2015-07-15 / Political Page

LI’s Garbage, Debris Get Close Look As RR Passes Thru

Complaints from elected officials who represent Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood that their constituents would not have enough time to comment on plans to increase waste transported on railroad cars traveling through local streets have resulted in a state agency granting about a month more time for constituents to be heard.

Because of the response from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the public can now submit comments through Sunday, August 9, 2015. The previous deadline had been July 10.

The public can submit written comments regarding the One World Recycling permit application by email to OneWoldRecycling@dec.ny.gov or by regular mail to Mark Carrare, NYSDEC, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook NY 11790-3409. For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov/press/102124.html.

For the Coastal Distribution permit, submit written comments by email to NYAR.Coastal@dec.ny.gov or by regular mail to: NYSDEC, Susan Ackerman, SUNY at Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409.

The seven local officials who complained to Commissioner Joseph Martens, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in a letter dated June 26, 2015 are Congressmembers Grace Meng (Flushing) and Nydia Velázquez (Queens/Brooklyn); State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (Howard Beach); Assemblymembers Andrew Hevesi (Forest Hills) and Michael Miller (Woodhaven); Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (Glendale); and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. All are Democrats.

In their letter to Commissioner Martens, they complained: “We write today to express our concerns regarding the lack of sufficient opportunities for community on the topic of waste and rail projects that directly affect our constituents in Glendale, Ridgewood and Middle Village. We are requesting that a community forum be held on this issue and that the public comment period for the draft permit be extended.

The seven public officials continued, stating that the DEC had released two draft permits on June 19 “to increase the amount and type of waste transported though Fresh Pond Rail Yard.”

They stated: “Coastal Distribution in Farmingdale [in Suffolk County on Long Island] seeks to expand the type of waste it transports to include commercial and residential waste, and is planning to test out three types of enclosures to contain said waste.”

As for One World Recycling in Lindenhurst, also in Suffolk County, the letter said it “seeks to increase the overall ‘quantity’ of waste it transports.

The lawmakers had pointed out in their general announcement that, “The New York and Atlantic Railway transport debris on freight rail cars through the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, the track for which runs along residential communities in Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood.”

At this point in the letter, the lawmakers came down directly and forcefully on the point they were looking to make. They stated:

“We are concerned about the impact that increased operations will have on the quality of life for our constituents in these communities, specifically in regards to odor from open containers that sit idle, the attraction of pests, and pollution stemming from the construction and demolition debris and other waste that are not adequately sealed.”

The representatives then requested: “A public forum should be held in order to provide an opportunity for the residents to voice their concerns and reach an understanding with the companies planning these operations.”

At the start of the next paragraph, the lawmakers’ letter made some telling points. They stated:

“NYSDEC is currently accepting public comments on a draft permit modification and renewal for One World Recycling, and on a draft permit application for a research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) permit for Coastal Distribution from June 22 through July 10.” (The RD&D permit has already concluded on this part of the application – our vote).

The officials concluded their letter, writing: “We are requesting that this period of public comment be extended to allow more input from the public before proceedings with the proposed projects. A typically appropriate period for public comment is a minimum of 30 days.”

As we said at the beginning of the column, the DEC (which received the lawmakers’ letter around June 26) had announced the new deadline for constituent comments was set at August 9. So residents of the three districts should have had ample time to be briefed on the issues involved here. The letter was dated June 26, so residents had four days in June, 31 days in July and nine days in August – a total of 44 days – to be brought up to speed on the issues, etc.

Meanwhile, the seven public officials closed out their letter to the DEC thusly:

“As the transportation of municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris affects the quality of life for many local communities in Queens, it is imperative that the public’s concerns be taken into account to the fullest extent possible before any final permits are issued or projects approved. We will not support these plans until our comments and our communities’ concerns are given consideration.”

Considering how the waste situation in general was tremendously changed by Hurricane Sandy, the seven public officials are rightfully distrustful about areas on Long Island which were pounded mercilessly by Sandy and are now seeking to change the kind of waste that’s being proposed to be moved and transporting it through here.

Another big scandal that occurred in certain parts of Long Island in the past several years was the discovery that “dirty” construction waste from about 10 years ago had been used to create housing and park sites.

MALONEY: ‘102 HOUSE MEMBERS BACK PERMANENT ZADROGA’: Support for a permanent extension of the programs established to aid ailing 9/11 responders and survivors reached a “critical milestone” last week, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney reported, as the number of supporters reached 102 members of the House of Representatives, including 24 Republicans.

The legislation, The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1786), introduced just three months ago is now “rapidly gaining” cosponsors as the 14th anniversary of the attacks approaches, Maloney said.

The Reauthorization Act, if passed, would forestall the October 2016 shutdown of the original Zadroga Act that set up the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund.

The Reauthorization Act was introduced by Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan), and Congessmembers Jerrold Nadler (D–New York) and Peter T. King (R–LI), who had also sponsored the original Zadroga Act. Maloney said, “Support for a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act is strong, bipartisan and growing. In less than three months, nearly a quarter of the House has coalesced behind the bipartisan effort. 9/11 victims and first responders have suffered immensely, both on the day of the attack and every day since.

“Many have developed severe health issues. This country owes it to these men and women to make sure each one of them has continued access to health care and the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. I am proud to see so many of my colleagues joining this effort.”

Nadler added, “From across the country and the political aisle, support continues to grow for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. I am glad to see that 14 years later, the sacrifices of first responders and survivors, who risked their own lives to save others and provided us with examples of great courage, commitment and heroism… are not being forgotten.”

King said, “The ever-increasing number of House colleagues from both parties and all regions supporting the permanent extension of the Zadroga Act is encouraging. Too many of our 9/11 responders and survivors are continuing to fight serious illnesses. We have come too far and must continue to ensure that our 9/11 heroes receive the care they deserve.”

If passed, the Zadroga Act would: Continue the World Trade Center Health Program; continue to provide monitoring and treatment of communities throughout the nation; continue the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF); make the programs permanent; continue New York City’s cost share; and continue to research new conditions.

CROWLEY, OTHERS BACK RETURN OF JEWISH PROPERTY TAKEN IN EUROPE DURING HOLOCAUST ERA: A 42-member bipartisan coalition in Congress has petitioned Secretary of State John Kerry expressing strong support for the restitution of Jewish property seized in Europe during the Holocaust era.

The group, including Congressman Joseph Crowley, Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, also urged the State Department to continue efforts to address the effort swiftly and in collaboration with the legislative coalition.

The bipartisan group of Crowley (D–Queens/Bronx), Chris Smith (R–NJ) Ted Deutch (D–FL), and Leonard Lance (R–NJ) wrote Kerry:

“Beyond the physical and emotional trauma they suffered 70 years ago, and the impact that trauma continues to have on their lives, many Holocaust survivors in the United States and around the world live in poverty while knowing the property that was stolen from them and their family remains in the hands of governments and private owners who have no rightful claim.”

Among the 42 bipartisan congressmembers who signed the letter, were Queens Congressmembers Grace Meng (Flushing), Carolyn Maloney (Queens/Manhattan), Steve Israel (Queens/LI) and Crowley, all Democrats.

The lawmakers cited a document titled The Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues from 2009, in support of their plea. The document, approved by 47 nations, affirms that “the protection of property rights is an essential component of a democratic society and the rule of law” and recognizes “the importance of restituting or compensating Holocaustrelated confiscations made during the Holocaust era between 1933-45.”

They pointed out further: “The Declaration also underscores ‘the importance of recovering communal and religious immovable property in reviving and enhancing Jewish life, ensuring its future, assisting the welfare needs of Holocaust (Shoah) survivors, and fostering the preservation of Jewish cultural heritage.’”

However, many nations that endorsed the Terezin Declaration, have not fully addressed the restitution of Jewish communal, private, and heirless property, including Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Serbia.

The lawmakers also stated in the letter to the Secretary of State: “The time is now for these governments to pass legislation that ensures a meaningful and expeditious opportunity for property claims to be filed and considered fairly and the property returned or compensated in a timely manner.”

The letter, which was strongly supported by the World Jewish Restitution Organization, expresses the commitment of the Congress to work with the State Department to press these issues with European governments.

KATZ PROVIDES $5M + FOR TECH UPGRADES IN QUEENS SCHOOLS: Declaring that “education is the #1 economic investment we can make for our families,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated over $5 million from her capital budget for tech upgrades in Queens’ public schools.

Nearly half of the public elementary and intermediate schools in Queens will receive some funding as part of the $5,145,000 toward the purchase of SMART Boards, laptop computers and other tech devices, Katz said.

Next year, she promised, as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Budget, Katz plans to use additional capital funds to provide tech funding to all of the Queens elementary and intermediate schools that were not included in this year’s round of funding.

“By September 2016, it is my intent to equip all public elementary and middle schools in Queens with these up-to-date instructional tech tools in the classroom. These resources will help elevate our great Queens schools to even higher standards and ensure that our kids remain globally competitive in the 21st century.”

Katz said the allocation for tech upgrades breaks down as follows:

 at least $35,000 each to 95 elementary schools for the purchase of interactive SMART Boards

 at least $35,000 each to 38 middle schools for the purchase of laptops for inschool student use

 $35,000 for assistive learning devices at PS 9 Walter Reed School

 $35,000 for the purchase of iMac desktop computers at PS 255 in Kew Gardens

 $70,000 for a stationary classroom/ library technology environment at PS/MS 105 in the Rockaways

 two $70,000 allotments for upgrades to computer labs at PS 82 in Jamaica and PS 164 in Kew Gardens.

‘STOP SELLING EXPIRED BABY FORMULA’, SAYS MENG: Legislation has ben introduced by Congressmember Grace Meng which, if passed, would be the first federal law banning the sale of expired baby formula.

The Infant Formula Protection Act, Meng (D–Flushing) stated, would require pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores and other establishments to stop selling outdated formula, a surprisingly legal and widespread practice that puts infants at risk.

Meng added although regulations require expiration dates to be placed on baby formula, there are no federal regulations that prohibit the sale of the product after it has expired.

As a result, Meng added, many stores – as uncovered by investigations – continue to keep the expired items on their shelves despite the fact that they are outdated.

Meng stated: “It’s hard to believe that stores are permitted to sell expired formula to unsuspecting parents. “It’s a classic case of retailers putting profits over the safety of babies. There must be a federal law to end this unconscionable practice, and my legislation is the best and easiest approach to accomplishing that critical goal. Parents and their infants deserve better.”

Meng’s bill would make it illegal for retail establishments to sell baby formula after the product’s “use by” date has passed. Stores that fail to comply could be fined up to $200,000. The Congresswoman’s measure has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Meng explained that expired baby formula puts infants at risk because the product loses its nutrient quality over time. So formula consumed after the expiration date may not provide babies with adequate nutrition for health and proper development.

The Kids Safety Caucus, launched shortly after Meng was elected to Congress in 2013, is the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues.

‘REAL TIME BUS COUNTDOWN CLOCKS’ A REAL SAFETY MOVE FOR KATZ: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated $200,000 from her discretionary capital funds to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) toward the purchase and installation of realtime bus countdown clocks at 10 of the borough’s busiest bus stops.

“Our Borough’s growth and mobility depends on reliable mass transit,” Katz explained. “Countdown clocks eliminate the anxiety of waiting for the unknown, a feeling familiar to every traveler. They’ll add more predictability to any commute and will be a boon for thousands of riders in a borough that boasts some of the longest commutes to and from work.”

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg interjected to thank Katz “for committing valuable funds to this very important transportation investment. Bus countdown clocks make a real difference in real time for customers and we look forward to the program expanding in Queens and beyond.”

The DOT, which manages the physical infrastructure of bus stops, is in the process of analyzing bus stops in Queens and citywide to determine locations that would benefit the most from the real-time passenger information signs, Katz explained.

Factors that inform this process include: ridership levels, the number of bus-to-bus and bus-to-subway transfers, proximity to key facilities (such as hospitals, schools and senior centers) and the surrounding neighborhood’s level of dependency on bus service. Bus stops are also being evaluated based on feasibility constraints at the potential installation sites.

Katz said the final locations for the 10 countdown clocks will be determined in consultation with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit and BP Katz. The estimated cost per countdown clock is approximately $20,000, although the actual cost may vary depending based on terms of the contract award and individual site conditions. The 10 countdown clocks are projected to be installed and activated in 2017.

(And, if we might add, there’s a passenger safety factor built into this wise move, we think, because the clocks will provide more certainty about time, which might eliminate a commuter’s quick move trying to beat the bus to the bus stop.)

STAVISKY URGES CITY, ‘PHASE OUT PAN AM SHELTER’: State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, who has often raised objections about operating a homeless shelter at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, has now called again for its closure in light of City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent rejection of Samaritan Village’s contract to operate a homeless shelter at the former hotel.

In a statement issued by Stavisky (D–Elmhurst) the lawmaker said she wanted to thank Stringer “for carefully considering the troubling conditions at the Pan American Hotel and reaching the same conclusion that I have – that the Pan Am facility is not safely serving the families being housed at that shelter.”

The senator added, “Rejecting this contract is in the best interest of everyone. The Pan Am is far too cramped and lacks basic amenities, such as kitchens, which all families, especially those with babies and young children, desperately need and that are required by the City’s administrative code.”

Stavisky first voiced this proposal, she recalled, at the Town Hall hearing when the shelter was first opened last June. “In previous statements, I have suggested that as families are transitioned into permanent housing, their rooms are vacated. Phasing out the shelter as it currently exists ensures that current residents are not evicted and that new residents are not moved into a subpar facility.”

Stavisky concluded, “Over the course of the last year, numerous incidents with rodents, leaking pipes, insufficient cooking and food storage facilities, and even a small fire, have demonstrated that this site is illequipped for use as a shelter for hundreds of people. DHS should use this time to search for other sites around the city, as well as more permanent housing for families.”

MALONEY APPLAUDS FRENCH COMPENSATION FOR HOLOCAUST VICTIMS: After a very long wait– and battle – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney applauded the French Parliament for its approval of a historic agreement to compensate

Holocaust victims who were deported to concentration camps on a French railroad almost a century ago.

Maloney’s participation in the process started in 2003 when she introduced bipartisan legislation to hold railroad companies that worked with Nazi Germany accountable in United States court. She also fought to deny contracts to the railroads to force them to deal with the charges at the negotiating table.

Reacting to the news from France, Maloney stated: “After decades of waiting, today justice has been served for the Holocaust survivors who were brought to death camps on [French] trains. The settlement approved by the French parliament today will deliver compensation to the survivors and to the loved ones of those who did not live to see this deal finalized and approved.

“I applaud the French Parliament for approving this historic agreement. I also applaud Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat and the French negotiators who spent countless hours negotiating and found a way forward.

“Although we can never fully compensate those who experienced the atrocities of the Holocaust, we can assist those who still suffer financially and help to provide some closure to this painful chapter of history.”

BILIRAKIS FETED AT ASTORIA RECEPTION: Congressman Gus Bilirakis, a Florida lawmaker who’s been impressing Washington with his work ethic recently, will be the guest of honor at a dinner tomorrow evening to be attended by many of Astoria’s leading citizens.

The $250-per-person fundraiser of the lawmaker is to aid his reelection campaign to keep him anchored to his congressional post, where he’s working to keep America safe and alert at home – with his attention also firmly set on Hellenic issues.

The dinner will be held at Kopiaste Taverna, 23-15 31 Street, Astoria, starting at 7 pm. Among the guests expected is John Catsimatidis, the supermarket titan and leading Republican pol.

As the co-chair of the Hellenic-Israel Alliance in Congress, as well as the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, Bilirakis has served as a frequent bipartisan leader on Greek issues, and is being hailed for accomplishing his key priorities.

As for his work ethic, Bilirakis was recently acknowledged as one of the most prolific workers in Congress. In June, the lawmaker introduced the legislation Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery Act (COVER).

Just previous to that, Bilirakis introduced legislation included in the 21st Century Cures Initiative to improve the care and treatment for the chronically ill.

In May he introduced a very timely and meaningful proposal entitled the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act – to improve public alerts and warnings during an emergency.

Bilirakis, always outspoken and direct, stated in an article dealing with Cyprus, “facts are very stubborn, inconvenient things for Turkey in the case of Cyprus.” In the article entitled “Turkey is the bad actor on Cyprus,” the Congressman set the record straight on Turkey, and once again showed his unflinching advocacy on Hellenic issues.

CROWLEY ANNOUNCES ELECTION DATE IN BURMA: Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx), the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and a leader in the House on Burma, released the statement below on the announcement by Burma’s leaders that general elections will be held on November 8:

“The upcoming elections present Burma’s leaders with an opportunity to live up to the promise of democratic reform. Unfortunately, the recent decisions by the Burmese military to uphold its undemocratic veto power in the parliament and maintain the arbitrary ban on the most prominent opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from serving as president, have raised a red flag on the process. Burma’s military has in effect created an entirely separate ballot box in which they reserve every single vote for a constitutional veto-wielding bloc in parliament, allowing them to maintain a grip on power. These issues damage the freeness, fairness, and credibility of the election and I urge that they be quickly addressed.”

STAVISKY APPROVES DOT PLAN FOR RESTRICTING SELECT BUS SERVICE IN FLUSHING: State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky applauded the newly unveiled plan for Select Bus Service (SBS) implementation in downtown Flushing, after it was presented to Community Board 7.

Stavisky (D–Flushing) said the proposal includes important revisions to a prior proposal, especially regarding bus traffic on Main Street between Northern Boulevard and Kissena Boulevard.

Stavisky explained that instead of installing bus-only lanes along the entire length of Main Street, the current proposal would install SBS bus lanes on Main Street, the current proposal would install SBS bus lanes on Main Street in both directions, from Kissena Boulevard to the LIE and a bus lane only on the northbound side of Main Street from Reeves Avenue to the LIE.

Additionally, Stavisky said, bus lanes will mostly be in the offset configuration, one lane out from the curb, which preserves parking and loading at the curb.

Stavisky stated: “I want to commend DOT for taking into consideration the concerns of local residents and business owners as they continue to improve traffic flow and safety in downtown Flushing. Addressing the needs of commuters, drivers and pedestrians in an area so heavily congested is extremely difficult, but I believe this plan is the best solution for the Flushing community.”

On April 17, Stavisky said, she and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D–Flushing) and Councilman Peter Koo (D–Flushing) wrote a letter to MTA/New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg raising concerns about the impact on traffic flow and parking that bus-only lanes would have on one of the busiest streets in Flushing.

Stavisky said they responded, “We believe avoiding bus lanes along this corridor would go a long way in garnering community support. We all want to see a successful plan put forth that takes into account the needs of commuters, pedestrians, and drivers.”

E. CROWLEY GRANT HELPS NY WOMEN IN FILM, TV: This year, through funding from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D–Glendale), New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) produced a screening series, presenting the work of women immigrants and first-generation American filmmakers. Through the series, the Cultural Immigrant Initiative, immigrant women from the community were able to learn about women’s experiences as immigrants, film, and the female impact on the industry.

Crowley kicked off the group’s final meeting, which took place Saturday, June 27. Dozens of women participated in the culminating project, taking what they had learned and hitting the streets of Maspeth to interview local residents and get shots of the neighborhood. Program instructors collected and edited the footage for the group’s own film.

MILLER HELPS PASS LAVERN’S LAW: Bringing the 2015 legislative session to a successful close, the Assembly passed Lavern’s Law, Assemblyman Miller (D–Woodhaven) announced. Miller said the law provides victims and their families more time to file lawsuits in cases where they have been misdiagnosed.

Miller said, “If a patient is misdiagnosed or treated in a negligent manner, they should be able to seek recourse. This legislation would do away with a very arbitrary and unjust loophole in existing law which prevents patients and their families from getting the justice they deserve.”

ADDABBO WRITES ON NYC APPEALING FEMA FLOOD MAPS: State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D–Howard Beach), who has dealt extensively with Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, issued a comment recently when the city appealed the revised flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Addabbo stated:

“I believe that without federal officials altering the FEMA flood maps themselves, the city took a step in the right direction when it appealed the proposed flood maps. The planned FEMA map could put many of my constituents in the objectionable position of paying exorbitant flood insurance premiums or making the complicated decision to elevate their home. I am hopeful that either with the city appeal, state or preferable federal action, my constituents may someday witness some relief from the stressful possibility of being in a flood zone.”

KOO ON CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF FY 2016 BUDGET: Councilman Peter Koo statement on approval of $78.5 billion FY 2016 budget:

“After months of negotiations, the City Council today [June 26] voted to increase resources for important programs that will improve the lives of all New Yorkers. Of the many initiatives won today, this budget agreement will put 1,300 cops on our streets, provide universal six-day library service, and enhance programs designed to protect the health and well-being of marginalized communities.

I’m very happy that this agreement includes nearly $1 million to fund my citywide hepatitis B and C initiative, an increase over last year’s funding of $750,000. This addition will fund outreach, treatment and support for community-based organizations. I’d like to thank the Mayor, Speaker and my colleagues for their vision, commitment, and for recognizing the need for these vital enhancements to our great city.”

ADDABBO SAYS CONSTITUENTS WERE RIGHT TO CALL FOR MORE COPS: State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D–Howard Beach) issued the following brief statement following the arrest of 13 gang members in Rockaway:

“Whether it was the recent arrest of gang members or any of the other incidents that have caused criminal activity to increase in Rockaway since 2009, my constituents were right when they requested additional police officers in this year's city budget, and will be directly benefited by 1,300 new officers at the NYPD, in our streets and housing projects.”

MILLER BACKS REFUNDING VETS’ FEES: Assemblyman Miller (D–Woodhaven) announced that he voted for a bill (A. 6557) that would provide a refund to service veterans who paid a fee to have a veteran’s notation on a driver’s license or non-driver ID card.

Miller explained that veterans can have their status as a veteran designated on their driver’s license or non-driver ID card, making it easier to access many of the programs, benefits and discounts available to them throughout the state. A standard $12.50 photo fee was initially charged for those who had this done when securing a license, learner’s permit or non-driver ID card.

However, under the law Miller helped to pass there is no longer a fee to have the veteran’s status indicated on DMV documents, and where it was done originally veterans are now getting a refund.

Miller said that according to the DMV, since the passage of A. 6557, nearly 11,000 veterans are eligible for a refund.

“Simple actions can now have a big impact when it comes to showing our veterans that we appreciate their service and sacrifices,” Miller stated. “It’s important to show our gratitude by making everyday things a little easier.”

ADDABBO ANNOUNCES MOBILE OFFICE HOURS FOR JULY: As part of his ongoing commitment to connect with all his constituents, State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D–Howard Beach) has scheduled a series of upcoming Mobile Office Hours at locations across his Senate district.

The mobile Office Hours for the month of July are:

Thursday, July 16, at the Broad Channel Library, 16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard, from 5:30 to 7 pm.

Thursday, July 23, at the Rego Park Library, 91-31 63d Drive, Rego Park, from 5:30 to 7 pm

Thursday, July 30, at the Woodhaven Library, 85-41 Forest Parkway, from 5:30 to 7 pm.

For more information, contact Addabbo at his Howard Beach office at 718-738- 1111.

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