Tribute Park in Rockaway Park, hosts a 9/11 memorial event this morning. Photo by Richard Santaga, Friends of Tribute Park via nyc.gov

Memorials Around Queens Honor 9/11 Victims This Week

Today, memorials throughout the borough will unite Queens residents and seek to remember the friends, loved ones, neighbors and colleagues who died.

Here are a few events taking place this week:

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Pedestrian safety advocates say Northern Boulevard is the borough’s new “Boulevard of Death.”// Google Maps

Death and Injury Persist On Queens’ Most Dangerous Streets

Despite the many successes of the New York City’s Vision Zero initiative, preventable deaths and injuries continue to plague Queens’ streets.

A few in particular stand out.

At least 32 have been injured or killed on Northern Boulevard and 22 more have been injured or killed on Jamaica Avenue, according to city data on traffic accidents.

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Queens Borough Hall//NYC.gov

Community Board Term Limits On the Ballot This November

After months of public hearings and feedback, the Mayoral Charter Revision Commission voted to put three questions on the November ballot that have big implications for city government, especially at the local community board level.

One ballot question asks voters whether they support the establishment of term limits on community board members — an issue that has encountered pushback from community boards themselves.

The commission said community board term-limits can help ensure that the boards reflect the changing demographics of the districts they serve.

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State Senate candidate Slawomir Platta. // Photo courtesy of Slawomir for Senate

State Senate Candidate Runs on ‘No Homeless Shelter’ Party Line

By Evan Rosen To fight proposed homeless shelters in Glendale and Ozone Park, one candidate for state senate is taking

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A vacant factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale is the potential site of a new homeless shelter. Eagle Photo by David Brand

Glendale Residents Raise Money To Fight Shelter For Poorest New Yorkers

Glendale and Middle Village residents are raising money to block a potential homeless shelter for the city’s poorest residents — even before the city has issued an official proposal.

A group of residents calling themselves the Glendale Middle Village Coalition has raised more than $8,500 through a GoFundMe page in a mission they say is not aimed at opposing homeless people but is designed to denounce Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strategy for housing the homeless.

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City Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined Council Member Robert Holden to check out the proposed shelter site on Cooper Ave. in Glendale. Photo courtesy of Robert Holden.

Holden Hunkers Down For Round Two of Shelter Fight

A proposed shelter site in Glendale gives literal meaning to the term “warehousing” the homeless and, for the second time in five years, Council Member Robert Holden is gearing up to fight it.

The Department of Homeless Services has proposed converting a vacant factory and warehouse at 78-16 Cooper Avenue into a shelter for homeless men.

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District 30 Council Member Robert Holden // Courtesy of Robert Holden

Glendale Braces For A Familiar Shelter Battle

Council Member Robert Holden and Glendale residents are gearing up for another fight with the Department of Homeless Services, and it’s a familiar one.

On Friday, DHS said it was considering a proposal for a homeless shelter inside an abandoned factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, a site previously proposed for shelter use in 2013. Holden, then the president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, vigorously opposed the proposal and rallied residents to successfully block the site. Holden’s protests against the shelter in Glendale and, later, the use of a Maspeth hotel as shelter for homeless New Yorkers, helped catapult his 2017 candidacy for City Council.

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