Pol wants quicker Sandy recovery from state agency


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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The push for quicker Sandy recovery continues, and now the pressure is on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder requested Joe Martens, DEC Commissioner, and the agency expedite all “permits related to recovery projects in the Sandy-damaged communities of southern Queens” to “wherever possible.” “Our families are working […]

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Cooper resigns from Queens parks


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Having planted the seeds for a flourishing Parks Department, Estelle Cooper, assistant commissioner of the Queens Department of Parks and Recreation and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park administrator, has resigned. Under Cooper’s 18-year tenure, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park transformed. She advocated for the installation of a set of synthetic soccer fields, the construction of the Aquatic Center and […]

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Residents approve of smoke free parks


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The recently released NY1-Marist poll showing that the vast majority of city residents approve of the new smoke free parks and beaches law is welcome news. Secondhand smoke is not just a nuisance; it’s deadly. The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke worsens asthma conditions […]

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