Sure Mister Mayor, go to very nice and very expensive LIC (yeah, it has some issues, like major over-development, but whose fault is that). I mean funny how the hipsters, etc come into an area to claim their own and get their fancy coffee shops, their cool bars, their multi-million dollar dog runs, but then when prices go sky high, there are cries of gentrification (justified by the old timers, not the new crowd). The millennial hipster generation are such HYPOCRITES. Much gentrification is caused in part by them. Yet they are the first to cry that the “immigrants” cannot longer afford to live in the community, a community they helped to push people out of it. BUT I digress.
Mayor, Greater Jamaica is the largest community in Queens with, I think the largest population, yet certain services are lacking, many quality of life issues go unaddressed by your administration.
SO WHAT, no town hall meeting in Jamaica Queens, where problems and quality of life are so out of control (or any other community of color or lower economic area) due to neglect by this Mayor, the Queens Borough President and the same old elected officials, some who have been in office for decades (Comrie, Meeks, Cook) and have done little to nothing to improve the area.
Over two weeks to fix a major water pipe leak on Hillside Avenue that had water streaming out and collecting huge pools in front of people’s houses, not to mention the leak was in front of a bus stop shelter that people could not be in due to all the water splashing from vehicles.
The major polluting (air, ground, noise ) of Royal Waste which is right in the downtown area, across from a public park and by thousands of homes/apartments.
The 24/7 of illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal overnight commercial parking of trucks and the dangerous issue of parking huge tractor trailer trucks inside LIRR overpass tunnels (ever hear of a little thing called “911”).
The major litter problem, the HUGE illegal garbage dumping going on, tons of homeless shelters being placed in the community that help destroy a quality of life that is already on shaky grounds, a major train station (Jamaica Center) that looks like a homeless encampment and try during morning rush hour to get in a clean car that has not been taking over by the wonderful homeless folks (that you have done very little for and think are all cute little kids) and all the countless other nonsense in this community that YOU refuse to address.
BUT hey, stop in over priced/over-development, YET NICE LIC.
There should be a mandate for ALL elected officials from Mayor to Councilmembers. Twice a month, you should take a tour of a part of your community (especially the ones with unaddressed issues) and walk with your staff, taking photos and having a news crew follow you while you talk to local residents, talk about what you see and the STEPS (not studies) that you will take to address the issues and then a follow-up visit.
From Queens Times Ledger:
DeBlasio holds town hall meeting in Long Island City
One week after an anti-gentrification rally and march took place in Sunnyside to protest over-development in western Queens, Mayor Bill de Blasio held a town hall meeting at a school in the same neighborhood.
For three hours, nearly 600 residents and business owners in western Queens fired questions on affordability, education, green space and transit at the mayor at the Queens Vocation & Technical High School during a forum hosted by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Helen Ho, an external affairs director at LaGuardia Community College and a former member of the de Blasio administration got to go first.
“We need safe streets for the students and workers of Long Island City,” she said. “Our intersection at Van Dam Street, Thomson Avenue and Queens Boulevard is extremely dangerous for pedestrians and we need funding for the entire redesign of the intersection.”
The mayor said he understood that there was a real problem around the campus and he knew it was an important topic.
“We’re going to take the plans we have and move them up and I’m pleased to tell you we will commit $17 million in city capital funds to create those safety measures on Thomson Avenue to protect the students of LaGuardia College and the surrounding community.”
The mayor pledged another $130 million to replace the Sanitation Department garage near the Ravenswood Houses, which has drawn complaints for years, in a different location that will be determined.
“This is a sort of project you’re talking 10 or 20 years to ever come near achieving,” de Blasio said, emphasizing that he was aware of the “tremendous concern at a community level” about it.
When he was asked about service interruptions that plague the No. 7 subway line, he blamed the state-run MTA.
“We can’t make it with the transit options we have now,” de Blasio said, and that’s why the NYC Ferry is important. “There’s no traffic jams on the river,” he said, adding the BQX street car system was needed because the subway system is overburdened and he is working to make the connector happen.