WOW, talk about a snow job bullshit story on Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. But then what would you expect from the Commercial Observer, which is just a big real estate media outlet and since Melinda is in the deep pockets of the real estate developerS, of course it is going to be filled with bullshit over top of more bullshit wrapped in bullshit, like the constantly over used phrase of Katz, “most diverse county” in the United States. There are more than 130 languages spoken throughout the borough, with 120 countries represented.”

Like who gives a flying fuck when most of your borough looks like third world shit with the exception of Katz’s hood of Forest Hills (where I am sure huge trucks do not drive on her residential street) and LIC and Astoria.

I also love the line, “Hotels are good to a large extent, because if we are building hotels it means that people actually are coming here,” Ms. Katz said.  Ah, NOT REALLY, it could also mean that many of the said hotels will be turned into homeless shelters like several have in Jamaica and let’s not forget the huge Pan Am Hotel on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst or did you forget about those hotels Ms. Katz.

Now, please excuse me while I throw up from all this this shit I just digested.



From Commercial Observer:

Melinda Katz Leads Her Borough Through High Times With a Little Bite

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in her office (Photo: Sasha Maslov/For Commercial Observer).
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in her office (Photo: Sasha Maslov/For Commercial Observer).

successful borough president knows how to rile up a cheering section.

The master of this was Brooklyn’s Marty Markowitz. He was born with Nathan’s frankfurters dangling out of his cuffs, and Junior’s cheesecake on his breath. He radiated unadulterated love for all things Brooklyn—from the Nets, to the Cyclones, to the Atlantic Antic. And he presided over Brooklyn during a period when it was easy to be a cheerleader for Kings County. The borough was poised for a once-in-a-generation boon, and Mr. Markowitz was its most well-known mascot.

Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president, finds herself in a similar situation, albeit slightly to the northeast. If Brooklyn was ready for its close-up 10 years ago, the cameras are focusing on Queens now. It has the same undervalued housing stock that Brooklyn once had; it offers the same proximity to Manhattan; and it offers the New York Mets over the Cyclones. But unlike Mr. Markowitz, who seemed to be all about the Brooklyn cheer, Ms. Katz treats her job with a little more bite.

When Astoria Cove, the mega-development being built by an Alma Realty Corp-led team that will provide 1,700 apartments (20 percent of them affordable), as well as an elementary school, a 25,000-square-foot supermarket, a new waterfront esplanade and expanded parking, came before the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), she recommended against it.

She thought the developers could do better than 20 percent on the affordable housing component.

“I think my overall job is to create economic development and create tourism,” Ms. Katz, 50, said. “And the reason why I think we are so popular is because we are a borough of families. We are a borough that folks fight their whole lives to come to. And so that requires an infrastructure for families, too, but that’s not preclusive of one another.”

Rendering of the proposed mixed-use development Astoria Cove. (Rendering: STUDIO V).

She called for the developers to build 35 percent of the units as affordable to accommodate more middle-income families. Also, she demanded ferry service to be added to the project as the nearest subway is about a mile away.

After long negotiations with the city council, developers agreed to reserve 27 percent of the project for affordable housing. Also, a $5 million ferry dock is being built.

But Ms. Katz’s involvement in the neighborhood revitalization didn’t stop there. She allocated $1 million (and Astoria council member Costa Constantinides added an additional $1 million) for an eco-dock and center on the peninsula that would provide educational programing for local students about marine life and environmental sustainability. And then she allocated another $1 million to redo the existing Hallets Point Playground near the 1,102-unit Astoria Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development on the peninsula.

“Melinda Katz is a very shrewd, caring borough president,” Mr. Constantinides told Commercial Observer. “She understand the issues very well. She was an invaluable resource to have as part of this process. We were able to get a landmarked deal because she was part of this process.”

Waving the banner of Queens is somewhat personal to Ms. Katz. A native of Forest Hills, who took the seat at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens nearly two years ago following a landslide victory, she is also one of its most connected daughters.

Her father, David, was a well-known conductor who founded the Queens Symphony Orchestra in 1953, and her mother, Jeanne Dale, was a singer who created the Queens Council on the Arts in 1966. (In a nod to her musical family Katz has been known to sing “God Bless America” at events.) 

“Me being borough president is sort of a culmination of their careers,” Ms. Katz said.

Even as the borough president, Ms. Katz still lives in the same house in which she grew up with her two young children, Hunter, 4, and Carter, 7 (both fathered by radio talk show host and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa), about a mile and a half from Borough Hall.

Ms. Katz graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned a law degree from St. John’s University (a 10-minute drive from Borough Hall) and was a politician for two decades with time in the New York State Assembly and then the city council, where she chaired the land use committee.

In interviews, Ms. Katz is prone to repeat that Queens is the   This is why Ms. Katz branded Queens “The World’s Borough” last year, and partly why travel guide Lonely Planet named Queens the number one destination in the United States this year.

And her Queens boosting goes deeper than merely the latest magazine article—Ms. Katz co-chaired the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, which oversaw a series of events over a six-month period last year commemorating the 75th and 50th (together) anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair events at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It brought thousands of families to the park, and an estimated 60,000 people showed up just for the May 18, 2014 World’s Fair Anniversary Festival.

‘But it’s up to the borough presidents to make sure that their districts get enough attention. I do think that Melinda keeps them on their toes.’—Rob MacKay

The success of the event led to another World’s Fair celebration in the park this June, which, coupled with her 16 free “Katz Concert” events, made for a summer packed with programming.

“I’ve got a 4 year old and a 7 year old—I know what it’s like to make the weekend go by,” Ms. Katz said.

Another family event that Ms. Katz was involved in was the reopening of the New York State Pavilion, an extraterrestrial-like relic of the 1964 World’s Fair, which brought an estimated 5,000 people to see inside it for the first time in decades last year. (The movie “Men in Black” made a fairly convincing case that the pavilion was, in fact, extraterrestrial.)

The pavilion faced demolition last year before Ms. Katz and local advocates fought for it. She has led the charge to raise funds to paint, renovate and relight the structure, because of its historical relevance. It is also expected to help tourism, which is another industry that has been growing during her tenure.

Ms. Katz has been on the frontlines in a battle for more attention for Queens from NYC & Company, the organization that markets New York City (where Mr. Markowitz is a vice president).

“I understand that Manhattan gets most of the money and that’s reasonable. People don’t come from Stockholm, Sweden to check out the Applebee’s on Jamaica Avenue,” said Rob MacKay, the tourism director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “But it’s up to the borough presidents to make sure that their districts get enough attention. I do think that Melinda keeps them on their toes.”

A key area for tourism growth in the borough is Long Island City, due to its proximity to Manhattan.

In 2008, there were just five hotels in the neighborhood and now there are 26, according to 2015 data from the LIC Partnership, a local business advocacy group. The 17-story, 183-key Hilton Garden Inn located at 29-21 41st Avenue opened in April. And the 108-key Boro Hotel opened in the summer, becoming number 26. And 25 more hotels are in the pipeline in just LIC. Ms. Katz is working with local leaders to make sure the enormous growth helps provide locals with jobs.

“Hotels are good to a large extent, because if we are building hotels it means that people actually are coming here,” Ms. Katz said. “Part of what we want to make sure is as new businesses open up, including the hotels, that they are actually hiring from the community.”

Ms. Katz is on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s seven-member airport master plan advisory panel, which is overseeing the biggest transportation project in the borough and arguably the city, in the redesign of John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. While much has yet to be completed with those plans, the redesigns include a 505-key, $265 million hotel at JFK constructed and managed by a partnership of MCR Development and JetBlue. The airport redesign is a topic, which concerns Ms. Katz as much as it excites her, because of complaints of airport noise and pollution from neighbors and activists living nearby.

“If we are going to be a borough of families and raise kids here you have to be able to sleep at night, and send your kids to school without closing the windows because of the airport noise,” Ms. Katz said.

Development is all over. A 70-story building on top of a Long Island City clocktower is on the drawing board. Development in Queens has even reached the once-written-off Jamaica. Local activists led by nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and city agencies started the process of extending subway service down Archer Avenue, creating the JFK AirTrain station in 2002 and then six years later offering a massive rezoning plan of its commercial corridor area to encourage larger mixed-use development.

Now as a transportation hub of numerous buses, subway lines, LIRR service and the JFK AirTrain, developers are venturing into Jamaica for the first time in decades. Numerous hotels, commercial and housing projects are planned for the area. Those include Able Management Group’s 27-story, 225-room Hilton Garden Inn at 93-47 Sutphin Boulevard and BRP Companies’ 26-story, 580 mixed-income housing project, The Crossing at Jamaica Station, near the JFK AirTrain. About 100,000 square feet spanning the first three levels of the BRP project will be dedicated to local and national retailers.

“She has been supportive of what we are trying to do,” Meredith Marshall, the co-founder of BRP, said. “Our plan sort of was announced right when Melinda was taking office so we worked with the prior administration. We had to present our plan to her and she was very receptive.”

The Crossing at Jamaica Station (Rendering: FXFOWLE).

Ms. Katz and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen worked with leaders of the community to build a 21-step initiative called the Jamaica Now Action Plan, to promote and beautify the neighborhood. Following nine months and more than 30 meetings with local leaders and community members, the completed plan will bring $153 million to the neighborhood in the form of renovated green spaces and streetscapes, jobs creation systems, support of the arts and programming, marketing of the neighborhood and services for local businesses. It’s a plan that many say will be the final push in revitalizing the community, leading to further growth.

“With the Jamaica Now Action Plan it creates an agenda for certain portions of the community, and we are marketing [Jamaica] so coupled with that I think it will be a winning combination,” Mr. Marshall said.

He added, “Jamaica doesn’t have the buzz yet, but I believe once our building goes up along with those hotels the buzz will come.”

Further south from Jamaica is Rockaway, which has particularly benefited from the borough’s growth because of its beaches. But even there, a bone of contention has been limited ferry service to Manhattan.

“[Ms. Katz] has been a big advocate throughout the borough, but certainly with the Rockaway ferry,” said State Senator Joe Addabbo, who represents the neighborhood. “She was with me in the city council when we voted for the initial ferry pilot program in one of the city’s worst fiscal situations on the heels of 9/11.”

As a councilwoman she voted for allocating money in 2002 for a ferry to Rockaway. And again during her run for the borough presidency, she campaigned partially on permanent Rockaway ferry service, which was implemented after Superstorm Sandy for a short pilot period to help provide additional transit options to the area.

“With the ferry, not only will retail come but housing, because people now can live there and work in Manhattan,” Ms. Katz said. “Right now if you live in the Rockaways and you work in Manhattan you’re spending an hour and a half commuting every day.”

Rockaway ferry service will be relaunched as part of the city East River Ferry network in 2017.

“If you have families here, you need jobs, you need hotels for your families to visit, you need to create the work so it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to get to your job,” Ms. Katz said. “People are moving here in record numbers in order to raise their kids. They are trusting their entire family to this borough and there is a responsibility that comes with that. And I think we are living up to it.”




Received an email from Jamaica Business Improvement District talking about new businesses on Jamaica Ave.

Well, let me say neither Carter’s Babies and Kids or Skechers Outlet is anything to really brag about. This is just more of the typical crap that gets dumped into ghetto hoods. The Avenue already has cheap crappy baby and kid’s store and, really another shoe stores, several of them. If your goal is to make Jamaica more shitty and ghetto, then these two stores will add to the flavor. Nothing wrong with having a few cheap low-class stores, but does everyone have to be low-class shitty crap stores. I guess give the people what they want, but many of the people I know in the area, would not be caught dead on the Ave or that is the only way to be on the Ave.

And I could say with a 100% accuracy it will be staffed with unprofessional rude employers who know nothing about customer service. The Skechers in Queens Center mall has gotten horrible reviews on the employees, can you imagine the employees here in Jamaica, which has some of the worst customer service by lazy ass rude folks. Also within a week of opening, both stores will look like a hurricane hit due to the low-class people who can make a mess out of a store within minutes and turn it to SHIT!

Guess me and others will continue to spend our money outside this shit hole of a business district.

Hardly the “Buzz” stated in that email.

Time to be moving on eventually, doesn’t look like the “revitalization” of Jamaica is happening anytime soon. Just more low-class third world ghetto crap to appease the masses. But unfortunately, much of Queens is headed into the “vibrant & diverse” crap. Not there goes the neighborhood, but there goes the borough.



The Buzz In Downtown Jamaica!!!



Welcome To The Nabe!!!



First off, I want to say that the 103rd precinct has done an pretty amazing job of ticketing the trucks that have been driving on 170th Street, a residential street (not a truck route). There definitely has been a slowdown and the huge tractor trailer trucks like oil tankers and such is pretty non-existent. But there are still noisy dump trucks that come by sometimes in the morning as the photo below shows from this morning and the evening hours between 5pm and 11pm, sometimes later is still having truck issues with the private waste haulers and some dump trucks, which still continue to use this street. Is there any game plan on this, like at least once or twice a month monitoring 170th (and other streets) for an hour or two when it is known that trucks come through (especially the evening hours). Sure we now have signs up on 170th, but if there is not going to be a regular enforcement of the law and it is  just wait for me to file a complaint, then this problem will continue over and over again.

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But the big problem is a HUGE inequality between communities of color and other communities and since I have lived in both, there is a major difference when it comes to quality of life issues being addressed and enforced properly.

This whole truck fiasco, which still happens on other Jamaica residential streets (like Foch Blvd, 175th, 179th), has been going on for many, many years and everyone from top to bottom has been aware of this, DOT, NYPD, Community Boards, local elected leaders, Queens Borough Presidents and others. They have just chosen to ignore it and do very little. I mean let’s face it, we are not talking about trying to stop ISIS, but enforcing laws that are on the books. But this is a major issue in black communities. Ironic that our so-called “progressive mayor” is heading to Iowa to preach about the critical issue of income inequality, but yet he and his staff have done little about inequality of services and quality of life issues in communities of color such as Jamaica. And our Borough President, loves to talk about our wonderful diverse community and justice for all, but completely ignores such issues as the illegal truck driving in such communities. I mean we all know that this would not be happening in Forest Hills. Our local elected leaders have been at fault on this issue as well as on many of these issues not being addressed properly as well as the many many church leaders in this community who are staying silent. I mean who is sticking up for this community when it comes to these issues. If I did not make such a big deal and spend a long time on the truck driving issue on my street, it would still be completely out of control, because no one is stepping up to the plate for communities of color. Just give me one good example and not the lame closing of a Chase bank branch that is out of the control of elected officials.  And where is Public Advocate, Letitia James, who is a person of color and knows damn well that what is going on in Jamaica is morally wrong. I mean where is she (her office certainly gets all of my notices about issues). She knew how to come out to Jamaica and stump for Leroy Comrie when he was running for Senator, but yet totally ignored all the issues in this community that are not being properly addressed.

Sure some issues like littering are caused by the people, but you cannot blame the people for trucks driving illegally on residential streets or huge tractor trailer trucks parking illegally on residential streets or ice cream trucks blasting music illegally when parked at all hours or homeless shelters being constantly dumped into this community at an alarming rate. No, blame must be placed on the powers to be for allowing and choosing to do very little to nothing.

Progressive liberal Democrats love to talk a good game, but that is all it is talk with little action. They want justice for all, they want everyone to be treated equally, yet as long as it is not in their own backyard, they don’t give shit, RIGHT MS. KATZ. You would be singing a different tune if large trucks were driving on your street in front of your house every single day at all hours of the day and night.

Yep, this is certainly a BLACK THANG!

One person commented on Pamela Hazel’s article on homeless shelters being dumped in Jamaica that was on the Queens Crap Website and it hits the nail on the head:

“But what can one expect when there is a palpable anarchic vibe in the air these days. From the rubber stamp rezoning that have emboldened opportunistic greed among developers to the blatant intentional lack of interest and indifference from those entrusted to serve their districts to the social and moral decay among citizens.”

Mayor deBlasio, Letitia James, Melinda Katz, Leroy Comrie, Gregory Meeks, Ruben Wills, Vivian Cook, Rev. Floyd Flake and countless others. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED of what you could be doing to make a community better. As the true American would say

BUT if you folks in Jamaica do not stand up and fight, this shit will keep on continuing. Demand better and while some of you like to scream out RACISM, now would be a good time to do that, because it is glaring blatant in this community by our own leaders. Bring that up to good ole boy assembly member district 29 candidate Alicia Hyndman, who wants your vote.



The Jamaica community from my point of view is pretty much shit and sure you can blame the asshole elected officials that many of you keep putting in office like the black Humpty Dumpty, useless Leroy Comrie,  who for twelves years as councilman did shit (please folks inform me of his great achievements in all those years, name just two big accomplishments) and as Senator he will also have pretty much the same useless track record. The same can be said for Vivian Cook, Malcolm Smith, Gregory Meeks and Ruben Wills.

BUT big blames goes TO YOU FOLKS. You who sit on the sidelines and do not say anything, those who complain to their friend or neighbor, yet never contact an elected official or file a complaint to 311. Those who just think all this bullshit is just normal.

Well, keep that up and you neighborhood will turn into an even bigger pile of shit or developers will swope in and gentrify the place, which is what they do when neighborhoods turn to shit.

SO FUCKING GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND DO SOMETHING. File complaints, call the police community affairs department (all precincts have one, just to the precincts website), call or email your elected officials, file 311 complaints OFTEN, attend community board meetings and BE LOUD, attend your precincts community council meetings and again BE LOUD. BUT be persistent, don’t just file one complaint and that is it. File all the time until you see progress.

Here are some meeting YOU SHOULD ATTEND, especially the precinct meetings:

Jamaica Precinct Meetings where you can bring up issues such as illegal truck driving on residential streets, ice cream trucks blasting music while their vehicles are stopped (which is ILLEGAL) and other issues that relate to NYPD.

Meetings: The 103rd Precinct community council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at St. Benedicts R.C. Church on 171-17 110th Avenue, Jamaica 11434.

Meetings: 113th Precinct monthly community council meeting is held at 7:00 P.M. on the third Monday of the month (except July and August) at the 113th Precinct located at 167-02 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, NY, 11434-2511

Meetings: The 106th precinct council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 P.M. at the 106th Precinct located on 103-53 101st Street, Ozone Park.

Community Board meetings:

Monthly General Community Board 12 Meeting
The Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center
172-17 Linden Blvd.
St. Albans, New York 11434
7:00 p.m.
Third Wednesday Each Month
(December, Second Wednesday)

Queens Community Board 10

Meetings are held at 7:45 pm on the First Thursday of the month at:

Knights of Columbus Hall
135-45 Lefferts Boulevard
South Ozone Park, NY 11420



For various complaints:

  1. Illegal truck driving on residential streets, file complaints at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Traffic+Truck+Route+Violation

2. Ice Cream Truck Music, file complaints at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=DEP+Noise+Ice+Cream+Truck

3. Noise from a vehicle such as music blasting, etc, file complaint at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Noise+Vehicle

4. Noisy Neighbors, file complaint at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Noise+Neighbor

5. Illegal Parking, file complaints at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=NYPD+Parking

6. Illegal apartment or house conversions, file complaint at https://www1.nyc.gov/apps/311universalintake/form.htm?serviceName=DOB+Illegal+Conversion+Residential+Space

7. For all other 311 complaints, just go to the website and find your complaint: http://www1.nyc.gov/311/index.page

8. Department of Transportation Commissioner Contact: Have trucks driving illegally on your residential street. Go to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/contact-form.shtml and file a complaint as well with #1 above.

9. Illegal curb cuts – Call 311

10. Garbage complaints, go to http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dsny/contact/complaints.page

So here is some information, get off your fucking asses and start to do something, don’t wait till someone else does it. It is your community, stop letting it turn to fucking shit.

AND bombard your elected officials and Queens Borough Hall. These assholes and twats work for you, your tax dollars pay their bloated salaries. AND stop putting the same douchebags in office all the time and stop voting for the Democratic machine backed candidate, you know people like Alicia Hyndman, who is running for Assembly District 29. Otherwise you get the same fucking shit and your community never improves. Christ, for decades it has been the same fucking useless elected officials. Don’t you fucking see the connection.

I FUCKING HATE APATHY, it is while Jamaica looks the way it does and why our society is fucked up.






This is not a statement against the homeless or underprivileged, but about the continual dumping of everything that other communities (white) do not want into black neighborhoods and communities of color. They never get a break to improve themselves with this constant dumping of shit, lack of enforcement of laws and continual ignoring of quality of life issue by elected officials and THIS MAYOR. Below my rant is Jamaica resident and Community Activist Pamela Hazel’s take on the huge amount of shelters being dumped into the Jamaica community.

This is just more of the systematic destruction of black communities, while our elected leaders past and present twiddle their thumbs and do nothing but watch the destruction of black communities that they themselves are helping to cause because they have no fucking balls and do not stand up for what is right. Just the other day, Senator Comrie, Councilman Miller and the Democratic machine backed Assembly candidate Hyndmann were yapping it up because a Chase branch was closing in Springfield Gardens, like that is the end of civilization and something that none of them can do anything about. But on this issue, where the hell are they. A fucking branch of a bank closing, when another one is not too far away, is nothing. But shit like shelters being dumped in huge numbers in this community has a major detrimental effect on a community. A bank branch closing does not mean shit.

Speaking of dumping shit, here is a partial list of quality of life issues NOT BEING addressed properly in Jamaica:

1. Homeless shelters dumped and I mean DUMPED all over our communities.
2. Poisonous waste facilities DUMPED into our communities dumped near residential homes and parks, like the Royal Waste facility,which then causes noisy pollutant trucks to drive on our residential streets. Jamaica has some of the highest Asthma rates in NYC, a fact, not something made up.
3. Auto body shops DUMPED all over our community near residential homes and then we have to deal with their junked cars parked illegally on streets and sidewalks.
4.Ice Cream trucks (probably many not even licensed) dumped into our community to play ILLEGALLY loud music while they are parked at all hours of the night.
5. Methadone clinic DUMPED on Hillside Avenue and 175th, where school children have to walk by this site and see “folks” hanging out.
6. Churches of various faiths DUMPED all over the community, making various noises at all hours in residential areas, like Prem Bhakti Mandir which bangs drums out on sidewalks during wedding ceremonies at all hours, including late night, during a whole weekend.
7. Illegal posting of signs such as “cash for cars”, “we buy homes” littered on every block, on trees, telephone poles, etc.
8. Illegal garbage dumping such as the Merrick Flea Market on Merrick Blvd that looks like shit right near businesses and homes.
9. Slumlord apartments with garbage all over and residents hanging out in front making noise, drinking and disturbing neighbors who follow rules.
10. Businesses all along Hillside Ave and Jamaica Ave with illegal signage and racks blocking sidewalks.
11. Illegal truck driving on ALL residential streets.
12. Illegal parking of tractor trailer trucks on residential streets.


This is just a partial list of what people deal with on a daily basis in the Jamaica community. The list just goes on and on and on.


Would any of this take place in Forest Hills? Would any of this take place in the Mayor’s old neighborhood? So why should the Jamaica community deal with tons of quality of life issues that rarely get addressed.


DISCRIMINATION of the highest order and our black leaders walk around like Uncle Toms, not standing up for the community they are supposed to represent.


Ironic how everyone wants to scream RACISM when it is convenient to do so, but in instances like this, where it is so blatant, SILENCE.


I love how liberals & Democrats (which I am both) want justice for all, but only as long as they do not have to see it in their own backyard. Hypocrites and this is the issue I have with many liberals and Democrats, NOT IN MY BACKYARD, but otherwise I am for it.


From Jamaica Resident & Community Activist Pamela Hazel:

Every Saturday residents protest to stop more shelters from opening in the black neighbourhood. Last Saturday Sep. 26th., was no different. Residents have information that shelters are slated to be built at Hollis and 203rd. street area. There are about 300 units of vacant apartments. Residents took turns in giving testimonies of the destruction  associated with shelters. Residents shouted and demanded the presence of councilman Miller.

Al, a representative for Miller arrived. He informed residents that councilman Miller was unable to attend due to another engagement. However, demands for Miller got louder and louder. Surprise, surprise, Councilman Miller appeared. He gave a speech, saying that he met with other leaders; and there are no concrete plans to build shelters.

In essence, residents said that Queens has the highest portion of shelters. They said that the people who live in shelters; roam the streets, sit around, and exhibit negative activities that tear down the neigbourhood. Their fears are a reality. Below are photos of early morning activities from a shelter. Location,164 th. place & 108th. avenue. These women are early risers. They smoke, drink, and sit around all day long. Monday morning, bright & early, Sep. 28 th., time 7: 43 a.m. This is their norm.

This is a perfect example of why Hollis residents want to keep shelters out of their area. Hollis residents said; that they fear for children who have to walk to and from school. Shelters, harbour derelicts that prowl by day; because during the daytime shelters have to be closed.

Senator Comrie and  congressman Meeks are aware of the Saturdays’ protests; they remain NO SHOW.

The protests will continue and continue and continue……..We will Not be ignored.


Councilman Miller, far right.

Councilman Miller, far right.




I have no problem with people or elected officials who rally for something, but why don’t these elected officials put all their effort into quality of life issues in the Jamaica community that they can actually do something about, you know issues that myself, community activist Pamela Hazel and others have brought up so many times. Issues like illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal tractor trailer trucks parking on residential streets, illegal parking on sidewalks by auto body shops, illegal dumping of garbage, holding property owners of vacant homes/lots accountable for upkeep (including some banks), the proliferation of homeless shelters in the community, poor damaged streets, ice cream trucks playing music illegally while stopped at all hours of the day & night and so many other quality of life issues that our elected can actually play a part in or do something about.

But no,  they focus on an issue like the below Chase bank slated to close in Springfield Gardens. Sure a bank closing can be detrimental to a community, but banks do this all time and there is pretty much little that an elected official can do about this (you know CAPITALISM). But Comrie and Miller certainly can focus their attention and efforts on quality of life issues that have been ignored for way too long in this community by city agencies and something they they can actually do something about. Ironic that the Merrick Flea Market, which was burnt down in August 2015 from a homeless guy living in it and has tons of illegal garbage in front of to this day, but that these so-called leaders do not do shit. Talk about a net negative on the community.

merrick flea market garbage

Councilman Miller stated “A closure of this Chase branch is a net negative for both our community and the bank”. Yeah, and the ignoring of quality of life issues for years is a BIG NET NEGATIVE for the community in terms of quality of life and attracting quality businesses and people to this community.

NAACP Jamaica branch president Leroy Gadsden stated “One of the main things that stabilize the community are their banks. We expect the same type of service in the black community as everywhere else.”

And where is Gadsden, Comrie, Miller and assembly Democrat candidate Alicia Hyndman (do you love how these candidates show up for these types of thing before an election, but once elected they play stupid and tend to be MIA.), with all the city services from DOS to DOT and everything in between that do not service Jamaica in the same way as say Forest Hills. And certainly shouldn’t we expect those same types of services from our elected officials, who tend to constantly ignore quality of life issues and do little to nothing about them. Let’s face it, they all have been doing that in the Jamaica community for decades, yet the big fat man, Comrie, shows up for this, something that he has no power over, NONE and wants to play “hero” on an issue who knows damn well he has little power over. But of course this is a safe one, because, he does not have to work at this at all, the bank will do what they want and Comrie will state, “well, we put up a fight”, yeah a fight he knows damn well he will not win.

Just another useless elected official photo-op and situation that they have little control over but yet it says to the people, “Look we care about you”, knowing damn well that they will not be able to get Chase to reverse the decision if Chase does not want to. But they can certainly put pressure on city agencies to do their proper jobs in this community and Comrie as a Senator certainly can pick up the phone and speak to de Blasio or call his buddy Melinda Katz on some issues in this community to make sure laws are enforced, like the whole illegal truck driving fiasco in this community.

But they would actually require something called WORK.


From Queens Courier:

Springfield Gardens community rallies to keep local bank open

By Queens Courier Staff

Photo courtesy of state Senator Leroy Comrie

Photo courtesy of state Senator Leroy Comrie – State Senator Leroy Comrie was joined by community members and local civic leaders to protest the closing of the Chase Bank branch at 134-40 Springfield Blvd.


Springfield Gardens residents rallied with state Senator Leroy Comrie and other advocates Friday outside a Chase Bank slated to close, calling for the financial giant to reverse its decision.

Comrie was joined by Councilman I. Daneek Miller, Democratic Assembly nominee Alicia Hyndman, NAACP Jamaica branch president Leroy Gadsden, and a large number of residents and community members fighting to keep the branch located at 134-40 Springfield Blvd. open.

The Chase Bank branch is centrally located in the outdoor Pathmark Shopping Center at the intersection of Springfield and Merrick boulevards. It is adjacent to a walk-in medical clinic, a Pathmark supermarket and the community’s Municipal Credit Union (MCU).

During Friday’s rally, Comrie called upon Chase to reverse its decision given the groundswell of community support as well as the need for the financial institution.

“As not only the representative of this community but a loyal customer of Chase Bank, I see the vital function it plays every day in keeping commerce flowing,” Comrie said in a statement. “Evidence points to the great financial potential of this community. Instead of pulling out, Chase should recognize its very real possibility to be the fiscal and commercial hub of southeast Queens.”

Comrie’s fellow civic and community leaders voiced similar concerns during the rally regarding the effects the bank’s closure may have on the neighborhood.

“A closure of this Chase branch is a net negative for both our community and the bank,” Miller said. “In a community like ours, comprised of homeowners, middle to upper income families, and a growing commercial district in downtown Jamaica, it’s puzzling from a business perspective that Chase would want to reduce their presence in southeast Queens. It is my hope that the bank will realize this branch’s significance to local residents, as well as our community’s contribution to the institution, and that the business will remain open.”

Both Hyndman and Gadsden echoed the need for responsible banking and financial institutions like Chase Bank in underserved communities.

“Chase not long ago made a promise to this state to work with the feedback communities provide to improve business relations and help local economies,” Hyndman said. “This is the exact antithesis of that. Before Chase closes this branch, they need to seriously reconsider the community’s need and their own responsibility to act in good faith to minority communities.”

“One of the main things that stabilize the community are their banks,” Gadsen added. “If Chase bank wants our business across America and all the benefits that come with being federally recognized, they should be sharing services with the minority community. Not doing so is a form of economic discrimination. We expect the same type of service in the black community as everywhere else.”

The impending closing of the Chase Bank branch is not the only change coming to this community hub. The neighboring Pathmark supermarket will soon be replaced by a Stop and Shop super store after Pathmark’s parent company, Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), filed for bankruptcy in July.

“We hope that Chase will not abandon this community and remain a fixture for all who rely on it,” Comrie concluded.

The Courier reached out to Chase bank for comment and is awaiting a response.


It seems that whenever an elected official or a candidate is criticized for their record, that candidate pulls the “it’s more complicated” crap, like Comrie stated about me when I criticized his doing very little as a councilman in regards to quality of life issues. Well, if it is so complicated, then maybe so-called leaders  need to do a better job. In a Queens Chronicle article back in 2013 (http://www.qchron.com/editions/eastern/garbage-rally-small-but-loud-in-jamaica/article_8e75dcf1-9b7e-58a3-a322-4f1fa40dad9b.html)  when several of us held a garbage/litter rally and I complained about ineffective leaders like Comrie, he rebutted to the Chronicle “the city does what it can, but cannot always act as quickly as the activists would like. Moretti does not seem to grasp some of the legal and logistical difficulties that can be involved.” Yep, sounds like an excuse from Comrie for doing very little. Logistical difficulties, a code word for “we are doing nothing”.

And that is the excuse that Democratic candidate and good ole boys club member Alicia Hyndman used when Republican Scherie Murray called her out on her education record at Community Education Council 29.

Please Hyndman, stop with that tired old excuse of “it’s complicated”. That answer is enough to NOT vote for another good ole Jamaica boys club member. Pick another excuse, because that one has been overused and it just proves you are NOT A LEADER.


From Queens Chronicle:

Education scores at issue in 29th AD

GOP’s Murray raps Hyndman’s term at CEC 29; Dem says check facts


Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:30 am

Republican Scherie Murray is attacking Democrat Alicia Hyndman on what is supposed to be4 Hyndman’s home turf in the special election for the 29th Assembly District — education.

Hyndman, former president of Community Education Council 29 and employed as an occupational school supervisor for the state’s Department of Education, came under fire from Murray for student performance in School District 29 based on a report from the city’s DOE in August.

At issue were the proficiency rates in English and math for students in grades 3 through 8

In English, proficiency rates in District 29 ranged from 30.3 percent among fourth-graders, to as low as 17 percent in grade 7.

In math, grades 4 (34.2 percent), 5 (33.5 percent) and 3 (31.4 percent) all were above city average, but grade 6 came in at 16.2 percent proficiency.

The English proficiency rate for the district averaged out to 23.5 percent, which Murray said is below the citywide average of 28.4 percent.

The math average of 25.5 was considerably below the city average of 34.2 percent.

Murray attempted to link Hyndman to what she said are Mayor de Blasio’s failed policies.

“My opponent has been at the helm of [CEC] 29 for the past four years in addition to being an employee with the Department of Education and should be held accountable in part for the poor proficiency rates,” Murray said in a statement issued by her campaign last week. “[She] is part of the status quo that has kept our children trapped in failing schools,” Murray said in a statement issued by her campaign last week.

She accused Hyndman and the mayor of “kowtowing” to unions and school administrators.

Hyndman, in an interview with the Chronicle on Monday, reiterated that she is employed by the state, and that her profession deals with secondary and adult education.

She also said Murray needs some instruction herself on just what the CEC can and cannot do.

“The CEC is a volunteer parent organization that has been given three responsibilities,” Hyndman said. “One, we evaluate school superintendents. Two, we comment on the [city Department of Education’s] capital plan.”

The third function, Hyndman said, is voting on zoning lines that set geographic boundaries for the feeder zones in district neighborhood schools.

Hyndman also challenged the assertion that she or any parent would willingly promote a failing school system.

“I’m a parent who sends my child to a school in this district,” she said. “I would love for progress to happen overnight. But some changes take time.”

And while state legislators are permitted to have outside income, Hyndman back in the spring told the Chronicle that she will resign from her job with the state if elected, citing a conflict of interest that would come up any time she had to vote on any kind of education appropriation bills.