The meeting was with Queens Department of Transportation Commissioner Nicole Garcia. There was a crowd out the door of residents, business owners and elected officials and their representatives.
As moderator, I called on each coalition leader to make a statement and presentation providing our case against this proposal, and then Commissioner Garcia answered questions. It was a very informative meeting, and everyone from Woodhaven was against this SBS proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard.
Our Woodhaven coalition and I would like to thank everyone that came out for this meeting, for by attending you showed the strength of our opinion. Woodhaven, stay proud and stay strong.
At this meeting, it was also noted that a new proposal has been made to alleviate bus traffic from Woodhaven Boulevard and give buses a direct route on the old Rockaway Rail Line through the park. The roadway could be placed further away from the homes located on 98th Street and would not be loud or disturbing to our Woodhaven homeowners.
This would solve two areas of concern: a positive use for this railway and give bus transportation a direct route off of Woodhaven Boulevard.
The Tree and Menorah LightingCeremony on Friday was great for everyone that attended. The young and young at heart with their children enjoyed the evening. Also in attendance were Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblyman Michael Miller, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah.
Councilman Eric Ulrich told of his father-in-law who is the custodian at Richmond Hill's Holy Child of Jesus Church who found a newborn baby boy in their church menagerie manger, a real Christmas story.
It was a great evening with beautiful weather and beautiful people. A big cheer went up when the menorah, which you can view in our second-floor window, was lit. Then Santa and Mrs. Claus and all the costumed characters counted down to the lighting of our beautiful Christmas tree that came with a huge roar of delight.
The next day the WBID-sponsored "Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade" took place, with State Senator Joseph Addabbo and his lovely daughters there with us. Also the beautiful classic cars and the great Franklin K. Lane H.S. marching band, Girl and Boy Scouts, St. Luke's Nursery School, St. Thomas Academy Historical Society, Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.
Then the stars of the day, Santa and Mrs. Claus on the beautiful antique sleigh that has become a tradition. Remember, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will take free pictures with Santa and friends at Forest Parkway Plaza (weather permitting) on Saturdays, December 12 and 19, from 1to 4 p.m.
May God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our NYPD and may God bless our America.