CB11 Covers Property Proposals, Elections

Staff Writer

Community Board 11 started the year with a low-key meeting that went over a couple of building proposals and looked toward the board’s upcoming elections.

Chairman Jerry Iannece theorized that the lower-than-usual attendance on Jan. 6 at MS 158 in Bayside was due to the polar vortex that impacted parts of the country including New York, sending temperatures plummeting. Despite the weather, there was a hodgepodge of topics that the board went over, including a couple of property proposals.

One of the notable items on the agenda was the East Flushing/North Bayside Zoning Committee’s report on a renovation by Barney’s Gulf Station. The report was read by that committee’s chair, Christine Haider.

CB11 Chair Jerry Iannece listens as Marguerite Manela (right) talks about the NYC Compost Project at Queens Botanical Garden. The board also went over building proposals and its upcoming elections. Photo by Joe Marvilli

CB11 Chair Jerry Iannece listens as Marguerite Manela (right) talks about the NYC Compost Project at Queens Botanical Garden. The board also went over building proposals and its upcoming elections. Photo by Joe Marvilli

The station, located at 200-05 Horace Harding Expy., is applying to the Board of Standards and Appeals to add two car bays to the existing building. Before he sent in the application though, owner Anthony Panvini wanted to know if CB11 would support his proposal.

“There does not appear to be a problem for him to go forward with the formal BSA process. The motion was approved unanimously,” Haider said.

Barney’s Gulf Station was not the only announced property looking to change. Iannece mentioned that the City BSA granted a permit for a long-vacant site in Little Neck. The E. Gluck Corporation, a watch manufacturer, has decided to move its headquarters into the former Leviton site on Little Neck Parkway. The building is now under renovation for the move.

“I’ve been told good things about this company,” Iannece said. “What they’re doing here is as of right.”

CB11’s upcoming membership renewal and elections were also brought up by the chair. The elections and renewals will take place in March, with the winners taking office in April. Iannece said he is term-limited out of the chairmanship and invited anyone interested in running for the position to do so.

“Those that wish to run, now is the time to start,” he said.

The board was visited by a few speakers who offered advice and opportunities for members and attendees at the meeting.

School District 26 representative Mary Vaccaro made a presentation about the district’s upcoming scholarship application and invitation. While she gave out copies at the meeting, applications are also on the United Federation of Teachers’ website. Students from local high schools in the district can send in applications as well. The scholarship dinner dance will take place on May 22 at New Hyde Park Inn, located at 214 Jericho Tpke. Winners will be given a check valued up to $1,000 at the dance.

Kevin Anderson of the FDNY safety division offered some tips on home fire safety education. He warned against dried-out Christmas trees in their house or leaning against their house, as the slightest spark can set it ablaze.

“Having a dried-out Christmas tree is like having a can of gasoline in your living room,” he said. “They light up with a tremendous amount of force, a tremendous amount of heat. It’ll engulf a room in less than a minute.”

Anderson added that space heaters can cause fires if they are misused. He said they are meant as a temporary heating measure and should not be plugged in 24-hours-a-day. The devices should also be plugged into a wall socket, not a surge protector.

Marguerite Manela, the project coordinator of the NYC Compost Project in Queens at Queens Botanical Garden, talked about an upcoming Master Composter course at the garden. Those who take the course will have a deeper understanding of composting in the City and how to educate others about it. The course costs $40 and is for people who are 18 or older. The application deadline is Feb. 7. To register, call (718) 539-5296 or email

Iannece also mentioned that an Affordable Care Act Seminar will take place on Jan. 15 at Brandywine Assisted Living, located at 5515 Little Neck Pkwy.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @Joey788.