What’s going on with the 74th Street sewer project?

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In April, Councilman Holden called for an investigation into how contaminated lead was dumped on the site.

More than two years ago, the city announced it would begin a $22 million project to replace sewers near 74th Street and Penelope Avenue.

That project was slated to end in June 2018. But last November, it was halted because contractors discovered contaminated soil at the site, and then left it uncovered.

A separate project to handle the contaminated lead, an $8 million affair, is still being worked out, Councilman Robert Holden announced last week.

In the meantime, residents are left to deal with the situation. In the last few weeks, New York City has been hit with severe storms, leaving the area flooded.

Keep in mind that Middle Village used to be a swamp. Holden’s office says parts of the neighborhood was also hit with electrical outages as well.

The city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), which oversees city construction projects, now has a head commissioner. Let’s hope new Commissioner Lorraine Grillo can guide this project to completion.

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.

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