Councilmember Donovan Richards

Queens pol has high hopes for Sandy Funding Tracker
Queens pol has high hopes for Sandy Funding Tracker
South Maggie Hayes 1/08/2014 at 10:06AM

Sandy recovery money is now under close inspection, and one Queens pol wants accountability for every dollar moving forward. In November, Councilmember Donovan Richards introduced a bill that would track all funds related to superstorm recovery via an online database. Before former Mayor Michael Bloomberg bid adieu to City Hall in late December, he signed [...]

Community members share vision for Laurelton, Rosedale library upgrades
Community members share vision for Laurelton, Rosedale library upgrades
Southeast Maggie Hayes 12/17/2013 at 4:12PM

More room is coming to the Laurelton and Rosedale library branches and officials’ visions for the project is growing. Councilmember Donovan Richards allocated $3 million for the two Queens Library reading spots to begin expansion and upgrade projects. The Laurelton branch, currently 8,000 square feet, will double to 16,000 with the addition of a second [...]

Springfield Gardens celebrates the holiday season
Springfield Gardens celebrates the holiday season
Southeast Maggie Hayes 12/16/2013 at 12:24PM

The holiday spirit is alive in Springfield Gardens. The Christmas tree in Springfield Park lit up for the season on Wednesday, December 11 with residents and community leaders watching. “This is a great event for the whole family,” said Councilmember Donovan Richards, who hosted the tree lighting along with the Parks Department, Friends of Brookville [...]

Bill calls for storm fund tracking, accountability
Bill calls for storm fund tracking, accountability
News Maggie Hayes 11/20/2013 at 10:45AM

One Queens pol wants to track storm recovery funds, promote accountability and avoid any potential of fraud for people still recovering from Sandy. A new bill introduced by Councilmember Donovan Richards will monitor where the billions of federal, state and local dollars for superstorm recovery are being spent. “The tracking bill will ensure contractors who [...]

JFK Airport workers rally for fair wages
JFK Airport workers rally for fair wages
Top Stories Maggie Hayes 11/11/2013 at 4:39PM

David Harrison has worked as a skycap at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport for three years, and is struggling to live with his $4.15 hourly pay. Four days a week, Harrison helps passengers with their bags from the curb to their respective ticket counters. He relies heavily on tips from these incoming travelers, but [...]

$50G allocated for the Doe Fund to help clean up Merrick Boulevard
$50G allocated for the Doe Fund to help clean up Merrick Boulevard
Southeast Maggie Hayes 10/10/2013 at 11:49AM

The “offensive to take back Merrick Boulevard” has begun. Councilmember Donovan Richards has allocated $50,000 for the Doe Fund to work through the district, beautifying its trash-ridden streets. The Doe Fund is a nonprofit that helps formerly homeless, incarcerated and/or troubled individuals achieve self-sufficiency by providing transitional work, housing, life skills and more. Its hope [...]

Build it Back program extended until Oct. 31
News Maggie Hayes 10/01/2013 at 2:43PM

The deadline for the city’s Build it Back program has been extended to October 31. Build it Back, a federally-funded program to assist those whose homes, offices and other properties were damaged by Sandy, was originally set to be capped off on September 30. The extension came after a great influx of new customers over [...]

Councilmember Richards refuses bribe to support liquor store near Springfield Gardens school
Councilmember Richards refuses bribe to support liquor store near Springfield Gardens school
Southeast Maggie Hayes 9/16/2013 at 1:06PM

A would-be business owner was recently busted for attempting to bribe a southeast Queens pol, according to officials. Tarsem Singh applied to open a liquor store on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from Springfield Gardens High School. The proposal was heavily opposed by Councilmember Donovan Richards and the Springfield Gardens community. “Our children [...]

Stringer wants to create Sandy Audit Bureau if elected comptroller
Stringer wants to create Sandy Audit Bureau if elected comptroller
Politics Maggie Hayes 8/07/2013 at 12:14PM

Manhattan Borough President and City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer announced a plan to create a Sandy Audit Bureau within the Comptroller’s office if elected. The Sandy unit, a team of “professionals and experts,” would track the incoming $15 billion in federal aid and ensure the post-storm recovery money is spent “wisely and efficiently.” Stringer said [...]