including Flushing Bay and Newtown Creek. Comment
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to expedite coastal resilience projects in the Rockaways a year earlier than the initial 2020 timeline after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) secured $730 million in federal funds with the help of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comment
Bayside

Avella calls Parks Department’s response to tree survey ‘disgraceful’

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called the Parks Department’s response to his constituents’ complaints regarding city tree conditions “shameful.” Comment
After the Whitestone community raised concerns about soil contamination, elected officials and local leaders met with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and developers of the Whitestone Waterpointe project to discuss the future of the venture moving forward. Comment
Astoria

Borough residents urged to ‘wait’ before doing laundry, flushing toilets during rain storms

The city has asked Queens residents to reduce their water use during rainstorms in an effort to cut down on pollution in Newtown Creek, Bowery Bay, Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay. This is a first-in-the nation undertaking. Comments (3)

DOE scraps plan to send LIC kindergartners to Woodside school

The city’s Department of Education has reversed course on a plan that would have sent kindergarten students from overcrowded PS 78 in Long Island City to a school in Woodside, and instead are offering parents a new school site at Court Square. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Purchase of Brinckerhoff Cemetery moves forward

Brinckerhoff Cemetery is one step closer to being refurbished. Comments (2)

February, 2018

Bayside

Survey says: Bayside residents unhappy about tree conditions

Bayside residents are concerned about the condition of city trees in their community, a new survey shows. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica, Ridgewood sites assessed for environmental contaminants

Residents in Jamaica and Ridgewood were invited to comment on Brownfield Cleanup Programs in their area, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says. Comment

January, 2018

Letters

Well-intentioned tree should be moved

During the December tree lightings and related festivities, it was so seemingly easy for the NYC Parks Department to ignore the advocacy of Sen. Tony Avella and Dr. Charles Lombardi, urging department not to plant a tree right outside Lombardi’s medical facility on Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment

City’s clean water earns a filtration waiver

After the success of the watershed program that has provided New Yorkers with high quality tap water, the city Department of Environmental Protection announced a new 10-year filtration waiver. Comments (1)
Whitestone

Questions surround Waterpointe site

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has reached out to the state Department of Environmental Conservation seeking answers about soil contamination and the lack of communication regarding Whitestone’s Waterpointe development site. Comment

Classifieds

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