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Oakland Lake Park path to receive much-needed work

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Oakland Park

It took nearly two decades, but the makeover is almost complete.

The Parks Department announced plans for a $1.6 million remodeling of the pathway around Oakland Lake Park at a recent Community Board 11 meeting, ending a 16-year initiative to revitalize the park and allowing locals to finally enjoy the wetland.

“I’m very relieved,” said Jerry Iannece, chair of Community Board 11. “We are getting completion on a project we’ve been working on for almost two decades.”

The Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] spent years rebuilding and cleaning the ecosystem of the lake and created a park booming with wildlife for locals to enjoy, except there was no dry path to walk on.

The trail is flooded and overrun with mud and grime, making for an unstable surface that is difficult to walk through and spoils footwear, say park-goers.

“Oakland Park is a natural wonder,” said Vince Tabone, general counsel of the Friends of Oakland Lake and Ravine. “It’s a unique experience to take friends and family. It takes away from the full experience that you have mud on the pathway.”

The Oakland Lake Path Improvement plan involves building a new raised boardwalk around the lake and imputing drainage pipes under the path to prevent flooding from excess water running down the park’s slope, according to a Parks spokesperson.

The agency expects to start the project by spring 2013 after a review by the Department of Environmental Conservation and awarding a private contractor the bid.

It should be ready for residents within a year of this process, according to representatives from the department.

No one is more proud about the new path than Iannece, who is running for the 25th Assembly District seat. He has been leading the charge to protect the park since 1996 when he was president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association.

With the completion of the walkway set for the near future, Baysiders can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“I could bring my kids here and we could do the nature walk,” said Bayside resident Jorge Chong. “It’s the only park around here with a lake.”


Queens Democrats unanimously endorse Jerry Iannece for 25th Assembly District

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Jerry Head Shot

Jerry Iannece, who is vying for the 25th Assembly District seat, received a unanimous endorsement by the Queens County Democratic Committee today.

“I am proud to accept the endorsement of the Queens County Democratic Party and excited to continue working hard to protect Queens taxpayers,” Iannece said. “Public service should be about standing up for middle class families to make sure that we expand opportunities for all our citizens. My experience first as a New York City prosecutor and now as chair of Community Board 11 has allowed me to focus on the real world issues our citizens face each and every day.”

Iannece has been a member of Community Board 11 for over 15 years and has served as chair since 2002.

“Whether it was advocating for tax relief for overburdened property owners or making sure our kids have access to a great education, I have worked hard to provide strong leadership for Queens families,” the Bayside resident said. “I look forward to continuing this fight in the weeks and months ahead.”

Iannece announced his intentions to seek election over a month ago. The hopeful has since been endorsed by the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

The 25th Assembly District seat is currently held by Assemblymember Rory Lancman, who is making a run for Congress.

According to published reports, candidate Nily Rozic will be contending against Iannece during the Democratic primary. No other candidates have officially surfaced yet.