Northeast News Briefs

By Queens Courier Staff |

City posts lien sale lists

The New York City Department of Finance has posted borough lists of properties included in the 2009 lien sale, as of Thursday, April 2, in the form of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

A lien for the entire delinquent amount on each property will be sold in 2009 unless the debt is resolved by May 1, according to Finance.

The properties are listed by address and sorted alphabetically by street name. Vacant land and properties with incomplete addresses are at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

Links to the lists, advice and more information are at

Prescription $aver Card debuts

The New York State Department of Health is now accepting applications for the new, free New York Prescription $aver Card.

The card offers participants significant discounts on thousands of prescription medications, providing savings of more than 60 percent on generic drugs and 30 percent on brand name drugs.

The program is to serve low-income New Yorkers who are disabled or are between the ages of 50 and 64. To be eligible for this benefit, the annual income must be $35,000 or less for single individuals or $50,000 or less for married individuals.

Medicaid recipients or those enrolled in the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program are not eligible for the Prescription $aver Card.

More than 2,500 pharmacies throughout the state will be participating in the program, including small, independent pharmacies and large chains, as well as many drug manufacturers, according to Assemblymember Mark Weprin.

“We need to make sure everyone has access to health care, and making prescription drugs more affordable is a critical part of the plan,” Weprin said.

Applications are available at pharmacies. For more information or to apply, call 800-788-6917 or visit TTY users should call 800-290-9138.

New York Cares

New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, offers hundreds of ways for Queens residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects.

Becoming a New York Cares volunteer is easy. Simply attend a one-time orientation, and then choose from more than 900 citywide projects offered each month.

Orientation for new volunteers will be held in Queens at the following locations during April:

• On Saturday, April 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. at A.A.F.E, 133-04 39th Avenue in Flushing

• On Friday, April 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Queens Library branch at 85-12 Main Street in Briarwood

• On Tuesday, April 28, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at A.R.R.O.W. Community Center, 35-30 35th Street in Astoria

BID beats State on budget

The Flushing Business Improvement District (BID) Board continued to set a good example for Albany, by getting in its annual $510,000 budget on time, and in surplus. “We always do,” said spokesperson Mabel Law.

After lengthy discussions, the board restored their original assessment of $380,000 to expand much-needed services and prepare for additional improvements, The BID continues to maintain a steady surplus, spending effectively while in future years.

“As we celebrate our sixth year of service, we continue to operate at a more than efficient level and provide even more services to members as Flushing continues to redevelop and property values rise,” said BID chair Jim Gerson.

Myra Baird Herce, Chair of the Downtown Flushing Marketing Task Force added, “As downtown Flushing continues to flourish and nearby projects such as Skyview Parc are being built, we want to continue to promote our businesses to preserve their livelihood and our historic sites so that our unique history is known by future generations.”

The board’s annual meeting and election of the Board of Directors will be on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue in Flushing. They will review the past year and present the Fiscal Year 2010 budget. The annual meeting is open to the public. For more information call 718-888-1805.

BBA changes date

The spring-themed networking meeting of the Bayside Business Association (BBA) scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 has been changed to Tuesday, April 21, at their headquarters at 41-16 Bell Boulevard.

Call 718-229-2277, to confirm that you will attend or if you need any additional information.