Back from summer hiatus, Community Board 12 was ready to jump back into the major issues at hand.
St. Albans Veterans Hospital. The Board opposes all efforts outside building a full service hospital and housing for veterans. There will be rallies on Saturdays, throughout September, in front of the hospital supported by the United Coalition for Veterans to support this effort.
Aqueduct Racino. Although jurisdiction lies outside in Community Board 10, the Board is concerned with the after affects of having this complex in the area. With the hardships of the current economic climate, the Racino can act as a drawn with individuals gambling away what little resources they have available. Additionally, the Board wants to ensure its communities, which neighbor the site, have a stake in the jobs and development of the site.
Upcoming Ballot Issue – November Election. The Board does not support the upcoming ballot initiative on term limits. This initiative would reduce the maximum number of terms by elected officials to two, however, those terms would only affect candidates elected after the 2010 election. This translates into its true effect not being realized until 2021.
Foreclosures continue to be an issue. Of the 2,624 homes listed as pending foreclosure, 843 homes in the area were saved from foreclosure. The remaining homes were auctioned. Sites are continuing to be converted to multiple family dwellings.
Bed bugs can effect even the cleanest of homes. Board members cautioned that individuals will not be able to rid themselves of this threat on their on. They must seek professional help which could take three tries and up to six weeks. People are cautioned about buying mattresses from thrift stores. When discarding mattresses which have been affected, please note the infestation on the item so others will not be affected.
A public hearing on the proposed gas station at the site of North Conduit Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard has been postponed. Land Use Committee would like additional information in addition, a quorum of votes was unavailable that night.
Community Board 12 addresses issues in the Southeast Queens communities of Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village and South Jamaica. Meetings are schedule for the third Wednesday of the month at the Linden Family Center. Public participation must be scheduled in advance with the Board.
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