It is pretty fucking bad in the Democratic controlled Southeast Queens area, when a protest about the horrendous street conditions of a major avenue in Jamaica by the Members of New York Communities for Change did not have ONE SINGLE Jamaica elected official but yet TWO Republican candidates for the 24th Assembly District Ira Harris and 5th Congressional District candidate Michael O’Reilly showed up. Now of course, both are candidates and of course during elections candidates normally will go out of their way while they are running, BUT to not have ONE Democratic elected official from Jamaica show up.
Again not surprised, with the exception of Senator Tony Avella, when myself and community activist Pamela Hazel have had other protests, none of the Jamaica motley crew ever showed up.
Remember this folks during the elections, when the motley crew of do nothings in Jamaica want your vote. BUT knowing the folks in Jamaica they will be pulling the levers for the same old do nothings who have been doing nothing for years in Southeast Queens. That is the Jamaica way. Complain about conditions in your community, but yet vote for the same crooked and do nothing folks, if they even bother to come out to vote.
By the way O’Reilly is running for Congress against decades old Gregory Meeks who has done so little for his own district.
I don’t know, Democrats or Republicans, Hillary or Trump, no matter, communities like Jamaica and the middle class will more than likely get screwed while the affluent and rich, like Rev. Floyd Flake, Gregory Meeks & Rudy Giuliani will do just fine.
At least with Hillary, we will not become a Banana Republic should Trump get into office. Trump equals Armageddon with the Evil Rudy Giuliani by his side.
From Queens Tribune:
NYCC Protests Condition Of Jamaica Avenue
BY TRONE DOWD
Members of New York Communities for Change stood out at the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue Saturday morning to protest the city’s repeated broken promises pertaining to torn-up roadways in the neighborhood.
The Southeast Queens Chapter of NYCC announced last week that it collected over 400 signatures from the community, calling for action to fix the bumpy and destructive intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Francis Lewis. The chapter has been particularly active as of late. Back in August, the civic group protested a proposed 14-story building in downtown Jamaica.
Among those who attended were Republican candidate for the 24th Assembly District Ira Harris and Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District Michael O’Reilly. Both of them are residents as well as supporters of the NYCC.
“This is not my assembly district,” Harris told the Queens Tribune. “But I’ve traveled this road frequently.”
Harris said that in his experience, he has seen the damage that the torn-up street has caused to the cars of constituents.
“This road has never gotten paved,” Harris said. “I always wondered why other roads get paved twice in two years while this road did not. As Mike O’Reilly said, these votes are usually guaranteed. I couldn’t understand why the people of this community would vote time and time again to re-elect officials that wouldn’t address their issues.”
The condition of northern Jamaica Avenue has been a long-time concern of residents and commuters alike for decades. Last year, during the race for the District 27 City Council, fixing Jamaica Avenue was one of the chief concerns of the candidates. In fact, the Queens Tribune took a tour of the streets with then city council candidate Ali Najmi last August. Many local businesses talked about how the torn-up streets have affected commerce in the area. They complained that their shops are often ignored since they are located in a spot drivers avoid at all costs.
Countless accidents have occurred along this roadway. In September alone, 10 accidents occurred at the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, according to Motor Vehicle collision data reports.
“We need to listen to the people, because they usually know what the solutions are to the problem better than Albany does and better than the city council,” Harris said.
The Department of Transportation has taken note of the issue in recent months. During a town hall last month when the issue was raised with Mayor Bill de Blasio, he brought up Borough Commissioner Nicole Garcia, who personally said that she had been working with Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and that the issue was being addressed.
As of last month, it was reported that the DOT would be repaving seven miles of road from Francis Lewis Boulevard to 225th Street as early as December. In the months to follow, the DOT will then repave 168th Street to Francis Lewis Boulevard.
NYCC, however, was not convinced they’d actually see the changes announced last month.
“I’ve been living here for the last 26 years,” Asim Deem, a member of NYCC, told the Queens Tribune. “This roadway has never been done. What they keep doing was just dumping some asphalt in certain parts of the roadway. That’s been going on for decades. There comes a time when you tell yourself enough is enough. Drivers have been paying hundreds of dollars for repairs of their vehicle because of this.”
He wondered when residents would see the completion of fixes that have been promised over the years.