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July 9, 2015

Train hits truck in Maspeth; one hurt

In the letter signed by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Queens), state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), state Assemblymembers Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), and Borough President Melinda Katz, they successfully petitioned the DEP to extend the public comment period from July 10 to Aug. 9.

After Queens Library audit findings, Crowley wants new legislation passed

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley introduced legislation that would require officers of city-funded, nonprofit organizations to disclose any conflicts of interest regarding their income.

July 8, 2015

$6.6 Million Included in Budget for Physical Education

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, prime sponsor of Proposed Intro. 0644-A, stated “Funding to expand physical education programs is a healthy and wise investment for our DOE kids.”

Councilwoman Crowley envisions light rail between Glendale and LIC

Most residents in both communities live a mile or farther away from the nearest subway station, and local bus lines through the area have a reputation for being slow and overcrowded.

July 2, 2015

An athletic field near Newtown Creek?

The area around Newtown Creek, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes as one of the “nation’s most polluted waterways,” a could be the site of a brand-new community athletic field in Maspeth.

Councilwoman Hears Ridgewood Park Woes

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley met with concerned parents at the playground on June 26 to hear their plea and see what improvements could be made.

Newtown Creek aeration facility approved, DEP agrees to allow for public space

The effort was taken up by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), to make public access a condition in the land-use agreement for the facility, and ultimately succeeded when the Council included it in its nearly unanimous decision to approve the facility at a hearing last Friday.

June 25, 2015

Budget delivers for city public schools

“Healthy lifestyle habits are developed at a young age, and as a public school parent and lawmaker, I am grateful this funding has been appropriated,” Crowley said.

Bump in cops pumps many Queens officials

“It will allow the Department to better combat serious threats like terrorism, the increase in violent crimes in the City as well as the increased drug presence on our streets,” Crowley said.

June 24, 2015

Go Smart NYC to promote sustainable transportation

The Department of Transportation last week announced the launch of Go Smart NYC, a pilot program that encourages the use of sustainable transportation in Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale.

Women’s Health Care Victory

Crowley stated, “This initiative will give women access to life-saving services. Women need a specific form of care, for we are vulnerable to specific types of illnesses.”

CM Crowley, PS 68 students beautify school grounds

This week, third and fifth graders culminated their program by planting flowers outside the school’s exits with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who provided the funding for the young students to learn about planting, different insects, plants and soil.

New NYPD officers a win for City Council, but some have further requests

Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to hire nearly 300 more police officers than the 1,000 included in their initial budget request. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley called it the most significant hire she’s seen in her tenure.

June 18, 2015

Councilwoman for a day

Crowley gaveGlendale eighth-grade student Gretchen Pfluger and her mother a tour of City Hall and let the student sit in on a Women’s Caucus meeting.

June 17, 2015

Parents, students to rally for new bill that would overhaul physical education information issued by city schools

The bill, sponsored by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, would require city schools to report how many gym classes they offer, how many certified gym teachers they employ and whether they have dedicated gym space.

June 16, 2015

Forest Park homicide has community on alert

“We’ve been on top of the 102nd Precinct to make sure they have control there,” Crowley said. She is working alongside Assemblyman Mike Miller to make sure all the security cameras are properly installed in the park.

October 17, 2013

Crowley Tours Maspeth IBZ

“We need to expand our support for IBZs and provide them with the resources they need to produce good-paying jobs right here in Maspeth.”

Crowley Tours Local Businesses in Ridgewood

“As part of her campaign’s focus on business, Crowley also toured area shops in the Ridgewood Business Improvement District along Myrtle and stressed that the next mayoral administration should focus less on issuing fines that shop owners have said the Bloomberg administration too liberally gives them out.”

Crowley Works to Grow our Local Economy

“If we want to continue growing our local economy and provide good paying jobs right here in our communities, then we need to do everything we can to support them.”

Ridgewood Reservoir Re-Opens after Renovations

“This is a historic spot for Queens and more importantly the Ridgewood community. It’s a natural resource that many didn’t know about because it wasn’t accessible. Now it’s more accessible.”

P.S. 87 Opens New Extension

“They did a wonderful job on this extension, which was so sorely needed,” said Crowley, who had worked with parents – including PS 87 Parent Coordinator Nick Dagnell, school administrators, city officials, and representatives from Community Education Council 24, among others, to make the addition a reality.

October 10, 2013

Bocce Courts at Juniper Valley Getting a Makeover

“The new and improved bocce courts that we began construction on today will give our players state of the art courts with relaxing shaded area to play and relieve overcrowding for this hugely popular sport.”

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley Holds Tree Give Away at Forest Park

“Planting trees is an easy way to improve our environment and help enhance property values.”


October 3, 2013

Remembering the Heart of Maspeth: George Gibbons Jr Way

“Now, it is a place that will always be remembered as a street where Gibbons once made everyone laugh – and never failed to lend a hand to a neighbor in need.”

Reservoir Changes Cheered by Community

“I encourage people to take advantage of it before the seasons change, It is beautiful.” said Council Member Crowley.

PS 229 Rezoning

“As a community you guys in 229 made noise and you fought the fight.” said Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. ” And you won.”

October 2, 2013

Maspeth Intersection named for Gibbons

“Those of us who knew George knew he was a man of integrity and had a huge heart,” said Council Member Elizabth Crowley.

September 21, 2013

Op-Ed: Ensuring the Safety of our Children

“Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of our children traveling to and from school. I have brought the concerns of the community to DOT, and together, we must demand the DOT prioritize safety on Grand Ave.”

September 19, 2013

From Bibliophiles to the Unemployed, Woodhaven Library’s New Space has Something for Everyone

“Our local libraries are the cornerstones of our communities,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who allocated much of the funding for the library.

Campaign Kick Off:

Crowley Campaign Office, Queens Chronicle

“This is one of the best places to live and raise a family; I know because I lived here my entire life and am raising my two sons in Glendale,” said Crowley. “I have been privileged to represent this district, and I’m proud to announce I am running for re-election.”

Crowley Opens Campaign Office on Myrtle Ave, Queens Ledger

“She’s a fighter for her district.” said Assemblyman Mike Miller. ” She makes sure we get the funding that we need for the services that we need.”

July 11, 2013

Pol Seeking Details on 911 Problems, Times Newsweekly

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, wrote to Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway to follow up on several issues with the city’s new 911 system.

A Big Loss’ for R’Wood, Times Newsweekly

“As a civic leader and an active member of Community Board 5, Ann Maggio dedicated countless hours fighting for a better Ridgewood,” added City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. “In our hearts, her relentless civic activism will always be remembered, and I offer my deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Marking the Way for Tributes, Times Newsweekly

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley are shown with members of the family of George Gibbons Jr. after Bloomberg signed a law last week renaming, in his memory, the Maspeth street where Gibbons once resided.

Maspeth Gets Their ‘Way’ — Beloved Resident George Gibbons Jr. to be Honored with Street Co-Naming, Forum Newsgroup

Shortly after his death, community members and legislators, including Council member Elizabeth Crowley (D.-Middle Village) put the wheels in motion to get 60th Drive, the street that George grew up on, renamed to honor his memory–and to remind people of the circumstances around his death.

July 4, 2013

New Green Space at Atlas Park Mall, Times Newsweekly

Crowds gathered for the unveiling of a revamped center green at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale Tuesday, July 2. Pictured taking part in the ribbon cutting are (from left): Frank Fazio, who represented State Sen. Joseph Addabbo; Peter DeLucia, marketing manager for Atlas Park’s parent company, Macerich; City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley; Liza Diaz, property manager for The Shops at Atlas Park; Rep. Grace Meng; Assemblyman Michael Miller; Melva Miller, who represented Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; and Frank Lucia, Sr., a property manager for Macerich.

June 27, 2013

Staggering Cuts Avoided in 2014 City Budget Deal, Times Newsweekly

“I believe it’s a budget that will keep New Yorkers safe, protects the quality of education as well as programs for our seniors,” City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley told the Times Newsweekly on Tuesday, June 25. “All in all, it was a good budget considering the fiscal constraints the city is currently in.”

2014 City Budget Deal Gets Mostly Warm Reception from Queens’ Pols, Forum Newsgroup

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley also expressed relief that vital service cuts were avoided. “The number one risk in the budget process was the closure of fire companies and those were avoided,” she said. But, not all city politicians were satisfied with the resulting budget.

Iconic Forest Park Carousel Landmarked, Civic Leaders Rejoice, Forum Newsgroup

Crowley, who long lobbied the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the carousel as a landmark, too said she was thrilled with the city’s decision.

“Designating the Forest Park Carousel is a tremendous win for our community that once feared it may never spin again,” Crowley said. “Preserving our history strengthens our neighborhoods, and today’s decision by the LPC ensures this historic carousel, carved more than 100 years ago, will remain a beloved attraction in Forest Park for future generations.”

Forest Pk. Carousel a Moving Landmark, Times Newsweekly

“Designating the Forest Park Carousel [as a landmark] is a tremendous win for our community that once feared it may never spin again,” said City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley in a statement on Tuesday afternoon. “Preserving our history strengthens our neighborhoods, and today’s decision by the LPC ensure this historic carousel, carved more than 100 years ago, will remain a beloved attraction in Forest Park for future generations.”

June 20, 2013

Memories Stay Alive on Roads, Times Newsweekly

One of the locations to be renamed in the legislation is the block of 60th Drive between Fresh Pond Road and Mount Olivet Crescent in Maspeth, which would be renamed George Gibbons Jr. Way, honoring a former resident of the street and neighborhood bar owner who died in October 2011 in an automobile accident .

Gibbons, 37, was an active member of his community, participating in a number of neighborhood and charitable organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Monaghan Society and the Monaghan Football Club, the Shannon Gaels Association and the Wounded Warriors Project. He also served as a disc jockey during the block’s annual summer party.

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley sponsored the portion of the bill renaming part of 60th Drive in Gibbons’ honor.

June 13, 2013

Vote Coming on Carousel Landmark, Times Newsweekly

Four individuals—including City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley—testified during the hearing, and all spoke in favor of making the carousel one of Queens’ newest landmarks.

Smartboards Come to Maspeth School, Times Newsweekly

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley recently came to P.S. 58 to take a tour of P009, a District 75 school within the Maspeth campus serving students with disabilities. During her visit, Crowley met with P009 Principal Robert Wojnarowski and technology consultant Sandy Korchek. She also viewed a demonstration of 14 “Tap-its” touchscreen smartboards which allow students to interact directly with their lessons. The Council member reportedly provided funding for the purchase and installation of the smartboards in last year’s budget.

June 6, 2013

Atlas Park Reloading, Times Newsweekly

Rep. Grace Meng and City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, as well as representatives from several other elected officials, were on hand for the tour.

Crowley said the Shops have “great potential” and voiced her support for Macerich, saying it has a “proven track record.”

May 23, 2013

Landmark Decision, Hearings to Begin, Forum Newsgroup

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who has worked with residents to get the carousel landmarked, said she was “encouraged” by the commission’s decision to “bring landmark status of the Forest Park carousel one step closer to a reality.

“This designation will protect and preserve the carousel for future generations to come,” Crowley said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the commission and the concessionaire to ensure this neighborhood treasure is preserved.”

May 16, 2013

Safe Routes program brought to Maspeth, Queens Chronicle

At a town hall meeting that ended early due to low attendance, hosted by the DOT, the Department of Design and Construction and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who will be funding the project, it was announced that the program would be brought to St. Stanislaus Kostka at 61-17 Grand Ave. in Maspeth, a private school on busy Grand Avenue.

“The Safe Routes program is looking to make some of the intersections around schools more pedestrian friendly,” Crowley said. “Some places are really bad but the DOT has determined St. Stanislaus to be one of the worst, so we’re starting there.”

Landmark Plan Goes for a Ride, Times Newsweekly

One of Woodhaven’s two representatives of the City Council expressed her support of the LPC’s consideration of landmark status for the Forest Park Carousel.

“I am encouraged by the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to bring landmark status of the Forest Park Carousel one step closer to reality,” said City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley in a statement. “This designation will protect and preserve the carousel for future generations to come. I look forward to working with the commission and the concesssioner to ensure this neighborhood treasure is preserved.”

May 9, 2013

Council Members Tell Mayor to Hire More Police Officers, Times Newsweekly

Before Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the fiscal year 2014 executive budget last Thursday, May 2, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley joined 27 of her colleagues in urging the mayor to increase uniformed headcount in the Police Department and curtail overtime spending.

“The use of overtime spending should not be used as a long term solution to compensate for fewer officers,” the City Council members wrote in a letter delivered last Monday, Apr. 29.

Queens Pols Lambaste Bloomberg’s Budget Proposal, Forum Newsgroup

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), chair of the Council’s Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, slammed the mayor’s proposal to close as many as 20 fire companies. The city has not said which specific sites could close, but in the past it has targeted Engine 294 in Woodhaven, Engine 306 in Bayside, Ladder 128 in Long Island City and Engine 328 in Far Rockaway.

Crowley also criticized the mayor for not increasing the number of police, which she and numerous other elected officials in the borough had recently requested in a letter to the mayor. Since 2001, the uniformed headcount for the NYPD has dropped by more than 6,000 and overtime spending just jumped from a little more than $200 million to nearly $600 million.

“Continuously relying on overtime to keep the NYPD understaffed and close fire companies is fiscally irresponsible management that puts our city in danger, and the cuts to after school programs will deny thousands of children critical educational opportunities,” Crowley said in an emailed statement.

May 2, 2013

Council to Mayor: Less Over Time More Cops, Forum Newsgroup

With Mayor Michael Bloomberg slated to present the fiscal year 2014 executive budget this week, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, joined by 27 other Council Members, urged the Mayor to increase uniformed headcount in the Police Department and curtail overtime spending.

“The use of overtime spending should not be used as a long term solution to compensate for fewer officers,” the Council Members wrote in a letter delivered Monday.

April 25, 2013

Recognizing history in Ridgewood North, Queens Chronicle

“Today, these buildings are still a haven for immigrant families,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said. “They are a haven for the people who make the Ridgewood community really strong.”

Making Glendale, Maspeth Eco-Friendly, Times Newsweekly

Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET) civic association joined City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley for a recycling and safety event at Maspeth Federal Savings bank in Maspeth.

Safeguarding the ‘Forest,’ Times Newsweekly

Assemblyman Mike Miller, along with City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley and Peter Vallone Jr., spoke about beefing up the presence of police as well as Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers in Forest Park following the recent sexual assault of a woman.

Miller told residents that he, along with Crowley, State Sen. Joseph Addabbo and other community activists recently met with the 102nd Precinct, the Parks Department and the PEP unit to formulate a new safety plan for Forest Park. Covering over 500 acres through Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens, much of the park is densely wooded and lined with narrow pathways.

Ceremony Celebrates R’wood Landmarks, Times Newsweekly

Historic signs at Korean Square were unveiled at last Thursday’s ceremony, which was attended by Ridgewood’s two City Council Members—Elizabeth Crowley and Diana Reyna—along with Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Chairperson Robert Tierney, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Theodore Renz of the Ridgewood Local Development Corporation (RLDC) and Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association (RPOCA) President Paul Kerzner.

April 18, 2013

Pols, Community Coalition Secure $3 Million for Locomotive Engine Upgrade, Forum Newsgroup

In an effort to both clean the environment in Queens and conserve energy, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) helped secure $3 million in this year’s state budget to upgrade the first of a number of antiquated high-emissions trains which are owned and leased out by the Long Island Rail Road to haul freight throughout the borough and beyond.

Hevesi was backed by several other Queens’ politicians including Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Borough President Helen Marshall

New Online Database Lists the Burials on Hart Island, Times Newsweekly

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, who has called on the DOC to reform its operations at Hart Island as Chair of the Criminal Justice Services Committee, called the new database a great step in improving public access to the island.

Landmark St. Matthew’s Church, Times Newsweekly

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley has led the push to landmark St. Matthew’s. We appreciate her efforts.

Sprucing up Area Parks, Times Newsweekly

Once the work is completed in the coming weeks, Crowley stated, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held “later this spring/early this summer” to celebrate the reservoir’s new look.

Additionally, the lawmaker said, the Parks Department has awarded a contract to a company tasked with renovating a large portion of Evergreen Park, located on 60th Place between 75th and St. Felix avenues in Glendale, adjacent to P.S. 68. As previously reported, the Parks Department plans to replace a wading pool and bocce court with a playground for young children and new sprinkler play areas.

Improvements will soon be made at the bocce courts at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, Crowley added. The plans reportedly include the installation of a third court and canopies to keep players cool on sunny days.

April 4, 2013

Fewer Floods in Glendale, Elmhurst, Times Newsweekly


Council Member Elizabeth Crowley’s office has requested that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) install bioswales at three locations in her district to alleviate flooding in low-lying areas, representatives told the Times Newsweekly Apr. 2.

March 28, 2013

Singing Broadway Tunes in Midville, Times Newsweekly

Students at P.S./I.S. 87 in Middle Village celebrated songs of the Great White Way with their performance of “Surf’s Up Broadway” last Tuesday, Mar. 19, before an audience that included parents, teachers and City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley.

March 21, 2013

151 trees coming to CB9, Queens Chronicle

The office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) announced last week that the Parks Department will plant 151 new trees in Community Board 9’s area.

Renovations coming to Mary Whalen Park, Queens Chronicle

Kate Mooney, a representative from the office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), announced at the March 12 Community Board 9 meeting that the Woodhaven playground, located at Park Lane South and 78th Street, within Forest Park, will undergo a renovation. Crowley allocated $300,000 toward the upgrade of the playground.

Tired of the annual library budget fight, Queens Chronicle

“Our libraries are vital community centers that must be fully funded. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the City Council to prevent this nearly $30 million budget cut for our libraries,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).

March 12, 2013

NYPD Won’t Hire More Cops, Because More Cops Means More Arrests, Gothamist

Councilmembers Peter Vallone, Jr. and Elizabeth Crowley both asked: isn’t it cheaper to just hire more officers instead of hemorrhaging overtime?

“Not necessarily,” Kelly responded. “It’s actually cheaper to have an OT tour than a straight time tour. When you hire more officers, they make more arrests,” which eats up more administrative time and resources.

Crowley pressed the point, noting that 40% of the NYPD’s overtime is planned in advance to police public events, so the costs could be mitigated by better management practices. “Not just you, but every uniformed unit in the city is spending too much overtime,” she said, adding that by her calculations, 2,500 new police officers could be hired instead of paying unnecessary overtime. “It’s not that simple, but we can talk about it,” Kelly replied.

March 6, 2013

The right NYPD fix, NY Post, Op-Ed by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley

More than 30 members of the City Council have co-sponsored the Community Safety Act, a set of bills designed to curb stop-and-frisks and alter NYPD policies. While it is indeed important to discuss ways of improving the NYPD, these bills neglect to examine a simple solution that will improve policing and keep us protected: Hire more cops.

Woodhaven Library Closing for Renovations, Queens Gazette

Queens Library at Woodhaven will close for renovations at the end of business on Friday, March 8. A temporary library space will open in the lower level of the library in late March. During the closure, library customers are invited to use any of Queens Library’s other locations. The closest are at 78-60 73rd Pl. in Glendale, 98-27 Metropolitan Ave. in North Forest Park and 118-14 Hillside Ave. in Richmond Hill.
When the main part of the library re-opens in the summer of 2013, library customers will see a bright new décor, fast RFID-powered self-check out and 24/7 self-check in, a new circulation desk and a handicap-accessible restroom.
Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, the Queens Delegation to the City Council and the state of New York provided funding for the improvements to Queens Library at Woodhaven.

March 4, 2013

Jail-Union Radio Pitch: Aah, What’s Up, DOC?, The Chief Leader

The heads of the Department of Correction’s three unions were there, as was Elizabeth Crowley, chair of the City Council’s Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee. The only one missing from the mock hearing was Correction Commissioner Dora B. Schriro.

February 28, 2013


Concurrently, New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley said, “BIM can also be
used as an emergency management tool.  It can provide first responders and supervisors with critical information about floor plans, building materials, and maintenance records.”

February 27, 2013

Crowley, Maspeth H.S. Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Queens Gazette

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Maspeth H.S. Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, other elected officials joined the Maspeth H.S. community for a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at the school’s new building at 54-40 74th Street on February 25.

February 25, 2013


Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley:
“As a mother of two and an elected official I know how important it is to have paid sick days. For a healthy city we must move forward and pass this bill.”

February 13, 2013

Study to see if power lines should be underground, Queens Courier

Crowley also sees this issue as a “tale of two cities,” in which Manhattan has had underground power lines for years, and Queens received the short end of the stick.

“Manhattan is treated differently than the rest of the city,” said Crowley. “People pay the same amount [for maintenance], but get different services.”

Crowley Installs Board For Friends Of Ridgewood Library, Queens Gazette

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) installed the new board for Friends of Ridgewood Library Monday night, February 4. Friends of library groups work with local branches to promote services, advocate for increased funding, and provide financial assistance through fundraising. The newly installed officers of Friends of Ridgewood Library are President Tom Dowd, Vice President Ernie Searle, Secretary Joanne Serenson, and Treasurer Rosemary Gimmler.

February 7, 2013

Councilwoman Visits Childhood Home — Now a UPS Residence, New York Nonprofit Press

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-D30) paid a sentimental visit to her childhood family home on January 31. The former Crowley house in Middle Village, Queens is now a residence for eight individuals with developmental disabilities. Unique People Services (UPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to those affected by HIV/AIDS, and to individuals and families with mental health and developmental disabilities, operates the home, now referred to as “Crowley Place.”

“My family has always believed in service to others,” said Elizabeth Crowley. “Seeing that belief endure through the work of UPS at our old family home is truly a great honor.”

February 6, 2013

104th Precinct gets new captain, but will miss the old, Queens Ledger

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley presented Cody with an award and thanked him for his service. “You went above and beyond and our community is a better place because of the time you spent here,” she said.

January 25, 2013

Union walks the line as bus strike persists, Times Ledger

Crowley said if Bloomberg wants experienced, skilled drivers, he has to be willing to pay for them. She said the city has refused to protect experienced drivers with proven safety records.

“The city’s first priority must be keeping our schoolchildren safe, and that begins and ends with experienced bus drivers and matrons who bring our students to and from school,” she said. “In this contract dispute, the city is more concerned with saving money than protecting our children, and I stand in solidarity with ATU members.”

January 23, 2013

EMS, EMT Responders, Crowley Demand Policy Changes, The Queens Gazette

“Even on a normal day EMS members face numerous challenges because the city ignores Department of Homeland Security guidelines that call for a span of control of one supervisor to five members. Yet even after an independent arbitrator ruled the FDNY is violating these guidelines, EMS supervisors oversee an unmanageable 20 or more members,” said Crowley. “Our medics performed admirably during Sandy in spite of this failed administrative policy that led to poor communication and decisions that unnecessarily placed our responders in harm’s way and prevented some of them from doing their jobs during Hurricane Sandy.”

First responders received mixed signals during Sandy, The Queens Ledger

At a press conference on the steps of City Hall last week before the City Council’s first hearing on the city’s response to the storm, first responders also criticized the 911 system.

“Very often, when a call comes in there’s a lot of information that is either missing or is not clear,” said Martinez. “If a call requires multiple resources such as fireman, police or EMS, very often we have different information.”

During the hearing, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who chairs the Fire and Criminal Justice Service Committee, demanded answers for why the responders were not given the information they needed to do their jobs during the hurricane

January 18, 2013

Utilities Discuss Sandy Challenges Before City Council, NY1

City Council legislation would study the possibility of burying overhead power lines. Con Ed supports the bill. Some council members said it’s a fairness issue.

“We need to be brought into the 21st Century, us outer-borough folks, people of Staten Island, people in the Bronx or Queens,” said Queens Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. “If Manhattan has the service and has had it for over a century, then we deserve the same service. So study or not, it has to get done.”

January 16, 2013

Crowley Urges Center Residents To Get Flu Shot, The Queens Gazette

With illness from the flu reaching epidemic levels in New York City and across the country, Councilmember Elizabeth S. Crowley visited the Middle Village Adult Center on January 14 to tell residents that it is not too late to be vaccinated. New York City health officials reported that the number of people admitted into emergency rooms for flu-related symptoms have spiked over the past several weeks, and on January 12, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency, which makes the flu vaccine more available throughout the state. Young children and the elderly are most at risk for serious complications and death from the flu, prompting Crowley’s visit to the Middle Village Adult Center.

“Receiving the flu shot (significantly) reduces your risk of becoming sick, but only a small percentage of residents receive the flu shot,” said Crowley. “I strongly urge all residents to become vaccinated and help prevent future outbreaks.”

Hearing Examines City’s Response to Sandy, NY1

Never has the city received as many 911 calls as it did during Hurricane Sandy. City officials said Thursday as many as 20,000 calls came in each hour. That created wait times of five and a half minutes for emergency callers.

Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway defended the city against questions from various council members.

“Can you tell me why the system failed during this major storm,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens) asked.

NYC Council eyes disaster planning after Sandy, The Associated Press

Israel Miranda, president of Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507, told council members the 911 technology “systematically denied service to distressed New Yorkers” during Sandy. He cited records showing that scores of calls within minutes were marked by a notation that means no responders were dispatched.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley called the matter troubling, but Holloway insisted the 911 technology “did not fail in any way.”

City Council Holds First Hearing On Disaster Planning After Sandy, CBS New York

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and union officials said emergency medical technicians and paramedics were systematically mismanaged and missteps by the chain of command caused chaos.

“Personnel were giving conflicting orders, leaving many of our medics stranded in flooded streets — in some cases, standing on top of inoperable ambulances,” said Crowley, the Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee.

Crowley and the unions also point to the new 911 system, saying numerous emergency calls were dropped and that the system failed to live up to its $2 billion price tag.

January 11, 2013

Lawmaker Seeks Safer Streets By M. V. School, Times Newsweekly

City Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a renewed study to improve safety at several areas in her district during a Monday, Jan. 7 tour of the area with Queens DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy.

Crowley showed McCarthy hazardous traffic conditions at 79th Place and Juniper Valley Road in Middle Village, near St. Margaret’s School.

“I appreciate that Commissioner McCarthy took the time and saw firsthand safety concerns for students at St. Margaret’s School,” said Crowley in a statement. “The DOT has to find a solution to reduce speed and make the school’s streets safer.”

January 10, 2013

Crowley Asks for New Street Study, The Forum Newsgroup

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley called on the DOT to a renew a study of hazardous areas in western Queens, showing Queens Borough DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy a risky intersection at 79th Place and Juniper Valley Road near St. Margaret’s School.

“I appreciate that Commissioner McCarthy took the time and saw firsthand safety concerns for students at St. Margaret’s School,” said Crowley. “The Department of Transportation has to find a solution to reduce speed and make the school’s streets safer.”

January 7, 2013

Record low fire fatalities, ambulance response time in 2012, Queens Courier

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, chair of the City Council’s fire committee, stressed that these records might not have been set without efforts from the city council to fight the mayor’s proposed closing of as many as 20 fire companies.

“We can’t afford cuts to firehouses, and I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure the FDNY receives the required resources to keep us safe,” said Crowley.


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