2003-02-26 / Political Page

On the brief side...

Clearview Expressway Name Change

On the brief side...

Clearview Expressway Name Change

Under legislation sponsored by state Senator Frank Padavan (R–C, Bellerose) and Assemblymember Ann Margaret Carrozza (D–Bayside), the five-mile-long Clearview Expressway will be renamed in honor of the U.S. 77th Infantry Division, the city’s most honored military unit.

Padavan said, "The 77th Division fought for this country in World War I and World War II. This is an honor to all the men and women that have served in it since it was formed."

Padavan is a colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has served with the 77th’s modern day unit, the 77th Army Reserve Command, at Fort Totten in Bayside.

The 7th, known as the Statue of Liberty Division, was activated Aug. 18, 1917. Nearly all of its first 23,000 recruits were from New York City. It is most remembered for its stand against the German army in France during World War I.

Crowley Secures $25M For Ireland Fund

The International Fund for Ireland, which bridges sectarian and political divisions to bring people in both the north and south together in the cause of peace, has received a $25 million federal grant through the efforts of Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D–Queens/Bronx).

Crowley said he was pleased that his colleagues on both sides of aisle "saw fit to maintain our commitment to this worthy project."

Cowley helped to remove barriers in the Senate to get the appropriation approved. He also secured a $250,000 grant for Project Children, "a proven program that attempts to promote peace in Ireland by bringing students from both sides of the sectarian divide in Ireland to the U.S. to allow these children to learn in an atmosphere where peace and cooperation are of paramount importance."

Vallone Jr. Settles Hell Gate Bridge Problem

The dangerous ice condition caused by water seepage from the Hell Gate Bridge onto 31st Street in Astoria has been eradicated, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. announced.

In addition, the Astoria lawmaker said, Amtrak and Department of Transportation crews will jointly perform spot paving repairs to the brick sidewalk leading to Ditmars Parking Lot No. 2 which he said had been damaged by the ice buildup.

Vallone had brought the conditions to the attention of Amtrak General Superintendent Walter Ernst earlier this month. In addition to the repairs announced, Ernst promised to provide periodic maintenance of the bridge drainage system to prevent quality of life hazards in the area.

Lafayette Gets New Traffic Signal

Assemblymember Ivan Lafayette (D–Jackson Heights) has been informed that his request for a new traffic signal at 30th Avenue and 85th Street in Jackson Heights has been approved and will be installed by the end of July

Lafayette said he had received complaints from constituents who reside near 30th Avenue and 85th Street that the intersection is dangerous.

He brought their complaints to the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation Joseph Cannisi and, following a study, the new signal light was ordered.

BP Honors Peralta, Dominicans

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall recently presented Assemblymember Jose Peralta (D–Corona) with the Juan Pablo Duarte Award as part of Dominican Culture and Heritage Month. Peralta, the first Dominican elected in Queens to the state legislature, was honored along with five other Dominicans: Civil Court Judge Diccia Pineda–Kirwan; Jeanne Mullgrav, Commissioner of the Department of Youth and Community Development; Jorge Abreu, Nathalia Sabatino and Carmen Collado.

Avella Receives Award

Councilmember Tony Avella (D–Bayside) recently received the Sons of Italy Commission for Social Justice Annual Award at Russo’s On The Bay Restaurant in Howard Beach. Avella serves as chair of the council’s Italian–American Caucus.

Kerzner Asks For ‘Cyclical’ Housing Inspections

Prompted by a recent fire in Ozone Park which took the lives of three children and an adult, Ridgewood activist Paul Kerzner has requested that Marshall bring back "cyclical inspection" of all housing in Queens.

Under this inspection program, Kerzner said, every residential dwelling was inspected on a routine basis. Had the Ozone Park house that burned been subject to regular inspection, the reported over-occupancy would have been seen and corrected.

Gallagher Honors WTC Victims

Councilmember Dennis Gallagher recently honored two constituents who perished in the World Trade Center terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

The late Michael A. Marti of Glendale, a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, had the corner of 79th Street and 78th Avenue renamed in his memory.

The late Barbara Guzzardo, a Cuban national who taught herself English after coming to this country and became a vice president at Aon Corporation, had 65th Street and 68th Avenue renamed in her honor.

Douris Appointed By Bloomberg

Evangeline (Angie) Douris, who with her late husband George, and others, founded the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC) in Astoria in 1972, was one of 21 HANAC members appointed to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday at City Hall. The commission advises the mayor on cultural issues.

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