The timing of our first snowstorm of the year was right after our Mayor William de Blasio was sworn into office. But as I stated in my last article, he is fortunate for our Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty and “New York’s Strongest” have his back.
Did you know that our new Mayor de Blasio was in Richmond Hill? When we were rallying against the closing of our Engine Co. 294, he was there, speaking out strongly against the closing of any of our city firehouses.
At the rally, I had the opportunity to speak to him briefly. I had also spoken to him and his wife when he was sworn in as public advocate. Little did we know at the time that he would become the 109th mayor of the City of New York.
Now, I state with mixed emotions that our real little street tree that was planted in error in place of a real Christmas tree has been transplanted. As you probably remember, our over 100-foot award-winning real Christmas tree was lost to Hurricane Sandy. Then we were scheduled to get a new Christmas tree planted in its place.
With great surprise, a little street tree was planted in its place instead. This little tree stayed with us through the holiday season in Forest Park Plaza, but was transplantedand a real Christmas tree was planted in its place.
I state that it is with “mixed emotions,” for our little street tree really endeared itself to us. This was so evident in it standing proudly as a little street tree in a placed reserved only for our traditional Christmas tree, looking so bright and glowing during the holiday season next to our artificial Christmas tree.
So it was moved during the small window of opportunity between the holiday weekend and the snowstorm. So now we have a real Christmas tree and our little street tree has been planted on a lucky block in Woodhaven.
Stay safe and warm. If you have any heat complaints, call 311 for assistance. The telephone number of our 102nd Precinct is (718) 805-3200, but in an emergency dial 911.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, and may God bless our America.