Underpasses To Be Cleaned More Frequently

After continued pressure by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the State Dept. of Transportation has committed to better maintain the underpasses below the Long Island Expressway on 74th Street and 80th Street in Maspeth. The underpasses, which are marred by pigeon nesting and excrement, will be included in Bridge Washing Contract XM13.02, D262466, which was re-let on […]

Asthma Rates High Among Hispanics

Asthma Rates High Among Hispanics

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Although asthma affects thousands of people each year, there is one demographic in particular that the sickness is more prevalent. The asthma rate among Hispanics is higher than other ethnicities. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, 3,600,000 Hispanics reported to have asthma […]

Former Councilman Gennaro Joins The State DEC

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Just like he hinted at in November, former councilman James Gennaro has gotten a new job dedicated to improving the City’s resilience and environment. On Jan. 10, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Gennaro had been appointed as the deputy commissioner for New York City Sustainability and Resiliency at the State […]

Briarwood Construction End Date Pushed Back

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Briarwood residents will have to wait a little longer for their streets and subway to return to normal. The reconstruction of the Briarwood-Van Wyck F train station entrance has been pushed back from the end of 2013 to March 2014, due to the discovery of lead paint. The renovation of […]

Rozic Warns of Deceptive STAR Solicitations

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Hillcrest) recently issued a consumer advisory, warning residents of solicitations offering a fee-based service to apply for the School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemption—when homeowners can apply for free. Enrollment for taxpayers ends Dec. 31. The STAR rebate program is the only New York State-funded property tax exemption to help New […]