Community Board 9

City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning
City Council passes Ozone Park rezoning
South Maggie Hayes 12/10/2013 at 7:14PM

The City Council passed a change in Ozone Park’s zoning map Tuesday to reflect the neighborhood’s building patterns. Now, the zoning mandates will reinforce the area’s one- and-two-family residential homes and direct new residential and mixed-use developments to more commercial locations. “The new zoning enacted into law today will protect Ozone Park from overdevelopment and help [...]

CB 9 chair demands do-over after vote to keep board member
News Maggie Hayes 11/19/2013 at 4:06PM

The problems keep coming for Community Board 9. James Coccovillo, the board’s chair, wants a do-over after a recent vote to keep on board member Sam Esposito. At the November meeting, Esposito called for a public vote in order to avoid the board going into executive session to call for his removal. Coccovillo obliged, and [...]

Community Board 9 votes to keep member after accusations of anti-Semitic remarks
Community Board 9 votes to keep member after accusations of anti-Semitic remarks
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 11/13/2013 at 11:44AM

LIAM LA GUERRE AND MAGGIE HAYES Controversial Community Board 9 member Sam Esposito is here to stay, which sent several other members walking out the door. A vote to remove Esposito from the board was shot down at the November meeting, 34 to 10. Rumors of infighting circled the board for months, beginning in June [...]

Cops pull back some Forest Park patrols
News Cristabelle Tumola 10/15/2013 at 4:44PM

The NYPD is pulling back some of its police presence in Forest Park months after beefing up patrols following an August rape cops connected to five other sexual assaults in the park between March 2011 and this summer. Police decided to remove eight cop cars that were patrolling the area after there were no additional [...]

Ozone Park rezoning plans on the table
South Maggie Hayes 9/17/2013 at 3:38PM

The map in Ozone Park could soon be changing to allow the community to welcome new development and reinforce its “residential character.” The Department of City Planning (DCP) proposed a rezoning of the neighborhood in response to the community’s concerns that the existing zoning doesn’t “closely reflect established building patters,” according to the DCP. Community [...]

New train engines to improve Queens air quality
New train engines to improve Queens air quality
Southwest Maggie Hayes 4/17/2013 at 1:13PM

Antiquated, high emission train engines have been a great concern for residents in the industrial areas of southwest Queens. But now, an upgrade is on the way. Freight trains passing through areas of Community Board 5 and 9 have been running past residential homes for years, causing the track’s neighbors to question any potential health [...]

Toxic chemicals worry Ozone Park residents
Toxic chemicals worry Ozone Park residents
South Terence M. Cullen 4/17/2013 at 9:24AM

The cleanup of polluted soil in Ozone Park has some residents worried toxic chemicals have spread throughout the neighborhood. End Zone Industries will begin a long-awaited project to remove just a few inches of tainted soil from under eight storage bays under the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line. The bays are between 101st and 103rd [...]