Hurricane Sandy means changes for area residents
by Maria Thompson
Nov 14, 2012 | 1760 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the past week, since Hurricane Sandy hit us with its vicious attack, we have been focused on alleviating the suffering of our neighbors and friends. In the process we have been somewhat neglectful in speaking of our other events.

These events started with Halloween. This year not many youngsters tricked or treated on the residential streets off our commercial strip. As always, our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue was hopping with the costumed bumblebees, fairies, and scary little green monsters. They all collected their goodies and then hurried home to check their booty with their parents.

Even though we tried to get in the spirit of Halloween, it was an early night with a lot of candy left over. Then we had Election Day, which was like no other Election Day that we have ever experienced. It was amazing, in that the lines to vote were down the block (in the cold weather) then into the school around the length of the gymnasium and into the voting area.

All of our local residents showed up to vote and since Governor Cuomo announced that voters could vote for national candidates at any polling place, residents from other areas showed up as well. All of our local candidates took the day off from their work in the Sandy recovery efforts to cast their ballots and await the outcome of the election.

Our local elections were won by Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez, our U.S. Congresswoman, Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo, our N.Y.S. Senator and Michael Miller our N.Y.S. Assemblyman.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District congratulate all of our elected officials and look forward to working with them to keep our beloved Woodhaven community strong, prosperous and safe.

After Election Day, all of our elected officials, including our Honorable Elizabeth Crowley and Honorable Eric Ulrich, headed back to the battle lines assisting in the Sandy devastated areas of Breezy Point, Hamilton Beach, Beach Channel and the Rockaways.

During all of this the storm and also being a candidate for office, Councilman Eric Ulrich and his lovely wife Yadira welcomed their sweet baby daughter Lily to our Queens.

Our elected officials are now collecting, along with our Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, baby and adult diapers, nonperishable foods, batteries and hand wipes. All of our Woodhaven stores and businesses have been asked to contribute by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District in this effort. Please call the GWDC/WBID at (718) 805-0202 and leave a message on our voicemail.

Short comments: on the Rockaway Beach Branch Line-Leave it as is, just remove the debris/garbage that has accumulated there. The residents of Woodhaven do not want an electrified train running in their backyards. On the proposed City Council Redistricting Plan, finally we in Woodhaven will all be within the same Council District, except for a few blocks. All of Woodhaven has to be within one district, including these blocks.

In the past weeks, our mettle has truly been tested, first with the horrendous storm of Sandy, then a nor’easter and the gas shortage. Through it all we perservere as true New Yorkers. Together, through it all with resolve we will recover, rebuild and our Queens will flourish once again.

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District sponsored Holiday Weekend will be on Friday, December 7, with our Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony and on Saturday, December 8, with our Holiday Parade kicking off our events.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our leaders, may God bless our disabled veterans, and may God bless America.
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