A walk on Thursday, October 30th from 170th Street & 90th Ave to Foch Blvd revealed block after block after block of quality of life issues not being enforced from Department of Transportation, Department of Buildings, Department of Sanitation and others, plus it shows just the kind of people that we have living in our community and others who do business here and do not give a shit. CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.
After viewing this, one cannot say that Jamaica is not in shambles. I mean what other community would allow all of this, does Forest Hills looks like this? As usual not one of our leaders (Comrie, Miller, Wills, Scarborough, Cook, Sanders, Meeks, Katz, church leaders) have stood up to address this. The only conclusion that I can come to is that communities of color do not give a shit, neither the people who live here nor the leaders.
1. Two triangles surrounded by curbs at the intersection of Liberty & Merrick Blvd. One normal, one completely destroyed by being used as an illegal parking lot by more than likely MTA which sits across from the one. Any other community, these two areas would be beautiful green spaces, but here in Jamaica one looks okay and the other is a mess of cars illegally parked.
9. Rev. Flake’s parking lot on Merrick Blvd next to 110-24 Merrick Blvd. Continuous illegal dumping of garbage from apartments above stores on this block. This area is a mess, so what kind of church leader is Floyd Flake.
10. 110th and Merrick Blvd. Illegally placed business signs. Although I called and ILLEGALLY stated I was a DOS enforcement officer and the individual came within 20 minutes and removed them. Not to hard if if you put in the effort and do YOUR JOBS.
11. Sidewalk with missing curb (169-18 Foch Blvd and broken sidewalk (169-18 Foch Blvd). I reported this months ago to DOB and nothing. Elderly people in this area with canes have to maneuver around this broken sidewalk.
Talk about your broken window theory. All of these issues have been going on for years, many have been reported by myself and other, yet they continue over and over again. This community looks like one big ghetto mess because of all this nonsense that is not being addressed and not being enforced. Would any of this bullshit fly in Forest Hills, NO. But here in Jamaica our clown leaders allow this shit to continually happen and no one has stepped up to the plate, not even the lifer of politics, Leroy Comrie. Obviously none of you are ashamed that your community looks like SHIT and people and businesses know that and so they just shit all over a community of color because they can and they know not a damn thing will happen to them. And for those of you out there who say, “No, it does not” or “that it is only a small part of Jamaica”. BULLSHIT, this walk today was all over the place and guess what, this was not even the worse.
BUT REMEMBER, you can pick another candidate by using your write-in-vote option next Tuesday, November 4th. We do not need to keep electing the same old crap here in Jamaica, who have helped to keep Jamaica on the bottom of the food chain and have helped turned it into an undesirable place by their lack of action or their despicable actions such as stealing tax payers money (William Scarborough, recently arrested on over 30 charges), being totally corrupt (Gregory Meeks), being questionable (Vivian Cooks) and being totally useless and NOT addressing quality of life issues that affect each and everyone of us and our community. Issues such as the major garbage problem that has given our community a bad name, dumping homeless shelters and juvenile delinquent facilities on our neighborhood streets, destruction of our neighborhoods with bad zoning, the placement of waste stations and thug auto body shops in our residential neighborhoods spewing poison and chemicals all over our streets and sidewalks, allowing dangerous trucks to barrel down residential streets for years knowing full well that this is illegal and so many other numerous quality of life issues that our leaders have refused to address and come up with solutions for years.
TIME FOR CHANGE.
Jamaica can be hazardous to your health in so many different ways. From Jihadist ax lunatics running down Jamaica Ave to tractor trailer trucks barreling down residential streets and waste stations spilling chemicals all over like Royal Waste Service at Douglas Street/170th Street.
Well add to the mix five Superfund sites, yes five of them in Jamaica. For those unfamiliar with Super Fund sites, a Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. The biggest Super Fund site in NYC is the oil spill in the Newtown Creek in Greenpoint ( Brooklyn) that happened in 1978 and the spill lasted for 30 years and spilled three times as much oil as the Exxon Valdez.
But since this is Jamaica, you knew there would be some Superfund sites here giving you headaches, asthma, skin conditions, cancer, three headed babies. What, your leaders did not tell you about these five Super Fund sites and that you may be living near one. I am shocked, our leaders seems like such upstanding, honest, moral folks.
The five Superfund Site in Jamaica are:
230-59 ROCKAWAY BLVD, JAMAICA, NY, 11413
129-15 92ND ST, JAMAICA, NY, 11421
182-12 93RD. AVE., JAMAICA, NY, 11423
JFK INTL AIRPORT TERM #5, JAMAICA, NY, 11430
81-26 150 STREET, JAMAICA, NY, 11435
The Aircraft Turbin Services, J & L Adikes and Parkway Village site are in very close proximity to residential areas.
On top of the Superfund Sites, Jamaica has two Polluters. Polluters were found using the Toxic Release Inventory Program. The goal of the Toxics Release Inventory program is to provide communities with information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities and to support informed decision making at all levels by industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the public.
The two polluters are:
JFK International Airport Building # 90, Jamaica, NY
95 25 149th St, Jamaica, NY
The only place in Queens that had more was Long Island City, which has 6 Superfunds and 6 Polluters, but then again for the longest time Long Island City was a very big industrial neighborhood, much bigger than Jamaica. All information was obtained from http://www.homefacts.com/environmentalhazards/New-York/Queens-County/Jamaica.html
So if the ax man does not get you or a gang banger with a gun, the pollution just might. Thank your leaders also for whoring out Jamaica and allowing everything that other communities do not want to be dumped here.
Oh and as I was writing this between 7:00pm and 8:30pm Wednesday evening, I got to listen to at least 20 trucks barrel along my street of 170th. So thanks leader, especially Leroy Comrie, for knowing about this for years, but not lifting a finger to do anything about that issue and all the other quality of life issues that he never addressed in his 12 years as Council Member. Remember that when you go to the polls next Tuesday to vote. And remember your write-in-vote option, like someone who actually cares about Jamaica, someone educated, someone who will stand up for the people and community not to the Democratic machine or developers or their own interest. So start thinking of your write-in-vote name.
I guess if you shame leaders enough and expose them for the lack of doing anything, they sometimes actually do something. I wrote a couple of posts on my blog about commercial trucks illegally using 170th Street, a residential street with children walking to school or to be picked up by school buses and two New York City senior citizens living facilities, which then Progressive Queens picked up and did an excellent and very in depth report contacting Queens Borough Hall, the 103rd precinct and City Hall.
No word yet from the Mayor’s office on this issue. Why not, Mayor de Blasio came up with Vision Zero to make our streets safer, you think this issue would be of interest to him.
From Progressive Queens:
By LOUIS FLORES
Following a report published yesterday in Progress Queens, documenting the non-stop use by commercial truck drivers of some residential streets in Jamaica, Queens, the office of the Queens Borough President has announced plans to consult with the New York Police Department about possible traffic enforcement to address the issue.
The staff of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is reviewing the matter in preparation to send a letter to the commander of the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct, to get clarification as to whether any enforcement action can be taken, said Michael Scholl, the spokesperson for Borough President Katz. If it is determined that commercial trucks are not presently banned, Mr. Scholl said that the office would look into the possibility of getting them banned.
Progress Queens reported yesterday that drivers of 18-wheel tractor trailers drove through residential streets in Jamaica, such as 170th Street. One such 18-wheel tractor trailer was only able to make a wide right turn from westbound Jamaica Avenue onto northbound 170th Street by jumping some of the tractor trailer’s tires onto the sidewalk, coming with a few feet of a reporter. Other large and heavy commercial trucks photographed as they were being driven on 170th Street included cement trucks, armoured trucks, dump trucks, flat bed tow trucks, and MTA buses.
A traffic study of 2010 pedestrian accidents by the New York City Department of Transportation showed that an intersection in Jamaica was tied for the second-most dangerous intersection in all of Queens for pedestrian accidents. Within the last few weeks, two traffic accidents have occurred in Jamaica, the first involving an MTA bus and the second a school bus.
Attempts to reach the Community Affairs officer for the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct continued to be unsuccessful.
City Hall, which is advancing a policy to drive traffic deaths down to zero in an initiative known as Vision Zero, has not responded to requests for comment.
From the new website Progress Queens:
Article can also been seen at http://www.progressqueens.com/news/2014/10/27/in-jamaica-vision-zero-concerns-go-unaddressed
MAJOR Kudos to Mr. Flores, who did an outstanding job on this dangerous issue that is not being addressed. BRAVO!
As mayor celebrates lower speed limit, Jamaica residents dodge 18-wheel tractor trailers on narrow streets
By LOUIS FLORES
When Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) signed a new law lowering the speed limit this week, he said that improvements in pedestrian and traffic safety would still depend “on every New Yorker taking personal responsibility and putting the lives of their neighbors first.” Some community activists have been doing just that, but they’ve found themselves stuck in a beaucratic traffic jam.
Jamaica community activist Joe Moretti has contacted police, transportation, and elected officials about concerns about pedestrian and traffic safety in his neighborhood. Mr. Moretti documented his efforts on a post on his blog, Clean Up Jamaica Queens Now.
“I have reported on the tractor trailer trucks and other large trucks that travel on residential streets, which by law they are not permitted on,” Mr. Moretti wrote on his blog, adding, “But here in Jamaica, instead of traveling on designated truck routes, many are taking short cuts by traveling on residential streets such as 170th and 175th.”
When contacted by Progress Queens, Mr. Moretti expressed concerns about pedestrian safety, noting that school buses pick up children on narrow residential streets. Senor citizen centers with large numbers of elderly are also located in his neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens. Mr. Moretti said he worried about the safety of slow walkers, who must cross the streets with large and heavy commercial trucks barreling through his neighborhood.
Mr. Moretti further noted the nuisance of noise pollution caused by large and heavy trucks charging along residential streets. If truck drivers aren’t rocketing down 170th Street, setting off car alarms in their wake, then they may find themselves coming to a complete stop if somebody is temporarily double-parked, triggering an instantaneous cacophony of loud commercial truck horns.
In Mr. Moretti’s discussions with police officials about possible solutions, Mr. Moretti said that some officials had acknowledged to him that commercial trucks were using the narrow, residential streets between Liberty Avenue to the south and Hillside Avenue to the north as shortcuts.
Progress Queens made an inspection tour by foot along 170th Street from Hillside Avenue to Liberty Avenue and back and observed startling conditions that may be in congruent with Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.
Mayor de Blasio has launched a crusade to improve roadway safety across New York City in an attempt to drive the number of traffic deaths down to zero in an initiative appropriately named, Vision Zero. Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio signed into law a new measure that would lower the default speed limit across New York City to 25 miles per hour. The new lower speed limit, which takes effect next month, applies to all neighborhoods where no speed limit is otherwise posted. Based on observations made by Progress Queens, the new, lower speed limit would apply to 170th Street, but it is not clear what good the lower speed limit would accomplish with the volume of large and heavy commercial trucks running through residential streets.
Amongst the observations, made by Progress Queens of pedestrian and traffic conditions along 170th Street, included :
- The non-stop use of 170th Street by large and heavy commercial trucks, such as cement trucks, armoured trucks, half-sized dump trucks, full-sized dump trucks, 18-wheelers, flat bed tow trucks, MTA buses, Access-A-Ride vehicles, and multiple school buses ;
- A large 18-wheel tractor truck was only able to make a wide right turn from Liberty Avenue onto 170th Street by jumping its rear wheels onto the sidewalk, the body of the trailer coming within a few feet of a reporter ;
- Evidence of double-tire tracks on the sidewalks along 170th Street at each of the northeast corner intersections of Liberty Avenue and Douglas Avenue, evidence that wide right turns were only possible if large commercial trucks jumped their rear wheels onto sidewalks ;
- Many children walking along the sidewalks of their neighborhood, sometimes crossing the street with no adult companion or supervisor, making them vulnerable to commercial vehicular accidents ;
- MTA buses for several routes traveling through 170th Street, including some that made wide right turns from 170th Street onto 90th Avenue, including buses for the Q54 and Q56 routes ;
- A large population of senior citizens living along 170th Street, including those living at two huge NYCHA complexes : at the International Tower at 90-20 170th Street and at the John P. Conlon LIHFE Towers at 92-33 170th Street ;
- The lack of any stop signs along stretches of 170th Street, permitting large and heavy commercial trucks to accelerate through this residential neighborhood ;
- The lack of any speed bumps ;
- A height restriction that forbade any commercial trucks taller than 12’11” from traveling on 170th Street from Liberty Avenue to Jamaica Avenue as a result of an LIRR overpass, but it appeared that this height restriction sign implicitly approve the use of 170th Street by all shorter, but nonetheless large and heavy, commercial trucks ;
- A large concentration of commercial truck yards near the Liberty Avenue end of 170th Street ;
- At each of Jamaica Avenue and Liberty Avenue, there was no dedicated left turn signal or lane from east-bound traffic onto 170th Street, but large, commercial trucks and MTA buses made those turns, anyway ; and
- One of the reasons that there was so much pedestrian traffic in that neighborhood is that there is a subway entrance at 169th Street and Hillside Avenue.
For his part, Mr. Moretti would like to see a ban of commercial trucks traveling through residential streets in Jamaica, which could be accomplished by posting a “No Thru Trucks” traffic sign. Once such a ban and signs are in place, Mr. Moretti wants to see police officers make an effort to issue traffic tickets to the drivers of large and heavy commercial trucks that continue to drive through residential streets.
What exasperates some community residents, including Mr. Moretti, is the lack of any action to address the community complaints. Mr. Moretti said that he believed that the New York Police Department does not prioritize quality of life complaints, such as concerns about pedestrian and traffic safety. Adding to the community’s frustration is that they don’t see elected officials taking steps to address the dangerous commercial traffic, either.
“It’s not an extremely difficult problem to solve,” Mr. Moretti told Progress Queens, adding, “It’s just that nothing is being done about it.”
Attempts to reach the community affairs officer at the 103rd Precinct of the NYPD were unsuccessful. A request to City Hall for comment was not answered, either, in spite of the Vision Zero implications of the Jamaica residents’ concerns.
According to a traffic study of 2010’s top traffic accident intersections in New York City, Mr. Moretti appears to be right to be concerned. In 2010, the intersection of 169th Street and Homelawn Street, a few blocks away from the two NYCHA senior citizen residence complexes, was the setting for four pedestrian accidents, making that intersection in Jamaica tied for the second-most dangerous intersections in the borough of Queens that year then. That traffic study identified Hillside Avenue as the designated through truck route, but the traffic study stopped short of noting the issue of commercial traffic using the narrow, residential side streets running parallel to 169th Street. Within the last few weeks, a bus collided with a car on Hillside Avenue and Merrick Blvd., and a school bus was struck by a speeding car on Liberty Avenue and 183rd Street — all within a few blocks away from 170th Street, conformation that commercial vehicles are involved in recent traffic accidents in that area.
A representative from the office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz office told Progress Queens that the office would need to review the possible existence of any legal restrictions on commercial traffic in that neighborhood. The official promised to provide Progress Queens with an update.
Once more information becomes available, Progress Queens will notify its readers.
What the hell does Katz have to review the possible existence of any legal restrictions on commercial traffic in those area of Jamaica. The restrictions are fact and the DOT representative I spoke to at Queens Borough Hall stated this, so why is Katz making up this crap. It is already on the books by Department of Transportation, which has spelled out “truck routes” and 170th and 175th ARE NOT ONE OF THEM. Again total incompetency by our leaders.
As I was writing this 8 trucks illegal drove on 1701th Street between the hour of 8:15am and 8:30am. Do you know how many came before that time starting at around 5am and how many will come by by Midnight.
Time for our do nothing leaders (and that especially means our local Jamaica leaders who have been completely silent on this issue (no are leaders are not black at all, they are yellow, with the words COWARD written on them) on all levels to address this situation or do you need to wait to someone gets critically injured.
#4 – Assembly Member Vivian Cook: I could care less what she did when Ronald Regan was president, what has she done lately, oh hell, what has she really done in the last 15 years that was worthwhile. Her district (32), one of the worst, filled with garbage everywhere and high crime. The New York Daily News reported that Cook was among the Assembly members that refused to disclose her outside income. This came 14 weeks after the state legislature publicly supported and approved a bill requiring them to disclose their outside income. Yet, she is running unopposed next Tuesday. Just what Jamaica needs, a 77 year old questionable and useless leader. USE YOUR WRITE-IN-VOTE. Toss her ass out.
#3 – Assembly Member William Scarborough: Again does not matter what he did a zillion years ago, let’s talk now. Scarborough was recently arrested for embezzling $80,000 by defrauding the state’s travel voucher system. 23 state charges and 11 federal charges. That folks, are a hell of a lot of charges, both state and federal. Yet just like his buddy Senator Malcolm Smith, he has no problem running again as Assembly Member next Tuesday. USE YOUR WRITE-IN-VOTE. Toss his ass out.
#2 – Congressman Gregory Meeks – According to CREW ( Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), a swirling federal corruption probe into crooked charities associated with Rep. Meeks is just the tip of the iceberg in the congressman’s litany of ethical lapses. Rep. Meeks has accepted numerous improper gifts while in office, including a below-market rate on a new home, major loans that he failed to disclose for years, and discounted rent on his district office. He has also accepted at least six trips to Caribbean resorts from a non-profit backed by convicted financier R. Allen Stanford, on whose behalf Rep. Meeks may have sought a favor from the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Named by CREW in 2011 and 2012 as most corrupt person in Congress. Just recently Meeks stated that he has zero assets, ZERO ASSETS, yet in 2010 the New York Times stated about Meeks in an article (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/nyregion/20meeks.html?_r=0) “When he travels, he stays in luxury hotels like the Mondrian South Beach in Miami and the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, P.R. He drives a Lexus, leased by the federal government, at a cost of $1,000 a month. He eats expensive meals at BLT Steak in Washington and Docks Oyster Bar in Manhattan, among other trendy spots. And just a few years ago, he bought a $1 million house built for him in Queens by a local developer and campaign contributor.” Meeks is the only Jamaica candidate who has opposition, Republican Allen F. Steinhardt. BUT, you can still USE YOUR WRITE-IN-VOTE.
#1 – Leroy Comrie – This man is the worst of the bunch. He has bamboozled the people into thinking he is the ideal public servant, while not doing any heavy lifting at all, except for maybe at an all you can eat buffet. Twelve years as council member in District 27 and the district was worse off when he left office than when he began. Three words, garbage, garbage, and garbage. One of the filthiest districts in Jamaica, Comrie has refused to address this major quality of life issue (as well as others) and do something about it his entire time. But to hear him tell it, “The people call me The Fixer”. But photos as seen during his time in office on this blog, do not lie. Comrie might, but photos do not.
Comrie ran for Queens Borough President, then mysteriously drops out claiming “personal reasons”. When Melinda Katz won, guess who became her Deputy Borough President. But then he decided to run for Senate, leaves his position, only for Katz to create a “new position” of Special Assistant to the Borough President at $100,000 a year salary, but ended up spending the majority of his time campaigning for Senate. $100,000 courtesy of the tax payers.
During the Senate primary, Comrie, had a major challenger to the seat being held by crook Malcolm Smith. That challenger, Navy Vet, Wounded Warrior and cyber security expert, Bernadette Semple, proved to be to much for Comrie, so he and his goons somehow managed to get her tossed off the ballot with petitioning signatures, something that other crooked Jamaica leaders, like Rubin Wills, has done in the past. USE YOUR WRITE-IN-VOTE and you might want to remember Navy Vet Bernadette Semple when you go to the polls on Tuesday, November 4th. Also ask yourself, all of the time that Comrie has been involved in Jamaica politics, has Jamaica truly improved under his leadership and don’t give me the old “but he is doing the best he can” routine. That dog don’t hunt.