2015-04-01 / Editorials

Letters to the Editor

Dromm’s Hydrant Bill

A copy of this letter was received at the
Queens Gazette.
March 16, 2015
The Council of the City Of New York
Office of Daniel Dromm
37-32 75th St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Dear Councilman Dromm:

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association was recently made aware of, and supports, your proposed legislation to paint curbs near fire hydrants red to indicate “no parking,” and reduce the distance from the hydrant in either direction from 15 to 10 feet. We feel this would greatly increase the number of available parking spots in the city without extensive capital investment.

One point of clarification: Could you advise the exact method of measurement? Is it from the center of the hydrant to the wheel or bumper of the car?

We are also sending a copy of this letter of support to the offices of Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer to ask that they also support this legislation.

We appreciate your efforts in trying to improve the quality of life of all New Yorkers.

Richard Khuzami
Old Astoria Neighborhood Association cc:
Councilman Costa Constantanides
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Volunteer At NYS Parks

Dear Fellow New Yorker:

If you enjoy our state’s beautiful parks and historic sites throughout the year, I invite you to volunteer at the fourth annual I Love My Park Day on May 2 to help ensure that these sites remain among the best in the nation.

I Love My Park Day is a statewide event that improves and enhances New York’s parks and historic sites, bringing increased visibility to the entire park system. Volunteers will celebrate by cleaning up winter damage and other debris on parklands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.

Nearly 90 parks and historic sites will participate this year, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls. The annual event is sponsored jointly by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York.

Participating in I Love My Park Day is a great way to give back to these special places, and it is also a lot of fun. Our parks offer the best of New York’s outdoor recreational opportunities, attract tourists who support local economies, and bring people together. I encourage everyone to come and lend a hand.

Visit: www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml to register to volunteer for I Love My Park Day on May 2.Find out more on nysparks.com.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Cancer, It’s Past Time

To The Editor:

Cancer is one of the most feared words of all.

Almost every week I hear about a friend, acquaintance, old schoolmate or family member being diagnosed with cancer. I have Facebook friends who report almost daily about their routine chemotherapy treatments. They, along with millions more are in a battle for their lives.

Cancer routinely takes 577,000-plus lives every year in America.

The cost is over $103 billion in direct medical costs. The statistics are always changing, but are staggering.

No one fighting cancer cares about how much they have to spend to defeat the disease. Life is worth more than all the money in the world. However, have the doctors and drug companies figured this out? The money pipeline related to all cancer treatments is worth billions. How many people would be out of a job if we found a cure?

I’m irked about cancer. I’m irked that we spend billions on wars. We have spent over 700 billion dollars on Afghanistan. We give billions away to sustain foreign governments. We know how to put someone on the moon, but people are dying every day from cancer. I realize our government is broke, but we need to spend more on cancer research. The National Cancer Institute receives about $5 billion a year to conduct research, but they and major research centers across the nation need more.

We could start by taking better care of ourselves. Exercise more, eat better, sleep more, and stress less. There are severe environmental issues from chemicals pouring into our air and contaminants polluting our water. We need to clean up our air and water. We can do without a lot, but we can’t live without water and air.

Start demanding from your local and national politicians answers on what they are doing about real health care in this nation. The answer is not just medical insurance to pay more dollars so that doctors and pharmaceutical companies get richer. We need a cure for cancer, multiple sclerosis and many other diseases. I’m glad for all people to have health insurance, but we need health solutions. It’s past time for a cure for cancer.

Dr. Glenn Mollette
Syndicated American columnist and author
of American Issues, Every American Has
An Opinion and 10 other books. He is read
in all 50 states.

Rockaway Rail Line

To The Editor:

Why SBS and not a superior transit railway option, the New Queens Crosstown to Midtown Manhattan on the old Rockaway Beach Line?

We need the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the unused train tracks two to six blocks east of Woodhaven Boulevard, the New Queens Crosstown that some of our leaders refuse to consider.

I wonder why?

A 43-minute train option from south Queens to Manhattan or a 60-minute SBS option from south Queens to Woodside, Queens.

We are going to spend $200 million dollars to take away a traffic lane on Woodhaven Boulevard instead of reusing an unused train track that has more capacity, is faster, cleaner and travels from south Queens to central Queens to Midtown Manhattan.

And we might spend at least $200 millions dollars on a QueensWay trail that will destroy a train track – a north-south transit corridor.

Something stinks in City Hall and Queens Borough Hall.

Philip McManus
Queens Public Transit Committee

Build On Solar Jobs

To The Editor:

With the start of the new season, sunny skies are ahead of us. Spring is all about renewal and regrowth. We should start spring by renewing our commitment to solar energy and growing the industry here in New York. Our solar industry added 2,100 jobs in New York in 2014, according to the Solar Foundation’s new Solar Jobs Census. Nationwide, solar jobs grew by over 20 percent for the second year in a row, now totaling over 170,000 jobs.

The annual Solar Jobs Census demonstrates that not only is solar good for New York’s environment – for reducing air pollution and tackling global warming – it’s also a major economic driver.

Smart, forward-thinking policies have done much to pave the way for the solar industry’s expansion – and we have vastly more room for growth. In fact, New York has the technical potential to generate 11 times the amount of electricity consumed in an average year from solar power alone.

With a large and well-trained workforce prepared to advance solar energy in New York, all we need is for our policymakers to lead in order to take solar to the next level. To reap the full economic, public health, and environmental benefits of solar, I urge Governor Cuomo to set a goal of generating 20 percent of New York’s electricity from solar by 2025.

Heather Leibowitz
Director, Environment New York

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