How green was your state legislator this year?

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The New York League of Conservation Voters released its “Environmental Scorecard,” which grades lawmakers on how they voted on environmental bills.

The green lobby group considered voting records for 13 bills, five of which passed the State Senate and seven of which passed the Assembly.

The legislation ranges on issues from prohibiting offshore drilling and protecting working farms to paint stewardship and single-use carryout bags.

Overall, 16 state senators received a perfect score, while 32 Assembly members got a perfect score.

The Senate Democrats averaged 92%, and the Senate Republicans averaged 60%. Assembly Democrats averaged 83%, while Assembly Republicans averaged 59%.

In Queens specifically, the Assembly members’ average was 77%, while Queens senators averaged 92%.

Here’s how Middle Village State Senator Joseph Addabbo did on the Environmental Scorecard:

  • Paint Stewardship:  Yes
  • Drug Take Back Act: Yes
  • State Transportation Plan: Yes
  • Toxic Show and Tell: Yes
  • Pollinator Friendly Solar: Yes
  • Water Saving Performance Standards: Yes
  • Preservation Fund for Bethlehem: No
  • Elevated Blood Lead Level: Yes
  • Farmland Protection: Yes
  • Carryout Bag Waste Reduction: No
  • Prohibits Offshore Drilling: Yes
  • Harvesting Menhaden With Purse Seines: Yes
  • Working Farm Protection Act: Excused
  • Overall: 83%

Here’s how your Assembly representatives did on the scorecard:

  • Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi: 92%
  • Assemblyman Brian Barnwell: 85%

Lane closure on Metropolitan Ave on July 21

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Heads up, late night drivers.

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Bridges is closing the westbound travel lane of Metropolitan, just east of the intersection with Fresh Pond Road, for a night of overnight work on the bridge deck.

So from midnight to 5 a.m. on July 21 (Friday night into Saturday morning), the lane will be closed.

The eastbound lane will remain open.

Roadway restoration in Middle Village on these streets next week

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The combined sewer and water main project on Penelope Avenue has produced many headaches for local residents.

This upcoming week, curbside parking and driveway access will be restricted due to roadway restoration. These following streets will be affected:

  • 77th Street between Juniper Valley Road and Gray Street;
  • 75th Street between 66th Drive and Juniper Valley Road;
  • Gray Street between 66th Drive and Juniper Valley Road;
  • Juniper Valley Road between 77th Street and 75th Street.

DDC advises residents to remove their vehicles from their driveways before 6 a.m.

If your car is towed, call the field office at 718-326-3840 or the 104th Precinct.

Next Community Board meeting scheduled for 7/11


The next Community Board 5 meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11.

The meeting will take place in the CNL CENTER on the 3rd FL, Door # 10, at Christ the King High School (located at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village).

The Agenda for this month’s meeting includes the District Manager’s report as well as committee reports from park services, environmental services and transportation & public transit services.

Please enter the building from the rear parking lot through Door #10 – under the first Red Awning – on the back of the building.

Movies Under The Stars

Next Tuesday, July 3rd, is movie night and it’s 100% FREE!

From 8pm-10pm, Juniper Valley Park will be showing the classic Edward Scissorhands film.

A little bit about the movie:

A fantastic modern day suburban fairy tale. Edward’s unconventional charm is soon discovered as he styles hair, gardens and grooms dogs with the shears of metal where his fingers should have been.

Plan ahead:

  • Arrive early to secure a good spot
  • Bring a blanket to sit on and a sweater if it gets chilly out
  • There are limited amounts of chairs to sit on
  • There are no reservations, it is first-come first-served!

Everyone is welcome! Enter through the 78th street entrance.

For more information visit:


16th Annual Relay for Life this weekend


This Saturday, the American Cancer Society will host its 16th annual Relay for Life of Middle Village in Juniper Park.

The event, which celebrates the life of those affected by cancer and raises money to support American Cancer Society programs, will kickoff at 4 p.m.

Event Schedule:

Set-Up : Saturday, June 23 ,2018 at 10 a.m. (Volunteers Needed!)
Registration: 3 p.m.
Opening Ceremony and Survivor’s Lap: 4 p.m.
Luminaria Ceremony: 10:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremony: Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7 a.m.
Clean-Up Ends: Sunday, June 24, 2018 at noon.

For more information or to register, send an e-mail to
or call 718-886-8890 or 718-517-3206