donovan richards

Op-ed: Make ferry service permanent
News Op-Ed 3/01/2014 at 1:46PM

I would like to start by commending the city for the fourth extension of ferry service to the Rockaway Peninsula. I would especially like to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for extending the ferry service through May and keeping his word, as he remains dedicated to the recovery of Rockaway and New York City as a whole.

Melissa Mark-Viverito elected as next City Council Speaker
Melissa Mark-Viverito elected as next City Council Speaker
Central Maggie Hayes 1/08/2014 at 2:18PM

Melissa Mark-Viverito was unanimously elected as the next City Council Speaker Wednesday by the 51-member body, becoming the second most powerful politician in the city and the first Latin-American to take the spot. “We will work together, because that is what New Yorkers expect and that is what New Yorkers deserve,” she said. “We unite [...]

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 [...]

Melissa Mark-Viverito says she has support to become next City Council speaker
Melissa Mark-Viverito says she has support to become next City Council speaker
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 12/19/2013 at 7:43AM

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito is claiming she will have enough votes in the City Council to become its next speaker. In a statement issued Wednesday night, Mark-Viverito, who represents District 8, said she has the backing of 30 councilmembers and councilmembers-elect, including Queens members Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich and Jimmy [...]

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 [...]

South-eastern Queens to get more sewers to alleviate flooding
South-eastern Queens to get more sewers to alleviate flooding
Southeast Maggie Hayes 12/09/2013 at 1:45PM

South-eastern Queens neighborhoods, which have long suffered from perpetual flooding, may see some immediate relief after the city announced it would work quickly to create new storm sewers and upgrade catch basements. A multi-year, $6 billion sewer-upgrade plan to manage the area’s flooding was announced earlier this year, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [...]