Gary Giordano, district manager, responded to the city’s preliminary budget report, which will spend an estimated $1.4 billion on emergency relief for Hurricane Sandy and roughly $3 billion on capital expenditures.
“They are still hopeful we will get back from the federal government,” Giordano said.
“What I’d like our focus to be are those main expense items, and those main capital items that have been our priorities this year, and in the case of expense budget items every year,” Giordano said in formal response to the report.
2013 Street Fairs in CB5 Queens
The board voted unanimously in support of a number of street fairs and festivals last night, however they reached some disagreement with the Fresh Pond Road Street Festival, a historically controversial annual street fair on a five-block span on Fresh Pond Road between Woodbine and Menahan Streets in Ridgewood.
Although the festival passed again this year, several board members were concerned with the number of proposed days, which schedule the event from Sep. 5 to the 7 from 5 p.m. to midnight and on Sep. 8 from 5 to 10 p.m.
According to board member Peter Comber, who voted against the proposal, “This is four times the amount aggravation that causes disruption. I can understand during the weekends would be fine, but having it four days going to midnight; I’m against it.”
The other street fairs that were unanimously approved were scheduled from noon and 6 p.m., with exception of the Maspeth Street Fair on Grand Avenue, which is set for Sep. 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., between 69th and 72nd streets.
The other street fairs include the Ridgewood LDC Myrtle Avenue Festival, scheduled for April 14 on Myrtle Avenue between Wyckoff and Fresh Pond Road; Metropolitan Avenue Festival, scheduled for May 5 on Metropolitan Avenue between 73rd Place and 79th Street; The Grand Avenue Festival, on June 9 on Grand Avenue between 65th Street and 72nd Street; The Myrtle Avenue Festival scheduled for Aug. 18 on Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Forest Avenue; and The Myrtle Avenue BID Festival scheduled for Sep. 15 on Myrtle Avenue between Wyckoff Avenue and Fresh Pond Road.
Also discussed at the meeting:
• A CB5 board member spoke in response and support for DEP’s implementation of “bio swells,” large sponges to control flooding and relive stress from surrounding sewer systems, and suggested they be used to mitigate flooding near the 71st Avenue Plaza Project in Ridgewood. According to the board, a majority of these modernized bio swells have already been installed in CB3 and CB4.
• Christ the Kind High School president Michael Michel was there to advocate for the new Middle Village Preparatory Charter School. He announced classes at the new facility would begin on Sep. 3 and that applications are available until April 1 on their website.
• An SBA public affairs officer gave a report on disaster loan assistance for homes and businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. He explained the process needed to receive a loan and said that property owners can collect loans up to $200,000 for “real property damage” while businesses may apply for up to $2 million for “economic injury to meet working capital needs.”
• The Queens Borough Board will be held on Wed., Feb. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at Queens Borough Hall in Rm. 200.
• Boy Scout Troop 312 from St. Stanislaus Kostka School was also at the meeting to earn their Communications and Citizenship in the Community Merit Badges.