REVITALIZED JAMAICA: 13 HOMELESS SHELTERS, 13 HOTELS TURNED HOMELESS SHELTER, PLUS UNKNOWN AMOUNTS OF GROUP HOMES & HYBRID HOTELS/HOMELESS SHELTERS

Up and Coming Jamaica, a community in crisis.

AND you wonder why Jamaica has such a big homeless problem with encampments in Rufus King Park, Major Mark Park, Jamaica Center Station, Sutphin LIRR station, plus all the walking dead and all the problems that go with this crap.

26 homeless shelters and hotels turned homeless shelter. TWENTY-SIX and this does not even include the group homes, like the group home where four savages lived and brutally raped a mother of two July 11th, and the hybrid hotels that have floors for guests and floors for homeless, like the Comfort Inn on 162nd St in Downtown Jamaica, which has 3 floors for hotel guests and 3 floors for homeless.

Downtown Jamaica Comfort Inn. Worker inside told me that 3 floors are for hotel guests and three floors are for homeless. Nothing like being greeted at a hotel than by a half naked homeless man sitting in hot weather.

 

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From DNAInfo New York:

Halfway House Where Sex Attack Suspects Stayed Opened Secretly, Locals Say

By  Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Katie Honan | July 20, 2017 9:50am

 The suspects accused of sexually attacking a woman in Jamaica last week lived in a halfway house at 145-53 South Rd., police said.

The suspects accused of sexually attacking a woman in Jamaica last week lived in a halfway house at 145-53 South Rd., police said.View Full Caption

DNAinfo/Katie Honan

QUEENS — The brutal sexual assault of a Jamaica churchgoer last week has shed light on several long-term issues in the neighborhood, including an influx of homeless shelters and halfway houses, as well as poorly lit corners that can be dangerous to those passing by at night, officials said.

The halfway house at 145-53 South Road — which authorities said housed four of the suspects involved in the assault — opened secretly last year, according to local officials who said they had no idea that the facility had been operating in the neighborhood.

Run by SCO Family of Services, the facility runs the Transitional Independent Living (TIL) program and can house up to 19 young people under the age 21.

Unlike shelters, which are operated by the Department of Homeless Services, TIL is overseen by the Department of Youth and Community Development and focuses specifically on helping homeless youth aged 16 to 21, providing them with training and support necessary to transition to independent living.

There are no signs outside the building, and local officials said they were not notified when it opened.

SCO Family of Services did not return a phone call seeking comment, but DYCD spokesman Mark Zustovich said in an email that the program is not part of the city’s adult shelter system, and therefore is not required to notify local communities when opening.

“In order to provide youth with a caring, home-like environment safe from external issues such as sex trafficking and domestic violence, confidentiality and privacy are important parts of the transitional independent living experience for young people who enter our City-funded programs voluntarily,” Zustovich said.

But Yvonne Reddick, district manager of Community Board 12, which covers Jamaica, Hollis and St. Albans, said  the group running the facility “should talk to the community board anyway, even if they don’t have to, out of courtesy.”

“It makes me wonder how many more [facilities] similar to that are there in the district,” Reddick said.

“We have more shelters and hotels [used to house homeless families] than any other district in the borough of Queens.”

According to data provided by DHS, there are currently 13 homeless shelters within the board’s boundaries, in addition to 13 hotels used to house homeless families.

Statistics related to halfway houses in the district were not immediately available.

A spokeswoman for DHS said the city is “committed to ensuring that, over time, shelters are distributed equitably to meet the need in all five boroughs.”

But state Sen. James Sanders Jr. said that “the community of Southeast Queens has done more than its fair share for the disadvantaged populations of the city” and that “oversaturating one community does not allow for the healthy growth of that community.”

Because the attack took place around 11 p.m., some in the community also wondered about supervision at the facility.

In many adult shelters, curfew is set at 10 p.m. But Zustovich said that in this case, “program curfew is determined by the contracted provider and… can vary based on the educational and working schedules of the young people in residence.”

“DYCD is reviewing SCO policies and the circumstances of the specific youth allegedly involved,” he added.

Police so far have arrested Brandon Walker, 20, Julisses Ginel, 19, and Justin Williams, 17, who they said attacked the 50-year-old victim shortly after she had left the Celestial Church of Christ on Liberty Avenue on July 11.

A staff member at the halfway house reported suspicions to the police, leading to their arrest, the NYPD said.

The fourth suspect, identified by police as 20-year-old Isaiah Shorter, remains at large, authorities said Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, the men confronted the woman at gunpoint on 150th Street near Beaver Road, demanding she hand over her wallet and MetroCard, and perform oral sex on them.

While the attack sparked an outcry in the community, Kevin Livingston — a local resident and founder of 100 Suits for 100 Men, a Jamaica-based organization assisting formerly incarcerated men and women — said it’s important not to “ostracize all young people” in the community.

“These young men who live in these SCO facilities — some of them are on medication, some of them are dealing with family issues, homosexuality — there is a lot going on in these particular homes,” said Livingston, who works with people living in several halfway houses in the area.

He also pointed out that the stretch where the assault occurred has been poorly lit, making it dangerous for those walking to the train at night.

The assault occurred near the intersection of 150th Street and Beaver Road, which locals say is poorly lit at night. (DNAinfo/Ben Fractenberg)

Sen. Sanders said he has reached out to the Department of Transportation “to ask them to do a study to find out if more lighting can be added to the area.”

The agency said that it is planning to add one new light on an existing wood pole at the intersection and upgrade another existing light to higher wattage.

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JAMAICA NEIGHBORS & COMMUNITY BOARD 12 MEMBERS TOTALLY UNAWARE OF GROUP HOME WHERE GANG RAPE SUSPECTS LIVED, BUT MAYOR DUMBO SAYS “WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU”

Up and Coming Jamaica, a community in crisis.

FUCKING SCUM HOOD RATS who gang raped a mother of two in Jamaica July 11th/12

This idiot mayor we have has no idea of the notification processes with shelters that are dumped continuously all over the city, especially in Jamaica Queens, which has over two dozen homeless shelter that are known, but who knows the actual count of others, group homes and the hybrid hotels/homeless shelter combos.

The group home in South Queens where four hood rats lived who brutally beat and gang raped a mother of two on her way to the subway from her church, was totally unknown to Jamaica neighbors and community board 12 members who had no idea that this shitty group home was there since the powers that be told no one.

AND what was Mayor Dumbo response:

When we announced the plan for the adult shelters a few months ago, we made very clear the notification process we would be undertaking going forward,” he said. “Anything involving domestic violence, for example, is a different set of rules for obvious reasons around confidentiality. I don’t know the specific rules when it involves minors. … We’ll get back to you to give you history of how that specific shelter was handled.”

Beside the typical “we’ll get back to you”, which all elected officials and city agencies have stamped on their foreheads, I don’t know what the fuck Big Bird was even talking about with the “domestic violence”. WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. This atrocity against this mother of two, which was just a few blocks where Mayor Dumbo had his Jamaica carnival tour yesterday (7.19.17) at Sutphin Blvd and Jamaica Ave, has nothing to do with domestic violence. WHAT AN ASSHOLE.

As I mentioned in a previous post (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/greater-jamaica-development-corp-so-called-airport-village-and-look-at-all-the-hotels-being-built-yes-lets-really-look-at-jamaica-homeless-village/), I don’t think most know that the Comfort Inn in downtown Jamaica 89-34 162nd St (a block away from the office of Community Board 12 on 161 st) had three floors for hotel guests and three floors for homeless or that the Ramada Inn at Hillside and 164 St is also a “hybrid hotel/homeless shelter”.

Downtown Jamaica Comfort Inn. Worker inside told me that 3 floors are for hotel guests and three floors are for homeless. Nothing like being greeted at a hotel than by a half naked homeless man sitting in hot weather.

SO what the fuck is all this money being dumped into Jamaica, when more and more SHIT &  CRAP is being dumped here.

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From Metro New York:

Neighbors unaware of Queens shelter where sexual assault suspects lived

Police released a photo of a suspect who allegedly attacked a woman leaving a neighborhood church last week.

  • Police identified Isaiah Shorter, 20, as the fourth man who sexually assaulted a woman as she left a Queens church last week. (photo: NYPD)

    Police identified Isaiah Shorter, 20, as the fourth man who sexually assaulted a woman as she left a Queens church last week. (photo: NYPD)

Neighbors of a halfway house in Queens that was home to the four suspects who allegedly attacked a woman leaving a borough church last week had no idea the halfway house was there.

The revelation was made Monday during a news conference by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD officials to announce the forthcoming 116th Precinct in Queens.

According to the conference’s transcript, members of Community Board 12 were unaware the youth halfway house was there until after the 50-year-old woman was robbed and forced to perform oral sex on her attackers at gunpoint.

When asked what the notification process was for the facility, de Blasio said he didn’t know.

“When we announced the plan for the adult shelters a few months ago, we made very clear the notification process we would be undertaking going forward,” he said. “Anything involving domestic violence, for example, is a different set of rules for obvious reasons around confidentiality. I don’t know the specific rules when it involves minors. … We’ll get back to you to give you history of how that specific shelter was handled.”

It was an employee of the 21-bed halfway house, which has residents between the ages of 16 and 21, who identified the suspects and alerted police, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

Three of the attackers, Brandon Walker, 20, Justin Williams, 17, and Julisses Ginel, 19, were arrested last Thursday.

The fourth suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Isaiah Shorter, whose photo was released by police on Monday.

Boyce said that Shorter had 14 prior arrests, which included two for robbery and one for endangering the welfare of a child, according to the New York Post.

According to the incident’s police report, the 50-year-old victim was approached by two armed men as she left the Celestial Church of Christ near 150th Street and Beaver Avenue in Queens around 11 p.m. last Tuesday. When Walker, Williams and Ginel were arrested at the halfway house on Thursday, two imitation pistols were recovered.

All three were charged with robbery, criminal sex acts, criminal use of a firearm and sex abuse, while Walker and Williams were also charged with menacing.

 

YET ANOTHER “AFFORDABLE HOUSING” COMPLEX GOING UP – BUT JUST TWO BLOCKS FROM THE POISONOUS POLLUTING ROYAL WASTE DUMP & TONS OF TRUCK TRAFFIC

By the way this s hit still has not been cleaned up as of 7.14.14

First who knows if it will be 100% affordable by the time this is done, which these so-called “affordable housing” are really not that affordable. AND this one, which will replace a dilapidated NYPD garbage, will be just a couple of blocks from the foul smelling, polluting and poisonous waste dump, Royal Waste.

CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams, called the current site a “blight” and saying her board is thrilled the area will be turned into “something beautiful.”

First off, “blight”is too strong a term for this NYPD parking garbage (though it always has tons of litter, the grass surrounding it never gets cut and it is in disrepair, but if we are going to talk BLIGHT, what about that poisonous foul smelling Royal Waste Dump, just two blocks from this future housing. Or what about 93rd Avenue between 170th and 171st Street, where many one family houses were torn down to put up low-class third world shit hole apartment buildings that resemble shit you see in third world countries. What about all those thug auto body shop all along Merrick Blvd. How about Hillside Avenue between 168th and 173rd. Or what about much of South Jamaica, especially south of York College. Hell you want to talk BLIGHT, any of these places I mentioned are more of a blight that this dilapidated parking garbage.

Thug Auto Body Shop at 102-80 Merrick

More typical South Jamaica. As of 7.14.14, pretty much looks the same.

The James Fobb Estate

Polluting solid waste company, Royal Waste, dumped into a residential area, a few blocks from Downtown, thanks to elected officials.

THIRD WORLD DRECK

Also the site is at 168 St and Archer Ave, not 93rd as stated in the article. It eventually turns into 93 Ave, but not at this point.

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From Queens Chronicle:

Boro Board approves Jamaica housing plan

At least 350 affordable units to be built where NYPD parking sits now

The proposed affordable housing development on 168th Street and 93rd Avenue in Jamaica has been given the green light by an enthusiastic Borough Board.

The plan put forth by real estate development firm Omni — presented to the Borough Board on Monday — calls for the construction of “a minimum of” 350 units of affordable housing, along with 75,000 square feet of retail space and 15,000 square feet set aside for community use.

The dilapidated two-story NYPD parking garage at the site, not far from the 103rd Precinct, will be demolished this winter to make room for construction shortly after.

The new building’s parking garage will contain about 180 spaces, with at least 60 set aside for NYPD use.

A major aspect of the Jamaica Now community revitalization plan, the proposed structure is about three years away from being constructed and opened, according to Gbenga Dawodu, the city Economic Development Corp.’s assistant vice president of real estate.

“The proposed project will not only provide much-needed affordable housing and neighborhood retail,” Dawodu said, “but will help provide the NYPD with a new and improved parking facility and create jobs in the local community.”

The EDC’s request for proposal was first issued in February 2015, with the agency selecting Omni’s proposal this January.

Early iterations of the firm’s proposal included a YMCA at the site, but Omni Managing Director Eugene Schneur said that is no longer the case.

“Instead of the YMCA, we will have 15,000 square feet of community space,” Schneur said. “We hope at least part of it will be a daycare center or some other educational facility.”

Both Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Borough President Melinda Katz responded by saying there should “absolutely” be some sort of youth center within the building in place of a YMCA.

“We have had conversations before about a youth center; that is really our intent,” Katz said. “We’re hoping this building will be accommodating to that.”

Before casting his vote, Miller said the reimagining of the 168th Street site has been “a long time coming.”

“I think this project really reflects the values of the community in so many ways,” Miller said. “We are really looking forward to this project getting off the ground.”

Not everyone at Monday’s meeting was as excited about the plan, however, as Community Board 7 Chairman Gene Kelty said he believes a 180-space parking garage is not remotely large enough to serve the building’s tenants, the Police Department, shoppers and neighborhood residents looking to utilize the community space.

“My counterpart in board 12, I just want you to know you’re going to have a terrible problem with the parking over there because they don’t have sufficient parking,” Kelty said to CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams. “If you don’t lock down the site for the Police Department, they will creep into another area over there if they don’t end up with 60 spaces.”

Adams didn’t address Kelty’s concerns, instead calling the site a “blight” and saying her board is thrilled the area will be turned into “something beautiful.”

UNHAPPY & ANGRY JAMAICA RESIDENTS AT DOT MEETING – WE NEED MORE FOLKS TO HELP MAKE CHANGE, A FEW CANNOT DO IT

The below photo says it all about a few Jamaica folks who are FUCKING PISSED about how Jamaica gets shit on from the Mayor & Queens BP to city agencies, like DOT, and elected officials. Forgot about the hood rats, they thrive because of the powers that be who DO SHIT and constantly DUMP SHIT in the community of Jamaica.

Doesn’t matter your ethnic background, your religion, your political affliation or if you are PC or not, we all have the same goal, TO CLEAN UP JAMAICA & FORCE THE POWERS TO BE TO DO SOMETHING and by that I don’t mean another fucking useless study on shit we already fucking know.

ORGANIZE FOLKS, GET MAD, GET VOCAL, just DO SOMETHING, unless you love living in a garbage strewn, community with poor leadership, fucking nonsense and a major poisonous polluter, Royal Waste and all their goomba fucking trucks.

ENOUGH!!!

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From Queens Press:

Frustration Boils Over at Jamaica DOT Meeting

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Photo by Trone Dowd
Constituents and community leaders told the DOT that they are not happy with the lack of immediate results to a more than year-long study. 

BY TRONE DOWD

Southeast Queens residents sick and tired of not seeing substantial results after months of studies conducted by the city Department of Transportation along Jamaica’s most congested traffic corridors made their voices loud and clear on Monday evening following a presentation of proposed short term, traffic reducing solutions for the neighborhood.

The two-hour presentation took place at the Harvest Room, located on Jamaica Avenue and 161st Street. The presentation was proposed as the latest stop gap in the long-term plan to overhaul Jamaica’s severe traffic problems that have caused lengthy backups of drivers, dangerous conditions for pedestrians and strained bus lines that run through the neighborhood. The plan has been a continuous back and forth between the community and the DOT since November 2015.

“We are here to report back to you what our studies found, and generate specific recommendations of improvement measures to address some of the challenges we see in downtown Jamaica,” DOT Deputy Director Michael Griffin said.

But what the DOT found was a number of problem sites throughout the catchment area, which included everything from Linden Boulevard to Union Turnpike and 130th Street to Farmers Boulevard. The agency looked at land use, pedestrian safety, public transit usages, traffic and more, identifying key aspects contributing to the long-standing issue. Solutions included converting 150th Street between Hillside and Archer avenues into a two-way street, installing an Access-A-Ride stop along Union Hall Street, converting 91st Ave between 146th Street and Sutphin Boulevard to an eastbound street to address congestion and a number of other small improvements.

Despite these proposals, residents who have been awaiting substantial change to the area rejected the minor upgrades that are scheduled to be implemented this summer, saying that real issues such as illegal commuter vans and mismanagement of bus routes were going completely over the heads of DOT members.

“Nowhere in [this presentation] did I see MTA mentioned,” said lifelong resident Vanessa Sparks. “It would seem to me that you can’t have a conversation about transportation without the MTA being at the table, especially since this is such a huge bus area.”

Sparks said that the dollar vans used to alleviate the demand for better bus service were “a disaster waiting to happen.” She added that, this week, she witnessed four fire trucks with alarms blaring getting stuck in Jamaica rush hour traffic.

“That is a death sentence and it is all because of the illegal dollar cars,” she said. “I think you may want to reopen this up and get some more current data that already exists and get the MTA at the table for us to do this again because this is not going to work. Short from a miracle from God, this is not going to work.”

Michelle Keller, who is the transportation chairwoman of Community Board 12, said that she was disheartened by Saturday’s presentation.

“Other than six or seven new slides, this is the same presentation that you showed us in December and February,” Keller told the DOT. “I’m not seeing any resolutions. I thought I would hear something about pedestrian plazas. You’re studying this thing to death and you’re singing to the choir. You came to myself, the chairwoman and the district manager [of CB 12] when we asked to meet with you and the commissioner and I still don’t see a comprehensive plan. We don’t even have renderings of what Downtown Jamaica would look like after these changes you’re talking about.

CB 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick and CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams, who both attended the presentation, said that they stood united with constituents and fellow board members.

Another constituent brought up Royal Waste, a waste plant in Jamaica that processes approximately one-fourth of all the trash in the city, and said that its trucks that are often seen traveling the streets of Southeast Queens damage roads, cause pollution and block roadways.

“Trucks are a big disaster in this area,” said community activist and resident Joe Moretti, who added that he was flabbergasted that the DOT hadn’t identified the kind of issues that most residents see every day on their daily commutes. “That horrible neighbor we have, Royal Waste. I don’t know what idiot allowed that place to be put there, but it should have never been put in a downtown area right near residential. Until that place disappears, we will continue to have a truck problem.”

Councilman Miller ensured constituents that he would get the MTA to come to Downtown Jamaica to discuss transportation reform in greater detail sometime in the near future.

Councilman Miller ensured constituents that he would get the MTA to come to Downtown Jamaica to discuss transportation reform in greater detail sometime in the near future.

Three weeks ago, the Press of Southeast Queens reported that Royal Waste has been ruining the quality of life for nearby residents along Liberty Avenue, which is a longstanding issue that local leaders and elected officials alike have been combating.

“DOT and local law enforcement need to address that local truck situation,” Moretti continued. “Why you would have Merrick Boulevard and 168th as a truck route is beyond comprehension. Would you see a street in Forest Hills in their little downtown section have trucks going through it? Everything gets dumped on in this neighborhood.”

Moretti was just one of many residents who brought up longstanding issues that were not mentioned in the DOT’s study. Others expressed frustration with the lack of involvement from the MTA during the meetings. Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) told frustrated constituents that he would make sure that the MTA meets with residents in the near future, so that they can hear the qualms directly from commuters.

Griffin ensured the Press of Southeast Queens that the comments made during Monday’s meeting would make its way back to the DOT’s office for consideration. He also said that while he understands that residents are frustrated, they should understand that these short-term goals are meant to set the groundwork for bigger changes to come once the long-term study is completed.

“They seem to be most frustrated with transit,” he said. “They may not be getting the best out of us as a result.”

As of this writing, the DOT is looking to start making short-term changes this summer and long-term changes that involve construction projects and manpower well into 2026.

SHITTY DOT GETS BLASTED AT PRESENTATION OF BULLSHIT DOWNTOWN JAMAICA TRANSPORTATION STUDY

You heard my take on this bullshit presentation (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/downtown-jamaica-transportation-study-public-meeting-a-big-fucking-crap-of-nothing/), so let’s hear one of the local media, Queens Chronicle’s take.

Kudos to Councilman I. Daneek Miller (one of the better local elected officials) for this line, which sums up much:

“They’re spending money on ferry ramps in some neighborhoods, and $3 billion on streetcars for communities that don’t exist yet,” Miller said. “But our transportation system here is 50 years old.”

YES, that says it all about places like Jamaica and this administration under de Blasio, he of the “Tale of Two Cities” and making that tale grow even WIDER.

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From Queens Chronicle:

DOT gets an earful on Jamaica traffic

Residents unimpressed at halfway point of major transportation study

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:30 am | Updated: 1:00 pm, Thu Mar 23, 2017.

One of the stated purposes of Monday night’s presentation on the Downtown Jamaica Transportation Study was for the city’s Department of Transportation representatives to obtain feedback from the public at the project’s halfway point.

Mission accomplished, as Jamaica residents and members of Community Board 12 repeatedly called the 25-page update insufficient, lacking in several key areas regarding traffic congestion and safety.

Michael Griffith and project manager Carren Simpson made their presentation before more than 40 people in the Harvest Room on 160th Street. Begun formally in fall 2015, the study’s primary area is bordered by Hillside Avenue to the north, 183rd Street to the east, Liberty Avenue to the south and the Van Wyck Expressway to the west.

A secondary area goes from Linden Boulevard to Union Turnpike and from 130th Street to 193rd Street-Farmers Boulevard.

“And for things like buses we take into account those coming from Nassau County,” Griffith said.

The study to this point has included feedback from several public meetings, footage from time-lapse cameras at major intersections, police and DOT accident statistics and engineering studies, among others.

Among the things Griffith said the DOT was seeking input about on Monday were proposals such as adding crosswalks on Hillside Avenue; adding signs and retiming traffic lights at various places; dealing with narrow streets; on- and off-street parking availability; reclassifying some one-way streets and redesigning some intersections.

And while the presentation included mention of studies of things like truck traffic, dollar vans and poor bus service, residents remained largely unimpressed. Vanessa Sparks was one of those who said the report is lacking.

She took issue, for example, with the contention that peak afternoon rush hour is between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. Griffith did say that is only the peak hour of a peak period that extends for about four hours.

“And there’s no mention of the [Metropolitan Transportation Authority],” Sparks said. “How can you get anything done without the MTA at the table?”

One proposal to relieve a lack of direct north-south routes between Jamaica and Hillside avenues is converting 150th Street from its current one-way southbound designation to a two-way street between the two major thoroughfares.

But Michele Keller, the transportation committee chairwoman at CB 12, said the narrow street already gets backed up.

“There is a school on 150th, and you’re going to make it two-way?” she asked, referring to PS 182, the Samantha Smith School, which sits across 150th Street from Rufus King Park.

Resident Joe Moretti found the existing recommendations totally inadequate for dealing with truck traffic, both legal and otherwise.

“I’ve been fighting this for years,” he said. “This doesn’t account for trucks in my neighborhood. Why does the DOT still allow truck routes on Merrick Boulevard and 168th Street? It is truly beyond comprehension.”

“And without enforcement, nothing is going to change,” CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams said, referring largely to truck, parking and dollar van problems.

Several people alluded to or stated directly that the plan thus far seems to be just another Manhattan-based solution to be imposed from afar.

“You don’t come into my house and tell me what I need,” she said. “I tell you.”

Sparks called the combined actions and lack of action over the years “transportation apartheid,” saying what may be needed is Jamaica residents coming out “with pitchforks and lanterns.”

Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) concurred, saying that people need to keep turning out with the numbers and passion of Monday night.

“If you don’t, it’s all going to be bike lanes,” Miller said.

“We hear the same thing year after year after year after year,” Adams said.

She and Miller also faulted the MTA, and the city and state governments.

“They’re spending money on ferry ramps in some neighborhoods, and $3 billion on streetcars for communities that don’t exist yet,” Miller said. “But our transportation system here is 50 years old.”

WOW, A JAMAICA COUNCILMAN, MILLER, ACTUALLY ACTING LIKE A PUBLIC SERVANT – WANTS TO PUT A STOP TO CONSTANT PARKING ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS BY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

The problem has been that this issue was allowed to fester for so fucking long (like every other damn quality of life issue), especially in places like Jamaica and SE Queens. Knowing that this is such a MAJOR issue in Jamaica, why didn’t Councilman Miller’s predecessor, fat slob Leroy Comrie do something about this, I mean Jabba the Hut was in office as council member for 12 fucking years and never stepped up to the plate on this issue.

Just maybe some folks in Jamaica are finally getting fed up with so much nonsense and are hounding Miller. I mean elected officials just don’t do something good for the community all on their own.

This is a fucking no-brainer, so just pass the fucking legislation, but of course there will be some city council-members on the payroll of trucking companies who will come up with some excuse not to pass it, you know someone like dickhead Ruben Wills, the poster boy for ghetto black leaders who don’t give a shit about black communities.Trucks6.19.16 005

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From Queens Courier:

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With the rise in commercial trucks illegally parking on local streets throughout Queens, one Council Member is looking to help local residents get their streets back.

At the Feb. 15 City Council meeting, Council Member I. Daneek Miller introduced a new piece of legislation called Introduction 1473, which would cut the time that commercial vehicles can park in residential communities in half.

Currently, commercial vehicles can park on residential streets for three hours. If the legislation is passed, that time will be cut down to 90 minutes. Police are making efforts to crack down on illegal commercial vehicle parking, but Miller recognizes how difficult this can be to complete.

“Allowing these vehicles to park for three hours weakens enforcement efforts, particularly when officers’ shifts change and cannot truly account for how long a commercial vehicle has occupied the same spot,” said Miller.

Miller cited airport traffic and the recent reconstruction projects throughout Queens to be a part of the problem.

“This hardship will only be augmented as truck traffic increases from our nearby airports, and from the ongoing construction of new residential projects,” said Miller. “The trucks also remain illegally parked and idling overnight, blocking fire hydrants and creating environmental hazards.”

Introduction 1473 is already gaining support from leadership in Community Boards 12 and 13.

“I completely support the legislation being introduced . . . restricting commercial vehicle parking to 90 minutes on New York City streets,” said Yvonne Reddick, Community Board 12 district manager. “Eighteen wheelers and other commercial vehicles have become a serious nuisance for residents of southeast Queens, parking overnight and during daytime hours on our local streets.”

“There are too many instances when trucks – both box and 18-wheelers – are parked overnight within the confines of Queens Community Board 13,” said Mark McMillan, Community Board 13 district manager. “Our streets are not built to accommodate truck parking, and it constitutes an infringement on the quiet enjoyment of the homes in our communities.”Trucks6.19.16 006

 

WELCOME TO JAMAICA: HOMELESS SHELTER VILLAGE – MORE BULLSHIT AS HOMELESS PUT IN JAMAICA AVE HOTEL BEFORE IT GETS CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY

Image result for more bullshit

This article was from back in October 2016, but for some reason I seemed to have missed it. BUT anyway, more hotels being turned into homeless shelters under very shady ways.

How can the powers that be talk about the “revitalization” of Jamaica when every other day, another homeless shelter or supportive housing or drug clinic gets dumped into this community, where the majority of the people going into these places are not even from the community.

JAMAICA: Going from GHETTO to Homeless Shelter Village, either way this community is CRAP and gets more crappier as they talk more about “revitalization”

 A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.

A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.View Full Caption

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From DNAInfo New York:

Homeless Put in Jamaica Hotel Before It Gets Certificate Of Occupancy: Docs

By  Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Katie Honan | October 7, 2016 5:06pm | Updated on October 9, 2016 2:04pm

 A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.

A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.View Full Caption

DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — The city violated housing regulations by rushing homeless families into a new hotel on Jamaica Avenue before the necessary paperwork was completed, 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.”