Councilmember Daniel Dromm

New Jackson Heights metal benches along Northern Boulevard
New Jackson Heights metal benches along Northern Boulevard
News Angy Altamirano 10/17/2013 at 2:16PM

Residents and visitors walking along Northern Boulevard now have 13 new spots to take a break. Councilmember Daniel Dromm announced he had allocated $7,000 for Community Board 3 (CB3) to remove broken-down wooden benches down Northern Boulevard and replace them with 13 new metal benches as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) CityBench program. [...]

Concern over closure of Corona immunization clinic
Concern over closure of Corona immunization clinic
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/13/2013 at 1:01PM

A move to close two major immunization walk-in clinics has left community members looking for answers. The City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced it will shutter the Corona Health Center, located at 34-33 Junction Boulevard, and the Tremont Health Center in the Bronx by the end of the month. Together with community [...]

MTA poll looks at reopening Elmhurst LIRR station
MTA poll looks at reopening Elmhurst LIRR station
West Queens Courier Staff 6/26/2013 at 8:41AM

BY ROSA KIM Transit officials are surveying Elmhurst residents to determine the viability of reopening the shuttered LIRR station at Broadway. The station, between Cornish and Whitney Avenues, closed in 1985 due to a decrease in ridership, officials said. But since then, the community’s residential and commercial population has increased. “When this station closed, people [...]

Queens LGBT community speaks about fighting anti-gay crime
News Angy Altamirano 6/06/2013 at 2:35PM

A string of hate crimes toward openly gay people throughout the city have left members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community disturbed and looking for answers. “We had hoped that it had quieted down,” said Anne Quashen, president of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) [...]

Queens holds 21st Pride Parade
Queens holds 21st Pride Parade
West Angy Altamirano 6/04/2013 at 2:45PM

Colorful flags and smiling faces were filled with pride as they took to the streets in Jackson Heights to celebrate the borough’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. On June 2, elected officials, supporters and members of the LGBTQ community from throughout the city gathered for the 21st Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural [...]

East Elmhurst gets slow zone
East Elmhurst gets slow zone
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 5/21/2013 at 10:31AM

East Elmhurst residents are able to cross a little easier. Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Borough Deputy Commissioner Dalila Hall announced the East Elmhurst Slow Zone as part of the DOT’s Neighborhood Slow Zone initiative last week. The DOT’s initiative is a community-based program that reduces the speed limit to 20 [...]

Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Jackson Heights park to be renamed in tribute to beloved student
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/29/2013 at 9:05AM

Those who knew Rory Staunton say it would be a fitting tribute. The newly-acquired Parks Department property at the Garden School athletic field in Jackson Heights may soon bear his name. The 12-year-old lost his life last April due to sepsis poisoning after falling while playing basketball in his school’s gym. What doctors believed to [...]

Abandoned Jackson Heights cemetery may become park
Abandoned Jackson Heights cemetery may become park
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/18/2013 at 11:23AM

They’re looking to turn it from a final resting place to a place where children play. Hidden away from the public, Leverich Cemetery in Jackson Heights was once part of a family-owned farm land passed down through generations. But at one point the farm was bequeathed with the cemetery plot no longer included. The 17th [...]

Push for slow zones in Jackson Heights
Push for slow zones in Jackson Heights
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 4/11/2013 at 12:04PM

In December, 11-year-old Miguel Torres was struck and killed as he tried to cross the street on Northern Boulevard. Now, leaders in Jackson Heights are calling for a slow zone to prevent more deaths. Councilmember Daniel Dromm is leading the push that would lower the speed limit in the neighborhood from 30 miles per hour [...]

Arrest in murder of Queens school teacher
Arrest in murder of Queens school teacher
Police Cristabelle Tumola 3/20/2013 at 2:34PM

Police have arrested a man for the murder of a public school teacher found strangled to death in his Jackson Heights home earlier this year. Cecil Golden, 20, of the Bronx, has been charged with first-degree murder and criminal possession of stolen property, said the NYPD. According to published reports, 53-year-old David Rangel, who was killed [...]