Borough President Helen Marshall

Ozone Park men honored for returning woman’s life savings
Ozone Park men honored for returning woman’s life savings
South Maggie Hayes 8/06/2013 at 9:21AM

A stash of cash in a junkyard earned two Ozone Park men honors from the borough president. Michael Downer and Fred Alsterberg were honored by Borough President Helen Marshall for finding and returning a woman’s life savings that were accidentally trashed. Magda Castillo stashed roughly $5,000 in a nonfunctioning refrigerator that she stored in her [...]

Pols in support of Community Safety Act
Pols in support of Community Safety Act
News Liam La Guerre 7/19/2013 at 4:05PM

A group of Queens councilmembers that voted in favor of controversial legislation to oversee the activities of the NYPD gathered at Borough Hall to reaffirm their support last week. Led by Councilmember Leroy Comrie, the public officials, including Borough President Helen Marshall and various minority groups, said the Community Safety Act would help end profiling [...]

Borough Board votes down raising homes in flood-prone zones
News Maggie Hayes 7/16/2013 at 9:48AM

The borough doesn’t want to raise the stakes on its homes. The Borough Board recently voted against a freeboarding requirement that would elevate homes in flood-prone zones an additional two feet higher than FEMA standards. “Our concern was the requirement to go above and beyond the recommended base elevation,” said Betty Braton, chair of Community [...]

MLB to donate $250K to Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens
MLB to donate $250K to Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens
South Liam La Guerre 7/15/2013 at 4:24PM

Major League Baseball stepped up to the plate for south Queens. The league announced it will donate $250,000 to build an all-star teen center in the new wing of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens as part of its $5 million legacy project. The Boys & Girls Club is currently undergoing an $11.5 [...]

Borough President Marshall OKs Willets West
Borough President Marshall OKs Willets West
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/10/2013 at 3:26PM

Borough President Helen Marshall approved a special permit that would pave the way for a mega mall near Citi Field. Marshall gave developers Sterling Equities and Related Companies the thumbs up on July 2 to move parking for Citi Field to Willets Point. The joint venture ultimately needed the permit to construct a 1.4 million-square-foot [...]

Bowne House restoration breaks ground
Bowne House restoration breaks ground
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/02/2013 at 9:15AM

Officials broke ground last week on a $3.2 million project to preserve a historic Flushing gem. A 17th century symbol of religious freedom, the Bowne House will get a new roof, gutters, pipes, wood wall shingles and steel columns, among other exterior restorations. “The Bowne House helped to shape our history and now it is [...]

Flushing Meadows gets new volleyball courts
Flushing Meadows gets new volleyball courts
Top Stories Melissa Chan 6/25/2013 at 3:44PM

The largest park in Queens now has five new volleyball courts thanks to an assist from the borough president. “Who would have thought that Flushing Meadows, once a swamp and an ash dump, is now a flagship park in Queens,” said Borough President Helen Marshall, who paid for the $450,000 project with capital discretionary funding. [...]

57 NYPD surveillance cameras to be installed around Queens
57 NYPD surveillance cameras to be installed around Queens
Police Cristabelle Tumola 6/25/2013 at 1:29PM

Smile, criminals. You’re on camera. Borough President Helen Marshall has allocated $2 million to install NYPD surveillance cameras in 57 locations throughout Queens to help fight crime. “These new cameras will give police more eyes on the street,” Marshall said. “They will be a fantastic deterrent to crime and greatly help our police to solve [...]

Mayor’s budget could cut Borough President staff by half
Mayor’s budget could cut Borough President staff by half
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/16/2013 at 3:37PM

Half the staff at Borough Hall could get pink slips if cuts proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg go through. Borough President Helen Marshall’s office is expected to receive about $3.14 million in funding for the 2014 fiscal year—nearly $1.8 million less than last year—officials announced at Marshall’s Borough Board meeting on Monday, May 13. If [...]

Queensbridge Park Seawall restoration breaks ground
Queensbridge Park Seawall restoration breaks ground
West Queens Courier Staff 5/14/2013 at 9:19AM

Local officials, community groups and residents gathered to break ground on the restoration and improvement of the Queensbridge Park Seawall last week. Along with reconstructing the seawall, the $6.65 million project will include a six-foot wide waterfront promenade with benches and plants as well as a small pier at the north end. “The much-anticipated repair [...]