You are reading

Hunters Point Residents Solidify Civic Association

Brent O'Leary

Brent O’Leary

Dec, 16, 2012 By Christian Murray

A newly-formed Hunters Point civic group aims to be the central vehicle for LIC residents to voice their concerns and express their needs.

The group, called the Hunters Point Civic Association, will be holding its fourth meeting at the New York Irish Center (1040 Jackson Ave.) on Monday night at 7:00 pm—after launching in April.  It is being led by Brent O’Leary, a Citilights resident who was a candidate for this district’s city council seat in the last Democratic primary.

O’Leary said that there are many business groups in the Hunters Point area. However, he said, that there isn’t a broad forum representing residents.

He said that the resident organizations that have emerged to date have largely been built around single issues—such as LICDOG, which advocated for the creation of a dog run and access to Gantry State Park. Other groups have focused on issues such as the residency requirements of the upcoming affordable-housing development.

However, O’Leary said there has been “no central or umbrella group which these groups could use to organize” or rally around to reach representatives.

O’Leary said that he was able to help LICDog get in touch with State Senator Mike Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer so their arguments could be heard. Gianaris was a speaker at one of the group’s earlier events.

He said that the new association aims to hold monthly meetings—similar to some mature associations in Sunnyside/Woodside and Dutch Kills.

O’Leary said the goal of tomorrow night’s meeting will be to get further feedback from residents as to what form the group should take.  He said some people want to focus strictly on municipal issues —while others want to attach charitable and social components.

Furthermore, he said, the creation of committees will be discussed, where individuals will be free to look at key issues—such as schools– depending on those that are of concern to them.

He said that most of the members are likely to be new residents who are looking to start families here. “They want to have a say in the how the neighborhood will develop especially in relation to schools, housing and transportation.”

O’Leary said that Hunters Point residents don’t have a convenient way to voice these concerns. “The Community Board is in Sunnyside and it covers both Sunnyside and Woodside which for the most part have very different concerns than our neighborhood,” he said.

The group plans to host elected officials, representatives from government agencies as well as the head of Police Precinct 108 to discuss crime at its monthly meeting.

Meeting: Monday, Dec. 17

Time: 7 pm

Place: New York Irish Center (1040 Jackson Ave.)

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams explained that the school lost nearly a quarter of its students at the height of the pandemic due to the economic effects of the lockdown on low-income Queens households.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.