Looking ahead to 2015 in Woodhaven
by Maria Thomson
Dec 30, 2014 | 2354 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In 2014, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, Woodhaven Business Improvement District and Woodhaven itself experienced many changes, including new elected officials. due to term limits and our other representatives.

Woodhaven is blessed to be represented by Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, state senators Joseph Addabbo, Michael Gianaris, James Sanders and now Leroy Comrie, as well as Assemblyman Michael Miller.

Also on the city level by council members Eric Ulrich and Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz. They not only listen to Woodhaven voices, they hear us.

In 2014 again, reactivating the 3.5-mile Rockaway Beach Railroad line was raised. Many communities have opposed it because their backyards are exposed to the line resulting in the disruption of their quality of life.

Also proposed has been the QueensWay, a High Line-like park. This proposal has been awarded a $435,000 study grant by Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as another $400,000 this year for another study.

At this time the area is quiet, and if any activity should take place there it should be its cleaning and maintenance because it is situated near Forest Park. This is a discussion that will continue through 2015.

Now to the 2015 GWDC/WBID Wish List:

1.More Police Officers for the 102nd Precinct. Although we still do not have enough officers, crime is low in the 102nd Precinct. Woodhaven has always supported our police officers, and is thankful to them for the difficult and dangerous job they do every day for us. If and when we get new officers, we will appreciate and support every one of them.

2.New LED Lighting Along Jamaica Avenue. Because of funding from Katz and Ulrich, new lights will be installed from Dexter Court to 100th Street in the latter part of 2015.

3. More Trees on Jamaica Avenue. Since we were unable to secure trees, this year the GWDC/WBID will pursue the placement of new large street planters along Jamaica Avenue and in Forest Parkway Plaza.

Next week, I will continue our 2015 Wish List.

Note that as of January 2, you can apply for HEAP Funding assistance with your heating bills, as well as a credit on your water bills. Call (800) 692-0557 for more information.

This past weekend, the funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos took place. The honorary NYPD helicopters could be heard above our homes. If you were watching it on television, the tears flowed. Every person was touched and pained by the sadness of Officer Ramos’ family and their family in blue from throughout the U.S.

Next is the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu and his family. This is a sad way to end 2014 and begin 2015. This tragedy can not be repeated and with all of us giving the NYPD strength support and assistance, this will not happen again.

May GWDC President Stephen Esposito and WBID President Mathew Xenakis, our board members and staff wish a healthy and prosperous 2015. May God bless our armed forces and disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD, and may God bless our America.

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