Street Safety Meeting Tonight in Eastern Queens

If you care about street safety in Eastern Queens, you should come hang out with us about it tonight, Monday, November 28th. At 7:30PM we’ll be at Bean Square. It’s an easy location near the Bayside stop of the LIRR (Port Washington Line), multiple buses (including the Q12 & Q31), bike or car.

210-21 Northern Blvd
Bayside, NY 11361

We’re going to talk about the projects we’re currently working on and the progress we’ve made. We’ll discuss some of the more fun events we’re planning for the future. Most importantly, we want to hear from you, about what you want to help fix. Hope to see you tonight over a nice warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

School Safety for All Rally!

Today, November 18, at 2:30pm, Council Member Paul Vallone is holding a “School Safety for All” rally in support of a package of legislation aimed at improving pedestrian safety around all schools throughout the City.  Come show your support at J.H.S. 185’s School Playground (147-26 25th Drive, Flushing, NY 11354).

Council Member Paul Vallone will be joined by fellow elected officials, the Principals, teachers, students and families from J.H.S. 185, P.S. 21 and J.H.S. 194, District 25 and 26 Superintendents Danielle Di Mango and Danielle Giunta, District 25 and 26 UFT Representatives Joseph Kessler and Mary Vaccaro and UFT Queens Borough Representative Dermot Smyth.

Just this week, two students were struck by vehicles near J.H.S. 185 and J.H.S. 194, leaving one of them, an eleven-year-old boy, in critical condition. In response, Council Member Vallone is holding a rally and calling on the City to pass his package of legislation aimed at pedestrian safety reforms around schools. His bills will require school safety slow zones at all elementary and middle schools.  The Council Member is also calling for the expansion and reevaluation of all existing school slow zones while considering any additional safety measures on behalf of all students, their families, teachers, staff and the surrounding community.

Secret Wetlands Tour at Alley Pond

The Secret Wetlands Tour at Alley Pond was a great success, pulling in over a dozen cyclists and joggers from both from the Little Neck LIRR Station and from Jackson Heights.  The two groups traveled on a variety of trails and roads, exploring the street safety infrastructure in Eastern Queens.  Getting to the Alley Pond Environmental Center required traveling on Northern Boulevard and then back across it on foot to the Joe Michaels Mile.  If you’d like to help create infrastructure for a safer Northern Boulevard, you can add your name to this request to stand up for your community.

The tour of the wetland was amazing. Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) taught us about how the sewage overflow is affecting the environment. We learned which plants were invasive species and how hard it is to get rid of them.  We saw where there are plans to bring back the marshland (providing funding can be found) and that the mosquitoes in salt water marshes (like this one) are normally not the ones that carry Zika and other illnesses.  Most importantly, we learned how important  this marshland is to local animals and how it helps absorb excess water so our basements don’t get flooded.

This was an amazing trip where we leaned a lot about our community with some great friends. Thank you to all of the great people at TA Queens Volunteer Committee, especially Angela, for organizing this event.  It was worth a few soggy shoes here and there.  Hope we can do this again next year.

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