'Operation New Southeast Queens'
Senator Malcolm Smith announced a new initiative that will open the lines of communication between City and State officials, dubbing the project "Operation New Southeast Queens."
"My goal is to bring the decision-making process back down to the community level, from elected officials to my constituents in Southeast Queens," said Senator Smith.
The initiative is based on the Senator's efforts to conduct a series of meetings and ongoing dialogues with city and state officials, along with elected officials from Queens, to identify and work on solving the needs of the Queens community.
"As the community grows and changes, the allocation of resources must change with it. That means improving our schools, public transportation, keeping our streets safe and lower taxes. It is vital that the public be involved in the political process and that their voice is not only heard but that their opinions are taken into account during the decision-making process," said Senator Smith.
The Queens lawmaker noted that in response to an article in the Queens Chronicle regarding flooding issues in Southeast Queens, a meeting was held by Commissioner Emily Lloyd of the Department of Environmental Protection, along with elected officials from Queens.
Commissioner Lloyd agreed to four solutions:
+ Improve water flow into Baisley Pond.
+ Turn on wells.
+ Investigate storm sewer relief.
+ Activation of stations 24 and 26, which are currently funded through 2009.
"As a State Senator I have an obligation to effectively represent the people in my district. I know that my colleagues would agree that we draw our inspiration and support from our constituents and it is vital that we are making their voices heard within State government. I'm working hard to make Southeast Queens the best it can possibly be, and I appreciate your hard work and commitment. Together, we can make a difference," the Senator concluded.