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A confident de Blasio comes to Queens

At a town hall meeting in Bayside on Monday, mayor Bill de Blasio fielded questions on local quality-of-life issues in northern Queens and defended his administration's plans to increase affordable housing city-wide.
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The mayor came to Queens--and he seemed to enjoy it.

At a mostly cordial town hall in Bayside Monday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio fielded pointed questions on quality-of-life issues in northern Queens and worked to connect them to his administra­tion’s housing affordability push, especially for seniors.

On issues like out-of-character residential buildings, rising property taxes and increased helicopter and airplane noise, de Blasio had few hard policy prescriptions to offer.

“One of the reasons why it’s good to talk directly to people is to tell you sometimes good news and sometimes not-so-good news,” de Blasio said in response to a question about funding for summer camps, but the point applied to much of the three-hour meeting.

Michael Feiner, president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, asked the mayor to change the city’s zoning laws to disallow “out-of-character” buildings to be built next to semi-attached dwellings.

“I want to be real about the fact that there are a lot of things we are working on right now and the primary focus is on creating affordable senior housing,” de Blasio said. “I don’t want to promise you a rose-garden, but you’re right that we should look at it.”

Feiner had rallied two weeks ago alongside state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in front of a new towering development joined to another house in Bayside.

“It’s about time that the city pays attention to these quiet middle-class communities that pay their taxes and want something in return,” Avella said at the protest.

Avella, one of the mayor’s loudest critics, was conspicuously absent from the town hall and accused the de Blasio of playing dirty by sending him an invitation late and to an out-of-date email address

“I have been one of the most vocal critics of Mayor de Blasio’s administration and so I’m not expecting to curry a lot of favor with his office, but there is a line you cannot cross when exacting political retribution, a certain line where politicking turns autocratic,” Avella said in a statement.

The mayor’s office contended Avella’s statement was much ado about nothing

“He’s been invited, and certainly we welcome all elected officials,” the mayor said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “It’s as simple as that.”

The mayor sounded confident as he made the case for widespread affordable housing throughout the city--a signature proposal of his administration.

“We have to think about everything we do in the city to make it a more senior friendly city,” de Blasio said to applause from the senior-heavy audience.

The mayor pledged to create housing and transportation options that would allow seniors to age in the places of their choice.

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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Lou from Bayside says:
If there ever was an emperor without clothes its Di Blasio! What Rubes like Feiner don't get is that Diblasio is not only a communist but more importantly he is a globalist whose mind was warped at places like NYU! He doesn't give a rats a** about your little colonial house in Bayside Hills. He believes in things like United Nations Agenda 21 which would strip most of their property and have entire families living in 300 sq ft micro apartments.Obama ruined the country thanks in large part to his support from ill informed middle class voters, now DiBlasio is doing very well at destroying the quality of life in this city. Yet, the idiots keep on voting for the Obamas ,the Di Blasios, the Schumers,the Cuomos The Clintons. These people hate this country, they hate our way of life. If you let them they will let in "refugees" from the third world by the millions to destroy your way of life. So think hard next time you pull the lever for a baby killing ,UN loving government functionary!
March 1, 2016, 5:06 pm
Anon from Queens says:
I can't believe this idiot actually knows where queens is.
March 1, 2016, 8:41 pm
Anon from Queens says:
He must have been lost or is it time for reelection??? This last time he came to our area was when he was getting ready to run for mayor!!! I am sure he had a McMansion next door he would not be happy!!!
March 1, 2016, 9:37 pm
allamerican from Queens says:
goodgrief flappy-bird has more on the ball than this character with one tooth and 1/2 brain. sheeesh.......
March 2, 2016, 2:33 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Major CON ARTIST.

https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
March 2, 2016, 7:47 am
Abdul from Jamaica says:
Joe Moretti
You are not welcome in our new neighborhood of Jamaica. Time for you to adapt or leave.
Always complain how Jamaica is.
Do you know we put our family first which means wife and large kids. They are the most rewarding satisfaction you need to have. Once you do that, you will stop whining.
Abdul
March 2, 2016, 11:10 am
Gordon Slater from West Harlem says:
Enjoyed this piece about the Mayor's visit to Queens! Good, fair reporting. Would like to see a longer piece about how new airport regulations may effect Queens neighborhoods.
March 2, 2016, 11:18 am
any luck from queens says:
With any luck one of our vast collection of mentally ill homeless will pee on him and then not be prosecuted.
March 2, 2016, 12:14 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Why does this rag censor comments . lurch aka big bird aka di blasio is a proponent of un agenda 21 . He doesnt give 2 craps about feiner and the bayside hills civic assn . if he could get away with it he would take your house and gift it to a third world refugee
March 2, 2016, 8:28 pm
Chicklet from Douglaston says:
I love that the reporter mentions Senator Avella, who was pointedly not invited when the liberal lapdogs representing Bayside were.

As if putting down the name of one decent elected official would mask the smell of the rest of the politicians in the room. Bah!
March 2, 2016, 9:37 pm
mike from bayside says:
Joe Moretti
You are not welcome in our new neighborhood of Jamaica. Time for you to adapt or leave.
Always complain how Jamaica is. 
Do you know we put our family first which means wife and large kids. They are the most rewarding satisfaction you need to have. Once you do that, you will stop whining.
Abdul

Abdul....are you even a citizen here? You probably bought your family here to make american dollars and send it back home to your country. Secondly, jamaica looks like garbage! I was born and raised in bayside for 35 years and jamaica has always looked like trash when I was growing up. But recently, it has become worst! Thirdly, it is not "your jamaica " my grandmother grew up in jamaica in the 1920s and if she was alive today, she would cry over the way it looks now! So to even say that jamaica Is "yours" don't even get me started when you are probably not even a citizen of this country!

Michael
March 3, 2016, 7:24 am

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