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BFHA EXECUTIVE BOARD 2021-2022

President  Liz Nacinovich
Immediate Past President  Kevin Morris
Vice President  Janet McCreesh
Vice President Elisa Bellere
Treasurer  Karen Barbieri
Recording Secretary Dennis Occhino
Corresponding Secretary Kurt Nickel
Member  Dianne Arfsten
Member  Erin Carrozzo



We are pleased to welcome Erin Carrozzo to the BFHA Board. Martha Pirone has decided to retire from her position on the board and Erin has agreed to fill the vacant position. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Martha’s many years of service and dedication to the BFHA and the community, as a whole. We will miss her, but we are heartened to know that she will still be an active member of the BFHA.

May is a beautiful month in Broadway Flushing. The flowers and trees are in bloom and the lawns are lush and green. It has been a tradition for the BFHA to spotlight 10 homes in the neighborhood for maintaining a beautiful front garden. This year the BFHA presented each winner with a certificate and a garden flag. Thank you to Fran Varon for her hard work and dedication to the BFHA and the community. Thank you to all the homeowners that won this year, and to all of our neighbors who are also deserving of this distinction. There’s always next year….

You can see a slide show of the winning gardens by clicking here.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING UPDATE

Our General Membership Meeting that took place on Thursday, May 20 via Zoom was chockful of information, but the highlight of the evening was a “Meet & Greet” session with six of the candidates for City Council for District 19. If you missed the meeting, you can view it through the following link:

Meeting link

Access Passcode:  d*P8dewy

We were unable to hold a Q & A session with the candidates at that time, but we asked the candidates to supply us with their contact information so that anyone with any questions can get the answers that they are looking for before primary day (June 22, 2021). The following is a list of contact information as supplied by the candidates:

Tony Avella:
Tony Avella for NYC
telephone 718-762-0235
email: tonyavellafornyc@gmail.com
website: tonyavellafornyc.com
facebook: /tonyavellafornyc

Richard Lee:
Website: www.richardle.nyc
Phone: (929) 450-7751
Campaign Email: richardleeforcitycouncil@gmail.com
Personal Email: rich.lee09@gmail.com

Austin Shafran:
917-417-3711
AustinShafran@gmail.com

Frank Spangenberg
email – FriendsOfFrankSpangenberg@gmail.com
cell phone – 917-747-1871

REMINDER: This year the city will be implementing “Ranked Choice Voting”. If you would like more information about this procedure, please go to this website for a short tutorial:
Rank the vote NYC



GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Our next General Membership meeting will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2021 at 7:30pm. Senator John Liu has already been scheduled to join us. We hope to hold this meeting in person. Check you inbox for all the details in the fall.



UPCOMING EVENTS

The Vic Vincent Group presents “A Musical History Tour of Rock & Roll Doo-Wop & Pop.” Hosted by The Bowne Park Civic Association & Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association and Sponsored by Councilman Paul Vallone at 2-4:00 PM on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Bowne Park – Please bring chairs or blankets. In the event of rain, the concert will be cancelled.



The BFHA still has a number of facemasks available for distribution to our members. Please email us at INFO@BroadwayFlushing.org to make a request.



Order a plaque for your home or as a gift for your neighbor. If you would like to order a plaque, please visit our website and select “Order a Plaque” This will take you directly to the manufacturer who has given a 10% discount for all Broadway-Flushing Plaques. If you need help installing your plaque reach out to us because we know who the “handy” neighbors are and they would love to help you!



MEMBERSHIP NOTES:

If you have not yet sent in your dues, now would be a great time to do so. You can do this by clicking below, or go to www.broadwayflushing.org/membership-application. We accept Paypal. Remember, there is strength in numbers!

Pay your dues here

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Keep an eye out for award banners at the winning homes throughout Broadway-Flushing.  To see a slideshow of this year’s winning homes and a full list of the homes, please click here.

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The BFHA held their March General Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2021 via Zoom.  Here are some highlights of the meeting:

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Karen Barbieri.  We currently have 288 paid members and assets totaling $93,723.  There were no unusual expenses.

A donation was made to the Queens Historical Society’s porch renovation project in memory of Joe Brostek, who was both a QHS and BFHA board member.  His daughter, Jeanne, joined us to acknowledge her family’s appreciation.  By coincidence, she noted that it was the one year anniversary of his passing.

The BFHA board recently sent a letter to Maia Becce in support of her endeavor to rename 163 Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues to “Ferrigno Place” to honor the legacy of the Ferrignos who founded the BFHA.



To review and improve the FAA’s community response to aircraft noise, they initiated the Neighborhood Environmental Survey. We requested that our members consider filing comments by April 14, 2021 through one of the ways listed below:

* Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions to send your comments electronically.

* via Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations
M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Room W12-140
Washington, DC 20590-0001.

* FAX: Fax comments to Docket Operations at (202) 493-2251.

When commenting, please refer to docket number FAA-2021-0037


To  file a noise complaint with the FAA, you can visit this website:
Submit a Complaint | The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (planenoise.com) Or, visit  Airnoise  and create a free account to easily file complaints.


The 109th precinct reports that hate crimes are on the rise, as are break-ins, vandalism and package theft. They encourage anyone with a security concern to reach out via email to 109precinctcc@gmail.com For information regarding the upcoming busway project where passenger cars will be prohibited on Main St. from Northern Blvd. to Sandford Ave. email aarcese@dot.nyc.gov


We received an update on the 33rd Avenue Sewer Project. Although the DEP recently experienced some delays due to problems burrowing under Clearview Expressway, the new water mains are set to be installed in the coming months. For more information you can reach the project manager, Letitia James, at 347-235-0412.


Vaccine eligibility has been changed to any adult over 30 years old.  Beginning April 6, the threshold will be 16 years and older. Also, New Yorkers age 75 and older plus one eligible New Yorker of any age can now get vaccinated together without appointments at three 24/7 city-run mass vaccination sites: Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bathgate and Citi Field. To qualify, the older New Yorkers must show proof of age upon arrival at the vaccination site. Their accompanying escort may be any age, but must also be eligible to receive the vaccine under state rules.

To Schedule a Vaccine:

NYS site: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.govAls
NYC site: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/locations nycvaccinelist.com/called
Vaccine Finder: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov

for New Yorkers to find their nearest vaccination location

City Sites
Phone Number: 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692)
Website: vax4nyc.nyc.gov

State Sites
Phone Number: 1-833-697-4829
Website: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/



Demolition has begun on the two properties located at 35th Avenue between 157th and 158th Streets.  The owner has filed plans with the DOB to build a church and parking lot on the properties.  Currently, there are no violations to NYC zoning regulations or the Rickert Finley covenant.  We will continue to monitor the situation and have alerted the owner that the lots are covered by the covenant and that any development must conform to the restrictions it describes.  Stay tuned. In the meantime, please remember that Executive Board works hard to uphold the BFHA’s mission of maintaining the community of Broadway-Flushing, but we cannot do it alone. We need everyone to help us in this endeavor.  Here are some ways that you can do your part:

  • Keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to the proper authorities
  • Alert the BFHA and 311 if you see a zoning violation
  • Educate your friends and neighbors about the Rickert-Finlay Covenant
  • Use certified Real Estate Agents
  • Know who you are selling your property to and how they intend to use it
  • Encourage your neighbors to join the BFHA

Dear Members,

Please note that BFHA has new email addresses.  Please use info@broadwayflushing.org for all matters and use

president@broadwayflushing.org to directly contact our President.

 

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