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 jnocerino@queensbp.org.


Global Cuisine of Queens set for Wednesday

Poster from last year

The 14th annual Global Cuisine of Queens tasting event is set for Wednesday, October 18th at 6 p.m.

The event is an annual collaboration between Resorts World Casino NYC and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens.

It celebrates the diversity of the borough, its people and its cultures. More than 30 restaurants, caterers, bakeries and wineries from throughout the city will participate.

Attendees can sample appetizers, desserts and specialty drinks.

The event will also feature a two-hour NYPD and FDNY chili cook-off.

Global Cuisine of Queens benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens and its programs, which help at-risk youth become leaders in their communities.

Here’s a list of the participating vendors:

  • Alicia’s Bakery
  • Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill
  • Amagansett Wine & Spirits
  • New York  Bakery Bites
  • Blig Alice Brewing Co.
  • Good Juice
  • Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
  • Paramount Coffee
  • Cascon Cheesecake Corp.
  • Pepplish Provisions, LLC
  • De Mole
  • Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
  • Flying Belgium Brewery
  • Ray Cooney of Firehouse Kitchen
  • La Gringa
  • Russo’s on the Bay
  • Dexter Wines & Spirits
  • RW Prime Steakhouse
  • Dumpling Galaxy
  • Schmidt’s Candy
  • Essentia Water
  • Empire Merchants
  • Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Gino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
  • Singlecut Beersmiths
  • F. Ottomanelli Burgers & Belgian Fries
  • Thai Rock
  • Historic Neir’s Tavern
  • The LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
  • Isa’s Cake
  • The Pie Shoppe
  • La Vigna Restaurant
  • Tropical Isle
  • Little Bird Curious Confections
  • Villa Russo
  • Little Pleasures, Inc.
  • London Lennie’s

Free E-Waste recycling event this weekend

State Senator Leroy Comrie is teaming up with the Lower East Side Ecology Center to host an all-day free electronics waste collection event in St. Albans this Saturday.

In January 2015, the final phase of the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act took effect, making it illegal for people to dispose of electronics in solid waste management facilities, or to place it curbside for collection.

Those who fail to comply may face fines.

To address that issue, organizations like Lower East Side Ecology Center are hosting e-waste collection events for residents to drop off their computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones and audio/visual equipment.

The event will be at St. Alban Episcopal Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Local Queens immigration attorney offering consultations to friends/relatives in Bangalore & Mumbai

The Banad Law Offices, P.C is a full service law firm focusing primarily on legal matters involving Immigration and Nationality Law with an emphasis on Family-Based Immigration, Removal/Deportation Proceedings, Non-Immigrant Visas and Consular Processing.

Attorney Dev Banad Viswanath will be working out of his Bangalore and Mumbai offices in India from October 3rd through the 25th

“If you have any friends or relatives in Bangalore, Mumbai, or the surrounding area who may want to schedule a consultation with me, call 718-766-8606 ,” said Banad.

“In addition, we do represent employers and other entities in sponsoring aliens to come to the United States to perform some duty,” says Banad, who has offices in Queens and Manhattan as well as overseas.

Queens Office:  186-09 Union Turnpike, 2nd Floor Fresh Meadows, NY 11366


The local Indian number are as follows:  Bangalore (080-3089-3291) and Mumbai (022-2640-1140.

Banad Immigration Overseas India Offices

Bangalore Office: 84 M.G. Road, The Barton Centre, Suite # 510, 5th Floor Bangalore, 560001, India

US-India Tel Line- 1-718-766-8606

Local Office Tel Line -080-3089-3291

Office Fax Line- 080-3089-3293


Banad Immigration Overseas Mumbai Office

Bldg No 60 , Ground floor , Flat no 2682, Gandhi Nagar, Ahead of MIG cricket club, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051.

US-India Tel Line- 001-718-766-8606

Local Office Tel # 022-2673-0893   |   2nd Tel # 022-2640-1140



Southeast Queens to host town hall on Con-Con

Elected officials in southeast Queens are hosting a forum about the upcoming vote on a New York State Constitution Convention.

On November 7th, Election Day, New York voters will decide whether or not to have a “Con-Con,” a once-in-20-years opportunity to open up the New York State Constitution and implement changes.

“It is important to educate our communities on what a constitutional convention is and how it could affect their lives in New York State,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman. “Many New Yorkers may not be aware of this important ballot referendum and the impact this may have on key issues affecting their employment, pensions and their families.”

The forum will feature a panel from leaders in labor, law and academia, who will discuss what’s at stake.

Labor unions have banded together to strongly oppose the Con-Con, fearing that strong labor protections will be stripped away. Some good government and progressive groups are in favor, believing it’s a chance to enact important state reforms that would not otherwise pass the Republican-controlled State Senate.

The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Ross-Johnson Family Life Center in Jamaica.


Addabbo, Resorts World Casino to host job fair

State Senator Joseph Addabbo is teaming up with Resorts World Casino New York City for his annual job fair on Friday, October 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 120 different employers will be represented at the job fair, including private companies, government agencies, nonprofits, retailers and others.

Job seekers should bring resumes and take advantage of every opportunity to speak directly with companies and organizations.

“One of the best parts of my job as an elected official is helping my unemployed constituents find jobs and providing others with the opportunity to check out different work opportunities,” Addabbo said.

The job fair is free and open to the public.