Councilmember Donovan Richards

Community wins fight against liquor store near Springfield Gardens school
Community wins fight against liquor store near Springfield Gardens school
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 7/29/2013 at 12:33PM

The southeast Queens community has successfully shut down a proposal to put a liquor store mere steps from Springfield Gardens High School. The shop was set to move into a new building on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from the high school. Councilmember Donovan Richards, State Senator James Sanders and the community rallied [...]

LIPA instituting Sandy fixes
LIPA instituting Sandy fixes
South Maggie Hayes 7/22/2013 at 2:13PM

Nearly nine months after Sandy, LIPA facilities are still coming back online. During the storm, five of the energy company’s substations on the Rockaway Peninsula took on water damage, shutting down the area’s power and leaving residents in the dark until repairs were made. “It’s still a work in progress,” said Nick Lizanich, LIPA’s vice [...]

Libraries get funding to expand
Libraries get funding to expand
News Maggie Hayes 7/19/2013 at 3:48PM

Ten-year-old Darius Barnes was upset when he learned his local Laurelton library might be closing. “I didn’t want it to close,” he said. “The library has helped me.” Barnes goes to the library after school, where he has been able to do homework and projects, as well as take courses in Mandarin with the site’s [...]

Security cameras to be installed in Far Rockaway NYCHA complexes
South Maggie Hayes 7/09/2013 at 4:27PM

Big Brother is watching in NYCHA complexes across Far Rockaway. Security cameras are set to be installed in various housing projects, intended to curb violence, particularly gun violence, in troubled areas. “I’m tired of hearing the stories – our seniors and our children not being able to play outside because they’re afraid of getting struck [...]

Queens pols hopeful about Build it Back Sandy recovery program
Queens pols hopeful about Build it Back Sandy recovery program
News Terence M. Cullen 6/04/2013 at 3:37PM

Federal money is here. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new plan to distribute $648 million for New Yorkers trying to rebuild more than seven months after Sandy. The Build it Back program offers four options for homeowners as the city shifts its focus to long-term repairs in the wake of the storm. Homeowners can use [...]

Springfield Gardens doesn’t want liquor store near school
Springfield Gardens doesn’t want liquor store near school
Southeast Maggie Hayes 5/17/2013 at 2:26PM

Springfield Gardens wants to make sure the area around its high school stays dry. A construction site across the street from Springfield Gardens High School could be the new home for a liquor store. But the community is calling for its owner to put a cork in it. “We are not going to get drunk [...]

Parents, officials demand DOT action following accident near little league field
Parents, officials demand DOT action following accident near little league field
Southeast Maggie Hayes 4/30/2013 at 3:29PM

Alec MacFarlen, a seven-year-old from Rosedale, was crossing the street near his little league field when he was hit by a speeding car on Monday, April 22. Although McFarlen survived, locals have had enough. The community has requested a traffic advisory on 147th Avenue between Brookville Boulevard and 232nd Street for years. But community members [...]

Far Rockaway residents still receiving Verizon bills despite no service since Sandy
Far Rockaway residents still receiving Verizon bills despite no service since Sandy
South Maggie Hayes 3/26/2013 at 12:36PM

It’s been five months since 77-year-old Arquilla Heard has been able to make a phone call. Since Sandy, the Far Rockaway resident — and many of her neighbors in the Ocean Bay Houses — have had no cell phone service from Verizon. Heard has received monthly phone bills since the storm, some reaching nearly $200. [...]

Anger over parking rate hikes
Anger over parking rate hikes
Southeast Maggie Hayes 3/20/2013 at 10:49AM

The Department of Transportation (DOT) could be taking extra money out of commuters’ pockets this summer. The organization made a proposal to increase fares up to 233 percent for municipal lots, and residents aren’t looking to pay up. Councilmember Donovan Richards held his term’s first press conference outside one of those lots at the Rosedale [...]