Members of the board and others from the community were welcomed back by District Manager Gary Giordano, Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr, along with representatives from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and other legislative offices.
The board got down to business immediately, holding a budget hearing and discussing current liquor licenses in the neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village and Liberty Park, which it serves.
The board presented the Glendale Civilian Operation Patrol from the 104th Precinct with certificates of appreciation for their hard work during Hurricane Irene last month.
Also among the topics of conversation at the meeting was the proposal to name 59th Road between 60th Street and 60th Lane in Maspeth for a 22-year New York Police Department (NYPD) veteran, Detective Kevin Czartoryski, who worked most recently in the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information office until he died last year from illnesses he acquired from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero in 2001.
Czartoryski's friend, Peter Villapol, spoke at the meeting to tell board members why the late detective deserves to be honored.
It is "his turn to be remembered as an incredible brother, a doting uncle, a gentle friend and a dedicated colleague," Villapol said. "It's also his turn to be remembered as a true NYPD hero."
Villapol described his friend as a happy man who enjoyed caring about others and making people laugh.
Czartoryski was "one of the selfless members of the NYPD who was part of the first response team at the World Trade Center site," the detective's grieving friend said. "He helped bring peace to so many families as he worked tirelessly to retrieve the remains of their loved ones."
Villapol's testimony was in addition to a discussion of two road changes into one-way corridors. The board proposed changing 61st Street from Metropolitan Avenue to Menahan Street in Ridgewood into a one-way southbound, and making Mazeau street from Grand Avenue to the Queens/Midtown Expressway service road also a one-way southbound.
Linda DaQuaro, who lives on Mazeau Street, said in the public hearing that cars speed down her block to avoid the lights on Grand Avenue and pose a dangerous problem, especially since there is an elementary school on the corner.
"My brother-in-law's BMW was totaled because someone sped up the block and totaled his car," DaQuaro said. "One day I'm afraid that a car's going to end up in my driveway."
She said making the corridor a one-way southbound would be a good solution because "that would eliminate all the people coming up the back way, speeding up Mazeau Street, and possibly hurting a child."
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