FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
THE WOODSIDE HERALD
SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 82, NO. 36
WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
9/11 HEROES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS UNITE AT GROUND ZERO TO URGE CONGRESS TO EXTEND THE ZADROGA ACT AND MAKE IT PERMANENT First responders suffering with cancers, respiratory problems, and other illnesses say people will die if 9/11 health and compensation programs expire. As we remember the 14th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, ailing first responders and survivors last week, joined Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Congressman Peter King (NY-2) and others to call on Congress to prevent the expiration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. (continued on page 3) Facebook, and the rider data map now on AccessQueens.org, are giving riders a place to blow off steam, and give each other immediate information of use – when the MTA is not or is not able to do so. Riders complain that that “the bulletins issued by the MTA are not accurate,” and that compounds their frustration.
CELEBRATING THE NEIGHBORHOOD
MO’ BETTER BLUES: ACCESSQUEENS.ORG by Patricia Dorfman
State Senator Michael Gianaris, President of Hunters Point Civic Association Brent O’Leary, President of Hunters Point Community Development Corporation Terri Adams and Queensborough President Melinda Katz. Over 250 people came out for the 20th Annual Community Unity Event in Hunters Point, Long Island City, which is a yearly street fair to celebrate the neighborhood. There was lots of free food from many of the great local restaurants, a performance clown, DJ, children’s games and an Irish step dance performance. Queensborough President Melinda Katz came herself to present a Proclamation thanking the Hunters Point Community Development Corporation for having this wonderful event for 20 years and all the other activities they do to support the neighborhood and proclaimed September 8th Hunters Point Community Development
Corporation Day. Terri Adams, President of the Hunters Point Community Development Corporation and Brent O’Leary, of the co-sponsoring Hunters Point Civic Association, thanked the wonderful community for keeping alive the spirit of the neighborhood where people help each other and Majority Leader and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and NY State Senator Michael Gianaris made speeches thanking the Development Corporation for all their volunteer activities from the festival, to toy drives and supporting the local businesses.
The #7Train Blues group, a coalition of local residents, has grown into an organization with a larger aim than just the amelioration of the daily woes of riders of the MTA line, which runs through Sunnyside, and has launched AccessQueens.org. The organization’s mission is “We Advocate for better trans-
portation and infrastructure in the World’s Borough.” The group realized that the project amassing contemporaneous data online from actual riders revealed more of a Queens-wide problem for them to tackle long term in order to do some good. #7Train Blues is going full tilt even if the #7 train is not. The over 1200-member group on
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And more attention is paid that there is that there is a real and growing problem. Founder and director Melissa Orlando and steering committee member Brandon Mosley were guests of Jose Martinez on his “In Transit” program on NY1. The program covered the infrastructure problems of Queens’s transit, which go beyond the delays caused by installation of the new signal systems. The two pointed out that the population growth of Queens is going to make a deteriorating train service much worse, and the proposed Sunnyside Yards development would be devastating to already strained transit. But all is not doom and gloom. (continued on page 3)