How green was your state legislator this year?

scorecard cover 2018

The New York League of Conservation Voters released its “Environmental Scorecard,” which grades lawmakers on how they voted on environmental bills.

The green lobby group considered voting records for 13 bills, five of which passed the State Senate and seven of which passed the Assembly.

The legislation ranges on issues from prohibiting offshore drilling and protecting working farms to paint stewardship and single-use carryout bags.

Overall, 16 state senators received a perfect score, while 32 Assembly members got a perfect score.

The Senate Democrats averaged 92%, and the Senate Republicans averaged 60%. Assembly Democrats averaged 83%, while Assembly Republicans averaged 59%.

In Queens specifically, the Assembly members’ average was 77%, while Queens senators averaged 92%.

Here’s how northeast Queens representatives did on the scorecard:

  • State Senator Tony Avella: 92%
  • State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky: 100%
  • Assemblyman David Weprin: 92%
  • Assemblywoman Nily Rozic: 100%
  • Assemblyman Edward Braunstein: 69%
  • Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal: 62%
  • Assemblyman Ron Kim: 67%

Check out this seniors resource guide

2018-08-09 Rozic, Stavisky Share Senior Resource Guide with Queens Seniors

Seniors can often have a hard time finding all of the available resources for them in their community.

But thanks to this handy guide produced by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, residents won’t have to look far.

The Senior Resource Guide lists many services that will seniors, such as advocacy organizations, caregiver support services, consumer protection agencies, legal assistance programs, transportation and housing resources, and community centers.

The guide is available in both print and digital (which you can find here).

It also comes in additional languages, including Chinese and Korean.

If you want to pick up a hard copy, call Rozic’s district office at 718-820-0241.


Streets near PS 163 are now one-ways

Two streets near PS 163 in Kew Gardens Hills have been converted into one-ways, making them safer for all users.

The city has turned 159th and 160th streets, previously two-way streets, into one-ways earlier this week.

Officials say this will make pedestrian crossings safer and easier to predict for schoolchildren and cars.

“This is a long time coming and will help ease the dangerous traffic conditions that our community contends with on a daily basis,” says principal Francine Marsaggi. “I believe that these changes will allow for smoother and safer transitions during our morning ingress and our afternoon dismissal.”


Summer blood drive – donors get free Mets tickets!

Blood Drive 2018

The 6th annual Summer Blood Drive on Thursday, August 9 will come with a special gift: an electronic voucher for two Mets tickets!

The blood drive, from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m., will take place at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center at 212th Street and 26th Avenue.

ALSO, the first 100 people who donate a pint of blood will also receive a certificate for a free pint of soup from Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers.

For more information, email or call 718-357-3588.


Greenmarket to start again at Maple Playground

Screen shot via Google Maps

Screen shot via Google Maps

Back for its third season, the Flushing Greenmarket is launching at Maple Playground tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Run by GrowNYC, the greenmarket is open every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 11 to November 22.

Why go? The Department of Health is hosting nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations in English, Chinese and Spanish.

Every participant over 18 years old will receive a $2 Health Bucks coupon that can be used for buying fruits and vegetables.

If you have food scraps, the greenmarket will also take them until 1 p.m. The collection will be taken to Queens Botanical Garden to be turned into compost.


Flushing Library celebrates 20 years

Screen shot via Google Maps

Screen shot via Google Maps

The best library in the world turns 20 this year, and to mark the occasion, it’s getting a huge infusion of funding.

Over the weekend, the Iris & Junming Le Foundation donated $135,000 to the branch. The funding was announced at a re-dedication ceremony.

Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, was first built in 1998. It was instantly recognized as an architectural landmark for future libraries.

It was designed by the firm Polshek and Partners, now known as Ennead, according to Queens Library. This building was the fourth Flushing branch to occupy the triangle space since the late 1800s.

Today, Flushing Library has more than 1.7 million visitors, who come for more than books. They come to attend programs, use computers, and access other important resources, including a circulation of 1 million materials.


Bid on a vacation to support the Queens Theatre

Vacation at Hoperock. (Photo: Bidding For Good)

Vacation at Hoperock. (Photo: Bidding For Good)

You can spend a week on the beach and help the Queens Theatre at the same time.

Queens Theatre is hosting an auction to help raise money for its programs. Those who are interested can bid for a week-long stay in Hoperock, a 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom vacation home located at Shelter Harbor in Rhode Island.

With 3,000-square feet, this Pacific ranch-style home features open living spaces, gorgeous outdoor patios and full deck, all modern appliances, brand new central air conditioning and plenty of parking. The home can fit as many as 12 people.

The home is just minutes away from Watch Hill and Weekapaug Beach, one of New England’s longest stretches of private white sand beach.

The auction winner will receive beach passes to Weekapaug with door-to-door free shuttle service.

For more information and to place a bid, visit Bidding For Good. The online auction ends Wednesday, June 27, at 8pm.