This year, although there was a good turnout of voters, our polling location ran smoothly and there were no lines. It was interesting, I just couldn’t help but think about how easy the “shower curtain” voting booth was. With no small print and the searching for the right offices and the right names.
But we were all there, voting the new way. Our city-level candidates elected were mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, public advocate-elect Letitia James, comptroller-elect Scott Stringer, and our new Queens borough president is Melinda Katz.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley was reelected, as was Councilman Eric Ulrich, although this election is being contested.
The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District congratulate all of our elected officials and look forward to working with them to keep our beloved Woodhaven community strong, prosperous and safe.
Now we get to work on all of our local projects, such as the Rockaway Beach Branch Line/Queensway Proposal, which we do not want to affect the Woodhaven homeowners on 98th Street and their quality of life.
There are choices here. One make the entire area parkland, go underground at Atlantic Avenue entrance or leave it as is.
This past Monday was Veterans Day, which was observed throughout our city with a great parade in New York City. State Senator Joseph Addabbo recognized our veterans by the raising of a flag on the Pathmark/MediSys Clocktower Building on Atlantic Avenue.
In attendance were veterans from Howard Beach, Beach Channel and Woodhaven, spanning all wars. This project to place a flag at the Clocktower was suggested by Christine Marantino of Ozone Park, who bought it to me. I asked Jamaica Hospital and Senator Addabbo and he made it happen.
In this way we had a beautiful tribute to our armed forces and our veterans, for without their sacrifices there would be no “we.” Thank you Senator Addabbo.
As you probably have noticed, we still have our little street tree in the Forest Park Plaza area. This tree will be transplanted after the holidays, so we will have another artificial Christmas tree this year.
Now mark your Calendar for the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored Holiday Weekend, which will be on Friday, December 6, with our Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony and on Saturday, December 7, with our Holiday Parade kicking off our holiday events.
Fly our American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our leaders, may God bless our disabled veterans, and may God bless America.