Are you trying to tell me that finally some members of the Jamaica community are finally growing balls and fighting back on quality of life issues, like this awful dumping of homeless shelters in Jamaica, which there are over 20. Mayor Dumbo makes a very rare appearance in Jamaica at a somewhat secret town hall meeting that I and others found out after it happened. Seems that the town hall was hand-picked and had the usual local elected leaders and their minions there. I mean a town hall meeting should be publicized for ALL to attend, not a handful, hence it being called a “town hall” not a “select meeting”.
Folks did give Dumbo an earful on all these homeless shelters in the community, BUT, where were all these Jamaica folks and so-called “leaders” way before Mayor Dumbo was even a Public Advocate, when homeless shelters were being dumped in the community back then. After over a dozen are dumped here, devaluing property and causing quality of life issues, then they stand up and finally say something. Where were the Comries, the Cooks, the Scarboroughs, the Reddick’s, the Meeks, The Flakes, etc when this was taking place years ago (same with that poisonous Royal Waste facility).
Every other day it seems another community is getting this whole big business homeless hotel shit (which as I said is illegal) shoved down their throats and I think this is good because for once, I think (hopefully) that people are finally wising up and standing up on this issues.
This Mayor has been so ineffective and destructive at the same time, while accomplishing very little, yet, this douche bag may get another 2nd term, if folks fall asleep at the wheel. Massive turnout, especially from communities who have had this bullshit thrown at them, can change that though.
Warehousing of vulnerable human beings is appalling and then putting them in to hotels, which is ILLEGAL just adds to it. And while many say “poor homeless”, what about hard working folks who actually pay taxes and the lowering of property values and quality of life when many of these homeless hotels get dumped into their communities, which by the way happen to the majority of more vulnerable communities many times and get dumped by the dozen in communities of color, like Jamaica, while many communities have none to little. And this has nothing to do with how many homeless are in those communities, since a community like Jamaica has many homeless put into shelters that are from places like Bronx and other communities. Don’t know what the statistics are but I am sure the number of actually homeless from Manhattan far out way the homeless in Queens, yet Queens is becoming know as Homeless Village from the previous title of the Third World Borough. Hell, even third world folks are waking up to this bullshit.
While this mayor did not cause this homeless problem (which is a problem not a crisis like they are telling the sheep, a city of say 9 million with a homeless population of 60,000 is only .66%, hardly a crisis), he has handled the situation poorly along with the questionable Department of Homeless Services which is fucking over both these homeless folks and the communities where they are getting dumped. His lack of proper answers, lack of focusing on this issue at hand, deflecting constantly shows they Mayor Dumbo is your typical bullshit politician and this ego maniac who can never admit when he is wrong, is the flip-side of a Donald Trump, all bullshit and no substance.
First this whole law “right to shelter” in NYC needs to end since we have many coming from other states & countries putting the cost burden on NY as opposed to where these people originated. And instead of building more and more hotels and luxury apartment building, build some small apartment buildings for these populations and spread them out evenly over all areas and provide the proper services for these folks including becoming NOT homeless and properly employed instead of dumping them into hotel rooms and letting them fend for themselves and staying in the cycle of homelessness. We have already seen what the cycle of welfare did decades ago, now meet the “new boss”, the homeless cycle, which is making a select few rich.
Mayor Dumbo needs to focus on the people who pay taxes and pay your salary as opposed to continuously siding with a group of people who you would not have living near you in your Park Slope home.
And again .66% of people in NYC that are homeless IS NOT A CRISIS, not even close. The crisis is the destruction of quality of life in communities for hard working people just trying to keep their heads above water at times. A crisis is the destruction of the middle class. That is a crisis, not a mishmash of people who are chronic drug addicts/alcoholics, mentally ill, sexual predators, criminals, chronically unemployed, illegally in this country, coming from other states and plan lazy then mixed in with families & veterans who are NOT getting the proper help and instead being warehoused with the “deplorables” I just mentioned.
Face it, this homeless crowd just does not make good neighbors and living in Jamaica, land of the homeless shelter, I can tell you that first hand. Maybe they need a class on being respectful and good neighbors first, maybe that is why they are part of the homeless crew to begin with.
TRUTH & REALITY.
From Queens Chronicle:
No shelter for mayor at Wilkins town hall
CB 12 residents get no assurances on spreading out homeless facilities
Mayor de Blasio, still fending off relentless criticism over negotiations to place a city homeless shelter in Maspeth, found no respite on Sept. 28 at a town hall meeting in St. Albans.
More than 250 residents attended the meeting, hosted by Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), in the gymnasium at Roy Wilkins Park. The mayor gave a brief summary of things he believes his administration has progressed on in everything from education to crime.
But the lengthiest — and most vociferous — conversations involved the proliferation of homeless shelters and supportive housing in Southeast Queens.
And they directly accused the city of steering homeless shelters to communities of color.
“This is [Department of Homeless Services] data,” Jamaica resident Gary James said. “The top 10 community boards in the city have more homeless shelters than the remaining 49. Fourteen have none at all.”
The Community Board 12 area in Southeast Queens has about 32 percent of the Queens homeless population and more than 50 percent of the borough’s shelters, according to board officials.
He and Anthony Rivers of St. Albans, the latter of whom is the co-founder of a group that delayed but could not stop a veterans’ shelter on Hollis Avenue, said shelters always appear to be located in communities of color, and that those with few to none are largely white and affluent.
James asked if the mayor would put forth legislation requiring an equal distribution among all community boards.
De Blasio did not respond to that. But he also said the homeless situation, with 60,000 in the city, and the law are a bit more complicated.
He also prefaced his response by saying it would not necessarily be what the crowd wanted to hear.
“Sixty thousand,” de Blasio said. “Think about that.”
He said first that under state law the city may not turn away anyone seeking to be sheltered.
“I have to place them anywhere I can find space,” he said.
He also said the DHS is attempting to shelter people within the borough in which they live in an effort to keep them closer to things like their jobs and children’s schools.
As for racial disparity in the selection process, the mayor told the crowd to look a few miles to the west in Maspeth.
“The city will be going into places where it has never gone before,” he said. “Maspeth is an example of that.”
Maspeth residents have resisted furiously, staging marches at a Holiday Inn that the city plans to turn into a shelter; the Long Island home and another business of the Holiday Inn’s owner; and even the Brooklyn home of DHS Commissioner Steve Banks.
Banks, before accepting a position in the de Blasio administration, spent the better part of two decades battling the city in the courts over homeless issues.
“In many ways I feel Maspeth residents acted inappropriately,” de Blasio said, claiming Banks has received a threat against himself and his family.
The NYPD confirmed for the Chronicle that Banks reported an anonymous threatening phone call, but declined a Freedom of Information request to release a copy of the report.
De Blasio said, in line with attempts to keep the homeless within their communities, that 250 Maspeth residents are listed as homeless. The DHS has said it cannot confirm the figure.
Rivers accused the mayor of using Maspeth as a smokescreen.
“In the time you have been negotiating a shelter in Maspeth, two more have opened up in Community Board 12,” he told de Blasio.
An issue that recently has gone hand-in-hand with shelters in the area is a vast increase in the number of hotels of various sizes that either are under construction or moving through the approval process in Southeast Queens.
Some of the larger, national hotel chains appear genuinely interested in catering to guests from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station hub, which provides quick and direct access to both JFK and Manhattan.
Rivers added, however, that at least two large chains in the area have been accepting DHS clients.
It is the smaller ones that residents and civic leaders fear are more likely to be converted to shelters, or at least to house large numbers of homeless with the city picking up the tab.
Jacqueline McMorris DeLisser of Jamaica lives near a pair of small hotels being built within two blocks of each other on and at the north end of Waltham Street. She said the clustering of some developments have her and her neighbors terrified for what may be coming.
“What are you going to do to stop the hotels?” DeLisser asked.
De Blasio did say there are some things the city could look at like zoning changes that could reduce things like the number of hotels that could be approved in business zones that overlay the ends of streets zoned residential.
“It’s about determining what’s suitable for the neighborhood,” he said.
More than just wrong, TOTALLY ILLEGAL. First, it is illegal for anyone to be in a building that does not have a certificate of occupancy and TOTALLY ILLEGAL to place homeless people in a hotel or any place that does not have a kitchen, yet the city and this awful mayor dumblasio is skirting all kind of legal issues. I am curious, how many of those people are from Jamaica, how many of those people are here in this country legally, how many of these people came from another state recently (NY is a right to shelter state, which is a BIG PROBLEM in itself), how many of these people pose a threat to others and the community due to a history of crime, drug/alcohol/mental healthy issues & violence, which we have seen a pattern of this in the majority of these places.
All this talk and all this money about investing in Jamaica and then more than 5 hotels have already been turned into homeless shelters and more hotels are being built. I was not aware that Jamaica, let alone Queens was a huge tourist attraction (WHICH IT IS NOT) that so many hotels (and small shady ones by shady owners) are being built.
Every time Jamaica attempts to make 1 step forward, the powers that be turn around and take three steps back.
Currently the way homeless shelters are run is very problematic. Almost of these places (especially smaller ones) have issues with noise, fights, drugs, loitering, litter, security, etc. They are the scene of constant police, fire departments and ambulances on a regular basis. Sure not all homeless people are problematic, but many are with a history of crime, violence, drugs/alcohol problems, mental health issue, chronic unemployment (cause by these issues) and just plain typical laziness. AND this is why so many communities DO NOT want these shelters in their communities, especially communities like Jamaica, which already has problems to begin with. More problems do not need to be added to the mix of an already problematic community.
A major disservice is being done not only to communities, where these shelters are placed, but the continuous warehousing of human beings in sub-standard conditions is a big disservice to these people, who are not properly being houses and properly service.
And the major blame lies with Mayor Dumblasio and DHS, who have decided to turn homelessness into BIG BUSINESS, just like the prison system was turned into big for profit business, which all are now realizing the long term devastating effects on people and communities.
Have we NOT learned from past mistakes?
FIGHT BACK PEOPLE, YOUR COMMUNITIES ARE AT STAKE, but not the communities of elected officials and city agencies heads, who do not deal with this on their blocks and in their communities.
From DNAInfo New York:
Homeless Put in Jamaica Hotel Before It Gets Certificate Of Occupancy: Docs
A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.View Full Caption
QUEENS — The city placed homeless families at a new hotel on Jamaica Avenue before the building before obtained its Certificate of Occupancy, documents posted on the Department of Building’s website indicate.
The Department of Homeless Services confirmed to DNAinfo New York that it is currently renting rooms to house homeless families with children at the brand-new building at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 183rd Street which does not have any logo nor a reception area.
But neighbors, who said they were never informed that the building would be used to house the homeless, said that the city started placing families there before the building was even completed, they said.
The hotel received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on Sept. 28, according to city records.
However residents said they first saw families being placed at the hotel on Sept. 11, and number of complaints about the issue that pre-date the certificate of occupancy were also posted on the DOB’s website.
On Sept. 19, one person called the city and said “people are moving in but front entrance is not open, people are going through the side entrance” and another reported “load of [SIC] buses of children” at the hotel.
On Sept. 22, still another person claimed that “there is a hotel with people living on the premises and there appears to be no certificate of occupancy.”
According to the DOB’s website, “no one may legally occupy a building until the Department has issued a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy,” which states “a building’s legal use and/or type of permitted occupancy.”
The city downplayed the issue saying that the life safety systems at the hotel had been inspected and signed off before Sept. 28.
The owner of the property did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Neighbors and local officials complained that they felt ignored by the city.
“If I knew before that the shelter was going to open here I would do something,” said Fillah Kazi, who bought a house in the area four years ago.
In September, the operator of a Maspeth Holiday Inn slated to be converted into a homeless shelter backed away from his agreement with the city following ferocious opposition from the community.
Local Councilman Daneek Miller was also upset about the decision to house homeless families at the Jamaica Avenue hotel.
“My office remains opposed to any new shelters being placed within the district, particularly the disingenuous way this one was opened without any public notice,” he said. “Whether it is temporary or not, transparency is critical to ensure our goal of equitable housing for homeless across the City.”
Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12, told DNAinfo that the DHS is supposed to inform community boards before using hotels for housing. However she only found out about the changes to the Jamaica Avenue building after the community began complaining about it.
She went to say that the board has “nothing against homelessness because at the end of the day any of us could be homeless, but everyone should get their fair share.”
To Reddick’s knowledge CB12, which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens, currently has 11 shelters and eight hotels that are used to house homeless people, “the most in the borough of Queens.”
Two years ago, when the board had 10 shelters, it passed a resolution requesting a moratorium on building or expanding homeless shelters in the area. There were 22 shelters in Queens at the time.
DHS was not able to immediately provide the number of shelters currently in the area.
The agency said it began renting rooms at the hotel to deal with growing numbers of homeless people in the city.
“Each day, we are tasked with determining how to meet the City’s legal obligation to house tens of thousands of homeless New Yorkers, including families with children, who would otherwise be on the street,” Lauren Gray, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeless Services, said in an email to DNAinfo. “We are using commercial hotels as a bridge while we work to open new shelters across the city.”
There were nearly 60,000 residents in the city’s shelter system as of early October, the agency said.
“It used to be a quiet area, but now every day there is police, ambulances and fire trucks coming to this place,” said a neighbor who did not want his name to be used. He said he and his family lived and operated a small business in the area for about three decades.
“This is our neighborhood, we worked for this neighborhood,” he added. “They never even asked us if it’s OK to open it here.”
Jamaica has a lot of shitty neighbors who have no respect for the community, the environment or others and that includes many shitty businesses here like Royal Waste and the very shitty Metropolitan Lumber on Merrick Blvd who rarely cleans up around their property and leaves lumber that they sell outside and uncovered.
Well, Jamaica resident and community activist Pamela Hazel has had enough of Metro’s bullshit and her and her crew took it right to the culprit. Of course no elected official like Miller or Comrie in sight. Guess it was not the photo op they were hoping for, you know like some lame ass street naming ceremony.
People in this community need to stop supporting businesses that treat this neighborhood like shit. But then these businesses have learned this from the homey ghetto class, who have so little respect for the community as well.
From Queens Courier:
Outraged residents rally outside of Jamaica lumber yard demanding safety improvements
“Wood” you please cover your lumber?
That’s a question some angry southeast Queens residents asked as they gathered outside of Metropolitan Lumber’s Jamaica lumber yard over the weekend for a rally to get the company to improve maintenance and safety at the lumber yard.
The New York Communities for Change Queens Chapter joined the protesters outside at 108-20 Merrick Blvd. on Saturday, Oct. 1, demanding that Metropolitan Lumber clean and maintain the property, and enclose its lumber.
According to protesters, the pieces of wood at the lumber yard are currently unsecured, uncovered and stacked above the property’s perimeter fence, creating a hazard to passersby and members of the community. They are concerned that the wood could fall and injure pedestrians, especially during times of inclement weather.
Protesters say that at Metropolitan Lumber’s other Queens locations, in Corona and Astoria, the lumber is stored in enclosed structures. The protesters want to see the same standards implemented at the Jamaica lumber yard.
Those at the rally presented their demands to the owner of the property.
QNS has reached out to Metropolitan Lumber for comment and is awaiting a response.
Saw this and just had to do a blog post, I mean some bullshit needs to be called out on and the rag Queens Tribune needs to be called out on this major bullshit that is even low for them.
I don’t know if Samia Farah, the director of sales at Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties, wrote this blatant bullshit and ALL LIES article about Jamaica, but if she did, she should head over to the Trump campaign (which is all bullshit) and she would be the Queen Bee of BULLSHIT there.
Let’s break this major bullshit article down:
Top reasons why Jamaica, Queens, is the hottest find today:
1. Diversity in the middle class is opening up doors to entrepreneurial business investments and ventures. BUT the lower class and the ghetto class outweigh any of the middle class that decided not to hightail it the hell out of here. Most of the businesses here are the same shit over and over, 99 cent stores, beauty supply stores (last count had about 11 just on Jamaica Ave), the mismash of crap stores that resemble third world flea markets and other assorted shit. Very few new businesses have opened that are REALLY NEW and not just another hair salon place and some of the new businesses that have opened since I have been here have since closed (City Rib, Moda Grill, Charcoal Kabab)
2. Trendy restaurants and nightlife are bringing in young professionals. Taking a cue from Trump’s disaster of a debate, WRONG! Wrong on so many accounts. There are NO TRENDY RESTAURANTS, hell, you would be hard pressed to find that many decent ones (although a few good ones stick out, just a few ). Probably the only one I would think of as “trendy” is Mirch Grill at 172-27 Hillside Avenue. Somewhat trendy and really good, but they do not serve alcohol, but have some great mocktails. So since there are NO TRENDY restaurants (AND NO NIGHTLIFE what-so-ever), there is nothing to bring young professionals here, in fact you would be hard pressed to find any young professionals. Some low-class ghetto, gangbangers, homeless, criminals, low-class third world immigrants and other assorted crap folks, but NO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS.
3. Families feel safe and welcome. Residential areas have a traditional feel with parks and schools. While not as bad as some of those way overpriced Brooklyn hot spots like Buswick/Bedstuy, Jamaica has had over a dozen people killed this year alone and countless others injured while being shot, stabbed or hit by huge tractor trailer trucks in the downtown area. Welcome, REALLY, I have been here for almost 6 years and hopefully my last and I have to say the most unfriendliest people live in Jamaica, plus they all tend to stick together with their own kind. So as far as diverse, yeah there is much diversity, but they just don’t mix it up here. Bangledeshi here, Mexicans there, Jamaicans other there, African- Americans over yonder, etc, but rarely do they all mash together like a true diverse community does. The parks are garbage strewn from the homeless encampment of Major Mark Park to the the garbage strewn Roy Wilkins Park. And the schools, THE WORSE, just ask parents.
4. It is attractive to people in all walks of life. Families, young professionals and world travelers all want to live there. NO NO NO. No want really wants to live here, they just end up here because it is so expensive everywhere else. I mean you think if I could have bought a place in Park Slope or LIC or West Village, I would have chosen ghetto Jamaica. Plus re-read the above comment, which relates to this huge lie.
5. A perfect mix of residential and commercial is key to balancing work and family life all in one location. I really have no idea what the fuck this even means, but if shitty crappy third world dwellings mixed with tons of medical facilities, drug testing places and a poisonous waste transfer station (Royal Waste) right in downtown Jamaica with their 24/7 operation of hundreds of trucks going by daily and the stench from that place, well, then I guess you can call that ghetto balance then, otherwise it is BULLSHIT.
6. Projections for future development are strong indicators that Jamaica is trending toward middle to upper-middle class. Well, this is true, but only time will tell if this happens, because right now Jamaica trends toward low-class to god awful ghetto with some middle class stuck in this nightmare of a community. But this statement does not directly relate to Jamaica, this is just a general statement about any area.
7. Investor tipping points find these particular neighborhoods still affordable enough now for a sound investment in future profits. SEE ABOVE.
8. Worldwide audiences are taking a closer look at shows like HGTV’s “Selling New York.” WHAT THE FUCK, how can I even comment on this crap.
Samia, you have a bright future in the world of politics.
As I said I have lived here for almost 6 years and it has been a shitty 6 years of garbage, noise, poisonous waste stations, thug auto body shops that have turned Merrick Blvd into the new Willets Point, over 20 homeless shelters, dirty parks, low-class third world retail, crappy restaurants, shootings, gangs, drug dealers, poor streets & sidewalks and oh did I mention, tons of low-class ghetto people and not one damn real bakery and until Starbucks came here, not even a coffee shop.
Here is the REAL JAMAICA Ms. Farah.
From Queens Tribune:
Wisest Choice This Season In New York Real Estate: Jamaica, Queens
If you are looking to invest in real estate and New York looks interesting, put Jamaica, Queens, and surrounding neighborhoods at the top of your list in 2016.
Up-and-coming neighborhoods in this area are showing up in real estate industry sites like StreetEasy and sought-after real estate destination shows on HGTV. A diverse middle class is attractive to young professionals and those looking for a mix of the hottest foody spots, eclectic artwork, family-friendly parks and schools. In fact, The Wall Street Journal just named this area the hottest NYC spot this year.
Top reasons why Jamaica, Queens, is the hottest find today:
1. Diversity in the middle class is opening up doors to entrepreneurial business investments and ventures.
2. Trendy restaurants and nightlife are bringing in young professionals.
3. Families feel safe and welcome. Residential areas have a traditional feel with parks and schools.
4. It is attractive to people in all walks of life. Families, young professionals and world travelers all want to live there.
5. A perfect mix of residential and commercial is key to balancing work and family life all in one location.
6. Projections for future development are strong indicators that Jamaica is trending toward middle to upper-middle class.
7. Investor tipping points find these particular neighborhoods still affordable enough now for a sound investment in future profits.
8. Worldwide audiences are taking a closer look at shows like HGTV’s “Selling New York.”
Take a closer look, do your research and trust the experts. You will find Jamaica, Queens, to be a wise choice. Invest now while there is still room to invest.
Samia Farah is director of sales at Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties.
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 email@example.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:
Homeless Family Placed in Jamaica Hotel Calls Living Conditions ‘Foul’
From LI Herald:
Homeless housing angers residents
Officers: Community should report incidents to the police
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
New York City must end environmental racism
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.