Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The MVMCA Demands Answers to Flooding Problem
According to a recent article published in the Queens Ledger, local civic associations are demanding that the city take immediate action to assist residents recovering from the recent flooding in Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth. After the rainstorm, residents had to endure great economic and personal loss. The households suffered financially due to replacing damaged property, missed days of work, plumber fees, and cost for cleaning and sanitizing their homes.
The meeting last Wednesday was attended by MVMCA President Joe Cimino, Glendale Civic Association President Kathy Masi, Glendale Property Owners Association President Brian Dooley, Middle Village Property Owners President John Schell Community Board 5 District Manger Gary Giordano, CB #5 First Vice Chairman Walter Sanchez (formerly held by Roberto Hold-on) and Mayor Representative Jennifer Manley.
The Patriots find it interesting that the JPCA and its leadership were conspicuously absent from the meeting. We are sure that members of the JPCA were adversely impacted by the recent flooding and in need of assistance from their civic. Unfortunately, there is a simple answer to explain the JPCA’s absence. If Bobby and his cronies don’t run the show they are a “no-show”. If Holden can’t get front page headlines he’s no where to be found. If there is no frivolous lawsuit to file you won’t see him for a mile. Hey Bob, are you saying that an empty church and keeping dogs on leashes are more important and more deserving of your time than PEOPLE in need?
Excerpts from Queens Ledger Article:
…Joe Cimino who organized the get-together and serves as the president of the Middle Village Maspeth Civic Association (MVMCA), called for an audience with a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at some point in the next few months.
“We need somebody of rank and ability to explain how we will find out what the problem is, and how to deal with it,” said Cimino.
“We don’t want to come back in 20 to 30 years to discuss what the problems are,’ Cimino said.
Another attendee, Walter Sanchez, who serves as first vice chairman of CB5, suggested starting a task force to explore the theories put forth thus far for the flooding, which have ranged from irregularly cleaned catch basins to malfunctioning sewers to real estate development.
But whatever needs to be done to determine the problem, Cimino doubted it would require breaking the city’s bank, and said the civic groups expect a “common sense approach” to be taken.
“We’re not talking about lots of studies,” he said. “But we have discussed some equipment to see if there are clogs [in sewer pipes].”
In a phone interview, Cimino characterized the initial meeting, attended by Community Affairs Unit Director Jennifer Manley, as a start in what will hopefully be a fruitful working relationship, although he acknowledges the mayor has final say in the matter.
Looking towards the future, the civic president said he hopes other community organizations will attend sessions that grow out of last Wednesday’s meeting, “because a large number of their members are also affected by this, and they would be interested in addressing this problem.”
“This is something that can have a negative impact on our whole community, and can make people sell their homes, or see their housing values depreciate,” Cimino said, “so this has long term ramifications for years to come.”
The Patriots want to commend Joe Cimino and all those who attended the meeting for truly fighting and advocating for the communities they serve instead of battling wooden windmills like Bob Quixote.
Posted by Patrick Henry at 8:07 PM