Combating noise in Woodhaven
by Maria Thompson
Jul 11, 2012 | 707 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last year, I attended the City Council hearing in Manhattan on a bill regarding residents’ noise complaints. The bill was proposed by Eric Ulrich, our New York City councilman and Councilwoman, Elizabeth Crowley.

I testified to the president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council regarding the noise complaints in Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and Ozone. The loud music and crowds lead to sleepless nights. Also, a new phenomena is “Pay Parties” where admission is charged into backyards with DJ’s equipped with professional club speakers, drinks available at a price and everyone is admitted (even with the availability of swimming in their backyard pools). These parties are extremely loud and volatile.

All are in favor of this new legislation, and more police officers are needed in our outer borough communities, such as the 102nd Precinct (Thankfully, in April 2012, we received 15 more police officers at our 102nd Precinct. The first additional police officers in many years).

With this law and with more police officers, this will give more authority to the New York City Police Department to fine these individuals, increase the fines and confiscate equipments. This is a good legislation, and we thank our honorable Eric Ulrich for proposing it and our honorable Elizabeth Crowley for supporting it. This legislation is still in Committee.

At this time, there have been new protocols established at our Precinct to deal with noise complaints. Now in addition to NYPD letters and visits to the offender’s homes, since we have the additional Police Officers, violations will be issued.

Remember to call 311 to register your noise complaints, then call the Precinct at 718 805-3200. The Community Affairs Officers, P.O. Martins and P.O. Sanserino can be reached at 718 805-3215. Crime is down in our 102nd Precinct, and with your help, it will stay down. If you see something, say something. Our N.Y.S. Gov. Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, has announced free air conditioners to low income New Yorkers with serious medical conditions. Please call Community Environmental Center, Inc at 718 784-1444 to find out if you qualify.

Seniors , we are getting close to the deadline to apply for Senior Citizen Housing, Richmond Place built in Richmond Hill, at (129-11 Jamaica Avenue). Applications are being accepted online at www.nyc.gov/housingconnect and select “Apply for Housing” through 8/6/12. To request an application by mail, please mail a self addressed envelope to Richmond Place, P.O. Box 20229, Floral Park, N.Y. 11002 regular mail only. Applications will be selected by lottery.

Forest Park Activities at the George Seuffert Bandshell: Thursday July 19, 7:30 P.M. “Swingtime Band” Sunday July 22, 5:00 P.M. Queens Symphomy Orchestra featuring “Latin Jazz Heat” featuring Willie Martinez and La Familia Sextet. Note if you want to listen to good interviews with Latin Greats recognizable to all and their music tune into on your computer to Jackie Nunez at Gotham Radio www.gothamradio.com Other programming is also featured.

Again, our local cooling center is at our Forest Park Library, located at Forest Parkway at 85th Drive. Try to keep cool. In this heat, don’t go out if you don’t have to.

Also, lunch will be served to children up to 18 years old 11:00 A.M.- 1:15 P.M. Please call 718 849-1010 for more information.

Last but not least, we have been informed that our “Jewel of Forest Park” our Forest Park Carousel, will be open daily from 11:00 A.M. to sunset, with free clown/magic shows 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, our disabled veterans, coalition forces, may God bless us all and most of all may God bless our America.

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