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New decorative lampposts to light the streets of Glendale

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Photos courtesy of state Sen. Joe Addabbo

The streets of Glendale are going to shine brighter thanks to new decorative lampposts that will be installed soon.

The residents of Glendale have been waiting for the new lighting for over a decade since former state Sen. Serphin Maltese began the initiative. The Department of Transportation (DOT) just approved the project, known as the Parkside Decorative Street Lighting Project, after a recent meeting with state Sen. Joe Addabbo.

“When I inherited this project after taking office, I knew we had to see it through,” Addabbo said. “Our city streets are a constant reminder of our history, but sometimes they need a little upgrade. These decorative lights will greatly improve the décor of the neighborhood as well as increase residents’ safety, thanks to the improved lighting.”

The new lampposts will be installed in the spring of 2015. When Addabbo took office he said he knew of the project and secured the funding for it while meeting with the DOT.

The project will ultimately see “teardrop-style” lampposts installed on Dovan, Rutledge, Aubrey, 74th and 75th avenues between Woodhaven Boulevard and Union Turnpike. Some, but not all, existing streetlights will be removed and replaced with “Type F” lampposts with 150 LED luminaire lighting. Before replacing the post, the foundation will be modified.


Similar lampposts can be seen on 80th Street just past 73rd Place along Metropolitan Avenue.

Addabbo is excited to see this project finally coming to fruition.

“Not only will the new lighting be pleasing to look at, it will be pleasing to feel safe under the bright lights after dark,” he said. “Though of course we must continue to be aware of our surroundings, these new streetlights can bring a sense of ease to my constituents. I thank everyone who requested the new lighting, Serf for his work in office and the Department of Transportation for seeing the project through.”


Governor Cuomo signs legislation to preserve Jamaica Bay

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Photo by Dan Mundy, Jr.

Jamaica Bay, long known as a dumping site for toxic waste, now has a law to prevent some of the hazardous material from making its way into the body of water.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that prohibits state regulatory agencies like the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from issuing permits to allow dumping hazardous materials in Jamaica Bay. This law will ultimately limit the risk of water contamination in the bay.

“Communities surrounding Jamaica Bay can now breathe a little easier with the passing of this bill, both figuratively and literally,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo, who, along with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, drafted the legislation. “In the district, we were all fortunate enough to grow up with Jamaica Bay and I hope this legislation will ensure future generations can enjoy the serenity and beauty for years to come.”

Prior to this bill, there were no guidelines that the DEC had to follow when issuing permits for dumping into the bay’s burrow pits, which are areas with increased depth as a result of dredging projects by the Army Corps of Engineers that removed sand from parts of the floor to fill in others.

Both Addabbo and Goldfeder believe this will be a huge victory for Jamaica Bay and its surrounding neighborhoods.

“Dredged materials leaching with toxins have no right to be dumped in our waters and now we finally have the laws in place to keep our families away from harm and preserve the natural ecosystem of Jamaica Bay for years to come,” concluded Addabbo and Goldfeder. “We commend Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation into law.”