TIRED OF HOMELESS SHELTERS DUMPED IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND AFFECTING QUALITY OF LIFE – PROTEST THIS SUNDAY (10.2.16) IN ROSEDALE

Make no mistake, people are not against homeless folks (which by the way, to lump everyone into the term “homeless” is so wrong), people are against an heartless administration, DHS and Mayor “Big Bird” Dumbo for turning all Queens communities into homeless shelter city and using hotels as an illegal dumping ground to warehouse people. Hotels that do not have kitchens, hotels that are far from services and transportation and displacing people from their neighborhood to a far away neighborhood. Ask Mayor Dumbo if he has any homeless shelters in his community, ask Queens Borough President Melinda Katz how many shelters are in Forest Hill. The warehousing of homeless people, which by the way is a problematic mix bag of mentally ill, drug addicts, sex offenders, criminals lumped in with veterans, families and children. The people of Maspeth have been organizing to protest the turning of a hotel in  their area into a homeless shelter and for now have won that fight. Now these folks are organizing all communities in Queens and elsewhere to start major protesting where turning hotels into homeless shelters have become big business which destroy quality of life in the communities and do a complete disservice to many  homeless people. Are all people in shelters problematic, no, but many are as Long Island City can tell you about the major problems they have when a five year old hotel (and a very fancy one to boot), The Verve was turned into a women’s homeless shelter (http://www.qgazette.com/news/2016-09-28/Front_Page/Cops_Answered_641_Calls_At_Dutch_Kills_Shelter.html) where there were police answered 641 311 calls. BUT then if you live in Jamaica, you know how problematic some of these people can be as seen by the problematic El Camino shelter in Jamaica at 89-30 161st St.

The Maspeth/Middle Village Task Force states:

“There will be a protest this Sunday at 11am at the Holiday Inn Express 154-71 Brookville Blvd.  Maspeth protesters will be joining the Rosedale/Meadowmere community.” To be placed on their mailing list for future protests contact them at maspethmvtaskforce@gmail.com

Now want to see how this Mayor and DHS are handling homeless, check out this video of a mother and her two sons who were shipped all the way from the Bronx and dumped in a filthy hotel turned shelter in Jamaica:

From NY1:

Homeless Family Placed in Jamaica Hotel Calls Living Conditions ‘Foul’

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From LI Herald:

Homeless housing angers residents

Officers: Community should report incidents to the police

Posted May 6, 2015

Meadowmere Park residents are angry that the nearby Holiday Inn, at the intersection of Brookville Boulevard and Rockaway Turnpike in Rosedale, Queens, is housing homeless people — mostly men — from New York City.
According to Meadowmere Park community members, homeless people occupy 75 of the hotel’s 205 rooms, and are being housed two to a room. The Holiday Inn did not respond to requests for comment.
Greta Guarton, executive director of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, said that many of the hotel’s occupants were placed by the Department of Homeless Services of New York City. “I double-checked, and the shelter in that hotel is operated by the city,” Guarton said. “They would be considered New York City residents.”
Camille Rivera, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services, in New York City, said that she wasn’t able to confirm any details about whether any homeless people were placed at the Holiday Inn. “We have a history of using hotels to place homeless people,” she said. “I don’t think we have any people placed there at that hotel.” As for how many people her department places in hotels, their ages, or any other details, she wasn’t able to comment.
Meadowmere Park residents say they have seen the hotel’s homeless residents panhandling and urinating in public. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., when the hotel staff cleans and maintains the rooms and property, its occupants roam Rockaway Turnpike and, residents say, venture into their neighborhood, which is less than a half mile from the hotel. With the weather improving, they say they are concerned that the situation will worsen.
Diane Kirchner, a resident who organized a community meeting at the Meadowmere Park firehouse on April 29, said she was upset for several reasons. “There’s been no transparency,” she said. “They were placed within one mile of a park and within close proximity to the [Lawrence] high school. The only way we found out about this situation was when there was a small fire in the hotel building three weeks ago and they all had to evacuate.”
Kirchner said she had called M&R Management, a Great Neck-based company that operates the Holiday Inn, but had received no response. As of press time, the Herald’s calls to the management company had not been returned, either, and were redirected to the hotel’s onsite manager, who also did not respond.
Ruth Samuelson, the president of the Meadowmere Park Civic Association, said that the area isn’t the best place for homeless people to find employment. “If they want to look for work, this place isn’t good for them,” she said. “Where could they go? With only a bus line and a few stores, they can’t find work here. There’s no real access to public transportation for them.”
Another resident, Jennifer Bouderau, said she worries about her three children, ages 12, 5 and 4. “This is not a good situation,” she said. “It’s affecting our kids now. On a Friday night a few weeks ago, my kids were outside playing soccer, and ended up coming in early. It’s scary to our kids, and this situation hits too close to home.”
Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and County Legislator Carrie Solages (D- Elmont), who attended last week’s meeting, said they would contact other leaders and investigate how the decision was made to place homeless people at the hotel.
Kaminsky expressed the concern that some of them could be registered sex offenders. “Nassau County currently has no [local] sex offender law,” he said. “We have to make laws for what we do with them.”
Solages asked residents to be specific about what they see. “Are there any reported crimes yet?” he asked. “Start a paper trail of incidents. Report to authorities what you’re seeing and experiencing.”

Have an opinion about the issue of accommodating homeless people in local hotels? Send your letter to the editor to jbessen@liherald.com.

 

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD – ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM: COMMUNITIES OF COLOR BEING POISONED UNDER THE WILLFUL NOSES OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS FOR YEARS

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.

TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists. Such trucks come from Royal Waste Services.

TOTALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS. Watch crossing the streets tourists. Such trucks come from Royal Waste Services.

Jamaica has it’s own Flint, Michigan story, except, NO ONE is talking about it.

In communities of color like Jamaica & Southeast Queens, babies, children, elderly and the rest of the folks who live there have been slowly poisoned for years and decades by waste transfer stations like Royal Waste at 16856 Douglas Ave, which sits right in the downtown area, in back and front of hundreds of houses/apartments, including a NYCHA Senior Citizen Apartment Building and directly across the street from Detective Keith Williams Park, YET, with rare occasions, the local elected officials like Congressman Meeks, Senator Comrie, Councilman Miller, Councilman Wills, Assembly Member Hyndman and past local elected officials and candidates like new Councilman Vanel rarely if ever bring up how it’s residents that these folks serve are culprits in environmental racism by allowing this deplorable action to continue and NOT SPEAKING OUT. Who knows what the long term health effects will be, including forms of cancer. We already know that Jamaica has one of the highest rates of asthma.

Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

A bike ride on 93rd Avenue off of 170th Street heading east, one will find countless homes and small apartment buildings, which sits behind Royal Waste, whose only protection (if that) is the LIRR tracks. The stench alone is awful 24/7, plus the noise which comes from countless trucks backing up all day and night. One can only imagine the health effects of all those families that live there over the years, especially babies, young children, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. KATZ, COMRIE, MEEKS and all you other poor excuses for leaders, would you allow your children, your families to live directly in back of a poisonous waste station, where it should have been placed in an industrial area, where NO residents are nearby. Councilman Wills actually dismissed human life over Royal Waste, which he has received campaign donations (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/indicted-queens-councilman-slams-proposal-hurts-donor-article-1.2217629) and slammed a proposal that would cut down on the amount of transfer stations in certain area, citing “job cuts”, which 1) that is not true and 2) he never states how many jobs are filled by Jamaica and SE Queens residents.

This is one of the most exploitative actions by elected officials and city agencies to communities of color and lower economic neighborhoods and once and for all needs properly addressed and the people deserve answers, but THE PEOPLE need to start standing up and being vocal. So just where are the so-called church leaders on this issue that affects thousands of people of color. And where are Katz, Comrie, Meeks and all the others on a very important and hazardous issue that is NOT being addressed but actually being swept under the rug, because I guess people of color just do not matter, ain’t that right angry black Congressman Meeks, who a angrily voiced his concerns about the recent Charlotte shooting, but yet does not voice his concern about the community that he actually serves.

In-depth investigated reporting needs to be done on this issue, not a small little article hidden on page 17 of the Daily News, especially concerning that shady operation, Royal Waste, a horrible neighbor in Jamaica, which several years ago, an accident there killed three workers and put huge amount of poison in the air (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/nyregion/30plant.html?pagewanted=all). Not too mention their blantant illegal use of residential streets with their large noisy and polluting trucks.

It is time For ALL to come clean on this issue for once. Time for all to put pressure on elected officials to speak about this major issue, instead of all the false hype of how great Jamaica is, when those of us in the know, know the TRUTH & REALITY.  If BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER, then it is time to stand up and speak out on this environmental atrocity.

BUT Jamaica is not known for speaking out, even when people’s lives are in jeopardy AND that needs to change.

Royal Waste Disaster at the 170th Street/Douglas location where 3 workers were killed by toxic chemicals in 2009

Royal Waste Disaster at the 170th Street/Douglas location where 3 workers were killed by toxic chemicals in 2009

 

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From The Daily News:

Advocates say poor Bronx, Brooklyn neighborhoods choked with garbage truck pollution

Poor neighborhoods in the Bronx and Brooklyn are choking on pollution from commercial trash trucks, advocates say in a new report.

The problem was worst in the South Bronx – where researchers counted up to 304 commercial trucks per hour at the busiest intersections.

Nearly half of those trucks, 45%, were commercial waste haulers – meaning one private trash truck passed every 24 seconds, according to the report set to be released Tuesday by the Transform Don’t Trash coalition.

At the most truck-clogged intersections in the area, levels of asthma-causing pollutants known as fine particulate matter were found to be up to seven times higher than the average for the ZIP code overall.

Some three quarters of the city’s garbage is funneled through transfer stations in a handful of neighborhoods in the South Bronx, north Brooklyn, and southeast Queens.

“We really do see a connection between the shocking number of commercial waste trucks on the streets and the terrible air quality in low-income communities,” said Priya Mulgaonkar of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, who wrote the report.

In industrial areas of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick clustered around Newtown Creek, the groups counted 203 trucks per hour at the busiest intersection, about 30% of them commercial waste trucks.

Pollutant levels were found to be up to five times higher at the busy street corners than the overall area.

In Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, the report also counted up to 243 trucks per hour and pollutant levels five times greater than normal.

The de Blasio administration is preparing to launch a new system where the city will be divided up into zones, and one private company will be chosen to collect trash from businesses in each zone.

The advocates say the city should make sure to design it in a way that will give some relief to the neighborhoods that have dealt with so much of the city’s trash for years.

“This is a really clear opportunity to lessen the burden on these communities that have played host to these toxic facilities and highways for too long,” Mulgaonkar said.

Private sanitation workers also measured pollution inside the cabs of their trucks for the report – and found the asthma-causing pollutants at levels seven times higher than the average outside air along their route.

The city could give preference to companies that plot routes using transfer stations more fairly around the city, or use less polluting trucks and move away from diesel fuel, the group says.

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From City & State New York Slant:

New York City must end environmental racism

By Donovan Richards |

As the media shines a bright light on the city of Flint, Michigan, and its lead-tainted water, too many signs are pointing toward another incident of environmental racism that has left hundreds of thousands of Americans vulnerable to the will and neglect of the powerful.

Looking at the disturbing tragedy in Flint from New York City, the most progressive city in the country, it is impossible to not take an honest look at our own cases of systemic environmental racism, whose victims are still seeking justice.

A few of these cases hit very close to home for me as a resident and representative of southeast Queens and the Rockaways.

In a city as large as New York, we create a large amount of waste, but about 80 percent of that waste is hauled to transfer stations in north Brooklyn, southeast Queens and the south Bronx, communities that are home to large minority populations. These transfer stations bring constant truck traffic with diesel particulate matter that contributes to asthma and lung cancer and can lead to heart disease and high mortality rates. There has to be a better and more equitable way to distribute this waste, and while the city is working toward cutting trash by 2030, our residents who are overburdened by pollutants deserve some relief well before that goal is reached.

In southeast Queens, those trucks do double the damage as they transport cargo to John F. Kennedy International Airport, adding to the never-ending barrage of air and noise pollution caused by the airport that diminishes the health and overall quality of life of residents on a daily basis.

In 2013, the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York released a study, “Keeping Track of New York City’s Children,” which showed that the strongest concentrations of asthma hospitalizations in children were in the South Bronx, north and central Brooklyn, and Jamaica and the Rockaways.

While the air quality of the city in general has drastically improved with the elimination of Heating Oil No. 6 and the phase out of No. 4, the Environmental Protection Agency’s air toxics data shows that many residents of New York City live in areas at elevated or highly elevated risk for cancer and non-cancer health effects, such as respiratory disease. This same data has shown that the risks are even higher in environmental justice communities throughout the city.

Residents of southeast Queens were also ignored for decades as they had to bail water out of their homes every time a drop of rain fell because the area lacked adequate sewer infrastructure. Thankfully, I worked with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd to secure $1.2 billion to plot a path to ending this systemic neglect, but it is a long road to full recovery.

The de Blasio administration has been making a concerted effort to clean up environmental issues across the city, but it is imperative that both the City Council and the administration ensure that the communities suffering from the highest risk get the most attention. In order to do that, we need more data in all aspects of environmental justice. This was the impetus for a Council hearing on Thursday, considering two bills that call on the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct an environmental justice study to identify and report on environmental factors and health consequences in environmental justice communities as well as requiring all city agencies to focus on measures to address and eliminate environmental injustice.

It is our job as elected representatives of this city to stand up and make progress to improve our environment for all New Yorkers, especially those who have been gasping for air and treading water for far too long.

Donovan Richards is a New York City Council member representing District 31, which covers Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens and Far Rockaway in Queens.

 

ONE MORE POST FOR THE HELL OF IT: 6 MONTH PLUS ABANDONED VEHICLE NEEDS “LONG TERM INVESTIGATION” – THE JAMAICA WAY

While this blog is dead in the water, just like a Jamaica gang banger at 3am on a Monday morning, I just had to post this sight and the ridiculous 311 response.

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abandoned-car-9-25-16-007For well over 6 months and close to a year, a Red Explorer, with CT plates (179-XYA) has been sitting so long at the corner of 175th St & Hillside Ave) that weeds are growing around it and flyers are piling up on it. For those who do not know the LAW, it states:

You can report an abandoned vehicle with at least one fixed metal license plate or in-transit paper registration plate if it has been left on public property for at least 48 hours. Officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations. The vehicle’s owner will be responsible for all towing and storage fees.

I have reported this vehicle numerous times to no avail, the most recent on 7.2.16,  9.22.16 & again 9.24.16 and here are the three responses from the 103rd precinct.

Service Request #:
C1-1-1273070561
Date Submitted: 07/02/16 8:53:22 AM
Request Type: Derelict Vehicle
Details: With License Plate
Your Service Request was closed.
The Police Department responded to the complaint and with the information available observed no evidence of the violation at that time.
referred to SOL

Service Request #:
C1-1-1308383681
Date Submitted: 09/22/16 8:09:14 AM
Request Type: Derelict Vehicle
Details: With License Plate
Your Service Request was updated.
Your complaint has been received by the Police Department and it has been determined that a long-term investigation may be necessary. Additional information will be available at the conclusion of the investigation.

Service Request #:
C1-1-1308383681
Date Submitted: 09/22/16 8:09:14 AM
Request Type: Derelict Vehicle
Details: With License Plate
Your Service Request was updated.

Your complaint has been received by the Police Department and it has been determined that a long-term investigation may be necessary. Additional information will be available at the conclusion of the investigation.

First no evidence of violation, even though I have seen this vehicle for over 6 months every day as I walk to the subway station to work, then the old chestnut, “long term investigation”. FOR WHAT, an illegally parked car that has been sitting for over 6 months with a back tire flat, weeds going around it and flyers all over it. I mean, didn’t we just have a terror attack in the city and how many abandoned vehicles in the SE Queens have been found to have bodies in them. Yet, not even a damn ticket on it.

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While I feel that the 103rd is one of the hardest working precincts (and under staff), plus they have to deal with an asshole Mayor who cares more about criminal’s rights than police officers and a lack of leadership from the local elected douchebags in Jamaica, I just cannot help but get irate with responses like this.

BUT as usual the BIGGER PROBLEM is our lack of leadership at the local level: Councilman Miller, Assemblymember Hyndman, Senator Comrie, Assemblymember Cook, crook Councilman Wills, bigger crook Congressman Meeks, and lackluster community board 12) who again and again and again continual to ignore quality of life issues that should be handled at the local level. This is not Obama’s issues nor even Cuomo’s issues, that is why we have people at the local level, to deal with the ongoing issues in the community that they can do something about. But yet the majority of my complaints and Ms. Pamela Hazel’s complaints go unanswered by the Jamaica motley crew and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and her cronies at Borough Hall.

Again this past weekend driving all the way down Merrick from Archer Ave to the LI border, over a 100 junked & unlicensed vehicles from auto body shops all over the public streets and all over the sidewalks (the majority in the 103rd precinct area). There were even two huge Budget Rent-A-Trucks parked in the middle of Merrick on the  medial street in that area, not too mention two huge tractor trailer trucks parked all weekend on Merrick in front of St. Alban’s Park.

How often do you see this in your community KATZ and how about you angry black man Congressman Meeks. Yeah, I heard you on the news the other day yammering about the incident in Charlotte where a black man was shot dead by an out of control police office, BUT, you know what MEEKS,  you do not serve Charlotte, you serve JAMAICA and you have not done a damn thing (along with Comrie, Miller, Hydman, Wills, Cook) about the poor quality of life issues in the Jamaica community that have been going on for years and decades in this Democrat run community, which continuously affect people of color. Take care of your own back yard, but then it is easy to shout in front of the camera about Charlotte as opposed to rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty and taking care of issues within your own community of Jamaica:  shootings, killings, illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal garbage dumping, homeless men washing their ass out in public at the Jamaica Center Subway station that Ms. Hazel documented, the proliferation of numerous problematic homeless shelters like El Camino in the area (wonder how many of these new hotels being built here will be just more shelters), a poisonous waste transfer station (Royal Waste) dumped in  downtown right near hundreds of families (wonder the major health effects over the long term of these people close by this dump) and every other quality of life issues that past and present DEMOCRATIC Jamaica officials have not addressed properly.

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No, it is not Obama’s job to take care of Jamaica, it is the elected officials who have been voted in office to handle local issues and it is obvious that none of you are, but you have time to take photos for street naming ceremonies.

In the meantime, a Red Explorer CT Plate 179-XYA,  will continue to be planted on 175th Street (and by the way, look at all the cement dumped by some truck on that stretch) while a “long term investigation” takes place. Would you allow that KATX in front of your home.

Huge pile of cement has been like this for over five years.

Huge pile of cement has been like this for over five years.

Unbelievable! But then not really, it is Jamaica. So is this the bright rosy picture of Jamaica that the comptroller presented at the Merrick Library the other day where the typical douche bag leaders were present. I guess you left out ALL THIS FUCKING SHIT, you know TRUTH & REALITY.