Richards leads BP race, Meng wins primary

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In the hotly-contested race for Queens borough president, former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is in second place as we wait for absentee ballots to be counted.

Hundreds of thousands of voters turned out, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, to vote at their polling places. But tens of thousands more voted through absentee ballots.

We likely won’t know the results of every primary race until July.

But according to unofficial results from the New York City Board of Elections, with 96 percent of precincts reporting, Councilman Donovan Richards is leading all BP candidates with 41,915 votes, or 37 percent.

Crowley, who racked up major union endorsements, received 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.

Other Democratic candidates include Councilman Costa Constantinides with 17,164 votes (15 percent), Anthony Miranda with 16,613 votes (14.7 percent) and Dao Yin with 5,028 votes (4.4 percent).

Though Richards is leading by a decent margin, we will wait until all ballots are counted to declare a winner.

The Democratic nominee will likely face Joann Ariola, the Republican’s pick, in the general election in November.

In the 6th Congressional District, which includes Middle Village, Congresswoman Grace Meng defeated challenger Melquiades Gagarin and Sandra Choi.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Meng, who is seeking re-election to her fifth term in office, received 15,181 votes, nearly 61 percent of the district.

Gagarin, a progressive activist, won 5,261 votes, or 21 percent. Choi, another first-time candidate, received 4,318 votes, good for 17 percent.

 

Though the district leans heavily Democratic, Meng will still face Republican nominee Thomas Zmich in the general election in November.

On the state level, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and State Senator Joe Addabbo did not face primary challengers.

Juniper running track renovation to start in August

A Community Board 5 meeting in 2017 about Juniper Valley Park.

A Community Board 5 meeting in 2017 about Juniper Valley Park.

At this week’s virtual Community Board 5 meeting, District Manager Gary Giordano said the start of construction for the renovation of the turf soccer/football field and running track at Juniper Valley Park has been pushed back.

It was supposed to start in March, Giordano said, but the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown paused all work.

On the Parks Department website, the project timeline says construction will begin in August 2020 and is projected to be completed in August 2021.

The $4.6 million project was funded by the City Council.

Past completed projects at Juniper Valley Park include the bocce court renovation, spray shower renovation and hockey rink renovation.

Don’t miss this virtual job fair tomorrow

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The office of the Queens Borough President is hosting a Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Ten organizations are participating in the job fair, including Child Center of NY, Council for Airport Opportunity, NYC Health + Hospitals, Queens Centers for Progress, Queens College, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Open and more.

Non-participants can also tune in via livestream.

RSVP for the virtual job fair here.

NYPD warns of rim and tire thefts

The 104th Precinct is warning residents about thefts of vehicle rims and tires.

Although community members may not be in their cars as much during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents should still check their cars daily.

Rims and tires are being targeted, especially Honda, Nissan and Toyota models, according to the NYPD.

The police department is offering tips including activating any security devices, using a garage and parking your car in a well-lit area.

Car owners can also turn their wheels when parking, making them difficult to remove.

CB5 to meet virtually next week

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Community Board 5 typically meets the second Wednesday of every month in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

But given the circumstances of this pandemic, and the restrictions governing public gatherings, the board will meet virtually on Tuesday, April 7, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the public can view and listen to the meeting on this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/B9kjPWTBXRE.

The agenda for the meeting includes the public forum, a review of liquor license applications, a review of building demolition notices, the chairperson’s report and the district manager’s report.

Anyone wishing to make a statement in the public forum can email their statement to CB5 at qn05@cb.nyc.gov by 2 p.m. on April 7. Statements or questions will be read aloud.

Christ the King, Diocese of Brooklyn reach a settlement

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The Diocese of Brooklyn and Christ the King High School have reached a resolution to their dispute over Middle Village Preparatory (MVP) Charter School after years of negotiation.

On Tuesday, the diocese announced that the settlement will “ensure the rights of all are honored, valued and respected.”

Under the terms of the agreement, MVP Charter School and CTK Community Day Care will continue to operate on the Christ the King campus.

The parties also agreed that the majority of the property will continue to be used for the operation of a Roman Catholic high school.

Moving forward, the Diocese of Brooklyn will have one member on the Christ the King board.

With this agreement, both parties “look forward to their continued relationship” with a renewed commitment to keeping the Catholic Church’s mission alive and fostering the spiritual and educational growth of students and their families, the diocese said.

Next CB5 meeting will be on March 11

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The next regularly-scheduled meeting of Queens Community Board 5 is on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can watch it on the livestream here.

The agenda includes the usual items: the public forum, chairperson’s report and district manager’s report.

That’s followed by committee reports from the following committees: Parks Services, Public Transit Services, Transportation Services.

For the public forum, speakers must either pre-register by calling or emailing the CB5 office or register at the podium prior to the start of the meeting.

You can reach Community Board 5 by email at qn05@cb.nyc.gov or over the phone at 718-366-1834.