On The Brief Side...
On The Brief Side...
Gianaris: NY Should Control LaG
Assemblymember Michael Gianaris has written House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a Republican, to urge him to oppose a bill giving federal authorities control over airport development projects.
In opposing the measure, H.R. 2107, Gianaris said he was "particularly concerned that the legislation will disregard the needs of our community" regarding LaGuardia Airport, which is in his district.
"As you may be aware," Gianaris (D-Astoria) told Hastert, "LaGuardia is a landlocked airport in a densely populated area. Any development project that envisions expansion of the airport will have a direct negative impact on our community. Surely, state and local officials deserve a voice in any such debate.
"We share the duty, as public servants, to ensure that the voice of the people is always heard. It is important that a state’s sovereignty is respected and that the state’s ability to make decisions involving land within its borders is maintained."
Shulman Wants More GED Sites
Complaining that having only one site where exams for a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) are held causes long waiting lists, Borough President Claire Shulman has asked state education authorities to provide more exam locations.
Shulman said there is presently a backlog of 2,000 applications at the borough’s only site, York College in Jamaica. The delays forestall college and employment opportunities, Shulman said.
The borough president also said that more sites are needed for daytime programs of the Auxiliary Services for High Schools, a Board of Education program which helps students to improve their reading, writing and math skills for the GED exam.
Shulman Comes Up To Bat
Shulman stepped up to the plate yesterday to take some swings for the borough’s Stickball Championships later this month.
The scene was behind Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, and the pitcher was Curtis Sliwa, a radio talk show host who is the city’s Stickball Commissioner.
"This annual event focuses attention on a great tradition in New York," Shulman said between swings. "For generations, stickball was one of the most popular street games."
The games, a borough competition involving 10 teams from Queens, take place this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Cross Bay Boulevard and 133rd Avenue in Howard Beach.
Marshall Hosts Youth Visit
City Councilmember Helen Marshall (D-East Elmhurst) recently hosted a visit to City Hall for the youths in her Summer Graffiti Clean-Up program, giving them a view of how the City Council works. Prior to the meeting she treated them to lunch.
For the past nine years, Marshall said, the youths, ages 14 to 21, have been dedicating their summers to the program, cleaning their East Elmhurst community of graffiti.
"I am proud of each one of them and salute them for their involvement in this worthwhile community activity," Marshall said.
Elks Building Official City Landmark
The imposing 77-year-old Elks Building on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst has been declared an official New York City landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
In announcing the designation, Commission Chairperson Sherida Paulsen stated, "This neoclassical style building has been an unofficial landmark since 1924." The structure at 82-10 Queens Blvd. was once one of the largest and best-equipped fraternal headquarters in the country, Paulsen added.
The Elks Lodge was built in 1923 for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a fraternal organization which was founded in New York City in 1868 by a group of professional entertainers and actors. It is modeled on the Italian Renaissance palazzo style.
Paulsen said the building stands remarkably intact.