This year seems to be racing by. It’s just like yesterday that in January, the Christmas lights and music along our Woodhaven’s Business Improvement District were taken down and the bitter winter weather was upon us. Then finally we welcomed Spring by attending a Mets game in May, with free tickets through Gene McCauley and our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation.
Then June was a really active month; beginning with our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s “Happiness is Spring” dinner dance. The week after, there was a wonderful presentation of a filming by St. Thomas the Apostle students and the Woodhaven Historical and Cultural Society’s interview with many Woodhaven leaders and elected officials. I was privileged to be one of those interviewed as we spoke of Woodhaven’s past and present plans. It was an excellent film, completely produced by students of St. Thomas the Apostle School.
On June 18, 2013 I attended the 20th Anniversary Citizens Police Academy’s graduation ceremony as the guest of graduate and Woodhaven resident Anandwaitie (Ana) Rampal, a longtime member of the 102nd Precinct Community Council at 1 Police Plaza.
It was so good to see and speak with Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, in my opinion one of the best commissioner’s in NYC’s history, and Chief Philip Banks III.
Congratulations to all the graduates.
As of June, the most important event of the year was the calendaring and then the unanimous approval by the N.Y.C. Landmarks Preservation Commission of the landmarking of our Forest Park Carousel, “the Jewel of Forest Park”.
I was looking through the GWDC’s voluminous file of letters and petitions, and the support for this designation was so overwhelming, dating back 22 years.
I’d like to especially thank Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, former State Senator Serphin R. Maltese and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks for their support.
Through the years, my friends have gifted me with Carousel horses, which I display prominently on my desk and throughout our office. Claire Kramer, an acquaintance of mine, collected petitions for the carousel and helped us from the beginning.
Sadly Claire passed away before this designation was achieved, but I know that she is aware that all of our hard work has finally been rewarded.
Notes: Our 102nd Precinct has received 10 new police officers finally. We received our fair share. We welcome them, and hopefully now our excellent Captain Sautner will have the manpower and the womanpower to address our many noise complaints throughout our Precinct during the summer months. The telephone number at the 102nd Precinct is 718-805-3200; the Community Affairs number is 718-805-3215. Our Community Affairs Officers are P.O. Jose Serverino and P.O. Brenden Noonan.
Now we are in July, and the beginning of the next six months of 2013. At this time, we are still working on getting the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Senior Citizen Center fully repaired and getting benches for our WBID, Jamaica Avenue and promoting our WBID.
We are also working on many other projects; most notably surveillance camera rebates for our stores and businesses. As we this week observe our July 4 Independence Day, more than ever, please fly our American Flag proudly above all others from your homes or apartments. This July 4th, we have so much to celebrate, in that we live here in America, the best country in the world, in N.Y.C., the best City in the World.
Happy birthday America. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and disabled veterans and may God bless our America.