Resorts World Casino to host tree lighting tomorrow

As we approach the holiday season, we all need a little more light in our lives.

Tomorrow evening, Resorts World Casino NYC is hosting its 7th annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. in the main lobby.

This will be the largest Christmas tree lighting in Queens, so if you can’t make it to Rockefeller Plaza, be sure to check out Resorts World.

Guests will be treated to a festive evening of holiday cheer, with live music and entertainment.

Of course, the event is free and open to the public.


Jamaica Hills building named as worst in Queens

87-40 165th Street. Screen shot via Google Maps.

Public Advocate Letitia James has released her annual worst landlords watch list, which includes the 10 worst buildings in Queens.

By worse, we mean these buildings have the most housing code violations.

Two buildings in southeast Queens appear on this list, with a staggering number of violations. In fact, the worst building in Queens is right here in Jamaica Hills.

Topping the list is 87-40 165th Street, which has a whopping 383 HPD violations. That’s 139 more than the next worse building. The list names Hillside House Management as the head officer of the building.

Tenth on the list is 127-04 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park, which is listed with 128 HPD violations. Its head officer is Alfonso Pistone.

“No New Yorker should be subjected to live in a hazardous home, yet bad landlords in our city are forcing too many tenants to live in dangerous and indecent conditions,” James says.


Incumbents secure re-election, Adrienne Adams wins open seat

Eric Ulrich at a rally at City Hall

Yesterday’s general election offered few surprising outcomes, and that’s exactly the case in southeast Queens, where incumbents fended off challengers.

The closest race was in District 32, between incumbent Eric Ulrich and challenger Mike Scala.

Ulrich, the borough’s lone Republican in the City Council (for now, anyway), won 14,862 of 22,621 votes, roughly 65.7 percent, according to unofficial results from the BOE.

Ulrich’s most notable achievement was passing legislation to create a new city Department of Veterans Services. He represents an independent voice for the more conservative area of Queens.

Scala, a transportation advocate and former political aide, won 7,715 votes, or 34.11 percent.

The race got nasty, with accusations of racism and misogyny thrown at the challenger. Ulrich’s camp unearthed old videos of Scala’s rap career that gave him a bad look.

In the 27th Council District, incumbent I. Daneek Miller dispatched his two challengers, Republican Rupert Green and Green Party candidate Frank Francois.

According to early returns, Miller took 94.97 percent of the vote. He will serve four more years in the City Council.

In the 31st District, incumbent Donovan Richards ran unopposed, though there were 228 write-ins. Richards will now focus on the speaker’s race, of which he is a candidate.

In the 28th District, Democrat Adrienne Adams cruised to victory over Republican Ivan Mossop Jr. and Working Families candidate (and former Democratic foe) Hettie Powell. Adams carried 86 percent last night.

She will begin a new term representing the district formerly held by disgraced ex-councilman Ruben Wills.


Shopping Extravaganza in Jamaica this Saturday

There will be a shopping Extravaganza at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York on Saturday, November 4.
This free event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will find pre-holiday shopping for women, children and men. Food can also be purchased from The New York Club in the Soul Cafe.
The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York is located at 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.
For more info, please call Sister Sandra Cauley at 718-468-2736 or Sister April Upshur at 718-527-0057.


Resorts World Casino NYC Kicks off the Holiday Season with Promotions & Events!

From music to sports to thrilling holiday traditions, this November at Resorts World Casino New York City promises to be the most jam-packed yet!

Join RWCNYC in its Bar 360 space every night in November for DJs and live entertainment, including: MTA Musicians Mondays from 6-8 p.m. – Latin Tuesdays from 8:30-12 a.m. – Tribute Wednesdays from 9-12 a.m. –  Throwback Thursdays from 9-12 a.m. – Weekend Kickoff Fridays with live DJs from 11-2 a.m. – Club Nights Saturdays from 10-3 a.m. – Sports Sundays all day!
To stay updated with the list of performers, check out the Bar 360 calendar online.

RWCNYC’s Central Park space will also keep November rocking with star-studded events just steps away from world-class gaming, including: Real Deal Boxing’s 2nd ever card at RWCNYC on Nov 18th in the Central Park Space, featuring  Evander Holyfield and top fighters from around New York. Doors open at 6pm, with the first bout at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale on both RWCNYC’s and the Real Deal Boxing’s websites.
New Edition and R&B legend Ronnie Devoe’s 50th Birthday Celebration in the Central Park Space, taking place on November 17. Tickets are required and available here.

As the holiday season kicks off, join RWCNYC for their annual Holiday Tree Lighting on November 16 at 6 p.m.!

And on each of our three casino floors RWCNYC will feature exciting promotions this month, including a Harvest Gift Giveaway, Early Bird Bonus, and Turkey Earn and Get:

Harvest Gift Giveaway: the first 1,000 guests who earn 50 points and print out a voucher will receive a gift at the 1st floor promotions booth from 12 – 4pm on Nov. 6th and 20th.

Early Bird Bonus: guests who earn 50 points while playing any game will be able to redeem a voucher for $10 in free play every Friday – Thursday from 10am-4pm. If points are earned consecutively, guests will receive a $5 increment on their free play up to $40. If any day is skipped and the point requirement is not met, the offer will start back at $10.

GR 50+ Club: Every Tuesday in November, guests 50+ years or older who earn 50 points will receive $15 in free play from 10 am – 4 pm. If they earn 50 points between 12 pm – 6 pm they will receive a voucher for a $10 food voucher.

Earn & Get Scratch Off Promotion: first 800 guests who earn 50 points & print out a voucher will receive a free scratch off between 12pm-3pm every Wednesday in November.

Gas & Cash Giveaway: 11/11, 11/18, 11/25

Free Play & Gas Card giveaway: Guests who earn 50 points playing at any machine on the new 3rd floor level can go to any kiosks to redeem a $10 free play voucher from 5-8pm. Guests who also earn 50 points playing at any machine on the new 3rd floor level can print out a voucher to receive a $25 gas card from the 3rd floor promotions area from 5-7pm.  Limited to the first 500 guests.

More Cash Giveaway: guests who earn 10 points on any machine starting at 8pm on the 3rd floor gaming area will receive 1 drawing entry. Two names will be drawn every half hour from 8:30pm – 10pm to win $500 cash.

Bally’s Green Machine: The first 1,000 guests to earn 50 points will have a chance to enter the Bally’s Machine for 20 seconds on Sunday, November 19th. Others will receive $15-$50 in free play valid only on the Bally’s machine.

Turkey Earn & Get: Guests who earn 100 points will receive $25 free play on 4-8pm on November 23rd.


Fall leaf collection is back!

It’s (finally) fall again, so you know what that means. Fall leaf collection is back!

The Department of Sanitation is turning your leaves into compost for New York City’s street trees and community gardens, rather than letting the leaves rot in a landfill. Did we mention that’s not the best for the environment?

Certain neighborhoods across the city will receive special DSNY leaf collection services, including Community Boards 12 and 13 in southeast Queens.

Leaves can be set out in either a part lawn and leaf bag (see above) or in an open, unlined container. Please don’t use plastic bags!

Collection will be after 4 p.m. on these days:

  • Saturday, November 18
  • Saturday, December 2

Senator Comrie to host mobile office hours

Need to talk to State Senator Leroy Comrie about any local constituent issues?

Stop by one of his mobile office hours on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

He’s already made pit stops at libraries in Queens Village, Laurelton and South Hollis. His next open office hours are at South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard.

“My primary purpose as an elected representative is to bring information, assistance and public resources to the families of my community,” Comrie said. “I realize that not everyone is able to take the time off from work or school to stop by my office during the week. It’s my hope that weekend hours at library locations across Southeast Queens will give more individuals the opportunity to connect with us.”


Boy Scouts presented with $10,000 check at Resorts World

Shane Pomeroy, representing Resorts World Casino, presented a $10,000 donation to the Queens Council of the Boy Scouts of America Wednesday morning. The Boy Scouts, who recently announced they will now be accepting girls into their traditional scouting programs, held a board meeting at Resorts World Casino, where they also spoke about their progressive merit badge programs.

In teaming up with local firms and organizations, scouts now have the option of gaining merit badges at organizations that specialize in those crafts. Vaughn College was one of the early organizations to become involved by holding classes on aviation, giving scouts the opportunity to earn the Aviation Merit Badge. The Merit Badge Pro Series has scouts working with the Museum of Moving Image for movie-making as well as for game design at Two Moos. Participants can earn the Welding Merit Badge at the Metal Workshop Fantasy on Saturday, November 18.

Pictured here is Pomeroy, left, with Joe Schiltz, director of Field Services for the Boy Scouts, and Queens Council President Michael Sibilia, CFO for LaGuardia Gateway Partners.


Jamaica Avenue repaving completed

Last week, elected officials joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) to celebrate the final resurfacing of Jamaica Avenue between 168th Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard.

The smooth road now eliminates defects caused by routine wear-and-tear that both damages vehicles and risks pedestrians’ safety.

This stretch on Jamaica Avenue was last repaved more than 25 years ago.

“Years of neglect forced consumers and suppliers to use this crucial artery under hazardous conditions that detracted from the economic growth of local businesses and left pedestrians prone to injury,” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller. “This repaving underscores the public recognition that Jamaica’s appeal extends beyond the boundaries of southeast Queens to all of our city’s residents.”

Queens DOT Commissioner Nicole Garcia added that the agency also improved safety around schools by installing concrete islands to shorten crossings, adding new pedestrian signals and fixing and replacing sidewalks, curbs and pedestrian ramps.

According to Miller’s office, the stretch spans 12.74 total lane miles, or 2.2 miles, including traffic lanes and a parking lane.

Nearly 100 corner pedestrian ramps were repairs and more than 19,000 square feet of sidewalk was replaced.


Queens borough president is looking for interns

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s office is now accepting applications for internships for fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018.

College and high school students who have an interest in public service are encouraged to apply.

The positions are unpaid, so they’re real for current students seeking academic credits and/or experience.

Interns will work with policymakers and rotate to different policy areas, staff the BP for meetings and events, attend press conferences, grand opening and concerts, and assist the office in other ways.

For more information, email Joe Nocerino at