Pols celebrate Jamaica Avenue repaving

Community Board 13 District Manager Mark McMillan (l), Councilman Barry Grodenchik, state Sen. Leroy Comrie, Councilman I. Daneek Miller and DOT Queens Commissioner Nicole Garcia laud the completion of the first phase of the repaving.
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The completion of the first phase of a significant repaving of Jamaica Avenue was celebrated Friday morning, as lawmakers, community leaders and officials from the Department of Transportation lauded the completion of the first phase of a process that many said was long overdue.

“The fact that this street has gone unpaved in the state it’s in is a travesty. This thriving Jamaica community has suffered because of it,” City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) said. “If you don’t have paved, safe streets, it’s not safe for pedestrians or drivers.”

The press conference took place outside of the New Greater Bethel Ministries in Queens Village, near the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 216th Street. Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-Jamaica) and New York City DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia joined Miller at the event, flanked by DOT workers.

The first phase of the repaving encompassed seven lane miles between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 224th Street, with the second phase likely coming next year. This next step will involve repaving 11 lane miles between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 168th Street, a project that will stretch into the center of downtown Jamaica.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the repaving efforts during a September town hall moderated by Miller at the Southern Queens Park Association in Roy Wilkins Park, which Garcia said was received very warmly by residents.

“The news was met with thunderous applause. We knew it was long overdue,” she said. “Most importantly, we know it is an investment in the quality of life for Queens residents.”

Comrie noted he wanted to see more seasonal repaving, similar to how Queens Boulevard is periodically maintained. He cited Jamaica Avenue’s high car and bus traffic as a reason for continual upkeep.

“Because of how vital it is to the transportation infrastructure of southeast Queens, Jamaica Avenue should undergo regular resurfacing to repair the damage caused by heavy commercial traffic,” he said.

Jamaica Avenue is an extremely busy thoroughfare, stretching from Nassau County into Brooklyn. The avenue cuts straight through downtown Jamaica, near the Long Island Rail Road stations and the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Miller and others said the calls for repaving along the avenue had been going on for about 10 years.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:

What a bunch of ghetto a*s black gangster Jamaica politicians. I mean why the f**k does this need a press conference. Christ the bar is so ——ing low in this community.

A-HOLES. Try to rise up at least a notch from the ghetto basement.

And of course the biggest waste of flesh, Leroy Comrie, is a the head of this foolishness.
Dec. 20, 2016, 11:03 am
Helton from Flushing says:
I was waiting for Joe's comment, and he did not disappoint.
Dec. 20, 2016, 11:20 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:

This was so damn stupid and idiotic when I first posted it on my blog and so I had to post it all over again, because I found it even more f**king dumb and moronic the 2nd time around. I mean all the real issues in this community that the Jamaica pols could have a press conference about (illegal garbage dumping, illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal parking of junked/unlicensed vehicles on streets/sidewalks by auto body shops, illegal overnight street parking by tractor trailers, illegal conversions, just to name a few), and a-hole Comrie and Miller have a press conference and celebrate the Department of Transportation repaving Jamaica Ave (and only half of it, the other have will take place sometime next year and this portion of Jamaica Ave should be f**ked up again) and then the Times Ledger actually reports on this nonsense. NEWS FLASH: It is the job of the screwed up city agency DOT to repave and fix streets, this is nothing out of the ordinary. Well, I guess somewhat, since DOT rarely fixes streets and when they do, they do a crap job or some of the utility companies will then come by and tear it up. This repaving it like a decade over due, which means DOT was not doing their job and these idiot politicians instead of crucifying DOT, they throw a “celebration” and the Times Ledger reports on it, like it is the 1001 coming of Jesus Christ. In the meantime, Parsons Blvd is a major mess, that DOT said they were going to fix this past July (we are still waiting), 89th Avenue from 169th all the way to Sutphin Blvd is a disaster and so many other streets (and sidewalks) are a mess in this community. But Comrie, Miller and the other clowns hold a press conference and celebrate DOT doing what they should be doing.

Next Comrie and company will be celebrating “trash pick-up” with DOS and the following week will be the celebration of police officers patrolling the area.

When you think the Jamaica pols and the powers that be cannot do something even dumber than their previous stunt, they come around and top it.

UNBELIEVABLE. Only in the ghetto, would something like this be considered a celebration and worthy of a press conference.

And here are your tax dollars at work, well, actually wasted on these clowns. I guess there are no pressing issues in Jamaica, that the clown posse took the time out of their day for this BIG EVENT.

Oh, next week is the big ticker tape parade for the Jamaica re-paving.
Dec. 20, 2016, 6:22 pm
Helton from Flushing says:

My dream is to have one of our local TV stations take your letter and sit down with Comrie, Katz, Miller, etc., and ask them all of the questions that you have posed.

I bet that all of us would love to see their squirming reactions - especially the folks who live in Jamaica. Maybe then the light bulb would go off in their heads that they have been conned for decades.

Keep it up Joe!
Dec. 21, 2016, 6:03 am

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