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Monday April 11, 2011

Immediate Action is Called by Community Leaders who Joined to Say to the State of New York:  "RESCIND the License"   4/7/2011

A license for an asphalt recycling plant was granted by the State of New York without a public hearing, without acceptable community notice, and without making required environmental impact study available for review by the community.

Community leaders and elected officials in Queens, NYC, Long Island City, and New York State elected official are angry...and they are not going to take it anymore.

In what seems to be an action that totally disregarded the common sense working relationship between a state agency and New York City elected officials,  New York State elected official, Federal Law requirements, the Borough of Queen leadership, and the Long Island City business and residential community, a state agency granted a license to the The Green Asphalt Co LLC to build and operate  processing plant in Long Island City at 47-98 Rainroad Avenue to grind and reprpocess asphalt.  The location is immediately adjacent to the reently licensed Waste Processing Plant.

The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation [ DEC ], under Governor Andrew Cuomo and Commissioner Joseph Martens, apparently did not make proper  notification, did not follow through with "courtesy calls to local officials" when they didn't hear from them,  and have not produced a proper Environmental Impact Statements...or any environmental impact study that anyone has seen.  Deadlines were intentionally let to slide.   It all seems like an apparent attempt to slip something through that would probably not have past normal tests and scrutiny.

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Long Island City Art, Business, and Media Community Unite Behind New LIC ARTS OPEN Set for May 14-22, 2011

Scheduled to span nine days including two weekends, LIC ARTS OPEN seeks to promote the growing performing arts, film, and other venues as well as the artist open studios scheduled for May 14 - 22.

Because of a collabotion between artists, arts entities, gallery owners, performing art locations, media, businesses and the NY City Council, Long Island City has come one step closer to defining itself as the HOT destination hub for innovation in NYC arts and culture of all types.

Already a major center for film and video production because of Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silvercup and other studios, and its growth as a base for hundreds of artists and galleries that migrated to Long Island City from Manhattan, as well as the anchor of MoMA PS1, LIC ARTS OPEN is working hard to establish its first nine day "festival" to attract residents and visitors to experience art, theatre, across all other venues and to focus attention on Long Island City.

Everyone in the Long Island City community that is interested in its prosperity and economic success is encouraged to participate and support this effort aggressively.

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OurLIC Introduces SCORE Mentors to Long Island City Businesses at VIP Luncheon and Mini-Seminar 4/6/2011

Executives and Entrepreneurs Meet with SCORE Associates Mentors

Three of SCORE organization's Counselors addressed participants in this VIP Mini-Seminar; and, answered questions.  

OurLIC introduced its new series of Mini-Seminars and VIP Luncheons at Testaccio Restaurant on April 6th.  The topic of this Mini-Seminar was “Managing for Growth and Profit: Success Stories and Ideas for Business Improvement”.

SCORE is an important resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA has both capital as well as other resources available to stimulate the economy and help small business owners.

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Aravella Simotas, NY State Assembly Member,  Speaks to Gathering of LIC Business and Community Leaders 4/7/2011

Recently elected as New York State Assembly Member, Aravella Simotas, spoke with a gathering of community and business leaders at the Long Island City Business Development Corporation [ LICBDC ] Breakfast event on April 7th.

After being introduced by Micahel Gianari, newly elected NY State Senator, and  City Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr., Simotas humbly told the group that she immigrated to the US from Greece as a child, and that her parents were small business owners of a deli in Astoria.  She worked in the store, and then later went to Fordham University and earned her Law Degree there.   She leter worked for Peter Vallone, Jr. as Campaign Manager for his first City Council seat.

Simotas further explained that it was her unique background that has helped her to identify laws that need to be passed to support small business owners.  She has already authored and passed a bill that gives food stores relief from onerous burders and fines from Department of Health Inspections by requiring notice and longer period of time for compliance.

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Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) Honors Hal Rosenbluth, Kaufman Astoria Studios; and City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr.

Rosenbluth says that the arts are necessary and basic to a thriving community and economic stability. He fears the impact of budget cuts that could affect the arts and culture throughout Astoria and greater Long Island City.

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A Jammin' Peter Vallone Jr. and Family Celebrate his 50th Birthday.  3/31/2011

City Council Member, Peter Vallone Jr., celebrated his 50th with a LIVE PERFOMANCE by 'The Vallone Brothers PLUS' at a ROCKIN' PARTY in Astoria...with SPECIAL guest on the drums: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Reminiscent of Bill Clinton rockin' his way to the White House from a  performance  on the Arsenio Hall Show in June 1992, Peter Vallone Jr. and The Vallone Brothers took to the stage at Central in Astoria to wow friends and supporters.

The difference was that the entire Vallone family was on that stage, each one as talented as the other.  Three generations of the Vallone family took to the stage and played guitar, drums, saxophone, bass, cow bell, and sang to an appreciative audience including some long time family admirerers.

As if that wasn't impressive enough, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly dropped by to say "Happy Birthday"...and joined The Vallone Bothers for a set at the drums. The Police Commisioner is a very talented musician.

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Making Extraordinary Pizza in Long Island City ~ Masa Madre style at the Foodcellar Market & Eatery

All Pizza is not created equal. We sometimes take our favorite pizza for granted. Foodcellar's pizza man, Mo, shows us how they do it.

 The residents of Long Island City are blessed to have a wide choice of delicious PIZZA.  OurLIC has set out to explore the making and serving of pizza in LIC restaurants and eateries.

Because of our love of pizza, and the CityEntree service, we have been studying pizza for years. 

Pizza is an art.  It is a careful blend of dough ingredients and preparation, cheese, sauce, toppings,  ovens, temperature, crust, thickness, and the mix of the ingrdients.   We sometimes take our favorite pizza for granted.

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OurLIC Conversations with Artists: Charles Marburg makes "Connections" with All of us by Giving Each of his Paintings a Life of its Own

Charles Marburg is Exhibiting at Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Long Island City through April 30, 2011

Artist Charles Marburg is a quiet and poised man.  He thinks about what he does and what his work means on levels that are sometime technical and sometimes pure self discovery. He experiments with color and shapes to try to reach a point of  what he calls a "connection"...which is when his work has reached a certain level where it will connect for all of us.

Marburg uses shapes and colors in a context, and discovers what he wants to express as he continues his work with a painting over time. He started his conversation by saying "I want see what happens when I take a few shapes ...and colors... and run with that, what will happen.  I do it with color also.  I have an original idea...but in the end I have something completely different. In the end, it (the painting) has revealed what I wanted to say but didn't know it in the original vision".

He also speaks about "negative and positive space" In our conversation, Charles discusses the use of color and shapes to explore this idea of negative and positive space. Throughout his work, there is movement in all of his paintings, which is a result of what he is trying to do to connect with people who view his paintings.

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Queens Chamber of Commerce set to Host the Annual "Queens Business Breakfast and EXPO 2011" at Citi Field May

A Business Opportunity for All Queens companies that want to grow.

"Access" is the most important word in business. 

The Queens Business Expo and Breakfast is Scheduled for May 24th from 8:00 AM til 3:00 PM at Citi Field that can help you gain access.

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VIDEO INTERVIEWS & SPECIAL REPORT: Meet the Entrepreneurs of Entrepreneur's Space. Hear their Stories First Hand

Entrepreneur's Space Grand Opening 1/19/2011

The Entrepreneur's Space opened on January 19, 2011.   OurLIC tasted the "PIES"...and the cakes..the dog treats (yes)....and all of the commercially prepared foods presented by some of the chefs gathered at their Grand Opening.

OurLIC NEWS Video Interviews and Photographs are presented with this ARTICLE IN PROGRESS. Watch here for the HIGHLIGHTS and SUMMARY.

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New York City Council Members Become "Friends of Queens Library" Chapter

Queens Borough President Swears in City Council Members as "Friends of Queens Library" at the Long Island City Branch

Speaker Quinn Announces Private/Public Partnership to Donate Books

Van Bramer Donates $1K to Support Buy a Book Campaign

Borough President Marshall Matches Van Bramer’s Contribution

Helen B. Marshall, Queens Borough President, at a ceremony today, swore in Members of the New York City Council as "Friends of the Queens Library"...a first for all boroughs.   This is the first time ever that a group of City Council Members have formed their own chapter of the Queens Library Friends.

During the ceremony, Council Member Van Bramer made a personal donation from he and his partner for $1,000 to the Buy a Book fund.   Queens Borough President Helen Marshall matched his donation with a $1,000 personal contribution to the Queens Library emergency book fund.

Speaker Christine Quinn told the group that she vividly remembers a bookcase, in the library she went to as a child, that was filled with books about people who changed the world.  She said she read about all of these world leaders and what they each did.  That was what caused her to pursue her own career in politics.

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The Future of the Development of Queens was the Topic at CUNY Business Forum 3/4/2011

Long Island City, Jamaica, Flushing, Ridgewood, and the Rockaways are Profiled

At a CUNY Business Forum Breakfast showcasing Queens, five executive leaders of regional economic development organizations presented and discussed each of their respective high growth areas.  Collectively, it paints an impressive picture of investments being made borough-wide by private real esatate development companies, as well as various levels of government and quasi-government agencies.

The five major areas of development in Queens presented at the CUNY Business Forum:

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William Dudley, President Federal Reserve Bank of NY, Addresses Queens Business Leaders.  Calls Queens a "Land of Opportunity for Immigrants from All Over the World"

Dudley Reviews Queens and NYC as Compared to the Rest of the US.

Dudley stated that his comments today are a reflection of his own thinking, and not a representation of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee.

He started by describing the role of the Fed and why his job is so interesting.

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New Traffic Signal for Dangerous Intersection at Vernon Blvd and 47th Rd. ~ Sal Anzalone Plaza

Hats off to Andrew and Rosemary Anzalone, who pushed for Safety, and Community Board #2 that gave them support.

To their credit, the Department of Transportation [ DOT ]  has reversed a decision made on December 10, 2010, and has decided to install a new  traffic signal at the intersection of Vernon Blvd and 47th Road in Hunters Point, Long Island City.

In a  letter from Queens Borough DOT  Commission Maura McCarthy, dated February 25, 2011 and received March 1st,  she  refers to  updated accident information received from the 108th Precinct, and has informed Queens  Community Board #2 that the traffic signal has now been approved for the location.  Installation will be performed by contract and will be completed by June 30th.

An increase in recent traffic accidents at the  intersection is a result of the intersections growing auto and pedestrian traffic coming from a surge in residential growth, traffic patterns, and more traffic on both 47th Road as well as Vernon Blvd.

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OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION: Robert Heaney, alumni student of PS1 grade 1 - 6 (1955-1962), returns to MoMA PS1 for first visit to the Museum. 3/18/2011

Bob Heaney, Flushing, walks through his old PS1 classrooms after 40 years to see them as a world class Museum for the first time.

Many books have been written on the theme, "You can't go back".  But in Robert Heaney's case, going "back" to his old grade school classrooms and school was a real treat...and eye opening experience.

Heaney grew up in Long Island City in the 50's and 60's and now lives in Flushing, Queens.  He returned with OurLIC to his old grade school, PS1, on March 18th for the first time to re-live his childhood, walk the halls of his old school, reflect on his teachers, and compare the new MoMA PS1 with his memories of the building as a child.    

The video conversation with this former student is relavent and timely in the sense that it puts education and the investment made in education in a different perspective.   The impact of good teachers, the traditional values of student-teacher relationships, the once-in-a-lifetime  opportunity to shape a person's life in grades 1 - 6,  even the investment in buildings are discussed in Heany's conversation.

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Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan: Budget reduces sharp cuts to NYC seniors and working families

Letter from Assembly Member Nolan

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) announced that the 2011-12 state budget reduces spending, while maintaining critical funding for those New York City residents who need it most.

 “I could not accept all of the proposed cuts to programs affecting seniors, the homeless and students groups who are disproportionately affected by drastic reductions to programs and services, ” said Nolan, the chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

Keeping senior centers open

Our senior centers have played a vital role in improving the lives of seniors in communities throughout the city. That’s why the 2011-12 budget restores $25 million in New York City Title XX discretionary funds to these centers.
 
“We are in the midst of tough fiscal times, but we can’t let our older New Yorkers suffer,” Nolan said. “We need to provide seniors with the resources they need to continue living happy, healthy lives.” Both Queensbridge and Ravenswood senior center should have the state funds they need to stay open.

Investing in education
 
The final state budget restores $230 million in general support to public schools statewide, including over $50 million for New York City schools. In addition, restorations for state-supported schools for the blind and deaf program reduced cost shift to NYC.  NYC'S Department of Education Building Aid will also continue to allow the School Construction Authority to continue to address school overcrowding.

“I fought for restorations to soften the sharpest cuts because we simply can’t afford to abandon our public schools,” Nolan said. “We owe our children the best possible opportunities.”

Preserving vital housing programs

The 2011-12 budget restores $4.2 million to the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). Established in 1977, the NPP allows the Division of Housing and Community Renewal to contract with not-for-profit, community-based housing corporations to perform housing and community-renewal activities.[1] The budget also rejects an executive proposal to merge the Neighborhood Preservation Program with the Rural Preservation Program, a move that would have negatively impacted the effectiveness of each program.

“We need to make sure that New York City families have access to affordable housing,” Nolan said. “That’s why I fought to ensure this housing program remained funded and intact. With rent-regulation laws still remaining to be extended this year, my work will continue on the issue of affordable housing for our families.” Central Astoria Local Development and the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp. will be able to continue their work.

Also included in the final state budget is $15 million for a new program for homeless individuals and families in New York City.

Restorations for CUNY


The budget also restores 49 percent of the proposed base aid cut for a total of $5.1 million for CUNY community colleges. In addition, the budget provides new procurement guidelines for CUNY that will allow CUNY colleges and the CUNY Construction Fund additional authorization to purchase services without prior approval from the attorney general or the state comptroller.

Additionally, we were able to restore $334,000 to help provide child care for students working to get their degree.

“The college dream should be in reach for all students, regardless of their families’ income,” Nolan said. “That’s why it’s critical that CUNY remains affordable. Our district is lucky to have LaGuardia Community College.”

Supporting summer job opportunities for youths

The final budget restores $15.5 million to the Summer Youth Employment Program. In 2010, the program helped 35,725 young adults find jobs throughout New York City. Jacob Riis and Sunnyside Community Services benefit from these programs.
           

[1] www.npcnys.org/Public/State/stateNPP.htm

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2011 World Police & Fire Games Coming to New York City from August 26 through September 5, 2011

Eleven Days of Olympic-like Sports Competition between Police and Fire Departments from 67 Countries.

Today, with over 15,000 participants, it is considered to be the second largest multi-sport Amateur Sporting Event for individual and team sports. The WPFG features 69 sports testing the competitors’ skills and endurance.

Much like the Olympics, a Federation selects a city from around the world for the games, which are held every two years.

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Community Board Rejects Developer's Request to Modify Parking Agreement to Reduce Spaces 4/7/2011

Developers of Gotham Center request amendment to reduce pre-agreed parking space requirement from 1,050 to 550.

The regular monthly meeting of Community Board #2 met at Sunnyside Community Center on Thursday April 7, 2011.

After considerable discussion, Community Board #2 rejected a request by the developers of Gotham Center to amend a requirement that was imposed at the time their application was approved requiring them to include 1,050 indoor parking spaces.

The developer, with the support of NYC Planning and NYCEDC proposed to reduce the amount of spaces to 550.

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Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel,  Addresses Queens Economic Development Leadership Council 2/24/2011

Organized by Melva Miller, Director of Economic Development for the Office of the President, Borough of Queens, Helen B. Marshall, President, Hosted Deputy Mayor Robert Steel.

Deputy Mayor Robert Steel addressed a approximately 100 Queens business people,  Economic Development Organization Leaders, and local Chamber of Commerce Directors at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens at the Quarterly meeting of the Queens Economic Development Leadership Council [ BACKGROUND:  QEDLC ].

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PS229 Sixth Grade Students and Their Teacher, Caroline Roswell,  Make The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Relevant to Today

Caroline Roswell (Gruss) brings her sixth grade students to Mt. Zion Cemetery to participate in the 100th Anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911

On March 25, 1911, one hundred years ago, 145 young Italian and Jewish immigrant women and men died in a tragic workplace fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Manhattan.    The tragic fire is important not only because of the loss of life, but because several workplace safety and union laws were enacted to prevent  employers from creating or neglecting  dangerous circumstances for workers in the workplace.

Important, also, is the fact that immigrant workers at the turn of the century were pouring into America...a place where they could "work for a better life"....not unlike today.

People often refer to the "diversity" of Queens, and the growth of immigrant families here.  You can see the faces of children from immigrant families in schools and neighborhoods throughout the borough.  It is no different than 1911.  People are leaving other countries because they want to work for a better life in New York City and America.

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