2007-06-15 / Community

Queens Civic Congress To Hold Rockaway Meeting

The Queens Civic Congress, which represents 104 civic groups from all parts of Queens, will meet in Rockaway for the first time on Monday, June 18.

The featured topic for the Rockaway meeting will be: "Queens Parks: Whose Parks Are They Anyway?" Speakers will include Dorothy Lewandowski, Queens Parks Commissioner; Christian Di Palermo, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Parks; Kim Ohanian, Parks Chair-Community Board 7; and Dan Mundy, Beach Committee Chair-Community Board 14.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at P.S. 114, Cronston Avenue and Beach 134 Street. Visitors from other communities are invited to pick up a brown bag supper on Beach 129 Street before the meeting.

The Congress has 28 committees that deal with issues of interest to most residents of Queens. Among the committees are Aircraft and Noise, Building Code Enforcement, Tenants, Transportation, Housing Development, Parks and Cultural Affairs and Zoning Enforcement.

At last month's meeting, held nearby LaGuardia Airport, Wave Managing Editor Howard Schwach participated as a member of a panel of editors and reporters who cover the education beat in Queens.

Rockaway civic groups currently affiliated with the Congress are the Bayswater Civic Association, the Belle Harbor Property Owners (hosts of the meeting), Neponsit Property Owners Association, Rockaway Action Committee and the Rockaway Park Homeowner/ Residents.

Some of the participating civic groups from other areas of Queens include the Bayside Hills Civic Association, Glen Oaks Village Owners, Greater Astoria Historical Society, Ramblersville-Hawtree Civic Association and the Southeast Queens Concerned Neighbors. The broad membership is representative of the many cultures in the borough.

The Congress has recently completed a 40-page 2007-2008 platform that discusses many issues, including; Land Use and Zoning; Public Safety; Parks and Recreation; Transportation-Mass Transit; Transportation-Aviation; Transportation-JFK and LaGuardia Access and Environment. The platform does not include some issues specific to Rockaway because of sparse involvement by local residents. This meeting may be a chance to correct this situation. The complete platform may be found at www.queensciviccongress.org Many Queens elected officials attend the annual receptions held by the Congress.

Civic Congress meetings held in Flushing and Kew Gardens have drawn hundreds of members of civic associations and interested members of the public. By attending the meeting, residents who are not members of a civic association should be able to find a nearby local group or get tips on forming a new one.

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