City Vote on D24 High School Postponed Again
by Daniel Bush
Mar 24, 2009 | 1571 views | 8 8 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the second time this month, the city postponed voting on the proposed Maspeth high school, but now time is running short.

The Department of Education (DOE) formally submitted its proposal for the $80 million school to the city on March 13, according to DOE spokesman Will Havemann. According to law, the City Council has just 20 days to review the proposal once it's submitted before voting on it.

Just five days after the DOE set the clock ticking, a Land Use subcommittee postponed voting on the proposed school at a March 18th meeting. This was the second delay, as the City Council already pushed back voting on the school earlier this month.

In a statement, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said the decision was made to allow more time for negotiation on the school - proposed for 74th Street and 57th Avenue in Maspeth - between the DOE and community representatives.

"My focus remains on quality of education. I strongly believe that parent and community involvement is crucial to a school's success," said Crowley.

At this point, the standoff largely comes down to the city's school zoning policy. The councilwoman and Community Board 5 have been urging DOE to include a local zoning provision in the proposal, which would give Maspeth-area students enrollment priority.

The DOE has agreed to give School District 24 students priority at the new school, but has stopped short on promising preferential treatment for Maspeth teenagers alone.

"We want to make sure this school is as useful as possible," Havemann said. "We don't want to spend scarce city resources on a school to be used just by a very small neighborhood."

Crowley, who has not wavered in her support of local zoning for Maspeth, said she remains committed to ensuring the school be built for the community.

"Our community needs a school to alleviate the dire overcrowding of classrooms," Crowley said. "I will only support a school that gives neighborhood preference to local students."

The proposal returns to the council's Land Use Committee and its subcommittee for separate votes on March 31. If both approve the school, it would move to a full City Council vote at the next stated meeting scheduled for April 8.

Havemann said DOE looks forward to completing the review and approval process. "We're eager to get this done as soon as possible," Havemann said. "We wished that it would have happened sooner."

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lindada
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April 01, 2009
I was at the city council meeting yesterday and Mr. Barron called Maspeth a bunch of racist. He walked into the room and took over the floor and said what are we back in time, we don't want the poorer children in our community. First of all it has nothing to race, we don't want the school due to accessible transit. Second we are not racist we are a mixed community of white, black asian and spanish, so if you never came to our community, you shouldn't be calling the race card. I want to know who at SCA paid him to come in and start that. Also everyone should appreciate this your buddy MARGE also called Maspeth and Middle Village racist. Hello you don't live here! even with Liz's proposal of local children in Maspeth and Middle Village zip codes your own kids won't get in. Marge lives in the BIG SIX and she's also the one the opposed the STEVEN'S site for a High School, what's the matter Marge don't want it near your apartment house. We should be able to enjoy quailty of life that we have left. A High School will bring in over 1000 more students and staff, and no one even ask the SCA if 1100 students was the total number or will be in shifts. Some high schools have shifts starting at 7 am till evening hours, so what will be the total number of children. I hope the parents that know Marge, give it to her about calling us a bunch of racist and when you do see her tell her to stay in the housing BIG six she lives in, she's not welcome here in Maspeth or Middle Village.
anonymous
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April 01, 2009
HEY MIKE READ THIS YOU MORON.

http://www.queensledger.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home_top_stories_news&id=2217239-Crowley Supports Local Zoning for H-S- Until the End&article-Crowley Supports Local Zoning for H-S- Until the End =&widget=push&instance=home_news_1st_left&open=&
anonymous
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April 01, 2009
Dizzy Lizzy took an ax,

gave Maspeth residents 40 wacks.

When she saw what she had done,

she gave the business owners 41.............

THE COVERER
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April 01, 2009
MIKE, YOU ARE A MORON. WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER SCHOOL TO OVER CROWD AN ALREADY CROWDED AREA. THE M.T.A. IS NOT GONNA GIVE MORE BUSES TO ACCOMODATE THESE STUDENTS. AND YOU SAY YOU LIVE DOWN THE BLOCK FROM A SCHOOL? ARE YOU HOME WHEN IT IS DIMISSAL TIME? THEY HANG AROUND THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND CAUSE LOTS OF PROBLEMS WITH THE RESIDENTS. NOT ONLY THE SENIOR CITIZENS BUT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY . YOU SAY THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF PARENTS WHO WANT THE SCHOOL? WELL HERE IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL, YOUR KID WILL NOT BE GARRENTEED A SEAT IN THAT SCHOOL. THE DEPUTY MAYOR ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR THAT THERE WILL BE NO LOCALLY ZONNING FOR THE KIDS OF MASPETH. SO GET OFF THIS SHIT ABOUT "WE NEED THIS SCHOOL". WE DON'T NEED TO OVER CROWD AND OVERALLY CROWDED AREA. PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE ME LAUGH, YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE NO COMMON SENSE. AND I HOPE WHEN YOU BECOME A SENIOR , YOU WILL GET LESS RESPECT THAN YOU GIVE OUR SENIORS. THEY ARE THE BACK BONE OF OUR COMMUNITY.
Mikebusiness
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March 30, 2009
Liz Crowley may lose the vote of a few senior citizens whose kids and grandchildren probably live in some distant suburb, but she will gain the vote of hundreds of parents of school age children in our area. I live a few blocks from the school, and I take buses all the time. They can add a few buses at dismissal time if it gets too crowded. Our kids deserve a local high school to choose from. They shouldn't have to travel all over the city to go to school.
anonymous
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March 30, 2009
IT IS OBVIOUS THAT MIKEBUSINESS DOES'NT LIVE OR WORK NEAR THE PROPOSED SITE FOR THIS H.S. CAUSE IF HE DID, HE WOULD UNDERSTAND WHY WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER 1100 KIDS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. THE S.C.A. ALREADY STATED IF THE SCHOOL GOES UP, IT WILL NOT BE A LOCALLY ZONED SCHOOL. AND THAT IS FAR FROM OUR POINT. OUR POINT FOR OPPOSING THE SCHOOL IS THAT WE ARE ALREADY BURDENED WITH 3,000 KIDS AND THEY PLAN ON ADDING 1,100? MIKE, THE BUSES CAN'T HANDLE THE KIDS THAT ARE ALREASY HERE AND YOU THINK THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE ANOTHER 1,100? IT IS CLEAR TO ME AND MANY OF MY NEIGHBORS THAT YOU ARE JUST AS DIZZY AS LIZZY AND SHE WILL NOT BE RE-ELECTED IF THIS SCHOOL GOES THROUGH.......... THE MAJORITY OF MASPETH RESIDENTS ARE OPPOSED TO THE H.S. AND FOR THE ONES THAT ARE FOR IT ARE VERY LITTLE IN NUMBERS. I HOPE DIZZY LIZZY DOES HER MATH AND REALIZES HOW IT WILL EFFECT HER RE-ELECTION.. A NOTE FOR LIZZY, DON'T KNOCK ON MY DOOR, WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO GET RE-ELECTIED. A VOTE FOR THE SCHOOL IS A VOTE FOR ME AGAINST YOU AT ELECTION TIME.
Mikebusiness
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March 28, 2009


Support the Maspeth High School

District 24 is one of the most crowded in the city. Newtown and

Grover Cleveland HS are both overcapacity. Many parents and

students in Maspeth, Middle Village and Elmhurst want the choice

of a neighborhood public High School. The city is now willing to

invest up to 70 million in a beautiful new modern facility which is

absolutely needed. We should not turn down this opportunity. All

children in our city deserve the opportunity for a quality education.

Good schools also attract young families and increase property

values. Many students from our area will be able to walk there, and

for others, there are 5 bus lines within a 6 block area of the school

- Q59, Q58, Q67, Q18, and Q45.

I am hopeful that Elizabeth Crowley, who says she cares about

education and children, will vote YES!

THE COVERER
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March 25, 2009
WE ARE A SMALL COMMUNITY AND ALOT OF US IN MASPETH ARE OPPOSED TO THE H.S. BEING BUILT . WE CURRENTLY HAVE 2 SCHOOLS, 2 BLOCKS APART, THAT HAVE CLOSE TO 3,000 STUDENTS IN THEM. NOW THEY WANT TO BUILD A H.S. THAT HOLDS ANOTHER 1,100, THAT IS A BLOCK AWAY? NOW YOU ARE TALKING OVER 4,000 KIDS BEING LET OUT AT THE SAME TIME. COMMON SENSE CAN TELL YOU, THAT IF THESE IDIOTS ACUTALLY CAME TO MASPETH DURNING SCHOOL HOURS, THEY WILL NOT ONLY SEE HOW OVERWHEMLED OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IS, SO OVER CROWDED THAT OUR COMMUNITY CAN'T EVEN GET ON A BUS. OUR SENOIRS AND STORE OWNERS, CAN'T DEAL WITH ALL THE TRAFFIC OF THESE KIDS. NOT TO SAY ALL OF THEM, BUT A LARGE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE OUT OF CONTROL. THEY DISREPECT OUR SENOIRS, ROB OUR STORES TO THE POINT THE STORE OWNERS WILL ONLY ALLOWED 4-5 STUDENTS ATA TIME CAUSE THEY TEND TO STEAL IN LARGE PACKS. AND LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT THE TRAFFIC ISSUE. IT IS WORSE THAN THE TOURISTS ON 5TH AVE. ON ANY GIVEN DAY. NOW THEY WANT TO BUILD THIS H.S., AND CAUSE MORE CONGESTION AND OVER CROWDING IN A SMALL COMMUNITY. THE H.S. SCHOOL HAS AN ALTERITIVE SITE THAT IS CLOSER TO THE KIDS OWN HOME WHERE THEY CAN WALK TO SCHOOL INSTAED OF US HAVING TO PAY FOR M.T.A. FARES AND NOT POLLUTE OUR PLANET. IF MAYOR BLOOMBURG WANTS TO HELP N.Y. IN SUCH A FINANCIAL CRISIS, HE SHOULD CONSIDER THE ALLTERATE SITE, COMMON SENSE, BUILD A H.S. WHERE THESE KIDS CAN ACCESS IT EASILY AND DON'T OVER WHELM AN ALREADY OVER WHELMED SMALL COMMUNITY. WE DON'T WANT FIRST PRIORITY FOR OUR KIDS, WE DON'T WANT THE H.S. AT ALL! OUR KIDS HAD TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE NEIGHBORHOOD, MAINLY CAUSE THEY GO TO PRIVATE OUR CATHOLICS SCHOOLS CAUSE THE D.O.E. CAN'T GET CONTROL OF THE STUDENTS THAT ARE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. THE D.O.E. HAS MADE IT A POINT TO NOT ONLY DO WHAT THEY WANT WITH LAND USSAGE BUT THEY ARE IDIOTS FOR NOT EVEN LOOKING AT THE FACT THAT THIS SMALL COMMUNITY IS GONNA BE TAKEN OVER NOW BY 4,000 STUDENTS. WILL THEY HAVE MORE COPS HERE TO CONTROL THE H.S. SCHOOL STUDENTS? I DOUBT THAT CAUSE WE CAN'T EVEN GET A COP FROM THE 104TH PCT TO COME HERE WHEN WE HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF A CRIME. I SAY NO TO THE H.S. AND NO TO RE-ELECTING THE MAYOR WHO LETS HIS AGAENCY DO WHAT THEY WANT WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE AREA AND THE IMPACT OF THE COMMUNITY. AND LET US NOT FORGET THAT THE SITE OF THE PROPOSED H.S. IS TO BE BUILT ON TAINTED LAND AND THE NUMEROUS CELL TOWERS ACROSS FROM THE SITE MIGHT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE KIDS HEALTH AS WELL. I THINK THE D.O.E. NEEDS TO RECONSIDER THE ALTERNATE SITE AND USE SOME COMMON SENSE ABOUT THIS WHOLE ISSUE. IF THEY BUILD THIS H.S., IT WILL NOT EASE ANY OF THE OVER CROWDING IN THE OTHER H.S. IN THE AREA, IT'LL ALSO BE OVERCROWDED AND COMPLETELY PUT OUR COMMUNITY IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL. I SAY NO TO THE SCHOOL AND ALOT OF MY NEIGHBORS FEEL THE SAME WAY. SOMEONE SHOULD COME TO MASPETH WHEN THESE SCHOOLS LET OUT AND THEY WILL SEE WHAT WE HERE IN MASPETH ARE OPPOSED TO. IF THE D.O.E GOES FOWARDED WITH BUILDING THIS H.S. THEY AHD BETTER PLAN ON PUTTING MORE M.T.A. BUS SERVICE AND COPS TO CONTOL THE THOUSANDS OF KIDS THAT''L BE IN HERE IN MASPETH. YES, LET'S SPEND MONEY ON TRANSIT AND COPS, OR IS THE MAYOR IS CUUTING SERVICES? WELL IN A RE-ELECTION YEAR THE MAYOR SHOUILD GET CONTROL OF HIS AGENCIES UNLESS HE DOES'NT CARE ABOUT THE VOTES HE WILL LOSE?