THIS IS WHAT ASSHOLE LEADERS LIKE KATZ AND COMRIE KEEP THEMSELVES BUSY WITH – BULLSHIT

Let’s see: Illegal conversions, illegal truck driving on residential streets, horrible roads and sidewalks, illegal garbage dumping, smashed & unlicensed cars parked on streets, polluting waste stations in residential areas, illegal curb cuts are just some of the issue that asshole Queens President Borough Katz and obese Leroy Comrie should concern themselves with, not this bullshit over what they call a “sexist Civic Virtue” statue and instead are spending over $700,000 dollars for a project to honor the women of Queens, you mean honoring asshole females like Melinda Katz and her predecessors like ding-bat Helen Marshall and Claire “Bulldog Face Schulman, those fine and upstanding public servants.

Another asshole female politician, Karen Koslowitz said “This new public space will now be able to be enjoyed by everyone, and will contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of our borough.” REALLY this is going to contribute to the quality of life when none of you fucks even address quality of life issues that have plagued this borough.

The Civic Virtue statue of a naked man standing atop two female sirens was considered sexist. It was controversial from the beginning, as many questioned the use of a male figure to represent virtue and female figures to represent vice and corruption. Lucky that is not Comrie on top.

But hey with females like Katz, Marshall, Schulman, Vivian Cook and Shirley Huntley, they do represent VICE AND CORRUPTION, so what is the issue.

If you think that is sexist, what the fuck do you think about this. Just in case you don’t get it, this is Speaker Mark-Viverito getting a dick up her ass. Which this is appropriate, since she is getting done to her, what Mark-Viverito and all the other elected assholes have been doing to Queens and us. I tried one with Comrie, but his ass is just way too big to be penetrated. Know any bull elephants available?

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Asshole Council Speaker mark viverito

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From Queens Courier:

QNS/File photo

QNS/File photo
The fenced-off former site of the Civic Virtue statue in Kew Gardens.

Workers have begun transforming the former site of the controversial Civic Virtue statue near Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens into a public green space, according to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Contractors are repairing damaged stone work at the base of the fountain upon which the statue — now a resident of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn — once stood at the corner of Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard. New landscaping, lighting and benches will also be installed.

The $720,000 project also includes the installation of a plaque rededicating the site in honor of all the women of Queens, Katz said in an announcement Tuesday. For many, it’s symbolic of the removal of Civic Virtue itself, as the marble sculpture of a naked man standing atop two female sirens was considered sexist.

“This restoration project will create a fitting tribute in a prominent location in our borough’s civic center, dedicated to the women of Queens,” Katz said. “The site will soon host a visible, meaningful tribute to the women of Queens and become a public space utilized and enjoyed by all.”

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and state Senator Leroy Comrie also expressed approval of the project in statements on Tuesday.

“This new public space will now be able to be enjoyed by everyone, and will contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of our borough,” Koslowitz said.

“It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of these outstanding public servants (Katz and Koslowitz) that Queens residents will have a beautiful, newly restored public space to enjoy,” Comrie added.

Commissioned in 1909 by then-Mayor George McClellan Jr., Civic Virtue was designed by sculptor Frederick MacMonnies and architect Thomas Hastings and was originally placed outside of City Hall. It was controversial from the beginning, as many questioned the use of a male figure to represent virtue and female figures to represent vice and corruption.

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Civic Virtue as it appeared in Kew Gardens in 2007 (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia had the statue moved away from City Hall in 1940; according to reports, he hated looking at the statue’s backside while traveling to and from work every day. The statue was moved to a location near Borough Hall after its completion.

In 2012, after protests from residents and elected officials who found Civic Virtue offensive, the city had it moved from Borough Hall to Green-Wood Cemetery, where MacMonnies is buried. The statue removal and restoration at the cemetery cost the city $100,000.

The city Department of Design and Construction is directing the restoration of the Kew Gardens site, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.

 

DON’T CONFUSE PROGRESSIVE LEADERS LIKE DE BLASIO & MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO WITH “FOR THE PEOPLE” THEY ARE JUST POLITICAL WHORES WHO DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU, JUST LIKE JAMAICA’S CREW

WHORES, WHORES, WHORES……………………………and not even the good kind. These so-called “Progressive Democrats” are not for the people, especially these questionable one here in Corrupt New York. De Blasio and Mark-Viverito have proved over and over again they are just political whores that could care less about the people, even though they say otherwise. But their action speaks volumes.

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Asshole Council Speaker mark viverito

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From Take Back NYC:

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2016

Contact: Kirsten Theodos
Kirsten@takebacknyc.nyc

Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, and Councilman Cornegy earn A+ grade for serving special interest

Earn an F for NOT serving the people and small businesses

Dateline NYC, May 4, 2016: Recently, 80 advocate groups representing small businesses, professionals, and tenants’ rights released their mid-term grade of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s economic policy for NYC’s small businesses. The conclusion: F.

A special committee organized by the Small Business Congress “…was comprised of only people who have a minimum of 25 years experience in owning and operating a small business in NYC or advocating for small businesses.  Furthermore, to avoid conflict of interests, no member has received government funding or has contracts with the city/state, or was consultant to any big business or government funded organization.  No member’s organization has board members or officers who represent banks, SBA, the real estate industry or promoted loan programs.  This committee was comprised of representatives from each borough, most of the city’s ethnic minority and women business owners, professional businesses, and every type of business in NYC including arts and Not for Profits.”

The committee found “The record shows as Councilman, Bill de Blasio had first-hand knowledge of the dire consequences faced by business owners under Bloomberg’s anti- small business policies and the instability and crisis it created.  As Councilman and candidate for Public Advocate he was the strongest voice for the passage of real solutions to the real problems of NYC businesses, like the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) to stop the closing of long established businesses caused by exorbitant rent increases.  Yet as Mayor, he remains silent on the small business crisis and the need to address any major problem which would save a single small business or a single New Yorker’s job.”

The report concluded that the crisis had gotten significantly worse during the first two years of Mayor de Blasio’s Administration.  During that time, 12,363 Court Warrants to Evict Commercial Businesses were issued with an est. 30,000 Businesses Closed Citywide and an est. 200,000 NYers lost their jobs.  “…under Mayor de Blasio’s economic policy, for long established businesses, NYC is the worse major city in the world to survive lease expiration and negotiate fair lease terms which allow a reasonable profit.”

Many NYers are confused that with a “progressive” Mayor, Speaker and City Council all pledging to promote progressive legislation and declaring to be pro-small business (because they are “the backbone of our economy”), why they have remained silent as our small businesses are being destroyed.   Even more perplexing, why is our progressive City Council denying democracy to a bill that would stop the closing of long established small businesses?  It is apparent that like Albany, our city’s political system is being rigged by electeds who have received big real estate campaign contributions, as our Mom & Pops become extinct.

The F grade given to Mayor de Blasio is the result of his failure to address the crisis faced by our city’s small business owners.  But this failure is not solely on the feet of NYC’s chief executive.  It also falls on our City Council and those we have elected to represent us.  Chief amongst these fellow failed progressives are Chairman of the Committee on Small Business, Council Member Robert Cornegy, and City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito.  Both along with the Mayor are perpetuating former Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-small business policies, making the crisis worse by continuing to collaborate with the real estate lobby to keep the status quo and denying a vote on the SBJSA.

Also contributing to the F grade is the fact that in July 2014, Chairman Cornegy began working on legislation to address the problem of businesses closing due to exorbitant speculative rent increases and still he has not produced anything.  Since then, the crisis has significantly worsened and in the two years since he began his work, he has presented nothing to his committee to consider in an attempt to save a single small business.  For two years, Cornegy has stalled and abandoned the NYC small business community while they are closing in record numbers and struggling to survive. (Over 1,000 small businesses close every month across the five boroughs)  Cornegy has also turned his back on 27 true progressive Council Members who support the SBJSA; a clear majority of the City Council and of his Committee.  Today, under his leadership the courts are evicting on average 542 businesses per month with that number growing disproportionately in the boroughs of the Bronx and Brooklyn.  While Cornegy acknowledges a crisis exists and something has to be done to stop the closing of small businesses, he has done absolutely nothing except talk about hypothetical legislation originating from MBP Brewer’s small business proposal and doing what big real estate wants: keeping the power with the landlords and not calling a hearing on the SBJSA.

Recently, the NY Daily News reported on the small business crisis in NYC with their piece ”Malls of America”.  A crisis that Cornegy continues to acknowledge but still does nothing to address it.   Under Cornegy and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s leadership, it is acceptable to stall and do nothing while our small businesses disappear as Cornegy’s predecessor, Small Business Committee Chairman Yassky had rightly predicted.  It’s not just the business owners who are suffering under Cornegy and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s do nothing policy created by the real estate lobby.   The other victims are their employees and their families facing lower wages or being laid off, the character of our neighborhoods changing, lost job opportunities for low income families and hard to employ NYers, fixed income families forced to pay higher prices, and jeopardizing our city’s entire middle class when the backbone of our economy is breaking due to high rents.

When Cornegy was asked why he won’t allow for a public hearing of the only solution before the City Council, the SBJSA, he responded, “I’m not certain it will get passed.”  The sheer audacity that his opinion somehow carries more weight than the majority in the City Council who support the SBJSA, not to mention the cumulative nearly 4 million NYers they represent, is a complete failure to understand democracy and the role he was elected to serve.

Cornegy’s added excuse for his inaction was, “it (SBJSA) will not yield what people are looking for.”   What the people are looking for are their beloved Mom & Pops to survive, not giving them a one year extension to move.  The real estate lobby on the other hand is looking to keep the status quo which protects landlords’ windfall profits by encouraging phony proposals that would make the crisis worse and expedite the displacement of our small businesses.  Cornegy needs to be enlightened about the democratic process.  Legislation is not made behind closed doors by career bureaucrats working in the Speaker and Mayor’s offices, who are following orders from the real estate lobby.  Cornegy’s allegiance to City Hall’s shadow government controlled by big real estate and his lack of experience with small businesses has actually made the crisis worse.  Rent gouging is out of control and is now happening all over the city and Cornegy is calling this part of an organic natural growth progress, a talking point originating from the real estate lobby to justify the unintended consequences of real estate speculation and greed.

Speaker Mark-Viverito also contributes to the Mayor’s F grade for allowing her office to be influenced by the real estate lobby and stopping a vote on the SBJSA.  In 2009, the SBJSA had 32 sponsors including the entire Small Business Committee and was certain to easily pass into law.  To stop a vote on the SBJSA, then Speaker Quinn used an unsubstantiated lie created by REBNY, that the bill had “legal problems”.  Even though this claim was later proved to be without any legal merit, it is still being regurgitated today by many members of the Council to justify inaction and deny sponsorship of the SBJSA.   The Speaker’s office today is using the same lie about the bill’s legality to deny a public hearing on the SBJSA.  NYers did not expect a continuation of Speaker Quinn’s sell out to the real estate lobby from a so called “progressive”.  And to add further insult to our desperate small business owners and to democracy, the Speaker recently announced at the State of the City address that the Council will create a planning committee to study the small business problem and recommend solutions like tax incentives to landlords.  Another study, (this will be the third small business study since 2014) is an already used stalling tactic created by REBNY to prevent a vote on the SBJSA.

Self-anointed ‘progressives’ like de Blasio, Cornegy, and Mark-Viverito were elected to pass progressive legislation and the SBJSA is progressive legislation. Instead, we get a phony ‘progressive’ Mayor and City Council whose only true claim to progressiveness is progressively lining the pockets of big real estate.

It’s time to begin recognizing progressive elected officials by their actions, not by their rhetoric.  With this measurement, we have 27 of the 51 City Council Members we can truly call progressives whether they call themselves democrat or republican.  Progressiveness lies in not only passing progressive social legislation but economic as well.  By any measure, Mayor de Blasio, Chairman Cornegy and Speaker Mark-Viverito are failures when we look at their actions to save our small businesses, not what they say — they all deserve a big F grade.  It’s time to pass the SBJSA, it’s time for action, it’s time for democracy to return to City Hall.

Kirsten Theodos

TakeBackNYC

http://www.takebacknyc.nyc

ISOLATED INCIDENT OF DRUGGED MAN ATTACKING TWO PEOPLE IN JAMAICA MOSQUE BRING OUT THE LOCAL POLITICIANS – BUT CONTINUOUS DANGEROUS ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS & DANGEROUS WASTE STATIONS – FUCKING NOTHING.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

Amazing that an isolated incident where a drugged out man walked into a Jamaica mosque and attacked two people brings out local politicians in full force (http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/18/jmcassault_2016_04_29_q.html), yet the continuous dangerous illegal truck driving on Jamaica residential streets which pose both safety, health and noise issues and need is say again ILLEGAL, they are nowhere to be found. Wonder if it was a drugged out white man in a black Jamaica church or a drugged out black man in a white church, would they come out. Regardless, where are they on this continuous ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING situation, especially by private waste trucks like Royal Waste, which is located right in the middle of downtown Jamaica near residents, Keith Williams Park (directly across the street) and a NYCHA senior citizens apartment building.

And speaking of Royal Waste and other polluting waste stations and companies. Maybe Jamaica BID, GJDC and Jamaica Now Action Plan would like to put this in their materials and highlight how wonderful Jamaica is and the companies here. I mean if these companies do not even care about their own employees, you think they give a shit about the residents of Jamaica. SO WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU SO-CALLED LEADERS?

The Daily News:

Private sanitation companies in NYC are rife with dangerous and illegal conditions, advocates charge

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:35 AM
“These workers were employed by companies that had no regard for their lives, companies whose violations of safety and health regulations are nothing less than criminal,” said Charlene Obernauer.

Douglas Ave in downtown Jamaica.

Google Earth –“These workers were employed by companies that had no regard for their lives, companies whose violations of safety and health regulations are nothing less than criminal,” said Charlene Obernauer.

Private sanitation companies in the city are rife with dangerous and illegal conditions that injure and sometimes kill their workers, advocates charged in a new report.

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health found the for-profit companies, which cart away commercial trash, routinely break rules and force employees to work with faulty equipment and no training — and a whopping 71% of workers surveyed said they’d been injured on the job.

A spate of fatalities documented by the group were caused by equipment that lacked required safeguards, and employees who were instructed to watch and follow what other workers were doing instead of being given any training.

A driver for Chambers Paper Fibers Corporation was killed by his runaway truck, which lacked a park gear. Google Earth –A driver for Chambers Paper Fibers Corporation was killed by his runaway truck, which lacked a park gear.

“These workers were employed by companies that had no regard for their lives, companies whose violations of safety and health regulations are nothing less than criminal,” said Charlene Obernauer, executive director of NYCOSH. “But they’re still operating. Many of them still have their licenses.”

In one case, a worker at Regal Recycling Company in Queens was killed when he was hit by the bucket of a front end loader in 2005. Less than four years later, three employees at the same company were killed when they were overcome and asphyxiated by hydrogen sulfide gas.

A driver for Chambers Paper Fibers Corporation was killed by his runaway truck, which lacked a park gear, and a helper at Flag Container Services was killed when a dumpster fell on him from a truck with a defective latching mechanism. A 64-year-old sorter at Cooper Tank Recycling died from excessive heat exposure.

A 64-year-old sorter at Cooper Tank Recycling died from excessive heat exposure. no credit –A 64-year-old sorter at Cooper Tank Recycling died from excessive heat exposure.

“These fatalities and other injuries … were not accidents. They were unnecessary, they were foreseeable, and they were preventable,” said report author Dave Newman. “In each of these cases, an employer failed to comply with legally required measures and with industry standards to keep workers safe from harm.”

Sydney Marthone, a former worker at Five Star carting, said he had pieces of his fingers sliced off while riding on the back of a truck, and now his boss is resisting paying workers compensation. “I was hurt at work, and now I can’t pay my bills,” he said.

 

OUR COMMUTE IS MORE STUFFED THAN A PORN STAR DOING A TRIPLE PENETRATION

If Jamaica ever takes off and all this development takes place, wait till you see how packed the E and F train get, plus you will be sharing it with the homeless too.

NOWHERE TO RUN.

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From The New York Times:

Surge in Ridership Pushes New York Subway to Limit

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Riders waiting for the L train on a packed subway platform at Union Square in Manhattan last month. Subway use, now at nearly 1.8 billion rides a year, has not been this high in New York City since 1948. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

For New Yorkers who rely on the 86th Street subway station on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the morning commute is a humbling experience. An endless stream of people funnel onto the platforms. Trains arrive with a wall of humanity already blocking the doorways.

As No. 6 trains pull into the upper level of the station, riders scan for an opening and, if they can, squeeze in for a suffocating ride downtown.

“You can wait four or five subways to get on, and you’re just smushed,” Cynthia Hallenbeck, the chief financial officer at a nonprofit, said before boarding a train on a recent morning.

The Lexington Avenue line is the most crowded in the system, but subway riders across New York City are finding themselves on platforms and trains that are beyond crowded. L train stations in Brooklyn are routinely overwhelmed. In Queens, No. 7 train riders regularly endure packed conditions.

Subway use, now at nearly 1.8 billion rides a year, has not been this high since 1948, when the fare was a nickel and the Dodgers were still almost a decade away from leaving Brooklyn. Today, train delays are rising, and even a hiccup like a sick passenger or a signal malfunction can inundate stations with passengers.

Delays caused by overcrowding have quadrupled since 2012 to more than 20,000 each month, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The crowded trains can make for tense commutes, contributing to an uptick in assaults among disgruntled passengers, the transit police say. With crowds lining the platform edge, some riders and train operators worry that someone could fall onto the tracks.

And with summer approaching, the imposed intimacy will soon be even less welcome, as platform temperatures climb into the 80s and 90s.

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The New York Commute in the 1930s

Archival footage from 1939 shows just how busy the commute was at the 34th Street station in New York as subway riders scrambled onto crowded trains.

By THE MARCH OF TIME, VIA GETTY IMAGES on Publish Date May 3, 2016. Photo by The March of Time, via Getty Images. Watch in Times Video »“In terms of physical discomfort and feeling that life stinks in the subway, this is the No. 1 culprit,” said Gene Russianoff, the longtime leader of the Straphangers Campaign, a rider advocacy group.

Subway ridership in New York is in the midst of a resurgence almost unimaginable in the 1970s and ’80s, when the system was defined by graffiti and crime. Ridership has steadily risen to nearly six million daily riders today from about four million in the 1990s.

But the subway infrastructure has not kept pace, and that has left the system with a litany of needs, many of them essential to maintaining current service or accommodating the increased ridership. The authority’s board recently approved $14.2 billion for the subway as part of a $29.5 billion, five-year capital spending plan.

On the busiest lines, like the 7, L and Q, officials say the agency is already running as many trains as it can during the morning rush. Crowds are appearing on nights and weekends, too, and the authority is adding more trains at those times.

The long-awaited opening of the Second Avenue subway on the Upper East Side this year will ease congestion on the Lexington Avenue line. Installing a modern signal system, which would allow more trains to run, is many years away for most lines.

In the meantime, the agency is doing its best to keep trains moving on the century-old system. Workers known as platform controllers have been deployed at busy stations like 86th Street to direct crowds so that trains can depart more quickly.

Subway guards, the early-20th-century forerunner of today’s platform controllers, were posted at busy stations the last time the system had this many riders, during the Great Depression and World War II era. That role, The New York Times noted in 1930, required the skills of “a football player, a head usher, a stage director, pugilist, circus barker and a sardine packer.”

That year, the city’s health commissioner criticized the “indecency of present overcrowding” and warned of protecting riders from contagious diseases. A video from the New York Transit Museum’s archive shows subway riders scrambling onto crowded trains in the 1940s.

Another big city currently grappling with huge crowds is London, and there the Tube has taken drastic measures: Stations simply close when they get too crowded. The busy Oxford Circus station in that city’s West End was closed more than 100 times over the course of one year, officials said, leaving hordes of riders to mill about at street level.

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Platform controllers, like this worker at Union Square in March, have been deployed at busy stations to direct crowds so that trains can depart more quickly. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

It is difficult to imagine New Yorkers patiently waiting at roped-off subway entrances.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the authority, said such restrictions were not necessary in New York City — at least for now.

“At this point, we don’t feel there are any current safety issues associated with overcrowding, but it’s something we will continue to monitor as ridership grows,” Mr. Ortiz said.

The authority has weighed several proposals, including buying trains with open pathways between cars that can carry more riders and installing platform safety doors, like those on the AirTrain at Kennedy International Airport, to serve as a barrier to keep riders from falling onto the tracks.

Brussard Alston, a train operator for nearly two decades who has worked on the C line, said operators were instructed to approach crowded stations slowly, at about 10 miles per hour.

“When you’re bringing the train into the station and you see the station is packed, you always have that on your mind — the possibility that somebody could be pushed or someone could fall or trip or faint,” Mr. Alston said.

At the 86th Street station, riders stood away from the platform edge because of such concerns. Parents with young children held on extra tight.

“I worry about that all the time,” Wendy Baez, an officer manager at a law firm, said. “That’s why I always stay in the back.”

As Tara Salvemini arrived on the platform, she said she left for work early to avoid the crowds.

“People are trying to walk back because they don’t want to get too close to the edge, and they’re pushing you forward,” Ms. Salvemini, who works in the entertainment industry, said. “People can be very aggressive.”

Nearby, a platform controller gave stern directives over a microphone: “Do not block the doors!” “Step all the way in!”

 

LIC GETS NICE BIKE LANES ON PULASKI BRIDGE WHILE JAMAICA RESIDENTIAL STREETS HAVE DANGEROUS ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING

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I doubt that LIC has better local elected officials than Jamaica (well, since the fucking bar is so low, yes LIC does have better local elected officials than the lazy, useless and corrupt hood rats that we have), BUT, residents in LIC actually care and voice their issues LOUD and CLEAR and DEMAND, while most of Jamaica residents are like the Jamaica local elected officals and other so-called leaders, they just accept, they don’t speak out or they get bamboozled by this motley ebony crew of do nothings like Comrie, Meeks, Cooks, Miller, Wills and other assorted assholes.

According to the article, Cyclists and pedestrians will no longer have to fight for space on a bridge linking two popular Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods. BUT Jamaica residents will still have to dodge large dangerous trucks on residential streets. One is a luxury, the other is actually law, NO TRUCKS ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS., yet is rarely enforced. Yes, we certainly  must provide luxury to LIC and Brooklyn, but necessities like SAFETY in communities like Jamaica, well, a big FUCK YOU to color of communities brought to you by leaders of color.

So while the Pulaski Bridge gets the all so important bike lane, our residential streets in Jamaica are being used as “Death Race 2000” by large dangerous and noisy huge trucks, while our leaders come up with the next great umpteenth photo op for some useless event like street naming, you know the “important stuff” that does no require heavy lifting.

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From The Daily News:

Pulaski Bridge gets bike lane, putting end to small space shared by pedestrians, cyclists

DAILY NEWS TRANSIT REPORTER
Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016, 1:52 PM
(From l.) Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, state Sen. Martin M. Dilan and Ryan Russo at the opening of the Pulaski Bridge Bikeway. Kevin C. Downs/for New York Daily News –(From l.) Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, state Sen. Martin M. Dilan and Ryan Russo at the opening of the Pulaski Bridge Bikeway.

Cyclists and pedestrians will no longer have to fight for space on a bridge linking two popular Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods.

The city opened a long-awaited two-way bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge Friday, giving cyclists a pedestrian-free lane to zip between Long Island City, Queens, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

For years, as more New Yorkers took to two wheels, cyclists and pedestrians were sharing the same cramped space on the side of the 62-year-old bridge. The old pathway will now be just for pedestrians.

Dilan, Van Bramer and Russo bike over the newly-opened Pulaski Bridge Bikeway. Kevin C. Downs/for New York Daily News

Dilan, Van Bramer and Russo bike over the newly-opened Pulaski Bridge Bikeway.

While the city was planning the bike lane, officials found that the number of cyclists using the Pulaski Bridge’s shared path on weekday mornings and afternoons doubled to about 1,000 daily between 2009 and 2013.

The city Department of Transportation took out a Brooklyn-bound traffic lane to make room for the bike lane.

 

ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING ON RESIDENTIAL STREET PICKING UP SPEED IN EARLY MORNING & EVENING HOURS – I WONDER WHY

Over a year and a half batting major ILLEGAL truck driving on my residential street of 170th between Jamaica & Hillside Avenue and results were eventually seen. Numerous summons issues, DOT puts up not one, but FIVE “NO TRUCK” signs along 170th and Jamaica Ave,  had made this normally quiet street quiet again from last summer to beginning of this year, BUT.

Yes, always a BUT in Jamaica. But in recent months some Royal Waste and other private waste trucks have been once again using 170th in evening hours (7pm – 10pm) as a shortcut as opposed to taking the truck route of 168 Street, two blocks west. But a much noisier issue has been raring it’s ugly head yet AGAIN. Very early morning (around 5:30am), several waste dump trucks and huge waste tractor trailer trucks have been HEARD and spotted using 170th, many at high speeds, causing noise and safety issues. On Monday at 3:45am, I was awoken by one of these huge noisy trucks sneaking by. Just this morning beginning at 5:45am, three large noisy trucks, including this large noisy and dangerous tractor trailer trucks came by, THREE, within a period of 15 minutes. I filed a complaint immediately, which I will eventually see the words “No violation seen at this time” or something similar to that.

ENFORCEMENT is once again needed, especially during those hours, when many trucks feel that they can get away with this to the detriment of residents on this relatively quite street.

SO WE NEED ENFORCEMENT. We need elected officials to do what is right (if they even know what right is anymore). Mayor de Blasio rarely comes to Queens (let alone to Jamaica), but he certainly knew how to come recently to a church to ask for “prayers” and of course to garnish “votes” during his scandal plague days,  but does he address quality of life issues here, even when they have to do with this pet project, VISION ZERO. Of course not, because that would be the moral and ethical thing to do as a public servant. So where are our local elected officials, hanging out with Waldo.

ENFORCEMENT is NEEDED. You have the hours, you have the documentation, no need for some lame ass long term study. JUST DO YOUR JOBS. It is not too hard, these trucks seem to be coming by a select times when they feel they will not get caught. And PLEASE do not contact me telling me I am filing too many 311 complaints. Here is a solution. STOP the illegal truck driving, the 311 complaints automatically stop.

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Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

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ILLEGAL CONVERSIONS POSE SAFETY ISSUES, FUCK UP COMMUNITIES, CAUSE GARBAGE ISSUES & BRING IN PROBLEMATIC PEOPLE

4.30.16 001Whenever I think I see an illegal conversion, I file several complaints until something happens. Illegal conversions pose safety risks not only to those in the illegal building, but to the neighbors surrounding it, since most illegal conversions are fire and electrical disasters wasting to happen due to the huge amount of people living in them and the conditions of the conversion. They are also eyesores with mounds of garbage, poor conditions since the owner does not give a shit and they are usually filled with problematic people.

Here at 170-09 89th Avenue is what at one time back in the day was a nice one family house that more than likely had a small yard, but well, this is Jamaica Now and this eyesore house has been converted to an illegal conversion crammed with folks and of course garbage. DOB had various complaints with this place going as far back as 1997 (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/ComplaintsByAddressServlet?requestid=1&allbin=4210177) . I reported this place some time ago and they removed the folks from the basement, which was illegally converted and slapped on a vacate order on the basement door. Down the road, I was seeing more people, filed another complaint. This time DOB slapped a vacate order on the main front door for the entire place a few days ago and stated that the attic was also illegally converted (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PropertyProfileOverviewServlet?boro=4&houseno=170-09&street=89th%20Ave&requestid=0&s=A03C41B885B461E4F46BD08866A7430E).

Well, I thought that would be the end of it, but according to DOB, the people did not leave and DOB was doing an inspection within 24 hours. Tonight, I noticed a whole new group of folks (with small kids) I never saw before going in and out of the basement, plus the other folks in the upstairs. I called 911, police showed, but nothing seem to have happened and the folks just went back in. I mean if there are some major safety issues, why would NYPD just allow these people to go back in and especially with small kids. I mean, you would think with the vacate order, that they would be considered trespassers. But who knows with this fucked up city.

Bottom line, this city needs to fucking crackdown on this shit which fucks up communities. And you know what, if you cannot afford to live in this city, then go to another state or city where you can afford to live LEGALLY. We have too many folks in this city to begin with and way too many low-class ones to boot. I mean it is a BIG FUCKING COUNTRY.

The low-class bunch attempted to remove DOB's Vacate Order

The low-class bunch attempted to remove DOB’s Vacate Order

Ah, the new bottom of the barrels have appeared within a day of the vacate order.

Ah, the new bottom of the barrels have appeared within a day of the vacate order.

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Like she looks like she could afford to pay for three kids and I am sure there are more in the basement.