2004-02-18 / Political Page

On the brief side...

DEP Warns Of
On the brief side...

On the brief side...

DEP Warns Of ‘Water Dept. Phonies’

Residents of Middle Village, Ridgewood, Maspeth and Glendale have been warned to beware of imposters posing as Department of Environmental Protection or "water department" employees.

The warning came after the 104th Police Precinct Crime Prevention Unit reported that imposters allowed into one home stole $1,500.

DEP Commissioner Christopher Ward declared that his department employees are required to carry and show photo ID cards and badges and said homeowners should make sure the ID card is from the DEP. If in doubt, he said, call the department at (718) 595-6600 or call the 104th Precinct at 718-386-3004.

Inducts Judge Vallone School Student Leaders

As Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. inducted the Student Council Leaders at the Judge Charles F. Vallone School, P.S. 85 in Astoria, he urged them to consider public service as a profession.

Vallone (D–Astoria), cautioned the students at the school named in honor of his grandfather, "Life isn’t like ‘Friends’ on TV, where people do nothing all day; its more like ‘Sponge Bob,’ where they work really hard at the Krusty Krab.

Inducted at the ceremony attended by parents, students, and faculty were Crystal Goris, president; Diana Capuano, vice president; Joanne Taiheng, secretary, and Meriam Benmbarek, treasurer.

Gioia Cuts Ribbon At LIC Bank Opening

City Councilmember Eric Gioia recently welcomed the new Sterling National Bank branch to Long Island City, saying the branch’s opening "exemplifies the commercial and residential renaissance occurring in Western Queens."

At the opening at 30-00 47th Ave., near La Guardia Community College, Gioia was joined by Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Sterling National Bank Chairman Louis J. Capelli, and others.

"We are excited to bring our distinctive approach to banking to the Long Island City community," said Capelli. "Sterling has been operating in Queens for more than 50 years and this new regional banking center demonstrates our dedication to providing local businesses with our ‘high touch’ customer service, diverse product offerings, and up-to-date technology and convenience."

Avella Offers New Publications

The City Council has prepared a number of informational publications which are available at his district office, City Councilmember Tony Avella announced.

Among them are:

•The New York City Council, its organization and how it operates to produce legislation.

•Important Information for Seniors—vital information on safety, finances and savings, health and home life and benefits that are available.

•Home Improvement Guide—step-by-step guide to locating contractors, their responsibilities and essential home improvement contract information.

•Protection from Home Scams—how to recognize and avoid phone scams and prevent unwanted telemarketing calls.

To obtain any of these, call 718-747-2137 or visit Avella’s district office at 38-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside, Suite C.

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