Block association focuses on upcoming elections
by Kathleen Lees
Aug 22, 2012 | 2277 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) was business as usual, including discussions for improvements on graffiti clean-up, fundraisers and catching a one-armed thief. However, guest speakers made the meeting an important time to discuss upcoming elections.

Councilman Eric Ulrich discussed his past involvement with the WRBA, stressing the importance of community outreach.

“We’ve worked closely with Eric on issues with noise, graffiti and garbage clean-up,” said WRBA president Ed Wendell. “These are quality of life issues.”

Ulrich reminded residents that their last day to register to vote in the Sept. 13 primary was Sunday, Aug. 19. “You should vote, you should register and you should let your voice be heard,” Ulrich said, who is running for State Senate against incumbent Joseph Addabbo, Jr.

Following Ulrich’s speech, Etienne David Adorno, who is running against incumbent Michael Miller for the Assembly, discussed his platform. Adorno, who has been living in Woodhaven for the past 25 years, talked about improving safety through various neighborhood enhancements, such as sidewalk and street clean-up, graffiti clean-up, and other issues involving the community.

Adorno stressed the importance of an assemblyman coming from Woodhaven and having experience with the community.

“Woodhaven is the biggest neighborhood in the district, and I think that Woodhaven deserves it’s own representative,” Adorno said. “Somebody that’s lived here and had issues with the things going on here.”

Following Adorno’s speech, Miller discussed his past involvement in the Queens community. He has worked on many issues in the community, from graffiti clean-up to increasing services for senior citizens.

The meeting closed with announcements for the upcoming dinner dance, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $65 for a four-course meal plus desert, alcoholic beverages and prizes. Tickets must be reserved by Sept. 17.

There will also be a meeting on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. to discuss solutions for the inactive railroad tracks that run through Woodhaven. The meeting will be held at the Queens Tabernacle, located at 86-03 96th Street.

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