Committee on Small Business
Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
Ways and Means
I am writing this letter to invite you to an important meeting that I will be co-sponsoring along with the other elected officials in the Southeast Queens area. On May 26, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM we will host a forum on the high ground water level in our area, the status of our sewers and other infrastructure issues.
One problem that needs to be discussed is how to reduce the high level ground water (or “water table”) that exists close to the surface throughout Southeast Queens. One factor is that the water that was previously drawn out of the ground when Jamaica Water Supply Company operated is now left in the ground and its rising level contributes to the flooding problems we have. We recently found out that a pilot program sponsored by the city and state to draw that water out of the ground, purify it and put it to productive use was discontinued due to budget problems. One purpose of this forum is to get more details on this issue, and to find out what plans will be in place in the future to extract this water and reduce our flooding problems. There will also be discussions regarding the sewer construction projects being undertaken in our community and other related issues.
Please come out and be informed about these issues and let us hear your concerns as well. For more information please call Manuel Caughman at my office (718) 723-5412 or Al-Hassan Kanu at Councilman Comrie’s Office (718) 776-3700. Look forward to seeing you on May 26th at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, 172-17 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, NY.
NOTE: SAVE THE DATE! We will sponsor a picnic at Roy Wilkins Park on June 4, 2011 to kick off the City Wide Black Father’s Week Celebration. This is part of an effort to encourage fathers to be involved in their kids’ lives regardless of marital status or relationship issues. There will be an event in each borough that week. The hours are 12 noon – 4 PM. Hope to see you at the park located at 177 Street and Baisley Blvd., St. Albans on June 4th.