Councilmember Eric Ulrich

Residents protest flood insurance hikes
Residents protest flood insurance hikes
South Maggie Hayes 10/01/2013 at 4:37PM

Skyrocketing flood insurance rates could “do more to destroy the community than any storm has ever done,” say hundreds of residents who came out to protest the looming costs. In July 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which called on agencies such as FEMA to change the way the National Flood Insurance [...]

City Council passes condo, co-op resolution
City Council passes condo, co-op resolution
News Melissa Chan 9/26/2013 at 11:55AM

The City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for Congress to make co-op and condos eligible for federal storm recovery grants. “Condo and co-op owners are homeowners too,” said Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. who brought forth the measure. “Yet, right now, the federal government is denying them Sandy relief. That needs to change.” The [...]

Ozone Park could be home to new pedestrian plaza
Ozone Park could be home to new pedestrian plaza
South Maggie Hayes 9/20/2013 at 10:37AM

A pedestrian plaza could be coming to an area of Ozone Park the Department of Transportation (DOT) said is under-utilized and in need of more open space. The Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Service (BACDYS) applied to create a plaza at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 101st Avenue near Drew Street, just on [...]

Resolution calls for co-op, condo storm recovery grants
News Melissa Chan 9/18/2013 at 11:01AM

A Queens lawmaker introduced a resolution in the City Council last week calling for Congress to make co-op and condos eligible for federal storm recovery grants. The measure, brought forth by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., comes after many citywide co-op and condo owners found they could not receive FEMA grants for Sandy-inflicted damages. It would [...]

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 [...]

Councilmember wants poll site switch for Tudor Village voters
Councilmember wants poll site switch for Tudor Village voters
Politics Maggie Hayes 9/17/2013 at 2:20PM

With the general election approaching, one candidate wants any and every voter at the polls. The Board of Elections (BOE) rezoned Tudor Village voters two years ago from P.S. 63 in Ozone Park to P.S. 232 in Lindenwood. Councilmember Eric Ulrich, who is running for re-election, is requesting the BOE switch it back. “The Board [...]

City Council overrides Bloomberg’s Community Safety Act veto
City Council overrides Bloomberg’s Community Safety Act veto
Politics Liam La Guerre 8/22/2013 at 5:05PM

The New York City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the controversial Community Safety Act. The act contains two bills, one that will create an inspector general to oversee the activities of the police department and have subpoena power, while the other bill will make it easier for people to sue the [...]

Rockaway ferry service extended through January
Rockaway ferry service extended through January
South Maggie Hayes 8/21/2013 at 1:01PM

Ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan has been extended yet again, all the way through to next year, January 31, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday. This is the third extension for the water travel service, which most recently was pushed through the summer to Labor Day. Since its initial launch in November post-Sandy, [...]

Officials detail sand restoration plan for Rockaway Beach
Officials detail sand restoration plan for Rockaway Beach
South Maggie Hayes 8/16/2013 at 3:46PM

Rockaway Beach is coming back, potentially better than before. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the Army Corps of Engineers, city agency officials and various elected officials on Thursday, August 15 to detail the sand restoration plan for Rockaway Beach. The plan’s first phase will replenish 600,000 cubic yards of sand, while the second phase restores 3.5 [...]

Candidates come out to Rockaway Beach
Candidates come out to Rockaway Beach
Politics Queens Courier Staff 8/05/2013 at 4:19PM

BENJAMIN FANG Political candidates recently spoke at the Friends of Rockaway Beach forum, where they affirmed their commitment to address the needs of the Rockaway community. Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner headlined the forum for the district he once represented in Congress. Democratic mayoral candidates Comptroller John Liu, former Councilmember Sal Albanese and Republicans John Catsimatidis [...]