Addabbao On Glendale Catholic School Closure

    Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.

    State Sen, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, South Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Woodside, The Rockaways) mourned the loss of the announced closing of St. Pancras School in Glendale at the end of this school year.

    “It saddens me to see a fine Catholic school forced to stop operations due to a lack of funds and low enrollment rates. St. Pancras has been educating children and growing the Catholic faith in Glendale for over 100 years and it is a shame to see that come to an end,” Addabbo said. “I am concerned for the students and parents as they decide an educational direction after St. Pancras.”

    Additionally, Addabbo has expressed concern for all Catholic institutions and the future of religious education in the city.

    “As enrollment dips in more and more Catholic schools, I fear that the option of religious education may become a part of the past. I hope to see the students of St. Pancras return to another Catholic school at the start of the next school year in order to boost the numbers at other schools in an effort to keep Catholic education alive,” the lawmaker added.


    Avella,  Kim Call on City to Offer Fair Deal in East Harlem Eminent Domain Issue

    Assemblymember Ron Kim/Facebook

    State Sen. Tony Avella (D-College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston, Floral Park ), and Assembly Members Ron Kim (D-Whitestone, Flushing, Murray Hill) and Robert Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) today will will stand with Damon Bae, owner of Fancy Cleaners, to call on the City of New York to offer Mr. Bae market value for his property which they plan to acquire through eminent domain.

    The City has offered to pay Mr. Bae $3.5 million for his properties while nearby sites are valued at $11 million.

    The rally is slated for 12 noon today, Jan. 12 at the Fancy Cleaners, 2319 3rd Avenue in Manhattan.


    Ulrich Mourns Passing Of Maria Thompson

    City Council Member Eric Ulrich

    City Councilman Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park) yesterday mourned the passing of Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Executive Director Maria Thomson.

    Thomson was a Queens civic activist giving her time to a number of civic organizations. She served as president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, founder of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and was a member of Community Board 9 and the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

    “Maria Thomson was the embodiment of community service and was the staunchest advocate for Woodhaven. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to work with Maria know that she had a heart of gold. She was a legend, having dedicated decades of her life to the betterment of the community and the Borough. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time,” said Ulrich.

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