The cover of the Queens Press honors four individuals who have dedicated their lives to the people of Queens. On the cover Councilman James Gennaro (who I get), Councilman Peter Vallone (who I don’t really get) and the other two I am dumfounded by, Councilman Leroy Comrie and even more dumfounded by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. You can read the article at http://www.queenspress.com/.
Helen Marshall, I will not even get into, the woman is a total idiot and for twelve years has pretty much destroyed much of Queens with her reckless behavior with developers. But I am totally baffled by the Jamaica community’s love for Leroy Comrie and as incoming councilman I. Daneek Miller stated “he’s like a rock star, the community just appreciates and loves him so much”. REALLY. I get how they might love him, I have meet Mr. Comrie and he is a nice fellow and having been in office for 12 years, he has certainly grown on the community. But from an outsider, who has only lived in Jamaica for 3 years but am familiar with it since 2006 and beyond, I don’t see exactly how he has helped to improve Jamaica, especially his district.
In the article, it states “that since he took office in 2002, crime is down, unemployment and foreclosure rates have dramatically decreased and parks have been restored to their original beauty, economic conditions have greatly improved and opportunities for community residents have grown. It has always been particularly important for Comrie to ensure that the quality of life in his district is the best it can be.”
I cannot verify those figures of crime, unemployment or foreclosures, but certainly a councilman, any councilman for that matter, has very little to absolutely nothing to do with those issues, especially unemployment and foreclosure. Sure he can help with crime in working in conjunction with police and other leaders and agencies, but he has no effect on unemployment or foreclosures, what-so-ever.
Rufus King Park, doesn’t quite look restored to its original beauty.
Now I don’t know what the parks looked like before 2002, but have you seen Major Mark Park recently, garbage galore and homeless camped out there and this is a small park to maintain. Rufus King Park, while not bad, has a garbage issue and many homeless and drunk/addicts hang out there. Roy Wilkins Park is very well maintained and much has to do with the residents of that area, but have you seen the St. Alban’s Little League Ball field parking lot next to it, a huge illegal dumping ground that has been going on for some time till I reported it (check out the video I made:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKy_AsKiU60).
St. Alban’s Little League Field. Mr. Comrie is one of the sponsors of the Little League.
Speaking of Roy Wilkins Park, across the street at the corner of Merrick Blvd and Foch is a vacant lot. When I first saw it back in 2006, it was a garbage dump and to this day, it is still that, even worse since the fence has been knocked down. A few blocks north on Merrick, a vacant building was filled with mounds and mounds of garbage for years, again until I reported on this. An abandon playground owned by a real estate person, David Landau, is an eyesore at 107th/171st St. Mr. Comrie has been aware of this and more, yet he has not done a thing about any of these major garbage issues in his district. His district is a total travesty.
Now don’t get me wrong Comrie has done some good for the community, like with funding for the Merrick Blvd Library and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, but as far as quality of life issues that the article states “it is important to Comrie to ensure that the quality of life in his district is the best ever”, there is no truth in that statement, unless we are talking about sub-par quality of life.
Well I guess me and Mr. Comrie have different standards of quality of life. Because no matter where I go in Jamaica, all I see is garbage and mounds of it everywhere, sidewalks, streets, downtown Jamaica, Southeast Jamaica, parks, vacant lots, vacant homes and little enforcement of litter and garbage laws. Over 70% of building and home garbage cans have no coverings and are constantly overflowing with garbage, hence the problem of rats and other rodents. Public garbage cans overflow constantly with household garbage from illegal apartments and illegal dumping goes on constantly in the community. No matter where you go, abandon cars without license plates are parked all over streets. Yes, Comrie and myself have very different standards on quality of life.
A normal site in Jamaica
All one needed to see was the NY1 four part garbage series in March and see the horrendous garbage problem in Jamaica, but hell you do not even need to see that newscast, you just need to take a walk all around Jamaica and in Mr. Comrie’s district. It is right in your face, up close and personal.
Don’t want to believe a newbie Jamaica resident like me, speak to long time residents like community activist Pamela Hazel or Amy Anderson, who was born in the former Mary Immaculate Hospital (which has been an eyesore since it closed in 2009). Speak to these folks and some other residents and get the real story on Jamaica’s quality of life and the accomplishments of Councilman Comrie, because this Queens Press article is nothing but a bunch of political propaganda for a leader who is well liked but has not done a whole hell of a lot in terms of quality of life issues in Jamaica.
Well at least this guy is watering the plants
WOW, talk about being bamboozled!!
So excuse me if I don’t ride the “Kiss the King’s Ass Amusement Park Ride”, I happen to like to KEEP IT REAL! My rose colored glasses broke a long time ago.