EPIDEMIC OF COOKING OIL CLOGGED PIPES IN QUEENS ESPECIALLY SOUTH JAMAICA & ST. ALBAN – COMBO OF IDIOT PEOPLE AND POOR PIPES

NEWSFLASH IDIOTS:  If you pour cooking oil/grease down your home drains, not only do you fuck up your own pipes, but you fuck up the city sewers, which then get majorly clogged with this improperly discarded grease. I mean who is stupid enough to pour cooking oil/grease down your drains, you put it in a container and throw out with the rest of the trash. I mean how fucking stupid can one be. Well, no doubt some of the lower-class immigrants from third world countries are probably the biggest culprits because, well, that is the shit they did in the motherland, but some of our home grown folks are just as fucking stupid, especially in the South Jamaica and St. Albans area.  According to the below article in Crains:

Grease causes sewer backups all over the city, but they most commonly occur in certain Queens neighborhoods including South Jamaica and St. Albans, where more than 4,800 complaints were made in the past five years, an average of nearly three per day. The city received almost 15,000 reports of greasy sewer clogs during that time, according to 311 call logs—numbers that suggest one-third of the most mucked-up city sewers are located in neighborhoods that house less than 5% of New York’s 8.5 million residents.

BUT the fault is just not only with idiot people in SE Queens, but with the poor infrastructure in the area.

Sewer pipes in southeastern Queens tend to be 10 inches in diameter, Adamski said—less than half the typical size in other boroughs—because they were installed decades ago, when the area was relatively undeveloped. Southeastern Queens is also a flood basin, so its streets and basements are vulnerable to sewer backups after even modest rainfalls. The problem’s origins go back to the 1940s, when a natural drainage area was paved over to build runways for JFK. Moreover, the area’s groundwater table has steadily risen during the past decade or so. Climate change is a factor, and so is the fact that the city no longer pumps the ground wells that once provided the area’s drinking water.

So this fucked up problem is a combination of stupid people,  a majorly overcrowded population and an antiquated system in the dirty SE Queens, but of course the bigger of the problems are idiot people in the area.

So stop throwing all that nasty oil down your sink or toilet. Better yet, stop using all that cheap cooking oil and eating greasy fried food, too many in SE Queens are already too fucking fat and obese as it is. Case in point.

Senator Leroy Comrie, one of biggest do nothing elected Jamaica officials of the past couple decades.

Senator Leroy Comrie, one of biggest do nothing elected Jamaica officials of the past couple decades.

 

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From Crains:

Drain freeze: A deluge of spent cooking oil is blocking sewer lines in Queens

An epidemic of oil-clogged pipes underscores the need for a planned $6 billion overhaul


Photo: Buck Ennis
SIZE MATTERS: The 10-inch sewer pipes common in Queens help keep plumbers, like David Balkan, busy clearing clogs.

For many foodies, nothing delights the senses like a sizzling wok in Flushing or crackling tacos al pastor in Jackson Heights. But there’s a downside to the smorgasbord: So much used cooking oil is poured down the drain that sewers in Queens regularly experience the municipal equivalent of cardiac arrest.

Some section of the city’s 7,500 miles of sewer lines gets blocked virtually every day, and discarded cooking oil is the reason 60% of the time. But in parts of Queens, that grease is the culprit in nearly 80% of all sewer backups, a problem that is especially acute near Kennedy Airport.

Experts say one reason Queens’ sewers get blocked so often is that a lot of food is prepared in the city’s most diverse borough, where residents, who hail from 120 different countries, might not be familiar with the best grease-handling practices.

“Just about everyone has dumped used cooking oil down the drain at one time or another,” said David Balkan, chief executive at Balkan Plumbing in Richmond Hill, Queens. “It cools and congeals in the sewers, where it will block anything and everything.”

In an effort to educate the public on the ills of grease dumping, last year the city enlisted interns from the Summer Youth Employment Program to knock on neighborhood doors as part of its Cease the Grease campaign. The teenagers visited more than 50,000 Queens households and 1,000 restaurants to remind people that used cooking oil and fat should be sealed in nonrecyclable containers and thrown out with the rest of the trash, not poured down the sink.

But grease has been blocking big city sewers practically since the pipes were laid. In 1859, a Brooklyn sewer commissioner observed that “melted grease is very objectionable.” Two years ago in London, an 11-ton mound of congealed fat was extracted from a sewer, requiring more than $600,000 in repairs.

To minimize such costly damage, New York officials have encouraged restaurant owners to sell their used cooking oil to firms that convert it into biodiesel that fuels garbage trucks and other municipal vehicles. There are 24 licensed grease haulers in the city, according to the Business Integrity Commission, which regulates the industry. In October those haulers got a boost when Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law requiring that the biodiesel content in the city’s heating oil supply increase to 20% in 2034 from the current mandate of 2%.

That legislation could provide a lifeline for grease haulers, who have struggled financially in recent years after the steep drop in crude-oil prices chilled demand for their product despite the environmentally friendly nature of their services. Grease Lightning, a Manhattan-based hauler, slipped into bankruptcy and was liquidated last year. Edward Taylor, who runs a fish distributor in the Bronx’s Hunts Point market, said that during the summer a vendor simply stopped picking up his used oil because it became impossible to sell at a fair price. The market value of used cooking oil fell to less than 20 cents per pound in New York last year, a better than 50% drop since 2011, according to the Jacobsen market-research firm in Chicago.

Used cooking oil is not only bad for sewer health, it’s also useless to recyclers once it gets into the pipes and mixes with plastics and other garbage, said Bob Adamski, a former city sewer chief. Only yellow grease, the stuff used in deep fryers, is readily convertible into biodiesel. Brown grease, which is basically anything used in a pot or pan, has no market value unless it is refined by a firm such as United Metro Energy, a Brooklyn company that is owned by former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis. Trap grease, the icky assemblage of oily food scraps and water, typically isn’t repurposed for humans but is “sometimes turned into Puppy Chow,” Adamski said.

A little grease is a big problem

Grease causes sewer backups all over the city, but they most commonly occur in certain Queens neighborhoods including South Jamaica and St. Albans, where more than 4,800 complaints were made in the past five years, an average of nearly three per day. The city received almost 15,000 reports of greasy sewer clogs during that time, according to 311 call logs—numbers that suggest one-third of the most mucked-up city sewers are located in neighborhoods that house less than 5% of New York’s 8.5 million residents.

Although some of those sewer problems can be linked to the vast amounts of cooking oil used in preparing dishes such as deviled fish, a deep-fried delicacy on the menu at many Sri Lankan restaurants in southeastern Queens, experts say the chronic backups mostly reflect the area’s history and geography.

Sewer pipes in southeastern Queens tend to be 10 inches in diameter, Adamski said—less than half the typical size in other boroughs—because they were installed decades ago, when the area was relatively undeveloped. Southeastern Queens is also a flood basin, so its streets and basements are vulnerable to sewer backups after even modest rainfalls. The problem’s origins go back to the 1940s, when a natural drainage area was paved over to build runways for JFK. Moreover, the area’s groundwater table has steadily risen during the past decade or so. Climate change is a factor, and so is the fact that the city no longer pumps the ground wells that once provided the area’s drinking water.

The city Department of Environmental Protection has pledged to spend $6 billion on a comprehensive sewer system overhaul for southeastern Queens, and it already has upgraded Springfield Gardens and other areas. But plenty of work remains to be done. And when pipes are under such stress, dumping even a little used cooking oil or animal fat can easily trigger another obstruction.

“When you’ve got sewers as overburdened as they are in Queens,” York College earth sciences professor Ratan Dhar observed, “a little grease goes a long way.”

A version of this article appears in the January 9, 2017, print issue of Crain’s New York Business.

SOUTH JAMAICA HOMELESS SHELTER RALLY EVERY SATURDAY, 12:30PM, CORNER OF GUY BREWER AND 115 AVE

So many people bitch and complaint about issues in the Jamaica community, yet very few do anything when it comes to standing up for what is right. You all vote for the same crap elected officials over and over again who do so little for the community, people like Meeks, Comrie, Wills and Cook, I mean many of you don’t even bother to come out and vote. You complain to each other, yet most do not pick up a phone or send an email to those elected officials on a regular basis on the same damn issues that they should be focusing on and doing something about locally (I am not talking big issues out of their control) or file numerous 311 complaints. Issues like illegal garbage dumping, illegal truck driving on residential streets, illegal overnight parking of huge tractor trailer trucks, which still continue under the LIRR tunnels in downtown Jamaica, illegal parking of vehicles on Merrick Blvd and surrounding streets/sidewalks by auto body shop that have turned that area into a junk yard and has been going on for decades and so many other quality of  life issues that local elected officials can do something about but choose to ignore, say nothing and do nothing. But have some lame street naming ceremony and the clowns are out in full force smiling for the cameras, like they just cured cancer. Heavy lifting these clowns know nothing about.

So instead of just complaining to yourself,  DO SOMETHING, instead of criticizing someone as “racists” because you don’t like what he says or because he speaks the damn truth about this community, some of the people in it and the do-nothing/crooked elected officials, then write your own damn blog, JUST DO SOMETHING, like coming out to protest yet another damn homeless shelter in this community which is making it look like “Homeless Hotel Village” as opposed to BP Katz’s bullshit of Jamaica being an “Airport Village” or “Tourist Destination”, which we know is ALL BULLSHIT.

So do nothing and expect more of this coming to your local neighborhood.

The future of Jamaica

The future of Jamaica

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From Michele of Community Board 12:

Greetings Everyone

I hope that your spirit is high in this season of love.

I am reaching out to you for your support in this fight to stop the owner from building the hotel on 115 Avenue & Guy R Brewer Blvd.
The best gift we can ourselves is to preserve our community for our future generation.

One hour is all we need to protest.
Let’s brave this weather and win this fight.  Dress warm!

Peace and Love,

Michele

Community Board 12 Member

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RESIDENTS COME OUT FOR SOUTH JAMAICA HOTEL PROTEST – BE READY, MORE TO COME AS JAMAICA BECOMES “HOMELESS SHELTER VILLAGE” NOT “AIRPORT VILLAGE” AS POWERS THAT BE LIED ABOUT

“Our voices matter, we matter……….As we continue to not  say anything, things like this will continue to come into our community and other communities”.

Michelle Keeler-Community Board 12 Member

Of course Senator Comrie and Councilman Miller did not show up for this first protest, guess they were too busy preparing the canned bullshit speech at the Rufus King Park Holiday Tree lighting that evening. You know, one must have priorities. And of course not a peep out of BP Melinda Katz, not one peep out of her on this whole homeless shelter dumping bullshit, NOT ONE PEEP. Remember that voters if you even give a shit. And nowhere to be seen was totally useless Assembly Member Vivian Cook, yet you folks voted this dumb do nothing bitch back in office for the umpteenth time, yet her opponent from the most recent elected, Rodney Reed was out in the freezing weather giving his support and speaking.

And this is why so much of Jamaica is the way it is and why so much shit gets dumped here, most residents don’t give a fucking flying. They can’t bother to come out to protest on a important issue, they can’t bother to file numerous quality of life complaints, they can’t bother to get involved and they continue to vote in the same old do nothing Southeast Queens Democratic Black Gangsters who have proven for decades they don’t give a shit about this community. When you had a chance to put in fresh Rodney Reed, you put in same old (and I mean OLD), do nothing Vivian Cook.

You get the community you deserve.

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From Queens Crap:

Residents come out for South Jamaica hotel protest


At the corner of 115th Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Blvd, a developer is building a hotel which residents fear will become a hot sheets type place or a homeless shelter.

You can see in the video that this property abuts the LIRR trestle. A large MTA bus depot sits across the street.

A group of residents braved the cold weather yesterday to protest this project at this unfortunate location.

There is an advantage to being able to see the writing on the wall.

SOME JAMAICA RESIDENTS ARE FINALLY FED UP WITH HOTELS TURNING HOMELESS SHELTER IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND ARE CRANKING UP THE HEAT

Remember this folks, even though you may not live in South Jamaica, when homeless shelters are placed by the dozen in a community, neighboring communities get affected as it causes a snowball effect. I have to say I am surprised to finally see some passion and anger from Jamaica residents. It is about time! KEEP IT UP.

If you don’t speak up and start standing up, the future of SE Queens will be this.

MTA Moving Homeless Shelter

MTA Moving Homeless Shelter

The future of Jamaica

The future of Jamaica

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Poster boy for the homeless.

Poster boy for the homeless.

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

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Jamaica Center E train. Does he look like he missed a meal and is skin and bones.

Jamaica Center E train. Does he look like he missed a meal and is skin and bones.

Jamaica's newest homeless shelter

Jamaica’s newest homeless shelter

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From Queens Chronicle:

Rally set for site of So. Jamaica hotel

Residents believe spate of hotel approvals could foretell of shelters

 

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 10:30 am

Opponents of a hotel that is in the preliminary stages of construction on 115th Avenue will be staging a protest rally this coming Saturday to make their displeasure known to the property owner — and city homeless officials.

The property at 163-18 115 Ave. is on the southeast corner of the intersection with Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. And more than 40 people gathered just up the street Tuesday night to plan the march, scheduled for between 12:30 and 2 p.m.

“We can’t sit in meetings and ask ‘Why?’ anymore,” said Michele Keller, a member of Community Board 12 who led the meeting at the South Queens Multi-Service Center.

Southeast Queens has seen a marked increase in the number of hotels approved for construction. But residents, civic and elected officials believe those correspond only too well with increases in the city’s homeless population, and the city’s propensity to place supportive housing in CB 12’s area.

The district has more than half of the homeless shelters in the borough, and between 30 and 40 percent of its homeless population.

The South Jamaica residents had support in the room Tuesday night from Anthony Rivers and Donnie Whitehead from People from the Neighborhood in St. Albans; Phil Wong and Tom Lai of Elmhurst United; and Christina Wilkinson and Kim Caruana of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force.

All three organizations have fought or delayed homeless hotels and shelters with varying degrees of success in the last two years.

Caruana and Wilkinson’s group has led protests outside the Brooklyn home of city Human Resources Commissioner Steve Banks, the most recent one this past Saturday [see related story in some editions].

Keller and her group believe that even if the property begins as a hotel, it would be a short step from the owner believing he could make more money by offering it to the city as a shelter. The other groups said that is not an unfounded fear, as all three of them were hit with shelters overnight with no notice. All have accused the city of lying and using strong-arm tactics.

“You’ll be told you hate the homeless,” Wong said.

“You’ll be told you’re racists,” he said to the overwhelmingly African-American crowd.

Caruana said some of their members will attend Saturday’s protest.

“We have to stick together,” she said.

Rivers, whose group was able to obtain a court injunction and delay a shelter on Hollis Avenue for months, said signs are perfectly legal if not attached to sticks or poles.

“You can also use a bullhorn,” he said. Rivers also pointed out that once homeless veterans were in place, their pickets stopped, as it was city policy and not veterans in need whom they considered the problem.

Keller reminded Jamaica residents while the support is gratefully appreciated, ultimately any progress will come only from local residents keeping the pressure on.

“This is our neighborhood,” she said. “This is our fight.”

That aspect has not been neglected.

Since a meeting last month, neighborhood residents have researched the property owner, Harjinder Singh, using the corporate name Hillside Ave Hotel LLC.

Wong and Lai said once a hotel becomes a homeless shelter it is not going anywhere, and that it drives down nearby residential property values.

Rafael Vargas, who lives near the site, had not neglected that aspect, presenting some research he has done on real estate in the area surrounding the property.

He said residents of South Jamaica have more of an economic stake — and more economic power — than they might realize.

“There are 250 homes on the streets near there that have a value of $120 million,” he said. “If the average home is worth $500,000, and your value drops 1 percent, you lose $5,000; 5 percent and you lose $25,000. Twenty percent and you lose $100,000. … We need to use our economic power.”

A former Rochdale Village resident, Vargas said residents of the housing complex are a model for how more than 5,000 people can unite for a common economic and civic interest.

“[Politicians] campaign in Rochdale because it’s a large block,” he said.

HOMELESS SHELTER PROTEST RALLY & COMMUNITY MEETING THIS COMING SATURDAY (12.10.16) – SOUTH JAMAICA & SOUTH OZONE PARK

The future of Jamaica

The future of Jamaica

If you care about your community, then you should make an attempt to attend because our communities are turning into homeless shelter villages and all the bullshit, crime and other nonsense that comes with these places.

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Sending out on behalf of the communities of Richmond Hill/Ozone Park and South Jamaica.  Please see attached flyers.

At 11am, there will be a meeting concerning the proposed drop-in center on Atlantic Avenue at CTEA high school in Ozone Park.
At 12:30pm, there will be a rally outside a proposed hotel at 115th Ave and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. that the community believes will bring crime to the area and likely convert into a homeless shelter.
Thank you.
MMV Task Force
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SAY NO TO JAMAICA HOTELS – COALITION OF CONCERNED CITIZENS OF SOUTH JAMAICA MEETING DECEMBER 6 @ 7PM

WOW, you mean FINALLY, some folks in Jamaica are FINALLY waking up to reality. What you thought all these hotels being built that asshole BP Melinda Katz talked about in Jamaica was for tourists and to create an “Airport Village”.  You thought it was all part of the “Jamaica Now Action Plan”.  You thought your local elected officials were really providing you top notch public service.

And God laughed!

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Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

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Sending on behalf of South Jamaica. Elmhurst and Maspeth will be there.

– MMV Task Force

 

Good evening everyone,

Please see attached flyer for December 6, 2016 meeting.
Should you have  any questions, please contact me at 917-623-8376.

Michele Keller

Save the Date
All Community Residents are URGED to attend!!!
Let YOUR VOICES Be HEARD!!!
Tuesday, Dec. 6 TH
7:00PM – 9:00PM
SOUTH QUEENS MULTI-SERVICE CTR
114-02 Guy R. Brewer Blvd; Jamaica, NY 11434
SAY NO TO HOTELS!!!
Join the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of South Jamaica
meeting concerning the construction of a HOTEL at 115 TH Avenue
& Guy R. Brewer Blvd., which will be a few feet away from
Preschools and a High School
Become part of the conversation working on ending the over
saturation of hotels in South Jamaica, Queens.
· What about the safety of your community?
· Are you concerned about the activity it will bring into the
community?
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT: 917- 623-8376
Team #ReClaimingOurCommunity

WITH ALL THE GHETTO BULLSHIT IN JAMAICA, PERFECT TIME TO LISTEN TO SOUTH JAMAICA’S A TRIBE CALLED QUEST TUNE “SUCKA NIGGA”

And this is why A Tribe Called Quest is the most influential Rap/Hip Hop group ever. Great beats and intelligent and relevant lyrics. Amazing “Sucka Nigga” came out in 1993, but unfortunately is still so relevant 23 years later.

For all you folks out there who always want to get on my shit for speaking truth and reality, crank this up real good and LISTEN.

TRIBE

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bIMRYdwFFI

[Intro]
“Hey sucker nigga, whoever you are”
“Hey sucker nigga, whoever you are”
“Hey sucker nigga, hey sucker nigga”
“Whoever you are, whoever you are”

[Verse 1: Q-Tip]
I be hating sucker MCs, and the sucker niggas
Posing like they hard when we know they damn card
What you figure, rhyme-wise I do the figure eight so concisely
Musically we are the herb so sit back and light me
Inhale…

My style is kinda fat reminiscent of a whale
Young girls desires older female dreams
I be the Abstract Poetic representing from Queens
Socially I’m not inane, black and white got game
If you came to the jam, well I’m glad you came

See, nigga first was used back in the Deep South
Falling out between the dome of the white man’s mouth

It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy
Upper niggas in the community think it’s crummy
But I don’t, neither does the youth cause we em-
Brace adversity it goes right with the race

And being that we use it as a term of endearment
Niggas start to bug, to the dome is where the fear went
Now the little shorties say it all of the time
And a whole bunch of niggas throw the word in they rhyme
Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it
But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it

My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray the

[Hook: Q-Tip]
Sucka nigga, nigga nigga
I throw the sucka in the front for the ones that front

(Repeat x3)

It’s the neo-nigga of the nineties, c’mon

[Hook]
Aiyyo Shaheed, take us the fuck outta here

[Spoken Outro]
You’re not any less of a man, if you don’t pull the trigger
You’re not necessarily a man, if you do