GWDC meets with government officials
by Maria Thomson
May 02, 2013 | 1562 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It's amazing to me that here we are entering May 2013, the fifth month of the year. As of June, we will be half way through the year 2013, and heading toward summer.

I remember (it seems like yesterday) New Year’s Eve when we welcomed in this new year. Now spring is arriving, although with unpredictable weather. We look forward to its warmth.

Last year on our Jamaica Avenue planters were adorned with strong flowing ivy plants. Then some mean individual stole all of the planters from our avenue. It was a shame, but we will be planting again now that the weather is warming, especially on Woodhaven Boulevard. In the meantime, please do not use our planters for cups, papers, and other litter. Please place litter in the Sanitation baskets along our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue.

Remember what occurred on May 1, 2012, the day that justice was served in 2011 against Osama Bin Laden, the murderer of close to 3,000 innocent U.S. citizens and the destroyer of our beautiful Twin Towers. As I stated when he was killed, “this just proves once again that good triumphs over evil no matter how long it may take and that justice prevails.” Yes, justice was served.

Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held its meeting on Tuesday, April 23. Those in attendance were very interested in the presentations by our guest speakers.

The first speaker was Officer E. Taylor from NYPD Transit. She spoke of Transit Safety and the theft of iPhones and iPads. Also that they should not be visibly displayed. As to cell phones they can be used on elevated trains and on some stations in Manhattan. Officer Taylor is assigned to our J line elevated trains and she stated that she is committed to keeping our riders safe.

Our next guests were Officer Serverino, 102nd Community Affairs, who introduced our new executive officer at the 102nd Precinct, Captain Molloy, who will assist our commanding officer.

The captain told us of his experience in the NYPD and that he was pleased to be at the 102nd Precinct. The commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct is still Captain Henry Sautner. Then Officer Ellerby from Community Affairs Queens South spoke of the various Summer Youth Programs available. Also, Officer Ellerby and Officer Noonan of the 102nd Precinct registered iPads, cellular telephones, iPods and cameras of those in attendance.

Again Officer Noonan reminded all that free NYPD security surveys to advise as to improvements to be made to make your stores, businesses and homes in the 102nd Precinct more secure, are available. Please call (718) 805-3217 for an appointment.

Then Joseph Raskin, MTA Community Relations representative, spoke to us as to our platforms and stations in Woodhaven. The Elderts Lane, 85th Street and Forest Parkway, Woodhaven Boulevard and 95th Street stations and when they will be repaired and renovated. The tentative scheduled dates are late in 2013 and early 2014. In the interim, the MTA will be maintaining these stations.

Also questioned was the continued work on our J elevated line. It was stated that this work will continue until all of our line structure is renovated and repaired with new track and ties. It anyone has any MTA questions or comments, please contact the GWDC office at (718) 805-0202, and I will convey them to his office.

In attendance and addressing us were Evelyn Cruz, representing Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez; Barbara Baruch, representing Comptroller John C. Liu; Kate Mooney representing Councilwoman Elizabeth S. Crowley; Kevin Sullivan representing State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo; and Leilani Blira-Koessler representing Assemblyman Michael G. Miller and a surprise guest Honorable Leroy Comrie, councilman and Queens borough president candidate. It was a very enlightening evening.

Important dates are Thursday May 23, for the Memorial Day Observance; Friday June 7, is the “Happiness is Spring” Dinner Dance; and Sunday, October 20, is our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2013.

Finally, big congratulations to our own WBID/GWDC John Komninos, who is fluent in speaking and writing the Japanese language and spent one year studying in Japan on his graduation from C.W. Post and being awarded Outstanding Honors in International Business. You make us at the WBID, the GWDC and Woodhaven proud.

Remember, Shop Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue your “Everything Avenue.”

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

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