2000-08-02 / Political Page

On The Brief Side...

On The Brief Side...

Avella, Jobo Seek Larger P.O.

An effort to have the Bay Terrace Post Office substation in Bayside expanded into a full-service facility has been launched by Tony Avella, a Northeast Queens civic activist, and Barbara Jobo, president of the Bay Terrace Community alliance.

The two leaders said that the present station at 212-71 26th Ave. in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center is limited to two clerks because its a substation, but it requires more personnel because of its heavy workload, they pointed out. They have brought their request to Postal authorities and to the Cord Meyer Development Company, which operates the mall.

Cohen Announces Traffic Light, Funds For Y

Complaints about speeding cars on 99th Street in Rego Park has resulted in approval of a traffic light installation at 64th Road and 99th Street, Assemblymember Michael Cohen announced. Cohen said city Department of Transportation (DOT) officials said the installation is set to be in place by Dec. 31st.

"There had already been several automobile accidents at this location and countless near misses and it was evident something had to be done, "Cohen said. DOT did an extensive traffic safety study before deciding to install the light, Cohen added.

On another matter, Cohen announced that he had obtained $5,000 in state funds for youth programs at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills.

After-School Grant Of $150G

An award of a $150,000 "Advantage After-School" grant has been made to the Queens Village Day School, an after-school program affiliated with P.S. 33 and P.S. 34, both in Queens Village in School District 29, state Senator Frank Padavan (R–C, Bellerose announced.

"Under the program," Padavan said, "school-age children have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of developmental activities designed to improve social, emotional and academic skills in a safe, supervised environment."

New Elevator In J.H. Library

A new elevator is in operation at the Jackson Heights branch library to improve access for senior citizens and the disabled, Councilmember John Sabini (D–Jackson Heights) reported last week.

Sabini had secured $578,000 in the capital budget for the project, which included the construction of exterior housing for the lift’s shaft. The project required approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission because the library is located within the Jackson Heights Historic District. It also brought the facility into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, Sabini said.

‘Restore #7 Line Service Reductions’

Reacting to constituent complaints, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky has told New York Transit Authority (NYTA) President Lawrence Reuter that traditional summer service cutbacks on the Number 7 transit line should be restored.

Stavisky said full service is required because more family members are working, more students are attending school or have summer jobs and fewer people take vacations during summer months.

The Flushing Democrat noted that the No. 7 line is one of the busiest in the transit system.

Traffic Safety Change For Forest Pk Co-op

A long-sought traffic safety improvement for Forest Park Co-op residents in Glendale/Woodhaven has been approved, Congressmember Anthony Weiner (D–Brooklyn/Queens) reported last week.

Weiner said the Department of Transportation will construct a "J-Turn" at the Woodhaven Blvd–Forest Park Drive entrance to Forest Park, making it easier for residents exiting the parking lot there and heading south on Woodhaven Boulevard. The boulevard is extremely wide at that point and creates a danger for motorists coming out of the co-op parking lot and heading south, Weiner said.


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