Katz stresses economic development and transportation expansion
by Jason Cohen
Feb 05, 2014 | 738 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an attempt to acclimate herself with business owners in Queens, new Borough President Melinda Katz held a meet-and-greet event at Borough Hall last week. With about 75 people in attendance, Katz spoke about issues in the community and her economic plan for the future.

“We need to create an economic master plan for the borough of Queens” Katz said.

Two major issues in Queens are jobs and transportation, she said. In today’s tough economy, small businesses need help and she assured everyone that her staff will be there to assist anyone that has questions. Additionally, large companies should want to be in Queens and hire Queens residents as well, she said.

Katz announced the creation of an Economic Advisory Council and introduced her staff, which includes former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Jay Bond, who was Katz’s policy advisor during her City Council tenure.

“We need to make sure that we have a small business community that thrives,” she said.

Transportation is a major issue throughout the borough, Katz said. She called for a permanent ferry service in and out of the Rockaways, and noted the lack of buses in Douglaston and Bayside and the overcrowded subways in Jamaica and Flushing, which both cause many people to get to work late.

And tourists that visit Manhattan should know there is much more to New York City.

“You haven’t seen the city until you’ve seen the 160 ethnic-style restaurants that we have in our borough,” she said. “The diversity that we have is a gem and it needs to be polished.”

Michael Butler, president of the Richmond Hill East Business Persons, supports Katz and the businesses in Queens, but questioned the economic state of the borough. Continuing to limit parking and installing more meters does not benefit the people, he said.

“Nobody is coming to me and asking what can I do for you,” Butler said. “We need to take care of people that are in Queens first.”

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Philip McManus
February 27, 2014
Dear Friends,

We truly believe faster transportation for Queens is the key to our recovery, our unity and our renaissance.

We need to attract more people with more money to create more jobs, more income and reduce unemployment, crime and suffering.

Faster transportation with more access to social, economic, and environmental opportunities will unite the people of Queens and help them increase their income.

Fear of crime in some areas divides, separates and creates poverty.

We must unite and fight for faster transportation and prosperity. Please help us.

Join our Drive By Rally for the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. We are looking to increase our public exposure.

Sunday March 9, 2014

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Queens Boulevard

and Woodhaven Blvd.

2:30 pm

Metropolitan Avenue

and Woodhaven Blvd.

2:45 pm

Jamaica Avenue

and Woodhaven Blvd.

3:00 pm

Liberty Avenue

and Cross Bay Blvd.

3:15 pm

Please confirm your attendance. We need your help.

We will be carpooling.

We are looking at going to four Queens locations with posters for the Queens RBL.

Please try to make it. It's mostly a photo opportunity. Fast and furious.

Ask your closest family, friends, transit advocates to volunteer.

We need a driver for each vehicle to move immediately if necessary, no parking delays.

Less than 15 minutes at each location.

We have seven confirmed volunteers.

We are looking for two types of volunteers.

Volunteers who can go to all four locations with a carpool.

And volunteers who can come to one location only.

Tell them less than 15 minutes at each location.

My son will drive an eight passenger van.

Don't forget to confirm your attendance.

God Bless you.

Please ask your family and friends and commuters to sign our petitions to support the Reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the New Queens Crosstown, eliminate the toll on the Queens Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for everyone and expand the Queens Rockaway Ferry:




Philip McManus

Queens Public Transit Committee