2004-02-25 / Political Page

On the brief side...

Vallone, Gianaris Get Ferry Service
On the brief side...

On the brief side...

Vallone, Gianaris Get Ferry Service

Pressed by City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and Assemblymember Michael Gianaris, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA) is receiving bids to provide ferry service to LaGuardia Airport from Downtown Manhattan and back.

Of the seven bids received on the project, one will be chosen in a few weeks, the PA said. The project is expected to start within the year. Ferry service was discontinued at the airport in 2000 because it was not profitable.

Vallone stated, "The city and MTA have been attempting to extend the elevated N and W subway line, which is 19th century technology, through the heart of Astoria. We have been fighting this and telling them to start a ferry service instead. Now we will have service to Manhattan from LaGuardia and our community will continue to, be vibrant and to prosper."

Gianaris said the ferry will add many conveniences and benefits. "This will reduce vehicular traffic and is much more sensible than extending the elevated subway through our community," he noted.

Crowley Opposes Closure Of VA Hospital

Congressmember Joseph Crowley has urged Veteran Administration officials to reject proposals by the Bush Presidential Administration that call for the possible transfer of in-patient service from the VA Hospital in Manhattan.

Crowley (D–Queens/Bronx) said that closing the hospital on 23rd Street "will further exacerbate the long waiting times for veterans’ medical care as well as block access to care for disabled and other veterans throughout the city who utilize mass transit to see their VA doctors." Crowley said he is launching a petition drive among veterans’ posts in his district, many of whose members are outpatients at the Manhattan VA facility. He hopes to marshal the resources of thousands of Queens and Bronx veterans who would be affected by the closing of the hospital.

Grants To Fight Violence Against Women

Governor George Pataki has announced grants totaling over $6.4 million to advocacy organizations, including four in Queens, to fund organizations that combat violence against women in New York State.

The Queens borough president’s office received $120,000; Elmhurst Hospital Center $80,000; Safe Horizon Inc. $60,000, and the SAVI program at Mt. Sinai Medical Center $58,500.

"These grants are part of our continued efforts to protect women from violence and help victims get the services they need," the governor said. "We must continue to be vigilant in combating violent crimes against women and ensure that victims are treated compassionately by our criminal justice system."

The grants are made possible through the federal STOP Violence Against Women Act. They fund direct services provided by district attorneys, police departments, the courts and victim services organizations.

DMV Van In Little Neck

Assemblymember Mark Weprin has arranged for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to station a Mobile Outreach Van in front of his district office at 56-21 Marathon Parkway in Little Neck on Friday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Weprin (D–Bayside) says the mobile van provides onsite processing equipment to issue or renew learner’s permits, driver licenses, and non-driver photo ID cards.

For more information, call Weprin’s district office at 718-428-7900 or visit www.nysdmv.com.

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